How to stop Windows 10 sharing your data – BetaNews

How to stop Windows 10 sharing your data – BetaNews

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Earlier this week we reported on how Windows 10 could be sharing your activity data even if you had told it not to.

In response Microsoft has released a statement from Marisa Rogers, privacy officer at its Windows and Devices Group.

Microsoft is committed to customer privacy, being transparent about the data we collect and use for your benefit, and we give you controls to manage your data. In this case, the same term ‘Activity History’ is used in both Windows 10 and the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Windows 10 Activity History data is only a subset of the data displayed in the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. We are working to address this naming issue in a future update.

This confirms How-To Geek’s suspicion that the settings are in fact misleadingly labelled.

Microsoft has also issued instructions for users who want to prevent Windows 10 from sharing activity data.

If a customer wants to prevent their Windows 10 device from sending apps and service Activity History to Microsoft they need to use the following two Windows Settings configurations:

1. Under Settings >Privacy >Activity history: ensure the setting ‘Let Windows sync my activities from this PC to the cloud’ is not checked.

2. Under Settings >Privacy >Diagnostics & feedback: ensure Diagnostic data is set to Basic

More information on Microsoft’s feedback and data collection policy can be found here.

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Apple plans iPhone software update to reverse Chinese ban – The Verge

Apple plans iPhone software update to reverse Chinese ban – The Verge

Apple claims it has found a software solution to the court injunction which recently banned some of its older iPhones from being sold in China. In a statement to Reuters the company said it would be issuing a software update “early next week” which it believes will address “the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.” If the courts agree, this update will mean that Apple can continue to sell the iPhones affected by the ban, which include the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X.

Apple was recently found to be infringing upon two of Qualcomm’s patents in China, which were reportedly relating to resizing pictures and managing applications. When the ban was first announced, Apple claimed to CNBC that iOS 12 — the most recent version of its software — does not infringe on those patents. If true, then issuing an update to force the affected iPhone models to update to iOS 12 could be enough to reverse the decision. Apple has already filed a request for reconsideration in China over the ban.

However, this update is unlikely to bring the dispute to an end if Qualcomm, which Apple claims wants a settlement, has its way. Just yesterday the chipmaker requested a further injunction to ban sales of the iPhone XS and XR, which are Apple’s latest iPhone models sold with iOS 12 pre-installed, the version of the software that Apple claims doesn’t infringe upon the patents.

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm in China is just one part of the global legal battle between the two companies. Qualcomm has previously attempted to ban iPhones in the US, and has also claimed that Apple stole its source code and shared it with its rival Intel. Apple meanwhile, has previously claimed that Qualcomm has been dramatically overcharging for the use of its patents.

Given the bad blood that now exists between the two companies it seems unlikely that Qualcomm will be satisfied with a simple software fix, but it will ultimately be up to the Chinese courts to have the final say.

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Smartwatch Sales Could Get a Lift Next Year From an Unexpected Age Group – Fortune

Smartwatch Sales Could Get a Lift Next Year From an Unexpected Age Group – Fortune

Smartwatches and other wearable devices are seeing a surge in new users from an unlikely demographic group—older users.

The number of people using smart wearables is expected to grow 9% next year, but among people age 55 and older, it will jump more than 15%, according to research firm eMarketer.

The reason is that wearable makers like Apple and Fitbit have been adding health monitoring features that appeal to older consumers. Apple added a fall detection app and an EKG monitor to the Apple Watch Series 4 this year, for example, while Fitbit is adding a feature to detect sleep apnea.

“Wearables like smartwatches are now coming equipped with additional health features, which are especially appealing to older Americans,” eMarketer forecasting analyst Cindy Liu noted in a report on Thursday.

Fitbit (fit) could use a boost. Even after introducing its popular Versa watch in March Fitbit’s sales have dropped 10% in the first three quarters of the year and its shares have lost 12% in 2018. Competitor Garmin (grmn), which is less reliant on wearables, has done better, seeing sales in its fitness and outdoor segments rise 16% in the first three quarters while its stock price gained 14%. Apple (aapl) doesn’t provide much detail about watch sales, but has said its wearables revenue, which also includes headphones and earbuds, rose 50% in the third quarter.

Next year, overall growth in the number of people using wearables expected to slower next year for younger age groups. Among those age 18 to 44, wearables usage will increase nearly 7% next year, while the number of kids ages 12 to 17 wearing the devices will increase 9%, eMarketer said. Middle-aged adults are among the leaders in adoption, with usage increasing 13% for those age 45 to 54.

By the end of 2019, almost 61 million people, or one in five adult Internet users, will use a wearable device of any kind. Just over half will be using more expensive smartwatches, with the remainder mostly opting for much cheaper fitness tracking devices.

Because of advancements in wearable technology, more people are willing to buy smart devices. Over the next five years, more watches will connect on their own to wireless networks (rather than relying on a linked smartphone’s connection), control smart devices around the home, and monitor other kinds of health data.

A revamped microprocessor for smartwatches from Qualcomm (qcom) that is out this year will also help some manufacturers produce thinner watches with longer lasting battery life, making them likely more appealing to consumers.

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NES And SNES Classic Consoles Won’t Be Restocked After Holidays, “Once They Sell Out, They’re Gone” – Nintendo Life

NES And SNES Classic Consoles Won’t Be Restocked After Holidays, “Once They Sell Out, They’re Gone” – Nintendo Life

Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic systems have had an interesting time on the market over the last couple of years. Initially, consumers struggled to get their hands on the NES console as shipments sold out faster than they arrived, but things slowly started to improve over time and the SNES had a much smoother launch overall. Despite some fans being left out early on, the consoles have shifted more than 10 million units between them.

But what about the future of these tiny, retro machines? Well, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that the two products won’t be restocked after the holiday period. After a quick reminder that these current systems will be “the extent of [Nintendo’s] classic program”, he goes on to talk about how this classic console era is seemingly coming to an end.

“We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it. The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo) from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content.”

It was only last month that Reggie described the NES and SNES Classics as “limited time opportunities” that were designed to bridge the gap between Wii U and Switch, so this news isn’t all that surprising. Having said that, we do find it strange that Nintendo wouldn’t want to keep stock available to some extent – the company tends to value its legacy content incredibly highly, and that includes the systems themselves.

If you haven’t already grabbed your own version of either of these two consoles, perhaps now is the time to go ahead and get one. Let us know in the comments if you plan to buy one before the holidays.

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Opera launches a cryptocurrency wallet in its Android browser – The Verge

Opera launches a cryptocurrency wallet in its Android browser – The Verge

Web browser Opera has launched a built-in cryptocurrency wallet on its Android app, the company announced today at a blockchain event in London. The wallet will first support ethereum, with support for other coins likely to come later. Ether investors using Opera would potentially be able to more easily access their tokens using the feature.

Users can use the cryptocurrency wallet by first downloading Opera on Android (it’s not available on iOS) and then purchasing some ether tokens to store inside. From there, users can access a selection of mini apps inside the browser.

Opera first announced it was testing such a feature back in July. By now, cryptocurrency prices have taken a large fall as compared to the price spikes at the end of last year. Previously, Opera indicated its awareness of cryptocurrency and the recent influx of scams by introducing anti-cryptojacking software in its web browsers.

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