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USB-4 – Get Thunderbolt Speeds

What if a USB cable could provide the same smooth, fast data transfer speeds as a Thunderbolt port?  If that excites you, wait until you meet the USB4, the next generation of mobile devices and PCs.

USB4 will deliver data at incredible speeds when it’s connected via USB cables on compatible devices:  up to 40 Gigabits per second.  Intel has created the Thunderbolt 3 for the USB group, and USB4 bases its technology on Intel’s advanced tech.  Thunderbolt 3 will be available to use royalty-free.

USB Implementers Forum released a press release explaining that they’re built in; this next logical step for the Universal Serial Bus tech will mean that Thunderbolt will become a more affordable tech for manufacturers to include in their devices.

5K Support

Android Central  explains that the sky is the limit; devices could include 100 watts of on-demand power, support for up to eight lanes of DisplayPort data, and 40Gbps transfer rates.   Two 4K HDR displays, at 60 HZ each, or a 5K display could be supported fully.

This will mean that two 4K HDR displays at 60 Hz or one 5K display would be fully supported.  If the tech becomes more affordable to include n devices, it will definitely bring down purchasing costs for devices supporting USB4.

As Jason Ziller, Intel’s General Manager of Client Connectivity explains, “Releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification is a significant milestone for making today’s simplest and most versatile port available to everyone. By collaborating with the USB Promoter Group, we’re opening the doors for innovation across a wide range of devices and increasing compatibility to deliver better experiences to consumers.”

To fully benefit from the max data transfer speed, you will need to have cables that are 40Gbs-certified; these are USBC to USBC only.  The USB4 will be fully compatible to all Thunderbird 3 devices and all USB specifications.

Microsoft, HP, Intel, and Apple are among the 50 tech companies that are going to be taking part in a final review of USB4 tech. They will release the specs around mid-year. The exciting part of these companies taking part in the testing is that it is predicted that they will use these new specifications when they do become available.

The USB4 is expected to be released next year.

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Microsoft Brings An End To Fake News?

Social media feeds are positively choked with fake news sources from all sides, leaving readers and viewers distrustful and confused.  Now, a new app from the Microsoft Edge browser called NewsGuard claims to weed out the false news sources.

The app will use color coding, with “red” indicating a high probability of being a false news source and “green” being a safe site. The app will come pre-installed in its browser.

Fake news as a recognized term has only been around for a few years, but the concept of fake news predates the term by centuries. It has been known by the term “yellow journalism,” and has always involved spreading propaganda and self-serving information to the masses.  In fact, yellow news has been credited with getting the US involved with the Spanish-American War.

The NewsGuard App

NewsGuard, according to Microsoft, isn’t intended to be a way to censor news or infringe on free speech.  The intention is to give readers the information they need to properly understand the reliability of what they are reading and help them decide if they should share the news source on social media, per Microsoft’s corporate vice president of security and trust, Tom Burt.

The app itself isn’t new, but it was something that had to be manually downloaded and installed by its users.  It allows flexibility for its users to set up their own filters while maintaining its warning color system.  The app currently only works for US and large international news sources and sites.

Wall Street Journalist and publisher Gordon Crovitz is now a CEO of NewsGuard.  He explains, “We’re delighted to be able to reach millions of people through Microsoft Edge for mobile, giving news consumers more information about the sources of news they see online based on basic journalistic criteria of credibility and transparency.”

NewsGuard uses experienced journalists to vet companies and their news articles.  They work with The Information founder, Jessica Lessin, General Michael Hayden, former CIA director, and other highly seasoned professionals.  The news sources are broken down and labeled according to their content, credibility, ownership, and sources of financing.

A few examples of how various cites would be labeled include:

RT: This Russian news site is a well-known source of Russian propaganda.  NewsGuard will label this as “proceed with caution.”
The Daily Mail:  This is a British news source, and NewsGuard warns its readers that it has had to pay damages for false reporting on several high-profile stories.
The New York Times:  This is an American news source that is well known for having influence on public debate and will be labeled this way by NewsGuard.

This tool is one of the first of its kind, but with the bombardment of fake news all over social media, it’s likely that NewsGuard will be the prototype for many more.

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New Record: Most Autonomous Cars In A Row

In November of 2018, China’s Changan Automobile manufacturing company set a Guinness World Record for the longest parade of autonomous cars.  The car line featured 55 of the self-driving vehicles, traveling two miles at 30 km/h (or 18.6 mph) with a distance of two car lengths between them. The parade lasted nine minutes and seven seconds.  The record was set on a test track in Chongqing.

Yang Guo, an engineer for the autonomous car lineup at Changan Automobile, explained that while each car had a “driver,” they were not permitted to have any contact with the cars’ autopilot systems.  In fact, the parade was originally intended to feature 56 cars before one driver became disqualified by engaging with the car as it drove.

Better Lane Detection

Engineers were able to make alterations to the vehicle sensors to allow them to have better detection for lanes and increased sensitivity to the positions of the cars in front of them.  By reducing the vehicles’ event and object detection and the automatic response to these factors, the vehicles were able to be programmed to drive much closer together than they would under normal driving conditions.

The test track allowed the dynamic driving tasks to be lowered from five percent to one percent because a controlled driving area, such as the test track, has far fewer variables than are found under normal driving conditions.

Changan Automobiles is hoping that by setting the record, they are showing the world China’s commitment to inventing new technologies.  Changan’s Executive Vice President, Tan Benhong, explains,

“The artificial intelligence and new energy of automobiles is a very important trend in the future development of automobiles. As the world’s first brand to break this record, we will make more efforts in the field of intelligence.”

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Could Two-Handed Robots Make Ecommerce Faster?

Ever since the rise of the internet as our main source of buying and selling, the speed in which we can get goods has been incredible. Every year, it feels simpler and faster to just do all of your shopping online, as it can often be delivered to you so fast and so easy. eCommerce, then, looks set to change the way in which we shop for at least a generation to come.

However, with the rise of machine learning and AI, we could be about to see another quantum leap: starting with ambidextrous robots (ambidextrous= using both hands equally well).

Massive warehouses are needed to help fulfill the incredible orders being taken online, which obviously means trying to get staff to help manage said orders. However, it looks like we’re moving towards trying to automate the whole experience instead, with the use of ambidextrous robots.

This became clear from a UC Berkeley paper which was produced in mid-January, in the Science Robots journal.

Engineers at UC Berkeley have been using decades of progress so far to come up with new algorithms that could help to compute robot pick points, allowing robots to work with a large variety of objects without having to undergo the training that they would need to normally.

The postdoctoral researcher on this project, Jeff Mahler, who is also the lead author, said: “Any single gripper cannot handle all objects,

“For example, a suction cup cannot create a seal on porous objects such as clothing, and parallel-jaw grippers may not be able to reach both sides of some tools and toys. ‘Ambidextrous’ robots offer greater diversity.”

How Might This Change eCommerce?

At the moment, the robots used in the majority of fulfillment centers will be using the standard suction cup session mentioned above. This can limit the range and style of objects that it could actually pick up and work with, which would drastically limit their usage in a warehouse environment.

With ambidextrous robots, though, this would not be quite the case. This would make them compatible with more than one gripper type, allowing for much easier for the robot to decide which gripper is most likely to succeed when picking up any given item.

This would help to ensure that, by using a reward function, ensuring that fulfillment could be much faster and far less rigid in what it can and cannot pick up.

The researchers managed to train functions for using a parallel-jaw gripper and then a suction cup gripper to a two-armed robot. The result was that it could take on 25 objects never seen before with around 300 picks in an hour, with around 95% reliability: that’s incredible.

While this might not be commonplace yet just in every warehouse, it’s definitely something that we can expect to arrive in the next few years – with massive, positive results for the already in-demand eCommerce industry.

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Breakthrough: Sending Sound On Laser

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to send audio signals directly to someone’s ear at a distance using laser beams. The system uses a photoacoustic effect in which water vapor in the air absorbs light then forms sound waves.

This research could pave the way for allowing audible messages to be sent to agents, spies or possibly law enforcement, warning them of encroaching danger.

How It Works:

Researchers used a laser beam that fired at wavelengths absorbed by water.  By sweeping the beam at the speed of sound, they were able to generate sound that can only be heard at distance from the transmitter.

After many tests, they discovered this would allow a message to be sent to a specific individual instead of just anyone who happened to be passing by the laser path.

The scientists said this system can be used in dry locations because, at any given time, there is moisture in the air, especially around people.  Also, the lasers are very safe to one’s ears, eyes, and skin while localizing an audible signal to an individual at any setting.

They also discovered a method that works by modulating rather than sweeping a beam.  The traditional modulation method offers sound with a much higher fidelity where the laser sweeping offers a sound with louder audio.

To date, the system will work at more than 8 feet or 2.5 meters.  Scientists are currently working to increase the distance and believe they will eventually have a very significant commercial technology for future use.

We look forward to hearing more about this new and exciting technology, so stay tuned!

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Robot Hotel Fires Half Its Robotic Workers

If you are concerned about losing your job in hospitality to artificial intelligence soon, there is no need to worry.

A hotel in Nagasaki, Japan called the Hen-na (“Strange”) Hotel ‘fired’ more than 50% of the 243 robots working there because instead of providing benefits to guests, they turned out to be quite inconvenient.

The hotel used robots to check-in guests, take luggage to rooms and answer queries. There is even a robot in each room called Chu-ri who helps turn off lights, set alarms and provide weather forecasts.

Multi-Lingual Robot

Describing the experience of a guest at the hotel, their website says that you will be greeted at the front desk by multi-lingual robots who will help check you in or out. In the cloakroom, a robotic arm will take your luggage and store it.

These fun moments are a mix of human and robotic, and they will definitely warm your heart.

Also, as soon as you register your face with their facial recognition system, the struggle of carrying a room key around and worrying about losing it is completely gone.

Human Touch

This type of Android paradise sounds blissful on paper. But the experience of the guests staying at the hotel is quite the opposite. Most of the time, they still need receptionists to answer questions at the front desk and the Chu-ri robots break down regularly.

The Wall Street Journal says that Yoshihisa Ishikawa’s robot regularly talked to him in the middle of the night because it was triggered by his snoring.

This hotel received attention worldwide in 2015 when it was first opened. It was a glimpse of what the future could possibly look like. Now, technology has advanced to a point where the hotel ‘staff’ are outdated and cost too much to repair when they are broken.

For now, it is unclear whether the hotel plans to restock its robotic population, but at least the guests can sleep through the night without malfunctioning robots in their rooms.

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LG Smartphone With Detachable Second Screen

Next month at the Mobile World Conference, LG is revealing a new type of smartphone that promises to change the game entirely. The electronics company based in South Korea is said to be revealing a phone that brings in the option of attaching a second screen.

If you’ve thought one screen to be enough for a mobile phone, think again.

An anonymous source tells CNET that the smartphone would have a case with a built-in screen. This foreign and unnamed contraption will multiply the size of the device’s screen.

This new smartphone is only one of the numerous devices LG is predicted to launch at this event. The second screen phone is not expected to be named as part of the G8 flagship series, but we can’t wait to see what LG has in store for this huge event in Barcelona.

It isn’t clear yet how many devices LG will be announcing, but will definitely be something to look out for when MWC opens on February 25th. The new advancement may help LG compete with companies like Apple, and Samsung as these companies are suspected to be launching devices that will be able to fold over the course of the year.

Rolling TV

BUSINESSTECH reports that sales of LG smartphones dropped by 23% in 2018. This put them behind companies like Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo as the 7th most popular smartphone makers in the world.

LG didn’t put a lot of emphasis on smartphones at CES earlier this month. People believe that this is because smartphones only make up a small part of their business. What they mostly talked about was their reliable OLED TV, which is made to roll into a stand when it isn’t in use.

If the company can generate as much talk about the phone as they did with the TV, it may turn out to be quite a successful review.

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Top Google Searches of 2018

With the year now coming to the end of its timespan, it’s time to start looking back on 2018. It has been quite the interesting year, with a hell of a lot of change. The world, though, feels very much on the precipice of massive, lasting change. If you ever look around the world that you live in and wonder why it’s changing so much, it all comes down to the way that we manage our search and pursuit of knowledge. For example, more people are online than ever – and more people are inputting Google searches than ever.

What, then, were some of the most significant and commonly searched topics of the last year?

Meghan Markle

One of the most commonly searched terms in 2018 was that of the newest addition to the Royal Family of Britain in Meghan Markle. The American married Prince Harry on May 19th, and it produced a huge amount of commentary – good and bad –across the world.

She’s a very interesting person, and the searches showed everyone wanted to know more about the newest member of the Royals – and Google seen many questions asked on her behalf.

Kate Spade

The fashion designer was one of the most commonly searched for names in 2018. Sadly, much of the searching into her came through her tragic suicide on June 5th. People wanted to read into her story and to find out why such an amazing and talented person had found themselves in such a situation.

Spade was a massive loss to the world for many reasons, but she was easily among the most commonly searched names on 2018 alongside.

Brett Kavanaugh

The world has watched the United States turn into a massive version of The Jeremy Kyle show. It’s a shame to see a nation with so much rich potential essentially turning into car crash TV, but the name of Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh has become very much a common search on the web with good reason

He was confirmed in September, amid massive controversy that he seemingly sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when he was in High School. Naturally, searches exploded to find out the truth – or at least one version of it.

Hurricane Florence

Natural disasters often bring up a lot of discussion, and with good reason. When the massive Hurricane Florence – alongside Hurricane Michael – hit, there was a lot of Google searches. People looking for information about how to stay safe and how to avoid any kind of danger. It’s not something that you want to see trending, but it was a major part of disaster relief efforts for many.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup

Sporting events often draw attention from across the globe, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was no different. From team profiles to match-ups and predictions, the internet was alight with people reading into the teams, players, managers, stadiums and cities that held one of the most exciting sporting events in years. 

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NASA Voyager 2 Crosses Into Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe is the second man-made object to have crossed into interstellar space. The probe achieved the feat on November 5, and is aimed to study the outer reaches of the solar system and more.

In April 2011, NASA had declared that Voyager 2 had reached the edge of the solar system, known as heliosheath. This is the region where the planetary forces of interaction cease to exist, but matter would still be bound by the effects of solar wind, that also contains low-frequency radio signals and magnetic disturbances.

Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages, which aims to serve as evidence of Earth’s civilization.

In September last year, the US space agency celebrated the 40th anniversary of both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which have been declared as our ‘eyes’ in outer space. In the case of Voyager 2, each signal take an average of 16 hours and 40 minutes to be received from Voyager 2, as well as from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that is monitoring both Voyager missions.

Now, NASA has recently confirmed that Voyager 2 has also crossed into interstellar space. This is not the first spacecraft to have registered this accomplishment, as Voyager 1 is also deep into outer space.

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Google Assistant Undergoes Comprehensive Update

For some people, they are the most wonderful additions to an ever-more modern style of life. For others, they are the symbols of a dystopian future warned by writers like George Orwell. Whatever the truth of their invention, it’s fair to say that tools such as Google Assistant have made quite the impact over the years.

Indeed, the Google Assistant tool has undergone a host of new updates and functional changes recently. Each new add-on adds some interesting new features, and this latest refreshing of the Google Assistant platform adds some very cool new tricks. For example, it now makes use of the ‘Pretty Please’ functionality that so many of us asked for.

With Amazon Alexa now giving children some kudos for being nice to it, it would appear that Google is doing the same here. Is it weird to talk to a computer and say thanks to it? Yes, a little. However, it’s definitely happening and now, if you say ‘pretty please’ to your Google Assistant, it will be much nicer in return.

You will be given a host of “delightful responses” if you are nice to the AI, saying things like “thank you!” to it will elicit a positive response. Its’ just a small change, but it’s more about what this says about where this tech is headed. Already, we are seeing a significant shift towards creating a rather different kind of interaction – treating the AI like it is part of the family.

The humanization of our AI tools is obviously going to divide some. The reason for its inclusion, though, is that children are often rude and course with their AI, so this is supposed to help to teach them the value of good manners.

What else is new?

Don’t worry, the new updates add more than a desire for politeness and human friendliness to the AI. Now, you will be able to enjoy easy management of lists using your Google Assistant. From named and themed lists to easy reading out of your list this will make it much easier for you to keep access to all of your most important lists.

It’s also got some awesome stuff for parents with not enough time on their hands. For example, it could now read a series of popular Disney stories to your kids, with many classics to come in the future such as Cinderella and Lion King.

Just in time for Christmas, too, is a host of new and improved interactive games – just say “Hey Google, call Santa!” and it will do just that. It’s all about helping Santa to learn some new festive tunes for the big day, and is great fun.

From responsive shouts to new photo storage and sharing options, this tool is going to make the day-to-day challenges for the average Google Assistant user far less irritating. It’s a much-needed update, and improves the quality of the hardware whilst making sure we don’t take our festive frustrations out on our newest member of the home: Google!

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Space Odyssey: Getting Closer To A Real HAL

A few years after the hugely successful Iron Man movie series came out, people got to work on building JARVIS, the loveable AI system used by Tony Stark. However, one AI system that was probably popularized long before we could get close to realistically making it in our own time was that of HAL 9000. The awesome AI was one of the many fantastic things about 2001: A Space Odyssey, and we might now have an actual version of HAL 9000 to talk to in the near future.

No longer just a wonderful supporting character in (yet another) Stanley Kubrick classic, we can now enjoy HAL 9000 closer than we ever have until now. It’s a wonderful creation, and computer scientist and all-round expert Pete Bonasso has been at the forefront of its creation. While he’s happily informed people that paranoia won’t be making a feature this time around, we can see just about every other viable feature coming to life in impressive fashion.

Speaking about this was Bonasso, who said: “I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in my senior year at West Point in 1968. West Point had only one computer,

“I programmed that computer to shoot pool, virtually. But when I saw 2001, I knew I had to make the computer into another being, a being like HAL 9000.”

His new study, then, titled “CASE: A HAL 9000 for 2021”, shows us exactly how Bonasso went about creating the study. Named CASE itself, he managed to create an AI that was suitable for dealing with standard day-to-day life on a virtual planet, including managing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. He was even able to send out an AI controlled rover to pick up some rocks!

Also, this HAL-alike could even be designed to solve anything from gas leaks to dust storms. It’s a very handy piece of kit, but primarily shows us how far technology has jumped since the days of 2001.

A fantastic recreation

According to the study penned to cover CASE, it was noted that “If you say, ‘Open the pod bay doors, CASE’ (assuming there are pod bay doors in the habitat), unlike HAL, it will respond, ‘Certainly, Dave,’ because we have no plans to program paranoia into the system.”

Managed across a 4-hour session, this delivered a huge amount of useful information back to Bonasso. Nobody virtual or otherwise died during the mission, and they were able to run the overall virtual mission without a single problem – result!

While it likely won’t be working in our own day-to-day lives anytime soon, we can say that we aren’t a hundred miles away from progress. It may be 20 years after it was predicted in the movie, but we’re excited to see if HAL 9000 is kicking around, in some form or another, in 2021.

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Soon: Private Replies In WhatsApp Group Chats

As one of the most commonly used phone apps on the planet, WhatsApp is the go-to choice for mobile communication. It’s used by a good portion over a billion people, and is used for everything from group chats among friends to after-hours business brain storming. However, one feature that has often been missing from the imperious chat messenger has been the ability to send private replies. That might be about to change, though.

The company is about to set out a new and improved way to privately message someone who is party to a group chat – but privately. This is great for all those of those people who want to, uh, pass remarks on their friends less than stellar jokes in the main group chat. Now, instead of doing it half-drunk and accidentally sending that cutting bit of sarcasm to the main chat when you intended it for the ‘other’ chat, you can use private messages instead.

This is going to be useful, as people find it annoying when they want to send a simple private message but need to change chats. This is going to make sure that certain messages can be posted in the group chat, but only read privately by certain memes who you choose.

While some might wonder ‘why not just talk in a separate chat?’ it can sometimes be easier to privately respond in context. For example, if you go to a second chat and leave your remark, if they read it later without knowing its referring to the larger chat, it can create confusion. This makes it easier for you to let the other person know what you mean within the actual context of the group chat.

Private messaging in group chat: when’s it coming?

Users can expect this to arrive for Android phones as part of the new Android 2.18.335 update. Apple users, though, will need to wait a while: it’s not yet available for iOS yet. However, warnings are being put out about the latest beta and a heed not to use it just yet.

The reason why is that if you delete media within the chat at the moment on the new beta, it can crash the app. Anyway, if this sounds like something that you might want to check out, it’s well worth keeping an eye on.

For those who like to b*tch, you can continue onward without worrying about posting it in the wrong chat to the wrong person!

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Netflix Genres Boring You? Open Them Up Today

Netflix is, easily, one of the most popular online platforms used today. Millions of users curl up in front of their TV to watch their on-demand shows, when they want. While some of us complain that Netflix has too much choice, some people find it hard to choose. For example, their genre selections are, at best, poor. You can find it hard to really dig into what you wish to watch, which soon becomes an exercise in frustration.

To solve that problem, we recommend that you take a look at this easy to use Netflix genre cracker. This opens up thousands of new genres to look through when searching for movies. If you are sick of the same old genres giving you eyebrow raising returns, you can use this simple solution to open up the floor to some far more interesting movie choices.

Making the most of Netflix

To start off with, thanks to What’s On Netflix for coming across this awesome little trick. You will need to use a variety of specific codes to open up Netflix much more, giving you much more control over what you watch.

For example, if you wanted to find something very particular, you can. Mad genres appear, like “Bellydancing” and even “Campy Chinese Movies” – they have a little hidden sub-category for any kind of movie that you can think of. To make this work, all you need to do is type in the following URL:

https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX

All you need to do is swap out XXXX for the genre you wish to browse through, and voila. You can find all of the codes that you need online, making it easy to tap into over 70,000 hidden sub-genres. It’s very interesting, and makes it easy for you to make your Netflix experience a touch more specific.

Many of us spend hours just flicking through Netflix hoping to find something decent. With this, you make more or less certain that you can find something worth watching. However, opening up the floor so much will mean potentially making it even harder to choose. If you struggle to make a choice with the options already on Netflix, make sure you have a rough idea of the genre that you wish to watch.

Decision making falls through the floor when we have too many options, so try and limit in your mind the kind of movie youwish to watch. Then, start your browser search. If you go on with so many new options to pick from, you will likely just make what is already a hard choice even harder than it needs to be!

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Pros and Cons Of Apple Data Download

With the world finally wakening up to the horrors of all those privacy policies we’ve agreed to in the past, privacy has become a major conversation topic in the last 18 months. It’s about time. Too many people have seen ‘free’ services and signed away their lifestyles and other key information.

Not reading the Terms and Conditions is always dangerous, but it’s even more dangerous when the very price you pay is your identity.

Starting from now, all US citizens will have their right to download all of their Apple data – a feature brought in thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. It’s going to help make Apple far less invasive on privacy, and ensure that users have total control over what data they provide.

More importantly, you now have the right to see (just about) every screed of data that Apple has on you.

How can I get my data via Apple Data Download?

 

  1. First off you need to log in to your Apple ID account on the official Apple site from a secure location.
  2. Then go to the Data & Privacy section, and select Manage Your Data and Privacy.
  3. Once you do this, select Get a Copy of your Data, and hit Get Started.
  4. Follow the Wizard provided, and choose all of the data that you wish to download. Otherwise, choose Select All to grab everything.
  5. You will then verify your identity with Apple and you’ll be sent all of your data to your Apple ID account for around 14 days.

In here, you will find all manner of critical details including:

  • Your entire call history when using your Apple ID device(s).
  • Your Apple ID details including login records and similar.
  • All data stored on your iCloud, including media.
  • All information that is stored about applications via the iCloud.
  • All Apple Music data that you might have collected.
  • All information held in the Game Center and the Apple Health app.
  • Purchase records and usage history across Apple Store, iTunes and APPLE Books.
  • All purchase records from Apple stores.

However, you need to note that the following data will not be accessible for you:

  • Your messaging history – this is because messages are encrypted and cannot be accessed outside of the device they are stored on using the right passcode.
  • Your browsing history as they are collected anonymously and thus cannot make the data attributable to your device(s).
  • Purchase history such as credit card numbers bank account numbers, device IDs and e-mail addresses. You need to contact your bank if you wish to see this information.

With this in mind, then, you should find it much easier to make a significant impact on the kind of data collected about and for you. If you are someone who is vigilant about privacy, then this should give you plenty of opportunities to learn about the kind of information that Apple has on you.

With the world finally wakening up to the horrors of all those privacy policies we’ve agreed to in the past, privacy has become a major conversation topic in the last 18 months. It’s about time. Too many people have seen ‘free’ services and signed...

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Soon On Netflix: “Choose Your Ending”

Isn’t this exciting? Netflix users may soon have more customizable features on their subscription. We hear that you may be able to determine how your favorite shows end. This new feature is expected to be rolled out with new seasons of shows such as Black Mirror, and other interesting presentations. By allowing subscribers to choose their preferred adventure storyline, users have an opportunity to experience an ending that makes them happy.

Netflix has been around for many years. The service started as a direct mail entertainment platform where you could rent DVDs. Later, the platform was enhanced to become a streaming service which featured the popular TV shows and recent movies. Now, Netflix is leading others in a new direction. In recent years, the company has been focused on developing original content for its subscribers.

The availability of new TV shows exclusive to Netflix gives subscribers a premium service. For a monthly fee, you can have unlimited access to complete seasons of shows. This feature is mostly celebrated by subscribers who enjoy binge-watching their favorite TV shows. The idea to become an original content creator for TV and entertainment has led to remarkable success. The polls indicate that many subscribers are happy with the unlimited access they have to new TV shows and movies that seem different from others productions.

Now, we hear about a more interactive experience on Netflix. Everyone is excited about this news. The first test for this new feature was done with the children’s show- Puss in Book. Children could select their preferred storyline.

Netflix has decided to give this new feature a trial with Black Mirror, a sci-fi based TV series that has captivated the attention of a large audience. On one episode of Black Mirror, subscribers will be able to choose how the story ends.

So many companies have been exploring the idea of starting interactive TV shows. It gets even more interesting when you think about these features used for the movies. While we know there may be so many secret projects by other companies. Netflix is the first company to announce its decision to introduce this feature in a TV show for adults. There may, however, be some challenges.

It is expected that such elaborate TV shows will require more work during production. This means more financial investment and labour costs. There may be a limitation to the available choices the viewers can select for particular TV shows. Overall, the introduction of this new feature is going to require more funding for movies and TV shows. From this perspective, we are hopeful that the new feature will be successful to make more profits that can cover additional costs.

If Netflix gets it right, there will surely be an increase in the number of its subscribers. It will also mark the transition of the video streaming business to a new and better level. The goal of Netflix is to keep you entertained. It has become crucial to achieve this goal because of the rise in competition in this area. We have seen the aggressive campaigns done by other similar companies such as Hulu, and YouTube.

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Isn’t this exciting? Netflix users may soon have more customizable features on their subscription. We hear that you may be able to determine how your favorite shows end. This new feature is expected to be rolled out with new seasons of shows such as Black...