Month: September 2018

How to turn off Google location tracking for real

How to turn off Google location tracking for real

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Google can pull off some impressive tricks, such as correctly guessing what type of information you want in a search before you finish asking, showing you news you're interested in, letting you know when there's heavy traffic on the way to your usual Friday night hangout spot, and plenty more.However, the trade-off is that the tech giant has to know a lot about you. It's no secret that Google monitors and stores a lot of information about you, such as your location history. It does this for two reasons: service improvement and targeted advertising. In other words, you have to be comfortable with Google knowing where you are if you want it to help without you asking.Google does provide tools and options to turn location tracking off; however, new findings indica
What Are the Most-Googled Wildlife Photos in Your State?

What Are the Most-Googled Wildlife Photos in Your State?

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Deer emerged as a top photo search in some states. But snakes and spiders were the most popular wildlife image searches across the country. Credit: Shutterstock Are people more captivated by deadly local snakes, carnivorous mammals or venomous spiders? It depends on where people live, according to new data from Google showing the top image searches for bugs and wild animals, state by state in the U.S. [10 Easy Ways to Help Wildlife, Every Day] In some states, people searched for images of animals that were native to that region: Orcas were at the top o
Is technology threatening democracy? (Includes first-hand a…

Is technology threatening democracy? (Includes first-hand a…

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The book is titled The People vs Tech and it is written by James Bartlett. The tag line for the book gives away it's central conceit: "How the internet is killing democracy (and how we can save it)." Bartlett has previously written a book about the dark web. He works as the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for the public policy think tank Demos. Bartlett is concerned about the increasing and prevalent rise of technology and an overall lack of transparency. This extends to the high volumes of data that people provide to technology companies and how this information, as it leaves the hands of the consumer, becomes harder to disentangle, being hidden behind a wall of code. Due to the nascent power of major technology companies, Bartlett is concerned with the chal...
Tech-Support Scams Prompt Google to Act

Tech-Support Scams Prompt Google to Act

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking action to weed out scam artists who advertise on its platform aiming to defraud customers seeking technical support online. The move comes after a Wall Street Journal investigation found fraudsters were exploiting Google’s advertising system by purchasing search ads and masquerading as authorized service agents for companies such as Apple Inc. For... Swiftype Custom Site Search
Harvard-Google AI model to predict quake aftershock sites- …

Harvard-Google AI model to predict quake aftershock sites- …

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By IANS SAN FRANCISCO: The Harvard University has teamed up with Google to develop a machine learning-based model to predict aftershock locations post a quake. It may help in the deployment of emergency services and assist in evacuation plans, a researcher said."We teamed up with machine learning experts at Google to see if we could apply deep learning to explain where aftershocks might occur," Phoebe DeVries, Post-Doctoral student at the Harvard, wrote in a Google blog post. Earthquakes typically occur in sequences -- an initial "mainshock" (the event that usually gets the headlines) is often followed by a set of "aftershocks." Though these aftershocks are usually smaller than the main shock, in some cases, they may significantly hamper recovery efforts. Even thoug
Florida man accused of shooting at home after woman leaves …

Florida man accused of shooting at home after woman leaves …

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested Thursday evening, 10 days after he allegedly shot up a home after one of its residents complained about an experience at a restaurant, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. >> Read more trending news  On Aug. 20, deputies were called to a home after Norman Auvil, 42, of Orlando -- riding in an SUV driven by Michael Johnson, the restaurant owner's son -- shot the home three times before Johnson drove away, according to an arrest report. The report said one of the bullets pierced a window, narrowly missing the head of Kenneth Walley, who was watching television in the living room.“I actually could feel the air from the bullet as it passed by me," Walley said. "It missed me by about 4 inches."On Aug. 19, Walley's wife, Diana Wall