Tag Archives: internet

NSA has yet to fix security holes that helped Snowden leaks

Edward Snowden's success in leaking NSA data was chalked up in part to the agency's own security lapses, so you'd think that the agency would have tightened up its procedures in the past five years...

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Inmates hacked prison tablets to steal $225,000 for apps and music

Company JPay offers special, small tablets designed specifically for corrections facilities. These tablets are intended to provide inmates with limited access to the outside world, including email and mobile games, but instead they were used to transfer large sums of money into various JPay accounts.

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Chase links its payment app to Samsung Pay so you’ll actually use it

Do you use Chase Pay for your retail shopping? No?

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Google plans to launch 200 high-quality Internet hotspots in Nigeria

Google has announced plans to rollout Internet hotspots in Nigeria, a move that will give millions of people online access. The project will involve the construction of Google Station destinations across five Nigerian cities, adding them to the list containing Mexico, Thailand and other select countries set for Google Station rollouts.

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Lyft considers “zen mode” option that gives riders a talk-free trip

Ridesharing company Lyft has considered adding a new “zen mode” ride option that lets the driver know not to speak to the rider, according to a new report. Chatty drivers aren’t unusual when it comes to taxi rides, but many riders prefer to skip the small talk entirely, instead focusing on work or having a moment to relax.

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Google Search puts local event information front and center

For a lot of people, summer means spending time outside at local events, whether those are concerts, festivals, art shows, or theater. Google has been working on improving event discovery within Search for a while now, but today, it announced a pretty significant update that will put information on events front and center. The idea is to surface information on … Continue reading

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Amazon will prevent command confusion on all Alexa devices

Amazon's Echo lineup, like some smart speakers, uses proximity detection to decide which device is best-suited to responding to your voice commands. It's a clever way to prevent multiple devices from waking up at the same time.

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Firefox blocks noisy autoplaying videos in latest Nightly build

Firefox is the latest browser to address autoplaying videos with sound, one of the most annoying parts of visiting certain websites.

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Facebook deal with Washington ends ad filtering for ethnicity

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Facebook has signed an agreement that will prevent advertisers promoting housing, credit, employment, insurance or businesses open to the public from excluding individuals from seeing thei...

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Twitter is having a hard time enforcing its age policy

Once Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May, Twitter began enforcing its age policy more aggressively, and unfortunately for some users, that meant having their accounts locked even if they were currently of age. G...

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