Microsoft Teams AI could tell you who is most enjoying your video call

Microsoft Teams AI could tell you who is most enjoying your video call

Microsoft has developed an artificial intelligence for its Teams videoconferencing software that aims to put people presenting a remote talk more at ease by highlighting the most positive audience reactions.

Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify has been granted a patent on using your phone’s microphone to analyze the sounds around you for the purpose of giving song recommendations.It’s hard to tell when exactly Spotify might start trying to utilize your phone’s microphone for more than just receiving voice commands.

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy issues are a constant concern when it comes to digital technology, but a new survey finds many Americans are simply accepting they may not be alone in their own home.

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

Spotify officials suggested that after the hack, users change their passwords and not use the same passwords on other platforms.“Working with Spotify, we confirmed that the database belonged to a group or individual using it to defraud Spotify and its users.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers — a signal symptom of most coronavirus infections — recorded in states across the country, according to intriguing new data produced by a medical technology firm.

65 health apps on my phone let Facebook know when I used them

65 health apps on my phone let Facebook know when I used them

At no point is personal health information shared with Facebook,” says Christina Song, director of communications for Everlywell, a health company that sells home test kits for vitamin D deficiency, metabolism, and food allergies.

Spot is a Cop

Spot is a Cop

According to a report by Boston news station WBUR, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts show that the state’s bomb squad had Spot on loan from Boston Dynamics for three months, from August to November this year.

How to unblock Spotify

How to unblock Spotify

If you can’t find the Spotify app available for download from your locally available app store, you can still access the full Google Play App Store by changing your country settings in your phone preferences.

TV Ad Retargeting

TV Ad Retargeting

Samsung Ads offers TV Ad Retargeting that empowers brands to identify audiences who saw or missed their TV spots and reconnect with them via mobile, tablet, desktop or OTT.

Seven Bank ATMs to have facial recognition tech

Seven Bank ATMs to have facial recognition tech

Japan's Seven-Eleven convenience stores will soon have ATMs equipped with facial recognition technology.Seven Bank says it is the first bank in Japan to introduce ATMs with this technology.The bank says people can start using the machines to withdraw cash next fiscal year at the earliest.

MiFi 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking, use a VPN to protect yourself

MiFi 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking, use a VPN to protect yourself

A DEFCON 27 talk by Pen Test Partners revealed command injection and remote code execution vulnerabilities in popular 4G hotspots and MiFi routers made by ZTE, Netgear, TP-Link, and Huawei.

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

To pre-save music, which adds a release to a user’s library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click through and approve permissions that give the label far more account access than the streaming giant normally grants them -- enough to track what they listen to, change what artists they follow and potentially even control their music streaming remotely.

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

There may be trouble brewing for Spotify in its home country, with the Swedish data-protection authority (Datainspektionen) launching a review of how Spotify handles requests for people to see what information it holds about them.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

Facial recognition: Amazon is honing the technology with the help of police and government.

Facial recognition: Amazon is honing the technology with the help of police and government.

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Google Chrome zero-day used in the wild to collect user data via PDF files

Google Chrome zero-day used in the wild to collect user data via PDF files

Image: Google A security firm said this week that it discovered malicious PDF documents exploiting a Google Chrome browser zero-day. The company said it spotted two distinct sets of malicious PDF files exploiting this Chrome zero-day, with one series of files being spread around in October 2017, and the second set in September 2018.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

reply gowld 16 hours ago Pandora and Google Play Music (and maybe Spotify too I don't know) put ads in the audio stream (and video, if you are looking at the app screen while listening to music for some reason).

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

The new Terms of Service, which go into effect on March 1st, will give Spotify the authority to terminate accounts immediately, without warning.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Marriott employees all over the world are being trained to help spot sex trafficking at our hotels." The brief Twitter exchange, which occurred in January, revealed some of the hidden presumptions behind Marriott's efforts to stop sexual exploitation.

Facebook Under Fire for Collecting Data From Android Apps

Facebook Under Fire for Collecting Data From Android Apps

Though Facebook updated its SDK to collect data with users’ permission after GDPR took effect, many popular apps are yet to incorporate the new update. Notably, Facebook (including Instagram video ads) is expected to generate $10.2 billion in video ad revenues by 2020, which equates to 87.3% of total market revenues.

Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

The blog post — the second since The New York Times reported Tuesday that Facebook for many years gave more than 150 companies extensive access to personal data — focused narrowly on the contention in the Times report that emerged as the most controversial: that Facebook gave four companies access to read, write and delete users' messages.

Facebook defends allowing third parties access to user messages

Facebook defends allowing third parties access to user messages

In the new post, Archibong specifically argues that Facebook never allowed its partners to access private Facebook messages without a user’s permission.

Facts About Facebook’s Messaging Partnerships

Facts About Facebook’s Messaging Partnerships

We worked closely with four partners to integrate messaging capabilities into their products so people could message their Facebook friends — but only if they chose to use Facebook Login.

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

And at a time when data privacy has become top of mind, Spotify is encouraging people to go public; its “Overshared” initiative will prominently display the year-end stats of select users who voluntarily submit them.

How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

What distinguishes location-based marketing hotspot providers like Zenreach and Euclid from standard third-party hotspot providers is that the personal information you enter in the captive portal—like your email address, phone number, or social media profile—can be linked to your laptop or smartphone’s Media Access Control (MAC) address.

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

It is a known factor that one’s music listening habits say a lot about one’s personality, and that’s the idea Spotify has been using to bank on its data analytics to help marketers target consumers with advertisements over the years, according to The Guardian.