Guidelines needed to protect VR users at risk of harassment, warns academic

[ad_1] Dr Sarah Jones. Credit: Birmingham City University Government guidelines should be introduced to protect gamers and those using virtual reality or immersive technologies from an increased risk of sexual harassment or bullying, a leading academic has warned. Dr. Sarah Jones, Head of Birmingham City University’s School of Media, said almost half of female virtual […]

Cell-mostly internet users place privacy burden on themselves

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new report from the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center—a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University—details the kinds of online privacy tradeoffs that disproportionately impact cell-mostly internet users, who are likely to […]

Internet users usually have a positive experience online, but potential for digital divide to widen

[ad_1] Credit: Shutterstock Research from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford, has revealed a rapid increase in use of the internet for commercial, banking and entertainment purposes. The number of people paying bills online, watching films and TV series’ and streaming music via the internet has increased significantly since 2013. […]

DoJ pushes Google and Apple to ID 10,000 users of a gun scope app

[ad_1] The app in question is Obsidian 4, which controls rifle scopes by American Technologies Network (ATN) Corp. It has more than 10,000 downloads on Google Play, and it’s unknown how many times it’s been downloaded through the App Store. As Forbes explains, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department is investigating illegal ATN scope […]

400 mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

[ad_1] An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases—including 133 million US […]

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users

[ad_1] An electronic glove, developed by Purdue University researchers, offers ‘humanlike’ features for prosthetic hand users. Credit: Purdue University/Chris Adam People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services. An electronic glove, or e-glove, developed by Purdue University researchers can be worn over a […]

Majority of social media users are happy for their data to be used for research, study reveals

[ad_1] Social media users cited the potential benefit for medical research as the most influential factor for them to consent to their data being used for research. Credit: University of York Social media users are generally positive about their personal data being used for research purposes, a study by the University of York has revealed. […]

Trump tries to overturn ruling stopping him from blocking Twitter users

[ad_1] “Public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny,” according to the filing. The challenge may face an uphill battle. In the earlier ruling, Circuit Judge Barrington Parker noted that @RealDonaldTrump […]

Trump tries to overturn ruling stopping him from blocking Twitter users

[ad_1] “Public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny,” according to the filing. The challenge may face an uphill battle. In the earlier ruling, Circuit Judge Barrington Parker noted that @RealDonaldTrump […]

Instagram begins letting users report misinformation

[ad_1] US social network Instagram is encouraging users to report dubious posts for review by fact-checkers Instagram on Thursday added a way for users to easily report deceptive posts at the photo and video-oriented social network owned by Facebook. A new tool being rolled out out lets Instagram users tap a “report” option on-screen when […]