This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar. The summer is a time for rejuvenation, don’t you think? Apple has now outfitted its least expensive MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, meaning MBP buyers henceforth must resign themselves to a thin OLED strip at the top row of their keyboards.

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

The more than 2 billion iPhones sold since Apple first launched it exactly 12 years ago have done a lot of good for their owners, but it seems like they’ve been bad news for the planet.

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

The batteries, according to Apple’s support page, “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The recall is said to affect 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and Apple is replacing batteries for free on eligible laptops.

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

The Roli Lumi (you know, because “illumination”) is a multicolored, light-up keyboard aimed at musical novices eager to learn to play the piano. Eventually, the goal is to get to playing songs without the guiding lights at all.“We wanted to build a seamless on-ramp to music making,” Lamb says.

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

Also on the show, the hosts cover the latest news about products from Amazon and Google, and also give a preview of what to expect from Apple’s WWDC developer conference that takes place next week.

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

According to iFixit, the company that publishes online repair guides, sells parts, and shares information on consumer products after it has torn them apart, the new MacBook Pro keyboard does appear to have some different materials in it. Wiens says he's skeptical these material changes will fix all of the issues with the newer keyboards.

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

At the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its charming little Mint concept, an appropriately verdant electric two-door it probably won’t build. On the floor of the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its sweet little Mint concept, an electric two-seater with a very abbreviated sedan body.

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon’s proxy statement, released Thursday, includes an employee-backed resolution asking the company to report publicly on how it plans to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and manage the risks posed by climate change.

How Professional Gambler James Holzhauer Broke 'Jeopardy!'

How Professional Gambler James Holzhauer Broke 'Jeopardy!'

And if you think he sounds more like a gambler describing his craft than a game show contestant, that's no coincidence: Holzhauer, a Nevada resident, bets on sports for a living.

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

If MetaFilter was the best newsfeed you'd ever seen, painstakingly moderated and sincerely interested in unearthing interesting stories, AskMe was the message board you'd always wanted to read.

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.

Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

The lawyer told Congress, according to Cummings, that Kushner “took screenshots of the communications and sent them to his official White House account or the National Security Council,” in order to comply with those laws.

How Does Music Affect Your Brain? Every Way Imaginable

How Does Music Affect Your Brain? Every Way Imaginable

(If you're someone who experiences frisson , that spine-tingling, hair-raising reaction to music, you know what I'm talking about.) We also talked to researchers who have studied how learning to play music can help kids become better problem-solvers, and to author Dan Levitin, who helped break down how the entire brain gets involved when you hear music.

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from Ethiopian Flight 302 arrived in Paris on Thursday, where investigators will examine the data that could reveal what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet.

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

This week's videogame news includes a, um, battle royale between Fortnite and Apex Legends , another weird gaffe by Steam, and Nintendo sneaking a big surprise into an unassuming package.

Which MacBook Should You Actually Buy?

Which MacBook Should You Actually Buy?

The new Air is a lot like the new MacBook Pro models, with a sharp, 13-inch Retina display, a responsive trackpad, an improved butterfly keyboard (with a dust shield), surprisingly potent speakers, and two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging and hooking up peripherals.

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

In its charter, the company suggests creating a body of up to 40 "independent experts" to review Facebook's most contentious content moderation decisions, in order to cast the final vote on whether a given post or comment should stay or go and how that should alter Facebook's policies in the future.

DeepMind Beats Pros at StarCraft in Another Triumph for Bots

DeepMind Beats Pros at StarCraft in Another Triumph for Bots

DeepMind’s broadcast showed its artificial intelligence bot, AlphaStar, defeating a professional player at the complex real-time-strategy videogame StarCraft II . “In a way, beating humans at games has gotten boring.” StarCraft is a trickier challenge for computers than boardgames like chess because many more decisions are required to build and direct an alien army in real time.

Google Wanted to Prohibit Workers From Organizing by Email

Google Wanted to Prohibit Workers From Organizing by Email

But three weeks later, Google’s lawyers took a different stance, asking the US government to overturn Obama-era protections that supported employees’ right to organize using their work email,.

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Buy Saxx Thermoflyte for $75 , Merino 250 Base Layers for $95 , and Terramar for $35+ Burton Burton Gore-Tex Gloves I’m not going to lie, I’ve never found a pair of gloves that I was 100 percent in love with.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

“Now you’re not driving at all,” Stahl said, incredulously, looking over at his feet.Musk went on to demonstrate the car’s new Navigate on Autopilot feature, which lets it change lanes by itself.

It'll Take Way More Than All This to Oust Elon Musk From Tesla

It'll Take Way More Than All This to Oust Elon Musk From Tesla

Musk gets a minimum wage salary, but stands to make $55 billion if he can hit a series of ambitious goals over the next decade—indicating his Tesla co-owners would really like him to stick around.Further: In June, the man defeated a shareholder’s push to force him to officially split the roles of company chairman and chief executive, and retain just the latter title, with 16.2 percent voting in support.To top it off: The six independent members of the company’s board put out a supportive statement of the leader this month, even after the electric carmaker backtracked on Musk’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, sparking lawsuits and a reported SEC investigation.

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

To be a smartphone user is to accept the ergonomics and software of small touchscreen keyboards.When I started working with a small team of engineers and designers at Apple in late 2005 to create a touchscreen operating system for Purple—the codename of the super-secret skunk works project that became the iPhone—we didn’t know if typing on a small, touch-sensitive sheet of glass was technologically feasible or a fool’s errand.

Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop

Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop

At the same time, Lenovo—which has managed to expand its image beyond that of a strictly-enterprise laptop maker over the past several years—deserves credit for experimenting once again.Lenovo says the Windows version of the 2016 Yoga Book sold much better than the Android version did; as a result, this new Yoga Book (with the forgettable name C930) will ship only as a Windows 10 device.