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Microsoft is fixing a Windows 10 bug that causes Chrome to freeze

Since the Windows 10 April update, some users have been dealing with frozen systems when they're running apps including Chrome or using the "Hey, Cortana" command. The good news is Microsoft's working on a fix, which may be ready in time for next week's scheduled patch.<p>The monthly Windows 10 …

Software

These ex-Facebook and Google engineers are helping companies kick abusive people off popular internet sites

In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg's exhaustive Congressional testimony over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we caught up with former Facebook engineer Pete Hunt, the CEO founder of a startup called Smyte.<p>We asked him how technology can be used to find bad actors online, such as Russian hackers and …

Internet

Privacy Shield now facing questions via legal challenge to Facebook data flows

The Irish High Court has referred for a second time a legal challenge to Facebook’s EU-US data transfers to Europe’s top court, seeking a preliminary ruling on a series of fundamental questions pertaining to the clash between US mass surveillance law and EU citizens’ fundamental privacy rights.<p>The …

Google Flutter – what is it, and how to use it for cross-platform app creation

Android may be one of the most popular operating systems in the world, but it’s far from the only mobile operating system. If your app is going to reach the widest possible audience, then you’ll need to make it available on other platforms, including iOS.<p>Porting your Android app to iOS requires …

Android Is Still Failing Where Apple's iOS Is Winning

Google isn’t to blame for the specific problem of out-of-date Android installs, the device manufacturers are, but that doesn’t stop it being a blight on the OS. Numbers released by Statista show that 25% of Android devices currently in use are running a massively outdated version of the OS from …

Android Phones

Google's Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI

Google launched a new experience today that it's calling Talk to Books. It's pretty much what it sounds like: the demo asks for input in the form of …

Alliance for Open Media's AV1 video codec outperforms popular standards, testing finds

Testing by Facebook engineers found that the Alliance for Open Media's new video codec, AV1, outperforms widely-used standards like the x264 and VP9 …

Android phone makers skip Google security updates without telling users – study

Users told smartphone’s software has been updated with monthly patches when it hasn’t, new research claims<p>Some Android smartphone manufacturers are skipping security patches without notifying users, instead claiming their smartphone’s software is up to date with Google’s monthly security releases, …

Android News

'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Seeing Wide Adoption Among Law Enforcement

GrayShift's recently publicized "GrayKey" box designed to crack locked iPhones is seeing wide adoption among police forces and federal agencies across the United States according to a recent investigation by <i>Motherboard</i>.<p><i>Motherboard</i> found that regional police forces like the Maryland State Police, …

Glitch Rewind wants to make version control easy for everyone

Glitch, the experimental web development sandbox for beginners created by Fog Creek, today updated its service with a version control tool designed to allow users to revert to previous versions of their code, without the need to learn an expansive and complicated system like Git.<p>The tool, called …

Delete Facebook? It's a lot more complicated than that

SAN FRANCISCO — Clinging to Facebook? You're not alone.<p>In recent days, Facebook users have piled onto the hashtag #DeleteFacebook, threatening to desert their Facebook accounts to protest the social media giant's mishandling of their personal information.<p>Despite all the talk, it's unlikely a …

Social Media

Hey Google, what happened to the Pixel’s ‘image obstruction removal’ feature?

Google’s Pixel is the home of a lot of crazy camera technology that no one else in the industry has really beaten. The biggest example being Google’s incredible portrait mode, which uses software to create some of the best portraits in the industry. However, there’s one feature that was supposed to …

​FOSSA: Open-sourcing open-source license management

Senior developers know that one of the biggest problems with programming today isn't the coding itself, but keeping on the right side of all the base …

Foxconn buys Linksys owner Belkin to join the smart home battle

While we've focused on efforts of giants like Google, Apple and Amazon to dominate "smart home" devices, manufacturing giant Foxconn is making its entry by acquiring Belkin International to create a "global consumer electronics leader." Besides the accessories you probably associate with Belkin, it …

This blockchain-based surveillance startup detects crime in real-time

<b>A security company wants to modernize the “backward-looking” and “inherently inefficient” video surveillance industry by offering a blockchain-based system which allows users to react to threats in real time.</b><p>Faceter’s decentralized surveillance technology – which it claims is a world first for …

Firefox has a new extension to prevent Facebook from snooping on you

Facebook's come under a lot of fire for its mishandling of user data, and rightfully so. Not too long after the FTC announced it had an ongoing …

How to make the most out of secure messaging app Signal

It doesn’t matter whether you are an activist in a police state, a tech-savvy young individual who cares about their privacy, a professional with business secrets of value, or a soon-to-be mother who cares to keep her data private from advertising companies. Privacy breaches and shady uses of our …

Chrome feature makes it easier to cast videos from your desktop

To cast a video from your computer to a TV, you only need to open a file on Chrome, click the Cast icon and choose your device. Or, you can install a third-party app or extension like Videostream, which can play almost any video format. Not that hard, right? Google's Chrome team is making it much …

Slack's new policy lets bosses read employees' DMs without consent

If your company uses Slack for group communication, you might want to watch what you say in Direct Messages with your colleagues: the app now lets administrators export all the data shared through it, including those private conversations – without notifying you.<p>That’s thanks to an updated privacy …

Atlanta government computers hit by ransomware

The last victim affected by ransomware is the city government of Atlanta, GA. The ninth-largest metro area in the US isn't able to do things like process payments or provide access to courthouse information because some systems are locked down. During a press conference, mayor Keisha Bottoms and …

Researchers find a new material for quantum computing

Rumors of commercial quantum computing systems have been coming hot and heavy these past few years but there are still a number of issues to work out in the technology. For example, researchers at the Moscow Institute Of Physics And Technology have begun using silicon carbine to create a system to …

Quantum Computing

Yet another security vulnerability afflicts India’s citizen database

India's Aadhaar database is a national system that contains personal data and biometric information on over 1.1 billion Indian citizens. While joining is technically voluntary (for now, at least), enrollment has become necessary for things like opening bank accounts and applying for loans, filing …

Google app 7.24 preps ‘pinned’ floating sports scores, custom Assistant Routines, and more [APK Insight]

The last update to the Google app earlier this month revealed a number of in-development features like new gestures for Pixel Buds and came ahead of Routines for Assistant officially launching. Version 7.24 has entered the beta channel this evening with details about custom Routines and a new …

You can finally use Files Go to search for that SpongeBob meme you downloaded

• Files Go now lets you search for files, show where duplicate files are, and integrate with Google Photos.<br>• The update is rolling out now and keeps the app at around 7MB in size.<br>• Files Go is part of Google’s slimmed-down Android Go.<p>Google updated its Files Go app not only with new search functionality, …

Mozilla suspends advertising on Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

The Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox web browser, has announced it plans to suspend all advertising activities on Facebook. The move comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has embroiled the popular social networking site.<p>In a blog post announcing the move, Denelle …

Ikea and Overstock add AR features to their Android apps

Google's ARCore lets anyone take advantage of powerful augmented-reality tools on Android phones, and furniture retailers left and right are taking …

How to read your valuable personal Facebook data

If we’ve learned anything from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its that our personal Facebook data has some real value. The fact that Cambridge Analytica allegedly paid big bucks to get the data, then directly lied to Facebook to hold onto it, shows that our personal details are worth …

IBM rolls out deep learning as a service for AI developers

IBM today announced the launch of its new Deep Learning as a Service (DLaaS) program for AI developers. With DlaaS, users can train neural networks using popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Caffe without buying and maintaining costly hardware.<p>The service lets data scientists train …

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

Privacy

Windows on ARM Benchmarked

Microsoft has come up with some strange ideas over the years. Their latest one, which has been coming from a while, is running Windows on ARM …

Software