15 TV show theme songs that were performed by famous musicians
- Any later-'90s or 2000s kid will immediately recognize rock band Bowling for Soup as soon as some of their hit songs like "1985" or "High School Never Ends" begin to play, but the group wasn't only known for their hit singles and punk aesthetic.
- BFS is actually responsible for the theme song the classic Nickelodeon cartoon "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," which may surprise some people since the track comes off a little more brooding than their normal work.
- It wouldn't be "That 70s Show" if the showrunners didn't employ some true 70s music for the title sequence, and for seven of the shows eight seasons, Cheap Trick took on the responsibility of bringing some authenticity to the series with the theme song, "In the Street," which was originally performed by the 1970s rock band Big Start.
Withings returns from the dead with Steel HR Sport watch
- First Nokia launched a handful of products under its own name and ultimately dropped the French health hardware company altogether.
- And today, the innovative French hardware company returns with a new take on an old product.
- It’s a welcome return for what had become one of my favorite fitness trackers, prior to the brand’s untimely demise, back in May. The Steel line’s simplicity has always been among its most appealing features.
- Aside from the aesthetic appeal, battery life has always been one of the biggest upsides of these hybrid devices, and the new watch certainly fits the profile with 25 days on a charge, plus an additional 20 days in standby mode.
- Unlike the Steel HR, which came in both 36 and 40mm sizes, the HR Sport is only available in the latter — though that’s still quite a bit more compact than a number of smartwatches on the market.
Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?
- On Google, your searches are tracked, mined, and packaged up into a data profile for advertisers to follow you around the Internet through those intrusive and annoying ever-present banner ads, using Google’s massive ad networks, embedded across millions of sites and apps.
- Most of those are actually run through these Google ad networks, where they let advertisers target you against your search history, browsing history, location history and other personal information they collect.
- On Google, you get results tailored to what they think you’re likely to click on, based on the data profile they’ve built on you over time from all that tracking I described above.
- They want local weather and restaurants, which can actually be provided without tracking, like we do at DuckDuckGo. That’s because approximate location info is automatically embedded by your computer in the search request, which we can use to serve you local results and immediately throw away without tracking you.
Pandora takes on Spotify's Release Radar with its newest playlist, The Drop
- Pandora is taking on Spotify with the launch of a new personalized playlist, The Drop, announced this morning.
- The launch arrives at a time when the company has been more recently focused on personalized playlists as a means of upselling free users to its paid tiers.
- In May, the streaming service rolled out dozens of personalized playlists to its Premium subscribers, based on their listening behavior and Pandora’s Music Genome.
- The Premium tier is Pandora’s answer to Spotify’s on-demand service, offering playlist creation, downloads for offline listening, unlimited skips and replays, higher-quality audio, and no ads, as well as the ability to play any song at will.
- The Drop is launching today, but will roll out to Pandora’s Premium user base over the course of the next two weeks, says Pandora.
Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking
- New protections in Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning "cookie" data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.
- Lance Cottrell, creator of the privacy service Anonymizer, said Apple's effort was particularly significant, as it takes aim at a technique developed by tracking companies to override users' attempts to delete their cookies.
- News, video and other third-party sites use Google and Facebook cookies to customize ads to your hobbies and interests, rather than hawking products you might never buy.
- But Google said its Chrome browser offers tools to control and delete cookies and set preferences for certain websites.
- Google says users can also decline personalization and get generic ads instead, though tracking continues in the background while using the company's services.
I dismantled Google’s tracking — here’s what happened
- One of the first things I discovered when I took a deep dive into the services and products that were tracking my physical location and digital search history and interests is that the companies peddling these products and services know much about us… sometimes.
- As a matter of fact, I’m wholly confident that the power of these companies and the algorithmic processes they use to learn every little fact about you is only going to grow more in size and scope as time goes on.
- Still, Google was watching; after I visited my local Walmart, my phone dinged with a prompt to rate my shopping trip even though I’d switched location tracking off long before going there.
- Like millions of others, I love Google and for years used its services every day, but for as long as the company is duplicitously tracking me and covering this fact up all the while, I’ll be turning away from its services and towards its competitors.
How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
- On Tuesday evening, New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit claiming that the maker of Fun Kid Racing had violated a federal children’s privacy law through dozens of Android apps that shared children’s data.
- The suit accuses the app maker, Tiny Lab Productions, along with online ad businesses run by Google, Twitter and three other companies, of flouting a law intended to prevent the personal data of children under 13 from falling into the hands of predators, hackers and manipulative marketers.
- A Twitter spokesman said that the company’s ad platform, MoPub, does not allow its services to be used to collect information from children’s apps for targeted advertising and that it suspended the maker of Fun Kid Racing in September of 2017 for violating its policies.
Forget the new iPhones, Apple's best product is now privacy
- In this age of tech giants, user data may be the new black gold, but Apple’s business model doesn’t rely on monetizing such information.
- And most of the information an iOS device does send back to Apple is obfuscated with a technique called Differential Privacy, which adds random information to a user’s data before it reaches Apple so the company has no way of knowing that it came from your device.
- Another area where Apple could take the lead in improved privacy protections is by restricting which data fields are shared when a user decides to grant an app access to their contacts.