Emotion Recognition Tech Should Be Banned, Says an AI Research Institute

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is "built on markedly shaky foundations." Despite this, systems are on sale to help vet job seekers, test criminal suspects for signs of deception, and set insurance prices. It wants such software to be banned from use in important decisions that affect people's lives and/or determine their access to opportunities. ...
Tags: UK, US, Tech, Bbc, Paul Ekman, Kate Crawford, AI Now Institute, AI Research Institute, Prof Crawford

Buttigieg’s Bundlers Include Blackstone Vice Chair, Tech Chiefs

(Bloomberg) -- Pete Buttigieg’s campaign on Friday released the names of nearly 150 people who raised at least $25,000 for his presidential bid, including Blackstone Group Vice Chairman Tony James and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Swati Mylavarapu.The disclosure of the names of the so-called bundlers -- supporters who collect campaign contributions from multiple donors -- comes in response to rival Elizabeth Warren, who has criticized Buttigieg for what she says is a lack of transparency.Buttigieg...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Obama, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Harvard, Canada, Washington Dc, Iowa, Standard Oil

Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties

The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet's Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps such as TikTok and Grindr.
Tags: Apple, Google, Money, businessNews, Google Apple

Reputation Management Firms Bury Google Results By Placing Flattering Content

Prominent figures from Jacob Gottlieb to Betsy DeVos got help from a reputation management firm that can bury image-sensitive Google results by placing flattering content on websites that masquerade as news outlets. The Wall Street Journal reports: Jacob Gottlieb was considering raising money for a hedge fund. One problem: His last one had collapsed in a scandal. While Mr. Gottlieb wasn't accused of wrongdoing, googling his name prominently surfaced news articles chronicling the demise of Visium...
Tags: Google, New York, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Google News, Alphabet, Gottlieb, Visium Asset Management LP, Betsy DeVos, Jacob Gottlieb, Status Labs an Austin Texas

Tony Brooker, Pioneer of Computer Programming, Dies At 94

Cade Metz from The New York Times pays tribute to Tony Brooker, the mathematician and computer scientist who designed the programming language for the world's first commercial computer. Brooker died on Nov. 20 at the age of 94. From the report: Mr. Brooker had been immersed in early computer research at the University of Cambridge when one day, on his way home from a mountain-climbing trip in North Wales, he stopped at the University of Manchester to tour its computer lab, which was among the fi...
Tags: Tech, Manchester, Alan Turing, Ibm, Turing, The New York Times, University of Cambridge, British Library, North Wales, University of Manchester, Brooker, Tony Brooker, Cade Metz, Ferranti Mark, Tony Brooker Pioneer

Wall Street Weekahead: Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech

U.S. President Donald Trump's limited trade deal with China removes a major hurdle for Apple and other technology stocks that have already surged this year to record highs.
Tags: Apple, Money, China, businessNews, Donald Trump

Google's Covered A Whopping 10 Million Miles in Street View Imagery

Google and its armada of camera-rigged Steet View cars and other devices have been photographing the globe piece by piece for well over a decade now, and all that footage adds up to some pretty staggering tallies: more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery and 36 million square miles of Google Earth imagery,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Google Maps, Navigation, Street View, Google Maps Navigation

The 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s

Making a list of the decade’s most important and influential gadgets is, in a word, illuminating — and that’s before you factor in all the LEDs. Over the last 10 years, thousands of products have been released, and while some are definitely “cooler” than others, their impact on the past decade, and the decade to come, is by no means identical. Each gadget tells the story of a new way of thinking, a slow-moving paradigm shift set to change the way we approach the personal technology we i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gadgets, News, Microsoft, Uncategorized, Chromecast, Nintendo, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Apple Pencil, Onetime, Chromecast Ultra, Cerebral Palsy Foundation

VPNs are a must for private browsing in 2020. Here are huge deals on 5 of them

In the U.S., only 5% of web users are protected with a VPN service.These five deals provide protection and unrestricted web usage at top speeds.All five VPN services are currently discounted as much as 97% off. None If you’re increasingly worried about your security and the security of your sensitive data online and you’re ready to take action, you’re smart. Unfortunately, you’re also in the minority. The facts are: 61% of transactions and payments happen on a mobile device. There were 150 mil...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, UK, Technology, Privacy, US, Data, Computers, Netflix, Innovation, Vpn, Windscribe, Ivacy

Someone Stole Facebook Payroll Data For Thousands of Employees

mschaffer writes: Apparently Facebook had a recent privacy problem of a different kind. A thief broke into an employee's car and stole equipment -- including hard drives that contained unencrypted personal data of former Facebook employees. "Out of abundance of caution," Facebook alerted their current and former employees about the theft. "The hard drives, which were unencrypted, included payroll data like employee names, bank account numbers and the last four digits of employees' social securit...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Bloomberg, Facebook Payroll Data

Google’s Shopping Comparison Draws Justice Department Scrutiny

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. antitrust enforcers are examining Google’s conduct in the online shopping comparison market as they continue their probe of the search giant.Richard Stables, chief executive officer of the shopping comparison site Kelkoo Group, said he spent more than an hour with Justice Department officials on Thursday to discuss how Alphabet Inc. allegedly hurt his European-based business.The meetings show that the Justice Department, which opened its investigation of Google with a documen...
Tags: Google, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, House, Justice Department, Alphabet Inc, STABLES, David McLaughlin, Kent Walker, Ben Brody, Naomi Nix

Billboard Is Changing Its Albums Chart To Count Video Plays From YouTube

Billboard has announced that video and audio data from YouTube, along with visual plays from several music streaming services, will soon be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart. In addition to YouTube, officially licensed video content plays from Apple, Spotify, Tidal and Vevo will be included in the album chart's calculations. From the report: The inclusion of video data into the Billboard 200 arrives five years after audio streams were added, marking the chart's shift from a measure of...
Tags: Youtube, Tech

Weekend reading: Thousands of ‘penis fish’ washed up on a beach

What caught my eye this week. N aturalists have been surprised by the sight of thousands of 10-inch pulsating penis-like creatures wriggling about on a windswept beach. The story was originally reported in the journal By Nature, which shared a photograph of one of the worms: In taking up the story, the Guardian explains: These penile figures typically burrow under the sand, far beneath the feet of beachgoers. But the recent storms brought on some waves that swept away the layers, leaving the...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Instagram, Marketing, US, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Bbc, Johnson, Alex Danco, Seth Godin, Us Federal Reserve, Ratesetter, Dom, Klement

Airbnb Bans Over 60 White Supremacists After Iron March Forum Database Leak

Short-term apartment rental site Airbnb has banned over 60 users of Iron March, the defunct white supremacist web forum that recently had its entire SQL database leaked to the internet, the company told Gizmodo.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Airbnb, Extremism, White Supremacy, Gizmodo Read, Neo Nazis, Iron March

New Orleans City Government Shuts Off Computers After Cyberattack

New submitter tubajock writes: According to, New Orleans City Hall workers were told by a PA system broadcast to immediately unplug all computer systems from the network [following a cyberattack that struck the city government]. The city website is also down and the city has implemented its Emergency Operations Center as well as contacted state and federal authorities for help. Beau Tidwell, a spokesman for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, said the cyberattack started sometime after 11 a.m. In ad...
Tags: Tech, NOLA, New Orleans Police Department, Emergency Operations Center, LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans City Hall, Beau Tidwell

Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US

Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also allows customers to set Apple Podcasts as their preferred podcast service. The move is the latest in a series of partnerships between the two rivals, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Echo, Spotify, Podcasts, US, Tech, Seattle, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Apple Podcasts, Fire TV Amazon, Apple Music on Echo

How to Work Around the Android Bug That Disables Your PIN

An annoying lock screen bug has been bothering some unlucky Android users for months now, locking them out of their devices by way of a weird authentication loop. The bug has been present as far back as September, when it was originally spotted on Pixel XL devices. It remains unfixed and, worse, seems to be cropping…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Privacy, Troubleshooting, Lifehacks

Aileron Lid Stay Hinge System by Sugatsune

Sugatsune has revolutionized hardware for vertical-opening units and cabinetry with the Aileron Lid Stay Hinge System. This nifty bit of engineering performs exactly as the name implies: foolproof hinge staying that supports the lids of chests, toy boxes, trunks, counter flaps, and desk lids— “Any kind of lid or flap that opens through a vertical plane and needs to be supported to stay open.” Aileron thus eliminates the need for unsightly support arms that can make movement a...
Tags: Accessories, Books, Hardware, Kitchen and Bath, Aileron, Aileron hinge, Cabinet Hinge, Chest Hinge, Free-stop Hinge, Lid Stay Hinge System, Lift-assist Hinge, Soft-close Hinge, Sugatsune

AI Now 2019 report slams government use of facial recognition, biased AI

“Community groups, workers, journalists, and researchers—not corporate AI ethics statements and policies—have been primarily responsible for pressuring tech companies and governments to set guardrails on the use of AI.” AI Now 2019 report AI Now’s 2019 report is out, and it’s exactly as dismaying as we thought it would be. The good news is that the threat of biased AI and Orwellian surveillance systems no longer hangs over our collective heads like an artificial Sword of Damocles. The bad news: ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Artificial Intelligence

Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019

As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week:, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care about, pending something incredible happening. 2020 will bring all sorts of fun, but, for this time ’round the sun, we’re done. Pricing Our three companies managed to each...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Bill, Unicorn, Ehang, Sprout Social,, IPO Sprout Social

This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry  is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in apps and more time using their mobile devices than watching TV. Apps aren’t just a way to waste idle hours — they’re big business, and one that often seems to change overn...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Disney, Tech, Arcade, App Stores, App-store, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Morgan, Wayne Gretzky, Jose Altuve, Fortnite, De'Aaron Fox

Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations

Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profile the following year, as well, thanks in part to a great backstory. Today, however, the company noted on its site and various social media channels that it is winding down operations: Well, I am sorry to say that we have reached the e...
Tags: Food, Startups, Hardware, Tech, Silicon Valley, Samsung Ventures, Fetterman, Nomiku, Lisa Fetterman

The best iPhone camera accessories

The iPhone is a capable camera on its own, but it can be even better. From lights to lenses to microphones, here are the best iPhone camera accessories to take your mobile photography and video to the next level.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Accessories, Photography, Trends, Camera, Best Of, Tier 4

‘Little America’ Will Release All Its Episodes at Once on Apple TV+ and Has Already Been Renewed for a Second Season

Apple TV+ is changing things up a bit. Up until now, the streaming service has been releasing its original shows on a weekly basis. But with its upcoming series Little America, they’ll be giving subscribers the opportunity to binge by dropping the entire series at once. The show comes from The Big Sick writers and real-life couple, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and explores the lives of immigrants in America. On top of all that, Apple has already given the show a second season. Is any...
Tags: Apple, Utah, Movies, Mexico, India, Office, Nigeria, US, America, Syria, Apple TV, Uganda, Oklahoma, Joshua Davis, Dickinson, Sylviane

Disgraced Ex-Google Exec Andy Rubin Blocks Everyone on Twitter, and Good Riddance

Android creator and disgraced former Google executive Andy Rubin has gone on some type of bizarre Twitter blocking spree, blocking virtually everyone who follows him on the site. Rubin now only has eight followers on the site, down from 11 on Wednesday and some 117,000 others that were following his account as of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Twitter, Science, Technology, Social Media, Sexual Harassment, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential, Sexual Misconduct, Dont Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

How to Keep Kids From Bypassing iOS 13.3's Communication Limits

When we got all excited about Apple’s new Communication Limits that allow you to restrict who your kid can talk to (and when), we didn’t realize Apple left a big loophole that makes it very easy for your crafty child to bypass these restrictions.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Apple Watch, Lifehacks, Screen Time

The Grow with Google Veteran-Led Business Hall of Fame

On Saturday, the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen will take the field in Philadelphia for the Army-Navy Football Game, a tradition that goes back 129 years. Students from the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, and fans from all over the U.S. turn out in droves each year to root for their teams and celebrate the military community.We’ll be there too, sharing our tools for veterans and military families, including our new resource hub for veteran-led businesses. These efforts ...
Tags: Google, Small Business, West Point, Navy, Youtube, Afghanistan, Army, Philadelphia, Jason, Usmc, Philly, U S Army, Emily, Ernest, U S Marine Corps, San Diego California

Should surfing the web count as a human right? The view from South Africa.

South Africa’s Competition Commission wrote in a December report that two major phone providers’ data prices were “anti-poor” and should be lowered.
Tags: Tech, South Africa, Competition Commission

Google’s Year in Search Video Lauds the Heroes of 2019

These are uncertain times, Google admits. And in uncertain times, people look to heroes to remind them of what's good, what's possible and what to put their hope in, or just to escape the complicated and messy areas of life. That's how the tech giant summed up the theme of a year's worth of searches--everything...
Tags: Google, General, Advertising, Year In Review

What is Mac Pro’s Afterburner card, and what does it do?

What is the Mac Pro’s Afterburner card, how does it work, and is it worth your cash? We’ve got everything you need to know.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Computing, Mac Pro

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