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Google’s reCaptcha v3 arrives, detecting bots without using tests

Why it matters: Captcha, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, has long been used to stop bots from performing nefarious activities on websites. While they do their job, Google’s reCaptcha tests can be annoying. Thankfully, the company has now introduced version 3, which requires no interaction from users.

The famously irritating reCaptcha v1 asked … Read more...

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%.

Hitting the first 10M daily searches took the search engine a full seven years, and then it was another two to get to 20M. So as growth curves go it must … Read more...

With Chrome 70, hundreds of popular websites are about to break

A lot of secure sites are set to grind to a halt with security error messages in the next version of Google  Chrome, after the browser will drop trust for a major HTTPS certificate provider following a series of security incidents.

Chrome 70 is expected to be released on or around October 16, when the browser will start blocking sites … Read more...

4 ways to protect your home from Wi-Fi theft

If your network is slow or acting weird, it’s possible someone is stealing your signal (and maybe more).

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Is someone you don’t know stealing your home Wi-Fi?

Is your Wi-Fi slower than usual? Having trouble connecting? It’s possible that someone is mooching your Wi-Fi on the sly.

Whether it’s the guy in the upstairs apartment or bad code running … Read more...

Google adds fingerprint support to Chrome on Android and Mac in latest beta

Google Chrome’s latest beta is adding a useful update to the popular browser: support for fingerprint sensors on Android and Mac devices, which will allow developers to use biometrics as an extra layer of security.

The update will let Chrome utilize the existing Android fingerprint sensors and MacBook Pro Touch ID sensors for its scans. There’s no word yet on … Read more...

Facebook and Instagram add dashboards to help you manage your time on social apps

You can now set reminders to tell you when you’ve spent too much time browsing your feeds

Facebook and Instagram are introducing a new dashboard to tell you how long you’ve spent inside their apps, along with tools for setting daily limits and temporarily muting your push notifications. The new set of features, called “Your time on Facebook” and “Your … Read more...

Google is finally making it easier for you to manage your private data

Google is overhauling its user privacy policy, not because it wants to do it or because it wants to collect less data about you, but because Europe is forcing the company to allow customers to better manage their data. Google, of course, is hoarding even more data about you than Facebook, a company that’s been the news lately because of … Read more...

Gmail will soon be able to finish some sentences for you

  • Google is launching a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose that uses artificial intelligence to make simple suggestions when a user writes an email.
  • Smart Compose has a limited scope of suggestions and won’t fundamentally change the way you write emails, but it’s a fun way to see Google’s AI chops in action while saving a tiny bit of time.
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Un-liking Facebook: 3-in-4 Canadian users say data mining scandal will change how they use the platform

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Four-in-ten say their opinion of the company has worsened in the last month.

The revelation that U.K. data firm Cambridge Analytica surreptitiously gathered data from some 50 million Facebook users – among numerous other alleged shady practices – has fueled a growing #DeleteFacebook movement in recent weeks.

In Canada, a two-part public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute finds … Read more...

Why Microsoft Is Ruling The Cloud, IBM Is Matching Amazon, And Google Is $15 Billion Behind

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CLOUD WARS — In a striking example of just how big the enterprise cloud has become and how rapidly it’s growing, Google Cloud Platform’s disclosure of an impressive $4-billion forward-looking annualized revenue run rate leaves GCP about $15 billion behind the parallel metrics for Cloud Wars leaders Microsoft, Amazon and IBM.

For calendar 2017, the seven biggest enterprise-cloud vendors—Microsoft, … Read more...