You’re about to start seeing ads for the first time on Google’s mobile homepage

20th May 2019

During Google’s Marketing Live conference for advertisers on Tuesday, the search giant announced a first for the company: Ads are coming soon to Google’s iconic homepage. The ads will be confined to the version of its homepage accessible via the mobile web as well as its smartphone app later this year, which will provide the company a fresh source of advertising revenue and prominent new screen real estate it can…

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Spotify’s first piece of hardware is a voice assistant for your car

20th May 2019

That’s the name of Spotify’s first voice-controlled plug-in smart device: Car Thing. In a blog post Friday, the music streaming company said the device would play music and podcasts for a “small group” of invited Spotify Premium users in the U.S. Spotify said it could also be joined by devices called Voice Thing and Home Thing. A company spokesperson wouldn’t elaborate beyond the blog post. But The Verge found that…

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Google’s prototype AI translator translates your tone as well as your words

18th May 2019

We all know that communication depends on more than just what you say. How you say it is often just as important. That’s why Google’s latest prototype AI translator doesn’t just translate the words coming out of your mouth, but also the tone and cadence of your voice. The system is called Translatotron, and Google’s researchers go into detail on how it works in a recent blog post. They don’t…

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What to Do if Your Email Is Hacked

16th May 2019

If a scammer has swiped your password and is using your account to spew spam, take action and add measures to help stop it from happening again. Q.Could you please review best practices if one’s email is hacked? Is changing the password for that email sufficient? Is it necessary to change the email address (use a whole new email) for each site, like Amazon, that uses the hacked email as…

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Uber offers ‘Quiet Mode’ for riders who don’t want to talk to their drivers

15th May 2019

Quiet mode is one of the new preferences available beginning Tuesday evening across the U.S. for premium Uber rides, which means only Uber Black or Uber Black SUV rides. This is the first time the option has been available on the Uber app. Now when you order a black car (that means professional drivers and luxury vehicles, so no Priuses) you have a list of preferences you can select. Riders…

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WhatsApp And Snapchat banned on company devices at Continental

15th May 2019

German auto parts maker Continental AG said it will forbid its 240,000 employees from using Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp or Snap Inc.’s Snapchat on any of its company-issued mobile devices. About 36,000 such devices would be affected by the ban, which was provoked by privacy concerns, a Continental spokesman told Bloomberg. “We think it is unacceptable to transfer to users the responsibility of complying with data protection laws,” Chief Executive Officer…

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Amazon offers employees $10K and 3 months’ pay to start their own delivery businesses

14th May 2019

Following news of Amazon’s plans to reduce Prime shipping down to one day, the company this morning announced an expansion of its Delivery Service Partner program, which now includes a new incentive that encourages existing Amazon employees to start their own package delivery company. The partner program, first announced last year, includes access to Amazon’s delivery technology, hands-on training and a suite of other discounts for assets and services like…

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Who’s Using Your Face? The Ugly Truth About Facial Recognition

14th May 2019

When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text. Her friend Adam Harvey, another activist and researcher, had discovered photos of her in a US government database used to train facial-recognition algorithms, and wondered whether she knew about it. York, who works in Berlin for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights non-profit group, did not. She was stunned to discover that…

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You Can Get Amazon Prime Music Unlimited For Free For 3 Months Right Now

13th May 2019

If you’ve been wanting to give Amazon Prime Music a try, now might be one of the best times to sign up. Amazon is currently offering three months of the streaming music service for free, provided you haven’t used the service before. The promotion is valid between now and May 14th, 2019. After the three months, you’ll be charged $9.99 a month, or $7.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime member….

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A hacking ring stole millions by hijacking SIM cards, feds say

13th May 2019

Nine people have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to hijack SIM cards and steal cryptocurrency from unwitting victims, prosecutors said this week. The scheme, according to court documents, netted more than $2.4 million. In an unsealed indictment, prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan allege that six of the people, living across the United States and Ireland, were members of a group called “The…

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Verizon’s 5G internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

10th May 2019

Verizon today announced that Google and Apple will be its first video streaming launch partners when the telecom’s 5G broadband service arrives later this year. It also revealed its fourth and final launch market, Indianapolis, which joins the previously announced Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The announcement today confirms a previous rumor late last month; customers who sign up to Verizon’s 5G home internet service can choose to receive a…

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Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives

8th May 2019

One of the best ways to understand the potential of the Google Assistant is to watch how fast the voice-activated helper can now bring up Beyonce’s Instagram page. “Hey, Google,” says Meggie Hollenger, a Google program manager, using the wake words that trigger the software on her smartphone. Then it’s off to the races as she shoots off 12 commands in rapid-fire succession. “Open the New York Times … Open…

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