If Social Media Algorithms Control Our Lives Why Can’t They Eliminate Hate Speech?

Getty ImagesGetty It has become accepted fact in our modern digital world that the algorithms powering the online revolution, especially those of the major social media platforms, have so much control over us that they can actually nudge us against our conscious will towards actions we would not otherwise take. The addictive nature of social … Read more If Social Media Algorithms Control Our Lives Why Can’t They Eliminate Hate Speech?

Apple’s New Families Section Has Parental Control Tips, but No New Tools

Shareholders and parents have been asking Apple for months to address how addictive smartphones are and to offer tools to deal with the problem. Late Wednesday, Apple posted a new resource page outlining what parents can do now to monitor their kids’ iPad and iPhone use. There are no new features on this resource page, though Apple in January said that it … Read more Apple’s New Families Section Has Parental Control Tips, but No New Tools

iOS 11’s Control Centre Does Not Turn Off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Completely but Apple Says It’s Not a Bug

Now that iOS 11 is out for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and users who have already jumped onto the latest mobile operating system version from Apple will have found tons of new features to play around with. The most noticeable and talked about features among them is the new customisable Control Centre that brings all quick controls … Read more iOS 11’s Control Centre Does Not Turn Off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Completely but Apple Says It’s Not a Bug

Replacement Screens With Malicious Chips Can Be Used to Control Your Phone

There seems to be no end to the ways hackers can get inside your smartphone. It is increasingly getting easy for hackers to infiltrate smartphones through malicious apps via app stores, but now a new study finds that your data can be compromised after replacing your cracked display with a third-party screen with malicious chips. … Read more Replacement Screens With Malicious Chips Can Be Used to Control Your Phone

Facebook Did Shut Down AI System, But Not Because Things Went Out Of Control

Amid the battle of words between billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk over the future of artificial intelligence last week, a story that suggested that Facebook had to shut down an AI program went viral. We may have gotten carried away by the pun, however. According to reports, Facebook had to shut down an AI program after two bots created their … Read more Facebook Did Shut Down AI System, But Not Because Things Went Out Of Control

Population Control: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Bill Nye addresses a conference in New York City in 2015. (Credit: BD Engler, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons) Bill Nye offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of dystopia, but this rehash isn’t from yesterday or even yesteryear. More like yester-century. John Clark After all the hoopla surrounding Bill Nye’s comments regarding population control, I decided … Read more Population Control: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

I’ve checked out a lot of smart light switches since I built my own smart home in 2007, but Brilliant’s Brilliant Control is the most exciting lighting control I’ve seen since I’ve been able to control my lights with Amazon’s Alexa. This one works with Alexa, of course—in fact, Alexa Voice Service is built in—but … Read more Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

Plex’s new Amazon Echo support lets you control your home theater with your voice

Plex is getting into the home automation game. The popular media management software just announced it now has an Alexa skill, as well as smart home features that turns off the lights or post a message in Slack based on an action you take with Plex. MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE Amazon Echo TECHHIVE RATING $179.99MSRP … Read more Plex’s new Amazon Echo support lets you control your home theater with your voice

International yuan payment drops sharply in 2016 on depreciation and capital control

The data usually cited by China to showcase the globalization of the yuan showed a decline in the currency’s use last year, marking a setback for the strategy and reflecting a different priority in this year’s government work agenda. The value of international yuan payments, released by payments processor Swift on Thursday, fell 29.5 percent … Read more International yuan payment drops sharply in 2016 on depreciation and capital control

With Cyanogen dead, Google’s control over Android is tighter than ever

It wasn’t too long ago when Cyanogen announced its plan to destroy Android. Back in 2015, Kirt McMaster, then the CEO of the company behind the fledgling fork CyanogenMod, declared in no uncertain terms that Google was the enemy. McMaster told Forbes that Cyanogen’s intention was to put “a bullet through Google’s head.” But as … Read more With Cyanogen dead, Google’s control over Android is tighter than ever