Firefox is getting the ability to cut off two ugly parts of the web: software that uses your computer to mine cryptocurrency -- not for your benefit -- and that tracks you even if when you don't agree to be tracked.Firefox Nightly and Beta -- two test versions of the open-source browser -- have an option to block the crypto mining and the tracking technology, called fingerprinting. They're switched off unless you change the setting in preferences for now, but Mozilla plans to turn it on by default, the non-profit said.Mozilla, which is trying reclaim influence lost to Google's dominant Chrome and rid the web of some of its bad habits, announced the changes in a blog post Tuesday.The moves -- following the direction of rival like Apple's Safari and Brave Software's Brave -- are a new example of browsers being more assertive on our behalf online. Instead of just doing what websites tell them to do, browsers are more actively intervening to protect privacy, extend battery life, cut down … [Read more...] about Firefox will block sneaky cryptocurrency and tracking software
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Family time is important -- but everyone needs space, too. Digital Vision/Getty Images If you're a parent, the weeks may seem to zip past in a blur. After play dates, soccer games and rides to school add up -- not to mention your own personal work schedule -- you might realize that you hardly spend a moment alone. With families constantly on the go, is it ever possible to kick back on your own? Setting priorities and boundaries is an important step in making more time for yourself. Write down the activities you do during the course of your week, and put the most important ones at the top. Decide which activities you can take off your list, and then set boundaries by learning to say "no." Since many of us have trouble saying "no," look to a trusted friend to help you practice different ways of politely turning people down. Rehearsing with a friend will make it easier for you to say "no" the next time your neighbor knocks on your door and asks you do dog-sit for the weekend … [Read more...] about How do I make time for myself?
A new study by France’s Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on Google’s Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, “including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid,” as well as innumerable others. Per the Intercept, the trackers involved allowed the apps to identify users based on third-party data, track movements, map interpersonal relationships among users, and track both offline movement and shopping habits. One named Fidzup is powerful enough to track users’ movements in retail stores using sonic emitters or wi-fi signals and serve them ads based on where they may be roaming within the store. Even apps for seemingly innocuous purposes, like the AccuWeather and the Weather Channel apps, included trackers monitoring “web browsing and app usage … [Read more...] about Study: Vast Majority of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users
Do you remember when everyone thought the arrival of the iPad heralded the demise of E Ink-based devices? Even yours truly far prefers the experience of reading books on the bright, full-color LCD display of the iPad Mini. Consequently I’ve spent a lot of time questioning the need for e-ink devices like Amazon Kindle or anything created by E Ink, the primary producer or e-ink displays. But at CES last month I had an abrupt change of heart. It was there I was able to try out the reMarkable tablet for the first time, and after playing with it for a few minutes, I was excited at the thought of finally being able to go completely paperless; no more notebooks, no more misplaced scraps of paper, and no more sticky notes. I immediately begged them to loan me a unit to review, and after nearly two weeks with it I’m still in love—even if I know this thing has big problems. The same e-ink technology used by devices like the Kindle to authentically emulate the look of paper can … [Read more...] about The reMarkable E Ink Tablet Is Way Too Good For Its Software (and Price)
Back in 2015, Facebook had a pickle of a problem. It was time to update the Android version of the Facebook app, and two different groups within Facebook were at odds over what the data grab should be. The business team wanted to get Bluetooth permissions so it could push ads to people’s phones when they walked into a store. Meanwhile, the growth team, which is responsible for getting more and more people to join Facebook, wanted to get “Read Call Log Permission” so that Facebook could track everyone whom an Android user called or texted with in order to make better friend recommendations to them. (Yes, that’s how Facebook may have historically figured out with whom you went on one bad Tinder date and then plopped them into “People You May Know.”) According to internal emails recently seized by the UK Parliament, Facebook’s business team recognized that what the growth team wanted to do was incredibly creepy and was worried it was going to … [Read more...] about Facebook Was Fully Aware That Tracking Who People Call and Text Is Creepy But Did It Anyway