Some iPhone apps record your actions without permission, report says

From CNET: iPhone apps from some major companies are reportedly recording how you use them without asking your permission.

Air Canada, Expedia, Hotels.com, Singapore Airlines, Abercrombie & Fitch and sister brand Hollister are among the companies mentioned Wednesday in a TechCrunch report.

They apparently embed "session replay" software -- which lets developers record the screen to see how people use the app -- from a company called Glassbox, so your every interaction is essentially recorded via screenshots.

Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany

From The Verge: Germany’s national competition regulator has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users.

Midrange Moto G7 Power Offers Massive Battery for $249

From PC Mag: Motorola's G lineup is the no-brainer choice for people looking for inexpensive, reliable phones. They're widely available, and we've been recommending them for years. Moto just updated them, and the three new models in the G7 line run from $199 to $299, with updated processors and cameras.

They're largely incremental jumps over the G6 line, but they keep Moto as the go-to choice for budget phones in the US.

There's a fourth G model, the G7 Plus, which will go for $340, but we didn't get to see because it will not be available in the US.

Twitter earnings show that advertisers like a less toxic social network

From CNET: Twitter can be filled with harassment, bullying, misinformation and hate speech. Not exactly the warm, fuzzy place that invites users or advertisers hoping to get their messages seen.

On Thursday, Twitter showed it's making strides against its toxic user base. The company reported that the number of monthly active users fell slightly to 321 million in the fourth quarter from 326 million the third quarter, attributing the lower numbers to its effort to purge fake accounts, trolls and bullies from its network.

Microsoft Studios Renamed Xbox Game Studios

From PC Mag: Microsoft has had a division dedicated to games development and publishing since the year 2000. It used to be called Microsoft Games, then Microsoft Game Studios, and most recently simply Microsoft Studios. However, this week the word Microsoft is being dropped as the division just got renamed once again to Xbox Game Studios.

Firefox set to silence auto-play audio with March upgrade

From ComputerWorld: Mozilla this week announced that the next upgrade to Firefox, due for release March 19, will automatically block all auto-play audio by default.

"Starting with the release of Firefox 66 for desktop and Firefox for Android, Firefox will block audible audio and video by default," Chris Pearce, a Mozilla software engineer, wrote in a post to the company's Hacks blog.

Only when the user explicitly interacts with the website to launch audio or video content - Pearce cited clicking a "Play" button as an example - will Firefox allow sound to stream.

Spotify buys podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor

From CNET: Spotify boosted its podcast efforts Wednesday, announcing, as it released quarterly financial results, that it has bought podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor.

"Our podcast users spend almost twice the time on the platform, and spend even more time listening to music," Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement. "We have also seen that by having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try."

ARCTIC introduces Gen 3 Monitor Arms and the all new W1C Wall Mount

From ARCTIC Press Release: ARCTIC presents the latest edition of its popular Z and Z Pro monitor arm series while also introducing the all new W1C wall mount. All products are available now in stores and in the ARCTIC Webshop.

Logitech Launches 'Most Technically Advanced' Headset

From PC Mag: If you're in the market for a new gaming headset, be that wired or wireless, Logitech would like to draw your attention to four new headsets it is launching today ranging in price from $59.99 to $169.99.

Sitting at the high-end, Logitech is touting the G935 7.1 Lightsync Wireless Gaming Headset as the company's most technically advanced headset yet. It's the first headset to use Logitech G's Pro-G 50mm audio driver formed from a "hybrid mesh material" that promises to deliver "deep bass and a round sound profile."

Samsung Galaxy Sport leak shows a sleek bezel-less smartwatch

From The Verge: Samsung is due to refresh their wearable lineup, along with their Galaxy S flagship smartphones, at their upcoming Unpacked 2019 event. Leaked image renders posted by 91Mobiles show a new wearable, purportedly named the Galaxy Sport. Like the Galaxy Watch before it, the Galaxy Sport will be aimed at outdoors enthusiasts, with some unspecified degree of water resistance.

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