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We’ll go over how to back up your Android device and then run down the different ways you can move your data to your shiny new Android phone. Google officially announced its upcoming Pixel 6A phone on May 11th, 2022, and will be shipping its new line of Pixel 7 phones this coming autumn. You may be planning to upgrade as soon as the new phones are ready, or you may be simply moving from

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Google and Samsung join forces to make it easier to sync fitness data between apps

Google has partnered with Samsung on Health Connect, an API and platform that makes it easier for developers to share users’ data across different apps and devices. Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (application programming interface) that gives developers a toolset to sync users’ health data between Android apps and devices. This should make it easier for users to

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ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining public records with information privately acquired from data brokers. For almost as long as it has existed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drawn criticism for the methods by which its agents pursue and remove undocumented migrants. But a new report published Tuesday sheds new light on the extent to

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Meta, TikTok and YouTube may finally have to start sharing data with researchers

On Wednesday, Congress was treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of highly intelligent people talking about platform regulation. The hearing: "Platform Transparency: Understanding the Impact of Social Media." On Wednesday, Congress was treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of highly intelligent people, talking with nuance, about platform regulation. The occasion was a hearing, titled “Platform Transparency: Understanding the Impact of Social Media,”

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Mental health app privacy language opens up holes for user data

Privacy policies for mental health apps like BetterHelp and Cerebral include language that lets the apps change the policies without warning or sell user data along with the company. Experts worry users are vulnerable. In the world of mental health apps, privacy scandals have become almost routine. Every few months, reporting or research uncovers unscrupulous-seeming data sharing practices at apps like the Crisis Text Line, Talkspace, BetterHelp, and others:

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Researchers find Amazon uses Alexa voice data to target you with ads

A research report titled, "Your Echos are Heard: Tracking, Profiling, and Ad Targeting in the Amazon Smart Speaker Ecosystem," investigates how Amazon Alexa smart speakers use voice data to target ads at users. A report released last week contends that Amazon uses voice data from its Echo devices to serve targeted ads on its own platforms and the web. The report, produced by researchers affiliated with the University of Washington, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and

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Conservative Twitter accounts got boost in followers after Musk acquisition, data shows

Analysis of social media data from 100 influential political Twitter accounts shows significant gains for conservative politicians and pundits, while liberal accounts have lost followers to a similar extent. It’s not your imagination: follower counts on Twitter really have been shifting wildly in response to news that Elon Musk had finalized a deal to acquire the platform. Data compiled by The Verge from social media statistics site Social Blade shows

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Google Fi cuts unlimited plan pricing while increasing high-speed data

Google has lowered the prices across its two unlimited plans. Simply Unlimited now costs $50 / month for a single line, while the Unlimted Plus plan costs $65 / month. Google Fi is cutting the prices across its two unlimited cellular plans, in addition to adding more high-speed data (via 9to5Google). The Simply Unlimited plan has dropped from $60 / month to $50 / month for one line, while the full-featured

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Star Trek: Picard is bringing back more Next Generation stars in its final season

The actors who played William Riker, Geordi La Forge, Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, Worf, and Data are all taking another turn in Star Trek with appearances in the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard on Paramount Plus. To answer the question of why we should care about Paramount Plus, the service is going back to the well of nostalgia and snagging some of our favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation characters to be featured in season 3 of Star Trek: Picard. A

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Dota 2’s The International will take place in Southeast Asia for the first time

Heading to Singapore this fall Dota 2’s annual tournament, The International, will take place in Singapore this October. While Valve has held The International in the US, Canada, China, Germany, and Romania in the past, this is the first time the global esports competition is

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Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia

Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles and batteries in Savannah, Georgia. The plant will create over 8,000 jobs and produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, Georgia, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the US (via CNBC). The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new

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