Stop me if you've heard this one: After you talk about something specific, an ad related to that very topic pops up on your Facebook feed.Security experts have also failed to find evidence the social network is eavesdropping on users to target ads more effectivelyFacebook itself has denied this multiple times, including co-founder Mark Zuckerberg telling Congress last year that the company does not do this.Let me be clear on this: You're talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what's going on on your microphone and use that for ads," Zuckerberg told Sen. Gary Peters.That theory gains credence from other instances elsewhere in the tech environment, like malware leaked from the CIA that could turn phones and TVs into listening devices, and some Samsung TVs that captured private conversations.Now lawmakers are looking to limit how much tech giants can learn about us, and how they can use it.
Samsung only sent out about a dozen review units to press outlets, and three of them seemed to fail for three distinct reasons.“A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review.We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter,” a Samsung spokesperson publicly detailed, responding to the issues.This nascent scandal may lead you to recall the Note 7 debacle, which earned Samsung what was perhaps the worst free advertising ever, with the FAA mandating just about every domestic flight begin with the pilot ensuring that the plane was Note 7-free.That said, a failure rate of around 25 percent for models sent to journalists after a few days doesn’t inspire the greatest confidence.Brian seemed to have some pretty nice things to say about his early time with the device —
Missing Link is the latest stop-motion story from Laika Studios, the company behind Kubo and the Two Strings, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.Breezing across the globe like Around the World in Eighty Days crossed with Bigfoot and the Hendersons, this old-fashioned romp isn't as emotional or impactful as Kubo and the Two Strings.And even though it's about mythical creatures, Missing Link is far less creepy than previous Laika outings, taking a friendly group of cheerful oddballs on a family-friendly trip through a colorful and sumptuous world.We meet him and his spearlike chin on the hunt for proof of the Loch Ness Monster, which leads into a stunning underwater chase that audaciously demonstrates just how dynamic stop-motion animation can be.Returning to London's stuffy gentleman's clubs, the debonair Sir Lionel stakes his reputation on a search for a mysterious hairy beast.Adorably nervous but endearingly friendly, the only thing bigger than this Bigfoot's feet is his heart.
That pedigree made me extremely eager to see and hear the first Audio-Technica true wireless models, which are the flagship $249 CKR7TW and the simpler and sportier $199 SPORT7TW.Far from raising the bar for true wireless earbuds, Audio-Technica has ended up in a morass of first-generation flaws and foibles that most of its rivals have by now overcome.Pain point number one is the charging: it’s glacially slow and works over Micro USB instead of USB-C. At their price, Audio-Technica’s true wireless buds have little excuse not to include the newer, better connector.Audio-Technica also fails to support low-latency AptX for its wireless communications, so watching video with either pair of these buds is a lag fest.Bulky design protrudes from your earsMajor lag when watching video
Today, Deezer has announced a change to its existing Flow feature, which creates an endless stream of a user’s favorite songs plus new tracks picked by the service.There is now a separate Flow Tab, which displays several personalized tracklists for a user to pick from based on their individual musical preferences.Once you click on the new Flow Tab, you’ll see a swipeable carousel with cards for different tracklists that mark the artists they’re inspired by.These options are made from what Deezer already knows you like to listen to.For example, you could get served a playlist inspired by the likes of Flume, Disclosure, Chet Faker, and Odesza, or one inspired by The Weeknd, Drake, and Frank Ocean.In addition to the “inspired by” tracklists, there’s also a separate “discover” tracklist for delving into all new artists and songs.