A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

The paper discussed ethical issues raised by recent advances in AI technology that works with language , which Google has said is important to the future of its business .

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Researchers at Oxford also told reporters Monday that testing showed the vaccinated group in the UK had fewer asymptomatic infections, which means they'd be less likely to unwittingly spread the disease themselves.

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Discovered by Natalie Silvanovich of Google's Project Zero bug hunting team , the vulnerability, which is now patched, could have been exploited on Messenger for Android if an attacker simultaneously called a target and sent them a specially crafted, invisible message to trigger the attack.

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Though Apple has not released specific numbers, it's likely that the vast majority of App Store developers are eligible for the program, but they together make up only a small portion of Apple's overall App Store revenue, which was $50 billion last year.

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

She has chosen to make a better address book: an iPhone app for organizing your contacts, using AI.“It's crazy that we can have self-driving cars and global facial recognition, but still can't do simple things like remove duplicates in your contacts,” Mayer said, in an interview this week with WIRED.Word that Lumi Labs’ first product would focus on contacts was initially reported by The Information last July.

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

For example, AMD says that its Security Processor will work alongside Pluton to act as the hardware root of trust for the silicon chips in a system and their firmware, while Pluton can provide the root of trust for Windows.

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

Tuesday the company unveiled the first Macs built on a processor, the M1, designed by Apple’s own chip engineers, abandoning the industry’s dominant supplier, Intel.

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Best news since January 10,” tweeted Florian Krammer, a virologist and vaccinologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (who also happens to be a participant in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial).

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

On Tuesday, the company held its third media event of the fall, this time trotting out a newly designed PC processor, showing off three new Macs with the custom chip, and giving some more details about macOS 11 Big Sur, the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

How to Watch Tuesday’s Apple Event (It’s About Laptops)

How to Watch Tuesday’s Apple Event (It’s About Laptops)

Apple has already staged two hardware release events this fall: one for the Apple Watch and iPads and one for the four new iPhones .

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

That makes the drive-thru—where 70 percent of McDonald’s sales have taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic globally in top markets—existentially important.And the company is even considering a concept store with limited or no in-room dining at all, just a kitchen surrounded by drive-thru lanes and pick-up parking.

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

It’s on by default for iMessage and WhatsApp , a staple of encrypted messaging platforms like Signal , and an optional feature in Facebook Messenger .With all of that out of the way, here’s how to actually use Zoom’s end-to-end encryption, if it’s right for you.

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

In the event, however, the hearing was mostly an opportunity for Republicans on the committee to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for supposedly discriminating against conservative users—especially conservative user number one, Donald Trump.

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.

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

The researchers behind Monday’s report, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, found that Facebook Messenger and Instagram were the worst offenders.As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.

What Comes After the International Space Station?

What Comes After the International Space Station?

“NASA has been very open about the fact that in order to do exploration beyond low earth orbit, you have to have a platform there to test systems and get experience,” says Michael Suffredini, the cofounder and CEO of Axiom Space, a company that is poised to build the world’s first commercial space station.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

Now Google is accused of forcing phone companies to install its apps on the Android OS—which it gives away for free.There’s no question that Google dominates search, but in 2020, there isn’t one company that rules technology but a cluster (including Microsoft).

A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site

A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site

The more important question to ask when a major company like Barnes and Noble gets hacked—which it did, according to an email sent to customers this week—is how much the hackers actually got away with.

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

By the time she rolled back into Vegas nine months ago, with her truck of robot dildos on the Strip, DiCarlo was more than a CEO: She was a conference-hopping activist, an icon on a mission to erase the shame around women's sexuality.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

That number will continue to spike up to 74 million metric tons by 2030, almost double the amount recorded in 2014.E-waste, which includes batteries, appliances, phones, screens, and cables, might seem like junk at the end of its lifecycle to the people tossing it out, but those items contain traces of valuable components like iron, copper, and gold.

How to Watch Apple's iPhone Event Today

How to Watch Apple's iPhone Event Today

If it feels like you just watched a socially distanced presentation about new Apple hardware, it's because you did .We'd recommend launching the stream on your television using either your YouTube app or the Apple TV app.

The Law Comes for John McAfee

The Law Comes for John McAfee

Also not ideal: A Chinese-speaking hacker group has been caught repurposing an especially sneaky tool that was first disclosed years ago as part of a leak of the Italy-based Hacking Team spyware company.

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

After more than a decade of concerted effort, the tech company that brute-forced its way to dominance in books, retail, and cloud computing has failed to produce a single successful big-name title.But six former employees of Amazon Game Studios, most of whom had left the company by 2019, told a different story.

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Cyberbullying is hard to define and even harder to measure; even Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, can’t estimate how prevalent the behavior is on its platform, or whether it’s worsened as Instagram replaces school cafeterias and shopping malls as the main place where teenagers interact.

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

That's a lot less than the 27,000 S and X vehicles Tesla sold two years earlier.Tesla plans to introduce a new high-end Model S called the Model S Plaid next year.