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Google hits pause on promoting facial popularity tech over abuse fears

The ethical dilemma swirling around facial recognition technology has prompted Google to hit pause on selling its own system to the public. On Thursday, Google’s Cloud business said it was holding off on offering a facial recognition system for general-purposes, citing the potential for abuse. “We continue to work with many organizations to identify and...CONTINUE READING

Bear in mind Apple Track Attach? Neatly, Apple’s killing it.

For Apple, music and social just don’t mix.  According to 9to5Mac, the company is quietly killing the social component of its Apple Music service, Connect.  SEE ALSO: Surprise! Apple Music is coming to the Amazon Echo Apple has reportedly been sending artists on Apple Music a notice saying they won’t be able to post to...CONTINUE READING

The dying of YouTube annotations marks an finish for early interactive internet video

In a small update to a YouTube support page last month, the online video giant announced that annotations would be deleted from all videos using the feature early next year. An example of how crazy YouTube annotations could get if overusedImage: Youtube / screenshot“We will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019,”...CONTINUE READING

The most productive UK headphones for each state of affairs

There are genuinely thousands of different headphones, earphones, and earbuds out there to choose from. That can seem like a great thing initially, but when you are faced with all those options, the prospect of picking the perfect set can be pretty daunting. All have the same idea at heart — to provide you with...CONTINUE READING

Postmates finds its lovely, automatic supply robotic

Meet Serve. Serve is Postmates’ new automated delivery robot, developed to help make the company‘s on-demand deliveries more efficient. SEE ALSO: Is the face-swapping robot with multiple ‘personalities’ cool or just plain creepy? It’ll ride along sidewalks and can carry up to 50 lbs, traveling 25 miles on a single charge. There’s dynamic lighting in...CONTINUE READING

‘123456,’ ‘donald,’ and different horrible passwords folks used this yr

For what seems like the umpteenth time, “123456” and “password” are the most commonly used passwords this year.  Those combinations sit in the number one and two spots respectively, according to SplashData, who evaluates millions of leaked passwords each year for its worst 100 passwords list. SEE ALSO: How to concoct (and remember!) an insanely...CONTINUE READING

Fb pushes again on claims that outdoor fact-checking is a PR stunt

Facebook is pushing back on claims that its work with third-party fact-checkers amounts to little more than “crisis PR.” That’s how one former employee of Snopes, one of the fact-checking websites that works directly with Facebook to debunk misinformation in News Feed, described her previous work with the company. SEE ALSO: Facebook‘s Privacy Disaster In...CONTINUE READING

Netflix is trying out ‘Immediate Replay’ function that customers already hate

Show me that tear-jerking scene again, Netflix! Netflix has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it is testing an “Instant Replay” button. The feature delivers a button prompt to viewers to “replay” what they just watched at the end of a scene, without any rewinding or fast forwarding necessary. Unfortunately, however, Netflix users just...CONTINUE READING
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