BitTorrent Sync Mobile Update: Create, Edit and Share

BitTorrent Sync Mobile Update: Create, Edit and Share | Official BitTorrent Sync Blog
YES!! One my of favorite tools just got even better.

BitTorrent Sync Mobile Update: Create, Edit and Share:
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Vizio Latest Manufacturer To Offer More Ways For TVs To Watch Purchasers

Vizio Latest Manufacturer To Offer More Ways For TVs To Watch Purchasers | Techdirt
Here’s another compelling reason never to own a Smart TV — spyware!

In Vizio’s IPO filing, they reveal that over 8 million of their Smart TVs currently track every channel you watch (broadcast, cable, and satellite), everything you stream on any device connected to your TV (Chromecast, Roku, etc), and every game you play and everything you do on your consoles. In their own words, this generates 100 billion data points per day that they “deliver to advertisers and media content providers.” This is not referenced on their website or in their privacy policy.

In other words, the Vizio Smart TV you paid for is secretly recording absolutely everything you do with your TV, including third party devices plugged into your TV, and all of that data gets sold to advertisers, there’s no way to opt out, and they’ve deliberately hidden the fact that they’re doing this from the people purchasing their TVs.

No thanks.
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Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop

Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop

It’s about time! Hangouts for serious use is awful on a Mac, and Common Hangouts has been fantastic to use so far. I’d previously switched all work IM over to iMessage\Messages on Mac, but that doesn’t support group chat. Common Hangouts has essentially the same layout that I like, except with full Google Hangouts features. Awesome stuff!

Also, MakeUseOf is a great tech blog, and I recommend it.

After Backlash, LinkedIn Brings Back Contact Export Feature

After Backlash, LinkedIn Brings Back Contact Export Feature

After user complaints, LinkedIn has re-enabled the contact export feature that they recently disabled. On the one hand, good. Any modern social network should absolutely have a contacts and data export feature. This seems like another one of a series of irritating steps LinkedIn has gradually been taking to lock down their platform, limit access to formerly open data, and paywall the crap out of a truly useful service. At this point, it’s basically Facebook lite unless you pay for the premium features they didn’t used to restrict.

However, I suspect the reason they removed that feature was to combat spam and the fake profiles that mass-connect to people and harvest their email addresses. After having my LinkedIn-only email alias sold to spammers by my LinkedIn connections, I only see this getting worse. At this point I auto-reject all connection requests that aren’t in English, and carefully scrutinize requests from Russia, China, and the Middle East because they usually have the most fake-looking profiles that I can’t verify through common connections. I’m curious how they’ll choose to combat this moving forward.

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Apparently cars are hackable now. Update your Jeep Cherokee!

Link: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

It feels weird to type this, but if you drive a Jeep Cherokee, you should download a security update so people can’t hack your car. Apparently it’s possible to remotely control its ignition, acceleration, braking, and steering.

How to Get the Password of WiFi Network You Are Connected To

Incredibly useful tip! Link: How to Get the Password of WiFi Network You Are Connected To

You can now disable downloading, printing, and copying for any file stored in Google Drive

Link: http://bit.ly/1I2YdkH

Very cool! New sharing permissions limits for files in Google Drive, finally offering the ability to prevent people from downloading, printing, or copying files you’ve shared with them. I’ll admit I’m curious how easily circumvented that can be, and I’ll have fun trying to break it. :)