Day: May 20, 2020

Hey Siri, are you still recording people’s conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

I’m sorry, I will continue ignoring that question Apple may still be recording and transcribing conversations captured by Siri on its phones, despite promising to put an end to the practice nine months ago, claims a former Apple contractor who was hired to listen into customer conversations.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Brazilian Senate overturns postponement of data protection regulations

New changes reinstate the original schedule with rules set to go live in August this year. …read more Source:: ZDNet

The Public Do Not Understand Logarithmic Graphs Used To Portray COVID-19

Mass media routinely portray information about COVID-19 deaths on logarithmic graphs. But do their readers understand them? Alessandro Romano, Chiara Sotis, Goran Dominioni, and Sebastian Guidi carried out an experiment which suggests that they don’t. From a report: The fact that the framing of information can dramatically alter how we react to it will hardly…

Intel buys Rivet Networks to scale its PC Wi-Fi portfolio

Rivet Networks’ technology maximizes Wi-Fi bandwidth and optimizes wireless network connections on PC gaming platforms. …read more Source:: ZDNet

FCC, FTC tell service providers to cut off COVID-19-related scam robocalls – CNET

Otherwise, the companies will face “serious consequences,” the agencies say. …read more Source:: CNet

Thousands In Michigan Evacuate After Two Dams Are Breached

schwit1 writes: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency declaration after the Edenville Dam and Sanford dams failed in Midland County, forcing thousands of residents to immediately evacuate their homes on Tuesday. Downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday morning, Gov. Whitmer said during a Livestream on Tuesday night following the…

First production Nissan GT-R50 brought into the world and it’s magnificent – CNET

Power, gorgeous design and totally street legal: The GT-R50 lives! …read more Source:: CNet

You’re looking shaggy. Here are haircut kits you can get for as little as $33 – CNET

If you’re desperate for a trim, here are a trio of kits that include a razor, scissors and a set of guide combs. …read more Source:: CNet

US senators call for more transparency over $12bn TSMC fab plant investment

‘Serious questions’ over security and how it would help supply chain The construction of a $12bn semiconductor factory in Arizona owned and operated by TSMC has prompted a group of Democrat senators to probe whether the Taiwanese giant was lured with the promise of financial incentives.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Looking for Pi in the 8087 Math Coprocessor Chip

Even with ten fingers to work with, math can be hard. Microprocessors, with the silicon equivalent of just two fingers, can have an even harder time with calculations, often taking multiple machine cycles to figure out something as simple as pi. And so 40 years ago, Intel decided to give its fledgling microprocessors a break…