Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

I’m in an airboat gliding across the glassy surface of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve , a restored floodplain wetland located along the Illinois River.

A Major Legal Battle May Change How Digital Game Sales Work

A Major Legal Battle May Change How Digital Game Sales Work

According to a report in PC Gamer, the reason is an ongoing battle with a consumer rights organization called UFC-Que Choisir, which took Valve to court over the clause in its store policy that disallows the resell of games or Steam accounts, on penalty of being banned from the platform.

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

Only 5.5 percent of games released in the App Store this August were paid, versus nearly 25 percent that same month five years ago.And revenue from paid games made up only 1.4 percent of overall App Store game revenue last month.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

It’s a shrewd move that allows Atwood to return to themes of subjugation, sexual crimes, and sisterhood without getting boxed in by her original protagonist Offred, the Handmaids, and all the protests and parodies stored within those red robes and white bonnets.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The deal wasn’t a surprise, following reports this spring that Coinbase had outbid Fidelity Digital Assets, which started offering custody to clients in March.The better custody arrangements are another draw, he suggests, making it more appealing for institutional investors who could potentially store hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital assets.

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

© Jim Harding Especially galling to wood-turtle managers is that after they’ve painstakingly restored habitat and rebuilt populations, these strongholds become prime targets for poachers.

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

There’s been growing support from both consumers and retailers to move away from cash in favor of digital payment options .It’s one thing for luxury brands to self-select their customers on the basis of price point, but it’s another for a retailer to deny access to a person trying to buy a pack of gum.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

Foursquare Is Adding Even More Data About Where You Are

Foursquare Is Adding Even More Data About Where You Are

The company says its understanding of the real-time locations of millions of phones has helped Subway determine how physical coupons affect in-store visits and segment users into custom audience categories based on the types of locations they visit regularly, per Foursquare’s website.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

It happened again: Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. But a bug in G Suite's password recovery feature for administrators caused unprotected passwords to be stored in the infrastructure of a control panel, called the admin console.

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

To avoid future exploding bear repellent incidents, Amazon will now ship hazardous items out of specially engineered warehouses. In the future, Amazon plans to store bear repellent and similarly hazardous items in a new kind of warehouse designed specifically for that sort of merchandise.

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Being tall, white, enthusiastic, and good at computers, I’ve ended up the CEO of a software services company, working for various large enterprises to build their digital dreams—which you’d figure would be like being a kid in a candy store for me, sculpting software experiences all day until they ship to the web or into app stores.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Pepper, the Supreme Court ruled that App Store customers have standing to sue the company for antitrust violations. Apple argued that App Store customers technically buy apps from third-party developers and have no direct purchasing relationship with Apple, and therefore no standing to seek damages from the company.

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

Money Management Tips From a Formerly Manic Spender

Money Management Tips From a Formerly Manic Spender

That was six years of impulse shopping, spending money I didn’t have, and racking up credit card debt. Between mobile payments, fewer stores having a card minimum, and some places not even accepting cash, it's easier than ever to spend money in practically invisible ways.

The 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-In on 'Fortnite' Lets You Be a Hero

The 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-In on 'Fortnite' Lets You Be a Hero

This time around we've got news about Fortnite 's latest Marvel tie-in, Epic Store exclusives, and Overwatch modding. This time, PC Gamer reports, Thanos is back, and you can take up the weapons of Marvel heroes to fight him in a new game mode.

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall series, its approach to the mega-popular genre has found a large, eager audience, one that's interested to see what changes and growth the game will have in store as its first season continues.

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

According to UpGuard, one of the exposed databases belonged to a Mexican company called Cultura Colectiva, which used Amazon cloud services to store some 146 gigabytes of data, including 540 million different records.

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Google Play Store Has a Malware Problem. Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Change your Facebook password. Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

It just got even harder: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite , and Instagram to be stored as plaintext in an internal platform.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Photos of Ordinary Objects Sliced in Half With a Water Jet

Photos of Ordinary Objects Sliced in Half With a Water Jet

Such water jets, which use a mixture of water and extra-fine garnet sand, are generally used to cut sheet metal, but a few years ago Warren began using one to bisect ordinary objects like boxing gloves, oil filters, and golf balls that he found at Goodwill or other second-hand stores.

The Fish on Your Plate May Not Be What You Ordered

The Fish on Your Plate May Not Be What You Ordered

The organization tested 449 fish from more than 250 restaurants, seafood markets, and grocery stores across the country and found that 21 percent of samples were mislabeled.

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, a response to a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission that basically gutted the regulations that were put in place by the Democrat-controlled FCC in 2015.

How Amazon's Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

How Amazon's Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

One has a confident-looking doctor on the cover, but the author doesn’t have an MD—a quick Google search reveals that he’s a medical journalist with the “ThinkTwice Global Vaccine Institute.” Scrolling through a simple keyword search for “vaccine” in Amazon’s top-level Books section reveals anti-vax literature prominently marked as “#1 Best Seller” in categories ranging from Emergency Pediatrics to History of Medicine to Chemistry.

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