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Facebook is fighting ad discrimination

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Facebook struck a deal with the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups regarding the ads shown on the social network. This agreement provides that certain advertisements may not be discriminatory or targeted at certain groups of people.

In this case, companies that advertise buying and selling homes, job search or credits may not use age, gender , zip code, or race to target your ads. This new rule extends across the platform, from business page ads to Instagram promotions.

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In addition, Facebook is expanding its ad library, making it available for search. In this sense, regulatory agencies or civil rights groups can research and understand what kind of ads companies are using to ensure that they all comply with the rules.

The virtual library will start to File ads from December, where the ads mentioned (credit, home, job) will be placed for possible review. Graham Mudd, vice president of Facebook’s ad department, says that advertisers will have to “learn how to advertise their business with these restrictions.”

Facebook is undergo (one more) data collection investigation

Investigations by the European Union to Facebook has been constant. Due to suspected anti-competitive practices and lack of transparency in the collection of user data, Facebook is under scrutiny again.

In this case, the investigation will focus on how the company collects data and monetize them for advertising purposes. As they say, “on Facebook the product is you”. This means that for the platform to be free, all users pay for their data and are then used to target ads.

The Commission of the European Union believes that Facebook takes these practices to the extreme, so the most recent investigation. The investigation also covers the Facebook Marketplace, where individuals or resellers can market products.

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Attention! Bug on Android is frustrating users using PIN code

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Last September, some Pixel users who use the PIN code to unlock their Android could not sign in to their device. Two months later, it seems that this bug has not been fixed and is now affecting third-party smartphones.

There are users of smartphones from Sony and OnePlus who are starting to complain about the same problem. This bug is apparently affecting models running Android 9 or Android 10.

Users cannot access your smartphone by its PIN code

The bug in question occurs when users try to use your PIN code to enter your smartphone. After validating your code, the smartphone screen turns off and then back on the lock screen, as if nothing had happened.

That is, if you have no other method of authentication enabled or available, you will be unable to access your device. A scenario that can be problematic for those who really need to use their smartphone.

Problem will stem from a process of validating your password

Recent Discoveries maintain that the cause of this bug is a method called “Synthetic Password Key”. In short, this method compares the code you entered as stored in the system.

It appears that this procedure is not being completed, returning a null value. It is this null value that is causing Android to crash.

As far as we know, this problem is not widely dispersed in the market, affecting a small group of users. Even so, it is important to alert you to using various smartphone unlocking methods whenever possible.

Google has said that it is aware of the issue and has already referred the case to the appropriate department. However, a solution has not yet been shipped to market.

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You can now hear Samuel L. Jackson’s voice on your Amazon Echo

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Amazon has a habit of making celebrity voices such as singers or actors available in its Alexa smart column, to vary from the standard voice. The most recent addition is Samuel L. Jackson, whose “voice” can be added to the column catalog by 99 cents. All in English only is clear.

This way, Amazon Alexa users can now have Jackson’s voice answering music requests, weather status and all sorts of questions. Just ask Alexa to introduce you to Samuel L. Jackson or buy your voice manually.

Samuel L. Jackson’s voice has been recreated with technology

Instead of recording a ton of pre-made sentences, Amazon used a neural network that converts text to voice. Of course, the actor had to spend hours in the studio recording audio to create a sound base. However, the end result is a kind of deepfake vocal.

Comedy video “predicted” the actor’s voice on Alexa

In 2017, the comedy YouTube channel 80 gumdrops has released a video about a family that just bought an Amazon Alexa. The funniest part is that the column comes with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson by definition. During the video are played several sentences of his most iconic movies, complete with profanity and all.

Alexa will have an option “uncensored”

Samuel L. Jackson is known for his characteristic voice and a great use of profanity in his roles. As such, Amazon includes an unfiltered version of the voice, where the answers will be much more explicit. This option can be enabled or disabled in Alexa settings.

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