Tech News Today for November 14, 2016
Tech News for Monday November 14, 2016
The adult dating websites AdultFriend Finder, Cams.com, and Penthouse have been hacked, revealing personal details from the accounts of more than 400 million users. That's the largest known breach of personal data this year. Read more at engadget.com.
Just when you thought you were used to Google Play Music, Google went and overhauled the app! Google is releasing the update to Play Music that not only brings an entirely new look to the music feed, but also tracks your usage habits based on your location. This means that users might get a playlist while they are at work, and a different playlist while they are at the gym. Google has gone one step further in integrating its machine learning algorithms into the app to help determine what music is best over time, in tandem with its human curators that have been involved since Google acquired Songza in 2014. Read more at venturebeat.com.
The Verge reports that the FBI has contracted with data analytics firm Dataminr to get full access to Twitter's FireHouse. The public API only offers access to 1 percent of the tweets on Twitter. The deal was struck last week, according to Next Gov, an information resource for technology decision makers in government. Dataminr will use advanced tools to help the FBI root our terrorist organizations and other criminals, with real-time data crunching. But many are worried about what the FBI's partnership with Dataminr says about the future of our privacy. Unlike other Twitter analytics firms, Dataminr lets the FBI customize its filters, "based on changing circumstances." Read more at theverge.com.
A new smartwatch that should release next year promises a new way of charging itself: You! And by you, I mean *you* if, and only if, you choose to wear one. The Matrix PowerWatch is a fitness tracking smartwatch thats currently up for preorder on Indiegogo that reportedly uses body heat to charge the battery while the user wears it, thanks to its thermoelectric design. The Matrix PowerWatch has a pedometer, a calorie tracker that's enhanced by the thermal energy detection, activity and sleep tracking, and 50-meters of water resistance. The Matrix is expected to ship next Summer for $160. Read more at cnet.com.
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