How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

“In short,” she says, “I've got no control over what my brain chooses to process, and there's all sorts of things that trigger it and create stress.” And so when it comes to podcasts, sound design is especially important for Benjamin and other people with auditory processing disorder, because they hear lots of sounds that other people may not pick up on.

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

But independent security researcher Andrea Downing says the stakes are much higher should active duty members of the US military—many of whom would likely get caught up in broader Facebook targeting of this sort—face misinformation online that could impact their understanding of world events or expose them to scams.

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

This is America’s free market health care system at work: If you can pay more or have the right connections, you get what you need; if you don’t, you suffer.In a free market pandemic, labs, hospitals, and patients are actually competitors.

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

This is precisely why the incoming Biden administration, which emphasized multilateralism throughout the campaign, must found its global technology policy on alliances as well.

A Possible Covid Vaccine Means It's Time to Fix Cold Chains

A Possible Covid Vaccine Means It's Time to Fix Cold Chains

But turn the challenges on their head and, given that most of the technologies deployed today will still be in operation for years to come, the Covid-19 global immunization effort could offer us a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create sustainable and resilient health cold-chain systems, including for ultra-low temperatures.

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

"We are seeing historic levels of cooperation among federal agencies and state and local election officials to secure this election and to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic," says Mark Lindeman, acting codirector of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes election system integrity.

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

In a series of civil and criminal complaints and forfeiture notices released today, the Justice Department has revealed that it seized hundreds of bitcoin and ethereum accounts, millions of dollars, and four websites from known Islamic extremist groups that were using those accounts and funds to support terrorist operations.

The Anatomy of a Cisco Counterfeit Shows Its Dangerous Potential

The Anatomy of a Cisco Counterfeit Shows Its Dangerous Potential

The units F-Secure analyzed posed as Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series switches—trusted devices that connect computers on an internal network to route data between them.In their analysis, the F-Secure researchers found subtle cosmetic differences between the counterfeit devices and a genuine Cisco 2960-X Series switch used for reference.

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

The agencies recommended security professionals immediately implement a patch to protect the devices from hacking techniques that could fully take control of the networking equipment, offering access to all the traffic they touch and a foothold for deeper exploitation of any corporate network that uses them.

The Webs of Covid-Related Caution Tape Across London

The Webs of Covid-Related Caution Tape Across London

London-based freelance photographer Peter Dench spent the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic shooting now-familiar scenes: empty supermarket shelves, shuttered storefronts, mask-wearing pedestrians, and fenced-off parks.“It doesn’t look very biodegradable.” But for Dench, the tape provided an opportunity to see familiar landmarks and streets in a new way.

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

A spokesperson for Smithfield says the company has instituted several OSHA-compliant safety protocols, including more protective equipment for workers, fever screenings for entry, and sick leave.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Until mid-March, the emergency room entrance at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked much like the entrance to other ERs: an illuminated red “EMERGENCY” sign mounted on a brick facade, above an open space where cars and ambulances could unload patients.

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

Access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is severely limited in many parts of the country, testing remains inadequate, and the likelihood of shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to hospital beds has left many workers stressed out, angry, and, in some cases, resigned to endure bedlam.

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

Despite these obstacles, Frayer has worked to create a moving record of life in Beijing as people deal with the virus, from residents just trying to get through the crisis to the brave volunteers with the humanitarian organization Blue Sky Rescue, who are donning protective suits and disinfection equipment to tackle it head on.

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

Although Built’s product is designed to remove workers from the cab of construction equipment, IUOE’s director of construction training, Chris Treml, says the union wants to train its members to work with the technology.

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all.The share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each.

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Washington effectively bans carriers from using the company’s equipment in US networks and has long warned that Huawei could build backdoors into its products that could be accessed by the Chinese government, something the company denies it has done or would do.

Inside the Feds’ Battle Against Huawei

Inside the Feds’ Battle Against Huawei

Meng is chief financial officer of Huawei , the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and second-­largest maker of smartphones.Meng was on her way to Mexico to secure a new beachhead for the next generation of wireless infrastructure, known as 5G .

The FCC's Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks

The FCC's Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks

The Federal Communication Commission first proposed the drastic overhaul at the end of October, suggesting that access to FCC subsidies from the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund be contingent on removing all Huawei and ZTE equipment.

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Threat intelligence firm FireEye has warned since 2017 that APT33 had links to another piece of destructive code known as Shapeshifter .Moran declined to name any of the specific industrial control system, or ICS, companies or products targeted by the APT33 hackers.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

In 2018, researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund along with scientists at 12 universities and two federal agencies published a paper in the journal Science concluding that the amount of methane leaking from oil and gas operations was 30 million metric tons per year, or about 60 percent more than EPA estimates.

That Global Ban on Huawei? Not So Much Anymore

That Global Ban on Huawei? Not So Much Anymore

And though the UK committee rejected a ban on Huawei equipment, carriers already exclude the company's gear from "core" parts of wireless networks.

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Now Nokia is launching a new version of the router, one that’s supposed to appeal to more cost-conscious people who don’t need a bunch of beacons in their home.

Huawei Still Has Friends in Europe, Despite US Warnings

Huawei Still Has Friends in Europe, Despite US Warnings

Last month the European Union asked member states to complete security risk assessments of their 5G network infrastructures by the end of June, but did not propose a ban on Huawei or other Chinese vendors.

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Our work to help people fix their stuff reached a milestone last week, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called for Right to Repair to support farmers struggling with growing antitrust issues in agriculture.

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

In her commentary accompanying the 2014 decadal review, Mark highlighted problems like a failure to fully enforce gender inclusion policies, lack of astronaut data segregated by sex, and a misguided belief that because the data that exists on women in space comes from such small sample sizes, it can’t be trusted.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.