Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Data gathered during that underwater expedition, which lasted more than 50 hours and covered some 60 miles, is now being fed into climate models to better predict how fast the ice shelf might melt and how its disappearance will affect global sea level rise, the British Antarctic Survey says.

Netflix Just Canceled Jessica Jones and The Punisher

Netflix Just Canceled Jessica Jones and The Punisher

So Long, Jessica Jones and The Punisher In a decision that most observers figured was inevitable, Netflix announced Monday that it’s cancelling Jessica Jones and The Punisher —the last two Marvel shows left on the streaming service.

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

Over four weeks, the researchers developed fake pages and closed groups on Facebook that looked like they were associated with the military exercise, as well as profiles impersonating service members both real and imagined.

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

It’s the biggest monarch butterfly breeding site the U.S. Forest Service manages in the Intermountain West. What you plant in your garden and flowerbeds this growing season will help or hinder pollinators, including monarchs. Everyone can help.” A monarch caterpillar eats a leaf on a butterfly milkweed plant.

What Is Credential Stuffing?

What Is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing attacks also can't try massive numbers of logins on a site with all the tries coming from the same IP address, because web services have basic rate-limiting protections in place to block floods of activity that could be destabilizing.

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Now, internet-based companies like Google and Facebook have added an entirely new wrinkle to this business model: instead of charging for their products, they give them away in exchange for vacuuming up our personal data and monetizing it in various ways.

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

Bella Wood The Iranian hackers, according to the indictment, used Witt's target profiles to send phishing emails and social media messages to her former colleagues, including one based in Afghanistan.

Sony's PlayStation Classic is a Great Deal Right Now (Only $40)

Sony's PlayStation Classic is a Great Deal Right Now (Only $40)

Sony After just a couple months on the market, Sony's PlayStation Classic has fallen to a more reasonable price. Retro Fun and Frustration I didn't write a full review of the PlayStation Classic last fall, but I did spend a good amount of time with it.

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

It can carry more stuff than sidewalk delivery bots being developed by companies like Marble, and while it drives in the street, its slim profile makes moving safely easier, Ferguson says.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

The four largest US mobile carriers have largely settled on the LTE, or "Long Term Evolution" standard for their 4G networks.

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

In the post, Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s cloud division, AWS, wrote that the company “supports the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition through video and photographic monitoring on public or commercial premises.” Amazon has been pressured by civil rights groups after tests by academics and the ACLU found that Rekognition’s image analysis and face recognition functions are less accurate for black people.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

He didn’t much care, he says, because he considered the harassment trivial: “My rights were violated and nobody cares, and we’re still talking about what happened to poor Courtney?” After exposing the affair, Steven continued asking for advice from other people on the Marriage Builders site.

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords Casey Chin Data breaches that compromise people's usernames and passwords have become so common, and used in crime for so long, that millions of stolen credential pairs have actually become practically worthless to criminals, circulating online for free.

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

“We’ve learned a lot from Sonos, how they’re set up in terms of helping customers when they’re dealing with network issues, or products that are related to a Sonos speaker,” says Block.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Rivera had picked up the Catherine Lee case after her husband contacted the NBI and requested that it look into her murder, the day after the body was discovered.

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

But what the place lacked in creature comforts, it more than made up for in community: Michel never spent a day alone, as people regularly stopped by to chat over coffee, watch a storm roll in, or peer through binoculars at animals on the ice.

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

In 2004, Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi predicted that climate change would lead to worse, more frequent heat waves; turns out they were right. “The cold air kind of pinches and stretches into two border vortices,” says Judah Cohen, a climatologist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

This week: Black Panther starts picking up trophies, Deadpool has a big weekend in China, and Amazon is shelling out major money at Sundance.

A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work

A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work

Just swap the labels on the tiles from numbers to up or down spins, and the puzzle becomes equivalent to a Nagaoka ferromagnet, with a hole that moves through a lattice of electrons.

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat The device picks up sweat secretions from the person’s skin and channels the fluid into a chemical reagent mixed with food dye that turns the patch different colors—like a pH strip for sweat.

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing is now available again in the country, but it remains unclear if the outage was caused by technical issues or if the Chinese government intentionally blocked the search engine, if only temporarily.

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras saying, "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room." For years, Internet of Things security woes have been epitomized by hackers accessing live feeds from video baby monitors.

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Night Shyamalan's trilogy-ending almost-superhero film Glass ruled the long-weekend box office, and Pixar lost a big director. Night Shyamalan's Glass won the box office, bringing in $47 million in North America during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

“If you’re unlicensed, you’re probably not paying taxes, you’re certainly not paying licensing fees, and you’re not participating in all the regulations and oversight the state has in place.” The number of businesses listed on Weedmaps fluctuates as shops pop up and shut down, but by the beginning of August 2018, the site was listing about 2,000 total marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in Southern California.

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

“I see it less as a license plate and more as a communication portal," says Reviver cofounder and CEO Neville Boston. Reviver Auto If that sounds like too much money for a license plate, Boston wants you to change your perspective.

How to Find Your Netflix Freeloaders—and Kick Them Out

How to Find Your Netflix Freeloaders—and Kick Them Out

(A few years ago I looked at the list of devices registered on the friend's Hulu account I've freeloaded off of since 2011. The other way you can keep tabs on your Netflix is by going to Account > Viewing activity and looking at what everyone's been watching.

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