privacy

Apple now accepting details for future App Store privacy ‘labels’

Apple now accepting details for future App Store privacy ‘labels’

Apple has informed developers that it is now accepting app privacy information for an upcoming App Store change involving what many refer to as privacy 'nutrition labels.' Put simply, Apple will enable its users to quickly see privacy information about apps before they download them, helping users make informed choices about what they use.

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Google One adds a VPN service to higher subscription tiers

Google One adds a VPN service to higher subscription tiers

Google has a ton of apps and services, some of them not free, many of them relatively unknown. One recent service that checks those two boxes is Google One, which has practically replaced its old Google Drive and Photos paid subscriptions. Separating its cloud storage offering into a product of its own gives Google the freedom to expand the service beyond just cloud storage. Case in point is the new VPN by Google One that offers privacy and security to those on the service's highest tiers.

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Google Nest Hub may use proximity to save you from saying “Hey Google”

Google Nest Hub may use proximity to save you from saying “Hey Google”

Smart, AI-powered, virtual assistants are undoubtedly helpful, at least to those who have actually found uses for them. For better or worse, however, all of them have to be manually "woken up", usually by a trigger phrase. It's a bit of a hassle, especially when you're already standing in front of your smart speaker or smart display. It seems that Google is playing around with a feature that lets a Nest Hub detect your presence and automatically wake up Google Assistant, a convenience that may come at the expense of some privacy.

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Windows 10 update failure issues today

Windows 10 update failure issues today

A set of relatively major issues appeared with the latest Windows 10 update this week. Over the past several days, Windows 10 users reported issues with the latest set of updates, ranging from failure to download all the way to the Blue Screen of Death. Update release codes included KB4579311 and KB4577671, and you might want to go ahead and pause updates until it's all sorted out.

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Nest Guard discontinued as Google Assistant takeover rolls on

Nest Guard discontinued as Google Assistant takeover rolls on

Back in September of 2017, Google introduced the Nest Guard home alarm, a sleek little pod with buttons on it. This system was part of the Nest Secure home security system, a system that also included the Nest Tag and the Nest Detect. It would appear that Google's decided to move away from this fob-dependent system in favor of a more touchscreen and voice-dependent reality.

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Sony clarifies PS5 voice chat recording feature following privacy panic

Sony clarifies PS5 voice chat recording feature following privacy panic

With the release of PlayStation 4 firmware update 8.00 came a new notification that warned players their voice chats may be recorded and sent to Sony for review. The alert understandably caught players off guard and caused an outcry from many of them. Following that, Sony has detailed the voice chat feature that'll be available on the PS5, including how it may record you.

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PS4 update 8.00 added a privacy notification that has players panicking

PS4 update 8.00 added a privacy notification that has players panicking

The newly released PlayStation 4 version 8.00 software update rolled out to console owners today, adding a number of new features while taking away a couple of minor ones. Not mentioned in Sony's update announcement, however, was a new notification that has caught players off guard and raised concerns about privacy -- one pointing out that voice party conversations may be recorded and the audio may be made available to Sony moderators for review.

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Another reason to quit Facebook: Monopoly misdeeds

Another reason to quit Facebook: Monopoly misdeeds

Today we're taking a look at how Facebook users are finding reasons why to quit the Social Network entirely. Per the latest update from the US Government House Antitrust Subcommittee, Facebook wields substantial monopoly powers and maintains power in ways that are anticompetitive or outright nefarious. Part of this latest set of findings, quotes from Mark Zuckerberg appear as veiled threats aimed at the co-founder of Instagram, suggesting that "refusing to enter into a partnership with Facebook, including acquisition, would have consequences for Instagram."

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The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

At first glance, it's a tough ask: allow Amazon-owned Ring to fly a mini drone carrying a camera around your house, all in the name of security. Ring Always Home Cam was undoubtedly the weirdest of the announcements at yesterday's big Amazon Fall hardware event, but while it may seem like an Onion gag the security firm insists it's headed to your living room in 2021.

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Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon is either brazen, blasé, or oblivious to its privacy reputation, and the result is borderline-creepy products like Ring Always Home Cam and the Echo Show 10. Unveiled today in a product-packed event that was punctuated by monologues about how working-from-home has changed the landscape for what we expect from our devices, on the one hand they're a perhaps logical progression of the smart home devices Amazon has already shown us.

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Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

The Trump administration's war on TikTok continues to escalate, and today's news of a September 20 deadline to pull the app - along with WeChat - from US app stores has users understandably concerned that the short video social network might stop working. Turns out, today's announcement makes it a little more complicated than that: read on for what you need to know if you're a TikTok fan.

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Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

The Trump government will force the removal of TikTok and WeChat from app stores in the US as of this weekend, unless a deal divorcing the popular services from the Chinese ownership is finalized. It's the latest in a series of high-profile escalations done, the US Department of Commerce insisted today, to stop "malicious collection of American citizens' personal data," though critics have accused the policies of being the result of xenophobia and political maneuvering.

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