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Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested

Oct 14, 2014

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested

by Raphael Satter

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. “We sometimes call ...

Oct 7, 2014

New apps help users unplug from smartphones

Smartphone users feeling overwhelmed by the onslaught of communications and devices vying for their time can turn to new apps to help them take a break and concentrate on other things. More than 70 percent of consumers in the United States own a smartphone ...

Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...