Stop Twitter Tracking Your Apps, GoPro Is Developing Drones, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Obama signs the E-Label Act, 100 free music albums, get Torchlight for free, and a Keyboard Waffle Iron comes to Kickstarter.
Opt Out Of Twitter’s New BS
twitter i will leave in that new tracking thing that tracks what apps i install if my twitter stock doesn’t fall below what i bought it for
— darth™ (@darth) November 26, 2014
Twitter will soon start tracking what apps you have installed on your phone. Anyone installing the latest update to the Twitter app for iOS or Android will automatically be opted into the feature, although it’s relatively simple to opt out.
To do so, simply go to the Twitter app and click either the cog (iOS) or the overflow icon (Android). Click Settings, click on your account, and deselect the ‘Tailor Twitter based on my apps‘ option. You can also find the ‘Limit ad tracking‘ (iOS) or ‘Opt out of interest based-ads‘ (Android) to beat Twitter to the punch.
Twitter is at least being honest and open about the reasons for this new feature, stating it’ll be “using your app graph to help build a more tailored experience for you.” In other words, recommending people you should be following and showing you relevant promoted content. Neither of which are necessarily bad things.
GoPro Is Developing Personal Drones
GoPro making a drone: It’ll randomly require you to remove and reinstall the battery. Run outta battery spontaneously. Props not included.
— Sam McEwan (@saggis) November 27, 2014
GoPro is developing its own line of personal drones which are set to go on sale sometime in 2015. According to The Wall Street Journal [Paywall], the company is aiming to launch the brand in the new year, with prices set to be between $500 and $1000.
Expanding its business in this way makes perfect sense for GoPro, which must be keen to cut out the middleman by selling drones directly to the public. After all, most drones are currently used for shooting video, and most people are using GoPro cameras to do that.
This has to be filed a rumor for the time being, but it would certainly be a logical next step for GoPro to take.
E-Label Act Removes Symbols From Devices
My E-Label Act, which passed Congress, removes outdated labeling regs on electronics manufacturers to lower costs & spur growth.
— Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) November 13, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the E-Label Act into law. This piece of legislation removes the legal requirement for electronics manufacturers to place compliance symbols onto all devices. Instead, labeling such as the FCC logo and serial numbers can be included in software rather than on hardware. Which seems eminently sensible.
Get 100 Music Albums Free From Microsoft
Microsoft is kicking off the holiday season by giving away more than 100 music albums to those using the Xbox Music app. Rather than the usual dross that’s given away free, these are genuinely good albums, with the likes of The Who, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West included.
To get these free albums you have to be in the U.S. and download the Music Deals app for Windows 8 or for Windows Phone. Once you find an album you want, simply click ‘Get It For Free‘, and it’s yours to stream or download for keeps. Which sure beats actually spending money on music.
Get Torchlight For Free From Arc
Runic Games is giving away its excellent hack-and-slash game Torchlight for free until Nov. 30. Torchlight usually costs $15, but it’s currently being given away for free as a way of getting people to start using the Arc client. Still, there’s nothing to stop you grabbing a free copy of Torchlight and then never using Arc again. Not that we would approve of such immoral behavior.
You Can Now Buy A Keyboard Waffle Iron
And finally, you can now buy your own Keyboard Waffle Iron, or at least fund the production of one through Kickstarter. As the name suggests, the Keyboard Waffle Iron makes waffles that look like a standard computer keyboard. Which isn’t bad for the $60 asking price. As a novelty.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Will you be opting out of Twitter’s app-tracking nonsense? Are you excited to hear GoPro is developing personal drones? Is the Keyboard Waffle Iron genius or dumb?
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