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.

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

Opensignal covers those bases if you tap Network Stats and swipe through its results for a given location, but you can also look at things like PCMag's yearly coverage of the fastest mobile networks for an idea of how speeds might vary from one city to another.

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

Screenshot: David Nield via SignalYou have a number of apps to choose for text messaging, but few are as security-focused as Signal (Android, iOS) while also working across multiple platforms with ease.

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

But some scientists think phosphine—a humble pyramid of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a phosphorus—may be a useful biosignature: a sign, if you see it on a solid-surface terrestrial planet, that life might live there.

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

However, it’s worth stressing that the content of the messages you send isn’t shared, as Facebook doesn’t have access to them due to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption .WhatsApp collects more information about you than it shares with Facebook.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes

Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes

The pandemic has fueled debate about contact-tracing apps, but researchers say that it is possible to design encryption schemes for such services in a way that would successfully protect user privacy.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.

Verizon’s 5G Network Is Here—If You Can Get a Signal

Verizon’s 5G Network Is Here—If You Can Get a Signal

Verizon launched its mobile 5G network last week in "select areas" of Minneapolis and Chicago, and a speed test shared by a Verizon spokesperson showed an impressive download speed of 762Mbps.

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

As of this month, the multi-level streets of Chicago are studded with Waze Beacons, hockey puck-sized squares that stick to the sides of tunnel walls and broadcast an open standard signal via Bluetooth so Waze and other navigation apps can triangulate a position.