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Facebook info sharing “issue”: Another reason to delete Facebook

Facebook info sharing “issue”: Another reason to delete Facebook

This week Facebook admitted to wrongly sharing the personal data of thousands of app users with thousands of developers. The issue here isn't as simple as Facebook selling your personal information to advertisers, or Facebook allowing political advertisers to publish inaccuracies and lies on their platforms. Instead, it's more like a little mistake. A little mistake that lends more evidence to the idea that when a company is as big as Facebook, a little mistake can have big consequences.

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Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google's enacted an auto-delete system in their Web & App Activity section of all user accounts. Google Account settings will include an "auto-delete" option by default. It'll be up to you to decide when Google deletes your user info - or if you'd like them to keep your info forever. But don't let that make you think you're good to go forever, automatically! It's not quite that simple.

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Phone service issues appear across USA: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

Phone service issues appear across USA: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

On the afternoon of June 15, 2020, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint appeared to be having issues with connectivity. Phone voice calls and data connections seemed to be extremely slow and/or broken entirely for several hours. At 3:18 PM Central Time, CEO Neville Ray posted a Twitter message suggesting the network was being fixed.

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

A location data processing company called Unacast created a "Social Distancing Scoreboard" for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This scoreboard's "Social Distancing Score" uses "distance traveled" by people "pre-COVID-19" and now. They cross-referenced this data with reports of people testing positive for COVID-19 throughout the United States. It's not a perfectly scientifically-sound solution by any means - but it is an interesting set of data points.

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Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Today we get our first major glimpse of what Google developers are doing to prepare Android 11 (or Android R) for 5G connectivity. We see the next-generation operating system update with the Android 11 Developer Preview, a bit of software that was just released for app developers today. With 5G, the Android experience expands in a number of exciting ways - but it begins at the base, with features like "dynamic meteredness" and a newly updated bandwidth estimator API.

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5G in the USA made simple: Sub-6 vs mmWave

5G in the USA made simple: Sub-6 vs mmWave

Today we're using the Galaxy S20 as a key example in explaining 5G in the USA. We'll be exploring the two main varieties of what's considered 5G mobile data as well as the coverage you can get with carriers in the USA today - and in the near future. This article acts as guide for the most major roll-out of 5G data in the USA, here in the year 2020.

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Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

The latest beta version of iOS 13.4 was released this week with reference to code for a system called CarKey. Apple Watch and iPhone users that are capable of working with this software will be able to use NFC to unlock certain cars - just so long as they're authorized. This system also suggests that users will eventually be able to use Apple Watch and/or iPhone devices to start cars without need for a separate key.

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You should change this new Facebook privacy option right now

You should change this new Facebook privacy option right now

Facebook made an update to Privacy options this week that allows users to stop tracking with "off-Facebook activity." If you get to the "Off-Facebook activity" section of your Privacy Settings, you'll see the option to stop "Future off-Facebook activity." That option can be switched OFF, at which point you'll be warned by Facebook that "Your experience may be less personalized and the ads that you see may be less relevant to you."

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Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Today the official Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the term Wi-Fi 6E as a differentiator from the original Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will know that a device will have access to 6Ghz wi-fi spectrum. Devices out right now with Wi-Fi 6 have access to 5Ghz operation. In the near future, some new devices will be capable of Wi-Fi 6 and beyond - into 6Ghz - so the Wi-Fi Alliance created a slightly more elite term, Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E vs 6: What's the difference?

Wi-Fi 6E has access to all the benefits given to devices with the Wi-Fi 6 designation. Wi-Fi 6E ALSO has access to 6Ghz operation, or what the Wi-Fi Alliance defines as "an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon by made available by regulators around the world."

Wi-Fi 5 was another name for the 802.11ac parameter, while Wi-Fi 6 is aka 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 5 had access to 5Ghz Frequency, while Wi-Fi 6 has access to 2.5 and 5Ghz frequency. The max data rate of Wi-Fi 5 is 3.5 Gb/s, and Wi-Fi 6 goes up to 9.6Gb/s. Wi-Fi 6E is the same as Wi-Fi 6, except that it ALSO has access to 6Ghz spectrum frequency.

This is sort of separate from 5G, but it compliments the near future of the internet data market. Once 5G gets rolling across the world, we'll see apps and networks that depend on 5G-speed data. To make sure Wi-Fi is ready to meed that demand, 6Ghz spectrum and all the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) are defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Why should I care?

If you're reading this in early 2020, you probably don't need to care about Wi-Fi 6E at all. If the marketplace evolves at an immense speed, we might see 6Ghz released for use by governments around the world for use by everyday average citizens.

"6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available."

The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get out ahead of the industry here with a term they can all use. If they were late on this particular point, we'd see a variety of terms used for Wi-Fi 6 (plus 6Ghz!) and so forth - and that's just messy.

Once 6GHz spectrum is made available by regulators, you'll likely see "Wi-Fi 6E" appear on promotions for new routers and smartphones in short order. The difference between Wi-Fi 6 devices and Wi-Fi 6E devices won't be massive right out the gate. Unless you depend on the absolute cutting-edge speeds and lack of latency and so forth, you can probably just choose Wi-Fi 6 devices if you have the choice between 6 and 6E, unless the prices between those two devices are quite similar.

The overarching story here has us all benefit from the opening up of 6Ghz spectrum because we'll all have more mobile data elbow room, so to speak - and faster data, and and lower latency.

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T-Mobile security breach exposes customer data: Why only prepaid?

T-Mobile security breach exposes customer data: Why only prepaid?

If you're a T-Mobile prepaid user, then we've got some sour news to kick off your weekend. T-Mobile announced today that a number of its prepaid subscribers have had their personal information compromised in a data breach. The good news is that none of the financial data, social security numbers, or passwords associated with these accounts were compromised.

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Amid all the privacy debates we've seen in recent years, one consistent complaint is that companies don't face harsh enough punishments to discourage the misuse of user data. Today, US Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon introduced new legislation that could change that. Dubbed the "Mind Your Own Business Act," this bill would empower the FTC to levy harsher punishments for privacy violations and give end users more power when it comes to determining what happens with their data.

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