In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

The official Rockefeller Center Twitter account also decided to return some of the snark, posting this on the timeline: “Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

I’m easily distracted by noise from multiple directions and because I was in Mexico to work on a book, stepping away from the noise of constant connectivity felt like freedom.

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

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.

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.

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix ’s new anthology series, Social Distance, is full of Covid-era moments like this.The only people working within the constraints of quarantine in the same way Social Distance did are those making horror movies , which have always been drivers of innovation and can survive a bit of pixelated campiness.

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

Now more than six months into a global pandemic, Zoom calls have quickly become the preferred alternative to in-person interactions, whether it’s a work meeting, happy hour, wedding, or birthday celebration.

Hackers Target Porn Site Visitors Using Flash and Internet Explorer

Hackers Target Porn Site Visitors Using Flash and Internet Explorer

Hartford invested roughly $500,000 last year to improve its cybersecurity defenses, and officials said that while this did not stop the attack, it did help the city recover quickly.📩 Want the latest on tech, science, and more?

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Almost immediately after lockdowns hit Los Angeles and New York, the hosts of gabfests like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon began taping their shows from home, trading in their desks and velvet chairs for Zoom calls with celebs trying desperately to find their best angles on a laptop screen.

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.

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

Lars Buttler is a real person, but he is the CEO of AI Foundation, a company that makes fake ones: trainable, artificially intelligent agents that might one day take the place of a human personal assistant, a customer service representative, or you yourself (if you aspire to omnipresence or digital deathlessness).

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

Anderson says that over the course of the eight-week conference, even skeptics came around to the idea that the event was TED-like, and even worth the hefty tariff to attend.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

They’re options to “share computer sound” and “optimize screen sharing for video clip.” Make sure both boxes are checked.It’s a third-party browser extension that allows up to 50 people to watch anything on Netflix together.

Sneaky Mac Malware Is Posing as Flash Downloads

Sneaky Mac Malware Is Posing as Flash Downloads

While Google has taken proactive steps in the last year or so to improve Chrome extension security , the incident shows that it still has a ways to go.79 Netgear Devices All Have the Same Zero Day VulnerabilityAnother day, another router bug.

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.

Zoom Shut Down US-Based Activists at China's Request

Zoom Shut Down US-Based Activists at China's Request

One potential way to help fix that problem: Give them privacy "nutrition" labels that let customers know exactly how safe a given smart speaker or connected toothbrush is.

Zoom's End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only

Zoom's End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only

"Free users for sure we don’t want to give that," Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said in a company earnings call on Tuesday referring to end-to-end encryption, "because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose.".

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements to Teams, the office productivity tool that competes with and Slack.

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

You’ll also need a Watch2Gether link, which is where you’ll be assembling your queue of karaoke tracks.YouTube has a plethora of karaoke videos, many like what you’d find in a bar or private room.

Zoom Security Gets a Boost With Keybase Acquisition

Zoom Security Gets a Boost With Keybase Acquisition

The good news is that a relatively very small number of people could actually have been identified by data, and CAM4 says no malicious hackers found it.Other bad news: A Facebook bug caused popular iOS apps like Spotify and TikTok to crash repeatedly for a couple of hours this week.

Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along

Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along

On top of all the other digital threats, researchers emphasized this week that so-called "zero-click" hacks that don't require any interaction from users to initiate may be more prevalent and varied than most people realize.

How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure

How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure

For starters, you can restrict screen sharing: If you go to your Zoom settings on the web and click In Meeting (Basic) , you'll see a Screen sharing option to stop anyone except you from sharing your desktops or apps on your computer.

How to Pick the Right Galaxy S20 (and Where to Order It)

How to Pick the Right Galaxy S20 (and Where to Order It)

But if you must have the greatest from Samsung this year, we've laid out everything you need to know about the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra , and even the new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip .

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Etched on the back of Samsung’s new phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, are the following words: “Space Zoom 100X.”.Samsung has two other new phones, the Galaxy S20 ($1,000) and S20+ ($1,100), but you don't get the same level of zoom on those.

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

Whether you're looking to step up from your phone to a still-pocketable point-and-shoot or want to go full-frame DSLR, there are deals for you.The camera's 1-inch sensor is on par with some of the best compact cameras and features 4K video and a great touchscreen interface.

Apple Kills the 12-Inch MacBook, a Webcam Hack, and More News

Apple Kills the 12-Inch MacBook, a Webcam Hack, and More News

Apple Kills the 12-Inch MacBook, a Webcam Hack, and More News. Pour one out for Apple's 12-inch MacBook, get yourself a webcam cover, and get ready to peruse some portable grills. Apple killed off the 12-inch MacBook.

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

On Tuesday afternoon, company CEO Eric Yuan told Leitschuh and other researchers that Zoom would remove the local web server functionality it was using to bypass protections in Safari and facilitate instant meeting joins.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Zoom patched this DoS issue in a May update but for now is only adjusting its auto-join video settings, giving users a more prominent way of choosing whether their video feed automatically launches when they click a Zoom call link.

Investors Love Slack—for Now

Investors Love Slack—for Now

But Slack's public listing followed two less hyped, but likewise successful, business-to-business IPOs: video conferencing company Zoom in April and network and security company Fastly in May. Together these IPOs suggest that even as the consumer tech market is dominated by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, companies that sell to businesses can still find ways to compete with the big guys.