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Friday Five: 11/7 – 11/11

Victoria Lewis


Happy Friday! This post will be an election free zone, so read on to find out what’s been happening in the tech world.

You can now send people money on PayPal by shouting at Siri - The Verge

You can now transfer money on PayPal via Siri in 30 countries. This may not be the most secure feature, seeing as Siri can’t distinguish different voices. Thankfully, your phone has to be unlocked to access the feature, but that may not stop your sneaky friends from trying. This isn’t entirely new though, earlier this apps like Venmo, Square Cash and Mondo (a UK company) began incorporating this feature. With that being said, it’s probably going to be really obnoxious trying to yell, “HEY SIRI, SEND BOB FORTY BUCKS FOR PIZZA” at the top of your lungs in a crowded bar.

This New App Puts 3D Scanning In The Hands Of Designers Fast Company

The new 3D scanning app is a DIYer’s dream. After developing Structure Sensor in 2013, Occipital released the iPad App Canvas yesterday. By attaching the sensor and lense to an iPad, designers can take a full-room scan in minutes, and the scan can be made into a CAD file within two business days. Both the sensor and the lense with cost a mere $399, a scan to CAD conversion will run $29, but it’s okay because the app is free!

Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads - TechCrunch

Recently the tech giant has come under fire for its “ethnic affinity” ad targeting. Erin Egan, Facebook’s vice president for US public policy and its chief privacy officer, wrote in a blog post this morning that they’re working to build tools that will disable targeted ads involving housing, employment and credit. Facebook does prohibit discriminatory ad practices and promises to take down any ads in violation of the policy. Executives have met with government officials as well as social groups like the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Brookings Institution and Upturn.

Here's Where Your Old Computer Could End Up When Submitted for Recycling - Fortune

Up to 20 percent of all U.S. electronic waste may be ending up in Hong Kong. Basel Action Network (BAN), used GPS trackers to follow 205 pieces of recycled consumer electronics across America. Of the 205 electronics, 66 left the U.S. in a potential illegal manner and 27 different recyclers participated. BAN’s founder and executive director, Jim Puckett, blames the temptations for illegal handling on financial reasons. BAN is now turning to President Obama stop the export of the discarded taxpayer-funded electronic devices with an executive order.

Secrets of the Emoji World, Now With Its Own Convention - New York Times

A week ago the first Emoji Convention was held in San Francisco. Designers and emoji mega-fans joined in “celebration of all things emoji”. Attendees received a crash course in the emoji vetting process, and it turns out an academic paper arguing the case of a proposed emoji must be submitted before a panel of tech companies (paying $18,000 in dues) vote on the selections. In between lobbying for emojis like a pretzel, a peacock and a person wearing a hijab, attendees posed in an emoji photo booth, and ate emoji-themes foods (flan, sushi, beer and pears) while sitting on poop and devil emoji-shaped bean bag chairs.

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