Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service , the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS.As Ars reviews editor Ron Amadeo noted last year, RCS interest from carriers has been tepid, so Google has been rolling it out with limited support.

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos has long offered one of the best deals in cloud storage, allowing you to upload unlimited photos for free—as long as you were willing to sacrifice a little image quality.Like Google, iCloud encompasses all your shared cloud storage for Apple services—including photos.

16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

Photograph: Amazon Lemome Cork Bullet Journal Notebook for $13: Bullet journaling can be a meditative experience to help make sense of all the thoughts, desires, and accomplishments that swirl in the head.

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

We essentially recognized that stocking westslope cutthroat and grayling in the Upper Gibbon was assisting their adaptation to climate change, and ensuring a future for native fish in the park for generations to come.”.

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Then, at left, you can choose an event size with the slider, from 10 to 5,000 people, and watch the risk of at least one Covid-positive person being there skyrocket the bigger the gathering gets.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

Streamers, YouTubers, and TikTokers have glommed onto Chinese role-playing game Genshin Impact like it’s a magic top hat unspooling an endless rope of content.And while players can earn free wishes by reaching certain benchmarks, to get and max out all 23 characters or experience the full game, they have to open their wallets.

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

There are always going to be situations where you need to charge up your phone but you don't have the bundled charger on hand—and Apple isn't bundling a charging block at all with the new iPhone 12 (though you still get a Lightning cable in the box).So can you just plug any charger into your phone to juice it up, especially now that the vast majority of handsets support the same wireless charging and USB-C standards?

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

In the name of “voter protection,” this team was working with a balky spreadsheet that was supposed to estimate the capacity of a given polling place based on data like how many check-in stations and voting machines it had, and how many people were likely to vote there—the numbers county election workers use to plan for what each station needs so everyone can vote fast.

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

But exactly who makes the suit and what they might think about its use for Asian giant hornet wrangling is something of a mystery.But when it hit max signal, he didn’t see a nest on the ground, which is where Asian giant hornets usually build them.

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons.I May Destroy You will likely live on as the best thing to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any more of it.

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Black Box opens with handsome, skittish widower Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) dealing with memory loss six months after a car crash kills his wife and leaves him with a severe brain injury.Early on, Black Box suffers from showing its “monster” too frequently and not making it horrifying at all.

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

Three days later and 1,200 miles south, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response.“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” George Hill said in an interview.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

To theorists puzzling over the physical meaning of renormalization, QED hinted that the electron had two charges: a theoretical charge, which was infinite, and the measured charge, which was not.

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

The new Fitness+ service offers video streams of workouts in an array of categories like yoga, cycling, strength training, high-intensity interval training, and dance.Apple is embracing the bundle by making the bulk of its subscription services available for a single price.

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

“It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.” As the new director of the agency, Reilly hadn’t made any public statement on the matter, and it wasn’t clear exactly where he stood.

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it’s based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true.Where Jodorowsky would’ve made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert’s detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies.

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Regardless, Athey and her colleagues landed on a startling figure: A single pair of jeans may release 56,000 microfibers per wash.This landed them at an even more startling figure: Those two plants alone could be unloading a billion indigo denim microfibers per day into the lake.

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube, Step by Step

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube, Step by Step

But I kept at it: For two weeks I spent at least 20 minutes a day scrambling my cube and solving it the way Mao had taught me.

How to Stop Butt Dialing Everyone with Your Smartphone

How to Stop Butt Dialing Everyone with Your Smartphone

You can disable this feature on the iPhone in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Tape to Wake (it only appears on the home-button-less iPhones like the X and newer), and Android phones at Settings > Display > Lock Screen Display > Double-Tap to Check Phone .

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

Before you rush to start downloading and installing things, it's important you know that sideloading apps removes the security protections that Google and Apple give you: Their app stores are carefully patrolled for malware, stalkerware , and anything that might try to steal your data or break your device.

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Emmy Voters Missed a Lot of Key Nominations … Again

Emmy Voters Missed a Lot of Key Nominations … Again

Meanwhile, in another corner or GenreLand, Disney+’s The Mandalorian got a nod for Outstanding Drama Series, alongside heavy-hitters like The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Killing Eve. Sandra Oh’s performance in the latter was nominated once again, and if she doesn’t win this year I swear to god .

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The subcommittee presented internal emails showing that, in 2009, the company deliberately began selling diapers at a loss in order to price out of the market and force the company to accept a takeover—after which Amazon raised diaper prices back up.

Mad Scientists Revive 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes

Mad Scientists Revive 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes

Elsewhere in the world’s oceans, much of the seafloor sediment is organic matter.There’s no upwelling and much less life at the surface, so much less organic matter is sinking to the seafloor to form sediment.

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

Protests in Portland following the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, had dwindled to maybe 100 peaceful demonstrators per night before President Trump sent federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect US government property.

Discovered: The World’s Highest-Dwelling Mammal

Discovered: The World’s Highest-Dwelling Mammal

© Marcial Quiroga-Carmona A scientific expedition to survey high-altitude wildlife in northern Chile documented the world’s highest dwelling mammal, the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse ( Phyllotis xanthopygus ) .

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

But most important, Kucharski says, is what he calls “epidemiological thinking.” That’s a mindset for dealing with incomplete information, as infectious-disease researchers must when they encounter a novel, fast-moving pathogen.But transmission is not going down, because people aren't following those supposedly obvious things that can help reduce transmission.

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