Thursday, October 18, 2018

MixedTimes - Technology

Facebook finds hack was done by spammers, not foreign state

Facebook 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.

YouTube investigating massive outage

YouTube confirmed the video-sharing site was down Tuesday night, but it wasn't immediately clear what caused the massive outage.

Top tech CEOs bicker over chronic homelessness

Two of the world's top tech CEOs disagree about how to ease homelessness in San Francisco—a city where extreme wealth glitters alongside roughly 7,500 living on the streets, the Guardian reports.

6 Alexa skills you’ll use every day

Alexa is no longer “new.” The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S.

Is ‘Black Ops 4’ the new ‘Fortnite’?

The latest release of “Black Ops 4” with its new game mode ‘Black Out,’ has some gamers on the fence about the well-established cross-platform battle royal that is “Fortnite.

Fox on Tech: Google’s new gadgets

After months of rumors and high-profile releases from other tech giants, Google finally took the wraps off its new generation of gadgets, hoping to take on Apple and others as the holidays get closer.

Apple patent could kill robocalls

A new software patent from Apple could help kill robocalls and scams, letting users automatically recognize "a spoofing caller."

Amazon drops secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women

Bias in machine learning may be problematic even for tech giants like Amazon who are at the forefront of this field. A new report from Reuters shows the e-commerce company had to get rid of an internal project used to vet job applications after the recruiting tool displayed an inherent bias against women.

Google fires at Apple with Pixel 3 phone, other devices

Google unveiled its new Pixel 3 phones, Pixel Slate tablet and HomeHub device at a glitzy event in New York on Tuesday, as it looks to up the ante with Apple for consumer'sspending this holiday season.

Apple has a worrying new ‘kill switch’

A leaked internal memo from Apple has sparked concerns the company will dramatically restrict the ability of customers to repair their devices themselves or get replacement parts from third party repair shops.

Army to control overseas combat drones from US

The U.S. Army is working with industry to implement drone operations that enable high-risk combat missions to be controlled by a U.S.-based pilot, reducing vulnerability to enemy attack and drawing upon advanced satellite networks to improve video feeds.

Google exposed user data, feared repercussions of disclosing to public

Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

DHS backs Apple, Amazon denial of China 'spy' chips report

The Department of Homeland Security said this weekend it had "no reason to doubt" denials from Apple and Amazon of a report that Chinese spies placed surveillance chips in their server hardware.

Fox on Tech: Microsoft’s big announcement

The holidays are almost here, and with it comes the busiest shopping season of the year. The market for electronics is expected to be red-hot this year, and Microsoft is throwing its hat in the ring.

iPhone XS Max review: It’s an iPad too

Apple's iPhone XS Max, is not a perfect replacement for a tablet, but the Max’s 6.5-inch display is big enough and the new A12 Bionic processor is fast enough to replicate one.

White House slams Google, calls on it to abandon China search project

Vice President Mike Pence slammed Google and called on it to abandon its controversial Project Dragonfly search initiative, which would see the company potentially re-enter China. Pence said the move would“strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.

iPhone can be turned into a bodycam to record police

One creative iPhone user has developed a way to turn iPhones into the civilian version of a bodycam, letting people record their interactions with police in a sly manner.

Facebook breach fallout: What you need to know

Facebook, third-party apps and regulators are struggling to explain the specifics of a major security breach that allowed hackers to access 50 million accounts—one week after it was initially discovered.

How to beat Google's personalized ads

Google has created its own universe. If you wanted to, you could use nothing but Google products, and you could live a very fruitful digital life. You could buy a Chromebook, use Gmail and G Suite, post your videos to YouTube, and save every last bit of data on Google Drive.

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