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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Moving your data between internet services is something that isn't always easy or fast. This is especially true when you're doing something like moving photos between social networks or music libraries and playlists between music streaming services. Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they're going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project.

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This new Google Account page is a big deal

This new Google Account page is a big deal

With Google working its way into many different facets of every day life, it can be pretty difficult to keep tabs on all of the data it has on you. Perhaps brought on by controversy that has hit Google's competitors in recent months, such as Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, or the EU's new laws on data privacy and protection, the company is looking to make it easier to access the wealth of information in your Google Account. Among other things, this means a redesigned Account page aimed at ease of navigation.

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If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

In keeping with the strict General Data Protection Regulation laid down by the European Union, Valve has rolled out a new data portal to Steam users that can only be described as "exhaustive." This portal puts pretty much every piece of information about your Steam account in one place, serving up boatloads of data you probably never even cared to look at in the first place. While some of this data was accessible in one way or another before GDPR became law, this new portal organizes it and makes it easier to find specific information.

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Microsoft just put another data center underwater

Microsoft just put another data center underwater

Several years ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling on a very interesting project: undersea data centers. It's been a while since we last heard from this initiative, called Project Natick, but now Microsoft has announced a major milestone for it. The company has sunk a new data center off the coast of Scotland's Orkney Islands, and assuming everything goes smoothly, it'll be on the ocean floor for at least the next five years.

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Apple ditches plans for Ireland data center

Apple ditches plans for Ireland data center

Back in 2015, Apple announced plans to build a new data center in Athenry, Ireland. The small town was an attractive destination for Apple because of West Ireland's green energy resources, and the company planned to invest as much as $1 billion in its construction. It's been a while since we last heard about this data center, but more news about the project is surfacing today and it isn't good.

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Federated Learning: Google wants your data

Federated Learning: Google wants your data

Google's going to present themselves as a responsible force for good at Google IO 2018. They'll be rolling with a message that centers on not just the responsible handling of data, but the measured, reasonable use of smart devices. They're going to do this in several ways - one of which is with the concept "Federated Learning."

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Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Today Mark Zuckerberg publicly denied knowledge of the term "Shadow Profile" at a congressional hearing. Zuckerberg did not deny knowledge of the definition of Facebook's shadow profiles, but he did attempt to cut ties between the definition and the commonly-known name for the subject. Today we've got a quick primer on the Facebook-made Shadow Profile.

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Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal seems unending, but this week, users are finally getting some answers about whether or not their data was shared. Yesterday, Facebook began surfacing links at the top of News Feeds to help users understand what kind of data they're sharing with third-party apps. Today, the company took things one step further and launched a new tool that allows users to see if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

In the near future on the Chrome web browser on Android there'll be a feature called Blink LazyLoad. This feature stops webpages from loading until the parts of the webpage the user needs are requested. Questions remain about how this will affect users looking to read webpages offline, but for everybody else, this might well be the next big step in saving on unwanted and unnecessary mobile data use. Until you scroll down, everything below the cut will be FROZEN.

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OnePlus clipboard issue a false alarm

OnePlus clipboard issue a false alarm

Friday a report was released about a clipboard issue in OnePlus smartphones - today it's been fixed and clarified. The first report cites Elliot Anderson, whose known for digging up data in smartphone apps. His report was meant to be a first investigation, but was reported as a major privacy invasion - which we've been on alert for in OnePlus devices before. Turns out this situation wasn't anything to get too pumped up about.

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T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile USA appears to have dominated the latest batch of mobile data tests from the folks at OpenSignal, beating out bigger names like Verizon and AT&T in the process. How could this have happened, and at what point did T-Mobile begin delivering more reliable and speedier mobile data than their competitors? If T-Mobile's service is so good, why don't they have more customers than their competitors? Is it the advertising, maybe the phones they've got available - or is it something more subtle, like the shade of pink they're using?

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Is Datally by Google necessary?

Is Datally by Google necessary?

Google app Datally was released on November 30th, 2017, to make a big, sweet attempt at helping users understand data use. Right in time, too - just as we're about to destroy Net Neutrality and all of our data bills go irreparably skyward. "Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world," said Google, "And what’s worse, it’s hard to figure out where it all goes."

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