Today’s Tech Sightings:
If you use Google Maps on your Android device, you should know the software has a feature that builds a comprehensive history of the places you visit. Google’s Location History system collects the information, which is then used in Maps. The resulting user profile is supposedly private, but Google can still use it for targeted ads, and police can access it once they have probable cause to search and get a warrant.
A new generation of digital assistants and bots powered by artificial intelligence and deep learning are taking voice-based computing to the next level. Writer Bob O’Donnell argues the way we think about technology and interact with it will change as people become accustomed to speaking to their devices. He predicts the results will be revolutionary.
Starting Wednesday, a shortcut to personal account information will appear at the top of Google’s search results when logged-in users run a search to see how much of their personal data made it online. The new feature is intended to make it easier for users to manage their privacy and security.
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