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How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) everything you say

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With iOS 8, Apple introduced the "Hey Siri" wake phrase, so you can summon Siri without even touching your iPhone. Here's the easiest way to turn off "Hey Siri": Navigate to your iOS device's Settings Siri & Search, then toggle off "Allow Siri When Locked." Google recently released its latest masterpiece, "OK Google," the wake prompt for Google Assistant on Google Home speakers, Android smartphones and the Chrome browser. Here's how to turn off the "OK Google" wake phrase: On Android, go to Settings Google Search & Now Voice and turn "Ok Google" detection off.


Why you should be sexting

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Sexting is now a normal part of human relationships, according to a massive new study of sex and tech -- 74 percent of Americans say they exchange saucy electronic messages with their lovers. "Sexting may be becoming a new, but typical, step in a sexual or romantic relationship," said Amanda Gesselman, a research scientist at the Kinsey Institute, which released its annual International Sex Survey this week. The researchers surveyed more than 140,000 people from 198 countries about the role of tech in their sex lives, and found Americans are some of the most prolific sexters on the planet -- second only to South Africans. Thirty-six percent said they used apps to find long- or short-term relationship, while only 20 percent were seeking to satisfy their carnal desires.


Dating app may have been used to lure men to their deaths, investigators say - Man allegedly attempts to strangle woman at cemetery, blames personality change

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Two Texas men who were killed earlier this year may have been lured to their deaths by an online dating app used by the pair's killers, investigators said Monday. There have been two suspects named in the case; cousins Brandon Alexander Lyons, 18, and Jerrett Jamal Allen, 26. Cousins Brandon Alexander Lyons, 18, and Jerrett Jamal Allen, 26, were named in connection with the slaying of Soliman. Nguyen's family reported the student missing April 1 after they could not reach him.


First look at iOS 11

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Messages made easier: Probably the biggest improvement introduced by iOS 10 was a reinvigorated Messages app . In the iOS 11 version of Messages, accessing an app like Fandango to share movie times or Google Maps to text your location is a lot more convenient. Even better, you can dig into Settings and add new controls, giving you easier access to things like turning on low-power mode, turning off notifications as you drive and launching a screen recording. News and Music still meh: The News app, which I only ever seem to launch when it's time to review Apple's latest version of iOS, adds a new Spotlight tab featuring editor-selected content.


New iPhone voice assistant

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First reported by Android Police and confirmed by Bloomberg, Google is slated to bring its Assistant voice-powered assistant to the iPhone, as well as the company's existing Photos app and GE home appliances. Microsoft's Cortana is available via the App Store and Amazon's Alexa assistant was recently added to Amazon's main app, one of the most heavily downloaded apps. As part of the new Photos app, users will be able to create physical photo books. In recent months, Amazon has expanded the presence of its own voice assistant, Alexa, bringing Alexa to LG refrigerators as well as televisions made by other device makers.


How apps have changed dating

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So Glamour conducted our own survey of 1,000 women and talked to experts to find out whether apps have really changed how we date. "It killed the stigma of online dating by not being about online dating," says Steve Dean, founder of Dateworking, a consulting company for individual online daters and dating sites.


Need a doctor? Just ask Alexa

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Now, if you need to talk to a doctor, you don't need to leave the comfort of your home. Amazon's (AMZN) Alexa is no longer just for checking the weather, playing music or shopping online. With a new app, you can now talk to Alexa about any health issues you may have. The Dr. A.I. app accesses data the company has collected over the years to help provide users with health information. "It's actually going through billions of data points.


New dating app will do what?!

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Valentine's Day is around the corner, and as people's thoughts turn to love, chocolate, and dating, a new app has been announced with a simple concept: it searches for matches based on photos that users upload of faces they find enticing. "Someone downloads the app and then has the ability to train the app with faces that that person might like to date," Borcea told Fox News. Those photos inform FaceDate what type of facial features a person is looking for in a potential dating partner; the app looks for a match based on factors like facial geometry or shape, Borcea said, or hair or eye color. And while not available to the general public yet-- it's still being developed and tested-- Borcea said that it will be released on Google Play in a couple months as part of a larger test, at which time anyone will be able to download it.


ARE DATING APPS SAFE? Experts describe the risks of meeting 'the one' online

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An Australian man was acquitted Thursday in the murder of a young woman who fell from his balcony two years ago after the two met through the popular dating app Tinder. What, exactly, caused 26-year-old Warriena Wright to plunge 14 stories is not known, but the encounter between the couple -- much of which was captured on an audio tape -- has prompted the question: Are mobile dating apps safe? The answer is complicated, according to dating experts and behavioral psychologists. "These incidents are very rare," said Sameera Sullivan, a relationship expert and psychologist who founded the matchmaking service, Lasting Connections, in 2012. "There's always going to be bad people out there," said Sullivan.


What is Google Home?

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Compared with Amazon's Echo, Google Home--a compact speaker you can ask to turn off the lights, check the weather, and play music--might seem like a latecomer to the smart home party. It doesn't arrive until November, while the Echo has been conversing with connected home enthusiasts for nearly two years and has two spin-off devices, the Echo Dot and Tap. But the 129 Google Home has one huge advantage over the Alexa-powered Echo, Siri, and every other personal digital assistant on the market: Google already knows everything about you and pretty much everything that's on the Internet. That omnipotence was on full display at Home's debut in San Francisco yesterday, where PCMag got to play with it. All you have to do is say is "OK, Google, tell me about my day," and the diminutive speaker launches into a monologue about your life.