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Jan

What does Grindr’s acquisition by a Chinese company mean for users?


At the beginning of 2018, Grindr officially became a Chinese-owned app. The popular gay dating service, which boasts 3.3 million daily users, has been a mainstay on the romance scene for the LGBT community for the last seven years. For the last two of those years, China-based tech firm Kunlun Group has been the app’s majority investor — and now, it has full ownership.

But this recent move has a few intelligence officials and China experts rather concerned about what this could mean for users and their privacy. As initially reported by the Washington Post, the recent buy-out could mean the Chinese government would be able to “demand sensitive and embarrassing details on the lives of millions of non-Chinese citizens.”

China already has a history of maintaining stringent controls over apps and web services throughout the country, and has often banned communication apps that don’t follow its strict rules and regulations. Not only are social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter inaccessible, but so too are apps like WhatsApp and, most recently, Skype. But aside from controlling citizens’ access to certain services, China is also purportedly collecting information on both citizens and foreigners alike.

“What you can see from Chinese intelligence practices is a clear effort to collect a lot of personal information on a lot of different people, and to build a database of names that’s potentially useful either for influence or for intelligence,” said Peter Mattis, a former U.S. government intelligence analyst and China fellow at the Jamestown Foundation. “Then later, when the party-state comes into contact with someone in the database, there’s now information to be pulled,” he said.

Increasingly, the U.S. government is becoming wary of Chinese acquisition of American companies. In fact, at the beginning of the year, an American panel rejected the buyout of MoneyGram International by Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial, citing national security concerns.

That said, Grindr’s vice president of marketing, Peter Sloterdyk, told the Post that “the privacy and security of users’ personal data is a top priority for Grindr, which employs state-of-the-art technical means to protect user data over 190 countries.” He also added that the app has “never disclosed any user data to the Chinese government nor does it intend to do so.”

All the same, it’s unclear what the relationship is between the Chinese government and its large international companies, so for the time being, we still don’t have a concrete sense of what the Kunlun acquisition means for Grindr users. And that might be cause for concern in and of itself.

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22
Jan

Automate all the little stuff in your life with these awesome IFTTT recipes


These days, we have tons of gadgets and multiple services that we use on a regular basis. But what if there was a way to have all these services play nice with one another? There is, and it’s called IFTTT. IFTTT stands for “If This Then That,” and is an easy way to automate tasks. Users can make simple scripts — called “recipes” — where some type of event in one device or service automatically triggers an action in another. It’s completely free, and pretty easy to use once you get the hang of how it works. Whether you’re just starting out with IFTTT or you’re a long-time user with dozens of active recipes, check out our list of the best IFTTT recipes you should be using.

Share your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos

Managing multiple social networks is a pain. While getting Instagram photos onto Facebook is a straightforward process — you just need connect your accounts — there’s no native solution for Instagram to Twitter. Use this recipe to post your Instagram photos on Twitter in a natural way, one that allows your followers to see them without clicking.

Channels needed: Instagram, Twitter

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Turn on your Philips Hue lights when you arrive home

You can use IFTTT to turn on your Hue bulbs when you get home, without having to fumble with the app. This is a real nice feature especially if you’re coming home from the supermarket and don’t have a free hand. While we’ve linked to the version for iOS, if you have an Android phone, use this recipe instead.

Channels needed: iOS Location or Android Location, Philips Hue

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Automatically post your Tweets on Facebook when you include a specific hashtag

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While you can link your Twitter and Facebook accounts together, every single tweet you post will also post to your Facebook profile. That might not be the best option, especially if you’re a frequent social media user (hello, oversharing). Try using this recipe, which only posts tweets to Facebook if you use the “#fb” hashtag.

Channels needed: Twitter, Facebook

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Start brewing coffee when your Fitbit registers you’re awake

If you’re obsessed with your Fitbit and wear it while you sleep, why not tell it to tell your WeMo coffeemaker to make you coffee when you wake? That’s possible with IFTTT. You’ll need Mr. Coffee’s WeMo-enabled coffeemaker, but it’s cool to know you’ll never be without a hot cup of Joe in the morning again.

Channels needed: WeMo Coffeemaker, Fitbit

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Automatically keep your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures in sync

Don’t let your profile pic on either service get too old with this recipe. It checks your Facebook profile picture, and if it changes, will automatically update your Twitter profile picture. Pretty convenient if you ask us.

Channels needed: Twitter, Facebook

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Use Alexa to set the temperature on your Nest thermostat

If you have a Nest Thermostat, stop getting off the couch to change the temperature. With this recipe, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to do it.

Channels needed: Amazon Alexa, Nest Thermostat

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Get notifications about your favorite sports team on your TV

Comcast has recently enabled its X1 boxes to connect to IFTTT, meaning you’re life just got a whole lot easier if you’re an Xfinity customer. Once enabled, you’ll receive a notification on your TV whenever there’s news regarding your favorite sports team. It’s perfect for the sports nut.

Channels needed: ESPN, Comcast Labs

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Save your Strava activities in a Google spreadsheet

Strava, a “social network for athletes,” too has its own IFTTT channel, and if you’d like to do some cool data analysis on your activities outside of the app, have IFTTT save it to a Google spreadsheet. This recipe saves the name of the activity, the time elapsed, the time elapsed in seconds, and the distance in meters traveled. It also saves links to the actual event on Strava, as well as a link to the route map.

Channels needed: Strava, Google Drive

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Get notified of new Craigslist posts

Looking for something special on Craigslist? Have IFTTT monitor the service for you. Just provide IFTTT with the URL for your search query, and every time a new result matches your query, you’ll get alerted via an email.

Channels needed: Craigslist, Email

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When your Fitbit records a sleepless night, remind yourself to go to bed early the next night

Fitbit devices are great for analyzing your sleep patterns, but if you’re not getting enough rest, it’s bad for your health. This particular recipe watches for when you fall below a preset number of hours of sleep. If you do, IFTTT adds a reminder to your Google Calendar to turn in early the net night, ensuring you don’t run too much of a sleep deficit.

Channels needed: Fitbit, Google Calendar

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Add songs from YouTube to a Spotify playlist

YouTube is a surprisingly popular platform for listening to music — artists often debut music videos, while fans often upload obscure tracks not found on other services. If you discover a song on YouTube and want to have it on Spotify for later listening, this recipe will do it (provided the song in question is also on Spotify).

Channels needed: YouTube, Spotify

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Ask Alexa to call your phone

How many things are as routine yet panic inducing as losing your phone? If you’ve got Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, you need not collapse in a cold sweat when you realize your phone could be deep in a couch crevice or in the back seat of an Uber. Just employ this recipe, and you can ask Alexa to call your phone.

Channels needed: Amazon Alexa, Phone Call

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Get a disease outbreak alert from the World Health Organization

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Depending on where you live, you may not generally need to worry about sudden outbreaks of virulent disease, but if you live with a nagging fear of plagues, this recipe will send you a notification if the WHO publishes any such alerts.

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Get a daily weather forecast at 7 a.m.

Those light gray skies outside sure seem ominous, don’t they? Will they part, letting a little sunlight in the rest of the day, or do they herald the coming of a cold, cold rain? Don’t risk the wrong outfit, with this recipe from Weather Underground.

Channels needed: Weather Underground

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Quickly add a card to Trello

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People in a variety of professions use Trello to manage their workflow, but if you’re often on the go, it can still be difficult to assign tasks. This recipe enables users to create a card on any board you like, quickly and easily.

Channels needs: Trello

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Get free Steam games from r/GameDeals

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Reddit has quite a few subcommunities for frugal shoppers, and r/GameDeals is a great place to find games cheap — or even free! With this recipe, you can get Steam keys for free games sent directly to you, without having to check the subreddit!

Channels needed: Reddit

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Get a notification when the International Space Station passes overhead

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ISS sightings: They’re more common than you think! According to NSA, the ISS circles the Earth every 90 minutes. If you want to know when you can look up and see the station — or not, depending on light pollution near you — this recipe will give you a head’s up.

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22
Jan

Bugatti pushes the envelope of 3D printing to make this brake caliper


Bugatti doesn’t do anything normally. From the way it makes cars to the way it handles recalls, this automaker does everything in an outsize and elaborate way. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Bugatti is rethinking the manufacturing process for a part most people ignore … until they really need it.

It may look like an ordinary brake caliper, but Bugatti claims this chunk of metal is the world’s first caliper produced using 3D printing. It’s also made from titanium (the same stuff used in the SR-71 Blackbird jet), and Bugatti claims it is the largest 3D-printed component ever made from that material. The project was an attempt by Bugatti to show its usefulness as a research-and-development hub for its parent company, the Volkswagen Group.

On the disc brakes used by the Bugatti Chiron and most other modern production cars, the caliper clamps down on a rotor attached to the wheel hub to slow the car down. The Chiron uses calipers made mostly from aluminum. The prototype titanium component is both stronger and about 40 percent lighter, according to Bugatti.

But titanium is also difficult to work with, which is why Bugatti turned to 3D printing. The traditional milling process used to turn a solid block of metal into a part simply wouldn’t work with titanium, Bugatti said. However, the 3D-printing process isn’t exactly straightforward either.

To make the brake caliper, Bugatti turned to Laser Zentrum Nord, which had a 3D printer designed to work with titanium. Said printer was equipped with four 400-watt lasers. It took 45 hours to print the caliper by depositing 2,213 individual layers of titanium. After that, the part was heat treated to ensure strength, and technicians trimmed away excess material to create the final product.

Bugatti plans to test the 3D-printed caliper on production cars later in 2018 but admits the timetable hasn’t been finalized. It also plans to shorten the production process. It may take Bugatti months to build a car, but even this most leisurely of automakers can’t wait forever for parts.

Titanium brake calipers for multi-million dollar supercars aren’t very relevant to the average person. But Bugatti claims its experiments with 3D printing could lead to 3D-printed parts for more mainstream Volkswagen Group models. That ability to act as a research and development hub could be crucial to Bugatti’s survival over the long term. VW probably needs technological innovation more than it needs limited-production supercars.

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22
Jan

‘Die With Me’ is a chat you can only access when your phone’s almost dead


There are some pretty darn weird, useless apps out there, but a new one really takes the cake. Called “Die With Me,” it’s a chat app for iOS and Android that can only be accessed when your smartphone has less than five percent battery remaining. At this point, you can log into a chatroom, populated exclusively by other similarly battery-challenged folks, to bid each other farewell. And it’s strangely poignant.

“I have to travel a lot to speak about my work at all sort of conferences,” Die With Me co-creator Dries Depoorter told Digital Trends. “I was in a city that I didn’t know on my way back to the hotel, and my phone battery was low. I was really stressed about this as it was already turning to night. At that moment, I had the idea for an app that you can only use when you have low battery. But I didn’t know how it would work until we came up with the idea of making it a public chatroom.”

The beta version was demonstrated at the DocLab Academy program for interactive artists, part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It was co-created with developer David Surprenant. It was well-received, but efforts to get it into the App Store proved tricky.

“We had many phone calls with Apple about the app,” Depoorter explained. “For Android, it was really simple, they don’t have a difficult review process. But Apple was different. We think the iOS App Store is really killing creativity, and we know a lot of artists that have had similar problems.” Ultimately, they were allowed in — and Die With Me quickly shot to  No. 15 in the App Store’s Entertainment category.

What makes Die With Me interesting is that everyone can relate to the idea on some level. While there are some situations in which a smartphone running out of battery can genuinely pose risks to our safety, in most cases it’s simply a nuisance — and yet it temporarily cuts the cord of connectivity that loosely tethers us all together. As psychologist Sherry Turkle might say, we’re “alone together,” until suddenly we’re not.

Depoorter said the app has so far recorded more than half a million messages in conversation. There is an average of eight people in the chatroom at any one time. Depoorter also said he and Surprenant plan to make a book with a selection of the conversation.

Well, provided they don’t run out of juice before completing it!

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22
Jan

‘Die With Me’ is a chat you can only access when your phone’s almost dead


There are some pretty darn weird, useless apps out there, but a new one really takes the cake. Called “Die With Me,” it’s a chat app for iOS and Android that can only be accessed when your smartphone has less than five percent battery remaining. At this point, you can log into a chatroom, populated exclusively by other similarly battery-challenged folks, to bid each other farewell. And it’s strangely poignant.

“I have to travel a lot to speak about my work at all sort of conferences,” Die With Me co-creator Dries Depoorter told Digital Trends. “I was in a city that I didn’t know on my way back to the hotel, and my phone battery was low. I was really stressed about this as it was already turning to night. At that moment, I had the idea for an app that you can only use when you have low battery. But I didn’t know how it would work until we came up with the idea of making it a public chatroom.”

The beta version was demonstrated at the DocLab Academy program for interactive artists, part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It was co-created with developer David Surprenant. It was well-received, but efforts to get it into the App Store proved tricky.

“We had many phone calls with Apple about the app,” Depoorter explained. “For Android, it was really simple, they don’t have a difficult review process. But Apple was different. We think the iOS App Store is really killing creativity, and we know a lot of artists that have had similar problems.” Ultimately, they were allowed in — and Die With Me quickly shot to  No. 15 in the App Store’s Entertainment category.

What makes Die With Me interesting is that everyone can relate to the idea on some level. While there are some situations in which a smartphone running out of battery can genuinely pose risks to our safety, in most cases it’s simply a nuisance — and yet it temporarily cuts the cord of connectivity that loosely tethers us all together. As psychologist Sherry Turkle might say, we’re “alone together,” until suddenly we’re not.

Depoorter said the app has so far recorded more than half a million messages in conversation. There is an average of eight people in the chatroom at any one time. Depoorter also said he and Surprenant plan to make a book with a selection of the conversation.

Well, provided they don’t run out of juice before completing it!

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22
Jan

Even celebrities are having a fun time with the Google Arts and Culture app


Introduced in 2016, the Google Arts and Culture app has gone viral in recent days, namely because of an update that lets users compare their selfies to famous works of art. Essentially, the app now allows users to fulfill a life’s dream they never knew they had by finding their fine-art doppelgänger.

The update may seem a little silly, but the simplicity and ridiculousness of it is why it has taken off. Using the app takes less than a minute, as all you have to do is take a selfie. The pairing process isn’t always all that accurate — after all, it has to analyze your face and then scour thousands upon thousands of historical portraits — but that’s one of the best aspects of Google’s budding feature.

In fact, these inaccuracies have caused a handful of celebrities to post their results on various social media platforms. Here’s some of the best (and worst) pairings we’ve come across in the past week or so. Just a note, at the moment the feature in the app is only available in select regions of the U.S.

Kristen Bell

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:26pm PST

The Google Arts & Culture app apparently didn’t put Bell in a good place.

Pete Wentz

This google arts and culture app is pretty amazing. Feel real strong about my 40% ???? pic.twitter.com/2iyexRkUG5

— pw (@petewentz) January 14, 2018

Apparently, Wentz — aka, The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes — is Pretty in Punk.

Sarah Silverman

This arts and culture app is amazing! Mirror image

A post shared by @ sarahkatesilverman on Jan 14, 2018 at 4:11pm PST

Who among us hasn’t confused a tongue with a carrot?

Busy Phillips

I win?

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In a past life, Busy Phillips once made the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris in a single-engine plane that she lovingly named the Spirit of St. Louis.

Alyssa Milano

Fuck off, Google.

A post shared by Alyssa Milano (@milano_alyssa) on Jan 14, 2018 at 9:38pm PST

Google is still upset by the fact that Who’s the Boss never truly answered who was the boss.

Kumail Nanjiani

Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018

As Nanjiani astutely points out, the Arts and Culture app can actually do what it’s supposed to do from time to time.

Zach Braff

#blessed

A post shared by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on Jan 14, 2018 at 4:18pm PST

From a facial feature standpoint, the app nails Braff, which is likely why he is feeling very “#blessed.”

Minnie Driver

#sunday

A post shared by Min (@driverminnie) on Jan 14, 2018 at 7:28pm PST

Edvard Munch, a renowned Norwegian painter from the 19th century, definitely had Driver in mind when painting The Scream. Lets just say he was ahead of the times.

Ron Funches

Yup. Pretty much. pic.twitter.com/AqQe4F5cGO

— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) January 17, 2018

A great smile equals a fantastic fine-art doppelgänger.

Constance Wu

Ok I’ll play. Here’s mine. The tears and the tragic hand placement are def accurate. Ok, yah and the crown too ????????

A post shared by Constance Wu (@wonstancecoo) on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:59pm PST

Somehow Google was able to channel Wu’s inner persona from a single selfie. Truly amazing technology.

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22
Jan

7 Google Play Music playlists to get your blood pumping while you work out


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Your best workout tool isn’t a dumbbell or treadmill: it’s your music!

January is a month many of us promise to start getting back to the gym to exercise. Doing this in the dead of winter can be problematic because you really need some motivation to get out of our warm beds and trudge through the cold and ice to go avoid eye contact at the gym. Well, a good playlist can get your adrenaline up, your dopamine up, and make you not only alert but craving some physical activity. To this end, we’ve got some Google Play Music playlists and radio stations that are sure to get you up and moving.

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Nothing says pumping iron and beating your body into shape quite like Metal, and this station by P.O.D is ready to get your screaming at your weak body in the weight room mirrors. Just make sure the gym’s empty before you start screaming to the music while you work out.

Rap-Metal Adrenaline Boost

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Journey, Queen, Rush, Electric Light Orchestra, Pink Floyd, this is a station that can go on forever and let your workout go on forever. Just keep a timer running, otherwise you will lose track of time rocking out on the treadmill. I accidentally went 3 miles when I only meant to go 1.5, and my calves haven’t quite forgiven me yet.

Turn On, Drop Off

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“And the man in the back said ‘EVERYONE ATTACK’, and it turned into a ballroom blitz! And the girl in the corner said ‘boy, I wanna warn ya, it’ll turn into a ballroom blitz’!”

This 70’s station bears the name of one of the most energetic Glam Rock songs I know, and the only thing that could make the station better is if it actually kicked off with Ballroom Blitz every time. It makes you want to dive into the middle of a brawl and let loose! This is also a good station to keep on if you need something to help you take on the end of a chaotic, frustrating day in style.

Ballroom Blitz: Essential Glam Rock

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This is a wonderfully long workout playlist that mixes some Top 40 from the last few years with Top 40 from the last 4 decades. We’ve got Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars; we’ve got Taylor Swift and Natasha Bedingfield; we’ve got Destiny’s Child and Meghan Trainor. This is a workout playlist that will keep you pumped and slip you little nostalgic highs amid the heart-pumping pop hits of today.

Nic. Workout by by Nicole Bettis

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Don’t let the thumbnail for this playlist fool you, there’s a lot more here than One Direction. This workout playlist mixes Top 40 pop with a little bit of Disney, including throwback I 2 I from A Goofy Movie, and the result is a playlist that’s just as good at waking you up in the morning as it is pumping you up in the gym. This playlist provides consistent energy but doesn’t overhype to the point of tiring out.

Work out by sean jones

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Want a good, steady beat to pace your workout by? Try Catwalk the Sidewalk, a mix aimed for us to step to, and maybe let loose a power ballad or two. This is a station that keeps things fresh time after time, workout after workout, and lets you lose yourself in the confidence-boosting music instead of focusing on how much your body hates you.

Catwalk the Sidewalk

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This three and a half hour mix is here to get you through your longest workouts or a hectic day of work, and while it’s not a constant power rush, it’ll keep you going until you get kicked off the treadmill. Think of it as a slow burn workout mix.

Workout music by Mandy Nelson

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So, what do you jam out to? Do you rage-rock during your workout or prefer peppy pop with you pump iron? Have you made any workout playlists for your friends and family? I have and as you can imagine, it’s a mix of Disney, 90’s pop and 00’s hits. Share you workout playlists in the comments!

22
Jan

What to do with a broken phone to keep your data safe


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Can I protect the data on my broken phone?

We try to make sure everyone knows the things they can do to make sure they know how to keep their personal data safe on an Android phone. What you do with the information is up to you, which is how it should be because only you know how valuable you think your personal information is.

But not every answer is simple. A question I hear a lot: What to do when your phone turns on, but the screen is broken? There is a lot of personal information in there!

It happens more than you think. A phone is dropped or sat on or roughed up somehow and the screen breaks. Everything else works; the phone boots up and you can connect it to a computer. Or someone else can connect it to a computer. What do you do about all the data still inside since you can’t erase it?

Sometimes broken is temporary and a new part or two is all that’s needed.

Besides connecting it to a computer, there’s a good chance someone else could even fix it and use it normally. That’s something you should explore yourself, too, because fixing a broken screen is always cheaper than replacing a phone.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make it really difficult for anyone without a bonafide forensics lab to get your stuff.

Always use a secure lock screen.

Swiping to unlock is as easy for me to do on your phone as it is for you, the real owner. If your phone is encrypted (phones newer than Jelly Bean are by default) and the screen is locked, nobody is going to be able to unlock it without resorting to some pretty difficult hacking. If you break your screen and decide a new phone is the best way to go, even if someone can repair the screen they aren’t getting in.

Set up Find My Device

Make sure you’ve set up the Find My Device tool from Google Play Protect. It’s not only a great way to track a lost or stolen phone as long as it’s turned on; it has a remote wipe feature, too. Even if you can’t use the phone because the screen is broken you can erase all the data on it with Find My Device. And setting it up is dead simple.

Set up Find My Device as soon as you get your phone

Change your Google password

Use another device and change your Google password. Even if you didn’t set up Find My Device and have a good screen lock set, if someone gets your old broken phone and is able to fix the display they won’t be able to get into your Google Account. This won’t clear all of your user data! Apps that are installed might still work and someone who is able to open them will have access to the data from that app. Google’s apps, as well as many others, require you to be signed in to your Google account. Data from those apps will be unavailable, but others might not work the same way.

Still, changing your Google password is that extra step to make sure any damage is minimal.

3 essential privacy tips for your new Android phone

these are simple things you can do right now in case you ever break your screen. But if you don’t do them and break your phone or have a phone already broken and haven’t set up a way to wipe it or a secure screen lock, here are some tips.

Sometimes, you might need to get a little crazy and use tools.

You basically have two options: change your Google password and hope that nobody ever gets it up and running again, or physically destroy the phone’s storage.

First things first — more than likely nobody is going through recycling centers or your bins looking for phones they can fix in order to steal your data. People do snatch old phones out of the garbage or a recycle bin, but they usually have different plans and want to resell the ones that are fixable or chemically strip the gold from the circuit boards inside. Neither of these will bother your data. And before you decide you want to get the gold from your old phone instead of recycling it, know that it’s messy, not easy, and unless you have a big pile of them isn’t going to cover the cost of the chemicals you need.

If you’re famous and people really want your photos and personal data, ignore this advice. Hire someone to retrieve or destroy the data. And if a phone that has your job’s data on it gets broken, talk to your IT department.

The extra mile

Taking a phone apart isn’t difficult if you never plan on putting it back together. If you want to be 100% sure nobody will ever see any of the data stored on your phone, this is for you.

So you want to really break your phone?

First, you’ll need to watch for glass and other small sharp things. Alos, some of the parts inside can be hazardous to your skin or if you breathe in any fumes or particles. Wear eye protection, gloves and maybe even a painter’s mask. Use big heavy pliers to twist the phone until the screen pops free, usually in many pieces. Keep whittling at things until you see the green circuit board(s) inside. Usually, these are right behind the display.

On those boards, you’ll see various black square chips that look and feel like they’re ceramic. Two of them are larger than the rest. One of those is the flash storage — usually about the size of a stamp. The other bigger one is the processor. Find a spot of concrete and a hammer. Pull out the board(s) that have the bigger chips on them, then smash the chips until they are cracked and misshapen. Now, put all the pieces in the recycle bin.

How to donate or recycle your old (non-broken) Android phone

Yeah, that’s a lot of hassle (fun hassle, but whatever) but it’s also a 100% way to make sure nobody is going to be able to retrieve that data. Putting the password on the lock screen was easier.

22
Jan

Less than 10% of Google accounts use two-factor authentication


Only about 12% of people use password managers, too.

As our world becomes more and more digital with every passing day, online security should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Two-factor authentication systems are some of the most secure that you can enable on your online accounts to ensure that only you have access to them, but according to Google, less than 10% of people do this.

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Software Engineer Grzegorz Milka revealed this data at a security conference Google recently held in California, and seeing as how two-factor authentication was first introduced for Google accounts almost seven years ago, that number is pretty abysmal.

When you enable two-factor authentication on your Google or another online account, it requires you to use another device in addition to your password to log in. For example, if you’re using two-factor authentication with your Google account, you’ll get a unique code sent to your phone after typing in your password that you’ll then need to enter before you can access any of your information. It takes just a couple more seconds of your time, but it adds a much greater layer of security to your online presence.

In addition to this, it was also revealed that only around 12% of Google users are making use of a password manager (such as LastPass or 1Password).

Milka says that Google doesn’t require two-factor authentication to be turned on as it would be a usability hinderance, but let this serve as a reminder to start using this if you aren’t already. For even more information on the subject, be sure to check out Jerry’s complete guide.

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22
Jan

YouTube TV already has 300,000 users less than a year after launch


Hulu with Live TV has even more subscribers at 450,000.

In early 2018, Internet-based live TV services are bigger than ever. Sling TV acted as the catalyst for this market in January 2015, and it’s continued to grow since then. Google and Hulu are two of the younger entities with their YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV services, but according to sources that spoke with CNBC, they’re already seeing substantial growth.

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YouTube TV first launched in April of 2017 in just five markets, but following regular expansions to new areas, the service has already picked up 300,000 customers. Hulu’s live TV service launched just a month later, and it’s already acquired 450,000 subscribers (not including those that signed up with recent promotions).

Both YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV serve the same main purpose, but they cater to different people. YouTube TV is the easy choice for folks that are heavily invested into Google’s ecosystem, but Hulu with Live TV makes more sense if you’re someone that already watches a lot of Hulu’s regular, non-live content.

As we go throughout 2018, we’ll likely see an increase in both subscribers for existing services and more companies try to get a piece of the action. We already know that Verizon and T-Mobile are working on their own live TV services, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more launch alongside them.

If you’re subscribed to a live TV streaming service, which one and why? I’ve personally been using Philo since it came out late last year and have really been enjoying my time with it.

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