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Oct 24 09:47

Is Google News costing YOU a fortune? The Android app uses several gigabytes of data when running in the background - and users are completely unaware

While Google try to reconfigure the app to avoid the issue, users can protect their dat by turning off background data usage.

This feature is located under Settings and Connections and will stop all use of mobile data when an app is not in use.

Alternatively, deleting the app from the phone completely is a drastic solution to the persistent problem.

Oct 24 08:01

It's time for Microsoft to bring Windows 10 Mobile back from the dead

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It has been the primary driving force behind all the major film and television releases in the last 10 years, such as with the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises.

ZDNet's parent company, CBS, is no exception. It's been making quite a go of it -- taking advantage of that nostalgia trend by re-casting familiar iconic characters on Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access. In CBS prime time, the revival of Hawaii Five-O is renewed for its 9th season. And now, so has Magnum, P.I., as if it was back from the dead, sans Tom Selleck's mustache.

A BOUT OF NOSTALGIA
A fondness for reviving old brands is happening with tech as well. Palm seems to think that people have the same attachment to tech legacies as we do stuff like Luke Skywalker and Mister Spock. But I digress.

Oct 23 20:33

1984: Twitter Removing Accounts That Tweet Infowars Material

By Aaron Kesel

Twitter confirmed a CNN report stating the permanent suspension of 18 accounts, in part due to attempts to aid Infowars, as well as Jones circumventing the ban put in place...

Oct 23 15:47

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki warns the EU 'meme ban' threatens the open internet as we know it

Article 11 and 13 of the Copyright Directive were approved in June by officials in Brussels in an attempt to change online copyright law.

The regulations may have dire implications for meme-lovers as well as YouTube users as websites will now be obligated to screen user-generated content, including text, audio, photos and video to protect copyrighted works.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 in a recent blog post and said: '[Article 13] threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people — from creators like you to everyday users — to upload content to platforms like YouTube.'

She added that 'hundreds of thousands of jobs' will be at-risk following the implementation of Article 13.

Oct 23 11:58

Google does not fall under news aggregators bill, says regulatorMore:http://tass.com/economy/1027256

Google is not covered by the draft law intending to limit foreign participation in news aggregators, Deputy Head of the Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin told TASS on Monday.

"Traffic at the time of considering the issue regarding its inclusion into the register of news aggregators was insufficient," Subbotin said. "It is not included into the register of news aggregators now," he noted.

Google "is not covered" at present by the submitted draft law in case it is approved, Subbotin added.

Authors of the draft law say in the explanatory note that "restrictions are offered for the purpose of preventing the threat to public order in Russia and creating thereby comfortable conditions for development of the civil society." Provisions of the bill stipulate a six-month term to bring constituent documents of companies in compliance with new rules.

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I have to wonder just how Google's Russian attorneys got around this one.

Oct 23 10:10

Countless Studies Show 5G Frequencies Cause Harm but the National Rollout is Here

5G wireless service has just been launched by Verizon in the first 4 cities on the planet: Sacramento, California, Houston, Texas, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Los Angeles, California. Verizon launched it on October 1, offering free 5G to users for three months.

Oct 23 09:08

China’s Internet Gatekeeper Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Lu Wei, once the gatekeeper of the internet for the entire population of China, pleaded guilty on Friday to abuse of power and accepting what amounted to US$4.6 million in bribes over the span of his 15-year career.

Lu Wei also made a final statement to the court, and admitted guilt and expressed regret,” Xinhua said.

Wei became the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), in 2014, after a career in which he rose to become the director of the state news agency Xinhua, then worked at the Beijing municipal party committee, and the party’s Central Publicity Committee.

As head of the CAC, Wei controlled China’s notorious regime of internet censorship—which included blocking access to Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and introducing criminal charges against citizens who posted banned content.

Oct 23 08:23

The apps that can track you even after you've uninstalled them

If you thought deleting an app meant that was the last you'd ever see of it, think again.

Developers have figured out a way to determine which users have deleted an app and swiftly serve them up a bevvy of ads in a bid to get them to return.

A variety of firms have signed up as customers of these app tracking companies, which include Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics and CleverTap, among others, according to Bloomberg.

Oct 23 08:17

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.

Oct 23 06:55

REAL.video announces new name: Brighteon.com

Our legal counsel urged us to switch to a new, unique name, warning that if we didn’t, we could easily spend $500K in legal bills over the next five years attempting to defend the Real.video name. We checked with several trademark and intellectual property attorneys, and they all agreed with the assessment.

Switching to a completely new name now allows us to spend our resources on new features rather than fighting legal battles involving trademarks. This is why we made the decision: So that we can focus on building new features and growing Brighteon.com into an increasingly popular pro-liberty online video community.

Oct 23 03:31

The NEW Social Media: Alternatives to Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and Other Big Tech Platforms

If you are looking for a social media outlet that is less censored and manipulated, check out some of the alternatives to Big Tech.

Oct 22 09:07

NYPD suspends body cameras for cops after device explodes

The New York Police Department has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras after one exploded, leaving some of the city’s police force unrecorded for the foreseeable future. According to studies, not much will change.
An NYPD officer noticed smoke rising from his camera on Saturday, and took it off before it exploded. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the department instructed all officers equipped with Vievu LE-5 body cameras to return them to their precincts.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority,” read a statement from the NYPD. The department believes that a battery malfunction caused the device to explode.

Oct 22 08:39

'Pay the ransom - or watch me wreck your life': Chilling new fraud email that says you've been filmed on an adult website

Tankard says: 'Wording usually goes as follows, "While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a remote viewer having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. After that, my software program obtained all your contacts."

'Then, "Well, in my opinion, $1,000 is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin."

'An additional message might read, "I know that you have read through this email. If I do not receive the Bitcoins I will send your video recording to all of your contacts, including close relatives and colleagues."'

Aware of the scam, Tankard ignored the threat sent to him and did not reply – and suggests that others targeted should do this too.

Oct 22 06:03

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

Miscreants are using a trio of NSA hacking tools, leaked last year by the Shadow Brokers, to infect and spy on computer systems used in aerospace, nuclear energy, and other industries.

This is according to Kaspersky Lab, whose researchers today said the American snooping agency's DarkPulsar cyber-weapon – along with a pair of toolkits called DanderSpritz and Fuzzbunch that can remotely control infected machines – have been used by hackers to commandeer Windows Server 2003 and 2008 boxes in Russia, Iran, and Egypt.

The infected vulnerable servers are used in some 50 organizations within industries including aerospace and nuclear energy, particularly those with large IT and R&D departments.

Oct 20 10:18

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Haaretz investigation spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps and record conversations

Oct 20 08:05

iPhone users are being targeted by a new scam that uses fake Spotify and iTunes emails to steal your login details and access your PICTURES (2 Pics)

Scammers are trying a new way of deceiving people in a bid to steal Apple login information.
The phishing email appears to be from Spotify and says the user has purchased a year's Premium subscription for $150.99 (£115).
A hyperlink in the email is labelled as 'review your subscription' and takes the user through to an official-looking site branded with Apple logos.

Oct 19 14:26

Trial: Facial Recognition Technology To Be Used In UK At Select Self-Checkouts

By Aaron Kesel

Facial recognition technology will be tested in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of citizens buying alcohol and cigarettes at special self-checkout machines later this year...

Oct 18 18:28

Weaponizing the Frequencies: the Coming Tidal Wave

Psychotronic millimeter wave weaponry is coming to a street near you, with the potential to unleash disease on a mass scale. Welcome to the new fifth generation of wi-fi called 5G, where the speed to send full-length, high-definition movies to your ipad is ten times faster.

Oct 18 15:01

Google Is Aiding China’s War On Muslim Uighurs And Its Citizens

By Aaron Kesel

Google will more than likely have to facilitate speech suppression for Muslims within "Project Dragonfly." This is due to new laws passed this week on how to crack down on the ethnic minority...

Oct 18 11:17

Exclusive: Women's March target of elaborate Facebook scam run from Bangladesh

In all, there were 1,700 separate Facebook pages designed to look like they were run by local Women's March organizers, a source familiar with Facebook's investigation into the issue told CNN.

While the vast majority of the pages and events had no followers or attendees, some of the fake events promoting the wrong march date became popular.

Fake events for Philadelphia and Chicago received more than 10,000 RSVPs; the event posted for Seattle picked up more than 20,000. (As ever with numbers on social media sites, it is possible that at least some of the RSVPs came from fake accounts used to make a page seem more popular).

The network of fake pages highlights the increasing challenges facing both American activists and companies like Facebook as bad actors, both foreign and domestic, use social media platforms to tap into the highly charged and partisan nature of American politics for financial or political gain.

Oct 18 11:15

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation.

Oct 18 11:08

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download a copy of all the personal data Apple holds on them that's linked to an Apple ID.

Under GDPR, EU residents have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them.

They can also withdraw previously given consent for a company to collect data about them and request that collected data be deleted. And consumers have the right to take data to another service, as well as to know how a company is processing it.

Oct 18 10:16

BEX ALERT!: Why AI and advertisers should team up to fix fake news

Pathetic piece advocating censorship! GRRRR!!!

Fake news is as old as the written word, and probably older, but it’s technology that’s created the insidious version of fake news we know today. Now, the question is whether technology, and artificial intelligence in particular, can also be the foil that will prevent the eventual fakenewspocolypse.

Oct 18 08:22

Facebook is accused of luring advertisers with 900 percent inflation of video numbers and hiding it for a year

According to fresh claims from a group of advertisers who are suing the social media giant, engineers knew about a discrepancy in the metrics measuring tool for a year before it was publicly disclosed in 2016.

The flaw was down to the fact that Facebook was only counting videos which had been viewed for three seconds or longer when it presented the companies with statistics about how long users were watching their ads.

Because it only factored in these clips and did not count all of the videos which people watched for three seconds or less, the average watch-time was drastically inflated to indicate that users were habitually watching videos for longer than they actually were.

The advertisers say it prompted them to spend more and more often than they would have had they known the real figures.

Oct 17 13:54

Security Robots Invade NYC, and An Education Droid Speaks At UK Parliament

By Aaron Kesel

Security robots have invaded NYC and are now patrolling the streets, while diplomatic robots are roaming around UK parliament floors.

Robots are becoming more prevalent and relevant in society and, like it or not, the androids are here to stay. This technology will only exponentially increase as time passes, as Boston Dynamics has showcased over the years.

Now thanks to that little idea of creating robotic cretins there are security cyborgs patrolling in the tri-state area...

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 11:36

YouTube users question sanity, reality as service goes dark worldwide

YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster.
The video-sharing website experienced a service disruption across the northeastern United States, as well as parts of the West and East Coasts.

Users in Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the EU have also been affected, according to thousands of reports on the Down Detector monitoring site. YouTube videos began returning errors around 9pm EST. The site infrastructure was still loading for users, but the videos themselves did not play and were replaced by error messages imploring users to “please try again later.”

Oct 17 10:12

Twitter has barred hundreds of accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists. #triggered #Npc #blueflush

Pathetic: the NYT considers the NPC meme and other satire and humor that they dislike "voter suppression" and "intentionally misleading election-related content"

Oct 17 09:16

Plague of 'sneaky subscriptions' on Apple's App Store tricks users into paying hefty recurring fees by promising 'free trials' that expire in DAYS

The 69 Top Grossing app is raking in around $14.3 (£10.84) million per year for its document scanning utility, according to Sensor Tower data.

It has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, leading most customers to believe this is a good and trustworthy app.

But when you look through the critical reviews, you'll see some valid complaints.

In the app you'll be constantly prompted to subscribe to a subscription ranging from $3.99 (£3.02) a week to $4.99 (£3.78) per month, or start a free trial. But the subscription following the free trial kicks in after only 3 days — something that's detailed in the fine print, but often missed.

Oct 17 09:10

Google to start charging European smartphone makers to use its app store and apps to 'offset lost revenue' after record $5bn EU antitrust fine

The tech giant will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU antitrust order.

Oct 17 09:07

Would you let Facebook put a camera on top of your TV? 'Ripley' project revealed as firms admits its cameras DO collect data about users to target ads

Facebook has only just announced Portal, its first camera-equipped device for the home.

But it appears the social media giant already has its sights set on the $200 video chat device's successor - an effort that's currently being kept under wraps as part of a project codenamed 'Ripley,' according to Cheddar.

That reportedly encompasses a camera-equipped device that connects to the television for video chats and for streaming content.

The move comes as a new report confirms that Facebook could use data collected from Portal to serve up targeted ads - heightening privacy concerns around the device.

Oct 16 17:44

WikiLeaks Releases A Detailed List Of All Amazon Web Services Data Centers Ahead Of DoD Decision

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks has published an alleged “highly confidential” document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers called Amazon Atlas.

The international whistleblowing organization claims to have published the document as an attempt to shed light on the “largely hidden” locations of cloud-based servers...

Oct 16 16:36

Digital Free Speech Zones are Here

An empire of lies requires popular devotion to its founding illusions, lest it will collapse under the weight of its own hubris.

Oct 16 08:49

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

Boffins have devised a way to make eavesdropping smartwatches, computers, mobile devices, and speakers with endearing names like Alexa better aware of what's going on around them.

In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, and Chris Harrison describe a real-time, activity recognition system capable of interpreting collected sound.

In other words, a software that uses devices' always-on builtin microphones to sense what exactly's going on in the background.

Oct 15 17:36

'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used by Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything

“Do Not Track,” as it was first imagined a decade ago by consumer advocates, was going to be a “Do Not Call” list for the internet, helping to free people from annoying targeted ads and creepy data collection. But only a handful of sites respect the request, the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium. (Pinterest won’t use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who’s elected not to be tracked, while Medium won’t send their data to third parties.) The vast majority of sites, including this one, ignore it.

Yahoo and Twitter initially said they would respect it, only to later abandon it. The most popular sites on the internet, from Google and Facebook to Pornhub and xHamster, never honored it in the first place.

Oct 15 17:03

TSA Announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

Homeland Security was explicit in their 18-page memo from June 2017 that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” Now, according to a new “Biometric Roadmap” from the TSA, detailed by The Identity Project, we can see the level of commitment to accelerating incremental enforcement for all domestic and international air travel (“notional phased approach” in TSA-speak). Of course when it comes to the TSA, airports may not be the final destination. Biometric ID is already spreading from planes, to trains, to events and to conferences...

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