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Pros and Cons of Allowing Amazon to Track You Online

Chris Prendergast offers insight on increasing trend of tech giants paying you to invade your online space

Increasingly, tech giants and others looking to make inroads online are asking to see how you surf. It’s often couched as an effort to make your web experience more personalized, or technology in general, more personalized. But know what you’re giving up, in order to gain whatever it is we think we might be looking for. Categories: KDLT News Today,…

YouTube Revises Policy, Bans Dangerous Prank Videos

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)SAN BRUNO, Calif. – YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things. The video-sharing network owned by Google is cracking down on harmful or dangerous pranks. Updated policies no longer allow challenges that present “an apparent risk of death” and ban content featuring children “participating in dangerous challenges that pose an imminent risk…

Facebook to Invest $300 in Local News Initiatives

NEW YORK – Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news. The move comes at a difficult time…

What We Have All Gained From Google Plus

The platform may not be remembered for much once its gone, but these are two big takeaways

Some insight, this Wednesday, from Click Rain’s Chris Prendergast on what we all have gained from Google Plus – possibly without you even knowing it. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, Wired Wednesday Tags: Chris Prendergast, Click Rain, Google, Google Plus

Google to Introduce Two New Smartphones Tuesday

NEW YORK – Google is expected to introduce two new smartphones Tuesday, part of its continuing push to embed its digital services and Android software more deeply into peoples’ lives. The new Pixel-branded phones will anchor a product event Tuesday in New York. Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and…

Wired Wednesday: What Google, Microsoft Upgrades Mean to You

"You're going to see a lot more Artificial Intellingence and Machine Learning coming into everything."

Google and Microsoft this week were among just two technology giants unveiling upgrades to their operating systems. What that means for you – broader use of machines that are able to anticipate our every move, need and desire in an effort to make our lives easier. One of our tech experts, Will Bushee, explains outlined in this week’s edition of…

Why Sioux Falls Area Businesses Are Being Targeted by Google Beacons

(And what you stand to gain or lose through them as a consumer)

When you’re heading out to run errands or stopping in somewhere to eat, Google is looking to make it easy for you – to know how traffic is flowing for your drive, or how long your wait might be to get a table. But the technology that delivers that information is creating some confusion among local business owners, who don’t…

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It Or Not

SAN FRANCISCO – Google records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation shows that using Google services on Android devices and iPhones allows the company to record your whereabouts as you go about your day, even if you’ve used privacy settings that are supposed to prevent it from doing so. Google stores time-stamped…

Students Inspired by STEM Related Careers During Raven AeroStar Balloon Day

BALTIC, S.D.- Raven Industries is a major manufacturer in the Sioux Empire. Their unique tech company, “Raven Aerostar,” put on a special event today to inspire the next generation of workers. 200 middle and high schoolers weren’t at school today, instead they were playing with balloons at the Raven Innovation Campus in Baltic. Through observation and hands-on activities, students learned about…

Google Shuts Down Phishing Scam Targeting Google Docs Users

Google says it’s shut down an email spam campaign that impersonated its online file service Google docs. Google was warning Gmail users about spam messages that contain malicious links after widespread reports of emails asking recipients to click on a link and review a document in Google docs. The emails appeared as if they’re coming from a trusted contact. Google…

Google Home’s Assistant Can Now Recognize Different Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google’s voice-activated assistant can now recognize who’s talking to it on Google’s Home speaker. An update coming out Thursday will enable Home’s built-in assistant to learn the different voices of up to six people, although they can’t all be talking to the internet-connected speaker at the same time. Distinguishing voices will allow Home to be more…