How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

Screenshot: Microsoft via David NieldWindows Hello is the name Microsoft gives you password-free access to your computer: It can include facial recognition via a webcam, fingerprint scanning via a sensor, and the use of a short PIN code.

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

“Sometimes conflicts like that just make it harder for us to go and work,” says David Molden, former director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental institution based in Nepal that works with the eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to protect its fragile ecosystem and tackle climate change.

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

Habitbull VIA DAVID NIELDHabitBull gives you a good idea of everything that a decent habit tracker can be: a simple interface to log your goals and how often you want to hit them, more detailed calendars and charts so you can monitor your progress over time, and plenty of support to make sure you stay on track.

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

Photograph: DoNotPay via David NieldGet the app set up on iOS, and it'll need connections to your banking and email accounts to start working its magic.

What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

David Silver: The big step forward with MuZero is we don't tell it the dynamics of the environment; it has to figure that out for itself in a way that still lets it plan ahead and figure out what's going to be the most effective strategy.

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

Screenshot: David Nield via SignalYou have a number of apps to choose for text messaging, but few are as security-focused as Signal (Android, iOS) while also working across multiple platforms with ease.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

David Nield via ChromeBlockSite is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, and an app for Android and iOS, that does exactly what it says it will: block websites for you.

A Former Uber Exec's Indictment Is a Warning Shot

A Former Uber Exec's Indictment Is a Warning Shot

The FTC demanded responses to written questions and required Uber to designate an officer to provide testimony under oath," US attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson Sullivan said in remarks about the indictment.

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

Screenshot: David Nield via Access DotsiOS 14 adds a new feature to iPhones that shows an on-screen alert if an app is trying to use your device's camera or mic—just like the 'active' light that might be next to your laptop's webcam.

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter-tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at the international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and coauthor of the study.

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Screenshot: David Nield via GoogleIf someone's clogging your inbox but Gmail's Report spam feature isn't catching it, Gmail lets you block individual senders easily.Instead of choosing Block or Report spam from the menu, pick Filter messages like this .

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

Screenshot: David Nield via AppleIf you're using Apple devices and apps, the option to use disposable email addresses is already baked in—as long as the app or website you're signing up for offers a Sign in with Apple button.

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

Though it features some of the same basic archetypes as its American adaptation—the lovesick paper salesman (Martin Freeman); the engaged secretary who wants to be an artist (Lucy Davis); and the authoritarian assistant to the manager with a host of bizarre hobbies (Mackenzie Crook)—the original version of The Office is largely David Brent’s show, and all the better because of it.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Photo © David Hua /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Despite being named the national bird early in United States history, bald eagles were widely reviled and persecuted.I reply to questions about hope with a look at conservation history, with stories like the recovery of the bald eagle.

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

It’s titled Leslie Jones: Time Machine, and it's directed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Hey, if they don’t have a future directing Star Wars movies, this is a pretty cool alternative.

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Fortunately, wildlife biologist and science communicator David Steen has taken the most common snake myths, tall tales and snake safety rules and applied real science to them in his wildly entertaining Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond the Myths (Texas A&M University Press).A lot of our wildlife myths are about creatures that we believe we know.

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

“She has a much larger platform because she’s talking about a global phenomenon.” Like the Parkland students—notably Emma González and David Hogg—Thunberg excels at using her personality to humanize a complex political issue, and, as Middaugh puts it, “clapping back at critics.” “They share this ability to use participatory, social media activism methods while also interfacing with public officials,” she says.

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

Yes, that is the President of the United States, days before the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, revealing a previously unknown plan to host the Taliban at Camp David.

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

But the very nature of David Makes Man both invents a doorway into something new and rebels against a genre of TV-making that has historically cast out the stories of black teen boys.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

If such AI tools are entrusted with the power to police content online, they have the potential to suppress legitimate speech and censor the use of specific words, particularly by vulnerable groups.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

Netflix's 'Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein' Is a Fun Mess

Netflix's 'Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein' Is a Fun Mess

Stranger Things actor David Harbour plays multiple roles in Netflix's Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein. What Harbour discovers—the bizarre artifact that is the play Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein and lots more scandal besides—challenges everything he thinks he knows about his father in just about 30 minutes.

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