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The Opt Out: When it comes to privacy, smart devices are not the smarter choice

Science March 5, 2023 0 Comments

THE TECHNOLOGY in modern home appliances has breathed new life (and plausibility) into the old saying “If these walls could talk.” Your fridge and smart speaker may not have mouths, but they have an internet connection, and that can be more dangerous than the sharpest of tongues.  Tech companies and manufacturers have made it seem like privacy is just a…

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How to read the Popular Science archives

Science May 2, 2022 0 Comments

Check out all our anniversary coverage here. The first edition of Popular Science hit newsstands in May 1872, with founding editor Edward Livingston Youmans acknowledging the publication was “experimental” and hoping he, his staff, and the public would “give it a fair trial.” That experiment is still running 150 years later, and we’ve kept our records tidy. Anyone with an internet…

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Google is making it easier to scrub your personal info from search results

Science April 28, 2022 0 Comments

Google is now making it possible for people to ask them to remove sites from search results that list more types of personal information than they previously did, including details like your phone number or physical address. This is big as, until now, Google would only delist links with information that could actively be used to steal your identity or…

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Google Chrome finally found a replacement for cookies

Science January 26, 2022 0 Comments

Google has a new method for tracking user interests on Chrome, the latest update in its years-long quest to ditch the cookies that are used to personalize ads. In a blog post Tuesday, product director Vinay Goel explained that the feature, called Topics, will assign websites into  broad categories such as sports or literature. The company currently has about 350…

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How to create your own new tab extensions for Google Chrome

Science November 26, 2021 0 Comments

Part of Google Chrome’s appeal as a web browser is its huge library of extensions—add-ons that cover page layouts, bookmark management, online security, and so much more Creating Chrome extensions usually requires some programming ability, but Google has launched a tool that gives anyone this power, no coding required. It’s called Tab Maker, and it focuses on the New Tab…

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How Chrome and Safari can help you strengthen your passwords

Science November 12, 2021 0 Comments

This story has been updated. It was originally published on November 4, 2019. Choosing a good password means finding a careful balance between something simple you won’t forget, and something complex that no one will ever guess. Reusing passwords across multiple accounts is a tempting way to ensure you won’t get locked out of your favorite platforms, but this is…

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Google’s Futuristic In-Air Gesture Control System Could Replace Buttons

Software January 30, 2019 0 Comments

Google was recently awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering its invention of an air-, motion- and radar-based gesture control system which could one day find its way into everything from computers, to smartphones, smartwatches, appliances and more, allowing “touchless control” of key features and functions. Now, Reuters is reporting that the Mountain View, California search-giant this week received…

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