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Google tracks users who turn off location history

<b>Google records users' locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested.</b><p>The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search.<p>The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US …

Privacy

Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 - PCMag UK

Windows 10 might be arriving on Chromebooks as a "dual boot" feature that'll let you load up Microsoft's operating system on startup.<p>Google …

Windows 10

Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a …

Apps

Windows 10 to get disposable sandboxes for dodgy apps

Apps will be run in a virtual machine that's discarded after use.<p>Microsoft is building a new Windows 10 sandboxing feature that will let users run …

Windows 10

Telegram just launched a feature that’s both terrifying and brilliant

If you’ve ever had to identify yourself online using actual IDs like passports, driving licenses, and whatever else, you know how much of a hassle it …

Information Systems

How to tell when your phone's battery has gone bad

You'll find plenty of online discussions, whether in forums or articles on websites like this one, about phone batteries. Almost all of them are …

Mobile Technology

Pinterest makes it easier to collaborate on group boards

Pinterest is adding some new features to group boards that will make it easier to message the group members as well as keep track of what's being changed and who's joining. The new activity feed will show you when a member has saved a new Pin or when a new section has been added to the board. It …

Social Media

Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted

Twitter will stop including accounts that have been locked for bad behavior in publicly posted follower counts, the company said today. Accounts are …

Google retires DoubleClick, AdWords brand names

Google executives said its fees are not changing, and no services are merging. The company will retain the AdSense and AdMob brands for ad sales …

'I downloaded all my Facebook data and it was a nightmare' - BBC Three

To tell you the truth, I have never been the kind of person to worry too much about my personal data online. I know it’s concerning, but trying to do anything about it just feels pointless. Where are we even supposed to start?<p>I'm 28, and I’ve spent most of my life online. I got a Hotmail account at …

Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It)

TL;DR: Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to …

IBM’s machine argues, pretty convincingly, with humans

<b>On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.</b><p>The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents - mostly newspaper articles and academic journals - …

Laptops with 128GB of RAM are here

Brace yourself for laptops with 128GB of RAM because they’re coming. Today, Lenovo announced its ThinkPad P52, which, along with that massive amount of memory, also features up to 6TB of storage, up to a 4K, 15.6-inch display, an eighth-gen Intel hexacore processor, and an Nvidia Quadro P3200 …

Samsung Family Hub 3.0 – a very smart fridge

The new Samsung Family Hub 3.0 Refrigerator is the latest iteration of its smart ‘talking’ refrigerators. There are three in the range.First, the …

21 clever Alexa commands you will use again and again

More than any other device, Alexa has become our closest approximation of artificial intelligence.<p>Amazon's voice assistant has a voice and personality, and if you ask the right question, it'll even get sassy with you. Users even refer to Alexa as “she.” We usually prefer to say her name, rather …

Facebook privacy bug 'affects 14 million users'

<b>A software bug meant millions of Facebook users may have unknowingly posted private information to the public, the company has warned.</b><p>The glitch set a user’s post to be shared to "everyone", even if a user had previously chosen a more restricted option, such as “friends of friends”.<p>“We’d like to …

Apple Watch: $17,000 smartwatch is obsolete after latest update

Apple's famously expensive, gold Apple Watch is now out of date, just a couple of years after people were buying them for more than $10,000.<p>As part …

3 Google Assistant Routines you should set up right now

In just a few short years, Google Assistant has gone from a cool glimpse of the future to come to a legitimate digital helper that you can use every …

Lynq is a dead-simple gadget for finding your friends outdoors

If you’ve ever been hiking or skiing, or gone to a music festival or state fair, you know how easy it is to lose track of your friends, and the usually ridiculous exchange of “I’m by the big thing”-type messages. Lynq is a gadget that fixes this problem with an ultra-simple premise: it simply tells …

5 things you need to know about Microsoft's 'Your Phone' for Windows 10

Microsoft this week took the wraps off "Your Phone", a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app headed to Windows Insiders in the coming weeks.<p>I sat …

Windows 10

Google Assistant can now help you order movie tickets

Although it's now easier than ever to order movie tickets, having to download an app, search for a showtime, and enter your credit card info can …

Windows 10's Timeline is the star of its latest update

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 three years ago, the company proudly said it was focusing on productivity. That might not sound very exciting, but it was a noble goal nonetheless -- one that made it clear Microsoft was paying attention to its more dedicated users. So it's not too surprising that …

Windows 10

How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

<b>Many app users' inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions.</b><p>And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time.<p>In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data …

Privacy

Animations in Windows 10 breathe life into a cold, sterile experience — we need more, not less

How much does adding somewhat frivolous animations to an OS matter? I'm not sure, but I do know that users of Windows will be very vocal as Microsoft …

Windows 10

Microsoft's 4 most disappointing products and services

The Microsoft ecosystem feels a bit shaky these days. Across mobile, PCs, Xbox, communication, and entertainment services, aspects of the Microsoft …

Microsoft Planner tasks can now be imported to Outlook

Alongside several new features announced for Microsoft Planner in February, Microsoft also teased that it was working on integrating the service with …

Calendars

This is an early look at Gmail's new design for desktop

In the "coming weeks", Google will introduce a huge redesign for Gmail. Something along these lines is long overdue, and thanks to recently shared …

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

Mining

Poke the World

My latest favourite toy for LaMetric time is <b>Poke the World</b>.<p>LaMetric app used to control the LaMetric device (as seen on my Android phone).<p>LaMetric …

Apps for Flat-Earthers

Some facts:<p>the Earth is an oblate spheroid;<p>the Earth and Moon orbit the Sun, which is a star approximately 150 million km away;<p>gravity holds water, …