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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Smule rebrands its Sing! Karaoke app, which lets users record music videos solo or as duets with other users or artists, to Smule, says the app has 50M MAUs   —  Smule wants everyone to know its name.  —  The company, a San Francisco-based startup named from a portmanteau of “sonic” and “mule,” runs a collection of music-related apps.
Jul 15, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context
Alfred Ng / CNET:
How Facebook, Google, and Twitter train and use AI to manage abuse on a massive scale with some human help as false positives remain a challenge for AI   —  From stamping out trolls to removing fake bot accounts, here's how social networks are waging war using AI weapons.
Jul 14, 2018, 2:00 AMIn context
Gordon Gottsegen / CNET:
Google launches Morse code as an input method for iOS Gboard users, following the feature's release on Android in May, as well as a game to teach Morse code   —  Google just made it easier for people with limited mobility to type and communicate.  —  Google announced that today it's rolling …
Jul 12, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Richard Trenholm / CNET:
Sirin unveils Finney blockchain-based smartphone with an embedded cold wallet accessible via extra screen and a token conversion service, coming Nov. for $1,000   —  The whole point of cryptocurrency is that it's virtual money stored in the ether.  But you can still carry bitcoins in your pocket, as long as you have a Sirin Finney.
Jul 11, 2018, 7:20 PMIn context
Kaitlin Benz / CNET:
Netflix to end users' ability to post new reviews July 30 and remove existing written reviews mid-August, will keep thumbs up and down system   —  Soon, it'll be a little harder for you to tell everyone what you thought of Marvel's The Avengers.  —  Netflix is removing a desktop-only feature …
Jul 5, 2018, 10:30 PMIn context
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:
Updated California law now requires businesses to set clear auto-renewal terms for digital subscriptions and allow customers to cancel online   —  A California law that went into effect July 1 is aimed at making it easier for customers to cancel their subscriptions online.
Jul 4, 2018, 6:25 PMIn context
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Match says Tinder swipes and images sent between its app and servers are now encrypted and swipe data is now the same size, fixing flaws disclosed in January   —  Your digital dating life is a lot less vulnerable to hackers as a result of security updates from Tinder.
Jun 29, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Lori Grunin / CNET:
Comcast says national outages on Friday were partially due to fiber cable cuts at internet backbone service providers CenturyLink and Zayo   —  If you couldn't reach your favorite web sites today at about 12:30 p.m. ET, it wasn't just you.  —  We first noticed it as Comcast customers took …
Jun 29, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Brave ad-blocking browser releases update with Tor-powered Private Tabs in beta   —  Want more online privacy?  Brave, the ad-blocking browser, has a new way to get it on the web.  —  A new version of the browser released Thursday adds technology called onion routing from the Tor Project as an option to its private tabs.
Jun 29, 2018, 9:05 AMIn context
David Carnoy / CNET:
Amazon introduces Show Mode in its Fire HD tablets via a software update that turns them into an Echo Show for a hands-free Alexa experience   —  Amazon wants you to think of your Fire tablet as not just a tablet but a full-fledged Alexa-enabled device — or more precisely, a slimmed down Echo Show.
Jun 28, 2018, 9:50 AMIn context

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