Thousands of Android apps track everything you do — and you can’t stop it

New research out of the International Computer Science Institute in California has turned up a worrisome finding: About 17,000 Android apps have apparently been not only tracking your activity over the long-term (even in instances where users make it clear they don’t want that), but they’ve also been creating a permanent record on your device of every single thing you […]

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EU agrees to curb unfair practices by tech giants, booking sites

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU countries, the European Commission and EU lawmakers clinched a deal late Wednesday to curb the powers of companies such as Google and Apple Inc with new rules. Unveiled by the Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law seeks to prevent unfair business practices by app stores, search engines, e-commerce sites and hotel booking websites […]

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Apple, Google under fire for Saudi app that lets men track women

Apple and Google are facing heat over a controversial Saudi Arabian app that allows men to track and restrict the movements of their wives and daughters. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the tech giant will “take a look” at Absher, an app created by Saudi Ministry of Interior’s National Information Center. Among the app’s main features is an […]

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Mars One is dead so nobody is moving to the Red Planet

Mankind will be headed for Mars sooner or later, but planning and executing the first manned mission to another planet is obviously a complex and expensive endeavor. Mars One was one of the first and most ambitious attempts at getting a manned Mars mission off the ground. But it was terribly mismanaged, shortsighted and possibly even fraudulent in nature. It […]

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The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

FALMOUTH, England (Reuters) – Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts. He calls […]

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Lost South African city brought to life with digital reconstruction

Experts have created a stunning digital reconstruction of a centuries-old lost city discovered in South Africa. The ruins of Kweneng were spotted beneath thick vegetation at Suikerbosrand near Johannesburg using sophisticated laser technology. Karim Sadr, a professor at the school of geography, archaeology and environmental studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, told Fox News that researchers have been hard […]

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Mexico’s crime is so bad that scientists are avoiding observatories

MEXICO CITY — Astronomers have become the latest victims of Mexico’s violence with activities at two observatories being reduced because their staff suffered crimes while traveling to the remote mountain sites, researchers said Thursday. The problems occurred near the Alfonso Serrano Large Millimeter Telescope, or LMT, in the central Mexico state of Puebla. It is the world’s largest single-dish steerable […]

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Apple finally releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the call. Apple […]

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