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Adam Engst 3 comments

The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators in America

In an impressive piece of investigative journalism, Casey Newton of The Verge has published an article describing what it’s like to work as a Facebook content moderator. Short answer: it sounds horrible.

Adam Engst 3 comments

What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants?

Ever wondered if you could go back to a simpler time without Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft controlling our technological lives? Kashmir Hill of Gizmodo tried cutting each one out in turn and then blocked all five. Here’s how it went.

Adam Engst 11 comments

YouTube’s Pedophile Problem

The New York Times reports that YouTuber Matt Watson has revealed a hidden pedophile ring in the comments on Google’s video-sharing site, which has led to a massive backlash by advertisers.

Josh Centers 13 comments

EFF: Europe’s Copyright Directive Worse Than Imagined

Europe’s potentially disastrous Internet copyright rule update is headed to the European Parliament for a vote, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that it’s even worse than before.

Josh Centers No comments

Porn and Gambling Apps Avoiding the App Store Through Enterprise Certificates

TechCrunch has revealed that more apps are abusing Apple’s enterprise certificate program, this time to distribute gambling and porn apps outside the App Store.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 2 comments

Certificate Wars: A Quick Rundown of Apple’s Dustup with Facebook and Google

Apple spent the past week engaged in a dizzying back-and-forth with Facebook and Google over shady research apps trying to make an end-run around App Store rules. Here’s a quick timeline of events and some thoughts on what it all means.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple in 2018: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has published his fourth annual report card on Apple’s performance in the last year, drawing once again on ratings and comments from a large group of industry observers.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019: Startup Gadgets at Eureka Park

The CES section for startups shows its usual creativity: portable insulin fridges, STEM education for girls, a wearable subwoofer. and a giant relaxing egg. Which you sit in, not on.

Jeff Porten 1 comment

CES 2019: Somewhere Between Star Trek and Harry Potter

Itty-bitty MacBook chargers, chocolate-based art, and batteries; backpacks; and toy cars with seemingly magical powers were all found on the main floor at CES.

Jeff Porten 3 comments

CES 2019: Health, Home, and Other Products at the Sands

Jeff Porten’s visit to the CES Home and Health show floor included a smart mailbox for your deliveries, a battery accessible to the blind, a smartwatch you never charge, and news of an embarrassing moment for the CTA.

Josh Centers No comments

DuckDuckGo Search Engine Integrates Apple Maps

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is integrating Apple Maps for search data on Apple devices. The question is, will anyone stop using Google long enough to notice?

Jeff Porten 3 comments

CES 2019: ShowStoppers Demos Smart Ovens, Big Batteries, and More

One company lights the world, another proposes to cook for you, and Apple teases Google over privacy while an open-source voice assistant ups the privacy ante.

Adam Engst No comments

The Original Voice of Siri Speaks Out Again

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, sat down for another interview to discuss her career and how she dealt with her voice suddenly being famous.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019: Pepcom Shows Off Futuristic Displays and More

As CES continues, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten covers the Pepcom Digital Experience, another of the breakout shows that offers a somewhat curated collection of gadgets, gizmos, and pie-in-the-sky services.

Glenn Fleishman 4 comments

USB Group Moves to Validate USB-C Devices for Safety and Security

Cheap cables and compatibility issues with USB-C have led USB’s trade and standards group to launch an authentication program that will pair certification with cryptographic locks to ensure device safety and data security.