June 1, 2015 - Privacy seemed to be on everyone's mind yesterday as the Patriot Act came to a close and Internet giants took steps to protect its users. Here's eight snapshots from the headlines:
- The date to renew the Patriot Act came and went, with a huge majority of the US House voting against it and for the USA Freedom Act. Bulk collections of data are officially out.
- Google is giving the power of privacy back to you, offering a new dashboard that manages settings across all your devices.
- In an effort to protect its users, Facebook announced that it will roll out an "experimental" OpenPGP feature for its email notifications, a step that will protect your info via encryption should your email data be breached.
- Hot on the heels of more allegations of poor performance for Witcher 3, Nvidia is releasing a new graphics card for PC gamers that will deliver better 4k graphics (and hopefully fix the phantom hair syndrome).
- Hola VPN offered great privacy and browsing without censorship to its users, but according to a group of researchers called "Adios," it's also incredibly insecure.
- Innovation inspiration: Sundar Pichai gave an interview with The Verge about Google's products and what it's like to be SVP of the giant.
- Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was released from prison. But, uh, not that we even use that service to catch up on our shows...
- Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be available come July 29. Some will be eligible from a free upgrade, but for those of us that aren't, it'll cost about $119...or $199.