Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in adverts

The Independent

An increasing number of Android applications are attempting to track users without their knowledge, according to a new report.

Over recent years, companies have started hiding “beacons”, ultrasonic audio signals inaudible to humans, in their adverts, in order to track devices and learn more about their owners.

Electronic devices equipped with microphones can register these sounds, allowing advertisers to uncover their location and work out what kind of ads their owners watch on TV and which other devices they own. Continue reading “Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in adverts”

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Soros-Funded Groups Push to Exempt Facebook, Google from FCC Rules

Jerome Corsi
Infowars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday morning, in anticipation of FCC chairman Ajit Pai taking steps to repeal the Obama administration “Net Neutrality” rules, two Astroturf Soros-funded “public interest” groups based in Washington – Free Press and Fight for the Future – joined Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Ron Wyden (Oregon), and Ed Markey (Massachusetts), in a telephone press conference.

In their prepared statements, the Soros-funded partisan advocacy groups and the Democratic Senators promised to oppose the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obama-era ‘Net Neutrality’ rules by organizing a “protest tsunami” to flood Congress and the FCC with phone calls and letters designed to push the leftist Internet agenda. Continue reading “Soros-Funded Groups Push to Exempt Facebook, Google from FCC Rules”

Robot dog makes first parcel delivery to house in Boston

Cara McGoogan
The Telegraph

Boston Dynamics has been putting its robotic dog to work delivering packages in Boston as it part of a mission to find commercial uses for the machine.

The company, owned by Google, has been testing ways to use the dexterous machines in different settings. Until now, the robots have only really been used in military settings.

Called Spot, the four-legged version of Boston Dynamics‘ automaton can jump, run, climb stairs, get back up if it falls, and perform human tasks such as house work. It can also now deliver packages strapped to its back, the company said.  Continue reading “Robot dog makes first parcel delivery to house in Boston”

Tomato, tomahto. Google Home now supports multiple users

Google

Ok Google, good morning.”

“Hey, Jana. The time is 8 AM. The weather in Mountain View currently is 72 degrees and sunny with a high of 75 degrees. Today at 9 AM you have breakfast check in with Diego. Here’s the latest news….”

Wait—that daily briefing was for my wife, who set up Google Home for the family. What if I want to hear results that are right for me? Continue reading “Tomato, tomahto. Google Home now supports multiple users”

YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers

Newsbeat

YouTube is launching a new campaign to tackle internet safety and issues around fake news, the video streaming site has announced.

he company says it will put on workshops aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds in cities across the UK.

The plans, promoted as part of Internet Citizens day, also aim to raise awareness of issues around free speech, comment moderation and online abuse. Continue reading “YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers”

FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits

Jim Puzzanghera
The Los Angeles Times

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday accelerated its deregulation push under Republican control, voting to ease limits on broadcast TV ownership and prices that large telecom companies can charge businesses and governments for bulk broadband services.

Revisions to how the agency calculates the audience reached by broadcasters would clear the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to purchase Tribune Media Co., which owns KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles and 41 other stations.

Thursday’s changes, advocated by the agency’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, and approved on party-line votes, reverse initiatives the FCC pursued under Democratic leadership during the Obama administration. Consumer groups and some lawmakers warned that the deregulation steps would trigger more media consolidation and higher prices for consumers. Continue reading “FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits”

Facebook goes virtual: Firm unveils VR and AR software as Mark Zuckerberg confirms it IS developing a ‘mind reading’ brain interface

The Daily Mail

Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled Facebook‘s augmented reality system – and confirmed rumours the firm is developing a ‘mind control’ brain interface.

The social network’s founder took to the stage at the firm’s annual F8 developer conference at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to introduce what he called the ‘second act’ in Facebook’s camera strategy – a new platform to allow developers to build AR apps that intensifies its battle with Snapchat. Continue reading “Facebook goes virtual: Firm unveils VR and AR software as Mark Zuckerberg confirms it IS developing a ‘mind reading’ brain interface”

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Mike Isaac
The New York Times

SAN JOSE, Calif.Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has long rued the day that Apple and Google beat him to building smartphones, which now underpin many people’s digital lives. Ever since, he has searched for the next frontier of modern computing and how to be a part of it from the start.

Now, Mr. Zuckerberg is betting he has found it: the real world.

On Tuesday, Mr. Zuckerberg introduced what he positioned as the first mainstream augmented reality platform, a way for people to view and digitally manipulate the physical world around them through the lens of their smartphone cameras.

What that means today is fairly limited. Augmented reality is nascent — people can add simple flourishes on top of their photos or videos, like sticking a pixelated blue beard on a selfie or adding puppy stickers to a photo of the front yard of their house.

But in Mr. Zuckerberg’s telling, there are few boundaries for how this technology will evolve. He said he envisioned a world in which people could eventually point smartphone cameras at a bowl of cereal and have an app create tiny sharks swimming in the milk. Friends can leave virtual notes for one another on the walls outside their favorite restaurants, noting which menu item is the most delicious.

Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook”

How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Amanda Hess
The New York Times

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program. While the young broadcaster got his show syndicated on a few public radio stations, it was a YouTube channel he began in 2009, “The David Pakman Show,” that opened up his progressive political commentary to a whole new digital audience. The show has since amassed 353,000 subscribers, and roughly half of its revenue now comes from the ads that play before his videos. He earns enough to produce the show full time and pay a lean staff.

Or, at least, he used to. Last month YouTube announced abrupt, vague changes to its automated processes for placing ads across the platform. Ads on Mr. Pakman’s YouTube channel evaporated, dropping to as little as 6 cents a day, and forcing him to set up a crowdfunding page to help cover $20,000 a month in operating costs.

“This is an existential threat to the show,” Mr. Pakman said. “We need that money.” Continue reading “How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media”

Fears Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history

News.com.au IN THIS day and age, every boss is going to quickly Google a prospective employee before asking them to come in for an interview. But now the technology giant is working on project called Google Hire, which The Sun reports will help employers learn perhaps a little bit too much about their new recruits. It will reportedly be a recruitment tool similar to LinkedIn … Continue reading Fears Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history