Category: Internet of Things

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

AP News | Source URL The Saudi government app Absher is mostly a way for people to pay traffic fines and complete other administrative tasks electronically. But one feature isn’t sitting well with civil-rights advocates: the ability for men to grant or deny a woman permission to travel. Regardless of […]

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

The Intercept Futurism Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal. Late last year, […]

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

RT Natural News Source URL Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser. Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on […]

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia & Nicholas Confessore | The New York Times | Source URL Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed. For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies […]

Facebook says its controversial new $200 ‘Portal’ video-calling device DOESN’T listen in on users – but admits it will monitor how you use it to create targeted ads

Annie Palmer & Tim Collins | The Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook has admitted its $200 Portal device, which goes on sale today in the US, will monitor user activity to serve lucrative personalized ads to owners.  The firm claims it collects devise usage information to understand how Portal is […]

Amazon Echo and Google Home Smart Assistants Scare Owners with Unprompted Statements

Amazon Echo and Google Home Smart Assistants Scare Owners with Unprompted Statements

Charlie Nash | Breitbart | Source URL Amazon Echo and Google Home A.I. assistant devices are scaring their owners with unprompted statements. According to the Wall Street Journal, one Echo owner “was sitting on her bed crying one day after having just quit her job, listening to music, when she said […]