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Bug blamed for Instagram unexpectedly accessing camera in iOS 14

Ever hear someone say how creepy it is that they were talking to a friend about a product or service and then a little while later, Instagram is showing ads for the very thing they were talking about?

There's never been a way to really know if this was true, but I have Background App Refresh turned off for all Facebook related products and camera and mic access disabled too. They can frame this as a bug if they want, but just the latest in a long line of apps that have been exposed for doing something shady.

Posted 28th Jul 2020 @ 09:11

Function101 offering alternative Apple TV remote control

If you rely on the Apple TV for all of your content (even if you have an amplifier in between it and your TV), then this might be a good option as a replacement for the Siri Remote and it only costs $30.

It won't bring back the one feature missing from the Apple TV interface, but I can imagine a more traditional remote would be welcome to a lot of users. Myself included, I'm not sure I could use the Siri Remote all of the time..

Posted 22nd Jul 2020 @ 11:29

Polestar 2 real world first drive

Of all the most affordable EVs, the Polestar 2 is the one I would love to own the most despite it being tied to Android at the moment.

Overall, I think the car looks great, inside and out. My only complaint (other than it's adoption of Android) is that the digital dash could be more interesting. If that's all I can complain about, then it can't be too bad.

Carwow's Mat Watson also has a good look at the Polestar too.

Both reviews comment on the optional performance pack and it looks like it's just not worth the money.

Posted 21st Jul 2020 @ 18:15

Viral: The 5G Conspiracy Theory

These people are out of their minds. When experts and scientists are ignored with such ease, there's no need to wonder why this pandemic has been so deadly. While the world has never been closer thanks to the internet, it's somehow driving us all further apart.

Posted 21st Jul 2020 @ 17:00

Churchill's legacy leaves Indians questioning his hero status

There's no doubt Churchill is regarded as a hero to many, in fact that's the one of the terms I may have used to describe him if you had asked me just a year ago... None of the realities of Britain's colonial past are taught in schools so its little wonder that so many look up to people who fought a good fight. So good in fact it's been used to hide their true colours.

Every time I learn more about Churchill and the Empire, it's just another thing I need to be sure that my kids are made aware of. I mean, even the famous 'Blitz Spirit' is fake, and these are the realities we should be learning about because how else are we supposed to better ourselves?

Posted 21st Jul 2020 @ 08:31

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