Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

A clip featuring a group of inmates explaining how they made a bootleg phone charger has been viewed more than 10 million times on the platform.

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

The photo, from a photographer I follow in New York City, had a bar across the eyes of a protester, blurring his facial features.

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features, or they can with the help of a third-party extension.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Notably, your home screen could look very different in the future, and the iPhone could become your new set of car keys in a few years' time.Developers can start making new home screen widgets for their respective apps.

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter introduced a new feature Wednesday that prompts users to read links to articles before sharing them.But making the feature work requires a level of tracking, and risk, that users likely aren’t aware of.

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

Very few Covid-19 tracking apps are out in the wild yet, but the features that Apple and Google have worked on are now live.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Manage Activity will also introduce a Facebook Trash folder so you can delete posts more easily.All archived posts will show up in one place, but Facebook says there isn’t a way to view the collection of posts you've marked Only Me.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

"Chrome checks the URL of each site you visit or file you download against a local list, which is updated approximately every 30 minutes," Google explains in a blog post about the new setting.

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 .

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Chrome browser users take heart: Google developers are rolling out a feature that neuters abusive ads that covertly leach your CPU resources, bandwidth, and electricity.

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.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft already offers Windows Secure Boot, a feature that checks for cryptographic signatures to confirm software integrity.Instead of relying on firmware, Microsoft has worked with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to make new central processing unit chips that can run integrity checks during boot in a controlled, cryptographically verified way.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

“We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click,” the note says.We think of the new ‘Like’ feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.”.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack’s very first episode, from 2014, features the final scene of Horsin’ Around’s very last.The hospital joke also portends the bleak turn Bojack itself would take.

New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive

New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive

The surge, detailed in a new report from insurance shopping site The Zebra, outpaced both inflation (by far) and the increase in average car prices (more narrowly).It turns out that new features designed to keep vehicles in their lanes and out of trouble are contributing to rising insurance rates.

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

That is a bizarrely low threshold for entry into, say, a 10-part fantasy drama featuring a character that could best be described as “Legolas with an Equinox membership” with episodes that run between 47 and 67 minutes.

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

Chrome is protecting and Sonos is disconnecting, but first: a cartoon about the new big screen .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode .

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Open the Firefox menu and choose Customize ; from there, you can drag and drop shortcuts to certain features—including edit tools, your browsing history, and private browsing—into the toolbar, so they're always available to you.

The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

This particular installment is the Game Awards edition, featuring a bevy of new announcements, and the newly named next-gen Xbox console.Companions in The Outer Worlds Were Cursed With a Hilarious Ladder Bug. Let's end this week, and one of the last Replays of 2019, with something fun.

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