While we have recently covered our choices for the Top 10 VR/AR Stories of 2017, and while some of those stories happened to also be among the most popular amongst our readers last year, there were also a number of additional stories that proved popular. In this piece, we take at the top ten stories — based on reader popularity — in 2017. #10: Bethesda’s VR World: DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim PSVR This summertime article addressed how AAA game developer Bethesda was poised to bring a dramatic improvement to VR gaming with the then-pending releases of Doom VFR, Fallout 4 VR and
Facebook Will Find You Even if You Are Not Tagged on Photos
Did you maybe, but just maybe noticed that you are tagged in some of the photos on Facebook your friend took? Even though you told them not to tag you because you’re drunk as hell and you don’t want your little sister to see it? Well, don’t take on your friend so soon. There is a quite big possibility that Facebook did it – on its own. In Tuesday, Facebook introduced new facial recognition features that will automatically notify users when their photo is posted on the social network. “Now, if you’re in a photo and are part of the audience for that post, we’ll
Facebook Gives Nielsen Access to Your Private Chat Messages
Definitions of ‘Social Media’, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Private’, ‘Personal’ are increasingly becoming distant as two continents moving apart. We received news from Electronic Frontier Foundation that Facebook enabled Nielsen, a TV ratings company – to scan information from your public and private posts and messages if the filters detect you’re discussing something about television. If you posted something about a TV show or discussed it with your friends, Nielsen plans to record it and use it for their industry-standard ratings reports. The conversations will be marked separately, as ‘Social Content Ratings’. According to Facebook, the company claims they will collect information in anonymous way, only pasting and sending content
Paranoids, Meet Your New Phone: Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2
Whether you are a paranoid being or simply want added privacy and/or security, this is the phone for you it seems. The second generation of Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 brings privacy and security front and center. It does this by offering full device encryption, thanks to Silent OS – an interesting version of Android intended for enterprise customers, putting an emphasis on secure and worry-free daily routines. If you thought the Blackphone 2 is another one of those ultra secure, but slow and outdated phones, think again. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, it has a
Privacy Matters: The Looming Threat Over AR
A society wired to augmented reality poses a true threat to your privacy. But with the proper safeguards, the threat can be mitigated.
Data Sovereignty: Is Big Brother Over-Reaching?
A US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over email data stored in foreign servers. How will this affect data privacy among users around the world?
The NSA Gathers 90% Irrelevant Data
The Washington Post is reporting via documents obtained from Edward Snowden that the NSA is collection hundreds of thousands of records, upwards of 160,000 communications, most of which are completely irrelevant to the target person or people. After spending four months analyzing the data which included 22,000 reports and 160,000 data intercepts, the Washington Post was able to discern that a whopping 89% of the total data collected was from non-targets or mere bystanders. The records obtained by Edward Snowden and passed on to the Washington post spanned 4 years of records that started in 2009 and ended in 2012. Obviously, they are merely a
New Adobe Creative Cloud Has Opt-Out Data Sharing
If you weren’t already aware, Adobe has released the 2014 update to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. That release came less than two weeks ago and this weekend we learned that Adobe has actually automatically opted all Creative Cloud users into their ‘experience sharing’ program. If you go to Adobe’s App Usage page, (which requires a login to see, unsurprisingly) you can see where it says,“Beginning with the 2014 Release, you have the option to share information with Adobe about how you use the Creative Cloud desktop apps.” However, if you actually go to this page when you’re logged in, Adobe has already so kindly checked this