Wednesday, April 11, 2018
As many people know by now a company called Cambridge Analytica used a Facebook app to scrape data from any user who authenticated with Facebook when taking a survey from them.
Scraped data is any information that users gave authorization to Cambridge Analytica to gather which could be names, emails, phone number, hometown, and more personal data. Along with personal data, they were able to see all of your activity on Facebook to include all of your likes, comments, and friends list.
With access to your friends list, Cambridge Analytica, was able to get the public profiles of your friends as well as their publicly available information and public likes. So, even if you didn't personally use the Cambridge Analytica apps, chances are one of your friends did and that left you vulnerable as well.
After the information was collected, it was sold to be used to target ads at people to put them in an echo chamber essentially. If you believe Donald Trump is a great man, you were fed ads and news stories to harden that opinion. If you believed all the stories about Hillary Clinton scandals, you were fed ads and stories deepening those thoughts. It's a highly effective way to influence people without them realizing they are being influenced.
Now Facebook has created a tool to see if you were an intentional or unintentional victim of Cambridge Analytica's app scam.
As you can see, I didn't log into the app, but one of my 7 Facebook friends did and my public information was scraped as well.
Click this link to see if your data was stolen as well.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Google once again is about to confuse it's customers by sunsetting an app, and replacing it with another app for no reason. Today Google sent out an email stating they will sunset Google Wallet and put it's features into Google Pay. But don't confuse that with Android Pay which is still available, but probably will be rolled into Google Pay soon.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Amazon Prime phones with ads are losing the ads, but not the discount they come with. Amazon sent out an email to people who've purchased unlocked phones with Prime ads letting customers know that they will release an app in the Google Play Store that will remove the ads from the lockscreen.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Over The Top (OTT) streaming media is a new-aged method for people to get TV without going through a cable company. Users can get TV on mobile devices, streaming sticks, consoles, as well as on computers. OTT is also the main victim of Net Neutrality repeal so as of right now, it's at a pass roads as to whether it can replace your cable subscription or not. If Net Neutrality repeal gets enforced by the FCC, cable companies will be able to price these OTT services out of the market and force customers into costly cable packages.
I was asked to be a guest host on one of my favorite podcasts, SMRPodcast to recap my CES experience and talk tech with hosts Robb and Chris. I've been featured on the show in the past, but this was the first time I was asked to be a guest.
Friday, January 26, 2018
The popular media streaming platform Fire TV from Amazon has always been known for what can be called "adaptability", and now it's even more adaptable. Amazon has allowed Firefox and it's own Silk browser to be installed on Fire TV products allowing users to bring the web to their TV.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
The best of CES award must go to Razer with Project Linda. Project Linda is a Razer Blade Stealth 13.3” laptop shell that has a screen, RGB keyboard, and battery but no CPU. The Project Linda system uses the Razer phone as the main processor. You place the phone into the laptop shell where the trackpad should be and press a button on the keyboard and a USB-C connector deploys to connect the phone to the shell.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
As I walked around the CES showroom floor today I got to see tons of cool stuff. Cool cars, cool drones, cool phones, but one of the coolest was a LED display that looked like was filled with fans or rotor blades.
One of the first things you'll encounter with you arrive at CES is the BMW Ultimate driving experience setup in the parking lot. The setup is to showcase the new M5 they have on hand and they also have a display to check out the new X2 that isn't released yet.
You can also sign up to take a spin in a M3 drifting around the parking lot which I did. It's a short ride, but it was pretty fun on one of the few rainy days here in Vegas.