Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday

For gaming, video editing, or other power-hungry tasks, aim for an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia or AMD.Be sure to read our guide to the best laptops , best cheap laptops , best MacBooks , and best Surface PCs for more recommendations.Microsoft Surface Deals.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 15 Best Laptop Deals (Updated)

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 15 Best Laptop Deals (Updated)

It's still powerful though, with an Intel i7 chip, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, 18-gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and a 15.6-inch Full HD 144-Hz display.

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

David Nield via ChromeBlockSite is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, and an app for Android and iOS, that does exactly what it says it will: block websites for you.

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

Rumors indicate Google will not be using the best processor available but instead is sticking with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G (the same one in mid-priced phones like the LG Velvet and Motorola One 5G .

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

(The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast).With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless , web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018.Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies.

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.

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

You might notice if you visit all your favorite sites in incognito mode, you won't get recognized, and are then asked to sign up for a whole load of newsletters and special offers all over again.

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Smart Clock can do almost anything that other Google Assistant devices can do, but it has a smaller 4-inch display (nightstand-sized) and has a nice fabric cover to blend in with your aesthetic.

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features, or they can with the help of a third-party extension.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

"Chrome checks the URL of each site you visit or file you download against a local list, which is updated approximately every 30 minutes," Google explains in a blog post about the new setting.

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.

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Microsoft, Apple, and Google have put tools for the job right inside their operating systems, while applications have come to rely more and more on the cloud, so your important data is most likely already backed up somewhere online ready to be redownloaded.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

Chrome is protecting and Sonos is disconnecting, but first: a cartoon about the new big screen .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

Cats are in the rubble and snakes are causing trouble, but first: a cartoon about the internet frontier .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site .You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures.

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Google figures that since it has a big (encrypted) database of all your passwords, it might as well compare them against a 4-billion-strong public list of compromised usernames and passwords that have been exposed in innumerable security breaches over the years.

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has a veritable hardware ecosystem up and running with its ever-expanding line of Nest smart speakers, routers, Pixel phones, not to mention its new Stadia game-streaming service .Google Pixel 3A for $300 ($100 off) at Best Buy or Amazon: Our favorite phone of the year was already affordable.

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

This time, we've got TV, reality and otherwise, publisher disputes, and Magic: the Gathering.The Creators of Several Sherlock Holmes Games Are Having Serious Publisher Troubles.A new mystery for fans of the old detective: Where have all the Sherlock Holmes games gone?

Amazon's Fleabag and Many Others Won the Emmys They Deserved

Amazon's Fleabag and Many Others Won the Emmys They Deserved

Yes, we have some Emmys news, but there are also a few tidbits about Frozen 2 and some high fashion coming to League of Legends.Despite the snubs at last night's Emmys, the event's biggest loser was actually the telecast itself.

How Safari and iMessage Have Made iPhones Less Secure

How Safari and iMessage Have Made iPhones Less Secure

"If you want to compromise an iPhone, these are the best ways to do it," says independent security researcher Linus Henze of the two apps.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

You'll Soon Be Able to Run Linux Apps on Any Chromebook

You'll Soon Be Able to Run Linux Apps on Any Chromebook

According to Google's Crostini page, the system works by running a streamlined version of Linux called Termina inside what's called a virtual machine. Within Termina, you can then run Linux applications inside "containers," which are similar to virtual machines but virtualize only parts of an operating system.

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

To help reduce these impacts, modernized weather – or “hydromet” – services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

National meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) are responsible for helping people understand, predict and warn of weather- and water-related hazards such as storms, floods, and hurricanes.

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

The Cat’s Paw Nebula glows in neon greens and reds, cranking out stars at an astronomical scale—it’s 80 to 90 light years across, so we’re not exaggerating. The result were images that looked back in time, filled with galaxies that, billions of years ago, had released light across the universe.

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

In his book Life at the Speed of Light , Craig Venter himself—the brash, iconoclastic scientist and entrepreneur, and the institute’s founder—described his project as the first “synthetic cell”; it was named Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, but it acquired the nickname “Synthia.” You can tell a lot about a biotech application about the way it’s named (“noninvasive,” “de-extinction”), and Venter’s new cell is no different: its formal name highlights the merging of the biological and digital.

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

It shouldn’t take advanced knowledge of how the internet works to figure that out." "A key challenge is avoiding flagging legitimate domains as suspicious." Emily Stark, Google Chrome The Chrome team's efforts so far focus on figuring out how to detect and warn users about URLs that seem to deviate in some way from standard practice.