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FCC Votes to Establish New 3-Digit Suicide-Prevention Number 988

FCC Votes to Establish New 3-Digit Suicide-Prevention Number 988

A new nationwide 3-digit emergency line is intended to make the process of seeking help easier for those who need it.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin the process of establishing the 988 suicide-prevention hotlines, the Associated Press reported. The line will directly connect callers with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 163 crisis centers, which is...

Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 06:10. 1 comments

Microsoft Set to Bombard Users With Full-Screen Notices That Windows 7 Is Dying

Microsoft Set to Bombard Users With Full-Screen Notices That Windows 7 Is Dying

Windows 7 users, prepare yourselves for the aggressive, full-screen notifications informing users their operating system is out of date. It’s happening soon.

Microsoft said this week that beginning on January 15th, “a full-screen notification will appear that describes the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1.” Extended security updates end the day prior, and the company is...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck yesterday at 04:00.

Siri Has Made Me Deeply Uncomfortable

Siri Has Made Me Deeply Uncomfortable

Hey Siri, debase me in the most unsettling way possible.

Last week, Twitter user raybelline posted a video that’s at once hilarious and viscerally uncomfortable to listen to. Screen recording of an iPhone showed that Siri had been asked to address the user by an extended version of “haha” that seemed to confuse Siri’s robot brain to the point that the virtual assistant nearly shit the bed....

Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 11, 2019 at 23:40. 4 comments

You Should Feel Bad

You Should Feel Bad

Living in the worse possible timeline means that each week invites a new, unbearably dumb viral sensation. This week, it’s pigeons in tiny hats. And reader, while it pains me to spoil the novelty of birds in miniature clothing, whoever is doing this should feel terrible.

Reports of pigeons spotted on the streets of Las Vegas in tiny hats began surfacing last week. A close inspection of a...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 11, 2019 at 06:35. 1 comments

Google Chrome Will Now Alert You to Phishing Scams in Real Time

Google Chrome Will Now Alert You to Phishing Scams in Real Time

If Google had its way, everyone would carry around a physical security key to protect our mountains of sensitive and personally identifying data. Alas, most of us do not, so the company has taken measures in recent years to prioritize security for users by baking them into Chrome.

With the rollout of Chrome 79 this week, the company announced it’s launching with new features focused on more...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 11, 2019 at 00:40. 1 comments

DoorDash Has a New Plan to Make Workers Gamble on How Much They'll Get Paid

DoorDash Has a New Plan to Make Workers Gamble on How Much They'll Get Paid

Courier service and notoriously predatory employer DoorDash is still messing with its pay and tipping systems. This time, the company has informed its delivery drivers that it will soon only show them the minimum earnings for each delivery rather than the total earnings, a change dashers worry is an attempt by the company to bait them into accepting lower-paying orders.

DoorDash recently...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 10, 2019 at 01:50.

T-Mobile and Sprint Head to Court to Defend Their Very Bad Megamerger

T-Mobile and Sprint Head to Court to Defend Their Very Bad Megamerger

More than a dozen states are suing to stop a deal that would see two of the top U.S. telecoms companies merge into one, a move that state attorneys general argue would harm consumers and raise prices.

That trial was scheduled to begin early Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where attorneys general for the 13 states and the District of Columbia were to argue...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 07, 2019 at 02:50.

TikTok to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Collected and Exposed Children's Data

TikTok to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Collected and Exposed Children's Data

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a proposed class action alleging that the app Musical.ly violated children’s privacy laws by collecting their data and operating the app “in a reckless and unlawful manner for commercial gain.”

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for TikTok said that a resolution to the complaint “should be announced soon.” On...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 06, 2019 at 03:40. 4 comments

Apple Explains What's Going On With Its Big Location Services Mystery

Apple Explains What's Going On With Its Big Location Services Mystery

Well, well, well. After failing to address a KrebsOnSecurity report that a location icon appeared in the status bar of an iPhone 11 even after all individual location and service settings have been disabled—giving the appearance that the device was sharing location data without a user’s consent—Apple has finally surfaced with an explanation.

Apple told TechCrunch’s Zack Whittaker in a...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 06, 2019 at 00:20. 4 comments

How to Enable Opera's 'Super Dark' Mode on Android and Dim Glaring White Web Pages

How to Enable Opera's 'Super Dark' Mode on Android and Dim Glaring White Web Pages

Opera’s version 55 for Android is introducing a darker mode and a feature to dim the piercing white of web pages that don’t yet support dark mode on their own.

The company announced Thursday that it’s rolling out a new night mode that allows users to manually adjust the color temperature in-browser as well as control how dark they want their browsing experience. In addition to a redesigned...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 05, 2019 at 06:02. 7 comments

Stop Using Avast and AVG Plugins Right Now

Stop Using Avast and AVG Plugins Right Now

Two browsers have yanked Avast and AVG online security extensions from their web stores after a report revealed that they were unnecessarily sucking up a ton of data about users’ browsing history.

Wladimir Palant, the creator behind Adblock Plus , initially surfaced the issue—which extends to Avast Online Security and Avast SafePrice as well as Avast-owned AVG Online Security and AVG SafePrice...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 05, 2019 at 01:15. 10 comments

Apple Seems to Be Tracking iPhone 11 When Location Services Are Disabled, Report Finds [Updated]

Apple Seems to Be Tracking iPhone 11 When Location Services Are Disabled, Report Finds [Updated]

Update 12/5/19: Apple has finally explained that this is part of an on-device process used for regulatory compliance and it promised a new tool to toggle the feature off in the future. You can read a full explanation of what’s going on right here .

Original story below.

Apple talks a very, very big privacy game , but a report has found the latest generation of iPhones may not give users as much...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 04, 2019. 6 comments

TikTok Sued Over Claims That App 'Tracked, Collected, and Disclosed' the Data of Children

TikTok Sued Over Claims That App 'Tracked, Collected, and Disclosed' the Data of Children

The app formerly known as Musical.ly and currently known as TikTok is being sued over allegations that it collected and exposed the personally identifiable data of children under 13 in violation of child privacy protection laws.

China’s Bytedance in 2017 acquired Musical.ly—which originally launched in 2014—in a deal valued at nearly $1 billion at the time. Bytedance later announced that it...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 04, 2019. 8 comments

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Feature That Could Make Your Binges Even Lazier

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Feature That Could Make Your Binges Even Lazier

Series-binging sometimes means throwing on random reruns of a favorite series just to keep you occupied—it’s one of the great benefits of cord-cutting, after all. But the lack of a shuffle function on many popular platforms means you’re generally stuck committing to a season and starting from the top or cherry-picking what to watch next after each individual episode.

Netflix seems to realize...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 04, 2019. 8 comments

All Awards Are Fake But the Apple Music Awards Are Faker

All Awards Are Fake But the Apple Music Awards Are Faker

With Apple’s pivot to services comes a whole new realm of advertising opportunities for convincing us to buy those services. It should come as little surprise, then, that its recently announced Apple Music Awards sure seem like just that: an ad.

Apple announced Monday that its Apple Music Awards will be held Wednesday at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino (where else) and will have five...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 03, 2019.

Amazon Yanks Auschwitz-Themed Tree Ornaments From Its Marketplace

Amazon Yanks Auschwitz-Themed Tree Ornaments From Its Marketplace

Amazon has pulled a number of items that inexplicably depicted Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz on Christmas tree ornaments and bottle openers after they were flagged by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on Twitter.

The official account for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland on Sunday shared screenshots of several items for sale on the site, including the...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 29, 2019. 16 comments

Password Managers Are Actually a Really Good Gift

Password Managers Are Actually a Really Good Gift

The holidays are nearly here, and that means you may be scraping up loose change in your sofa cushions for any gift-giving you plan to be doing this season. But the best gift you can give your loved ones this year—be they friends, family, or secret Santa pals—is a password manager.

Hear me out.

A Pew Research survey conducted in 2016 found that only 12 percent of respondents used a password...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 29, 2019. 20 comments

Why Sharing Your Disney+ or Netflix Password Is a Bad Idea

Why Sharing Your Disney+ or Netflix Password Is a Bad Idea

It can be tempting to share your various service logins with a pal, especially because they ain’t getting any cheaper. But you might think twice before handing those Netflix or Disney+ credentials over to a friend—particularly if your password and account protection protocols are lax.

Earlier this month, an investigation by ZDNet found that Disney+ accounts were being sold on the dark web just...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 29, 2019. 9 comments

Reminder: Netflix Is Losing Support on Some Devices on December 1

Reminder: Netflix Is Losing Support on Some Devices on December 1

Consider this a gentle reminder that some older devices are losing support for Netflix on December 1, including select Roku, Samsung, and Vizio units.

Last month, Netflix told Gizmodo that some users would lose support for the streaming service beginning the first week of December due to “technical limitations.” More specifically, a company spokesperson said that a “small percentage” of older...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 28, 2019. 3 comments

NYC City Council Approves Ban on All the Good E-Cig Flavors

NYC City Council Approves Ban on All the Good E-Cig Flavors

New York City is poised to bar all flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids, meaning it would be sayonara for all the good vape flavors—and yes, that means menthol too.

The legislation would ban the sale of flavored e-cigs and e-liquids—including menthol, mint, and wintergreen—in New York City and would bar retailers from having six or more flavored e-cigs or an excess of 12 fluid ounces of...

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