Day: September 5, 2020

Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence – TechCrunch

Facebook removed accounts belonging to far-right group Patriot Prayer and its leader Joey Gibson on Friday, citing a new effort to eradicate “violent social militias” from the platform.

That effort emerged through a policy update in mid-August to the company’s rules around “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations.” Those changes resulted in the removal of a number of groups and pages linked to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon and some militia organizations, as well as groups and pages linked to Antifa, a decentralized left-leaning ideology that opposes fascism.

“… We have seen growing movements that, while not directly organizing violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior,” Facebook wrote in a blog post addressing the push to remove potentially violent groups.

Patriot Prayer is a Vancouver, Washington-based far-right group known for staging confrontational

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Apple will release iOS 14 without this privacy feature: What iPhone users and developers need to know

The iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 anti-tracking feature is on hold until early 2021 to give developers time to make the necessary changes, according to Apple.

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Apple will release iOS 14 without a new anti-tracking feature. This privacy feature will make it more difficult for app creators to surveil people online with digital ads. Upon even a rudimentary examination, the anti-tracker feature is ultimately a good, if not necessary, addition for users, but it will only work optimally if used by astute, well-informed users.

As is often the case with the $2-trillion company, this news comes quite close to when it was scheduled to be released to the public: The anti-tracking feature announced at WWDC 2020 was expected to pop up as new free software for the roughly one billion iPhone users later this month. It was also designated to be included in the

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How to access the Android Battery Usage tool

Not getting the most out of your Android battery life? Jack Wallen show you how you can squeeze a bit more juice from that device.

When I first used Android, back in the 1.x days, battery life was abysmal. You were lucky to get four hours out of a full charge. This wasn’t just frustrating, at times it was a complete deal-breaker. Over the years, Android battery life has come a long, long way. Now, I can go an entire day and still have juice left. 

That doesn’t mean, however, I always get a full day’s use out of a single charge, or that I can squeeze even a bit of extra juice from that battery. How is that possible? With the help of the Battery Usage tool, you can not only find out what’s gobbling up your battery, but you can force stop those guilty apps and even add

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How to use Takeout to download an archive of various Google account data

If you’ve ever had the need to download an archive of data from your Google Account, Takeout has you covered. Jack Wallen walks you through the process.

If there’s one thing we’ve all grown accustomed to during the pandemic it’s takeout. Did you know there’s another form of takeout that allows you to export a copy of content in your Google Account to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google? 

That’s right. 

The service is aptly called, Google Takeout. 

With this tool you can download copies of data from the likes of Android device configuration service, Google Assistant notes and Lists, Blogger content, your Google Calendar, Chrome bookmarks, history, and settings, Google Classroom data, Cloud Print history and devices, Google Contacts, Files from Drive, Google Fit activity data, metadata from G Suite Marketplace, your Google Fi phone number and voicemails, data related to your business

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Ericsson powers multi-campus network with 5G Distributed Innovation Network

The comm company adds its North Texas campuses and demonstrates an end-to-end 5G ecosystem in an enterprise environment, and showcases edge computing’s capabilities.

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Ericsson continues its foray into investments in 5G research and development. Its customers and partners now have access to its latest tech, a 5G edge computing environment, and will be able to run no-risk, real-world experiences as they work directly with the teams that enabled them, simplifying implementation. 

Ericsson’s proprietary 5G Distributed Innovation Network added another live 5G network, now powering its North Texas campuses. The company hopes the new multi-campus network will demonstrate how an end-to-end 5G ecosystem functions in an enterprise environment. Ericsson also hopes it will showcase how edge computing can enable new services and applications, and can provide a platform for both partnership and innovation.

SEE: Future of 5G: Projections, rollouts, use cases, and more (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The 5G

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Facebook Reality Labs prototype hearing aids to boost audio, even for hearing customers

Consumer audio reality is the logical follow-up behind VR, and it’s what Facebook’s developmental arm is currently workshopping.

A Facebook Reality Lab team member demonstrates a prototype for its AR project which is designed to finesse hearing for both the non-hearing and hearing, as it blocks out unwanted background noise, but still provides an very realistic experience between speakers.

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These are not grandpa’s waxy hearing aids. Sure, they currently look like something Elroy Jetson would wear tearing around the family’s cloud-brushing Orbit City home, but augmented reality (AR) could be defined as pioneer tech for those suffering from hearing loss, while doubling as an enhanced hearing aid for everyone else.

Facebook may be on the outs with the younger crowd and the domain of Gen X and boomers, but the social media’s Reality Labs (FRL) hopes to get the attention of audiophiles with its deep-dive research into AR,

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