Author archives: Anna Versai

Love is the most lucrative online fraud. Online scammers set camp on dating sites and lure their victim into believing they found someone special. Once a love connection has been established, requests for money follow. The reason for requests range from medical emergency to travel costs for a long-awaited visit to meet their true love. A team of U.K. researchers claims it has created an algorithm with the ability to understand what fake dating profiles look like. The algorithm can apply this knowledge to scan demographic information...
A Belgian security researcher has found a bizarre Facebook glitch that lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to do the same for your male friends, reports The Next Web. When you type “photos of my female friends” into the search bar, Facebook will produce a random selection of photos of your female friends. Switch to “photos of my male friends” and the social network returns with a selection of random pictures from across the platform. Facebook will also kindly ask if you meant to type “female,” assuming you ...
Apple has announced that its quarterly revenue for Q1 2019 was slightly above $84 billion, that’s down by 5 percent compared to its record last year. The tech company made this revelation during its earnings call earlier this week, saying the reason is that fewer people purchased iPhones within the quarter which ended December 29, 2018. Financially, Apple made close to $52 billion from iPhones sales last year, even though buyers declined by 15 percent precisely. The statistics look bad for the company and might be revealing an impo...
There have been lots of back-to-back privacy scandals on Facebook for the past years, including a spread of negative news that won’t stop. However, the company’s earnings sheet tells a different story. Facebook’s fourth-quarter earnings report indicates that the social media giant did a double. It exceeded revenue expectations and as well had massive growth in users. As of December 2018, Facebook daily active user base was over 1.52 billion, according to the report. This is about 9 percent increase year over year. Facebook also recor...
Microsoft’s Bing search engine has become inaccessible in China, according to a report from the Financial Times, making it the latest American technology service apparently blocked in China. Internet users within mainland China earlier on Thursday started having difficulty accessing cn.bing.com whereas the site was very much accessible to users outside China at the same time. For all who tried to access the website within China, it showed one clear message: “This site can't be reached”. Some anonymous sources have confirmed Bing ban ...
France’s data watchdog has issued a €50 million fine (about $56.8 million USD) to Google for failing to comply with GDPR, it announced on Monday. The National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) said Google made it impossible for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used, in particular with regards to ads personalization. The fine marks the first time a major tech company has been penalized under GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect on 25 May...
Windows 7 is still running on many PCs despite being succeeded by Windows 8 in 2012 and later Windows 10 in 2015. This is not surprising. Most users are either lazy to make the switch or yet to be appealed by the Windows 10’s service model. There is no doubt about the slight difference in the way the operating systems are operated. People with seriously aging memories won’t want the trouble of having to adjust to a new model. But these excuses won’t matter anymore soon. Microsoft has announced it will no longer provide free support a...
When it comes to noise-canceling, Bose QuietComfort acoustic headphones are great. Users can testify to this fact. They do the task so well that you literally hear no noise at all. It is, therefore, true to say that Bose has gotten some pedigree in noise canceling. This proved reliable even when the idea of a consumer audio company fixing vehicle sound doesn’t go quite well. Bose unveiled the QuietComfort Road Noise Control (RNC) technology for cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). According to Bose, the noise control focus wi...
Microsoft Bing is allowing child pornography to appear in its search results and is aiding pedophiles by suggesting related keywords and images, it emerged today. An investigation by AntiToxin, an online safety company, led to the alarming revelation that when people searched for certain terms related to child sexual abuse, the search engine returned images depicting child porn. What’s worse, it suggested more associated terms in the results as well as in the automatic suggestions in the search bar. The investigation was commissione...
Each day, more than 115 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose. Some of these people would have likely survived if there was someone around to notice they’re in trouble. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed an app that detects early signs of an opioid overdose by analyzing a user’s breathing and movement. This is if the drug user would run the app prior to injecting illegal opioids by themselves. The “Second Chance” app converts a smartphone’s speaker and microphone into a short-range sonar device that ...