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Surveillance rights, deleting people from photos, smart mirrors, and more: Tech Q&A

Video Doorbell Rights

Q: I have a Ring video doorbell and am deeply concerned about my rights. Can the police department get access to the footage? I heard this is happening.

A: Video evidence is gold in prosecutions, so, understandably, the police would be interested in seizing street-level surveillance. But Ring owners should be aware of how their service can be used and their rights when law enforcement comes knocking. Owned by Amazon, Ring has garnered a lot of criticism from civil liberties experts, and nobody wants to live in a full-on panopticon. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for. On my site, I have a map that shows the over 400 police departments working with Ring. Tap or click here to learn more about Amazon’s nationwide police partnership.

Tune Into My Show

Q: I used to listen to your show on WLS 890 AM in Chicago. I moved. Is there a list of radio stations that broadcast your show?

A: It’s a good thing we live in the 21st century! In years past, you could have turned that dial all day long, looking for a station that carried my show, and you would probably only find it by accident. Even in our digital age, finding a specific show on a specific frequency in a specific city can be pretty hard. I’ve made that process instantaneous, thanks to my online station finder. All you have to do is enter a city, state, or zip code, and you’ll get all the scheduling info you need. Happy listening! Tap or click here to find the station in your hometown that broadcasts my show.

Legacy Concerns

Q: I have cancer. I want to set things up now for my passing. Can I have Google delete my account when I die?

A: First off, my heart goes out to you. I have lost many loved ones, and I know how significant this time is to you. Putting your affairs in order can be a major concern, and in a digital world, we all have to recognize what a footprint we will leave behind. Managing your virtual life can be as significant as a living will and last rites. Rest assured that you can delete your Google account, along with all the data you have personally stored. This won’t include material that’s been copied or has seeped into other accounts, but you will be able to erase your Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, Drive, Docs, and other connected applications. Tap or click here to clear Google of all your posthumous data.

Doctor Photos

Q: Is there an easy way to remove people from photos? Sometimes, the picture would be perfect if the people were not in the shot!

A: I am going to recommend the Bye Bye Camera App, but before you go ahead and download it, you should know how weird this thing is. Bye Bye doesn’t just remove random people who obstruct a picture; it removes all people, making it appear that nobody was there in the first place. It’s shockingly effective, but a little bit disturbing. The app was developed as an art project, not for strictly practical use. So if you have a landscape that would look better without any human obstruction, this is the app for you. If you just want to nix some photo-bombers and unwanted exes, you’ll probably have to learn a little Photoshop – or use a free editing program like GIMP. Tap or click here to learn more and download this special app.

Fitness Tech

Q: On your cable TV show, you were talking about a mirror that has live yoga, Pilates, and boxing classes. Do you think it’s worth the money?

A: Okay, this is a pretty neat gadget, like something out of a science fiction flick. Simply called “Mirror,” it looks like a regular sheet of reflective glass until you decide to run a fitness program, and then it transforms into a personal trainer. Such technology comes at a price: Mirror costs nearly $1,500, and you’ll have to sign up for a monthly subscription. Unless you’ve experienced the tech firsthand and know that it works well for you, Mirror might be too extravagant to purchase on a whim. But you might take an interest in some other sports tech that’s a little more reasonable – and can really get your heart rate up. Tap or click here for more innovations in fitness tech.

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Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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This Day in History: Sept. 7

On this day, Sept. 7 …

2017: Equifax announces a cybersecurity breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people.

Also on this day:

  • 1822: Brazil declares its independence from Portugal.
  • 1901: The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Peking Protocol (Peace of Beijing).
  • 1940: Nazi Germany begins its initial blitz on London during World War II.  
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  • 1979: The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut on cable TV.  
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US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology as concerns grow about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the deal in Warsaw, where Pence is filling in for President Donald Trump, who scrapped his trip at the last minute because of Hurricane Dorian.

The signing comes during a global battle between the U.S. and Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of network infrastructure equipment, over network security and fears of Chinese access.

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The U.S.-Poland agreement states: “Protecting these next generation communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States, Poland, and other countries is of vital importance.” Both countries pledged to endorse the principles developed by cybersecurity officials from dozens of countries at a summit in Prague this year to counter threats and ensure the safety of the next generation of mobile networks.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, exchange copies of an agreement they signed in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pence, speaking at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, said he hoped the declaration would set a “vital example for the rest of Europe on the broader question of 5G.”

The U.S. has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks over concerns the Chinese government could force the company to give it access to data for cyberespionage. Huawei has denied the allegation and states in Europe — where countries are gearing up to deploy the new networks, starting with the auction of radio frequencies this year — have balked at U.S. calls for an outright ban.

Pence’s chief staff, Marc Short, cited Huawei by name in a statement later Monday that called on other nations to “ensure that only trusted providers have access to their developing networks.”

“We recognize 5G networks will only be as strong as their weakest link,” he said, adding, “We must stand together to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from using subsidiaries like Huawei to gather intelligence while supporting China’s military and state security services – with our technology.”

At the news conference, Duda was asked whether the U.S. had ever provided Poland with evidence of Chinese spying using Huawei technology.

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He didn’t mention the U.S. in his answer, but said, “Indeed, Poland’s counterintelligence has detected activity that could be of espionage nature” and that prosecutors are investigating.

A Chinese businessman who served as Huawei’s sales director in Poland and a Pole who cooperated with the government on security measures were arrested in Poland in January on suspicion of espionage.

During a visit to Sweden last week, Morawiecki said work was being done to have Swedish networking and telecommunications company Ericsson invest in 5G development in Poland.

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Secretive US government agency needs ‘underground lair’ by Friday

A U.S. government agency that birthed the network which ultimately became the Internet is apparently in need of an underground lair. And fast — by tomorrow, to be specific.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which has famously been involved in a range of projects, including neural implants for U.S. soldiers, made its need known in a Wednesday tweet that prompted some suspicious replies.

“Attention, city dwellers! We’re interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation,” the tweet read, adding, “It’s short notice, we’re asking for responses by Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM ET.”

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DARPA solicited information on underground lairs in a recent tweet. The above image shows the inside of the Barbara Tunnel in Oberried, Germany. The tunnel has been the central long-term archive of Germany since 1975. (Getty Images)

The tweet included a link to a Request for Information (RFI) form and some stark images: a subway station devoid of humans, a dark parking garage and some type of underground bunker.

The government agency elaborated a bit in a second tweet.

One person responded, “This sounds both exciting and ominous,” to which the DARPA account replied, “Even to us.”

Although the solicitation might conjure dystopian visions or zombie-apocalypse preparations, a representative for DARPA told Fox News that the request is related to finding locations for its Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit – a competition that’s examining new approaches and technologies that could help first responders and the military navigate tunnels, the urban underground and cave networks.

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“Per the announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the RFI is intended solely for information and planning purposes, and does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response,” Jared Adams, DARPA’s chief of communications, told Fox News via email.

One Twitter user joked, “We are definitely not looking for new places to keep all the Demogorgons,” referencing the monster in “Stranger Things.”

DARPA responded with this: “Please. Demogorgons are such a Department of Energy thing.”

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The teams competing in the Subterranean Challenge are vying for several million dollars in prizes.

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Detroit PD responds after Tlaib crudely attacks their use of facial recognition technology

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., got an invitation Tuesday to observe her hometown police department’s use of facial recognition technology soon after she crudely attacked the controversial tool on Twitter.

“You should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls—,” Tlaib tweeted at the Detroit police department early on Tuesday.

Her comment came as she promoted news that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called for a ban on the technology, which received some bad press during the summer.

Later on Tuesday morning, the police department responded to Tlaib’s tweet by inviting her to see how the technology worked in identifying criminals involved in violent offenses.

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“Before you criticize the software, come to our Real Time Crime Center to see how we @detroitpolice responsibly use it in efforts to identify criminals involved in violent crimes. Let’s set a date,” the department tweeted.

Tlaib followed up by accepting the invitation but asked the department to review data that she said revealed the technology’s flaws.

“I would ask that you please review the 2 @OversightDems hearings … on facial recognition & see the indisputable data that it’s flawed,” she said.

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Although the department didn’t respond over Twitter, it “liked” Tlaib’s tweet. Tlaib had linked to an Oversight Committee hearing on the tool.

Back in June, the Michigan congresswoman called for a ban on the technology until the federal government did a better job of addressing it.

“There just seems to be a lot of unanswered questions,” she previously told Michigan Radio. “That to me is very much calling for a moratorium and back off in using this technology until we do something about it on the federal level.”

In July, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that when it tested Amazon’s facial recognition techology, it identified almost 30 lawmakers as police suspects. The identified lawmakers were disproportionately people of color.

While the technology has raised concerns about false arrests, Detroit police chief James Craig has insisted his department only used it when they had an “articulable reasonable suspicion” the suspect committed a crime.

“DPD does not violate the constitutional rights of citizens,” he reportedly said. “As emphasized in our policies, the facial recognition software is only utilized within the ambits and parameters of the law to assist law enforcement in reports of criminal activity.”

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He was responding to a Georgetown University report which warned that the technology “affords police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings.”

The report’s authors said: “It’s tempting to think that it is a remote, future concern for the United States. But for the millions of people living in Detroit and Chicago, face surveillance may be an imminent reality.”

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This Day in History: Aug. 19

On this day, Aug. 19 …

2004: Google begins trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34.

Also on this day:

  • 1812: The USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”
  • 1848: The New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California.
  • 1909: The first automobile races are run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • 1934: A plebiscite in Germany approves the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
  • 1976: President Gerald R. Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City.
  • 1990: Leonard Bernstein conducts what turned out to be the last concert of his career at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the program ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
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  • 2009: Don Hewitt, the TV news pioneer who’d created CBS’ “60 Minutes,” dies at his Long Island, N.Y., home at age 86.
  • 2014: A video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
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FILE – In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. Manafort faces his second sentencing hearing in his many weeks, with a judge expected to tack on additional prison time beyond the roughly four-year punishment he has already received. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

  • 2017: Paul Manafort resigns as campaign chairman for Donald Trump.
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Trump says French wine may face ‘100 percent tariff’ in response to tax on US tech firms: report

How serious is President Trump about firing back at France over its new tax on U.S. technology? Maybe as much as 100 percent.

During his visit to New York’s Hamptons for a fundraiser Aug. 9, the president reportedly told attendees he was thinking about hitting France where it may hurt most – by slapping a 100 percent tariff on French wine.

The president’s remarks, which two sources relayed to Bloomberg, were a follow-up to a Twitter message in late July, in which Trump wrote the U.S. planned “a substantial reciprocal action” against France for its digital tax on American tech.

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That week, French President Emmanuel Macron approved what was called a digital services tax — a 3 percent levy that targets global companies worth at least 750 million euros ($834 million) and 25 million euros in France. It will be retroactively applied from early 2019 and could generate up to 400 million euros per year for France.

Trump immediately denounced the French plan.

“If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA,” Trump’s tweet said.

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This coming Monday the U.S. Trade Representative’s office is scheduled to hold a public hearing with American tech leaders about the potential impact of France’s tax, the Bloomberg report said. Depending on their comments, trade boss Robert Lighthizer could recommend that Trump impose tariffs on France in response.

In his July tweet, Trump concluded with the line, “I’ve always said American wine is better than French wine” – even though Trump has claimed over the years that he never drinks alcohol.

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“It might be on wine, it might be on something else,” Trump then told reporters about his plan.

Because France is part of the European Union, it’s unclear how Trump could specifically target the country without ensnaring the entire bloc.

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Best smart watch, 5G fears, data breach action plans, and more: Tech Q&A

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5G Health Concerns

Q: I hear that 5G causes brain cancer. Is this true? My Doctor told me that it could.

A: I’m not sure what your Doctor is reading, but from what I have seen, 5G does not appear to cause cancer. The FCC doesn’t seem to be concerned about its impact on the brain, and no one expects tumors to result from using 5G. This should be good news, considering the inevitable transition to 5G networks; within a few years, we’ll be upgrading our phones and other devices to receive a decent signal. At the same time, there are phone-related health concerns you should be aware of, which make take you by surprise. Tap or click here to see the full FCC report on 5G.

List of Data Breaches

Q: I am losing track of all the data breaches. Is there one list that I can see them? I want to make sure my personal data wasn’t part of any breach.

A: A major breach doesn’t grab headlines as it used to, which is bad news for regular consumers who want to respond as quickly as possible. For example, Toyota owners may not have any idea that 3.1 million accounts were accessed, and that the company has no idea what sales data was stolen. In other words, if you’ve owned a Toyota in recent years, it’s possible that a lot of your driving and financial records are being sold on the Dark Web as we speak. Big companies like Facebook and Capital One should be able to avoid hackers but haven’t. Even FEMA, a government agency, has become a victim. Each case requires a different kind of damage control. Tap or click here for a list of this year’s security breaches.

Facebook Alternative

Q: I would like to find a safer Facebook type of site. Do any social networks exist that do not have any advertising and tracking?

A: Facebook has been the reigning champion of social media sites since its inception, but that says more about the weaknesses of social media than the virtues of Facebook. With unpredictable mires like SnapChat and 4chan, Facebook has managed to look comparatively legitimate. But with all the data breaches and shifty behavior in recent years, there’s never been a better time to find an alternative, especially with the election approaching and all the stress that will cause. If you’re interested in gadgets, I have to recommend my very own social media site, which has just been launched: Komando Community is a safe and positive place to chat with like-minded people about consumer tech. We’re having a blast, and I think you will, too.

Tap or click here to join the Komando Community.

Expand Netflix

Q: I can’t seem to find anything to watch on Netflix. Am I doing something wrong? Are there settings I can change, so I see things that interest me?

A: The streaming phenomenon that Netflix helped create is now crowded with copycats, including the soon-to-be-rival Disney Plus. Netflix is struggling to stay competitive, despite a host of original series and multiple Academy Awards for its theatrical films. Part of the problem: subscribers can’t always find the content they’re interested in. I wouldn’t suggest you give up on Netflix just yet; if you’re familiar with the service and are already enrolled, there are a few simple hacks that will help you greatly enhance your experience and discover series and films you never knew existed. Tap or click here for four secret Netflix hacks that will help you find stuff worth watching.

Smartwatch Selection

Q: What’s the best smartwatch? Everyone raves about the Apple Watch. What about Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin’s watch?

A: One of the most exciting smartwatch developments of the past couple of years is the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch. It looks beautiful, it’s water-resistant, you can charge it without a cord, and you can speak directly into the watch face, like in the Dick Tracy comics. Pretty nifty, eh? The drawback is that it’s not yet available (probably September), and it’s far pricier than its competitors. The bottom line: each watch has different benefits and drawbacks, and each surviving company has earned its place in the market, often for distinct reasons. You should probably see my lineup of different watches, but make sure to read down to the bottom, because the Ticwatch Pro is a nifty dark horse. Tap or click here to compare smartwatches.

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Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Chinese tech giant apologizes for saying typhoon killed 99 million people

China’s largest video streaming giant, Tencent Video, apologized Wednesday for saying Typhoon Lekima killed everyone in Shandong, a province which has about 99 million people.

The blunder was contained in a push notification that Tencent Video sent to its subscribers on Monday, BBC reported.

“Typhoon Lekima has left the entire province (of Shandong) dead, seven people are missing,” said the push notification, citing the Shandong Emergency Response Office.

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Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in Yongjia county in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.  (Chinatopix Via AP)

The actual death toll from the typhoon in Shandong is five and nationwide it’s 56, according to official reports. Typhoon Lekima slammed eastern China on Saturday before it charged north over the weekend.

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The typhoon has forced around two million people to leave their homes and halted more than 1,000 flights, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

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Tencent Video issued an apology on the Chinese social media platform “Weibo” and promised to review its editorial practices.

According to a May financial report, Tencent Video had 89 million subscribers.

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LG smart refrigerator used for tweeting by teen whose mom banned electronics

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A teenager who claims her mother took her electronics away seemingly resorted to what might be the last imaginable place to tweet from: a refrigerator.

The plight of 15-year-old Twitter user “Dorothy” was noticed earlier this month after she kept tweeting about how her mom kept taking gadgets away from her, leaving her unable to tweet.

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The account, which appears to function as an Ariana Grande fan page, posted a tweet on Aug. 4 that read: “im leaving forever. my mom took my phone. ill miss u all sm. im crying. goodbye.”

Twitter, which shows where users’ tweets are sent from, showed that the teen’s tweet was sent from a Nintendo 3DS.

But later that day, Dorothy’s mom seemingly noticed her daughter was tweeting from the gaming device, and announced on Twitter her account “will be shut down now.”

Despite her mother’s guidance, the teen did not give up. On Aug. 5, she tweeted from her Wii U — thanking everyone for their support in her quest to tweet, no matter the consequences. In a follow-up tweet from her Wii U, she wrote her mom was at work and she planned to try looking for her phone.

But on Aug. 8, Dorothy’s predicament took another turn. Still without her electronics, the teen resorted to tweeting from her smart fridge.

“I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again,” she said.

LG Electronics, the company behind the smart fridge, caught wind of Dorothy’s troubles, and tweeted “#FreeDorothy.” The main Twitter account tweeted it, too, describing the teen as “an icon.”

The teen told the Guardian, in a message sent through her cousin’s iPad, that her mom took her electronics away “so I’d pay more attention to my surroundings.”

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“I felt mortified! I was worried because I’ve been bored all summer and Twitter passes the time for me.”

It wasn’t clear when “Dorothy” would be allowed back on social media. In response to the Guardian asking how long she’d be grounded for, Dorothy said: “I may be late to reply, as it is difficult to find something to use Twitter.”

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