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Microsoft Wants Gov't Facial Rec Oversight; iPhone Drop; Under the MacBook Pro Keyboard
 

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July 16 · Issue #63 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Microsoft Wants Gov’t Facial Rec Oversight; iPhone Drop; Under the MacBook Pro Keyboard

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Face it. Remember when Amazon got in trouble for selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies? That revelation led to broader scrutiny of how this technology is being used and by whom. There really wasn’t any mention of Microsoft’s tools, though, as a Windows Hello biometric unlocking technology user, I know Microsoft has strong Facial Recognition algorithms. The Seattle software giant caught everyone off guard when it called on Congress to regulate the technology in a blog post penned by Brad Chase who wrote about facial recognition’s, “broad societal ramifications and potential for abuse.” Why is Microsoft doing this? Is it a proactive move to put its own FR in the best light? Is it honestly concerned about how law enforcement and others might use it? So many questions.
Microsoft calls on Congress to regulate facial recognition Microsoft calls on Congress to regulate facial recognition
Free-falling. I worry about my iPhone dropping out of my hands and landing on the pavement four feet below. If it drops 1,000 ft, I assume it’s lost and destroyed…or maybe not. One Iowa iPhone user reported dropping her iPhone out of a plane that was flying roughly 1,000 ft in the air. What happened next is kind of unbelievable.
iPhone survives 1,000-foot plummet out of a plane, located by owner with 'Find my iPhone' iPhone survives 1,000-foot plummet out of a plane, located by owner with 'Find my iPhone'
Inside the new MacBook Pro. How do you fix a keyboard that people complain is too loud and prone to getting dust and particles stuck underneath the keys? How about a little silicon? That’s what iFixit found when it tore apart the brand-new Apple laptop. Others are reporting that Apple will not be replacing original MacBook pro and MacBook keyboards with this update.
The Great Apple MacBook Pro Cover Up | iFixit
P.S.S. Who?
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