Microsoft rep calls Catholic Church a key ally in protecting kids online

Catholic News Agency Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of Microsoft’s office for online safety has said the Catholic Church is a key ally in the ongoing effort to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation online. When asked why a major tech company would partner with the Catholic Church on such an important issue, Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online … Continue reading Microsoft rep calls Catholic Church a key ally in protecting kids online

PARANOID ANDROID: How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

Margi Murphy The Sun DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users’ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations – even when they aren’t in the room. If you own an Android phone, it’s likely that you’ve used Google’s Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Siri. Google says it … Continue reading PARANOID ANDROID: How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

Google Is About to Start Tracking Your Offline Behavior, Too

Josie Wales
The Antimedia

It’s no secret that Google already monitors its users’ online shopping activity, but now it will follow them out of their homes and keep a close eye on every interaction they make. The tech giant announced a new system to track users’ in-store credit card purchases Tuesday in a statement published on the company’s official blog.

Google rolled out the new tool at Google Marketing Next, an annual event geared toward advertisers where the company unveils its newest innovations in marketing. “Store sales management” works by pulling data from Google’s third-party partnerships, which capture approximately 70% of credit card transactions in the United States. The system then streamlines user information in order to generate reports automatically sent to merchants who opt in. The reports will measure the effectiveness of online advertisements by matching in-store transactions back to Google ads. Continue reading “Google Is About to Start Tracking Your Offline Behavior, Too”

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”

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”