Parents will be able to supervise their children's online activity more easily and at no added cost as several tech companies enhance parental control settings for popular devices. Apple, Google and Amazon have features that allow parents to set parameters around screen time, contacts and websites visited.
Facebook is expanding its Portal smart home lineup, which now include the Portal TV, Portal and Portal Mini. The company says data collected by the platform are not extracted beyond local use but that user video preferences are tracked for purposes of ad targeting.
Tech writer Ed Bott examines five Windows 10 update issues that have drawn media fire and finds that much of the criticism is misplaced. In some cases, third-party software or hardware is the culprit, he notes, adding that overall, the recent update bodes well for the pending release of version 1909.
With a good portion of 2019 remaining, investments in legaltech have already set a record -- at least $1.2 billion, not including several instances in which a dollar figure was not announced. Industry expert Robert Ambrogi writes that total investment was $233 million in 2017 and zoomed to $1 billion last year.
Microsoft email and calendar program Exchange Server can customize separate "out of office" replies for internal and external contacts, writes Deborah Savadra. She outlines the process and points out that Exchange Server can shut the replies off at a date you specify, lest you forget.
The Senate Appropriations Committee wants to add $436 million to the defense budget to develop cybersecurity for 5G communications. An additional $100 million is proposed for cybersecurity for satellites and land-based missiles; National Guard cyberdefense programs; and various education programs.
Ecuador has arrested the executive of the data analytics firm that left personal data of 20.8 million Ecuadorians exposed. The government also is investigating how the company, Novaestrat, came to have highly sensitive information including 2.5 million car ownership records and 7.5 million financial and banking records.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has fined Phillip Capital $1.5 million for a data breach and for not alerting clients in a timely fashion. An IT engineer at the Chicago-based futures brokerage responded to a phishing email in February 2018 with login information that was later used to breach the system and to transfer $1 million to a Hong Kong bank account.
Smart home company Brilliant is combining its technology with ButterflyMX's Smart Intercom System to make apartment living more efficient by extending smart home products to renters. Lighting, security and cameras are all features that can be controlled via an Android or iOS mobile app.
More voice options are coming for users of Google Assistant in languages including French, German, Japanese and Italian. Meanwhile, Amazon's Alexa has added Hindi, which is spoken by roughly 500 million people in India.
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