Behavioral science is key to making the UK’s track and trace app a success

Originally planned to roll out in May, the UK’s track and trace app has now been delayed until winter. Part of the government’s wider test, track and trace strategy, the app uses Bluetooth on smartphones to see who infected people have been in close contact with, and uses this information to message people at potential risk of infection. The app will require high levels of engagement from lots of people if it’s to be useful. So, while the delay is disappointing, it’s also an opportunity to incorporate knowledge from behavioral science into the app’s design and the communications around it,… This story continues at The Next Web...
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The Whoop fitness band transformed me from sleepy boy to fit boy in two months

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. With all the cycling tech on the market — like power meters, heart rate monitors, Zwift, smart trainers — it’s easy to think that you just need to ride more and ride harder to get fitter. But that’s not necessarily the best approach. With all this tech we should actually be training, and recovering, smarter.  I say recovering, because that’s specifically what the latest tech I’ve been using for the past few months… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps

Uh oh — Facebook‘s been caught in yet another data scandal. The company has admitted that it mistakenly gave around 5,000 developers unauthorized access to user profiles due to a bug in the platform. The leak breaks Facebook‘s own rules over access to personal information. Since 2018, the platform has automatically blocked developers from getting people’s data if they haven’t interacted with the app in the last 90 days. Once that time limit expires, developers have to again ask users for permission to access their data. But in this case, the lock-out system failed. “We discovered that in some instances apps continued… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook...
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WhatsApp officially announces QR codes and animated stickers

WhatsApp today announced a slew of new features that are set to roll out “over the next few weeks.” While we’ve heard about some of these for a while, it’s nice to get official confirmation. The most notable addition is likely the ability to add contacts via a simple QR code, similar to the feature Snapchat introduced many moons ago; it’s a feature we’ve been hearing about since 2018. While people aren’t meeting up in person all that often these days because, you know, coronavirus, it’s a handy feature to have so you don’t have that should save some time… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp...
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Dating app Badoo is now using AI to detect unsolicited dick pics

Dating apps are depressing enough if you’re a straight man, but at least we don’t have to deal with a torrent of dick pics. A survey by Match.com found that more than half of women have received an unwanted cock shot. Despite “cyberflashing” being an obvious form of sexual harassment, it remains legal in most of the US. One notable exception is the state of Texas, thanks largely to lobbying from dating app Bumble. Bumble also uses AI to block out to detect lewd images before they reach their destination. Yesterday, its sister app Badoo launched a similar feature. Known as “Private Detector,” the… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Google is testing Smart Compose on WhatsApp and Telegram

It looks Google’s exploring new ways to turn us all into robots. Users of Gboard beta have spotted Smart Compose popping up in Google Messages, Telegram, and WhatsApp, 9to5Google reports. The feature’s been making writing suggestions as you type for a couple of years now, but never before in messaging apps. Google initially launched it for Gmail, where it now recommends closing messages, like “Have a great weekend!” or “Please leave me alone, you’re scaring me.” Well, maybe not the latter — but it should do. It was later added to Google Docs for G Suite, and it now seems like it’s coming to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Google...
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When two people love each other very much, they can get Spotify Premium Duo for $13

When two people love each other very much, they can still hate each other’s taste in music. Spotify doesn’t want you fighting with your partner over who gets to play DJ — so it’s rolling out a new subscription service specifically aimed at couples. The new service, dubbed Premium Duo, will offer each half their own Premium account, in addition to a shared playlist tailored to the taste of both. Premium Duo will cost $12.99, so couples are still getting a deal considering a standard individual sub will run you $9.99. That said, it’s less of a bargain than Premium… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify...
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YouTube TV raises price another $15, so I’m cancelling my subscription

When YouTube TV launched in 2017, it felt like the future of television. It provided the live playback nature of cable channels, with the convenience of also being able to watch later if you wanted. You could watch on any of your devices, and the automated, unlimited Cloud DVR was a godsend. But it worked because of the $35 price. Even if it was missing a few channels, the convenience and implementation made it worth it. Then, in 2018, the price went up to $40. Okay, five bucks isn’t too bad. Then again, in 2019, the price went up to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube...
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Google Photos won’t automatically back up your WhatsApp and Facebook images

Google Photos will no longer back up images and videos from folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — at least for the time being. Up until now, Photos did that by default, but that won’t be the case going forward. Indeed, users should soon see a notice about the change within the app. That said, the change appears to be temporary (even though it remains unclear until when it’ll last) and won’t affect previous backups. “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos,” a Google rep said in the Photos Help Community. “To save… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Facebook,Google...
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Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends

Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon. The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too. To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon Prime,Amazon...
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