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Google Secretly Knows and Records Everything You Say

Ah, the horrors of technology is starting to show up.

As a human race, we are collectively grateful for the technology we have today. And perhaps one of the most-used tech nowadays is none other than Google. It is, after all, the world’s greatest search engine company.

But despite all of this comfort and reliability, there is still a catch. Google actually owns years of conversations from you. Yes, they’ve recorded them and you can actually hear them.

Google is known to be the most popular search engine in the web.

You might now be thinking all of those interesting and not-so interesting conversations you have had years ago – the secret you told your best friend, or the last time you told someone that you love him/her. Everything is there, thanks to the search engine company.

Hold your horses, though because there is no need to panic. Actually, you have the capability of either turning it off or deleting the entire conversation thread.

According to Independent, the recordings tend to function like a diary of sort. They remind you of the multiple places that you and your old buddy (i.e. your phone) have been into. Whether or not Google developed the system for a certain motive remains to be seen.

The company developed a system that allows conversations to be recorded through mobile devices.

However, this is a clear indication that the company is capable of collecting information about you. And they certainly do not care how intimate the conversations can be.

Unluckily for Android phone users, they are in for a ride. That is because the system automatically records by just saying, “Okay, Google.” It is worth noting that all of the recordings were taken from all the devices used to interact with the company.

For iOS users, Google is still on you. As long as you conduct Google searches on iDevices, recordings can be made. There is actually a personal history page that you can access. It will tell you every detail in which the company recorded overtime.

Using the phone's voice access automatically enables Google to record the user – secretly.

The company, however, claims that none of the recordings were used personally against the users. The system was, according to them, meant to further improve web experience.
But to believe that Google never thought of using it for another purpose is hilarious. The company generates 3.5 billion searches in a single day. That is around 1.2 trillion searches in a year, and we are talking about the whole world here.

This massive information is tempting, so to speak. It can simply influence the entire world, depending on the way it will be used. Since people are not comfortable with such notion, it is only right for the company not to disclose it entirely.

Anyhow, there is a way to delete those recordings. Just go here and click the “three standing dots” on the upper right corner. From there, select “Delete Activity By” and a box will appear. The deletion can be done by activity, by date or timeline, etc.

If you feel the need to stop Google from recording you ever again, just turn off its virtual assistant. More importantly, do not utilize the voice search – ever.

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Why You Should Put A Tape Over Your Webcam

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

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When it comes to cyber security, most of us are content with merely staying away from harmful sites, not clicking unwanted links, and perhaps using a good anti-virus software. While all of these are unquestionably important, many users are forgetting about one basic thing that could likewise compromise their safety – covering that web camera.

Mark Zuckerberg does it. Edward Snowden does it. And even former FBI director James Comey does it. So it must be very important, right? And yet many of us, common folks, actually don’t bother.

It’s not about being paranoid – it’s about staying safe.

Cameras are everywhere these days – from our laptops and smartphones, to everything else in between – and that can definitely be risky. In the past, previous reports have confirmed that, unscrupulous and tech-savvy crooks can actually hack people’s cameras and microphones to spy on them.

In 2010, for example, we’ve heard a news report about two high school students sued a local school district. The reason? Well apparently, school personnel “had activated the anti-theft software on their school-issued MacBooks and secretly photographed the students at home.” The district later admitted that thousands of photos of dozens of students had been taken.

Meanwhile, a 2011 incident tells us of Luis Mijangos, a man confined to a wheelchair, who was given a sentence of 6 years for the crime of spying on more than 100 ladies – many of whom were under 18. He contacted his victims, asking them for more naked photos while threatening to make to make public the private photos and videos of them he had in his possession.

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

As the victims have learned for themselves, camera hacking can happen to anyone and the simple act of putting a tape over a webcam can really make a big difference.

Watch this video to learn more about this subject:

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As a LaptopMag article encourages us:

“If you’ve got a computer in your bedroom, put black electrical tape over the webcam. Cut off the plug from a broken pair of headphones and stick it in the microphone jack to disable the external microphone.

“If you’re talking about something and you’d rather the conversation didn’t leave the room, make sure there are no smartphones or laptops in the room. If you’re a company executive discussing sensitive information in a meeting, do the same. Your friends may think you’re a nut, but that’s their problem.”

Consider this seriously, folks. I know I will!

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Meet Codey Rocky, The Robot That Teaches Your Kids To Code

Codey Rocky is being described as a “new coding companion for budding innovators from ages 6 and up.”

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Parents, take note. There’s one cool toy robot out there today that’s more than just a plaything – it can also teach your kids with coding skills.

Meet Codey Rocky, an awesome robot that’s been designed to help young children learn coding and AI. Its combination of “easy-to-use robotics hardware with graphical programming” makes it easy for youngsters to learn the basics in the world of coding.

Codey Rocky is “an entry-level coding robot for STEM education, suitable for children ages 6 and up.”

Source: Makeblock

According to its Kickstarter page, Codey Rocky is actually two robots in one.

We read:

“Codey is the detachable controller that holds all the magic. It includes more than 10 electronic modules that can be controlled via code. Rocky is the car that lets you take Codey anywhere you want, so that your clever programs can be run everywhere.”

Codey Rocky allows users to create interactive games, make music, receive and display weather reports, and much, much more.

Source: Makeblock
Ideas become reality with Codey Rocky.

Source: Makeblock

With it, a kid can easily create his or her first program by dragging and dropping code blocks.


Eventually, he or she can progress into advanced coding.

Makeblock, the team behind the interesting invention, aims to improve education with the use of robots and drones.

Source: Makeblock

The page further tells us:

“Codey Rocky comes with more than 10 integrated and programmable modules and mBlock 5, the latest version of our graphical programming platform that also supports advanced Python programming. The seamless integration of software with robotics hardware means that kids of all ages can start coding in minutes and instantly see the results of their code by interacting with Codey Rocky.”

Watch the video here and see the robot in action:

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If this sounds pretty interesting to you, go ahead and check out Codey Rocky over at Kickstarter.

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A Rover Dived to the Mariana Trench to Unravel Its Deepest Mysteries

Have you ever thought about what the ocean surface looks like miles below?

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Ever since you were a kid, you have always wondered what the ocean has to offer. Perhaps you wanted to know what sort of other creatures live beneath it, or just how the surface of the ocean looks like miles below. After all, it is human nature to get curious.

As far as science is concerned, the Mariana Trench is known to be the planet’s deepest point. Scientists from all over the world have been trying to unravel its mystery. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just sent cameras down into its depths – and the images captured are just mind-blowing.

A dive into the unknown indeed.

Source: NOAA

The depth was estimated to be six miles. Equipped with fast internet connection, the agency was able to live-stream the whole trip.

The camera rover was tasked to explore the deep water around the entire area.

Source: NOAA

Below are some of the most fascinating – and disturbing – images captured by the rover:

#1. This jellyfish looks like from outer space or something.

Source: NOAA
#2. An enchanting yet fragile deep-sea coral.

Source: NOAA
#3. A flower-like crinoid.

Source: NOAA

Also known as sea lilies, this living thing is somehow related to starfish.

#4. And there are other versions of them.

Source: NOAA
#5. Oh, let’s not forget about the other reefs – and the shark!

Source: NOAA
#6. Add to that a tiny fish.

Source: NOAA
#7. Not your “ordinary” fish buddy, right?

Source: NOAA
#8. The Mariana Trench is also packed with amoebas.

Source: NOAA
#9. This one here is a tunicate, aka sea squirt.

Source: NOAA
#10. Although it remains unconfirmed, researchers dub it a “relicanthus.”

Source: NOAA
#11. Just another acorn worm.

Source: NOAA
#12. A shrimp with some sort of parasitic backpack.

Source: NOAA
#13. Sadly, this garbage found its way below.

Source: NOAA
#14. This one, too.

Source: NOAA
#15. They just never stop.

Source: NOAA

It cannot be denied that the Mariana Trench is one of the most beautiful things on Earth. Unfortunately, humanity is starting to destroy its innocence – and the last three images are proofs to it.

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