Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Rumors that Apple would ditch Intel’s x86 chip architecture for its own ARM-based processors in Mac computers have persisted for years.

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Notably, your home screen could look very different in the future, and the iPhone could become your new set of car keys in a few years' time.Developers can start making new home screen widgets for their respective apps.

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, TVs, Laptops, and More

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, TVs, Laptops, and More

Whether you're looking for more options for Dad or something for yourself, today we've rounded up the best deals we could find this weekend, including a heck of a lot of discounted gear from Apple and Amazon.

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash

And on Tuesday morning, the day after the Hey email app update was rejected, the European Commission opened antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay service.If we change it, Apple takes 30 percent of our business,” Hansson says about the Hey app.

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

Very few Covid-19 tracking apps are out in the wild yet, but the features that Apple and Google have worked on are now live.

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

“That can convey basically anything, like ‘Duuuuude, that's awful,’” says University of Vermont applied mathematician Peter Sheridan Dodds, one of the study’s coauthors.Gray wrote a program that searched the data for stretched words, specifically looking for repeated letters.

There's a Jailbreak Out for the Current Version of iOS

There's a Jailbreak Out for the Current Version of iOS

But checkm8 didn't extend to devices Apple released after 2017.Today's Unc0ver jailbreak is the first built on a so-called zero day vulnerability in years.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

After claiming for months that Apple alone could unlock the two iPhones of Pensacola, Florida shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the agency announced today that it had managed to do so without Cupertino’s help—and without undermining the encryption that protects over 1 billion iOS devices worldwide.

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

Screenshot: David Nield via AppleIf you're using Apple devices and apps, the option to use disposable email addresses is already baked in—as long as the app or website you're signing up for offers a Sign in with Apple button.

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

Oxfam transfers digital money to thousands in need of relief in Syria, Greece, Kenya, Australia, and the cyclone-prone island of Vanuatu via SMS, an Android phone app, or an NFC card—a kind of contactless payments card that also acts as proof of ID.These applications, in Oxfam’s case the Sempo Cash and Voucher Assistance program, have proven capable of disbursing tens of thousands of dollars at a time to many beneficiaries within minutes—at a near negligible cost.

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

First, and this is the same one that makes Apple’s Touch Bar a misfire from a design perspective: It’s just not intuitive to look down from your main screen to check out the fun-sized second screen that’s at keyboard-height.

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

Best Buy has a sale running that's an exception to the rule; there are discounts on speakers, smartwatches, tablets, and more.They're not our favorites from Apple (that'd be the much better AirPods Pro), but at least you get a wireless charging case here.

Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look

Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look

If two people running the app spend a certain amount of time in proximity—say, 10 minutes within six feet, or whatever health care agencies dictate—their phones will both record each others' Bluetooth codes.

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

It's always safer to download mobile apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's iOS App Store, but even then there's still some risk that malicious apps have snuck in.

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Still, it's worth checking out our guide on how to make your smart speaker as private as possible .If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.We've linked to applicable reviews for the devices mentioned below, but you might also want to check out our Best Smart Speakers buying guide.

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

In other words, it counts how many times people request driving, walking, or transit directions during a day, and then plots the number of those requests on a chart.

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Security and privacy-focused technologists have pointed to a long list of potential flaws in Apple and Google's system , including techniques that could reveal the identities of Covid-19 positive users or help advertisers track them, false positives from trolls, mistaken self-diagnoses, and faulty signals between phones.

Apple’s $400 iPhone SE Is Back, and Bigger Than Before

Apple’s $400 iPhone SE Is Back, and Bigger Than Before

Similar to how Google made photographic magic happen with limited physical hardware on its older Pixel phones, Apple is wielding its software tools to add Portrait mode, Smart HDR, stage lighting effects, and auto white-balancing to the iPhone SE’s rear camera.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week

Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week

Google and Apple said yeah, sure, we can help with that .Meanwhile, gig workers for companies like Uber and Lyft aren’t having an easy time getting their hands on federal pandemic relief funds .

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

Now usually, a squirrel will jump off a bird feeder that starts to spin—but not the one in this viral video.But what is the force-paired object pushing on the squirrel?When you drop that apple, the gravitational force increases its speed as it falls, thus increasing its momentum.

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

On Friday, the two companies announced a rare joint project to create the groundwork for Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps that can work across both iOS and Android phones.

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

Svelte performs its middle-layer work before a developer uploads code to a web server, well before a user ever downloads it.Wang says he likes to use Svelte for web pages, but he still uses React for larger applications, including his professional work.

A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple's AR Future

A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple's AR Future

But it’s not really about the iPad Pro. Apple put a lidar scanner in a tablet to prepare, almost certainly, for when it puts one in a pair of AR glasses.

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

Speaking of families staying home to stay safe, Disney pushed up the digital release date of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last week—dropping the movie on services like Vudu, Apple TV, and Google Play on Friday.

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Microsoft, Apple, and Google have put tools for the job right inside their operating systems, while applications have come to rely more and more on the cloud, so your important data is most likely already backed up somewhere online ready to be redownloaded.

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

Anything that's soft and that won't scratch your phone will do, though Apple specifically recommends a camera lens cloth, if you want to follow its advice.Google says it's OK to use cleaning wipes on Pixel handsets, but use them sparingly, well away from the ports and buttons.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

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