Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy

The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy

By the time he stepped onto a bus in downtown Toronto for the first leg of a trip to Lake Tahoe in December 2012, Geoff Hinton hadn’t taken a seat for seven years.

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

I used to talk to so many people on the phone; these days, I’m constantly moving my laptop from the surface of my desk to the stack of books that props it up for video calls.

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

Around 8 am on Friday morning, an employee of a water treatment plant in the 15,000-person city of Oldsmar, Florida, noticed that his mouse cursor was moving strangely on his computer screen, out of his control, as local police would later tell it.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

But tightly packed in-person gatherings are likely to be among the last types of events that resume once the pandemic ends, which means that conference organizers will hang on to many of the virtual elements that were very much their Plan B.

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Upon release, some players were concerned to hear journalist Helen Lewis' voice in Watch Dogs: Legion's in-game podcasts.Following the now infamous press conference, YouTuber Coopertom recreated the whole Four Seasons Total Landscaping scene in VRChat, complete with Trump 2020 posters, and it has now become a hangout for virtual-reality furries.

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

Wednesday night, at a brief, hastily arranged press conference at FBI headquarters, four top US national security officials announced solemnly that they had evidence that two foreign adversaries, Iran and Russia, had obtained US voter data and appeared to be trying to spread disinformation about the election.

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 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

He’d been accused of unleashing the Love Bug , a high-profile and extremely successful virus that had infected an estimated 45 million computers worldwide and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage.

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

Anderson says that over the course of the eight-week conference, even skeptics came around to the idea that the event was TED-like, and even worth the hefty tariff to attend.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.Today, Kotaku again reports that GameStop has closed its stores in California, but retail locations in other states remain open.

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

He announced the news in a Friday press conference that was late, unfocused, and confusing to follow—in other words, thoroughly in keeping with the administration's response to the pandemic.This picks up on Trump’s false claim from last week that a rule adopted by the Obama administration had slowed the government’s response.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference

Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference

Xiaoyin Qu, the cofounder of a new virtual conference startup called Run the World, says the problem with most virtual conferences is the inability to meet other people.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode .

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

But then the press conference took a turn, as the president began reading from his notes and waving his arms, giving a clear view of the black lettering.“I quickly noticed that the pad contained large handwritten notes in Sharpie and focused my camera to capture what was on the page,” Wilson said.

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks.

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement.The letter opposing Schmidt's appearance points to public statements in which he was dismissive of employee complaints over a now canceled Google project that tested a search engine designed to comply with Chinese internet censorship .

Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat

Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat

In addition to legally targeting the conference, Crown Sterling has also filed suit against 10 "Doe" defendants, who it claims orchestrated a disruption of the company's sponsored talk at Black Hat. Grant's presentation, entitled "Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does this Mean for Encryption," was based on a paper called "Accurate and Infinite Prime Prediction from a Novel Quasi-PrimeAnalytical Methodology."

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News.A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News. We could also see an update to Watch OS and the release of "Marzipan," the codename for Apple's years-long project of porting iOS apps to the Mac. New York is ready to ditch the MetroCard.

Watch the Google I/O 2019 Keynote Right Here

Watch the Google I/O 2019 Keynote Right Here

Google I/O is technically a developer's conference, and there should be plenty of talk about all the fun things developers can build using Google's latest tools. Last year , the company used the conference to debut its "digital wellness" initiative and a suite of new visual search tools for Google Lens.

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News. Sunscreen chemicals are slipping through your pores, Google has big conference coming, and Game of Thrones made an "oopsie." What to expect from Google's big conference tomorrow. Google's I/O conference is tomorrow.

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Microsoft Build, the company's annual developer conference, begins on Monday in Seattle. We're also likely to hear updates about Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the new vision for Windows.

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

This year, the fictional killer asteroid that got their blood pumping was fake-discovered on March 26, 2019.Somewhere between 100 and 300 meters across, this rock could crash into Earth at several points in the future, most likely on April 29, 2027.