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Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an “unfair and deceptive” business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The companies, including Disney’s Maker Studios and DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV, use popular “influencers” on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos that “masquerade” as unsponsored content, ... Read More »

Windows: When no growth is an improvement

Microsoft yesterday said that revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the fifth contraction in the last six quarters. Windows revenue, which accounts for the bulk of More Personal Computing’s (MPC) total, was flat. But that was an improvement over the prior quarter, when sales ... Read More »

Google Photos begins creating animations from videos, gets smarter about fixing sideways pictures

Google is flexing more of its AI muscles in Google Photos, promising to do much of the work for you when it comes to fixing images, finding memories, or making cute animations you’ll want to share with friends and family. In the latest Google Photos update, the app will begin to ping you about pictures that are sideways but need ... Read More »

This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns

Hey Civilization fanatics: Maybe try going outside this weekend. You know, before Civ VI releases next Friday. Might be a good idea to get some sunlight. The rest of you? Keep on reading this wrap-up. This week we’ve got a release date forTyranny, polygonal Lara Croft, and Overwatch’s excellent Halloween event featuring the terrifying Dr. Junkenstein. This is gaming news ... Read More »

The Windows weakness no one mentions: speech recognition

Windows has a feature it doesn’t like to talk about. While the OS lets you scrawl notes with a stylus, log in with you face (or secure the Web) via Windows Hello, and even order Cortana to set a reminder, what it’s not so eager for you to do, apparently, is use its speech recognition engine to issue commands or take voice dictation.The reason for its ... Read More »

Here’s what you should know, and do, about the Yahoo breach

Yahoo’s announcement that state-sponsored hackers have stolen the details of at least 500 million accounts shocks both through scale—it’s the largest data breach ever—and the potential security implications for users. That’s because Yahoo, unlike MySpace, LinkedIn and other online services that suffered large breaches in recent years, is an email provider; and email accounts are central to users’ online lives. ... Read More »

This week in games: Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds PC split-screen

I have another hundred miles of Australia to explore today, and that Forza Horizon 3 iconis just staring at me from my taskbar. Let’s knock this article out in a hurry. On the docket this week? Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds split-screen co-op on the PC, Kotaku UK looks into problems with Star Citizen’s development, andSniper Elite ... Read More »

This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan. But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, American Truck Simulator is selling ... Read More »

The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

There is a growing consciousness about the desire to keep one’s messages private. Some are concerned about hackers, or worry about the government spying on them, but most people just agree with the general principle that what you say in your chat conversations ought to stay between you and the people you chat with. It’s not a pleasant idea to ... Read More »

Instagram is fighting harassment with new keyword filtering feature

Public figures aren’t the only people who deal with unwanted comments on Instagram, but until today, only VIPs had access to tools that allowed them to fight back. Instagram is rolling out a new moderation feature that gives you more control over what people can say in your comments. The tool is accessible by tapping on the gear icon where ... Read More »