Ring Drops a Major App Update, Placing Privacy and Security Settings Front and Center

Ring has begun pushing out an update to its phone app with the aim of consolidating all of its security settings, a likely response to general privacy concerns, as well as more specific ones about “hackers” who’ve hijacked in-home camera feeds in recent months.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Ring, Surveillance Tech, Security Settings Front

Vine Successor Byte Will Dole Out Its Entire Ad Revenue to Creators Based on Views

After going live on iOS and Android last week, Vine’s successor, Byte, has dropped some more information that “partner program” it’s been teasing since launch, basically its plan to get users paid. None too soon, I’d wager, given the app—a video platform for six-second looping clips—has already become overrun with …Read more...
Tags: Science, Social Media, Vine, Influencers, Byte

Coronavirus latest updates: US bans foreign arrivals from China as deaths hit 259 – live news

Death toll rises, with 11,000 confirmed cases of infection in China. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China‘The city is suffocating’: diary of the Wuhan lockdownTwo people in Britain test positive for coronavirusHelp or hindrance? How Chinese politics affected responseShare your stories 1.26am GMT There has been a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus circulating online. We have debunked a lot of it here. The latest unfounded rumour...
Tags: Science, China, US, World news, US news, Rome, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Un, Tokyo, Wuhan, Kunming, Mainichi, Coronavirus outbreak

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

In letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data had finally come to an end.
Tags: Science, Fcc, Phone tracking, Ron Wyden, Ajit Pai, Location Data

Lindsey Graham Is Quietly Preparing a Mess of a Bill Trying to Destroy End-to-End Encryption

Top Trump ally and consistent encryption scaremonger Senator Lindsey Graham is working on a bill that could coerce tech companies to stop providing end-to-end encryption by threatening them with massive legal liability, The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019 (or EARN IT…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Congress, Cybersecurity, Encryption, End To End Encryption, Lindsey Graham, Top Trump, Earn It Act

Instagram Wipes Independent Developer's Work in the Name of Copyright Protections

Social media companies tend to take up copyright issues only when a) mitigating the pain in the ass of takedown notices and b) ensuring users keep reposting memes. Instagram has erred cautiously on the side of supporting potential infringers for the latter reason, so we found it curious when TorrentFreak reported that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Copyright, Dmca, Github

Amazon rainforest: The 90-year-old trying to stop destruction

Newsnight was given rare access to a once-in-a-generation meeting of indigenous groups trying to save the Amazon.
Tags: Science

Coronavirus: US bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China

CDC says situation in China ‘serious’ but risk to US public lowTemporary ban for non-Americans travelling from ChinaWhat is the coronavirus and how worried should we be?The Trump administration has declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and announced it will temporarily bar entry to the US for people traveling from China unless they are Americans or immediately related to US citizens. “This is a serious health situation in China, but I want to emphasize the risk to the ...
Tags: Health, Science, Cdc, China, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Robert R Redfield, Coronavirus outbreak

Jaw of 330-Million-Year-Old Shark Found in Kentucky Cave

Sharks typically don’t come to mind when you think about landlocked Kentucky, but as fossil evidence from the state’s Mammoth Cave National Park shows, this place was once chock-full of the carnivorous fishes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kentucky, Evolution, Sharks, Fossils, Caves, Paleontology, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Cave

Amazon's Tax Claims Are Riddled With Bullshit

Despite deserved outrage for paying effectively $0 in federal income taxes two years running, Amazon would like us to believe it has become a model corporate citizen. They even blogged about it! Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, Tax Law

This Company Wants To Subsidize Your Terrible Commute With Terrible Ads

One of the biggest issues with the subway, at least here in New York, boils down to cold hard cash. Even more than the busking, the rats, and the ooze, last year’s subway fare hike caused many NYC residents to lose their damn minds. But what if—y’know, instead of reducing the fare—we just got advertising to pay for…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Advertising, Hell, Beep Beep Capitalism

US Carbon Emissions Are on Track to Fall a Shameful 4 Percent by 2050

To meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Accord and avert climate catastrophe, UN scientists say nations must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to half of their 2018 levels by 2030 and aim for net zero emissions by 2050. That means cutting emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade. But according to a…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, US, Paris, Carbon Emissions, Un, Energy Policy, Future Dystopias

Report: FBI Investigating NSO Group Over Notorious International Hacks

The FBI is investigating shady cyber-intelligence company NSO Group and the possible use of its phone-hijacking tools in several high-profile hacks, Reuters reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Malware, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Hacking, Hackers, Pegasus, Espionage, Reuters, NSO Group, Cyber Intelligence

A Spectacular Fireball Lights Up the English Sky

Check out this incredible photo of a streaking fireball, which appeared over England last week.Read more...
Tags: Photography, England, Science, Meteorites, Meteors

There's no such thing as a styrofoam cup

And you have never used a styrofoam plate or take-out box.
Tags: Science, News

There's a Reason the Super Bowl Is Being Broadcast in Fake 4K

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and while I will be busy calling loved ones during the game to deeply irritate them, you may actually be watching and perhaps you might be excited that the game will be streaming in 4K and HDR (depending on your TV provider). But the 4K is fake 4K, and, according to Digital Trend’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, 4k, Super Bowl, Roku, Hdr, Televisions, Fox Sports, Digital Trend, 4k Broadcasting

Coal May Find New Life Outside the Energy Market If This Bill Passes

Coal is dead, gone, fin. RIP, right? Well, not if Republicans have their way.Read more...
Tags: Science, West Virginia, Coal, Wyoming, Is This Bad Idk

Do You Think in Words?

A question for you: When you are aware of your own consciousness—meaning your own individual scattershot thoughts, like what to make for lunch, whether to cross the street, or when it’s time to go hit the pillow—what do you hear? That is, do you “hear” your own voice in your head? Or do you hear nothing at all?Read more...
Tags: Science, Chatroom, Consciousness, Deep Thoughts

Mega-constellation firms meet European astronomers

Scientists put their concerns about giant satellite networks directly to the companies involved.
Tags: Science

Maryland's Internet Advertising Tax Is Taking Aim At The Wrong People

Folks, we don’t need to tell you the internet is bad. But what if we told you that the internet’s inherent badness could... be used to pay for children’s education. Read more...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Internet, Advertising, Redistribute The Wealth

The Climate Crisis May Have Helped Spawn Massive Locust Swarms in East Africa

East Africa is currently plagued with locust swarms of biblical proportions, but these swarms aren’t the act of an angry god. According to UN scientists, they may be a result of the human-caused climate crisis.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Africa, Un, Insects, East Africa, End Times, Locusts

Roku Drops Fox App Support Ahead of Super Bowl in Pissing Match Over Distribution Agreement

Roku says that a “distribution agreement” with Fox is ending today, meaning that users hoping to watch the Big Game via Fox apps this weekend may be screwed.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Sports, Fox, Super Bowl, Roku

Delta, American, and United Cancel All Flights To and From China for Months as Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 213 [Updated]

Delta, American, and United airlines will cancel all flights to and from mainland China as the confirmed death toll from the new coronavirus hits 213 and the number of confirmed cases reaches almost 10,000 worldwide, with over 100,000 more patients under medical observation.Read more...
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Delta and American Cancel All Flights to China for Months as Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 213

Delta and American airlines will cancel all flights to and from China as the confirmed death toll from the new coronavirus hits 213 and the number of confirmed cases reaches almost 10,000 worldwide, with over 100,000 more patients under medical observation.Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Travel, China, Delta, Outbreak, Airlines, Flights, United, American, Hawaiian, Outbreaks, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus

Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr Are Under Investigation For Allowing Minors

Online dating is a hellscape, but the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee is fed up with just how shitty apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr have been with regard to their users’ safety and privacy. Yesterday, it launched a new investigation into dating apps for doing an inadequate job of screening for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Tinder, Dating Apps, Online Dating, Bumble, Grindr, Okcupid, Dying Alone Is Better Than Online Dating, U S House Oversight and Reform subcommittee

Astrophysicists Observe Star Dragging Space-Time

Scientists have observed a spinning star dragging space-time along with it, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Pulsars, White Dwarfs, General Relativity

New Images of the Sun Captured by Impressive New Telescope in Hawaii

NSO/NSF/AURA for The New York Times, Dennis Overbye describes the remarkable images of the sun captured by the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. Our closest star, never before seen in such detail, now resembles a “boiling pot of popcorn” thanks to the 158 inches diametric primary mirror of the telescope: Every second, thermonuclear reactions in the center of the Sun turn 5 million tons of hydrogen into pure energy. That energy makes its way outward, through boiling gas po...
Tags: Space, Texas, Science, Future, Hawaii, New York Times, Dennis Overbye, Daniel K Inouye, NSO NSF

All the Brand-New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Know About for February

February may be the shortest month, even in a leap year, but we still have a jumbo-sized list of new sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books for your reading consideration. Dig in for tales of magical assassins, space shenanigans, witches and warlords, scheming royals, doomed planets (including Earth), and more.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Horror, Fantasy, Earth, Guillermo Del Toro, Sci Fi, Authors, Ken Liu, Bookshelf Injection, Daniel Kraus, Seanan McGuire

EU Officially Votes to Create a Standard Charging Adapter for Phones Despite Apple's Protests

After a debate that had raged on for more than 10 years, the European Parliament has finally voted in a landslide 582-40 decision to create a standard charging solution for all phones and other small to medium-sized mobile devices. Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Science, Eu, Smartphones, Usb, Charging, European Parliament, Consumer Tech, Usb C, Power Adapters, Eu Laying Down The Law, Usb Pd

If Trump Wants His Racist Border Wall, He'll Have to Start Taking Climate Change Seriously

Ha ha ha. Donald Trump’s impermeable wall ain’t so impermeable, after all. Not even these high walls of racist fury can withstand good ol’ Mother Nature: The Washington Post reported Thursday that the president’s beloved border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would need to leave portions wide open every summer to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Mexico, Donald Trump, Trump, Border Wall, Monsoon Season, Or Maybe Not Build The Wall

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