3 Days Ago Beyond Meat has taken the world by storm. Its signature “bleeding” burger manages to resemble that of real meat and has become a menu item at a number of restaurants, from TGI Friday to Carl’s Jr. — its competitor, Impossible Burger, just rolled out nationwide at Burger King.
5 Days Ago As government agencies continue to push for the deployment of facial recognition systems, you needn’t look far to see why that’s bad news. To illustrate the point, the ACLU conducted a test of Amazon’s Rekognition software — facial recognition tech currently being used by US law enforcement — in which it incorrectly identified 26 California lawmakers as matches in a criminal database.
6 Days Ago CNN has obtained a draft of an executive order that could potentially censor huge portions of the internet. In an attempt to stop a perceived “bias” against conservatives, Trump’s plan attempts to strip certain protections from companies like Facebook and Twitter, particularly those protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
9 Days Ago An engineering student in Illinois has put together a handy map to help pinpoint locations where police are tapped into Ring’s surveillance network. Ring, a company best known for smart doorbells and home security cameras, has a massive network of these cameras installed, some of which are being used for surveillance purposes by police in certain cities.
10 Days Ago A handful of the most popular gay dating apps are exposing the precise location of their users. In a demonstration for BBC, security researchers were able to generate a map of app users across London, revealing the precise location of each using a method called trilateration.
10 Days Ago Google’s new back to school deal offers students a three-month trial membership of either YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium. (The latter includes YouTube Music Premium.) To grab the deal, students need to sign up for the discounted plan of their choosing.
12 Days Ago A team of researchers in Canada and China are working on a revolutionary new way to track blood pressure: a selfie. The teams, based at the University of Toronto and the Affiliated Hospital of Hangzhou Normal University, just published a proof of concept that allows smartphone users to track blood pressure by taking a short video.
13 Days Ago Microsoft today warned that Russian government hackers have been using video decoders, printers, and internet of things devices to breach computer networks. In a blog post, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center wrote that the “devices became points of ingress from which the actor established a presence on the network and continued looking for further access.” According to the post, Microsoft’s security researchers first discovered the attacks in April, noting that the actor had breached an of
17 Days Ago Comcast-owned Xfinity Mobile will now charge subscribers an additional $20 a month to stream HD video. The change first started about a year ago, when it capped video resolution for mobile subscribers to 480p.
18 Days Ago VanMoof makes some of the best electric bikes in the world — including this one, the S2, which we had to pry out of Callum’s hands when he was done reviewing it.
19 Days Ago Earlier this year we told you about the Roller Coaster Tycoon fan who built the world’s most masochistic theme park ride. The coaster, called “Wild Mouse,” was a near-endless loop that circled a virtual theme park some 600 times, a 12-year ride.
20 Days Ago Providing third-parties with data is a necessary cost of living in the 21st century. Whether it’s securing auto insurance, undergoing a routine examination at the dentist, or chatting up friends and relatives on Facebook, each of us will hand over about 1.7MB of data per second next year, according to one recent report.
23 Days Ago This summer has proven a punishing reminder that climate change isn’t a far-off scenario, but one that’s happening right in front of our eyes. Unrelenting heat, though, doesn’t just affect humans.
24 Days Ago Telemarketers are the bane of our existence. With the rise of robocalls and automated bots meant to call hundreds of numbers per hour, The Jolly Roger Telephone Company — a nod to the traditional skull and crossbones — is fighting fire with fire, using automation to keep these scammers on the line in an attempt to waste as much of their time as possible.
26 Days Ago TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, appears to have acquired a startup that makes AI-generated music called Jukebox, an AI suite that generates custom music. Users can then edit the track to adjust length, tempo, and climax.
27 Days Ago Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. If you find your MacBook acting strangely, and seemingly for no reason, resetting the SMC may help.
30 Days Ago It’s not often I’m glued to my screen while someone talks about the intricacies of urination. Twitter, for all its problems, sometimes delivers a thread too good to pass up.
31 Days Ago YouTube’s newest feature lets users seamlessly swap between a song and its music video with no interruption. If an official music video exists, the mobile app’s screen will now display two options: “song” and “video”.
31 Days Ago Growing up in the 90s, the idea of a radio controlled aircraft that spits flames was merely a source of doodles on times table worksheets in school, the sort of thing you wish existed, but were fairly certain you’d never see.
46 Days Ago Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Maybe you’ve used Chrome for years, so long that you’ve forgotten what a “clean” install looks like.
46 Days Ago To date, public DNA databases have been used to identify more than 40 rape and murder suspects, some from cases dating back a half-century. Yesterday, for the first time, evidence from one such database was used to convict a man of a double murder from the late 1980s.
52 Days Ago Faced with a potential crisis, the magnitude of which the world has never seen, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants us all to slow down. Crises, however, wait for no one.
52 Days Ago Apple today announced that Jony Ive, its chief design officer, will soon depart for greener pastures. Ive, according to a press release, plans to start his own company though he will continue to work with Apple on a range of projects.
54 Days Ago Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple’s latest mobile operating system doesn’t officially drop until September.
55 Days Ago A hacker illegally accessed NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2018 by targeting an off-the-shelf micro-computer called a Raspberry Pi. The breach was discovered in 2018, but just disclosed to the public in a June 18 report.