Creators of smart devices are not doing enough to protect children's data, states a report by Veronica Barassi of Goldsmiths, University of London. Barassi is researching how big data and AI affect family life, and she writes that "we need to recognize that much of the data that is being collected by home automation technologies is not only personal (individual) data but home life data ... and we need to critically consider the multiple ways in which children's data traces become intertwined with adult profiles."
Ghostery has updated its mobile browser to incorporate search engine Cliqz, which is owned by the browser's parent company. The privacy-focused engine uses its own web index, and no personal information is stored.
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
Sony will release a PlayStation Classic bundle in December that will include 20 popular games and two controllers. The bundle is priced at $99.99 and will include titles such as "Tekken 3," "Final Fantasy VII" and "Ridge Racer Type 4."
Google's upcoming 7-inch LCD touch-screen smart display, dubbed the Home Hub, will be available this fall for $149. Notably, the display weighs a little more than a pound, making it as light as the standard Google Home.
Pinterest has teamed up with influencer shop Obviously as a launch partner for its new influencer marketing initiative, which seeks to match brands and influencers and provide clear performance metrics. "We're always looking for ways to help businesses extend their reach," said Pinterest's David Temple.
AT&T executives said 5G could open up opportunities for a multitude of billing models instead of just the standard monthly bill consumers are used to. Without revealing specific plans, AT&T's David Christopher pointed to such possibilities as a year of service sold with a device or add-on services that can be billed monthly.
Apple's decision to design chips in-house and outsource only the production has led the company to several innovations, including its recent face recognition feature, which is driven by a neural engine machine learning chip. The company's new line of smartphones includes one such chip, the A12 Bionic, which allowed the company to include 6.9 billion transistors in the new devices.
BlueStacks has launched a new version of its mobile gaming platform, BlueStacks 4; it uses virtualization technology to allow users to play Android games on PCs. The company reports that it is faster than the competition, with CEO Rosen Sharma saying, "Most phones represent only incremental performance improvements. On the other hand mobile games are becoming bigger and more like the PC games, so this segment is ripe for disruption."
About 42% of consumers age 18 to 22 prefer shopping in stores, compared with 23% who prefer online shopping, a Profitect survey has found. An NRF survey out last week found that 98% of those in Gen Z opt for stores over online shopping.
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