Tech Hangover: Your future is not private
We’re all doomed.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles
Lol, a “feature.”
After an inquiry from Times reporters, Zoom said it would disable a data-mining feature that could be used to snoop on participants during meetings without their knowledge. – NYT
Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC
Uhhh, yea, no thanks.
Today, Facebook is bringing its Messenger app to desktop. You can now access Messenger — including unlimited and free group video calls — on MacOS and Windows. The desktop app will sync across mobile, offer notifications for new messages and support Dark Mode and GIFs. – Engadget
The internet is now rife with places where you can organize Zoom-bombing raids
Some people just want to watch the world burn.
The internet is rife with online communities where users can go and share Zoom conference codes and request that pranksters connect and hurl insults, play pornographic material, or make death threats against other participants — in a practice called Zoom-bombing or a Zoom raid. – ZDNet
DoorDash Doesn’t Know Which Restaurants Are Open, and Drivers Pay the Price
Man, these gig economy workers have it hard as it is. They shouldn’t have to put up with this shit.
One reason some drivers are making so little money during the coronavirus crisis is that they accept orders from restaurants DoorDash lists as open, only to find out that they are closed when they get there. The drivers then have to waste more time navigating DoorDash’s support system, which is struggling to keep up with the volume of requests and is operating with a limited number of staff due to the outbreak. – Motherboard
Amazon Pushes Into Making Video Games, Not Just Streaming Their Play
Whatever, just make some good games, ok?
Opening a new front in the campaign to dominate digital entertainment, Amazon is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into becoming a leading creator and distributor of video games. – NYT
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- This power bank is a car jump-starter and portable vacuum combined into one
- Review: Snakeybus – it’s as if Snake and Crazy Taxi had some weird love child together
- YouTube is working on a TikTok competitor called Shorts – launching by end of year
- How to change the language or accent of your Alexa-powered device
- eBay is blowing out 1-year memberships to PlayStation Plus for $37.50
- Zoom knows its app is a hot security mess – the CEO is sorry and promises fixes are on the way
- Quarantined? Pass the time with this 1TB PS4 Slim bundle – right now it’s just $250
- Review: The VNYL Cam – a solid instant camera, if not for the whole lockdown thing going on right now
- PSA: There’s a nasty Cash App scam on Twitter that is targeting folks affected by coronavirus
- Amazon is blessing new subscribers with 3 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited
- The best Animal Crossing alternatives to play when your town devolves into unmitigated anarchy
- Add 12 more months to you Xbox Live Gold membership for $50
Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent ‘misleading data’ being shown to pilots
The Off-Grid CyberDeck Is a Computer for the Apocalypse