Is It Time to Stop Paying For a VPN?

"I'm done with paying for a virtual private network," writes the New York Times' lead consumer technology writer. [Alternate URLs here and here.] The reality is that web security has improved so much in the last few years that VPN services, which charge monthly subscription fees that cost as much as Netflix, offer superfluous protection for most people concerned about privacy, some security researchers said. Many of the most popular VPN services are now also less trustworthy than in the past b...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Vpn, Times, Matthew Green

How Carriers Are Trying to Sell Consumers on 5G

When the iPhone 12--Apple's first device to offer 5G compatibility--hit markets last fall, it was heralded as a turning point for mainstream awareness of the next generation of wireless coverage. But the year since has seen little change in consumer enthusiasm for the new service, various polls and other data show. What's more, this year,...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Magazine, Esports, 5g

Snapchat is Boosting Its Efforts To Root Out Drug Dealers

Deadly counterfeit versions of prescription medications are "widely available on social media platforms," reports NBC News, and "2 in 5 of those seized and tested in the United States contain enough fentanyl to kill, according to a warning issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration last month." So now Snapchat "said it has improved the automated systems it uses to detect the sale of illegal drugs on the app, hired more people to respond to law enforcement requests for data during criminal i...
Tags: Nbc News, Tech, Snapchat, United States, DEA, Snap, Drug Enforcement Administration, Anne Milgram

Facebook VP Suggests a Fix: a Prompt Urging Teen Instagram Users to 'Take a Break'

"Facebook is trying to mend its reputation in the wake of whisleblower Frances Haugen's testimony," reports Engadget, "and that includes promises of features lessening the potential harm for teens." CNN and Reuters report that Facebook Global Affairs VP Nick Clegg promised Instagram would introduce a "take a break" feature that encouraged teens to simply stop using the social network for a while. Clegg didn't say when it would be ready, but this was clearly meant to reduce addiction and other...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Reuters, Engadget, Clegg, Facebook VP, Frances Haugen, Facebook Global Affairs VP, Reuters Clegg

PETA Criticizes 'Far Cry 6' On Its Choice of Animal-Themed Minigame

"The recently released Far Cry 6 video game from Ubisoft has drawn the ire of the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)," reports While PETA has been known to issue statements on the handling of animals in video games over the years, and Far Cry 6 includes a variety of animals and instances that might have been the subject of such a statement, it is the cockfighting minigame in Far Cry 6 that has been specifically called out. "Turning a ho...
Tags: Tech, Ubisoft, Peta, Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA, PETA Latino, Alicia Aguayo

Sorry Nextbigfuture Comments Have Been Broken

Hi readers and commenters. The Nextbigfuture comment system has been broken for a couple of weeks. I have been trying to contact Openweb/ support but they have not replied. When I do finally... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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School warns parents of allowing children to watch 'graphic' Squid Game

  While Squid Game has become Netflix’s latest hit, it has sparked worry over kids potentially replicating the survival game. A primary school in England issued a letter to parents expressing concern that children that have watched the brutal show are pretending to shoot other children in the playground as a way of re-enacting the show. The letter states: "Dear Parents/Carers, It has come to our attention that a number of our children are watching Squid Game on Netflix. "We ha...
Tags: England, Tech, Netflix

Who Bought $1.6B in Bitcoin Wednesday, and Why?

last week the cryptocurrency market persistently asked the gnawing and annoying question, “Why?” Specifically, why did someone make a massive purchase of $1.6 billion worth of bitcoin on Wednesday in a couple of minutes? While many see this huge buy as a signal of bullishness, there may be more complex answers when one zooms out and looks at the overall picture, one that involves capital markets beyond the relatively small world of crypto. Some of the clues about why – and ...
Tags: China, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Coinbase, Btc, Standard Poor, Ki, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler, Evergrande, USDT, George Thorogood, MicroStrategy, ETF, Michael Saylor

Shang-Chi Passes $400M at Global Box Office Even Without China

Disney and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continues to outperform expectations at the box office, sailing past $400 million worldwide. The Phase 4 MCU movie is in its sixth weekend since its release, which was back on September 3. Shang-Chi was an immediate success upon release, grossing $29.6 million at the box office on its opening day, which was the third-best opening day during the COVID-19 pandemic.Shang-Chi would go on to take the crown of the largest Labor Day weekend...
Tags: Hollywood, Entertainment, France, China, Disney, Tech, Rob Zombie, Forbes, Global Box Office, MCU, Shang Chi, United Kingdom South Korea, Simu Liu

xXx 4 Should Borrow From Fast & Furious And Introduce Xander Cage's Family

If xXx 4 wants to evolve the series, it should take a page out of The Fast And The Furious playbook and bring in some of Xander Cage's family. The original xXx was custom built for Vin Diesel as a star vehicle, following the surprise success of 2001's The Fast And The Furious. Plans to turn it into a James Bond-style series came to halt when the star passed on a sequel, with Ice Cube taking over for State Of The Union in 2005. This follow-up was a box-office dud, but Diesel was later lured back...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, James Bond, Samuel L Jackson, Cage, Vin Diesel, Dom, Xander Cage, Xander, Jakob John Cena, Gibbons Complete

Astronomers 'Stumped' Over Images Of Bizarre Double Galaxy

It's not too often that astronomers are at a loss for words when making a space-related discovery, but the above image from NASA's Hubble telescope managed to do precisely that. Of all the tools at our disposal for exploring outer space, Hubble has repeatedly proven to be one of the best. The 31-year-old telescope has made countless discoveries over the years, whether it be answering questions about our own Solar System or investigating galaxies millions of light-years away.In 2021 alone, Hubbl...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Nasa, Hubble, Jupiter, Hamilton, University of Hawaii, Richard Griffiths, Timothy Hamilton

Dead By Daylight Survivor Guide: Mikaela Reid (Perks, Tips, & Strategies)

The latest Dead by Daylight survivor in need of a strategy guide, Mikaela Reid, will be arriving in the game on October 19 along with the update for chapter 21.5. The next chapter in Dead by Daylight, Hour of the Witch, is predictably based around a Halloween theme.Mikaela Reid looks like a character plucked straight out of a Halloween movie: black attire, long, red hair, funky glasses, and a hat fit for a witch. Mikaela’s backstory involves her father dying when she was 16, leading her down a ...
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What Really Motivated the Breaches of Twitch and Epik?

The Washington Post explores recent breaches at Twitch and Epik — and asks whether they really signal an upsurge in "hacktivism": The perpetrators of these hacks are distancing themselves from financially driven cybercriminals and ransomware gangs by portraying their attacks as moral crusades against what they said were the companies' sins. In celebratory notes released alongside their data dumps, the Epik hackers said they were sick of the company serving hateful websites, while the Twitch hac...
Tags: Australia, Washington Post, Tech, East Coast, Hunt, EPIK, Allan Liska, Recorded Future

Coffee and Provocation

A Malaria Vaccine... Finally  The World Health Organization has approved the first ever malaria vaccine, which could save tens of thousands of children in sub-Saharan Africa. The quest for this vaccine has been underway for a hundred years. In 2019, 229 million people were infected with malaria, and 409,000 died, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. In the 20th century alone, malaria claimed between 150 million and 300 million lives. Why Are There So Few Old Fox Hounds in Rescue? Simple:  Most...
Tags: Apple, White House, Pets, Stephen King, Tesla, Reagan, Jimmy Carter, New Zealand, World Health Organization, Norway, DOE, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Agatha Christie, Rosemary, J K Rowling, Saharan Africa

Instagram to introduce “take a break” feature and “nudge” teens away from harmful content

Instagram to introduce new features to nudge teams away from harmful content | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Instagram will introduce new measures to nudge teenagers away from harmful content and encourage them to “take a break,” from the platform, Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said on Sunday. Clegg made the remarks on CNN’s State of the Union show less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress about internal research that showed ...
Tags: Facebook, Congress, Tech, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Clegg, Alex Castro, Verge Instagram, Frances Haugen

Animal Crossing Player Recreates The Pokémon Sword & Shield Bedroom

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has made an accurate in-game recreation of the main character's bedroom from Pokémon Sword and Shield. Sword and Shield are the 2019 releases in Game Freak's popular Pokémon franchise for the Nintendo Switch. In Sword and Shield, players travel across Galar to collect Pokémon, fight other trainers, and collaborate or compete with other players.Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a versatile game that many players have used to recreate various scenes and maps...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Reddit, Nintendo, Pokemon, New Horizons, Korok, Pokémon Sword, Galar, LyrianTheWanderer

RHOSLC: Whitney Rose Calls Out Lisa Barlow For 'Hypocrisy’

Whitney Rose recently took to social media to call out The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City co-star Lisa Barlow. Whitney believes that Lisa's behavior towards her has been unkind and hypocritical. Whitney and Lisa's friendship has always seemed to be a rocky one, and the drama between the two has recently become explosive. During The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 1, Whitney and Lisa's relationship was a tense one. When Whitney brought up the fact that she had run out of the teq...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Salt Lake City, Meredith, Whitney, Jen, Lisa, Angie, Lake City, Whitney Rose, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Real Housewives of Salt, Jen Shah, Lisa Barlow, Lisa Barlow Whitney, Angie Harrington

90 Day Fiancé: Jenny Rejects Sumit's Mom Sadhna's Cunning Plan

Jenny Slatten from 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way is not happy with Sumit Singh’s mom Sadhna’s latest sly strategy to disrupt their relationship. Ever since their first meeting in 2013, Indian man Sumit and Palm Springs resident Jenny have wanted to get married. The fact that Sumit’s parents Anil and Sadhna didn’t approve of Jenny being 63 didn’t affect the American woman who was blindly in love with the call center employee even after he catfished her and got a secret wife. However, despite Sumi...
Tags: Entertainment, India, Tech, Delhi, Palm Springs, Jenny, Anil, Sumit, Sadhna, Sumit Singh, Jenny Slatten, Sumit Jenny Anil, Sahna

What If…?'s Missing Iron Man Episode Creates A Problem For Season 2

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Marvel's What If...? season 1 finale.Marvel's What If...? season 1's missing Iron Man (Mike Wingert) and Gamora (Cynthia McWilliams) episode being bumped to season 2 creates a storytelling problem. Imagining what the Infinity Saga would look like if one element in it was changed, the MCU's first animated series wrapped up with the introduction of the Guardians of the Multiverse. Like Marvel Studios narrative format in the Sacred Timeline, What If...?'s finale was a c...
Tags: Benedict Cumberbatch, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Iron Man, Jeffrey Wright, Challa, Gamora, Shang Chi, Thor Chris Hemsworth, Nidavellir, Ultron Ross Marquand, Carter Hayley Atwell, Gamora Cynthia McWilliams, Mike Wingert, Space Iron Man

Blue Origin postpones William Shatner’s space flight by a day

William Shatner is heading to space on October 13th | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic  Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin said Sunday it will postpone the flight that is slated to fly William Shatner to space due to forecasted high winds at its launch site. The flight of the company’s New Shepard spacecraft is now scheduled for 9:30AM ET on October 13th, a day later than originally planned. It’s targeted to lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in Texas. A stat...
Tags: Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Star Trek, William Shatner, Blue Origin, Mark, Bezos, James T Kirk, Shatner, New Shepard, Wally Funk, Medidata, Chris Boshuizen, Oliver Daeman

Where Each Netflix Defender Could Return In Upcoming MCU Movies & Shows

Netflix's Defenders characters could be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe at last and may feature in a number of different shows and feature films. Back when the MCU was truly taking off after The Avengers, Marvel TV and Netflix joined forces to create multiple Marvel shows that would culminate with a crossover event, The Defenders. Shows for Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist entered development and were sold as taking place in the MCU. Now, these characters could be set to...
Tags: New York, London, Entertainment, Disney, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, Avengers, Oscar Isaac, Daredevil, Sam, Tatiana Maslany, Marvel Studios, Captain America, Hawkeye, Jones

Vikings: Valhalla Explained - What The Spinoff Title Really Means

The world of Vikings will continue expanding with the sequel series Vikings: Valhalla, but what does the title really mean? Historical drama has become one of the most popular genres on TV, and among the most successful projects in recent years is Vikings, created by Michael Hirst (The Tudors). Although it was originally planned to be a miniseries, the first episodes of Vikings were so well-received by both critics and viewers that it was quickly renewed for a second season, and it lived on for...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Scandinavia, Vikings, Edward, North Atlantic, Viking, Ivar, Michael Hirst, Odin, Valhalla, Ragnar, Lindisfarne, Freyja, Ragnar Lothbrok Travis Fimmel

Who is the Spawn Universe's New Star, Gunslinger Spawn?

The Spawn universe has a variety of hellspawn, created by the demon Malebolgia. There have been a few different iterations of the comics' main character and the hellspawn, including Medieval Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and Raven Spawn. Lately, Gunslinger Spawn - a fan favorite - has been garnering some extra attention, but who exactly is he and what do fans need to know about him?Gunslinger Spawn first appeared in Spawn #119 in 2002, in a very brief cameo with no dialogue. In 2008, his backstory w...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Universe, Buffalo, Simmons, WINSTON, Francis Parker, Kemper, Gunslinger, Al Simmons, Ed Kemper, Henry Simmons, Jeremy Winston, Bane Colorado, Gunslinger Spawn, Malebolgia Winston

What Dungeons & Dragons Rules Could Be Updated For D&D 5.5

Revised versions of the core Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks are coming in 2024, which fans are already referring to as the 5.5 version of the game. This will give Wizards of the Coast the chance to alter the existing D&D rules, in order to improve them, following years of fan feedback and online discourse.The new books were revealed during D&D Celebration 2021. The new D&D books will launch in 2024, to mark the 50th anniversary of the game. All that has been revealed is that the Player's Handbook...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Wizards Of The Coast, Tasha, Baldur, Theros

Batwoman Season 3 Will Have a Major Story Arc for Poison Ivy

Batwoman season 3 will include a major arc for Poison Ivy. Premiering in October 2019, the CW series is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is part of the Arrowverse. In its second season, which concluded in January of this year, the show experienced a significant shift as Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) took over as Batwoman. And, in the Batwoman season 2 finale, Ryan finally found herself in a good place. Having been released from parole, she moves out of her van and seems to b...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Uma Thurman, Penguin, Dc, Cw, Jada, Alice, Ryan, Regan, Caroline Dries, Robin Givens, Bridget Regan, Ryan You, Poison Ivy, Kate Kane

DWTS: Cheryl Burke & Cody Rigsby Reunite Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby have reunited inside the Dancing With The Stars rehearsal studio following their COVID-19 diagnosis. Within the last two weeks, both Cheryl and Cody tested positive for COVID-19, forcing them to rehearsal and perform virtually and individually. In doing so, they were allowed to remain in the competition despite not being physically present for the live shows. Cheryl was the first to test positive between the dancing duo. Just days before the second live show of...
Tags: Instagram, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Cheryl, Minnie Mouse, Cody, Cheryl Burke, Cheryl Burke Instagram, Cody Rigsby, Daniella Karagach

Pixel Pass' might be Google's answer to the Apple One bundle

A leak hints Google is planning a 'Pixel Pass' that would offer a Pixel 6 and a host of services for one monthly fee, rivalling services...
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Seinfeld: How Old Elaine Is At The Beginning & The End

The events of Seinfeld encompassed nine years of shenanigans for Jerry and his friends, including Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but how old was Elaine at the start and end of the hit series? As it was with the other three main characters, Elaine’s Seinfeld story explored a long list of failed romantic relationships, mishaps at work, and day-to-day, trivial conversations with her friends in Jerry’s apartment.  Seinfeld rarely noted the ages of these four characters, but based on their...
Tags: Entertainment, New York City, Tech, Seinfeld, George, Kramer, Jerry, Elaine, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jerry Jerry, George Costanza Jason Alexander, Elaine Benes Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jerry Elaine

Netflix Daredevil Showrunner Quits Marvel Over EIC's Controversial Past

Former Daredevil showrunner and current Marvel Comics writer Steven S. DeKnight has revealed he won't continue to write for the publisher until current editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski steps down over his controversial past. In a series of tweets, DeKnight explained that he couldn't stand by and work under a man who "climbed to the top through cultural identity theft," referring to Cebulski's controversial past, as he previously used the pseudonym Akira Yoshida, despite being a white man. Aft...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Marvel Comics, EIC, Steven S DeKnight, Cebulski, DeKnight, Akira Yoshida, Akira Yoshida Cebulski, Marvel Comics There, Marvel Comics Cebulski

All Linux and Mac Computers Get Their Time Zones From the Same Database

"All Linux and Mac-based computers pull their time zones from a massively important database — the time zone database," explains Medium's tech site OneZero. And this vastly crucial project is ultimately overseen by one man who Medium calls "The Time Zone King." The process of defining time zones is centralized. This is actually quite a big deal in its own right because people tend to grossly underestimate how pivotal Linux is to ... the entire internet and technology as we know it... The time...
Tags: Time, Tech, Icann, Ucla, Olson, Department of Computer Science, DST, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, Time Zone King, Hashemite Republic of Jordan, Paul Eggert, University of California s LA Campus This

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