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Facebook Bans App That Inspired Cambridge Analytica and Suspends 400 Others Facebook Bans App That Inspired Cambridge Analytica and Suspends 400 Others

In the midst of an app audit that will probably never end, Facebook gave us an update on its progress on Wednesday. While the company is still being stingy with information, it said 4 million users should expect a notification that a now-banned app called myPersonality may have misused their data. Additionally,…

Mitsubishi Wants Your Driving Data, and It's Willing to Throw in a Free Cup of Coffee to Get It Mitsubishi Wants Your Driving Data, and It's Willing to Throw in a Free Cup of Coffee to Get It

Automakers want in on the highly lucrative big data game and Mitsubishi is willing to pay for the privilege. In exchange for running the risk of jacking up its customers’ insurance premiums, the car manufacturer is offering drivers $10 off of an oil change and other rewards. Consumers will have to decide if a gift…

Verizon Launched a Mysterious New Company With Unlimited Data for $40 a Month Verizon Launched a Mysterious New Company With Unlimited Data for $40 a Month

At a time when we’re all waiting with bated breath to find out if our four major wireless carrier choices will become three, Verizon is funding a new low-cost “competitor.” Visible is a startup that’s offering unlimited data, minutes, and messaging for just $40 per month. Of course, it has some caveats.

This New App Is Like Shazam for Your Nature Photos This New App Is Like Shazam for Your Nature Photos

In July of 2016, thousands of people wandered out into streets and parks under the guidance of a hugely popular wildlife app. The app was Pokemon Go, and the wildlife did not, in any real sense, exist. Yet while Pokemon fans were attempting to collect fantastic—if ultimately digital—animals, some inevitably found real…

Developer Shows How iPhone Apps Can Theoretically Spy on You With Basic Camera Permissions Developer Shows How iPhone Apps Can Theoretically Spy on You With Basic Camera Permissions

A warning to all: On Wednesday, a developer who works for Google published a demonstration app on GitHub that he claims shows off the creepy ways a rogue iPhone app can photograph you at any time without your knowledge if you grant it camera permissions.

Signal Is Using a Surprising Tool to Make Your Privacy More Bulletproof Signal Is Using a Surprising Tool to Make Your Privacy More Bulletproof

If you want total privacy, Signal is the generally understood to be the best messaging app around. But that doesn’t mean it offers total privacy. Its developers are still working on improvements. And the latest tweak uses a controversial new feature in Intel processors to prove to that Signal isn’t storing your…

Measuring Tape in Augmented Reality Is Way More Exciting Than It Should Be

There are a few reasons to be bullish about augmented reality. It’s just neat is the most important reason. Its practicality is another great factor. But above all, the fact that Apple is about to unleash its app developers to go crazy with AR in iOS 11 means that a ton of content should be coming. This humble…

Binky Is a Perfect Pacifier App for People Who Can't Stop Looking at Their Phone Binky Is a Perfect Pacifier App for People Who Can't Stop Looking at Their Phone

The fact that we all walk around with our heads down compulsively tapping on our phones is no longer even worthy of satire, it’s just a fact of life. Binky is an app that’s kind of like a social network that doesn’t connect you to anyone. It understands the banality of our mobile screen time and gives you something to…

Online Sales Blamed for Increase in Dog Attacks on Mail Carriers Online Sales Blamed for Increase in Dog Attacks on Mail Carriers

It’s a cartoon cliche that’s a cliche for a reason. Mail carriers really do live in fear of Fido. And now that Americans are increasingly doing their shopping online, the beleaguered members of the U.S. Postal Service have been getting bitten by dogs more often. They’ve even built an app to help avoid the canines that…

Now You Can Make Your Selfies More Interesting With Prisma On Android Now You Can Make Your Selfies More Interesting With Prisma On Android

If you’ve been seeing selfies of your friends that look like paintings, don’t worry. Your friends haven’t magically become artists overnight (most likely). Prisma—an app that turns your photos into paintings—has been blowing up over the past couple weeks on Apple devices, and it’s now available for Android.

How to Browse Windows Folders Using Tabs How to Browse Windows Folders Using Tabs

Tabbed browsing has changed the way we surf the web, making it ridiculously easy to load sites in the background and switch between a bunch of pages in seconds. Now, you can get the same interface for browsing through your files on Windows. Here’s the tool you’re going to need and how to use it.

That 'Yelp for Humans' App Is Still Awful That 'Yelp for Humans' App Is Still Awful

Remember that app Peeple? You know, the “Yelp for People?” It launched this week under the guise of a more sugar-coated definition of rating your friend. But guess what: It still sucks.

Microsoft Is Buying Keyboard Maker Swiftkey (Update: It's Official) Microsoft Is Buying Keyboard Maker Swiftkey (Update: It's Official)

Swiftkey is the most innovative and interesting predictive keyboard maker in the business, and Microsoft is a software giant that’s trying to push its artificial intelligence cred a little higher. According to a report in the Financial Times, it’s a match made in heaven, to the tune of $250 million.

Yahoo's Latest Attempt at Killing Passwords Lets You Sign In With Your Phone  Yahoo's Latest Attempt at Killing Passwords Lets You Sign In With Your Phone 

Yahoo just laid another brick in the road to its password-less future: In a blog post, the company showed off its new mail app and another way for users to enter their accounts without needing to remember a password.

This New Electric Bicycle Adjusts Performance To Your Individual Rides This New Electric Bicycle Adjusts Performance To Your Individual Rides

Problem: You don’t know how much of your electric bicycle’s performance you can use before its battery runs out. Solution: The new Specialized Turbo S let’s you program ride distance, time and how much charge you want to use, then maximizes electric assist to suit.

YouTube Is Making Vertical Video Less Awful Because Humans Never Learn YouTube Is Making Vertical Video Less Awful Because Humans Never Learn

Because we can’t be trusted to do anything right, YouTube is alleviating our long-standing pain and anguish over watching vertical videos in landscape by finally giving us the option to watch those horizontally-challenged bits of cinema in full screen on Android phones. And there was much rejoicing.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Particle Detector For Cosmic Rays Turn Your Smartphone Into A Particle Detector For Cosmic Rays

The electronic camera on a chip in your smartphone is the same style of technology used in the Large Hadron Collider. Now a group of astrophysicists wants to capitalize on the similarity to recruit citizen sciences to track the fallout from ultra high energy cosmic rays hitting our atmosphere.

Explore Vesta With A New App For Citizen Scientists Explore Vesta With A New App For Citizen Scientists

Between July 2011 and September 2012, the Dawn spacecraft orbited Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt. Now you can explore all the data it collected in a tidy app called Trek that includes interactive maps, 3D-printable topography maps, and a video-game style interface to "fly" over the terrain.

Explore Research On The Space Station With This Phone App Explore Research On The Space Station With This Phone App

The International Space Station is inarguably a source of incredible photographs of our home planet, but does it actually get any science done? Yes, and if you have a smart phone, NASA has an app to guide you through all of it.

Has an App Ever Made You Feel Special? Has an App Ever Made You Feel Special?

Last night, I experienced a moment of pure wonder. It felt like it was meant for me. Sick in bed, still coughing and sneezing at 3AM, I absentmindedly checked my smartphone. To my astonishment, a tiny blue spark appeared on my screen.

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