News Clips U.S. Court: NSA spying program was illegal

U.S. Court: NSA spying program was illegal

File this one in the “too little, too late” bin: A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA’s metadata bulk collection program was a violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Analysis Hell no, Halo

Hell no, Halo

Amazon has announced its new Halo wearable. Strap it on your wrist and it’ll track your activity, body fat, sleep data – and your tone of voice. The rest of these things are pretty standard for a wearable: Track your steps, log your exercise, see how much restful sleep you get. Fitbit led the way …

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Analysis Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

It seems like every other day, there’s a new story about a “smart home” device being hacked, attacked or giving away your data. Yet, people still keep buying these devices and putting them in their homes. They are certainly convenient. Being able to say “Hey Siri, play Andrew Bird” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” does …

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News Clips Instagram Lied and Kept Your “Deleted” Photos Around

Instagram Lied and Kept Your “Deleted” Photos Around

There’s an old saying that if you put something on the Internet, it’s out there forever. Even if you delete it or bury it to page 20 of Google results, someone’s got a copy of it.

News Clips “Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

“Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

First of all, I need to get this out of the way: Shame on you, Jason Calacanis. According to The Verge: The interview was taped in May, but Calacanis didn’t release it until today. That’s because it took place the morning after George Floyd was killed by police. “Once the protests started in America, and …

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Tech Tips Friday Tech Tip: Lock Down Your Venmo Privacy

Friday Tech Tip: Lock Down Your Venmo Privacy

You probably don’t see Venmo as a social network, but the Paypal-owned company does. In 2018, the company told CNET “it’s fun to share [information] with friends in the social world.” When you send your rent or pay someone back for a coffee, that information might be visible to the world. There’s a lot of …

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Announcements Support Tech for the People

Support Tech for the People

Tech for the People is a labor of love for me. It will always be a free resource, but costs money for hosting and takes a lot of time. I’ll never charge for access to content. I’ll never add advertising – or even expose you to third-party advertising. The analytics software I use to track …

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News Clips Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Apple’s new iOS 14 upgrade should be out sometime in September, and some of its new privacy features have Facebook worrying about its own business. Remember, Facebook is not in the business of being a social network. We don’t pay to use the service. Instead, like Google, it’s in the business of mining data and …

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