A few weeks ago, the New York Times had a lot about how the police use a Google database called "Sensorvult" to track and find witnesses and suspects. Now, Google will offer better control over your site and web data.
Until this time you had two options: disable site tracking altogether or completely or manage your data stored in Sensorvault. But soon, Google will offer another choice with a new option for automatic site history removal and activity data.
The feature is not yet available (it rolls out "in the coming weeks"), but it looks like it will be a fairly simple installation process. When available, you will need to access your Google Account activity controls, where there is a new "Select to delete auto activity option" option.
The automatic deletion plan offers two options: 3 or 18 months. This means that you can allow your data to be stored in as little as three months if you want – which should be long enough to get any benefit that the site history offers – or as long as 18 months if it is more meaningful. And, of course, there will still be alternatives to either completely disable this type of story or never delete it automatically. But it is nice that it is no longer everything or nothing.
In other news, Epic Rocket League creator Psyonix buys, Netflix gets better sound, a 10-year history of how YouTube killed IE6 and more.
- Epic is buying Psyonix: Epic fired up the gaming company behind the Rocket League, raising questions about the game's availability on Steam. It's no secret that Epic is trying to pack its gaming store with exclusive titles, so it's a chance it'll pull the game off Steam because of it. Time may decide. [Engadget]
- Netflix gets high quality sound: Like video, the new high quality sound will change dynamically according to users' internet speeds. It will range from 768 kbps for Dolby Atmos down to a weak 192 kbps. [The Verge]
- How a group of YouTube devs killed IE6: Ex-YouTube Dev Chris Zacharias wrote a fascinating piece on how a small group of YouTube developers collectively killed IE6. It's a fun reading that highlights the power YouTube had for a decade ago. [Chris Zacharias]
- Google's Android Automotive finally sees the light of day: In order not to get confused with Android Auto, which is a completely different product, it's simply Google's push to bring the whole of Android to the car infotainment system. And there will be a lot of attention on I / O this year. [Android Police]
- Razer makes a toaster: Razer is a gaming hardware company. But now it goes into the toaster's shop, apparently just because the fans have asked for one. It has no meaning to me, but I still love it. I hope it's a game toaster. [Liliputing]
- Fitbit kills it: The company's growth for Q1 exceeded analysts' expectations by a good margin and smartwatch sales increased by 117%. Great features. [TechCrunch]
- Some Dell laptops are susceptible to remote chapters: An error in the company's SupportAssist tool allows hackers to exploit administrative privileges on older systems. Make sure your things are up to date! [ZDNet]
In some interesting space news, NASA switches up to put Neil Armstrong's legendary space color from the moon landed on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum display. As of July 16, marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing – this is the first time the suit has been shown in 13 years. This is an excellent opportunity to spot an iconic American story. [CNET]
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