Apple Reportedly Planning to Redesign the iMac at Long Last

A fresh face and Apple Silicon could transform this year's line of iMacs. | Continue reading | 20 hours ago

Leaked Parler GPS Data Points to Police Stations, U.S. Military Bases

Location data gleaned from thousands of videos posted on the social network Parler and extracted in the days before Amazon restricted access to app this week, reveal its users included police officers around the U.S. and service members stationed on bases. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

ISP in Idaho Planned to Block Facebook and Twitter to Punish 'Censorship'

Your T1 WIFI (YTW), an ISP serving North Idaho and the Spokane, Washington, area, told customers it would block Facebook and Twitter for its customers after the social networks suspended President Trump's accounts following the attack on the Capitol. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

DarkMarket, the Web's Biggest Darknet, Just Got Taken Down

DarkMarket, one of the internet’s largest forums for criminal activity, has been seized and the man believed to be its operator has been arrested, European authorities announced Tuesday. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

GitHub Fires Jewish Employee for Warning That Nazis Were Among the Rioters

Microsoft-owned GitHub is facing an employee backlash after it reportedly terminated a Jewish worker for warning in a corporate Slack channel that there were “nazis” present at the U.S. Capitol riot. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the hoard of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Every Deleted Parler Post, Many with Users' Location Data, Has Been Archived

In the wake of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by scores of President Trump’s supporters, a lone researcher began an effort to catalogue the posts of social media users across Parler, a platform founded to provide conservative users a safe haven for uninhibited “free … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

CueCat Inventor Is Back to Help Trump Try to Overthrow Election

The inventor behind one of the worst gadgets of all time has joined the motley crew of quasi-experts trying to defend President Donald Trump’s unfounded election fraud claims despite being wildly unqualified to do so. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Apple Purges 39,000 Games from China's App Store

In its biggest single-day purge, Apple removed 39,000 games from its China store as part of a crackdown on games without a government license in the country. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Amazon Purchases Podcast Network Wondery

On Wednesday, Amazon announced that it had a acquired Wondery, the podcast publisher best known for successful serialized shows like “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” “Business Wars,” and “The Shrink Next Door.” | Continue reading | 16 days ago

How the Ashes of Star Trek's Original Scotty Got Smuggled Aboard the ISS

As revealed in a fascinating report by The Times in the United Kingdom, some of the ashes of James Doohan, Star Trek’s original Scotty, now live on board of the International Space Station. They’ve been there since 2008, and until now it’s been a secret. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

3-Body Problem Producer Lin Qi Dies at 39 After Alleged Poisoning by Colleague

Earlier this month, Lin Qi, the founder of Chinese gaming giant Yoozoo and co-producer of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, checked into a hospital reporting symptoms that led doctors and police to believe that he’d been purposefully poisoned by … | Continue reading | 20 days ago

GoDaddy: Sorry We Promised Holiday Bonuses, That Was Just a Phishing Test

GoDaddy decided that December would be a great time to test whether its employees are staying alert when it comes to cybersecurity threats. At a time when its staff is trying to navigate a holiday season hobbled by a pandemic and an ailing economy, the web hosting giant sent a ph … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

YouTube’s Copyright Filter Is Crushing Video Critique–and It’s Getting Worse

Video creators' legal content is being censored by YouTube’s copyright filter. And thanks to a new proposed law by Sen. Thom Tillis, Brewis’ experience could become virtually everyone’s. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

The Butt Pajama Will Follow You Forever

Did you see the ad for a butt-flap onesie while reading the Elle article about the ex-Bloomberg reporter who fell for Martin Shkreli? So did everyone else—and now all our data is likely being swapped by shadowy ad tech companies. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

I Wanted to Sell Tesla to Apple but Failed

Electric car maker Tesla is soaring high, with a $606.9 billion market cap and a stock price that’s up 813% this year. But Elon Musk really wanted to sell the company to Apple back in the days when Tesla was struggling. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple since 2011, wouldn’t even sit dow … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

IMF would use your search history for credit scores

International Monetary Fund (IMF) researchers see the possibility of using the data from your browsing, search, and purchase history to create a more accurate mechanism for determining the credit rating of an individual or business. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

A Faulty Algorithm Screwed Residents Out of Stanford's Vaccine Distribution Plan

Medical residents flooded Stanford Hospital on Friday in protest after executives there reportedly used a faulty algorithm to triage its first wave of vaccinations and overwhelmingly left out caregivers working on the front lines of the covid-19 pandemic. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Facebook Repays News Industry It Destroyed with Ads Begging You to Hate Apple

Facebook has taken out its second round of full-page ads in two days seeking to have Apple... not roll out a privacy update or something. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Real-time 3D ray tracing on the SNES

With an old cartridge, a new FPGA, and a little engineering, one man got ray tracing working on the SNES. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Stadia on iOS Runs Like a Gem

Google officially launched iOS compatibility for Stadia via the Safari browser today. Good news if you are a Stadia and iPhone or iPad user! Just navigate to the Stadia website, log in, and off you go. Stadia’s new compatibility with iOS now puts it in the same league with GeForc … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Twitch bans words “simp” and “virgin”

Twitch announced on Wednesday that the words “simp,” “incel,” and “virgin” will no longer be allowed on the platform as long as they are used by streamers and commenters as insults. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Space Station Spiders Found a Hack to Build Webs Without Gravity

Experiments on the International Space Station suggest spiders can weave normal-looking webs in space—they just need a surprising resource. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech

A Gizmodo investigation has found that schools in the U.S. are purchasing phone surveillance tools from Cellebrite and companies that offer similar tools just four years after the FBI used it to crack a terrorism suspect's iPhone. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Hyundai Motors Reportedly Bought Boston Dynamics for Almost $1B

Boston Dynamics produces some of the neatest robots you see in videos, but the company's path to profitability continues to be hidden. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Big Tech-Linked Advisors on Biden's Transition Team

On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his administration’s transition team, including the list of agency review team members that will help his White House “hit the ground running on Day One.” It also, by all indications, includes a deeper bench of big tech figures than … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

HBO Max Shake-Up Threatens to Start a New War with Theaters

Another day, another blow to beleaguered theater chains. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Voyager Probes Spot Previously Unknown Phenomenon in Deep Space

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft may be billions of miles away and over 40 years old, but they’re still making significant discoveries. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

France is Getting a New Keyboard (2019)

French and English share the same 26-character alphabet, but additional accents, symbols, and punctuation make it challenging for Francophones to use keyboard layouts designed for English speakers. The solution so far has just been to learn to adapt, but researchers led by Aalto … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Star Wars Legend Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Is Withholding Book Royalties

Alan Dean Foster, who ghostwrote the first novelization of the original Star Wars and kickstarted the Expanded Universe with "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" has accused Disney of reneging on contracts by refusing to pay him royalties. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack informs both our fiction and is how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doe … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Watch 200 Drones Perform a Choreographed Lip Sync

The Detroit, Michigan-based animation studio Hobbes teamed up with Firefly Drone Shows to produce the latest music video from VWLS, “High in Heaven,” which is performed and shot entirely by a fleet of 200 remote-controlled flying devices. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Microsoft's Creepy New 'Productivity Score' Gamifies Workplace Surveillance

The company's newest feature is facing heavy criticism for allowing bosses to track how their employees use Microsoft's suite of tools, such as how frequently they send emails, collaborate in shared documents, or have their camera on during virtual meetings. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Surprising Way Keyhole Wasps Can Take Down an Airplane

Keyhole wasps like to build their nests in tiny holes, including the openings of devices used to measure airspeed. A recent investigation shows the problem is worse than we realized. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

If you own an Echo/Ring device, you should opt out of Amazon Sidewalk ASAP

Have you heard of Amazon Sidewalk? Probably not. But there is a good chance that you or someone you know has an Amazon Echo or Ring camera. And if you own one of those devices and live in the U.S. (or know someone who does), you need to tell them to opt-out of the service as soon … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What Is the Biggest Scientific Fraud of the Past 50 Years?

When you’re a journalist or club promoter or financier, fraud is always a gamble—you might be publicly disgraced and have your venal misdeeds replayed over and over in Netflix documentaries and prestige podcasts, but you might also get away with it. When you’re a scientist—workin … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Super-Compact Computer Will Let Me Live at Least One Neuromancer Fantasy

At $250 you’ve really got to be dedicated to the idea of minimalist computing to really get behind the product, but as a dedicated coding, writing, or sysadmin computer it could be very cool. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Punk Rock Record with a Digital Music Video for a B-Side

The B-side of Chris Sievey's 1983 single "Camouflage" sounds like an unlistenable malestrom of noise. It's not an avant-garde song; it's a program for the ZX-81 computer, and if you could load it correctly, it gave you a (very rudimentary) computer-animated … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

I Love the iPhone 12 Mini, but the Battery Is Killing Me

The iPhone 12 Mini coulda been a contender, but a tiny battery does more harm than good. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Anyone Can Wear Alexa on Their Face Now

In case you want to wear Alexa on your face. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Sometimes We Think the Internet Is Real Too

Asked by Prosecutor Håkan Roswall about when was the the first time he met someone IRL (In Real Life), Pirate Bay co-founder's Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi said he didn't like IRL but AFK (Away From Keyboard) because he "thinks the Internet's real." | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Phone with Display Extending like a Scroll – Oppo X 2021

Even after being demoed multiple times, the rollable Oppo X 2021 concept phone seems so advanced that it's still hard to believe it's real. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Roman Colosseum Is Officially the Largest Lego Set Ever

This is it—the largest Lego set ever. Figures not included. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Can I Stop Big Data Companies from Getting My Personal Information?

I am going to answer this one right here in the intro: no, you can’t. In 2020, it is hard to just to go to the grocery store without inadvertently surrendering 40 or 50 highly personal data-points on the walk over. Go ahead, delete your Facebook—it makes no difference. It wouldn’ … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Researchers Built an App That Aims to Detect Covid19 by Listening to Your Coughs

MIT researchers have developed an AI that uses neural networks to determine if you have covid-19, even if you aren't exhibiting any symptoms. It's all in the cough, which has subtle differences among covid-19 patients that aren't discernible to the human ear. | Continue reading | 2 months ago


Need to send a message to a friend 50 miles away? Today, you’ve got plenty of options—whether it’s SMS, email, tweet, Facebook message, Zoom video chat, or the old-fashioned telephone. But back in the 1930s, the choices were much more limited. You could use the phone or write a l … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Spotify's latest acquisition is all about your data

The Megaphone acquisition clarifies how to think about Spotify overall: It’s quickly becoming an advertising behemoth—less the Netflix of audio and much more akin to Facebook or Google for your ears. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Ring Doorbells Could Burst into Flames

After receiving 85 reports of doorbells catching fire, Ring has issued a recall of some second-generation Ring doorbells (the one with the blue ring) for igniting and causing "minor property damage." | Continue reading | 2 months ago