She created a Facebook profile for a superficially attention-grabbing teenage girl called Jessica Studebaker. Her first step was for her creation to friend her estranged husband. Her next step was to persuade … Read more
Facebook and its opt-out-by-default policies have struck again, this time with automated photo-tagging through facial recognition, which had been in tests but is now being rolled out internationally.
Bloomberg reports that European Union data-protection regulators say they will investigate the photo-tagging feature. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, which advises national data protection agencies that could then potentially establish punishments, will evaluate whether the feature breaks privacy rules, according to member Gerard Lommel's comments to Bloomberg.
Panasonic has unveiled a new technology to improve the performance of smart TVs.
Smart TVs are more than just sets that allow users to watch broadcast content. The enhanced televisions also feature applications like Netflix, Pandora, and others. Several TV makers, including Vizio, Samsung, and Panasonic, currently offer smart TVs. However, the smart TV market is still quite young, and many vendors would agree that much more can be done to enhance the user experience.
Panasonic is trying to do just that with its new UniPhier 1 System LSI chip that, it promises, will improve performance of smart TVs. The … Read more
Google users interested in the work of a particular author or writer should now find it easier to track down that person's articles, stories, and bio.
Starting yesterday, the search giant started supporting a feature in HTML5 that allows Web sites to link content from a particular writer to that writer's bio or other relevant pages.
As one example cited by Google engineer Othar Hansson in a blog posted yesterday, The New York Times could use the special authorship markup tag to link every story by a particular reporter to that reporter's bio page, which could then … Read more
Though a growing number of LED backlit and 3D televisions are entering the market, consumers aren't willing to ditch their current sets for those new technologies, a study from research firm DisplaySearch has found.
When consumers from around the world are ready to buy televisions, LED backlighting is a "below average driver" of purchases, the research firm said. The higher cost of LED-backlit sets was a determining factor in that decision. Urban China and Russia were the only two spots around the world where consumers would consider LED backlighting an "above average driver" of purchases.… Read more
Consumers around the world could generate as much as $50 billion in sales through NFC-based mobile payments by 2014, according to a report released yesterday by Juniper Research.
NFC, or near-field communication, lets consumers pay for goods and services on the go through their mobile phones simply by touching or passing them over another NFC-equipped device such as a register or terminal. The funds themselves are transferred from the user's credit card account stored through the mobile phone.
A variety of industry players have kicked off their own efforts to tap into the potential of NFC.
Updated 5.50pm PST Wednesday: Forbes is reporting that this is, sadly, not a permanent tattoo. It quotes a Dutch newspaper, which, in turn got these words from tattooist Dex Moelker: "It is a try out tattoo, a transfer, that washes off in a couple of days." There are fears that this may all be part of, no, an advertising campaign.
The occasional tattoo can be quite fetching--especially if it adorns an unexpectedly location. However, so many seem to adorn the human body in the same way that fungus adorns your average paving stone.
"Weinergate" reminds us yet again that photos can quickly become embarrassing, and even scandalous.
For this and other reasons, many consider it important to have control over who sees their photos. Facebook may be further pushing users' sense of privacy limits with its latest privacy setting change: it has quietly rolled out a facial-recognition tool that will automate photo tagging and suggest friends to tag in your photos based on what they look like.
According to a report from IT security firm Sophos, the facial-recognition tool previously launched in the United States but is now available in most countries.
According to Facebook, people are adding 100 million photos to Facebook each day. In a blog post, the company said users have called tagging a chore. True, it can certainly feel like it when you have to manually type in who your friend is and tag every picture in the album. Tag suggestions are made when people add new photos to the site, and only friends are suggested.
"When we announced this feature last December, we explained that we would test it, listen to feedback, and iterate before rolling it out more broadly," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an e-mail today. "We should have been more clear with people during the rollout process when this became available to them. Tag suggestions are now available in most countries and we'll post further updates to our blog over time."
Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at Sophos, isn't surprised by the way Facebook introduced the technology. "This is their standard method. They do it secretly and see if the uproar is loud enough. Previously, they've made addresses and phone numbers available to developers but backed out once people made a ruckus about it. This time, they tested [the facial-recognition feature] out on Americans, who are the least privacy-aware." … Read more