So, how do you find that Red iPhone 8?

This week, Apple launched a new iPhone… color. As a part of the Product Red tradition, which we do hope is now a regular thing for iPhones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available in a beautiful, vibrant red and — finally — black fronts!

That said, there’s nothing else that’s different about the phone. The prices start at $699 for the 64 GB iPhone 8 variant and stop at $949 for the 256 GB iPhone 8 Plus version. It’s a bit unfortunate that the new color has been introduced half a year after the iPhone 8 launched, and 6 months before the next edition is introduced. We assume it’s a good …

Here's how to find out if your Facebook profile was used by Cambridge Analytica

It’s hard to believe how the world has changed in 21 days. Three weeks ago, we passed along the news that millions of Facebook profiles had been obtained by a consulting firm named Cambridge Analytica without users’ permission. The data was obtained by them through a Russian-American researcher named Aleksandr Kogan, who was not supposed to release the information to anyone. Facebook might have violated a 2011 consent decree signed with the FTC that prevented the company from using personal data without getting permission from its owner. 

As a result, Facebook has been under fire. …

Where's Waldo? Open up Google Maps and find out

Remember Waldo? The bespectacled, hat wearing children’s book character with the red and white striped sweater is about to show up on your smartphone. For Google Maps’ April Fools’ Day prank, you can play “Where’s Waldo” on your handset. First, make sure you have the latest version of Maps on your phone, and open up the app. You’ll find Waldo waving to you from the left side of the screen. Click on the image of Waldo and you’ll be prompted to start the game.

Waldo will first tell you where he is; for example, he might tell you that he is visiting the Andes Mountains in Chile. You will then …

Facebook makes it easier to find and adjust your privacy settings

Today, Facebook has rolled out a change that will make people find and adjust their privacy settings much easier.

The change comes amidst increased understanding of how poorly Facebook handles users’ data and particularly how it made it possible for third-party developers to get access to millions of users data. British-based Cambridge Analytica, closely tied with Stephen Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist under Donald Trump, had obtained access to the personal data of not just thousands of users who participated in Facebook polls, but also all of their friends’ personal …

Even gorillas need dating apps to find love


If a lonely Valentine’s Day has you doubting the power of dating apps, get ready to believe again. 

Calaya and Baraka met just three years ago thanks to a matching algorithm. Since then, the two strangers went from potential dates, to lovers, and finally, to expectant parents — of a baby gorilla.

Baraka and Calaya are western lowland gorillas, residents of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Their, erm, fruitful partnership, only got underway thanks to a dating algorithm, made specially for gorillas.

As reported in the New Yorker on Monday, the Smithsonian’s “Gorilla Matchmaking” program is responsible for the union of Baraka and Calaya. The Smithsonian brought Calaya to meet Baraka back in February 2015 (quite the Valentine’s Day present), thanks to a match determined by a genetic and personality algorithmic compatibility ranking. The initial “Gorilla Matchmaking” technology was designed as part of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan back in the ’80s, and they’ve continued to refine the algorithm to promote gorilla breeding and species health ever since.  Read more…

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Some T-Mobile users find their voicemail transcribed on Google's Phone app

Some T-Mobile users are finding written transcriptions of their voicemail messages produced by Google. These are showing up in the Google Phone app in the visual voicemail tab. One T-Mobile subscriber received a message from Google in his visual voicemail tab. The message read, “See and listen to your messages, without having to call voicemail. Transcripts of your voicemail are provided by Google’s free transcription service.”

It does appear that this feature is just beginning to rollout to T-Mobile subscribers. A few customers of the nation’s third largest carrier who have received the …

YouTube's new Intelligence Desk will help it find inappropriate videos before they go viral

Google’s streaming video site YouTube is creating what it calls an “Intelligence Desk” to help it spot inappropriate and controversial videos early, before they become a problem for advertisers. The desk will rely on third party consultants, social media sites, user feedback and Google data to help find videos that are too controversial for YouTube’s advertisers and subscriber base. These videos will be eliminated before ads are attached to them..

YouTube has run into some problems recently by allowing videos posted by extremists to contain ads from big corporations. This made it appear …

Travelers, Google will now track airline pricing and find you flight and hotel deals

Whether you travel often, or just every now and then, Google has announced some new features for its suite of travel related websites and apps that can help you save money. Using machine learning and statistical analysis, Google Flights will tell you whether flights from your location to a target destination are available at lower than normal prices. The information will also tell you how much cheaper these new prices are.

When you’re looking for lodging, Google Search results will include a notification if a holiday, conference or trade show is making it harder to find an unbooked room. …

PinDrive: find where you parked in Augmented Reality

With Apple’s ARKit only recently becoming public, we are just now seeing what kinds of apps developers can make when given the powerful Augmented Reality API. Augmented Reality is, of course, the feature, which lets you use the phone’s camera and screen to put virtual items in the “real world”, observed through the viewfinder.

Among all the new software, we have games, virtual rulers, constellation viewers, furniture purchasing assistants, and lots more. This new app here — it’s a parking assistant that will help you find your parked car!

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You can now use “Find my phone” voice command with Google Home

Google Home is one of the most popular speakers on the market offers quite a few Google Home skills. Starting this week, Google Home owners will be able to use one more voice command: “Find my phone.”

Google enabled the new voice command earlier today, so Home users should be able to test it very soon. “Where’s my phone” or “find/ring my phone” are the commands one must use in order for Google Home to pin their smartphones.

But the new feature is a little bit more complex than that, as Google Home can also turn up the volume on the smartphone, which means …