Facebook is spelling out in plain english how it collects and uses your data in rewritten versions of its Terms Of Service and Data Use Policy, though it’s not asking for new rights to collect and use your data or changing any of your old privacy settings.The public has seven days to comment on the changes before Facebook will ask all users to consent to the first set of new rules in three years.Unfortunately since the changes to the language and structure of the terms are so wide-reaching, it’s difficult to do a direct comparison of the differences.Perhaps the most interesting part of the expanded, plain language terms are the specifics of how Facebook collects data from your devices.Conspiracy theories about it snooping on people through its microphone, and confusion about it collecting SMS and call log history likely pushed Facebook to give people details about what data its slurping up.Information we obtain from these devices includes:• Device attributes: information such as the operating system, hardware and software versions, battery level, signal strength, available storage space, browser type, app and file names and types, and plugins.
It’s time to move on from “dabbing”, as a new dance craze has captured kids’ attention: the Floss.The dance - which involves fast arm swinging either side of your hips - gained popularity in the playgrounds after a guy dubbed ‘The Backpack Kid’ did the move on American TV show ‘Saturday Night’ Live and it featured in Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ video.In an attempt to get “down with the kids”, one teacher at a school in Greater Manchester decided to get his pupils to teach him to do it and posted the results to his Facebook page - Mr Hunt - Primary School Teaching Ideas From The Front Line.“So this boom floss dance is the new craze sweeping the schools at the moment,” Mr Hunt, from Tottington Primary School, wrote on Facebook.“I thought I’d better get myself up to speed.At any point throughout the day if the kids are stood up, this [the dance] will happen.
The first mobile call was made on this date 45 years ago: April 3, 1973.Martin Cooper, a Motorola employee, made the call on Sixth Avenue in NYC.Much has changed since that first mobile call, but the excitement for the technology hasn’t died down yet!On April 3, 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper stood on Sixth Avenue in New York City, and did something no one had ever done before — he made a mobile phone call.The phone ended up being the prototype for the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x — the world’s first commercially-available mobile phone (pictured above).Who did Cooper call that day?
The internet was most certainly going to kill ad agencies as was social media, Google, and the advent of DVRs that can skip commercials with the click of a button.As the technology we rely on became more accessible and the demand for content more constant, many companies did some basic math and decided that they could do what we do, better, cheaper, and right down the hall.I believe that some of this change came from an underlying devaluation of what agencies do and a feeling that anyone with an ounce of creativity and Adobe Creative Suite could do it just as well.Those agencies will die off, if they haven’t already, but today’s modern agency is nimble and sleek and brings to the workbench a vast array of skill sets that would cost a brand a fortune to have on-staff.I would argue, however, that an in-house agency cannot do everything, even when the company hires big-name creative talent (and some agencies have been able to do that as the stigma of going in-house has worn off — think of Google Labs getting Richard Wong and Andy Berndt or Jonathon Mildenhall going to Airbnb).I don’t care how talented you are; if you eat, sleep, and breathe one brand, you get stale.
The short version is that it's a colloquial term for a unit of brightness.A "nit" is another way to describe a brightness of 1 candela per square meter (cd/m2).An average candle produces roughly 1 candela.Or to put it another way, imagine a box, 16-inches (40.8cm) on each side, with a candle in the middle.But let's talk about the stuff that interests us here.If your TV is a few years old, pre-HDR, it can probably reach between 100 and 400 nits.
Google’s Chromecast video streamers, including the entry-level Chromecast and the higher-end Chromecast Ultra, are a slick way to wirelessly beam media from your favorite apps and services to that gorgeous flatscreen TV.From the creepy nostalgia of Stranger Things to the cheerful comedy of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to the crime drama of Narcos, there’s probably at least one show that makes this a must-have for your Chromecast.The cliff’s notes are, you’ll need a computer and the Chrome browser, which allow you to stream from an open tab while watching Amazon content online.If you’re looking for HBO programming, but you don’t subscribe to the network via cable or satellite, this gives you access to everything the service has to offer for a $15 per month subscription fee.Basically, if you’re looking to watch Silicon Valley, Veep, Game of Thrones, and the rest, but don’t want to pay up for cable in order to do so, this is your best bet.A number of live TV streaming services, including Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue are available for Chromecast, but with YouTube being a Google service, it’s a great pick if you’re already invested in that ecosystem.
“Thanks for the advice Dr Pam, what would you suggest as my treatment?Thanks for the advice Dr Pam, what would you suggest as my treatment?A course of anti-women pills, and a shot of mind your own fucking business?” she tweeted.A course of anti women pills, and a shot of mind your own fucking business?— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) March 28, 2018Hey Kelly thanks for your support but I don't engage with negativity on twitter.
As you may or may not have heard, Fortnite, Epic Games’ free-to-play Battle Royale shooter, has become the most talked-about game in and, more importantly, outside of enthusiast gaming circles.It looks great and runs well, but it relies on a familiar control scheme that’s kept shooters and other action-heavy games from making waves on phones.I think it’s imprecise and frustrating, and while I admire the effort Epic put into making the game run on mobile, I’ll always consider the PC and console versions the “real” game.I’ve been playing with people who work Fortnite on a phone with skill and accuracy that far exceed what I can do with a controller.They show a technical fluency that I would argue the game’s control scheme prevents.My parents tried to play video games with me as a kid, but they never felt comfortable with an NES or SNES gamepad.
Mozilla plans to follow Google by adding an ad filter to its Firefox browser this fall, the company noted in an open-to-all 2018 roadmap released last week."Over the next year or so, Firefox will take a stand against tracking, intrusive ads, and other dark patterns on the web by blocking the worst content and more clearly communicating the privacy and other protections the browser offers," wrote Asa Dotzler, the Mozilla product manager in charge of the Firefox roadmap, in the online document.[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ]Dotzler described the Firefox filtering - slated to show up before the end of the third quarter - only in the broadest strokes.The browser will filter "certain types of ads by default," he said, adding that Mozilla is currently "researching [the] types of advertisements that should be blocked."Google, like Mozilla, called the feature a filter rather than more common blocker, the label for software that scrubs all online ads from website pages.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a new patch going live on its test servers today, and boy is it a big one.In addition to adding a slew of new cosmetics to the game (more on that in a bit), this patch also explores the possibility of improving stability by implementing region-locked servers.Region locking servers is a feature players have been requesting for a while now, and though the developers of PUBG have resisted those requests so far, it looks like they’re ready to give in.PUBG Corporation’s quest for network stability actually began by implementing a ping-based matchmaking system.Though the developers say that they’ve seen great results with that system, they didn’t want to stop there.This is where region-locked servers come in, and in a post to the PUBG Steam Community today, the developers explain what that means for players.
We’re delighted that Sony has toned its angular design language down, slimming the bezels on the Xperia XZ2 and introducing a curved glass back that’s comfortable to hold.The redesign was long overdue, but while it’s a much better look, it’s not a durable design.Two sheets of glass with a metal frame in between is not going to react well when it meets the sidewalk or the keys in your pocket, even if it is tough Gorilla Glass 5.If you want your shiny new Sony smartphone to stay that way, then you need to shop for the best Xperia XZ2 cases and covers.This sleek folio cover from Sony is the perfect fit for your new Xperia XZ2.A minimal shell includes corner coverings to help guard against drop damage, the cover provides protection from every angle, and it also folds back to act as a landscape stand.
Another usage milestone for messaging platform Telegram: It’s announced passing 200M monthly active users “within the last 30 days”.The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 2016, when it held a lavish party at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona to celebrate the metric.At the time it said it was adding 350k new users daily and that there were 15 billion messages generated daily.Since then Telegram has kept its powder fairly dry on the usage metrics front — presumably waiting to be able to announce 200M.Its blog post is not revealing of any other details about usage.Rather founder Pavel Durov uses the space to give thanks to Telegram users for getting the company to the milestone, and takes a sideswipe at other “popular apps” which he says — unlike Telegram — monetize via advertising and/or pass data on to third parties.
"The idea that she 'just stepped out' or 'came out in a flash' into the car path is clearly false," said Tara Goddard, an urban planning professor at Texas A University, after seeing the video.But what's clear is that the vehicle's lidar and radar sensors—which don't depend on ambient light and had an unobstructed view—should have spotted her in time to stop.But zooming out from the specifics of Herzberg's crash, the more fundamental point is this: conventional car crashes killed 37,461 in the United States in 2016, which works out to 1.18 deaths per 100 million miles driven.Uber executives know they're behind Waymo in developing a self-driving car, and they've been pulling out all the stops to catch up.Uber inherited a culture of rule-breaking and corner-cutting from its founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick.Uber probably wasn’t at fault, legally speaking, in recent crashes
Unfortunately, such tragedies often cost human lives.While the investigation, finger-pointing, and media frenzy is still ongoing, the tragic accident revealed a truth we may not have realized amidst the excitement for the future.The recent tech and car shows have been full of spiels and self-praise about how manufacturers have achieved this or that level of autonomy, paving the way for the self-driving cars, including driver-less taxis, of the future.While we shouldn’t downplay their achievements in pushing autonomous driving technology and hardware forward, it’s quite a leap to go from “now” to “the future”.It’s still not clear what went wrong in the fatal Uber accident, but it’s clear that something did go wrong.A self-driving car should be equipped with sensors that will identify objects, especially pedestrians in the worst conditions possible.
August's Smart Lock Pro and last-gen Smart Lock already work with Siri on your iPhone for locking and unlocking your door, as well as asking your door is locked.The lock and doorbell startup, now owned by Yale's parent company Assa Abloy, on Wednesday announced that its two HomeKit-enabled locks now work with the Apple HomePod.The HomePod is Apple's first attempt at a standalone Wi-Fi speaker.Plug it into an outlet at home, set it up with a compatible iOS device and play music, ask Siri questions and even control HomeKit-friendly gadgets.The HomeKit portion worked well during my HomePod testing, but the speaker wasn't able to control security devices, like August locks.When asked, Siri would respond, "I wish I could, but I can't control security devices here."
The next time you find yourself gazing at the stars, locate Orion's Belt and you may spot what catapulted Guillermo Haro to astronomy fame.It was in the Orion nebula region that Haro co-discovered flare stars, red and blue stars that experience unpredictable dramatic increases in brightness for a few minutes.This shining moment is part of the reason Google has dedicated its doodle on Wednesday to Haro on his 105th birthday.From the newly founded Observatorio Astrofísico de Tonantzintla in Mexico, he also discovered small interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen and helium associated with newborn stars.This discovery was dubbed Herbig-Haro objects, sharing credit with George Herbig, who made his discovery independently.Born in Mexico City during the Mexican revolution, Haro was influential in the development of astronomy in Mexico.
For Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, it seems like it's amusing to go to a conference and commune with robots.On Monday at the company's MARS conference in Palm Springs, California, he took a walk with a Boston Dynamics robot dog.On Tuesday, he took it to a more competitive level.Footage posted by the MIT Technology Review to Twitter shows Bezos pitting his skills against a monstrosity from outer space.Many will focus on Bezos's table-tennis prowess, rather than the cast-off prop from "Men In Black."He seemed confident enough serving.
Imagine if you could triple your reading speed.Think how much more you could get done in the day?It really could be a game changing skill.The Speed Reading Bundle is the award-winning learning kit which can make this a reality.For the avoidance of doubt, this isn’t a tool to assist those who struggle with reading.It can really triple the reading speed of the average person on the street.
On Monday, March 19, the Lufthansa Group airline announced the launch of biometric boarding at LAX.The announcement comes after the airline successfully tested the tool and boarded about 350 passengers on an A380 in only 20 minutes.The self-boarding gates use cameras with facial recognition to photograph each passenger’s face.The image is then compared to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) database in real time.Once the system has a match, the computer lists the passenger as boarded, without requiring a boarding pass or passport.The technology was developed through a partnership with Amadeus, along with collaborating with the CBP, LAX Authority, and Vision-Box.
Microsoft just recently released the latest iteration of its Surface Book 2-in-1, which converts from a clamshell notebook to a tablet thanks to an innovative tear-off display.At the same time, while the Surface Book 2 15-inch version is an innovative and potent 2-in-1, it does suffer from some design limitations that hold it back from being a perfect fit for every user.If Microsoft wants to appeal to the widest possible market, then here are a few improvements that it might want to strongly consider for the Surface Book 3.We don’t know the specific reasons why Microsoft limited the power adapter to just 102 watts (with only 95 watts actually going to the system itself), but offering a more powerful adapter would go a long way to making power users happy.In another compromise, both Surface Book 2 models offer USB-C 3.1 ports that enable the ability to plug in some modern peripherals — but, it’s only a Gen1 USB-C port, meaning it’s limited to 5 gigabits per second (Gb/s) performance.Finally, depending on who you ask, Microsoft still has work to do in making the Surface line as reliable and bug-free as it should be.