Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

While more established privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero have been more widely used and arguably better tested, Marlinspike says Signal chose to integrate MobileCoin because it has the most seamless user experience on mobile devices, requiring little storage space on the phone and needing only seconds for transactions to be confirmed.

Slack Now Lets You DM Anyone. So Long, Work-Life Balance

Slack Now Lets You DM Anyone. So Long, Work-Life Balance

A new feature would soon let anyone from outside your company send you a Slack DM (that’s a direct message).Slack Connect allows two Slack users to directly message each other, even if they work at different companies.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

At the end of the film, Captain America passes on his iconic shield to Sam Wilson, an airman turned Avenger known as the Falcon, who takes to the skies with the aid of a pair of mechanical wings.

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

When Diddy hosted a charity event on Instagram Live for health care workers in April, he had to rotate celebrities like Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama in and out of the second spot.“The number one most requested feature was, ‘Can I go live with multiple people?’” says Kristin George, Instagram’s director of product for creators.

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

The rover’s cameras imagine colors beyond the ones that human eyes and brains can come up with.“If there are sedimentary rocks on Mars that preserve evidence of any ancient biosphere, this is where we’re going to find them,” says Jim Bell, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University and the principal investigator on one of the rover’s sets of eyes.

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

This week it disclosed that ransomware was recently added to its list of woes, as a hacker group claimed to have stolen internal documents as well as source code for its most popular games.

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

People can use the generator when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password.“Microsoft Edge offers a built-in strong password generator that you can use when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password,” members of Microsoft’s Edge team wrote.

Everything Samsung Announced at Its 2021 'Unpacked' Event

Everything Samsung Announced at Its 2021 'Unpacked' Event

All of Samsung's camera features have improved in some meaningful way: portrait mode now does a better job separating the subject from the background; there's a new Director's View that now lets you switch lenses mid-recording and even lets you film with the front and rear cameras simultaneously; and Super Steady mode offers improved stabilization.

No, You Don't Need a New TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

No, You Don't Need a New TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

HDMI 2.1, introduced in 2019, adds a few handy gaming features: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) allows your TV to "sync" the number of times it refreshes per second to the number of frames being output by your console.

How to Use ProRAW on Your iPhone 12 Pro

How to Use ProRAW on Your iPhone 12 Pro

Apple's latest version of iOS adds a new camera feature to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max called ProRAW.That means it's turned off, and your camera is set to capture HEIC/JPEG images.

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

Instead of showing a list of several services and prices, one main button will be highlighted by default as the best way to watch.Paired with the Watchlist feature, this approach to organizing a streaming library makes it much easier to find what you want to watch.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

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.

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Memories also hosts digital “vaults” for living people to store things like precious photos, videos, and life stories, which can be shared after their passing.Though death is hard to control, people like Ainsworth are determined to create a future where you at least have some say in what comes next.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks

Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks

I send my address to people in text messages, I type certain URLs in Chrome's address bar, and I send the same email to every person that joins the group I lead at church.

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

At the very least, you have to use a VPN service anytime you connect to the internet through a network that you don't personally control.

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

Google recently introduced a new feature called Tab Groups that makes it easier to manage different bunches of tabs in Chrome.

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Apple and Google say the change was based on conversations with state public health authorities, who told the companies they were having difficulty building apps themselves.Apple and Google say they are “committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.”.

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

Photograph: GoogleAt the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it.

How Do You Make Movies in a Pandemic? Ask Horror Directors

How Do You Make Movies in a Pandemic? Ask Horror Directors

“It just felt like nobody was realizing that everybody was having this same realization, that you can make something on a computer screen, or at least make projects on it a little faster during this time,” he says.

Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself

Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself

The virtual machines Google and AMD launched for Google Cloud Services in February (known as N2D VMs) have special security features that allow AMD's processors to generate and manage encryption keys that stay on the chip.

Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

Crucially, to enable end-to-end encryption, free users will need to submit and verify an identifying piece of data, like a phone number.

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter introduced a new feature Wednesday that prompts users to read links to articles before sharing them.But making the feature work requires a level of tracking, and risk, that users likely aren’t aware of.

Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions

Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions

And the release of Android 11 is particularly focused on expanding privacy improvements to give you more control over what your apps can access and giving more ways to distribute software updates across Android's fragmented and disjointed device population.

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Manage Activity will also introduce a Facebook Trash folder so you can delete posts more easily.All archived posts will show up in one place, but Facebook says there isn’t a way to view the collection of posts you've marked Only Me.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Chrome browser users take heart: Google developers are rolling out a feature that neuters abusive ads that covertly leach your CPU resources, bandwidth, and electricity.

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

Screenshot: David Nield via AppleIf you're using Apple devices and apps, the option to use disposable email addresses is already baked in—as long as the app or website you're signing up for offers a Sign in with Apple button.