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Google is tracking your every move even when you tell it to stop - here's how to fix it

If you’re using an Android phone or have Google apps installed on your iPhone, the search giant is almost certainly tracking your location constantly – even if you’ve turned that setting off, reports the Associated Press.<p>The story drew from UC Berkeley graduate researcher K. Shankari’s experience …

Apps

BW Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers

It was just last year that Youcan Robot successfully crowdfunded its remote-control BlueWater 1 (BW1) underwater drone. Now, the Chinese startup is …

Remote Controls

Privacy is the secret sauce that makes Apple Pay Cash special

From Apple Pay Cash to Venmo, there’s a growing number of peer-to-peer payment services that allow you to send cash to your friends. But which one is the safest to use?<p>Respected product testing publication <i>Consumer Reports</i> recently tested out the main apps in this space — including Apple Pay Cash, …

Apple Pay

Smartphone prices starting at $1,000 are getting more common, and it’s all your fault

Apple’s smartphone rivals take many cues from the iPhone maker, whether it be bezel design or that much-maligned notch. Another more unfortunate …

Mobile Technology

Consumer Reports finds Apple Pay Cash to be the best P2P payment platform

Consumer Reports today published its first-ever breakdown of the best peer-to-peer mobile payment platforms. Comparing Venmo, Square Cash, Facebook Messenger, Zelle, and Apple Pay Cash, the tests found that Apple’s offering scored “significantly higher” than competitors…<p>Overall, Apple Pay Cash …

Apple Pay

Facebook recently started asking banks for your financial data

A report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> today revealed Facebook was attempting to gain detailed financial information from its users’ banks. Oof, in how many languages can I say “no?”<p>According to the <i>Journal</i>, Facebook has approached the likes of Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Citigroup with an eye …

Wells Fargo

I'm Amazed By How Much I Love These Earbuds

A weird thing about reviewing gadgets for a living is that my neighbors notice. Sometimes they just call me out for getting a lot packages in the …

Consumer Tech

Tesla 'party and camper mode' turns EVs into tailgating machines

Teslas are nothing if not giant batteries on wheels, so it would only make sense if you could use the battery for something other than getting from A to B, wouldn't it? You will soon. Elon Musk has teased the future addition of a "party & camper mode" that will keep the car's climate systems, …

Tesla

Neato robot vacuum can map multiple floors of your home

Robot vacuums can frequently map a floor of your home to clean without much fuss. But if you aren't living in an apartment or bungalow, you probably have multiple floors -- where's the robovac for that? Neato thinks it can oblige. It's releasing a software update to the Botvac D7 Connected that …

Standalone

The Cord Cutting Continues: Comcast & AT&T Are Losing 8,000+ Subscribers Every Day

- Jul 27, 2018<p>The cord cutting woes continue for cable and satellite companies like Comcast and AT&T’s DIRECTV, as both AT&T and Comcast have …

Cord-Cutting

ProtonMail now supports PGP encryption with other clients

ProtonMail is arguably the easiest way to send end-to-end encrypted emails. But encryption only works by default with other ProtonMail users. The company is adding full PGP support so that you can send and receive encrypted emails with people who use other apps and services.<p>ProtonMail is pretty …

Information Systems

Amazon iPhone app adds AR ‘part finder’ for identifying and buying small hardware like screws

Amazon has made a handy new addition to its camera features on its iOS app. The new “part finder” users augmented reality to help users identify and buy small hardware like screws, nuts, bolts, and more.<p>As reported by <i>The Verge,</i> the new feature comes after Amazon acquired the visual recognition …

iOS Apps

Tesla Model 3 rollover crash shows its real-world safety

While Tesla's Model 3 should be a safe car (this isn't the company's first try), it's hard not to feel nervous. Without official crash test results, how do you know how resilient it really is? Apparently, it's tougher than you might think. Reddit user StapleGun has recounted what might be the first …

Tesla Model 3

Analysts: Apple to discontinue iPhone X & iPhone SE this fall due to ‘pent-up demand’ for new models

As we inch closer to the fall announcement of Apple’s new iPhone models, speculation is starting to gain momentum. Today, BlueFin Research is out with its latest investor note in which the analysts claim Apple will discontinue the iPhone SE and iPhone X this year as focus shifts towards the “iPhone …

Delta Just Made a Huge Announcement That Puts Other Airlines to Shame

This is a big surprise for passengers.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>I was sure my eyes were fibbing.<p>Sometimes, they present sights that stun me into stupor so much that it takes me a while to ponder whether what I'm seeing can …

We compared Google Photos and the built-in Apple Photos app on iPhone — and the winner is clear

When it comes to freeing up precious storage space on your smartphone or other devices, photos are often one of the first things to get the ax.<p>But now, with so many affordable and easy-to-use cloud-storage solutions available, there's no need to quickly delete old pictures when you run out of …

Google Photos

Facebook Discloses More Data Sharing Partnerships As the Hits Just Keep Coming

It’s a day of the week, so that means it’s time for more revelations about Facebook’s sharing habits that it hadn’t previously revealed to users. In …

Apple hopes its Maps do-over gets you where you need to go

Streets that led to nowhere. Bridges that looked like roller coasters. Cities that ceased to exist.<p>That was the state of Apple Maps nearly six years ago. Not anymore. And Apple Maps is about to get even better. For the past four years, Apple has been working on rebuilding its mapping technology …

Maps

Fortnite gamers are motivated, not addicted

The World Health Organisation officially classifies gaming addiction as a disorder. The recent classification sought to address the growing use of digital technologies where people turn to electronic devices at the expense of other things such as work (or school), friendships and socializing. But …

Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies

It's no secret that Facebook shared user data with device and software makers as part of its partnerships. Now, however, the scope of those deals has become clearer. Facebook has responded to a House Energy & Commerce Committee request for data with a 747-page response detailing the social …

Annoyed by MacBook dongles? Microsoft charges $80 for a single (huge) USB-C one

If you thought it was annoying having to buy MacBook/MacBook Pro dongles, spare a thought for owners of Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Laptops …<p>If they want to connect any USB-C devices, they’ll need to lay out $80 for a dongle. Not only that, but the Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter is huge, …

Tesla will charge for 'premium' internet on new cars starting July 1st

Ever since Tesla started offering cellular data access in its cars, there's been the implication that it would eventually charge for service. In 2014, it indicated that would start charging in 2018. Four years later, that moment is at hand... although it's not playing out as you'd expect. <i>Electrek</i> …

Uber driver was streaming Hulu just before fatal self-driving crash

Late yesterday, the Tempe Police Department released a 318-page report on the self-driving accident in which an Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian. The report shows that the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, was playing Hulu on her phone up until the approximate time of the crash.<p>"We continue to …

Delta’s Flight Experience for Children with Disabilities is Awesome

Delta makes the flight experience easier on children with Autism and Asperger’s.

Etihad Airways Hemorrhages Another $1.5B In 2017

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has posted a loss of $1.52 billion for 2017, while also revising its 2016 loss up to $1.95 billion.<p>The disastrous performance comes one year after the state-owned Gulf airline removed James Hogan as its chief executive, slamming the brakes on his strategy of growing …

Apple confirms iOS updates will lock out some police cracking tools

Researchers were right when they suspected that upcoming iOS updates would stymie law enforcement cracking tools. Apple has confirmed that iOS 11.4.1 and iOS 12 will cut off data through the USB port when the phone hasn't been unlocked in the past hour, shutting out most attempts to use dedicated …

Here Are 18 Things You Might Not Have Realized Facebook Tracks About You

Including: information about your online and offline actions and other devices on your Wi-Fi network.<p>When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he said he'd have his team follow up on questions he couldn't answer in full …

Telegram CEO thanks Apple for allowing it to ship first app update since March

As we reported yesterday, Telegram’s CEO said that Apple was blocking the company from releasing updates to the messaging service since Russian authorities deemed the app illegal. Now, Apple and Telegram have come to some sort of solution…<p>It’s unclear how Russia’s ban on the messaging app …

Woman found guilty of distracted driving despite claiming she was checking the time on her Apple Watch

A driver is being hit with distracted driving charges in Canada due to her use of Apple Watch while behind the wheel. While the driver claims she was just checking the time, a judge ruled that using Apple Watch while driving is no different than using a smartphone…<p>The driver, Victoria Ambrose, was …

Talk, text, and even use maps with no cell service thanks to this futuristic device

We’re not saying the BEARTOOTH Smart Walkie Talkie System is powered by sorcery, but we’re also not NOT saying the BEARTOOTH Smart Walkie Talkie …