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Chris Ip


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Past articles by Chris:

Omron's VitalSight is a blood pressure monitor for the telehealth age

Before the pandemic, telehealth — seeing a doctor virtually instead of in real life — was hardly used by most patients in the US. In response, we have seen more connected tools like glucose monitors that can monitor vitals at home. Omron's VitalSight aims to do the same for hypertension, or high blood pressure, which can be a precursor to a stroke or heart attack. → Read More

A touchless 2020

The last time I exited an all-encompassing public health crisis, day to day life changed subtly but permanently. Contactless payments have long been rolling out; major stores from 7-11 to Kohl’s are now allowing in-store customers to pay through an app. → Read More

Playing psychotherapist to a troubled AI in 'Syntherapy'

Set about 20 years in the future, the game’s narrative is told from the vantage point of Melissa Park, a psychotherapist. The AI, named Willow, feels overwhelmed. The team is torn over whether the illness is a technical issue or an emotional one. → Read More

The Senate's section 230 hearing was partisan and predictable

Today's Senate Commerce Committee hearing featured Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, and addressed the very law that's foundational to free-flowing user content. Democrats, meanwhile, blamed their colleagues across the aisle for scheduling the hearing in the run-up to an election, characterizing it as a way to intimidate platforms into permitting… → Read More

You can soon join Apple's COVID-19 tracing system without an app

Apple and Google have announced the latest form of their coronavirus tracing system which, for iOS users, does not require downloading an app. As expected, the system uses random Bluetooth identifiers (a more privacy-protective approach than GPS data) to alert people if they come close to someone with COVID-19 for a significant period of time. The key is that on Apple devices, state public… → Read More

Hitting the Books: Big Tech turns your every move into profit

Conspiracy theories fly across YouTube, Facebook plays host to extremist communities — and all the while Big Tech's stock is soaring. In Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley is Destructive by Design, Dipayan Ghosh points to Silicon Valley's business models, which direct the waves of personal data that flow across the internet, as an underlying issue. → Read More

Congress is starting to understand how Silicon Valley works

In the runup to yesterday’s landmark antitrust hearing featuring the leaders of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Dipayan Ghosh wanted to see what “unifying theory” Congress would develop about how these companies work. Ghosh worked on privacy issues at Facebook and tech policy at the Obama White House and is now co-director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy project at Harvard. → Read More

Google is still answering for its DoubleClick data merger

Specifically, the way Google combined data from the advertising company -- bought in 2007 -- with Google's own data. → Read More

DeepMind and Oxford University researchers on how to 'decolonize' AI

In a moment where society is collectively reckoning with just how deep the roots of racism reach, a new paper from researchers at DeepMind — the AI lab and sister company to Google — and the University of Oxford presents a vision to “decolonize” artificial intelligence. The aim is to keep society’s ugly prejudices from being reproduced and amplified by today’s powerful machine learning systems.… → Read More

Apple and Google tell health departments their privacy requirements for coronavirus tracking

Apple and Google have stipulated how public health authorities around the world can use their upcoming coronavirus tracking system in an effort to preserve user privacy. → Read More

Google and Apple detail privacy measures ahead of coronavirus tracking tests

Apple and Google have detailed the latest privacy protections for their ambitious COVID-19 tracking collaboration via a series of technical documents on their cryptography, API and Bluetooth specifications. The system will use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) for data encryption. → Read More

The importance of Apple and Google’s rare collaboration on contact tracing

What is contact tracing, why are two rivals calling for a truce and who needs to know where we are all the time? → Read More

The making of a diverse game studio

The original name for Manveer Heir's new game studio that focused on stories of people of color was Big Mouth Games. The former BioWare and Raven Software desi... → Read More

The making of a diverse game studio

The original name for Manveer Heir's new game studio that focused on stories of people of color was Big Mouth Games. The former BioWare and Raven Software designer embraces his loudness. Now, he's putting his money where his considerable mouth is. → Read More

GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy

It's been a year and nearly eight months since the EU's data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros (... → Read More

The teenager that's at CES to network

It's not that Alishba Imran isn't impressed by her tour of Zappos HQ, the Disneyland of corporate campuses, with its "Zapponians" who earn "Zollars" and play "Z... → Read More

Solar-powered GENNY pulls clean water from the air

It essentially turns air and sun into drinking water. → Read More

Apple's rare CES appearance was another privacy pitch

It had been 28 years since Apple last made an official trip to CES until today when Jane Horvath, the company's senior director for global privacy, appeared on... → Read More

The Atmōs is an air filter for your face, if you can bear the bulk

To make an ideal personal air filter, says Mikal Peveto, you'd need a seal around your face. The head of US for Aō Air is presenting an alternative at CES: the... → Read More

Inside Cirque du Soleil's technology lab

We hear about disruption all the time -- to transport, to media, to manufacturers. What happens when it comes for the circus? The centuries-old entertainm... → Read More