Millions of surveillance cameras could become AI security guards, ACLU warns

From CNET: New technology can improve our lives, but it can also come with unforeseen pitfalls. Cameras are now smaller, better and smarter than ever before, and that, warns the American Civil Liberties Union, could be an issue in the future.

Spotify’s redesign simplifies navigation and highlights podcasts for its subscribers

From TechCrunch: Spotify is officially rolling out its redesigned experience, which puts a greater emphasis on podcasts. The company today announced a new version of its “Your Library” section is being rolled out now to paying subscribers on its Premium plan. Its goal is to make it easier to move between Music and Podcasts and find the podcast shows and episodes you want to hear.

The company in May previewed this news with select press while the redesign was in testing.

Huawei moves to trademark its own OS while objecting to US ban, reports say

From CNET: Huawei is reportedly moving to trademark the name of its operating system, "Hongmeng," in Peru. The Chinese tech giant is also objecting to its US ban through an ex parte letter to the Federal Communications Commission, another report says.

Google last month locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the US Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license to update existing devices.

Google made a video game that lets you build video games

From The Verge: Google has created a video game called Game Builder that allows you to craft simple Minecraft-style games for yourself and others to play through. The game lets you drag and drop characters and scenery into an empty sandbox to construct your world, then use preset commands to string together how things interact. It’s free to play and available on both Windows and macOS.

AT&T cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold orders

From TechCrunch: AT&T has cancelled early orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Tom’s Guide first reported the cancellation, noting that AT&T said the Galaxy Fold would be available again to order as soon as Samsung announces a new launch date. AT&T is offering $100 in credit to those whose orders it has cancelled.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GL10DH

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ROG Strix GL10DH, an affordable and powerful new gaming desktop that is among the first to use AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen™ CPUs, also known as Matisse.

Western Digital Joins the Huawei Drop Party

From Tom's Hardware: Western Digital today announced that it's severing ties with Huawei following the company's blacklisting by the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to Nikkei, which reported that the storage company might reverse that decision if it's given the go-ahead from the U.S. government.

Facebook collected device data on 187,000 users using banned snooping app

From TechCrunch: Facebook obtained personal and sensitive device data on about 187,000 users of its now-defunct Research app, which Apple banned earlier this year after the app violated its rules.

The social media giant said in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office — which TechCrunch obtained — that it collected data on 31,000 users in the U.S., including 4,300 teenagers. The rest of the collected data came from users in India.

Warning: Google Researcher Drops Windows 10 Zero-Day Security Bomb

From Forbes: A security researcher who is part of Google's "Project Zero" team tasked with hunting down zero-day vulnerabilities, has gone public with an exploitable Windows vulnerability that Microsoft is still in the process of fixing.

NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13

From TechCrunch: NFC — the technology that helps power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro’s tappable stickers — is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13, due out this fall. Instead of only allowing iPhone apps to read NFC tags, apps will be able to write directly to blank tags, as well as interact with tags through native protocols.


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