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Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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a year of data scandals

WHY APPLE IS SETTING A SHINING EXAMPLE ON USER PRIVACY “The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer – if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”These words, quoted by Recode, were uttered by Apple CEO Tim Cook in March as he explained the privacy-first focus of his company’s business model. It’s a stance from which many other tech titans evidently could have learnt this year, with the likes of Facebook and Google having become engulfed in a quick succession of data-leaking scandals. VEERING FROM ONE DATA CRISIS TO ANOTHER Cook was actually speaking in an interview on the television network MSNBC in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which shed light on perilous holes in Facebook’s security infrastructure. That scandal…

next-generation of gps satellites are headed to space

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites, government auditors said. The satellite is scheduled to lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It’s the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit. Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver. GPS is best-known for its widespread civilian applications, from navigation to time-stamping bank transactions. The Air Force estimates that 4 billion people worldwide…

social media and misinformation: it’s a game of whack-a-mole

It’s a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond. This week, two reports released by the Senate Intelligence Committee gave strong evidence that Moscow’s sweeping online disinformation campaign was more far-reaching than originally thought, with agents working to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology and erode trust in U.S. institutions. It is also clear that the culprits are learning from one another and quickly adapting to sophisticated countermeasures taken against them. Here are some questions and answers about the efforts to combat misinformation. WHAT ARE THE TROLLS DOING? When it comes to election meddling, much of the focus for…

gift guide: some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need

Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers. Smartwatches, for instance, have long been a nifty idea — but they’ve offered few tangible benefits for anyone but health and fitness enthusiasts. That’s why it’s notable when a particular gadget finally breaks through. The latest Apple Watch, for instance, has heart-monitoring features that will appeal to those who aren’t active. Likewise, an Amazon digital video recorder makes cable cord-cutting far more practical. Others remain hanging in not-quite-there limbo. A miniature smartphone from the revived brand Palm has the germ of a good idea, though it can still leave you feeling perplexed. If you’re still considering tech gifts in your last-minute holiday shopping, bear these items in mind. And when looking at other products, ask…

nomad adds unique character and a premium touch to your iphone

With a stunning all-glass and ergonomic design, it feels like a betrayal to put an iPhone XS in a case. But even with its scratch-resistant finish, it’s impossible not to scuff, mark, or dent the device if you choose to go ‘naked’, so opting to add a protective layer is a sensible choice. Of course, Apple has a whole host of attractive phone cases on its site and choosing a case designed by the manufacturer often makes sense. However, for those who want to stand out from the crowd and find a case that reflects their lifestyle and personality, sometimes it pays to go against the grain to find something unique. That’s where the Nomad case comes in. Nomad has been around for a couple of years, and their philosophy intertwines with…

russia social media influence efforts ongoing, report says

Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee. And the campaign didn’t end with Trump’s ascent to the White House. Troll farms are still working to stoke racial and political passions in America at a time of high political discord. The two studies are the most comprehensive picture yet of the Russian interference campaigns on American social media. They add to the portrait investigators have been building since 2017 on Russia’s influence — though Trump has equivocated on whether the interference actually happened. Facebook, Google and Twitter declined to comment on the specifics…