Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

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.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

"If you're not aware of the problem, you're never going to go remove that data." Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago To predict which cluster might correspond to a user’s home, the researchers directed LPAuditor to look for locations where people spent the longest time span tweeting over the weekend.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

Autonomy has already killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona when she was hit by a self-driving Uber SUV.In an effort to make its technology safe, Zoox has brought on Mark Rosekind (left), who headed up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and aviation industry and safety engineering veteran Gonzalo Rey. ZooxAnd given that testing on public streets is the only way to make these vehicles ready for real, it’s incumbent on this young industry to guarantee that these things are safe.

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

I was part of a small group of volunteers who came together to start a nonprofit organization, Safecast, to design, build, and deploy Geiger counters and a website that would eventually make more than 100 million measurements of radiation levels available to the public.We started in Japan, of course, but eventually people around the world joined the movement, creating an open global data set.

The Collector Who Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

The Collector Who Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

I didn’t know English, but a linguist is not afraid to pick up another language.After a while, I said, “This is what I want to do.” I resigned from my job and went to Princeton to get a Ph.D.It’s an unusual path into mathematics.I don’t think I’ve had an unusual life, but it would be regarded as unusual if you take the standard sort of life people are supposed to have in a certain type of society and try to fit me in it.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

A reduction in transport-related GHG emissions will only be made possible by reducing transport’s dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its reliance on alternative energy technologies. Focusing on alternative energy technologies for vehicles, it is no surprise that they make up only 1/9 of the total revenue generated by the transport market.

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'The photo-sharing platform now offers the ability to post photos and stories that are only visible to a tight circle of followers of your choosing.HotlittlepotatoThere was a time when social media was just for sharing things with your friends.

The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

He previously held counterterrorism and intelligence roles for the US government overseas and domestically.As government-backed hackers in Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea continue to infiltrate and attack American companies, it’s often private cybersecurity firms, rather than the US government, that are publicly assigning blame.

Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury

Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury

That means speaking to as an aspirational clientele for whom brand, form, and function are all of a part, and where the higher price point is at times a sotto voce aspect of the appeal.It is hard to argue with that strategy, although it does make Apple a different sort of company than it was a decade ago, away from owning the market with a range of prices and products and toward a premier provider in a mass world.

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

If you see a Twitter feed that you don’t know tweeting information or images, be careful before you push that along.'Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America"Make sure if you are going to repost something that the source is credible, number one, because a lot of hysteria happens," Steven Stalinksy of the Middle East Research Institute, who studies social media, told WIRED last year about how to behave online during breaking news.

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of SteelHP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HPWhen you think about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about metal.Today the company announced the Metal Jet printer, an industrial-scale 3-D printer that builds items not of plastic but of steel.3-D plastic printing is widely used for custom items such as prosthetics and hearing aids, and by product designers for prototyping.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

But competitors ranging from Microsoft to Google to Alibaba are also growing strongly, which means AWS is not gaining much in market share.Amazon’s international footprint is even smaller, with local e-commerce companies often dominating their respective countries in places such as India, Brazil, and China.

Tell us: are you taking part in a Rise for Climate event?

Tell us: are you taking part in a Rise for Climate event?

We would like to hear from you if you are taking part in any of the events or involved in organising where you live, and will highlight some of your contributions in our coverage.

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

The researchers also say that the deadline to stop global warming reaching 1.5C has already passed, unless we commit to radical action now. Without that action, Earth will fall past the point of no return and it will be impossible to stop global warming, they warn.