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9 May 2019

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the Ever app deception, Big Sur, Payboo caveats and SSD price-per-GB prediction.

  • Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar report Ever uses images uploaded via its photo storage app "to train the company's facial recognition system and that Ever then offers to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military." Without disclosing that little tidbit to its users. "They are taking images of people's families, photos from a private photo app and using it to build surveillance technology," ACLU attorney Jacob Snow said. "That's hugely concerning."
  • In California Artist Kirk Crippens Talks About Capturing Big Sur's Year-Long Isolation, Inigo del Castillo talks to Crippens about his new book Going South: Big Sur documenting the post-landslide year 2017. "The way of life in Big Sur, like so many places, is under threat," he says.
  • In Is Payboo Right for You?, Derrick Story points out the usual caveats in buying on credit. B&H's sales-tax redeeming Payboo card gives you "23 days to pay the balance with no interest." After that, it's a 29.99 percent annual percentage rate. "That's steep," he writes.
  • In 512GB SSDs' Price-Per-GB Estimated to Fall Below $0.1, Alen Chen expects a significant year-end price drop thanks to an oversupply. At the moment a 512-GB Crucial MX500 is under $70 while the 1-TB Crucial MX500 is under $120.

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