Is your smartphone spying on you?

Originally posted on BGR:

Most of us can’t imagine our lives without a smartphone at this point, but there are clear downsides to being connected at all times. A commonly discussed issue is the fact that we often pay less attention to people in and around our lives because we’re so focused on the connected world. On a more sinister note, however, our phones can sometimes be used against us by malicious hackers or even government agencies, as we learned from the recent round of Snowden leaks. Beyond that, some of the most popular apps in the world “spy” on users by collecting usage data and other private data, and then using it for targeted advertising.

So, is your smartphone being used to spy on you?

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Amazing Super Slow-Mo Video Shows How Your Camera Works

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Ever wonder exactly how your DSLR camera works?

The Slow-Mo Guys, who post all sorts of neat super slow-mo video on YouTube, just uploaded a video that shows exactly what happens when you press the shutter release.

In the footage, you can clearly see the camera’s viewfinder mirror rise before the shutter drops to expose the digital sensor and record an image. Then the shutter closes and the mirror comes back down to complete the process. The video above shows the same process for a whole bunch of different shutter speeds.

Neat!

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Kenny G Says He Basically Invented the Starbucks Frappuccino

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why not?

Originally posted on TIME:

You probably haven’t thought about Kenny G in a while, but here’s some fun new information about him: the smooth jazz legend says he’s basically the reason Starbucks Frappuccinos exist.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Mr. G reflected on his early days as one of Starbucks’ first investors, when the store sold nothing but coffee. But another company, called Coffee Bean, was selling a sweet “blended” drink had people lined up around the block. He said he would always call up Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and tell him about this great drink that was essentially a milkshake.

Soon enough, Starbucks created its signature Frappuccino and everyone fell in love with. “I’d like to think I was partially responsible for that,” Kenny G said.

So next time you’re kneeling before the Kenny G shrine we know you have in your closet, thanking him for the sweet musical bliss he…

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Amazon is going to start making movies for theaters and Prime

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Love this, Amazon.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Coming to a theater near you: Amazon plans to start producing “close to twelve” movies a year. The films will “premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut,” so Prime members won’t need to shell out to see them in theaters. Ted Hope, who produced films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is leading the effort.

Speaking of Crouching Tiger, Prime Instant Video competitor [company]Netflix[/company] is, ironically, producing a sequel to that movie, which it will begin streaming the same day it premieres in IMAX theaters. Netflix also announced in October that it had acquired exclusive rights to four upcoming Adam Sandler movies.

“[company]Amazon[/company] Original Movies will be synonymous with films that amaze, excite, and move our fans, wherever customers watch,” Hope said in a statement.

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What CES 2015 made clear: The cable industry has lost its power to control how we watch TV

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If the cable industry had its way, we’d all be stuck subscribing to $150 TV bundles forever and ever. However, the rise of over-the-top online streaming services combined with faster online connectivity means that cable’s ability to force us to buy into pricey bundles is about to end… and this was nowhere more clear than at CES 2015.

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One of the most important Yosemite features might also be putting your privacy at risk

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One of the most important features in Apple’sYosemite desktop operating system is the new Spotlight search, which offers users quick access to apps and files on a Mac and also a fast way of accessing certain online resources. But Spotlight apparently has a flaw that can expose certain personal details to spammers and thus disregard the privacy settings chosen by the user.

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‘Ferguson’ Is 2014’s Name of the Year

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In the basement of a Portland hotel Friday, a room full of members of the American Name Society gathered for their big annual event: voting on the name of the year for 2014. They nominated and spoke for and against the names of people, places and things that mattered last year before a decisive vote. By a 15-vote margin over the other finalists, “Ferguson” became their name of the year.

Ferguson, of course, is the name the St. Louis suburb where a police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown last year, setting off weeks of racially charged unrest around the country. Others also spoke up in favor of the eventual winner. “We can use our voice for social good and also for a movement that has some political weight to it,” said one member.

Iman Laversuch Nick, the incoming president of the society, gave a short speech in support…

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