Microsoft wants the ‘facial recognition genie’ to stay in the bottle

Before it's too late.Image: imaginima / getty There’s no time like the present to slow the tide of a technology-enabled facilitation of discrimination aided by facial recognition.  So, somewhat surprisingly, argues one key developer of said facial recognition tech: Microsoft.  On Dec. 6, Microsoft president Brad Smith released an over…

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Breaking down Google’s latest laptop-tablet hybrid, the Pixel Slate Technically Speaking

A very different browser may be replacing Microsoft's Edge.Image: Microsoft Remember the browser wars? In 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer and started bundling it with Windows in order to snatch away market share from the then-dominant browser, Netscape. It worked — in the early naughts, all everyone ever used for…

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Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech is being tested on a larger store

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being tested.Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is experimenting with its Amazon Go technology at a larger store. SEE ALSO: What it’s like to shop at Amazon…

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Australians can buy from Amazon’s international stores again

Amazon opens its international stores to Australia again.Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Although the Australian version of Amazon launched last year, it hasn’t yet quite had the same breadth of products as its U.S. counterpart. From Thursday, Aussies will be able to buy from Amazon’s international stores, after the company backflipped…

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Google to demand verification for ad buyers in upcoming EU parliamentary election

Google is requiring EU election ad buyers to verify themselves.Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images Now that we’re very aware of how foreign interference can affect elections, Google is rolling out transparency rules for the upcoming European Union parliamentary vote. Google announced it will be requiring political ad buyers to verify themselves,…

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What does it actually take to hack an election? Technically Speaking

If you're a Facebook user, your data may be compromised.Image: Hero Images/Gettyimages Your private messages on Facebook may be up for sale.  A hacker group has allegedly obtained private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts — possibly many more — and at one point sold access to the database for 10…

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Tesla’s first safety report has good news for Autopilot, but is lacking in detail

Tesla has published its first safety report.Image: Chesnot/Getty Images Tesla has released its first Autopilot safety report on Thursday, following promises from CEO Elon Musk in May that the company would do so quarterly after highly-publicised crashes involving its cars. The one-page report claims that in the third quarter of…

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Complete spec sheets for Apple’s new iPhones revealed in China filings

The iPhone XR is only 0.1 inches thicker than the XS, but it packs a much larger battery.Image: Pete Pachal/Mashable For some reason, Apple never lists RAM memory capacity or battery size for its devices. This is why the specs sheets for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR weren’t…

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This study broke down the psychology behind fonts using your favorite Netflix series

Free email providers like Yahoo and AOL are still selling your data to advertisers, despite Google ending its practice.Image: Getty Images If you’re a Yahoo or AOL email user, advertisers have a pretty good picture of exactly who you are because Yahoo and AOL are scanning your emails. According to…

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Amazon Prime members can pick up groceries at Whole Foods within 30 minutes

Prime members get even more benefits at Whole Foods now.Image: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Just six months after Amazon partnered up with Whole Foods for grocery delivery, it’s now enabled customers to pick up their pre-ordered goodies from the store. On Wednesday, Amazon announced the launch of grocery pick-up for U.S.…

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