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Mobile

Despite mixed reviews, Google Allo has more than a million downloads in 3 days

Google Allo, the messaging app that features an AI Google Assistant, is the number one app on the Play Store. The app has drawn mixed reviews, which criticize a lack of default end-to-end encryption, but praise the Assistant's smarts.
Web

Is this cow a government informant? Google blurs bovine’s face in Street View

Cows -- they're just like us! That is to say, they deserve their privacy, too. At least, that appears to be the stance Google is taking, based on its decision to blur out the face of an English cow on Google Street View.
Cool Tech

Hiding a person by pixelating their face? Computer system says don't bother

Researchers have demonstrated that a deep-learning system can correctly guess the identity of people whose faces have been redacted from photos or video with a massive 83 percent accuracy.
Mobile

Man charged with necrophilia had his phone illegally searched, court rules

According to the Arizona Supreme Court, police needed a warrant to search a phone belonging to a man charged with necrophilia and sexual assault. Even though the phone was not passcode protected, that is not permission for a search.
Cool Tech

Your employer may know if you're quitting before you say so, thanks to Jobrate

Joberate searches public information to attempt to quantify if you're looking for a new job, and assigns you a score much like credit bureaus do. But is the creepiness factor just too much?
Computing

HP just built 3M’s privacy screens directly into its new laptops

Ever feel like the guy in the seat next to you is studying your spreadsheets a little too closely? Today, HP is unveiling the EliteBook 1040 with Sure View privacy filter, the first laptop with a built-in privacy screen.
Computing

Watchdog not letting Microsoft off the hook on Windows 10 privacy, choice issues

The free upgrade offer for Windows 10 may be over but the Electronic Frontier Foundation has demanded Microsoft take action to fix the numerous privacy and consumer choice issues that have been raised about the operating system.
Mobile

Canadian court rules that your text messages are not as private as you think they are

The Ontario Court of Appeal denied a defendant's appeal, arguing that you give up your privacy once text messages are sent and received by the recipient. The decision has the potential to set a precedent for future cases.
Web

How the father of the World Wide Web plans to reclaim it from Facebook and Google

A handful of companies own vast swaths of web activity – Facebook for social networking, Google for searching, eBay for auctions – giving these companies unprecedented power over us. This has inspired an effort to re-decentralize the…
Computing

Survey: Windows 10 privacy concerns may drive customers over to the Mac

A recent OnePoll survey reveals that many Windows customers would definitely consider or might consider switching to a Mac over Windows 10 privacy concerns. It arrives after France slapped Microsoft with a warning to fix how Windows 10…
Computing

Researchers: Smartphones' battery life is being used to track users' online activity

Battery information that's made available through HTML5 to website developers was supposed to allow them to serve "low-power options." But it can do more, and code is out there to use it for tracking.
Mobile

Using Glow to try to get pregnant? You may want to reset your password

Glow app is on the receiving end of accusations around security and privacy flaws as per a Consumer Reports investigation. Investigators were able to access extremely sensitive, personal information around users' sex lives and much more.