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Some Period Tracking Apps reportedly sent sensitive information directly to Facebook

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Period tracking Apps

A few period-tracking apps are sharing sensitive information about sexual practices and health of women to Facebook, says new study.

What was shared?

Privacy International, an advocacy group, based in the UK shared results of its study on Monday with Buzzfeed. The findings showed that tracking apps such as Maya and MIA Fem shared personal data with the popular social network. This includes sharing women’s contraption usage, timings of monthly menstruation, period symptoms they experience and much more, informed the group.

Privacy International’s study analyzed apps which said they received millions of installations on Play Store. The group discovered that Plackal Tech-owned Maya app was sending extensive quantities of personal data to Facebook as well as other 3rd parties. It observed the same practice with Mobapp Development Ltd-owned MIA Fem app as well.

According to policies of Facebook, the social network can collect data from 3rd-party apps which use its APIs and SDKs. The SDK merges with apps to offer features such as analytics or allowing users to log-in using their Facebook account.

Remedial measures:

Plackal Tech did not immediately reply on the matter. However, it did inform Privacy International that it has since taken down Facebook’s SDK (Software Development Kit) as well as Analytics SDK from its app. However, Mobapp Development Ltd is yet to respond on the matter.

Some other apps:

Privacy International found two other period tracking apps that shared sensitive information with Facebook when a user used the app. This includes Linchpin Health-owned My Period Tracker app and Grupo Familia-owned Mi Calendario app. In fact, the study further discovered that Mi Calendario app was also utilizing an outdated Facebook SDK version.

Not all period-tracking apps are untrustworthy:

The study also analyzed a few well-known tracking apps and discovered that they were not sending any data to Facebook. These apps are Leap Fitness Group-owned Period Tracker, Flo Health-owned Period Tracker Flo, Simple Design-owned Period Tracker, and lastly, Biowink-owned Clue Period Tracker.

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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

Deciding if you should replace or repair a laptop can be confusing. If it runs a program which can’t be reinstalled then you likely can repair it. However, if the cost of repairing it is higher than its overall value then you might have to consider replacing it. Hence, to ease out the confusion, below are some signs you should pay attention to before buying a new laptop:

  • Laptop works sluggishly:

The RAM and CPU are the two primary hardware which determines your laptop’s speed. As the laptop ages, you may notice a webpage taking a lot of time to load or a document taking ages to open. This generally happens as the memory of the laptop begins to fill up.

In such cases, you can think about upgrading these two components to help regain the speed of your laptop. However, this is not an easy task to do on a laptop which is old. In fact, replacing your laptop could be a wise option if you discover that either of these isn’t performing as per your needs or is damaged.

  • When laptop overheats quickly:

Laptops contain a fan inside to help them remain cool. You may have noticed your laptop heat up if you’ve been using it for a prolonged time period. Over time, these fans tend to accumulate debris and dust, thus making it difficult for the laptop to cool itself.

This results in the laptop overheating and ceasing to function properly. In such a case, it’s probably best to buy a new laptop instead of investing in cooling pads or cushions. A cooling mat will likely give you some time, however, most laptops cannot be saved from such an issue.

  • The battery does not charge:

Replacing your laptop when it is not turning on isn’t the right choice always. It may likely just be suffering from some charging issue. The problem might be with the charging cable, battery or the power input source (highly unlikely).

A damaged charging cable or battery can be replaced simply. However, you may want to confirm if the battery is really an issue by plugging your laptop in the power source with the battery removed. If the laptop still turns on properly then its battery is at fault. Here, you can check the kind of battery your laptop uses to buy a replacement of it. You can try checking out for fox battery for buying a new battery or replacement battery.

In another case, it’s best to try a separate power cable if possible before you buy its replacement, just to remain on the safer side.

If the cable or battery isn’t the cause of your dying or dead laptop, consider plugging your system in a different power source. If you discover that internal components are refraining your laptop from charging then replacing the system may probably be right.

These are a few signs which can help you determine what is the right thing to do- repair or replace. In the end, you are the best judge to decide if upgrading or repairing an existing laptop can help you.

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Apple releases iOS 13.1 and new iPadOS almost a week before the original scheduled date

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iOS 13.1 and iPadOS

Apple’s recent iPhone iOS 13 software is available already, but now, you’ll get to install its 1st major update, i.e. iOS 13.1. Besides, you will also get to revamp your iPad using the new iPadOS which Apple has developed for tablets exclusively.

The iOS 13.1, as well as iPadOS, originally had a 30 September release date. However, Apple rolled out the update nearly a week earlier unexpectedly. This may probably be associated with the bug experience which a few developers, as well as beta testers, reported in the iOS 13 software.

Apple may be known best for the hardware it develops. However, it is really the seamless merger of its software with its devices which actually sets the company apart from rivals.

Apple’s ability to maintain control of each facet of its devices is what makes the company a powerful tech giant today. Its iOS mobile software is refreshed each year and is launched when new iPhones are released.

The latest iPhones, iPhone 11, 11 Pro as well as 11 Pro Max hit the store shelves on 20 September. If you own an old iPhone model, you still can upgrade to the iOS 13 software to enjoy some new features in the newest iPhones. Besides, starting Tuesday you can also install the iOS13.1 update and latest iPadOS which unlocks new abilities in iPads.

What’s new in iOS 13.1?

  • Share your estimated time of arrival (ETA) in maps:

When you are navigating to a place using the Apple Maps, you will now be able to share your ETA with any contact.

  • Apple Music converts into a karaoke system:

Apple Music app will display lyrics in the form of a karaoke stream now.

  • Improvements in Shortcuts app:

iOS 13.1 helps create shortcuts with much more ease thanks to recommended automation for generating shortcuts for various tasks.

Besides, there is also a new Audio Sharing feature in iOS 13.1 which allows pairing two AirPods pair temporarily to an iPhone to share audio.

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Twitter releases new ‘Hide Reply’ feature for its users in Japan and the US

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Twitter releases new ‘Hide Reply’ feature for its users in Japan and the US

Twitter has announced a new ‘Hide Reply’ feature in Japan and the US after lengthy testing as well as the development phase. This new move is a part of the social networking company’s effort to prevent the spread of vitriol and hate online.

By using this new feature, a user will be able to hide the replies to his/her original tweets which may be irrelevant or offensive. For instance, if a person replies back to your tweet using vulgar language, you can hide that reply so that other users do not see it.

The social networking company initially confirmed about the feature back in February and began testing it later in July. However now, it is releasing it out widely, as first reported by outlet TechCrunch.

Other social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram provide users the option to delete the comments completely. However, this new Twitter feature simply allows the users to decide between which comment to keep and which to hide. When you click on the right-side menu on a tweet, a set of usual options with ‘Hide Reply’ will pop-up on the list. Once you tap on it, the reply you don’t want other users to see would be hidden. But, there is a catch to this feature.

The other users would still be able to see the reply you have hidden by tapping on ‘View Hidden Tweets’ button. This will bring up the hidden reply and allow them to see it as long as they are valiant enough to read through.

Though Twitter aims at discouraging people from leaving irrelevant and hateful replies, the feature, however, could be a matter of controversy. According to critics, Twitter’s new feature is a way of letting users silence corrections to untrue info or opposing opinions. But, Twitter is prepared to take such a risk so as to win back its stature as a platform where healthy conversations can thrive.

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