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Cloudflare Dumps Google's ReCAPTCHA Over Privacy Concerns, Costs

Cloudflare Dumps Google's ReCAPTCHA Over Privacy Concerns, Costs

|| | | |By10 Apr 2020, 3:44 a.m.Google’s service, which tries to verify whether you’re a human or bot, is getting dropped from millions of websites due to cost and privacy concerns.The decision comes from Cloudflare, a major internet infrastructure provider that serves 26 million websites. For years now, the company has been using reCAPTCHA automated bots and other malicious actors from abusing customer websites. But on Wednesday, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said the company was dumping the service partly because Google is now charging website owners to use it. “In our case, that would...

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April 9, 2020
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Qualcomm Doubles Down on Flexible Screens

Qualcomm Doubles Down on Flexible Screens

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .It looks like flexible smartphones aren't a flash in the pan. Qualcomm today inked a deal with flexible screen maker BOE to include in-display fingerprint sensors in bendable screen panels, which says more about the future of bendable devices than anything else.The deal commits Qualcomm and BOE to working together to integrate sensors into a variety of products with BOE's flexible displays.Right now there are only two screen makers for bendable smartphone screens....

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April 15, 2020
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Online Communication Platforms See Record Rise Since Quarantine Began

Online Communication Platforms See Record Rise Since Quarantine Began

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Since the world went into quarantine, many people are now relying on online communication tools to stay connected with friends, family, and coworkers. Many apps out there are being used to  and even to , but have you wondered which platforms have become the most popular?Data trends provider  tracked Google search volume over the months of February and March to see exactly which services people look up the most. They found that tools used for messaging, video...

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April 17, 2020
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Facebook Expands Coronavirus Symptom Survey Globally

Facebook Expands Coronavirus Symptom Survey Globally

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Facebook is set to roll out its coronavirus symptom survey, which pops up at the top of the News Feed so people can report any symptoms of COVID-19, to a global audience. The survey is run by health researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and asks users whether they have any coronavirus symptoms: fevers, coughing, shortness of breath, or loss of smell. In an editorial published in the , Mark Zuckerberg said that such data collected through Facebook can help...

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April 20, 2020
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Got a Zoom-Bombing Problem? Zoom Will Soon Let You Report Attacks in Real Time

Got a Zoom-Bombing Problem? Zoom Will Soon Let You Report Attacks in Real Time

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)Did your meeting just get ? Well, you’ll soon be able to report the incident directly to the company. The is adding a new “report a user to Zoom” button, which is scheduled to roll out on Sunday, April 26 in a software update. “This feature will generate a report which will be sent to the Zoom Trust and Safety team to evaluate any misuse of the platform and block a user if necessary,”...

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April 20, 2020
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Vivaldi Browser Launches on Android, Adds Integrated Tracker Blocking

Vivaldi Browser Launches on Android, Adds Integrated Tracker Blocking

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Among , Vivaldi is one of the morecompelling ones, especially because of how minutely customizable it is. Todaythe  launches on Android and updates to Version 3.0, which adds web tracker blocking, built-in adblocking, and a clock with timer capability.Vivaldi's something of an underground hit among web cognoscenti,and was a project of one of the Opera browser's original founders, Jon vonTetzchner. In case you forgot, Opera innovated many browser features—thingsas...

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April 22, 2020
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Do You Really Need to Buy Antivirus or VPN Anymore?

Do You Really Need to Buy Antivirus or VPN Anymore?

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Rich people don’t get rich by wasting money. So why spend money purchasing protection for your devices? Is that a waste ofmoney? Overall, the answer is no, it’s money well spent. Depending on youroperating system, adding antivirus protection beyond what’s built in rangesfrom a good idea to an absolute necessity.Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS all include protectionagainst malware, in one way or another. For some, protection takes the form ofa full-on antivirus....

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April 29, 2020
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Microsoft Patent Describes Tracking Brain Activity to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft Patent Describes Tracking Brain Activity to Mine Cryptocurrency

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .A new patent application by Microsoft details a way to use bodily functions, such as brain activity, to mine cryptocurrency.The , entitled “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data” explains how a “brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by an information service provider, such as viewing an advertisement or using certain internet services, can be used in the mining process.”By tracking brainwaves when someone...

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April 27, 2020
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A Third of Remote Workers Say Weak Internet Has Hurt Their Productivity

A Third of Remote Workers Say Weak Internet Has Hurt Their Productivity

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Now that so many of us are working remotely, we've become reliant on our home internet connections more than ever. Unfortunately, in many instances, ISPs have been unable to keep up with this increase in demand.According to a survey conducted by  (using online survey application ), more than 35 percent of respondents said a weak internet connection has prevented them from doing their work at some point. While there were only 386 respondents in total, other data...

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April 24, 2020
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Maingear Uses PC Building Tech to Produce Low-Cost Ventilators

Maingear Uses PC Building Tech to Produce Low-Cost Ventilators

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .It turns out a PC desktop tower also makes a pretty good ventilator.On Wednesday, custom PC vendor said it was responding to the coronavirus pandemic by building its own ventilators. The result is the , an emergency pulmonary ventilator the company wants supply to hospitals in New York and across the world. Maingear is best known for building custom PC desktops and laptops. But now the vendor is to use its manufacturing facilities in New Jersey to churn out the...

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April 8, 2020
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