Are hardware makers doing enough to keep Android phones secure?

For all the good of Android’s open-source approach, one of the clear and consistent downsides is that the onus to issue software updates falls on the manufacturer. That can mean frustration for those waiting for the latest and greatest feature updates — and in some cases, it can put your phone at risk with delayed …

Amazon appears to be expanding its Prime Wardrobe service

Join Prime Student and try on your clothes before buying them with Prime Wardrobe! #PrimeStudentRep #Ad pic.twitter.com/yv1FyiQkcE — Amazon at UCI (@AmazonAtUCI) April 11, 2018 Amazon initially denied any change to the ongoing Prime Wardrobe trial, but later told TechCrunch that it had extended the service to more customers. When we reached out to Amazon …

Kogan’s new unlimited NBN plans are wicked cheap

As competition heats up among NBN carriers, it’s time for Kogan to enter the battle arena and bring with it the same budget prices that it’s known to offer on its tech products. Breaking out of the ranks with three plans to kick things off, Kogan Internet is offering Gold, Silver and Bronze options that …

Backpage pleads guilty to sex trafficking, CEO faces up to 5 years for money laundering

Backpage.com, for years the primary online platform for the sex trade, has pleaded guilty as a company to charges of sex trafficking in Texas, the state’s attorney general announced today. Its CEO, Carl Ferrer, pleaded guilty to money laundering, for which he may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison. The site was …

As Zuckerberg Smiles to Congress, Facebook Fights State Privacy Laws

During Mark Zuckerberg’s first day of hearings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Senator Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, tried to ask the Facebook CEO a question about his state. “Illinois has a Biometric Information Privacy Act, or the state does, which is to regulate the commercial use of facial, voice, finger and iris scans and the like. We’re …

Google is reportedly drafting ‘ethical principles’ for government work to calm worried employees

In March, Google announced that it had partnered with the Department of Defense to develop artificial intelligence to analyze and interpret drone videos, which prompted than 3,000 employees to sign a letter urging CEO Sundar Pichai that "Google should not be in the business of war." Google said that … social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

The results, as you can see below, are uncanny. Even when people are clearly trying to compete with each other (such as comedians Jon Dore and Rory Scovel in the Team Coco clip above), the AI can generate a clean audio track for one person just by focusing on their face. That’s true even if …

HTC Vive headsets of the future could be lighter and wireless thanks to 5G

5G networks are on the way to make smart device connectivity incredibly fast. Industry leaders think it won’t become the most dominate mobile network until 2025, but virtual and augmented reality companies are hoping 5G hits the world’s airwaves much sooner.  With the increased bandwidth, minimal latency and remote processing power associated with 5G, an …