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Apple and Google outline new GDPR privacy features

Apple will be bringing refreshed privacy controls for its devices and iCloud services in May with its launch of iOS 11.3, ahead of the new European data privacy laws.

The refresh of privacy settings will include a new web page for managing Apple IDs, with new features and capabilities, and more transparency.

The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company.

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World’s largest SD Card

Over time, SD Cards have been increasing in capacity.  From humble beginnings back in 1999 when the standard was introduced, right through to this weeks announcement that SanDisk have developed a prototype that is capable of holding 1 TERABYTE of data.  SanDisk aren’t yet ready to release their SDXC card to the masses, but it’s clearly only a matter of time.  SanDisk is owned by Western Digital and it’s owners recently pointed out that it’s 16 years since it released the miniscule 64 MEGABYTE card!  Thats 16384 time larger in 16 years!  Ridiculous when you come to think of it!

All-in-all this is great news for those of you that love to create high quality images and record up to 8K footage.  Even those hoping to get involved with Virtual Reality might be interested in this new development.  When the product is finally released, make sure you invest in a sound backup strategy – the last thing you’d want is to lose all of that critical data!

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Samsung on Fire!

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Samsung, one of the worlds largest technology companies has suspended sales of it’s Galaxy Note 7 Flagship model.  Numerous (current count of over 30) cases have been reported of battery fires, resulting in damage to the phones.  Samsung has launched it’s own internal investigation and released the following statement;

“Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible.”

This comes days before the UK release of the device and will disappoint many Samsung fans worldwide.  Samsung posted this on their website today :

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Kindle and Windows 10 stop being friends

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Many Microsoft Windows users (specifically Windows 10) are reporting that plugging in an Amazon Kindle eReader causes their computer to crash.

This began happening with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  When trying to upload an ebook or charge their device, Kindle users are shocked to discover that their PC crashes and requires a reboot.  The issue is affecting both Windows 10 Anniversary users AND those using the latest version of Windows from the Microsoft Insider Programme.

The problem does only appear to crop up when you actually connect the device.  If you reboot and leave the device connected, things seem to calm down and operate normally, although if you disconnect and reconnect the device, the same problem re-occurs.

This is far from being the first issue reported regarding the Windows 10 Anniversary update.  Watch this space for more news on the subject.

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WhatsApp sharing your data

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Popular messaging platform WhatsApp will soon begin sharing your personal information with it’s parent company Facebook.

The plan is to change the privacy policy from 25th August, giving users 30 days to decide whether to allow this to happen or to opt out of their information being provided to Facebook for targeted ads.

Assuming that you don’t opt out, Facebook will begin using targeted banner ads and spam when you visit the popular social media platform.  It is reported that WhatsApp will not be using these types of ad on it’s own platform.

A WhatsApp spokesperson is reported to have said “We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam. Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls.”

WhatsApp and Facebook accounts will remain separate but Facebook will utilise a user’s phone number to show them ads.  The end result of this is that Facebook hopes to be able to sell more advertising.

Another article on the subject can be found at the BBCs website