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TikTok introduces stricter privacy rules for its youngest users

TikTok introduces stricter privacy rules for its youngest users

We're using cookies to improve your experience.TikTok, the social media site known for its among youth, is making its youngest users' accounts more private. On Wednesday, the company a new set of privacy rules for users under the age of 18. From now on, all registered users ages 13-15 will have their accounts set to private by default. This means that those profiles won't be accessible to anyone that hasn't been explicitly approved. Furthermore, users in this age group are losing the "Everyone" comment setting, and will now have to choose between "Friends" or "No One" for their comments....

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Parler CEO says the service will be down 'longer than expected'

Parler CEO says the service will be down 'longer than expected'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Parler probably isn't coming back any time soon. The social network that still supports Donald Trump and his followers — one of the few to do so right now — has been shut down after it from its web-hosting services on Monday. have already removed Parler from their respective app stores, and the is completely inaccessible at writing time.  Ahead of the shutdown, Parler CEO John Matze said (via screenshot by author ) that the service will "likely be down longer than expected," in a post on the platform. Parler CEO announces their entire system...

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Hyundai and Apple are talking about Apple Car production

Hyundai and Apple are talking about Apple Car production

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The Apple Car is turning from a myth to a potential product. Following the recent report that Apple is looking into building a car and , Korean automaker Hyundai has that Apple has discussed the product with "a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor."The discussions are still in early stages, and "nothing has been decided," Hyundai said. In a statement just obtained by 's , the auto giant Hyundai says:“We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor.As the discussion is at...

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NEC says new facial recognition system isn't stopped by masks

NEC says new facial recognition system isn't stopped by masks

We're using cookies to improve your experience.NEC says face masks aren't an obstacle to its facial recognition tech. The Japanese company (via ) claims its new facial recognition system can identify people with face masks in less than one second, with an accuracy rate higher than 99.9 percent. The system works by closely examining the parts of a person's face not covered by a mask, such as the eyes and surrounding areas. It does require the person to submit a photo in advance, though. According to assistant manager of NEC’s digital platform division Shinya Takashima, who spoke with...

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LG wants to put transparent OLEDs in restaurants and subways

LG wants to put transparent OLEDs in restaurants and subways

We're using cookies to improve your experience.LG's got a transparent OLED display, and if you're wondering how such a device could be useful, the company has a few ideas to share. Ahead of the upcoming CES 2021 show, LG shared a few ideas on how its transparent OLED products could fit into real-world situations. One idea is having a transparent OLED at a restaurant, where the display would pop up from the bar, between the customer and the waiter, allowing the customer to see the menu and order while still being able to see the waiter. LG also designed a Smart Bed with a frame from which a...

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Future MacBooks might have little displays on each key

Future MacBooks might have little displays on each key

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Keyboards have come a long way in the past couple of years; Apple's best laptops now have a built-in fingerprint scanner and the programmable Touch Bar. But what if every single key on the MacBook keyboard was also a little display?This might actually happen in the future. has unearthed an Apple which describes a "reconfigurable keyboard," where every key has an "associated key display.""Control circuitry in the keyboard may direct the key displays to display dynamically adjustable key labels for the keys," the patent application says. This...

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Coinbase launches crypto debit card in the U.S.

Coinbase launches crypto debit card in the U.S.

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Coinbase's Visa cryptocurrency debit card is coming to the U.S.The card works like any other Visa debit card, and is accepted wherever Visa is accepted. The card allows users to to spend crypto directly from their Coinbase account. Cryptocurrencies are automatically converted to U.S. dollars before completing purchases and withdrawing from ATMs. Coinbase is kicking off the launch with a rewards program, which gives back 4 percent when you spend Stellar Lumens (XLM), or 1 percent back when you spend bitcoins (BTC). This promotion won't initially...

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Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus make fun of Apple for not shipping a charger with the iPhone

Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus make fun of Apple for not shipping a charger with the iPhone

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Well, this didn't take very long. Earlier this week, Apple introduced its new flagship smartphone, the , and with it the company announced its new policy of not shipping a power adapter or wired earbuds with its phones. And of course, other smartphone manufacturers are now making fun of the decision. Shortly after the iPhone 12 launch, Samsung Caribbean posted an image of a Samsung power adapter on its Facebook page. "Your #Galaxy does give you what you are looking for. From the most basic as a charger, to the best camera, battery, performance,...

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Tesla finally launches two-factor authentication

Tesla finally launches two-factor authentication

We're using cookies to improve your experience.After a long string of delays, Tesla has finally implemented a crucial security feature for its app: two-factor authentication. CEO Elon Musk in April that the feature was coming "soon," and on Wednesday, Electrek that it's now available for Tesla owners. To enable it — which is highly recommended — go to your Tesla account and activate the "Multi-factor Authentication" feature, and set up a third-party authenticator app of your choice. A couple of options are on offer; you can set up the option with a mobile device, a desktop QR code, or a...

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Elon Musk endorsing Kanye, then reconsidering, is the world's shortest love story

Elon Musk endorsing Kanye, then reconsidering, is the world's shortest love story

We're using cookies to improve your experience.It only lasted for three days. When Kanye West announced his candidacy to become President of the United States on July 5, Elon Musk was his "full support."But when a Twitter user pointed out to West's anti-abortion and anti-vaccination comments, Musk indicated he may be rethinking things. "We may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated," he .Check out the entire exchange below. I believe one Twitter user : LMFAO. SEE ALSO:In a recent interview West said a bunch of very odd and not very smart things, including saying that a vaccine...

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Facebook will warn you when you share old news

Facebook will warn you when you share old news

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Sometimes an article that was relevant a few years ago is painfully obsolete now, and sharing it might do more harm than good (and invoke the fury of your journalist friends). And sometimes it's just so old that everyone (but you, apparently) has already seen it. Yet, it happens to all of us — it's easy to forget to check the publication date, which is often hidden from view. Now, Facebook is doing something about it. On Thursday, the company announced it will start showing a notification screen, letting users know that they're sharing an...

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Reddit's former CEO slams Reddit for 'amplifying hate, racism and violence'

Reddit's former CEO slams Reddit for 'amplifying hate, racism and violence'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.On Monday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman posted an to employees, saying that the company does "not tolerate hate, racism and violence," and that its "values are clear."But Ellen Pao, who was an interim CEO of Reddit in 2014, has something to say about that. "I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long," she tweeted on...

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Arizona sues Google for tracking users' location even when they turned tracking off

Arizona sues Google for tracking users' location even when they turned tracking off

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Google is in trouble over location tracking. According to a report by the , the state of Arizona sued Google on Wednesday for allegedly collecting data about users' whereabouts even if they had turned off location tracking. Google's Android allows users to turn off location tracking in its settings. But according to the lawsuit, filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Android devices continued to record and keep location records in some apps, such as mapping, weather, and search apps, even if location tracking was disabled. To fully...

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Elon Musk says Tesla will make ventilators for hospitals if needed

Elon Musk says Tesla will make ventilators for hospitals if needed

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will make ventilators for hospitals "if there is a shortage." The comment came as a reply to one Twitter user's suggestion for Tesla to repurpose its Fremont factory to make ventilators in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. We will make ventilators if there is a shortage— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)The ventilators Musk is referring to are likely mechanical ventilators that are used in treating critical . There's currently good indication that the U.S. doesn't have enough ventilators to cater to all...

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