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These hackers are supercharging your sex toys for increased pleasure

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

2019-08-31
YouTube settles with FTC over child privacy violations

Within days of launching its YouTube Kids site and adding more age categories to the Kids app, YouTube is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over child privacy violations. According to a report from Politico, YouTube agreed to pay $150-200 million to the Justice Department to settle the FTC investigation....

2019-08-31
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-31
How to see what ads Instagram thinks you’ll care about

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Instagram‘s one of the prime social networks, and its ads are sometimes marginally less obtrusive than the likes of its big brother, Facebook. But they’re still there and they...

2019-08-31
Breaking: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-30
Opinion: Facebook’s brain computer interface will be the instrument of society’s collapse

Anyone else think giving Facebook literal access to our brains is a catastrophically stupid idea? If you missed it: Facebook‘s building a brain computer interface (BCI). In the company’s words, the gadget will be: A non-invasive, wearable device that lets people type by simply imagining themselves talking. That...

2019-08-30
Gaming’s ‘MeToo’ moment continues as more women come forward

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. What started as a small collection of voices on Twitter has now ballooned into a full-blown movement, as more and more women in...

2019-08-30
“Alexa, roll down the windows!” Inside Amazon’s quest to get in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Muji’s brand-new pop-up is half store, half design gallery

The company is celebrating the designer who shaped it for two decades, Ikko Tanaka, and his prescient vision of how branding can do more with less. Muji already has three locations in Manhattan, including its flagship store. But today, it’s opening a new kind of location in the city: a pop-up in Soho that...

2019-08-30
Hurricane Dorian live cams will stream the storm from Florida cities

The storm could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. While the exact path of Hurricane Dorian is still uncertain, it now seems to be destined to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Florida or perhaps Georgia. The storm is currently a Category 2 hurricane, and those already 100-mph winds are expected to...

2019-08-30
Inside Amazon’s long game to put Alexa in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Even if you hate your job, you can use it to build a career you love

Building three companies where I struggled to find meaning taught me that even the most vacuous undertakings can help you build a career you care about. Since the glory days of ’80s self-help books, we’ve been told that if you’re stuck in a career rut you should just “do what you love and...

2019-08-30
Google discovered websites that could hack your iPhone just by visiting them

The hackers could then monitor the iPhone’s location and upload virtually any files from the device–including iMessage and WhatsApp messages. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has published a blog post detailing a number of exploits in iOS that allowed hacked websites to hack into an iPhone...

2019-08-30
Android phone brands ranked by OS update frequency: Nokia is #1

One of the major concerns when you buy an Android device is the frequency of updates you’ll receive over the years.. Google has been trying to solve that problem by pushing more fixes through the Google Play services, and initiatives like Project Treble and Project Mainline. Still, a lot of onus falls on phone...

2019-08-30
Google researchers reveal data-stealing, web-based iPhone exploit that was active for years

Researchers from Google have uncovered what appears to be a concentrated malware campaign targeting iPhones for at least two years. Thankfully this may be over now, although they warn it’s possible there are others that are yet to be seen. Project Zero, the search giant’s security team tasked with finding...

2019-08-30
Red-light traffic deaths keep rising. Is distracted driving to blame?

An alarming study from the AAA Foundation could show one of the dangers in distracted driving. The rise of smartphones has led to easy, relentless connectivity, kids begging for Snapchat accounts, and Instagram influencers making real money. The rise of phones may also have helped drive up the number of people killed...

2019-08-29
YouTube’s adding more age gates to YouTube Kids — this should go well

YouTube just revealed it’s added new age categories to its YouTube Kids app, offering different videos depending on whether the child is preschool or preteen. In theory, anyway — I’m not sure I trust YouTube Kids, of all apps, to be able to make that kind of subtle differentiation. The new age categories,...

2019-08-29
Trump tweets 2020 campaign logo linked to alt-right and white supremacy groups

It isn’t the first time Trump has shared content from white supremacists and neo-Nazis. President Trump likes to use content and images from some of his supporters, tweeting their memes and opinions out to his 63.7 million followers. Now, a video supporting his 2020 campaign that he tweeted on Wednesday...

2019-08-29
Think twice before referring all your friends to your company

It’s a nice gesture to refer friends for jobs at your workplace. But don’t forget: Your own reputation’s also on the line. An employee referral is when an employee puts forward a candidate for a job opportunity within their organization. Referring a friend can seem like an easy win for...

2019-08-29
Pinterest is escalating its fight against anti-vaxxers as measles surge in the U.S.

“We’re taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn’t responsible.” In early 2019, as most social networks were still rubbing their beards about how to deal with fake news, Pinterest took an aggressive,...

2019-08-29
Facebook doesn’t actually let you unlink your Instagram account

Yeah, there’s an “Unlink Account” button, but–surprise!-it doesn’t do what it says. Thought you unlinked your Instagram and Facebook accounts? Well, you haven’t. As Wired reports, the “Unlink Account” option in Instagram, which allows a user to unlock their...

2019-08-29
Facebook’s ‘technical error’ in Messenger Kids allowed children to chat with adults, unsupervised

Facebook has admitted to a design flaw in Messenger Kids app that allowed young users on the platform to participate in group chats with adults, without their parents’ permission. The acknowledgement comes weeks after US Democratic senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal urged the social media giant to...

2019-08-29
Who will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian? This map will tell you

An interactive map lets you track Dorian’s path and includes demographic data on affected areas. Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and could strengthen to a Category 3 by the time it reaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center said today. Puerto Rico will be spared the worst of the storm,...

2019-08-28
YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version. Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features...

2019-08-28

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