Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Given the Russian government’s active efforts to isolate the country’s internet and gain access to all data, Parler could expose its users to Russian surveillance if the site someday does relaunch in full with DDoS-Guard.

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

As the director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Krebs oversaw the country's election preparedness , grappling not only with potential foreign hacking threats but a firehose of disinformation from President Donald Trump and his associates.

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

6, eabd8668 (2021)Once the robots are aware of the positions of their peers, Berlinger and his colleagues can then feed this positional information into simple algorithms to guide the behavior of the seven Bluebots dropped into a tank.

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

Last year, Samsung and Motorola made clamshell-shaped flip phones that opened up to look like normal smartphones .The week at CES 2021 , TCL and LG both unveiled concepts for new phones with rolling screens.TCL's prototype phone with a rolling screen.

In Minecraft’s Dream SMP, All the Server’s a Stage

In Minecraft’s Dream SMP, All the Server’s a Stage

Some of the most popular online video games have become stages for live theater, broadcast to millions over Twitch and YouTube.Dream SMP is just that: The player Dream’s survival multiplayer server, where top Minecraft celebrities have constructed an ongoing, mostly improvised narrative over dozens of combined hours of livestreaming.

CES Liveblog: Laptops, Robovacs, and Lab-Grown Breast Milk

CES Liveblog: Laptops, Robovacs, and Lab-Grown Breast Milk

Today, Panasonic Automotive showed off its 4K-resolution AR HUD, which covers a much larger section of the windshield and mixes two-dimensional information such as vehicle speed, speed limit, and fuel range in the near-field view with three-dimensional overlays of navigation directions in the far-field view, which appear to be cast spatially onto the road ahead.

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

As part of that privacy policy refresh, WhatsApp also removed a passage about opting out of sharing certain data with Facebook: "If you are an existing user, you can choose not to have your WhatsApp account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.".

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

Other livestreams from participants have been removed by the platforms themselves, part of a scrambling effort by social media giants to scrub their feeds of footage like Evans’ stream.

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay a $10 million criminal fine after admitting its employees repeatedly used stolen passwords and other means to hack a rival ticket sales company.Ticketmaster would then identify the rival company’s clients and “attempt to dissuade them from selling tickets through the victim company,” federal prosecutors said.

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

DDoSecrets' cofounder Emma Best argues that the trail of dumped data that ransomware operations leave in their wake often contains information that deserves to be scrutinized and, in some cases, revealed to the public.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

That's lower than a midrange price point, which means you could build a PC that'd beat the pants off the PS4 and Xbox One pretty affordably—indeed, many games had lower framerates, downgraded graphics, or both compared to halfway decent PCs at the time.

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Then came 2020.Under pressure from politicians, activists, and media, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all made policy changes and enforcement decisions this year that they had long resisted—from labeling false information from prominent accounts to attempting to thwart viral spread to taking down posts by the president of the United States.

The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year

The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year

Such digital extortion attempts have been around for decades, but the Vastaamo situation was particularly egregious, because the stolen data, which went back roughly two years, included psychotherapy notes and other sensitive information about patients' mental health treatment.

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

"The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and contact information of sexual assault survivors without their consent," Uber said in a statement on Monday.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

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.

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Because winds blow in various directions at each altitude, the AI-based controller was programmed to use reinforcement learning, or RL, to search a database of historic records and current weather reports to predict the best elevation to keep the balloon in one place.

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos has long offered one of the best deals in cloud storage, allowing you to upload unlimited photos for free—as long as you were willing to sacrifice a little image quality.Like Google, iCloud encompasses all your shared cloud storage for Apple services—including photos.

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

“When I read some of your tweets, my jaw dropped,” the host told Jodi Doering, referring to her account of gravely ill patients who “scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA.

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.

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Within minutes of Donald Trump tweeting that he had fired Christopher Krebs as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency Tuesday night, Twitter slapped on a warning label that the accompanying claim about electoral fraud “is disputed.” The disinformation warning was, in some ways, a fitting denouement to a two-week-long battle between Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and his boss in the Oval Office.

The Black Hole Information Paradox Comes to an End

The Black Hole Information Paradox Comes to an End

Hawking and others sought to describe matter in and around black holes using quantum theory, but they continued to describe gravity using Einstein’s classical theory—a hybrid approach that physicists call “semiclassical.” Although the approach predicted new effects at the perimeter of the hole, the interior remained strictly sealed off.

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Florida’s tiny-paper-fragment mess was part of a massive recount that eventually landed in the Supreme Court; Nevada is just taking a while to count votes.Left with little else to do but wait, the internet did what it always does: started a meme.

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.

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

Sure, no one was live-tweeting the results when Ronald Reagan was elected, but as more Americans came online in the past two decades, our national milestones have, too.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

She takes us deep inside the world of political TikTok, the impressive creators who are making the videos, and how they’ve helped galvanize young voters who are likely to remain active long past this election season.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

The health care and mental health services provider Vastaamo says it first began investigating a possible breach at the end of September, when a hacker contacted three of the organization's employees with extortion demands.