Senate’s encryption backdoor bill is ‘dangerous for Americans,’ says Rep. Lofgren – TechCrunch

Senate’s encryption backdoor bill is ‘dangerous for Americans,’ says Rep. Lofgren – News

A Senate bill that would compel tech companies to build backdoors to allow law enforcement access to encrypted devices and data would be “very dangerous” for Americans, said a leading House Democrat. Law enforcement frequently spars with tech companies over their use of strong encryption, which protects user data from hackers and theft, but the …

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Oculus CTO Carmack downplays consumer AR, calls Magic Leap overhyped

John Carmack says he’s ‘kind of embarrassed’ over Facebook’s social VR during pandemic

Facebook Reality Labs consulting CTO John Carmack says he’s “kind of embarrassed” about Facebook’s social VR offerings on Oculus headsets over the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In his talk at Facebook Connect on Wednesday, Carmack touched on the problems Facebook had experienced keeping the Oculus Quest headset in stock this year, even before the …

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Apple Watch

Apple Watch SE puts profits over public health by nixing ECG features

Though I probably wasn’t the first person to praise Apple’s addition of life-saving electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality to the Apple Watch Series 4, I was more than pleased with the 2018 announcement — I was thrilled. At the time, my wife was using an AliveCor ECG accessory to take readings whenever her heart fluttered, and doctors …

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