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Friday June 28, 2019. 03:00 PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Somerville, Massachusetts just became the second U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition in public space. The 'Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance,' which passed through Somerville's City Council on Thursday...
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Microsoft is testing features that block companies from tracking you across different websites in its Chromium-based Edge browser. Engadget reports: Insider beta testers with the latest Canary release on Windows can try it by enabling a browser flag (enter -...
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NASA announced Thursday that it is sending a drone-style quadcopter to Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Dragonfly, as the mission is called, will be capable of soaring across the skies of Titan and landing intermittently to take scientific measurements, studying the world's...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: The contrails left by airplanes last only hours. But they are now so widespread that their warming effect is greater than that of all the carbon dioxide emitted by airplanes that has accumulated in the atmosphere since...
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According to a report in Politico, the Trump administration held a National Security Council meeting on Wednesday that weighed the challenges and benefits of encryption. 'One of Politico's sources said that the meeting was split into two camps: Decide, create and publicize...
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Security researchers have devised a method to abuse a legitimate Microsoft Excel technology named Power Query to run malicious code on users' systems with minimal interaction. ZDNet reports: Power Query is a data connection technology that can allow Excel files to discover,...
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Google Maps is getting a pair of updates that will offer live traffic delays for busses in the cities where it didn't already provide real-time updates, and another that will tell you how crowded your bus, train, or subway car will be. TechCrunch reports: The latter is...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: A new device, developed for the Pentagon after U.S. Special Forces requested it, can identify people without seeing their face: instead it detects their unique cardiac signature with an infrared laser. While it...
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Apple iOS developer David Smith noticed something that really jumped out at him when he was reviewing his iPhone's device analytics. 'People really, really like the 4.7-inch iPhone,' he writes. 'When I look at the iPhone distribution for Pedometer++ the four most popular...
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A crash on Pena Boulevard, a road leading to Denver International Airport, prompted Google Maps to take about 100 drivers on a detour on Sunday. 'The alternate route took drivers down a dirt road that rain had turned into a muddy mess, and cars started sliding around,'...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: We've all tried to log into a website or submit a form only to be stuck clicking boxes of traffic lights or storefronts or bridges in a desperate attempt to finally convince the computer that we're not actually a bot....
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In what looks set to become one of the highest profile patent sales in years, Intel has put its IP relating to cellular wireless connectivity on the auction block. The company is seeking to divest around 8,500 assets from its massive portfolio. From a report: The news comes...
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Thursday June 27, 2019. 11:25 PM
Apple's chief designer Jony Ive is leaving after decades at the iPhone maker to form an independent company -- with Apple as one of its primary clients. Ive was at Apple for more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned one of Silicon...
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Pre-saving albums on Spotify can give music labels access to personal user data like emails addresses and playlists, according to a Billboard report. From a report: To pre-save music, which adds a release to a user's library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click...
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Reader Iwastheone shares a report: There have been some bugs and issues with Microsoft's Windows 10 May Update/1903 feature update since Microsoft kicked off its rollout in late May. But the 1903 complaint I've gotten most often (so far) is from users who want to install the ...
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LinkedIn this week announced algorithm changes made over the past 12-18 months to favor conversations in its Feed that cater to niche professional interests, as opposed to elevating viral content. From a report: Users may have noticed that their notifications or engagements...
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Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware in an attempt to spy on user accounts, Reuters reported Thursday, citing four people with knowledge of the matter. From the...
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An anonymous reader shares a report: As part of this year's annual Steam Summer Sale, Valve is hosting a new 'Grand Prix' promotion that gives participants a chance at free games if they complete certain daily 'quests' on the platform. But confusion over how the promotion...
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Facebook says it wants to give people 'clear, simple explanations' about how its business works and how it uses your personal information. From a report: In a blog post on Thursday, Facebook outlined updates to its terms of service intended to clarify how the company makes...
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An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today announced Firefox Preview, a pilot of its new Android browser. Firefox Preview, which is powered by Mozilla's own GeckoView engine, will ultimately replace the current Firefox for Android mobile app 'this fall.' At the same time,...
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