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Protesters fear rising costs if firm buys dot-org universe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that controls the dot-org universe is trying to sell the online registry to an investment firm for more than $1 billion, drawing opposition from activists who protested Friday and others who fear costs would soar if...

 

Beware of the smart device: Ways to stay private and safe

NEW YORK (AP) — Did someone invite a spy into your home over the holidays? Maybe so, if a friend or family member gave you a voice-controlled speaker or some other smart device. It's easy to forget, but everything from internet-connected speakers...

 

ID theft stings, but it's hard to pin on specific data hacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax 2017 . Marriott 2018 . Capital One 2019 . Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name....

 

Samsung folding phone is different - but also almost $2,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it's far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails...

 

Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don't lie. Their new tools for managing screen time will let you see how often you picked up the...

 

How Apple's Safari browser will try to thwart data tracking

NEW YORK (AP) — New privacy features in Apple's Safari browser seek to make it tougher for companies such as Facebook to track you. Companies have long used cookies to remember your past visits. This can be helpful for saving sign-in details and...

 

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the fault was an...

 

AP Explains: What's changing under new data privacy rules

Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. Years in the making, the rules are prompting companies to...

 

AP Explains: What's changing under new data privacy rules

Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect a week from Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. Years in the making, the rules are prompting...

 

How to pick a new password, now that Twitter wants one

NEW YORK (AP) — Yet another service is asking you to change your password. Twitter said Thursday it discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in plain text, without the usual encryption. Though Twitter says there's no indication...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Facebook doesn't sell data but profits off it

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg insisted once again Tuesday that Facebook doesn't sell your data, calling it a common misconception people have about Facebook. Here's a look at his remarks. ZUCKERBERG: "We do not sell data to advertisers," the...

 

AP News Guide: Bill to fight online sex trafficking

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1996 law that shields online services from being liable for what their users do would be weakened by a sex-trafficking bill awaiting President Donald Trump's signature. The law is what allows Facebook, Google and other leading...

 

How you're tracked online _ and what you can do about it

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Facebook gets the attention because of a recent privacy gaffe, the social network is far from alone in collecting massive amounts of data on you to help marketers sell you stuff. Google, for one, also does extensive tracking...

 

Facebook's limits on using data brokers won't stop tracking

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's decision to stop working with third-party data collectors might earn it public-relations points, but it does little to protect your privacy. The social network still has more than enough data on your interests and hobbies...

 

New service aims to follow users across multiple devices

NEW YORK (AP) — Some 60 companies including such leading brands as Subway, Sprint and the NFL are joining forces to help each other follow you around online. Adobe, a company better known for Photoshop and PDF files, says the new Device Co-op...

 

Ad business at stake, Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Engulfed in a scandal over its users' privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem. From the company's perspective, that makes perfect sense. Stronger safeguards on user data might damage...

 

The Samsung S9 has a great camera - just like other phones

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung says its new Galaxy S9 phone features a "reimagined" camera, and it is indeed pretty darned good. But you might not want to shell out $720 or more for one just yet unless your current phone is already close to death. That's...

 

Less is more as companies explore shopping by voice

NEW YORK (AP) — When the world shifted from personal computers to smartphones, websites had to slim down to work on smaller screens and slower wireless connections. A similar shift to voice-centric services is again forcing businesses to rethink...

 

What's on center stage at the CES tech show? Your voice

What's the hottest thing in the world of technology these days? Your voice. Some of the most popular gadgets over the holiday season were smart speakers with digital assistants from Amazon and Google . Apple is coming out with its own speaker this...

 

Buyers' Guide: Choosing a smart speaker for your home

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Alexa. While Amazon pioneered the internet-connected speaker that responds to voice commands, it now has plenty of competition from other tech heavyweights. Even the original Amazon Echo has six Alexa-powered alternatives...

 

You can stymie the iPhone X Face ID - but it takes some work

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is offering a nifty way to unlock its new iPhone X — just stare at it. Face ID, Apple's name for its facial-recognition technology, replaces the fingerprint sensor found on other models. How well does it work — not just...

 

Review: Apple Watch goes solo, but don't dump your phone yet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the...

 

Sports in virtual reality sounds cool, but can feel distant

NEW YORK (AP) — When watching sports in virtual reality, it's best to remind yourself that TV wasn't born in a day. Early television was mostly radio with pictures. It took years — even decades — for producers to figure out the right camera ang...

 

All NFL games will air online, but watching won't be easy

NEW YORK (AP) — Every NFL football game will be shown live online this season — but that doesn't mean you'll be able to watch them. New this year is the ability to watch with an Amazon Prime or a CBS All-Access subscription. Even so, the sports...

 

So far, cellphone networks have weathered Harvey

NEW YORK (AP) — Roads, refineries and other infrastructure have taken a beating in the Texas and Louisiana regions hit by Harvey — but cellphone networks so far remain largely functional. One reason: Big carriers brought in supplemental...

 

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