It’s no secret that Facebook’s mishandling of consumer data has landed it in hot water. This forced the social-media behemoth’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg a date with Congress to explain how data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users was leveraged to influence voters during the 2016 election. And this blunder wasn’t a one time thing. Facebook was hit by scandal after scandal in 2018, including a software bug that disrupted privacy settings for 14 million users. We’ve also learned that Facebook offered advertisers special access to users’ data and activities. Zuckerberg is a smart man; he probably wasn’t surprised that this litany of data and privacy misconduct resulted in his company’s legal trouble. But no one expected it to directly affect his expansion plans into the multibillion dollar esports industry. Gamers are a close-knit community … with principles Facebook has been investing in gaming since 2016, when the company … [Read more...] about Facebook’s esports dreams face the privacy PR nightmare
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Ding-dong, your doorbell is looking a bit creepy. Ring video doorbells, Nest Hello and other connected security cameras are the fastest-growing home improvement gadgets since garage door openers. These cameras, often built into buzzers, alert your phone when someone is at your door and save footage online. Mine has helped me get deliveries and catch porch pirates stealing packages. Earlier this month, one caught a man licking a family's doorbell for three hours. related advertisement What's not to love? Invading people's privacy -- and Big Brother at our doorstep. It's up to us to set the rules to avoid Big Doorbell.We're on a slippery slope. You've got a legal right to film in public places, including your entryway. There's little agreement whether private cameras slash crime rates, yet police are setting up voluntary registries for private cameras in dozens of communities. Cities such as Washington, D.C., have begun paying up to $500 for cameras on private property. … [Read more...] about 6 privacy tips for owners of video doorbells, home security cameras
Once upon a time, 4K TVs were just a pipe dream. Pie in the sky. A beautiful, but unrealistic dream for consumers, and a nightmare for content providers.However, for a small portion of us - those who binge on Netflix and Amazon Prime like it's our day job - it's a dream that's slowly becoming reality. Sure, we might not see massive adoption numbers (even newly formed 8K Association says global adoption of 4K is only sitting at 15%) but it's happening. Why then, if we've just barely adopted 4K, are TV manufacturers pushing for 8K? Does anyone actually want them? We spoke to industry analysts to find out. The case against 8K TVs No one out there is doubting TV manufacturers' ability to produce 8K screens. Samsung and Sharp may have been the first major brands to launch 8K TVs last summer, but CES 2019 saw LG, Sony and Panasonic follow suit with screens of their own, and Chinese brands such as ChangHong, Skyworth and TCL hot on their tails.The impetus for TV … [Read more...] about Does anyone actually want to buy an 8K TV?
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Aria Bendix, provided by Published 10:19 am PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Gary Community Development The city of Gary, Indiana, is selling a handful of homes for just $1, but buyers are expected to renovate them within one year. The Dollar Home Program is part of a strategy to reverse decades of urban blight, which has plagued the city since the decline of the steel industry in the 1960s. About a third of homes in Gary are unoccupied or abandoned, but the government remains optimistic that it can breathe new life into its neighborhoods. The small city of Gary, Indiana, has endured decades of hard times. More than half of its population has disappeared since 1960, and a third of its homes remain unoccupied or abandoned. Recent years have seen high levels of crime and low levels of employment and education. The local school district has even taken to selling off dilapidated schools that have dealt with vandalism and arson. Despite their crumbling … [Read more...] about An Indiana city is selling $1 homes to save itself from decay. Here’s what you can get for the money.