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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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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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Lincoln’s new electric concept car uses lo-fi beats and ‘fragrances’ to elevate your state of mind

Lincoln said it would release three EVs by 2025, and a brand new electric model by 2026. It also released a new concept, the Lincoln Star, that it says will inspire its future models. Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, says it will release four new electric vehicles by 2026, by which point 50 percent of its global sales will be EVs. The company also revealed its Lincoln Star Concept as a way to introduce the new design language that

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How a sustainability scientist uses TikTok to fight climate anxiety with solutions

Alaina Wood is a climate communicator and sustainability scientist that uses her platform on TikTok to minimize eco-anxiety and spread information about climate change. In this Q&A, we’ll be talking about making practical changes, choosing TikTok to relay climate information, and her "good climate news" series. When Alaina Wood started posting to TikTok in 2020, her videos mostly had to do with strange things around her “historic” apartment, such as issues with leaks and doors. Eventually, Wood, a climate communicator and a sustainability scientist,

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Razer no longer claims its Zephyr mask uses ‘N95-grade’ filters

Razer recently changed its description of the filters included with its Zephyr and upcoming Zephyr Pro masks. Previously, Razer claimed they offered "N95-grade" protection, but now they’re called "air purification filters." Razer’s popular $100 Zephyr mask isn’t a replacement for PPE (because it isn’t PPE), but its announcement of the Zephyr Pro last week spurred a surge of claims that the company had overstated the masks’ protection. Razer responded by

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Samsung’s new TV remote uses radio waves from your router to stay charged

Aside from harnessing solar energy, Samsung’s 2022 Eco Remote also can keep its battery charged by "collecting routers’ radio waves and converting them to energy." CES is always a moment when companies reiterate their dedication to environmental causes and trumpet their latest, more efficient products and packaging. After introducing a solar-powered Eco Remote for its 2021 TVs, Samsung is back again with a new

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LG’s new recipe service uses Walmart and Amazon Fresh to deliver ingredients

LG’s ThinQ Recipe app and service is powered by SideChef to deliver ingredients from over 10,000 recipes using Walmart and Amazon Fresh without ever leaving the app. LG just announced its latest lineup of smart kitchen appliances. Fine, but what’s notable this time is a service that could make life just a little bit easier. LG says the ThinQ Recipe app and service is “new for 2022” and will let users

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Apple’s AR headset reportedly uses 3D sensors for hand tracking

Analyst Ming-chi Kuo says Apple’s AR headset will use advanced 3D sensors for a hand-tracking interface. A second model may follow in 2024. Apple’s widely rumored upcoming mixed reality headset will make use of 3D sensors for advanced hand tracking, according to analyst Ming-chi Kuo, whose latest research note has been reported on by MacRumors and 9to5Mac. The headset is said to have

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Alphabet is launching a company that uses AI for drug discovery

Google parent company Alphabet is launching a new company called Isomorphic Laboratories which will use AI tools for drug discovery. It will build off the protein folding work from DeepMind. A new Alphabet company will use artificial intelligence methods for drug discovery, Google’s parent company announced Thursday. It’ll build off of the work done by DeepMind, another Alphabet subsidiary that has done groundbreaking work using AI

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The Witcher 3’s next-gen version now planned for Q4 2022

The next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is "planned" to release in Q4 2022, according to developer CD Projekt Red. CDPR delayed the release in April without providing a new date. The next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is “planned” to release in Q4 2022, developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) announced Thursday. Previously, CDPR was targeting a Q2 2022 launch for the free update, but it pushed the release in April

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Netflix is beefing up its audio description and subtitling accessibility features

Netflix plans to expand its audio descriptions, subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing, and closed captioning features in order to make its shows and movies more accessible. Netflix’s closed captioning, subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing (SDH), and audio descriptions (AD) are all powerful tools designed to help make films and television shows more accessible to people with disabilities. But those kinds of features

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