Google testing tech aimed at detecting people secretly looking at your phone’s screen

Do you feel frustrated when someone around you tries to peek at your phone when you’re using it (especially when looking at sensitive info)? Well, good news is that a solution to the problem is in the works. Google is currently working on a technology that uses the phone’s front camera in combination with eye-detecting artificial intelligence to alert you when more than one person is looking at the screen. The following video gives a good idea about how the solution works: It’s clear from the video that the face detection process is quite quick, with the company claiming that it…

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Instagram’s secretly testing a handful of new features. We found them.


TNW today obtained information on a range of new features Instagram is currently testing. As with all tests, this means some of you may have already seen one or two of the new features. Some of you, however, have not. Instagram and Facebook tend to roll out new features for testing to small segments of the audience, not all at once — and some may never been seen again after these tests. As such, TNW makes no guarantee that any of these are coming to Instagram anytime soon. That said, we’re fairly confident at least a few of them will…

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Director Steven Soderbergh secretly shot new horror movie ‘Unsane’ entirely on Apple’s iPhone

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Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh’s next film, a horror movie titled "Unsane," will see a wide theatrical release next spring, despite the fact that it was filmed entirely on an iPhone.
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Is your ISP secretly throttling your internet speed? Here’s how to find out


While the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers was a victory for all, there is growing concern that ISPs could go on with business as usual with clever tricks designed to skirt the rules of the classification. While knowingly stepping outside the boundaries of the Title II classification carries the possibility of hefty fines and additional regulation by the FCC – for the most part – the average consumer would never realize throttling or degradation was even taking place. The ‘Internet Health Test‘ by Battle for the Net is an attempt to install a sense of checks and balances for…

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Googler proves any iPhone app with camera permission can secretly record you


This is pretty disturbing. Google engineer Felix Krause has detailed an alarming privacy setting in Apple’s iOS that enables iPhone apps with camera permission to surreptitiously take photos and videos of you – without your knowledge. The researcher notes that granting camera permission will enable apps to access both the front and the back camera of your device, photograph and record you at any time the app is in the foreground, upload this content immediately, and run real-time face detection to read your facial expressions. All of this without any notice or indication that your iPhone is snapping images of…

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