Today’s Tech Sightings:
While you are completely engrossed in the latest gaming craze, Pokémon GO, you should know that the popular game was erroneously granted full access to your Google accounts, including email, Google docs, photos and other stuff. Also noteworthy is the fact that the app does not ask users’ what access they are willing to grant it when they log on using their Google credentials. A fix is in the works. You should also know that the game tracks your every move using your location and other personal data that players are so generously sharing.
Pokémon GO uses augmented reality to superimpose a digital layer on the real world. That has resulted in unintended consequences, from gamers getting injured as a result of walking into objects to getting in trouble for trespassing on private property. But the level of madness surrounding the Pokémon GO phenomenon also raises several real life questions, as AP writer Bryan Nakashima points out.
Singapore has launched a new initiative in partnership with Microsoft to use artificial intelligence technologies for better interactions with e-government services. The project will look for ways to develop the next generation of government services, based on “conversational computing.”
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