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Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties

It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite …

Privacy

Vale: Atari co-founder Ted Dabney dies at 81

Pong paddle goes darkAtari co-founder and co-creator of the legendary Pong, Ted Dabney, has died aged 81 from esophageal cancer.…

Atari

F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on.<p>The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting …

Cybersecurity

GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun

After months of hysteria, firms sure have their work cut outThe big day has finally arrived, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is now in …

Privacy

Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem

Yes, Apple may have big iPhone plans for 2018 (including one potential game changer) but first, the company has to sort out a new mess with its existing models. Today Apple was forced to admit two of its record-breaking models suffer from a fundamental design defect…<p>The credit for this discovery …

Mobile Technology

Revealed: What Amazon knows about you and how to delete it

Take back control of your data on Amazon and stop the site tracking everything we do<p>Amazon may not collect as much data as Google or Facebook (at …

Smart Homes

Major US news websites are going down in Europe as GDPR goes into effect

The European Union’s new GDPR privacy rules came into effect today, but it seems that some organizations didn’t meet the deadline to comply with the changes. A handful of websites, including those of major news providers, went down in the EU, and they posted notes to readers about the new …

Privacy

Facebook is reportedly considering its own cryptocurrency

Facebook is reportedly looking into creating its own cryptocurrency. According to <i>Cheddar</i>, it would be a way for the social network's billions of users to make electronic payments on the platform, as well as outside it. There are no real details about the project; all we know is that a source who …

Google responds to Duplex backlash, says AI voice system will identify itself when making calls

It’s not often that a new piece of technology causes so much controversy, but Google’s AI-powered Duplex system, which can book appointments over the …

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, now lets you pay ‘Nearby Friends’

Monzo, one of a plethora of U.K. fintech startups aiming to re-invent current account banking, has launched a new feature that makes it even more frictionless to transfer money to friends. Dubbed ‘Nearby Friends’, the new geolocation functionality uses Bluetooth to let you see anyone else that uses …

AI is Taking Low-Light Photography to the Next Level

When shooting a photo in low light, a low-ISO long-exposure photo requires a stable camera and blurs movement in the frame while a high-ISO …

Sony Alpha

New Steam Link app will let players stream games from their PCs to Android and iOS

Coming the week of May 21st<p>Steam is bringing mobile game streaming to Android and iOS with a new Steam Link app which will let gamers stream games off their Mac or PC over the internet to their smartphones. The app is scheduled to launch at the end of the month during the week of May 21st, with …

Niantic recruiting Pokémon GO players to create AR map of the world

Niantic CEO John Hanke said that Pokémon GO players will help create a 3D map of the world that can be used to enhance the game and assist in the development of new augmented reality apps …<p>Hanke explained the plan to <i>Reuters</i>.<p>What the company describes as an “AR map” is viewed as crucial to advanced …

What It Takes to Think Deeply About Complex Problems

The problems we’re facing often seem as complex as they do intractable. And as Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” So what does it take to increase the complexity of our thinking?<p>Too many leaders default to …

Management

400 Drupal sites infected with malware that secretly mines cryptocurrency

It seems like there’s no stopping the crypto-jacking epidemic, as hackers continue to steal unsuspecting users’ computing power to mine cryptocurrency.<p>Security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report has discovered that a number of websites using an outdated version of the Drupal Content …

Twitter May Be Testing an Encrypted Direct Messaging Feature

Amidst ongoing concerns about privacy in social media—including most recently a revelation that a bug had left some Twitter users’ passwords stored …

UK data regulator tells Cambridge Analytica to hand over user's data, or else

The UK's data regulator is not letting Cambridge Analytica get off scot-free.<p>The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has waded into the next …

Australian government to spend $700K on that new 'blockchain' thing

Maybe you can build an economy on mining after all...<p>There's no doubt the tech world has gone crazy for blockchain in the past few years.<p>And, if something has made waves in the tech world, you can guarantee the world's governments will want to jump on that trend… between one to three fiscal years …

Facebook Is Blocking Foreign Ads Relating to Ireland's Abortion Referendum

Under heightened scrutiny for its role in influencing recent political campaigns, Facebook announced it is banning foreign ads relating to Ireland’s …

The amazing feature Google promised and never delivered

A year ago, Sundar Pichai said we’d be able to instantly get rid of annoying objects in photos ‘very soon’<p>It’s easy to become enamored with the demos and spectacle of big tech keynotes. Yesterday’s stunning reveal of Google Duplex is a prime example of that. It’s such a leap forward in what we’ve …

Steam Link and Steam Video apps coming soon to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Steam announced today that it will be rolling out its Steam Link and Steam Video apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV soon.<p>According to a press release, Steam Link will allow gamers to stream their Steam library to these devices while connected to their Mac via a 5GHz network or wired in via …

Firefox takes a big step towards eliminating passwords

Today, Mozilla released Firefox 60 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, and with it arrives Web Authentication API for desktop browsers. This is a new security standard that allows Firefox users to log into all their online accounts with a single device, such as YubiKey. It doesn't mean that you …

Software

Google Duplex is Silicon Valley’s latest experiment at the expense of the service industry

Google’s phone-calling AI seeks to enhance our lives, but at what cost?<p>The more technology advances, the clearer it becomes that our smartphones are no longer about conversing but more about transfers of information. This was evident at Google’s I/O keynote, where the company unveiled that its AI …

Microsoft Garage's Snip Insights brings AI to your screen captures

Snip Insights can do the work of pulling valuable information out of your screenshots.Microsoft's experimental Garage division has birthed a number …

Notepad now properly displays textfiles created on Unix systems

Microsoft has updated Notepad, its legendary text editor, with something that’s been on the wishlist of most Windows-using coders — the ability to view and edit text files created on UNIX-based systems, like macOS and Linux.<p>It sounds strange, but for its 20 years of existence, Notepad only …

Linux

Apple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties

Over the last few days, Apple has seemingly started cracking down on applications that share location data with third-parties. In such cases, Apple has been removing the application in question and informing developers that their app violates two parts of the App Store Review Guidelines…<p>Thus far, …

Firefox is adding ads, because only insults are free

Sponsored content infects your favorite underdog web browser<p>Mozilla’s motto is “internet for people, not profit,” however the realities of having to fund all of its ventures are forcing the company into adopting one of the web’s less human-friendly aspects: sponsored content. Having acquired …

Google launches Flutter Beta 3, its Android and iOS mobile app SDK

Ahead of its I/O 2018 developers conference, Google has launched the third beta release of Flutter, its open source mobile UI framework that helps developers build native interfaces for Android and iOS. The Flutter SDK has also gained official support from the Material Design team.<p>Flutter was first …

Cambridge Analytica: how did it turn clicks into votes?

How do 87m records scraped from Facebook become an advertising campaign that could help swing an election? What does gathering that much data actually involve? And what does that data tell us about ourselves?<p>The Cambridge Analytica scandal has raised question after question, but for many, the …

Cambridge Analytica

Revolutionary new blood test can instantly identify chronic pain

A world-first blood test that can objectively identify chronic pain has been developed by a team of Australian researchers. The test can reportedly …