You may have heard of the DoNotPay service that helps you contest parking tickets and even sue people. It has now launched a new tool called Do Not Sign that uses machine learning to highlight clauses it thinks users need to know about, including ...

 

New Service to “Read” License Agreements and more...




New Service to “Read” License Agreements

You may have heard of the DoNotPay service that helps you contest parking tickets and even sue people. It has now launched a new tool called Do Not Sign that uses machine learning to highlight clauses it thinks users need to know about, including options to opt out from data collection. According to a report by The Verge, the service is included with DoNotPay's monthly $3 subscription fee, and it lets users upload, scan, or copy and paste the URLs of any license agreements they'd like to check. Joshua Browder, the founder and CEO of DoNotPay, developed Do Not Sign after he basically got screwed by Planet Fitness.

Shocker. When Facebook's terms of service was scanned, Do Not Sign highlighted six issues. Google's terms state that it can stop its services at any time. Do Not Sign pointed out that you can request your personal data from Apple and ask it to delete the data. It looks like the Do Not Sign service will help bring a little more transparency to what users are agreeing to. Perhaps some of the warning alerts will get you to change your mind about signing up.

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Increase Your Computer Speed with a $70 Samsung Solid-State Drive

Increasing computer performance by adding memory is a good thing. Perhaps a better "bang for the buck" is having a solid-state drive in your computer. We are seeing less and less mechanical spinning disks in computers these days and more solid-state drives. What a great way to breath new life in that older computer than replacing the spinning disk with a solid-state drive. For around $60 you can get a 500GB solid state drive from Samsung. Jump over to Amazon to get a Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD for $70 before they run out.

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Finally – Apple Admits iPad Pro Not a Laptop Replacement

It's hard to admit defeat and come to grips with reality. For years, Apple has claimed that the iPad Pro would be the only computer you will ever need. Not so fast. ZDNet reminds us of the various marketing campaigns Apple has used to make its case. Two years ago, Apple released an ad where a devoted iPad Pro woman claimed not to even know what a computer was. "The year before, the company insisted iPad Pro was a computer and appealed to users to merely imagine what that computer could do. Microsoft burst out laughing. Yes, publicly." There are many other humorous examples given by ZDNet.

The admission came last week when Phil Schiller, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said, "We believe the best personal computer is a Mac, and we want to keep going down that path. And we think the best tablet computing device is an iPad, and we'll go down that path."

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1Password Users – Facial Recognition on Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor so 1Password has been updated to use facial recognition. Android Police has all the details, but it primarily boils down to 1Password using the face unlock feature to gain access to the encrypted vault of its data. As I've said many times, I believe everyone should be using a password manager. There are a lot of choices out there. Typically you would use a very strong master passphrase to gain access to all of your data stored by the password manager. Some can also unlock using biometrics such as a fingerprint. Be sure you check which unlock mechanism your password manager supports. You may not be able to use facial recognition or iris scans if it is not supported by your password manager app.

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Brave – Another Browser for Your Toolkit

Brave is a privacy-focused browser and just came out of beta with its 1.0 version. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. The Verge reports, "Brave promises to prioritize security by blocking third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos automatically. So you don't need to go into your settings to ensure greater privacy, though you can adjust those settings if you want to."

Let's face it. Ads on websites are annoying. That's why there are so many choices for ad blockers. Brave is taking a different approach to controlling ads. It's Brave Rewards program gives users blockchain tokens when they opt in to Brave Ads. TechCrunch stated, "As users view these ads, they start earning Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), Brave's cryptocurrency, which they can keep or give to publishers." In other words, if you opt-in, you get paid for viewing the ads. There is also a built-in ad blocker if you don't want to view the ads.

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