Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

He’d drop the kids off to school and jet off to work, forgetting to mention that they’d decided to be car riders, not bus riders.I was tired of bickering, exhausted of upsetting friends I’d promised to carve time for, and completely over my husband’s and my endless cycle of forgetfulness.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

The OnlyFans Porn Ban Reversal Does Not Reassure Creators

The OnlyFans Porn Ban Reversal Does Not Reassure Creators

The proposed changes would have been catastrophic for sex workers, who comprise the majority of the creators on the platform, and although the reversal is something of a relief, the about-face left some worried about their long-term futures on the site.

Scientists reveal how landmark ban gave planet fighting chance

Scientists reveal how landmark ban gave planet fighting chance

The new evidence reveals the planet’s critical ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere could have been massively degraded sending global temperatures soaring if we still used ozone-destroying chemicals such as CFCs. New modelling by the international team of scientists from New Zealand, UK and the US, published today in top science journal Nature, paints a dramatic vision of a scorched planet Earth without the Montreal Protocol, what they call the “World Avoided”.

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden's plan also seeks to "promote price transparency and competition among internet providers, including by lifting barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing on an even playing field with private providers, and requiring internet providers to clearly disclose the prices they charge."

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

Premium High Speed HDMI : Premium High Speed HDMI, with a bandwidth of 18 Gbps, was the recommended standard for gaming on 4K-capable consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, since these cables can handle 4K video at 60 frames per second.

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

Wi-Fi 6E is a new standard for home networking gadgets—routers, security cameras, internet-connected doorbells—that allows these devices to utilize the 6-GHz wireless spectrum.This new 6-GHz band is also a higher-bandwidth slice of the wireless spectrum, so Wi-Fi 6E devices can send stronger, faster signals that contain more information.

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.

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

My husband and I have been playing this preposterously frustrating game every evening because … well, we don’t have too much else to do right now.At its heart, it’s a Daddy Game .It’s funny that Geralt’s horse Roach keeps getting stuck in improbable places.

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

Researchers from IBM Trusteer say they’ve uncovered a massive fraud operation that used a network of mobile device emulators to drain millions of dollars from online bank accounts in a matter of days.

Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

Their measurement of the reaction rate, published on November 11 in Nature, nails down the most uncertain factor in a sequence of steps known as Big Bang nucleosynthesis that forged the universe’s first atomic nuclei.

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

Apple framed this announcement by pointing out the increase in interest in blood oxygen level measurement due to the respiratory effects of Covid-19, but then was quick to note that the Watch’s new feature is to be used for general “fitness and wellness purposes.”.

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Brushing your teeth is possibly the least sexy part of your daily routine, which is probably why the average person only spends about 45 seconds doing it.And oral hygiene may get even better: "You’re putting this brush in your mouth every day," says Sherrie Kinderdine, senior scientist with Oral-B Research and Development.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

As Orr explains, officers are getting more savvy about smart home devices, creating templates that simplify requesting data.Orr has studied the types of data police can pull from smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

In December 2018, a US veteran named Brian Kolfage launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe called “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” The purpose was self-explanatory: It aimed to raise one billion dollars to help finance a wall on the US-Mexico border, in support of a central election promise of President Donald Trump.

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

“When they come to a new website with the aim of doing business, they obviously are steered into what the bank or other company wants them to see or do.” Sometimes the patterns are subtle—the websites might use clever images, text placement, or bright colors that steer consumers into a particular action, account, or service, Sherry says.

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

For instance, Facebook and Google will send notifications and emails alerting you to attempts to access your account.These breaches can include phone numbers, passwords, credit card details, and other personal information that would let criminals steal your identity, among other threats.

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

The only problem: No bank would give him a serious credit card.“Imagine that you’re making $2 or $3 million a year and they’re capping you at $20,000 a month,” says Donnelly, which was the best he could get from a traditional bank.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

Oxfam transfers digital money to thousands in need of relief in Syria, Greece, Kenya, Australia, and the cyclone-prone island of Vanuatu via SMS, an Android phone app, or an NFC card—a kind of contactless payments card that also acts as proof of ID.These applications, in Oxfam’s case the Sempo Cash and Voucher Assistance program, have proven capable of disbursing tens of thousands of dollars at a time to many beneficiaries within minutes—at a near negligible cost.

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Given that more than 33 percent of Lifeline recipients qualify under the SNAP program, it follows that large numbers of eligible Americans are being denied benefits.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

It was the company’s second launch of the year and brought the total number of OneWeb satellites in orbit to 74.It’s too early to tell what will become of OneWeb’s assets as it moves through bankruptcy protection, people familiar with the proceedings told WIRED.

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Marsteller was sure that her pocket monster menagerie was gone forever until Wednesday, when she signed up for Pokémon Home, a cloud service that consolidates Pokémon from a dozen games across several Nintendo consoles.

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

And just as fast-moving flames swallowed up Paradise in 2018 , fires are moving so quickly, they’re overwhelming whole Australian towns.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

While I continue to use Google at work (more out of necessity, as my employer runs on G-Suite), on my phone I’m all about DuckDuckGo. I had, based on zero evidence, convinced myself that finding things on the internet was hard and, inevitably, involved a fair amount of tracking.