Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

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One of China’s most popular video games is testing the use of facial recognition to check users’ ages. Honour of Kings’ publisher Tencent announced the move at the weekend. It said the trial would initially be limited to “thousands” of new players based in Beijing and Shenzhen. The title has been criticised in local media over claims… Read more »

Who has your data? Researchers scrutinize apps for undisclosed ties to advertisers, analytics companies

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A study looked at hundreds of apps’ privacy policies — then compared them to the data actually collected.  Of the 757 apps analyzed, the researchers found nearly 60 per cent of apps collected more information than stated in their privacy policies. Source: CBC News Date: September 7th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/app-privacy-policy-apptrans-uoft-third-parties-ads-code-1.4791834 Discussion 1) Why does it matter that apps collect… Read more »

How to make sure your Amazon Echo doesn’t send secret recordings

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It was Alexa’s equivalent of a pocket dial. A woman in Portland, Oregon, claimed her Amazon Echo smart-speaker secretly recorded a private conversation, then sent the audio file to an acquaintance. She told her story to a local news outlet and it spread, stoking fears about always listening devices invading privacy. Amazon confirmed the incident and claimed it was… Read more »

I tried to get a date using augmented reality

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“I open the app on my phone and scan the camera across the busy London street. Like in Pokémon Go, I’m looking at the scene in front of me through my phone, and bubbles are popping up in real-time. But these aren’t Pikachu or Poké Balls – they’re single, attractive strangers who are using the… Read more »

Drone Tests From Deliveries to Farming Unveiled by Government

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A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters. Source: Bloomberg Technology News Date: May 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/drone-tests-from-deliveries-to-farming-unveiled-by-government Discussion 1) What sort of company could you… Read more »

How Pinterest keeps the internet trolls away

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Valued at a staggering $12 billion, Pinterest is one of the digital world’s most successful platforms. Yet somehow, the image-sharing app has managed to sidestep the pitfalls that have tripped up some of Silicon Valley’s other big players, such as Twitter and its trolls, Facebook and its fake news and YouTube and its filter failures. Source: CBC News Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pinterest-ramona-pringle-1.4483331 Discussion 1) Pinterest claims that by saying… Read more »