Tax prep companies can’t hide their free filing software from Google anymore

Moving forward, the addendum prohibits TurboTax maker Intuit and the other nine companies that make up the Free File Alliance from “engaging in any practice” that would prevent their free software from showing up on Google or any other search engine. Additionally, all 10 companies must now stick to a standardized naming scheme so that…

US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

As with the Navy ban, the Army is likely concerned that TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance could pose problems. While there’s no evidence of suspicious activity taking place, ByteDance could theoretically be compelled to forward soldiers’ sensitive info to the Chinese government or to recruit soldiers as spies.The company has been eager to fend off…

YouTube’s Justin Bieber docuseries premieres January 27th

The docuseries follows on the heels of YouTube’s Johnny Cash documentary. While Bieber hasn’t produced an album in years and canceled the final shows of his 2017 tour, he currently has 47.8 million subscribers, more than any other artist on YouTube. He’s in six videos with over one billion views, and he has over 19…

‘Untitled Goose Game’ honks its way to a million sales

Untitled Goose Game hasn’t just melted the hearts of mischievous gamers — apparently, it’s also a commercial success. Panic’s Cabel Sasser has revealed that House House’s chaos-creating title has racked up 1 million sales since its debut on September 20th. He didn’t break down sales by platform, although we wouldn’t be surprised if the PC…

President Trump signs anti-robocall TRACED Act into law

There are also self-review measures. Both the FCC and the Justice Department have to create a working group that will study enforcement of certain robocall bans, and report to Congress. Likewise, the FCC will have to examine its policies on number resources to see if it can reduce access to spammers. This isn’t likely to…

How home assistants ruined us, an explanation

Understandably, everyone is doing their introspection right now; their year- and decade-end summaries of what was most dreadful in tech, and what lead to this mess we’re all in. I can assure you that one of the key factors is what we have come to call The Internet of Shit and how we’ve embraced it….

This might be Samsung’s upcoming ‘zero bezel’ 8K TV

An earlier rumor had the bezel-free TV entering production in February. Pricing is still unknown as well, although the design might be limited to 65-inch or larger screens. There are questions as to the utility of this. Unless you’re really tight on space, you can probably live with the thin bezels on other modern TVs….