Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

So four years ago, Facebook engineers began building a customized assessment tool that not only checks for known types of bugs but can fully scan the entire codebase in under 30 minutes—helping engineers catch issues in tweaks, changes, or major new features before they go live.

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

It’s unfair,” says Ian Philabaum, a program director at Immigration Law Lab. Of the nearly 1 million asylum cases waiting to be heard, about 74 percent are for people coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

EQC, GNS Science and NIWA have joined forces to further develop world-leading natural hazards risk modelling for New Zealand. Mr Morgan said the new partnership will broaden use of RiskScape to include more government, council and infrastructure company users, enabling more people to get a better understanding of the potential costs of natural hazards.

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Motherboard reports week that in the golden age of Myspace, employees had access too and abused an administrative tool called Overlord.

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open Mobility Foundation, devoted to collecting, maintaining, and standardizing information about where shared vehicles—including cars, scooters, jet packs, and bicycles—are parked.

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

"The net result is that we can perform this computation without exposing any individual data and only getting the aggregate result," says Amanda Walker, a privacy tools and infrastructure engineering manager at Google.

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Eighty years later, a Nature Conservancy scientist is creating a 3-D map of the Kokoda Track to help both preserve the site’s military history and protect the surrounding forest’s biodiversity and watershed services.

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite, too, has likely possessed the ability to unlock iOS 12.3 devices prior to this announcement, says Dan Guido, the founder of the New York-based security firm Trail of Bits and a longtime iOS-focused security researcher.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Now researchers at security firms Kaspersky and ESET have uncovered evidence that the same hackers who targeted Asus with that sort of supply chain hack earlier this year have also targeted three different videogame developers—this time aiming even higher upstream, corrupting the programming tools relied on by game developers.

Google's Making It Easier to Safeguard Sensitive Data Troves

Google's Making It Easier to Safeguard Sensitive Data Troves

And while the Data Loss Prevention API can be customized based on specific types of data an administrator wants to catch—like patient information in a medical setting, or credit card numbers in a business—DLP also needs to be comprehensive enough to catch things organizations don’t know they’re looking for.

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

In those investigations, FireEye says it's identified a collection of custom malicious software that the Triton hackers used, tools that allowed the hackers to patiently advance their intrusion as they worked to gain access to the victims' industrial control systems.

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

The following year, Charpentier teamed up with biochemist Jennifer Doudna, and the pair asked what proved to be the multibillion-dollar question: Could they exploit this system and use it to edit genes?

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

(Like other open source code, though, expect it to have some bugs.) Joyce also noted that the NSA views the release of Ghidra as a sort of recruiting strategy, making it easier for new hires to enter the NSA at a higher level, or for cleared contractors to lend their expertise without needing to first come up to speed on the tool.

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

The straightforwardly named tool, which lives inside the Strava app, is purpose-built for smartphones and makes finding new routes as simple as tracing your finger over a map: Just draw where you want to go and it spits out an ideal path.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

The tool asks: “Do the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you?” You get three options: keep following the account, unfollow it, or add the account to a Twitter list.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

X-Tronic 3020-XTS Soldering Station Use this 75-watt soldering iron to forge solid electronic connections. The onboard Wi-Fi module will let you (or an automated web service like IFTTT) send your bot commands from afar.

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

Giving in to the gripper felt like an admission of my addiction to my phone, that my device is constantly in my hand or within reach. Since I’ve had a Popsocket gripper attached to my phone, I’m not as reluctant to use my device on the train.

Marshallese benefit from new RiskScape drought tool

Marshallese benefit from new RiskScape drought tool

Inhabitants of the Marshall Islands may not be able to avoid drought, but thanks to a new tool co-developed by NIWA they can now plan ahead to better manage water resources when the big dry looms.

How to Check How Much Time You Spend on Facebook and Instagram

How to Check How Much Time You Spend on Facebook and Instagram

The numbers in the bar graph indicate only how much time you spend on Facebook or Instagram on that single device.“As we continue to work on these important tools, we hope to add measure for the desktop/world wide web,” said a Facebook spokesperson in an email to WIRED.

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

Inject RTX, as it’s known, into an aching joint, and it’ll actually destroy the nerve endings that signal pain. That’s toxic, leading to the inactivation of the pain-sensing nerve endings.This leaves other varieties of sensory neurons unaffected, because RTX is highly specific to TRPV1.

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

The goal is to provide a useful, easily accessible guide to the database and make it easy for users to discover what type of indicators are available, how they’re collected, and how they can be visualized to analyze development trends.