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Siri Has Made Me Deeply Uncomfortable

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

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You Should Feel Bad

Living in the worst 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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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 prioritise security for users by baking them into Chrome. Read More >>

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You Can Stream Torrents Through The Pirate Bay Once Again

Streaming on the Pirate Bay probably won’t be as easy as clicking play on Netflix – or as legal – but it’ll definitely be free. Read More >>

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TikTok to Pay £837,000 to Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Collected and Exposed Children’s Data

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have agreed to pay £837,138 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”. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

privacy
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 tonne of data about users’ browsing history. Read More >>

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Apple Seems to Be Tracking iPhone 11 When Location Services Disabled, Report Finds

Apple talks a very, very big privacy game, but a report has found the latest generation of iPhones may not give users as much control over their privacy as Apple would like them to believe. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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

Series-bingeing sometimes means throwing on random reruns of a favourite 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. Read More >>

security
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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>