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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UK lawmakers just released a trove of Facebook emails

There's trouble for Facebook across the pond.Image: European Parliament / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Just like our own Facebook profiles, Facebook’s past activities keep coming back to haunt them. The UK has released a 250 page document containing private emails from Facebook, including communiques from Mark Zuckerberg himself.  SEE ALSO: Embarrassing…

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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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The latest Pokmon release recaptures the magic Games to Play Before You Die

A Warcraft meetsPokmon Go mobile game is in the works at Blizzard.Image: blizzard Pokémon Go to the polls World of Warcraft?  According to a report from Kotaku, Blizzard is currently quietly developing a new Warcraft spinoff based on the hit mobile game, Pokémon Go. The report claims that many people…

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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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Bitcoin Cash is set to hard fork, and people are losing their heads

Let the gnashing of teeth begin.Image: LADISLAV KUBE / GETTY Nothing says the future of finance like a good old-fashioned meltdown, and the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork has that in spades. This is thanks, in no small part, to a man named Craig Wright.  Wright, derisively known as “Faketoshi”…

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Samsung shows off foldable phone concept with Infinity Flex Display

Samsung's Infinity Flex Display, which will enable the company's first foldable Android phone.Image: samsung After years of rumors and speculation, Samsung finally revealed its foldable phone concept. Samsung showed off the Infinity Flex Display during its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: The first foldable smartphone…

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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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Mark Zuckerberg shares the first projects he ever coded

The image that hacker Chang Chi-yuan posted for his now-cancelled Facebook livestream.Image: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images Can this hacker really delete Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account? A Taiwanese bug bounty-hunter claimed this week that he would delete Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook account and promised to stream the attack live on…

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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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