caption Founding members of Wing Ilan Yarden, David Arabov and Greg Dybec. source Wing Wing is a telecom service provider that uses Sprint’s cellphone towers to offer competitive data plans. The company is founded by the team behind lifestyle media site Elite Daily, which sold for around $26 million. Wing lets customers track their data usage using the company’s app, and its average plan costs around $35 a month. After selling their lifestyle media site Elite Daily for tens of millions, David Arabov and Jonathon Francis took only a short time off before embarking on their next entrepreneurial endeavor. This time, the serial startup founders are building a telecom company called Wing which promises competitive data usage plans, accessible customer service, and transparency when it comes to billing. The company is born out of the cofounders’ shared frustration with the big four telecom … [Read more...] about Two founders who sold their last startup for more than $20 million have raised $1 million to build a cheaper, less frustrating Verizon
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source Google/YouTube I went on a 10-day trip to Europe and couldn’t bring my Google Home along. I realized how much I’ve come to rely on Google Assistant for everyday tasks like alarms, weather reports, music, and white noise. Going without the device for nearly two weeks was the only thing I missed about being in the US. It only took about six hours after landing in Rome to realize how dependent I’d become on my Google Home. My boyfriend and I were embarking on a 10-day trip around Italy for the wedding of a close friend, along with a much-needed vacation. It was my first time in Europe and my first vacation since last summer, and I was looking forward to unplugging from technology for almost two weeks. I didn’t purchase international data, I deleted Slack from my phone, and I turned off email notifications. But as we settled into our Airbnb and got ready for bed, I started … [Read more...] about Leaving the country for nearly 2 weeks made me realize how much I depend on my Google Home
What data do big tech companies like Facebook and Google collect about you? The New Paper reporters downloaded archives of their personal data from the two companies and found, among other things: location history on both platforms contact numbers of Facebook friends who had never shared their contact with the user personally a list of advertisers who had the user's contact information For one user, the Google archive amounted to 160GB. This included every search he had ever made, as well as accidental voice recordings from audio activation commands to his Android device he was not aware he had made. For another user, the Facebook data amounted to 1GB of old messages, pictures, interest groups, and the IP address of every location the account had logged in from. Facebook acquaintances who had never previously shared their contact numbers may not be aware that the user now had access to this information, because they had linked it to their accounts. The amount of data collected and … [Read more...] about How much data does Facebook have on you?
caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. source Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Facebook is in trouble over the way political research firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly harvested 50 million user profiles illegitimately. The issue dates back to when Facebook allowed almost unfettered access to user information when it opened up its platform to third-party developers. One developer foresaw the implications of this ability to harvest data back in 2008 and built an app to see how easily people would give access to their Facebook profiles. Facebook has tightened up its privacy policies but users are still angry the company didn’t police use of its data more thoroughly. Facebook has had $60.5 billion (£43.1 billion) wiped off its market cap since Friday, thanks to revelations that political research firm Cambridge Analytica illegitimately accessed user data through its platform. … [Read more...] about A developer built a Facebook app as a ‘thought experiment’ to see how much data people would give up — and got almost 1 million users
KAYE VILLAGOMEZ-LOSORATA How much data allocation do you need in order to send those attachments? How much data should you have left to finish the rest of that series? How much “internet” will it take to watch an entire movie? When it comes to data consumption, it takes a lot of familiarization with the kind of internet user you truly are in order to answer the question: How much data allocation should I have monthly? A week ago, Smart Communications launched 10GB data allocation via GigaX Plans. This meant that postpaid plans under GigaX will have 10GB exclusive for video streaming while doubling the open access data allocation. For instance, if you get Giga Plan 2399, it comes with free Huawei Mate 10, 10GB of video streaming data and 10GB of open access data (doubled from 5GB previous allocation). That’s some serious regular streaming habit right there. But is it really enough? After all, data consumption has become too personal it really depends on the kind of … [Read more...] about Managing monthly data consumption