No one knows how effective digital therapies are, but a new tool from Elektra Labs aims to change that

Depending on which study you believe, the wearable and digital health market could be worth anywhere from $30 billion to nearly $90 billion in the next six years. If the numbers around the size of the market are a moving target, just think about how to gauge the validity and efficacy of the products that are behind all of those billions of dollars in spending. Andy Coravos, the co-founder of certainly has. Coravos, whose parents were a dentist and a nurse practitioner, has been thinking about healthcare for a long time. After a stint in private equity and consulting, she took a coding bootcamp and returned to the world she was raised in by taking an internship with the digital …

WebKits new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and cross-site tracking practices and technologies which are used to creep on Internet users as they go about their business online. Trackers are technologies that are invisible to the average web user, yet which are designed to keep tabs on where they go and what they look at online — typically for ad targeting but web user profiling can have much broader implications than just creepy ads, potentially impacting the services people can access or the prices they see, and so on. Trackers can also be a conduit for hackers to …

30 People Who Downloaded Their Google Data Share The Most Unsettling Things Theyve Found

There are times when we all get a tiny bit paranoid that somebody — like the Illuminati, the world government, a clandestine spy organization or an alien mothership — is secretly watching us. Keeping tabs on us. Noting down every single, tiny, little thing that we do. [Looks around, peers out of the window, glances at the sky]. As it turns out, there’s no need to worry about secret groups collecting information on us because it’s actually happening every single day, right under our noses and in our pockets. Some internet users did a very scary thing — they downloaded their Google here. ——————— HALO462: ——————— Not so much that it was stored info, but I was cooking dinner when …

Googles bigger smart display arrives this fall

Google is just a couple of months away from releasing its first smart home device with an onboard camera. The company quietly updated one of its support pages today, detailing that the 10″ Nest Hub Max will be available September 9 for $229. After the page was first discovered by Droid Life, the text on the site has reverted to “coming soon.” We’ve reached out to Google for comment. The product is the first release in Google’s Nest rebrand of its smart home line. Compared to the company’s previous smart display — the Google Home Hub — the Nest Hub Max packs an onboard camera, which can function as a security camera in addition to enabling video calls. One of the …

Now is a good time to review your Nest Cam security settings

With the spread of smart home surveillance cameras, more people than ever are taking steps to protect their homes and families.But the same technology used to keep an eye out for potential dangers can also be used to spy on their owners if not properly secured. Last week, Google admitted that a bug had allowed used Nest cameras to be susceptible to spying. The errorallowed those who bought a used camera to be spied on by their previous owner even if the device had been wiped. The problem was quickly addressed, but how long it had been going on and how many devices were breached is unknown. Google’s Nest surveillance cameras are some of the most popular on the market, …

Gmail mistakenly sends ‘new device signed in’ messages to users

Your account is fine, even if you got a worrisome message.Image: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Don’t freak out.  On Monday afternoon, Gmail mistakenly sent multiple users a security alert, notifying them that an unknown device had signed into their account.  The number of affected users is currently unknown. However, according to a G Suite admin who chose to remain anonymous, the issue was widespread enough for Google to issue a notification about it in its Admin Panel. As of this writing, and according to the admin, Google was investigating the matter and said it had identified a potential cause, though it did not specify further. A “new device sign in” notification is a freaky message to get, because …

Ex-YouTube engineer: My team went rogue and secretly killed Internet Explorer

A former YouTube engineer has shared details of how a team of rogue employees plotted to kill support for IE6 and succeeded a decade ago.Image: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Web developers really hated Internet Explorer 6.  YouTube’s developers were so tired of dealing with the outdated Microsoft browser back in 2009 that they devised a plan to kill it, according to a post written by ex-YouTube engineer Chris Zacharias.  The plot was carried out without the permission of YouTube’s parent company, Google, says Zacharias who worked at the company from 2007 to 2010. “IE6 had been the bane of our web development team’s existence,” writes the ex-YouTube engineer who is just now sharing the story about how IE6 met its …

How Android Fought an Epic Botnetand Won

In March 2017, the Android security team was feeling pleased with itself. The group had detected, analyzed, and neutralized a sophisticated botnet built on tainted apps that all worked together to power ad and SMS fraud. Dubbed Chamois, the malware family had already cropped up in 2016 and was being distributed both through Google Play and third-party app stores. So the Android team started aggressively flagging and helping to uninstall Chamois until they were sure it was dead. Eight months later, though, in November 2017, Chamois roared back into the Android ecosystem, more ferocious than before. By March 2018, a year after Google thought it had been vanquished, Chamois hit an all-time high, infecting 20.8 million devices. Now, a year …