Millennials, beware: Your grandparents are about to start calling you for help downloading the new Medicare smartphone app.The iPhone and Android app, which launched Feb. 6, is called “What’s Covered,” and true to its name, it mostly answers one simple, yes-or-no question: Is this medical procedure covered by traditional Medicare?Milt Roney, a 71-year-old retired government worker in a well-to-do suburb of Washington, D.C., agreed to check out the app with me, though he was skeptical from the outset.“I wouldn’t use an app like that,” Roney said. “[My procedures are] going to be covered, and I’m not going to worry about it.”Still, the app, available free from the Google Play and Apple App stores, is part of a broader Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ initiative, called eMedic
Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5:39PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5:41PM EST Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry's leading collectors of personal information. The company said earlier this month that its voice assistant feature would be available on the system's Nest Guard, which controls home alarm sensors. But Google hadn't told consumers about the device's built-in microphone when it began selling the hubs in the f...
When Max Benwell found out someone was using his photos to approach women online, he decided to track down the trickster – setting up a fake Instagram account and changing his gender on Tinder along the way Illustrations by Gabriel Alcala. Design by Sam Morris and Juweek Adolphe Warning: some of the language quoted in this piece may be triggering for people who have experienced abuse online. Last year, I found out someone was using my photos to catfish women. He stole dozens of my online photos – including selfies, family photos, baby photos, photos with my ex – and, pretending to be me, he would then approach women and spew a torrent of abuse at them. It took me months to track him down, and now I’m about to call him. I’m nervous, so much so that I have been putting it off for weeks.
The United Kingdom Parliament is still mad at Facebook. How much does it matter? We’ve known since last summer that the report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee would excoriate Facebook over failures related to competition, data privacy, and foreign interference in elections, among other issues. Today, the final report arrived — and while the rhetoric is more pitched than ever, it remains unclear what any of it will come to. But let’s first take a look at that rhetoric, which went after Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in unusually personal terms. From Natasha Lomas’ comprehensive article in TechCrunch: “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond
The 16-year-old was arrested the next day but answered only “no comment” to the questions put by detectives.The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial accused of abducting, raping and murdering Alesha on the Isle of Bute last July.Police cyber crime investigator Peter Benson told the High Court in Glasgow he had examined an iPhone 6 said to have been seized from the boy.Prosecutor Iain McSporran QC asked the witness if he had been able to find out the nature of internet searches and when they were made on the mobile.The former police office agreed that he could, adding that a search, “How do police find DNA”, had been made around 12.30am on July 3, the day after the little girl’s body was found in the grounds of a former hotel.The phone check brought up the site sc
A man is seen as a silhouette as he checks a mobile device in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg photo credit: © 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP YouTube’s Related video algorithm has been accused of some pretty heinous things in recent years -- censorship, conspiracy theory-mongering, and far-right radicalization to list a few -- but none have been as grave as the latest charge: that of helping pedophiles locate and share borderline soft-core porn-like content. Related videos on YouTube should be for cute animal compilations or upcoming music in an Autoplay list. What the Related video algorithm should not be doing is exposing preteens to predators. YouTuber MattWhatItIs (real name Matt Watson)
The days when ranking on Google was simply a matter of finding the right keywords are in the past. ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) February 18, 2019 SEOHost.net, a provider of SEO hosting, domain registration, and SSL services, has an important message for anyone planning a search engine optimization strategy for their website. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge shift in how search engines manage, serve, and crawl content – a shift congruent with changes in how people use the web,” explains Terry Cane, COO at SEOHost.net. “The days when ranking on Google was simply a matter of finding th
Pakistan flag is Google's answer to “best toilet paper in the world”. That's right, image search results for the query “best toilet paper in the world” shows pictures of the Pakistan national flag. Social media was ablaze with screenshots of the search engine displaying images of the Pakistan flag and soon #besttoiletpaperintheworld was trending on Twitter. The Google image search result popped up two days after the terror attack on a CRPF convoy that killed 40 jawans in Lethpora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the deadliest terror attack on security personnel in the state in recent times. Google searches are based on algorithms that match the query to web pages with similar results. In similar 'Google bombs' that have popped up in the past, a se
Judy WillsonCommunications Associate BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team heads back out on the road to face Vanderbilt on Sunday, February 17. The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 5 p.m. This is the second game in a stretch of four of five games on the road for the Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers are 14-9 and 5-6 in the SEC following Thursday night’s 59-55 loss at No. 22 Texas A&M. Sophomore Khayla Pointer led LSU with 21 points while classmate Faustine Aifuwa earned the second double-double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds. LSU’s scoring defense is currently ranked eighth in the nation and is first in the SEC at 54.5 points per game. The Lady Tigers hav
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