Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.
Advertisers may track a customer’s shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
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Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding surveillance devices.
It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
Sound alerts on digital devices are often annoying, so we've tended to opt for silence. In future, that could hold us back.
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
A smartphone is a digital form of ID for many apps and services.
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Smartphones are key elements of two-factor authentication processes. Weakening their security threatens people's digital identities.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
Many of the challenges faced by social media companies come down to failures of design.
Tech companies are beginning to recognise that there is an ethical dimension to their work, and that they have some responsibility for the well-being of their users.
Apple’s expertise isn’t in operating theme parks.
Acquiring companies that don't complement the main business went out of fashion more than a decade ago.
Kids shouldn’t be expected to self-regulate the amount of time they spend on the device. And parents are finding it tougher and tougher to impose limits.
The problem isn't kids owning smartphones. But when daily use exceeds two hours a day, mental health issues start to crop up.
An artist’s depiction of the new Apple store proposed for Federation Square.
Apple’s interest in Federation Square, and in co-opting the idea of the public square in general, goes beyond the quest for profit.
See it, touch it, smell it, buy it.
They engage with your senses and subconscious.
Should you be worried that tech giants are making huge investments in cultural content?
Who should be allowed inside?
Scholars dig in to the debate on whether police should be able to defeat or circumvent encryption systems.
One happy customer.
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Why do so many people queue overnight (or longer) for an over-priced, at best incrementally-changed gadget?
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag.
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Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
Are you someone who needs the latest gadgets?
Will you buy the new iPhone straight away?
Or do you buy your smartphone based on its cost-benefits? Either way Apple might be using your own psychology against you.
The popularity of the corporate campus over the past fifty years suggests the form is here to stay.
What attaches us so deeply to our phones?
Why we love our phones so much might be related to our basic yearnings as human beings, explains a scholar, who is also a pastor.