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Vending machine error reveals secret face image database of college students

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Mars | Getty Images) Canada-based University of Waterloo is racing to remove M&M-branded smart vending machines from campus after outraged students discovered the machines were covertly collecting facial-recognition data without their consent. The scandal started when a student using...

Sat Feb 24, 2024 00:30
Plucky crew of Star Trek: Discovery seeks a strange artifact in S5 trailer

Star Trek: Discovery returns for its fifth and final season after a two-year hiatus. It's been two years since we had new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, which debuted back in 2017. Now Paramount+ has dropped the official trailer for the fifth and final season of the spinoff series. (Spoilers for prior seasons below.) As previously...

Sat Feb 24, 2024 00:30
Avast ordered to stop selling browsing data from its browsing privacy apps

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Avast, a name known for its security research and antivirus apps, has long offered Chrome extensions, mobile apps, and other tools aimed at increasing privacy. Avast's apps would "block annoying tracking cookies that collect data on your browsing activities," and prevent web services from...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 23:19
A meteorite has been lost in the Sahara since 1916—here’s how we might find it

Enlarge / Chinguetti slice at the National Museum of Natural History. A larger meteorite reported in 1916 hasn't been spotted since. (credit: Claire H./CC BY-SA 2.0) In 1916, a French consular official reported finding a giant "iron hill" deep in the Sahara desert, roughly 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Chinguetti, Mauritania—purportedly...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 23:19
Here’s what we know after three days of Formula 1 preseason testing

Enlarge / While it's hard to read too much into preseason testing times, it's also hard to see anyone really challenging Red Bull or Max Verstappen for outright speed. (credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images) The sixth season of Drive to Survive, Netflix's blockbuster behind-the-scenes sportumentary, went live today. This...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 22:12
India’s plan to let 1998 digital trade deal expire may worsen chip shortage

Enlarge (credit: Narumon Bowonkitwanchai | Moment) India's plan to let a moratorium on imposing customs duties on cross-border digital e-commerce transactions expire may end up hurting India's more ambitious plans to become a global chip leader in the next five years, Reuters reported. It could also worsen the global...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 21:12

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