Hashtag Trending – Google voice data privacy; gaming scholarships; Apple to retain Mac Pro production in the U.S.

Google promises not to store your voice data, colleges are giving out scholarships to gamers, Apple to keep its Mac Pro production in the U.S.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Tuesday, September 24th, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Trending on Reddit, Google says it will no longer store your audio data anymore. In a blog post, Google said that audio data will not be stored by default, and will better explain where your voice commands are going to. Users can still opt in to have their voice snippets analyzed by humans, which is what landed Google in hot water a few weeks ago. However, Google will disable human review until the user explicitly confirms that they want to opt-in.

Being on the leaderboards is cool, but can you game your way into college? Trending on Google, 200 colleges in the U.S. are offering $16 million in esports scholarships. In one case, grade 11 students were being offered up to $400,000 to play games in college. In addition, esports companies are helping high school students set up gaming stations and practice labs. The esports scene is booming worldwide. For example, the University of Waterloo has a team for Starcraft, a strategy game that stretches a human’s multitasking ability to its limits.

Trending on Google, Apple is retaining its new Mac Pro production in the US. Apple explains that this move is to take advantage of tax exemptions on a few of its components. The tax break is defined in the federal product exclusion, and it seems to have given Apple enough of a reason to keep its production in the U.S. and not move it to China.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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