Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Facebook Is Not a Monopoly, But It Should Be Broken Up

Facebook Is Not a Monopoly, But It Should Be Broken Up

If Facebook were a conventional supply monopolist, it would be vertically integrating by, say, launching a rival media service to Fox News and then selectively amplifying its own content at the expense of outside rivals.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

Newly installed California governor Gavin Newsom recently proposed an ambitious “data dividend” plan , whereby companies like Facebook or Google would pay their users a fraction of the revenue derived from the users’ data.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, wearing the HoloLens 2 Quinn Russell Brown Whether the $3,500 headset provides more out-of-box value is a call for its commercial customers to make.

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

(If you already had Location History turned off, nothing changes.) Facebook will also be inserting a notice into your News Feed to alert you to the change and offering a link to manage settings.

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

"And often times these dating sites provide little to no security, as we have seen with breaches going back several years from these sites." Three's a Crowd OkCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise in hackers taking over accounts, then changing the account email address and password.

How Do I (Safely) Use Dating Apps?

How Do I (Safely) Use Dating Apps?

On the one hand, this is a good thing: Importing information from the social network can give you an extra layer of security, since it allows you to tell which potential matches have Facebook friends in common with you.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

"Facebook has been a driving force in open source for years, sharing many critical pieces of technology with the broader community." Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation "They went beyond just cloning what Google and Amazon did and innovate, they did something different," says Jonathan Ellis, who used Cassandra extensively as a Rackspace employee and went on to co-found DataStax, a company that supports Cassandra for corporate clients, in 2010.

15 Moments That Defined Facebook's First 15 Years

15 Moments That Defined Facebook's First 15 Years

"Nothing you do is being broadcast; rather, it is being shared with people who care about what you do—your friends." Days later, Zuckerberg backtracked in an open letter, saying, "We really messed this one up," and announcing new controls users would have over what stories populated their News Feeds.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Leveraging the face-mapping tech on Apple's iPhones, the Warby Parker app will now include a a "virtual try-on" feature, which lets customers preview what glasses would look like in impressive detail using augmented reality.

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

"The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program—this was a mistake, and we apologize,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

In order to allow people with iPhones to participate, Facebook sidestepped the strict privacy rules imposed by Apple in its App Store by taking advantage of a business applications program designed for internal company use.

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

After the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of violating Facebook’s rules by harvesting and retaining data on tens of millions of users without their knowledge, Facebook banned nearly every app the company had ever touched, including some unaffiliated research apps that were associated with the University of Cambridge.

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro Razer Has life become a little meh lately? There's also a 4-Day Best Buy Sale going on if you want to check it out.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Tim Berners-­Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is building a platform called Solid , which will allow users to control which services access their data; Ocean Protocol , a decentralized exchange where people sell their data directly to AI businesses, has attracted tens of millions in VC funding while still in development.

Switch Your Devices to Dark Mode to Give Your Eyes a Break

Switch Your Devices to Dark Mode to Give Your Eyes a Break

Windows XP, released in 2001, featured multiple high-contrast themes and the option to change the color of the user interface, which allowed for a more natural appearance that isn’t much different than the few well-designed dark modes of today.

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

Security News This Week: The 'Twinning' Site Leaked Selfies WIRED; Momoa by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Chewbacca by DPA Picture Alliance Archive/Alamy You know what they say, the first hacks of January set the tone for the rest of year.

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids For parents who want to better protect their progeny, a new crop of services offer rigorously vetted drivers who can babysit as well as drive.

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

And if you need any more indication that software will drive Roku’s future more than the hardware that powers it, look no further than the Roku Channel. Within a few weeks, the Roku Channel will not only host free, ad-supported content, but offer subscriptions to other streaming services as well.

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

But neither company has done much to address the persuasive design of those apps, or help people move beyond what was already possible to do by manually changing a few settings in your phone.In other words, Google and Apple used the banner of "digital wellness" to re-package tools that already existed, without changing much of anything about your phone."Time Well Spent was never about giving users features to set time limits on their phones, it was about changing the game from which companies compete," says Harris.

Facebook Exposed 6.8 Million Users' Photos to Cap Off a Terrible 2018

Facebook Exposed 6.8 Million Users' Photos to Cap Off a Terrible 2018

While a hacker gaining access to bank account numbers and unencrypted passwords would certainly qualify, privacy lawyers say that photos exposed through an API to developers seems like legitimately murkier territory."There’s a lot of anger and finger pointing and frustration about how do we still have security bugs and privacy bugs, and how are these things still happening?"Alex Rice, HackerOneMeanwhile, Facebook has yet to fully resolve the issue.

How to Save Money Just By Going Into Your Phone’s Settings

How to Save Money Just By Going Into Your Phone’s Settings

But Apple has also made it ridiculously difficult to find a list of apps you’re subscribed to if you’d like to unsubscribe.If you’ve decided that the coloring book app you subscribed to a while ago is no longer worth $5 per week or $10 per month, here’s what to do: Go into your iPhone’s settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store.

How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind

How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind

If you order the same coffee every day from the Philz Coffee app, Siri will suggest turning that routine into a simple, one-tap shortcut.No Shortcut to SuccessKeep in mind that some apps’ functions are more integrated with Shortcuts’ API than others.

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