Gadget Lab Podcast: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, and That Bizarre Smart Home Speaker

When Samsung first launched its line of Galaxy Note smartphones, they were differentiated by their large size, their high performance, and their stylus pens. Now, as high-end smartphones all start to look, well, kind of the same, it’s harder for...

/ August 10, 2018

Greek Bailouts: Moving into a New Era?

Nine years of European bailouts have left Greece reeling from painful reforms and investor anxiety. But, with bailouts due to end soon, can Greece make a clean break from the turbulent chapter? Asteris Huliaras | Panagiotis Liargovas In 2012 a...

/ August 10, 2018

Crestron Touchscreens Could Spy on Hotel Rooms and Meetings

The connected devices you think about the least are sometimes the most insecure. That's the takeaway from new research to be presented at the DefCon hacking conference Friday by Ricky Lawshae, an offensive security researcher at Trend Micro. Lawshae discovered...

/ August 10, 2018

Millions of Android Devices Are Vulnerable Out of the Box

Security meltdowns on your smartphone are often self-inflicted: You clicked the wrong link, or installed the wrong app. But for millions of Android devices, the vulnerabilities have been baked in ahead of time, deep in the firmware, just waiting to...

/ August 10, 2018

Is the Dinosaur-Apocalypse Story Wrong?

It’s a story we all learned as children: 66 million years ago, a six-mile-wide asteroid slammed into Earth with the force of 10 billion atomic bombs, unleashing giant fireballs, crushing tsunamis, continent-shaking earthquakes, and suffocating darkness—and driving dinosaurs extinct almost...

/ August 10, 2018

The British Museum Returns Iraqi Antiquities Looted During the US Invasion

The British Museum has repatriated a trove of 5,000-year-old antiquities that were looted from an ancient site in Iraq shortly after the US invasion in 2003. British police seized and impounded the eight objects, which include jewelry, inscribed cones, a decorated...

/ August 10, 2018

On-Chain BCH Used in a Submarine Swap for Off-Chain BTC

Technology & Security This week an individual revealed he had completed the first trustless swap by trading on-chain bitcoin cash (BCH) for off-chain bitcoin core (BTC) using Alex Bosworth’s submarine swap protocol. Also read: Illegal Activity No Longer Dominant Use of...

/ August 10, 2018

Technology that probably won’t exist in 20 years

If you have one debit card it probably isn't a huge deal to remember your PIN number. But multiple cards, account entry points, PINs you have to change because someone else might know your PIN, PINs you didn't even know...

/ August 10, 2018

Wikipedia founder Wales sides with Israel against Gaza, suggests Corbyn is ‘antisemite’

Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia has disappointed a lot of folks in the last day by siding with Israel over the latest exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza, and by essentially accusing British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of...

/ August 10, 2018

Proposed First Amendment Regulations In Washington, D.C. Could Set A Precedent

By Aaron Kesel The National Park Service is asking for the public’s opinion on proposed revisions to Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 7.96 for the National Mall, President’s Park and other national parks in the Washington,...

/ August 10, 2018

Spike Lee Is at His Searing Best With ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Spike Lee's white-hot genre mash-up BlacKkKlansman initiates its course in the early 1970s. It's a time “marked by the spread of integration and miscegenation,” according to an unnamed race theorist in the opening sequence (he’s played with palpable animosity by...

/ August 10, 2018

Charlottesville: Remembering Heather Heyer One Year Later | NowThis

‘Heather had no idea how much her small act of walking with her friends that day would make on the world.' Heather Heyer’s tragic death inspired a wave of unity and love that spread beyond Charlottesville. » Subscribe to NowThis:...

/ August 10, 2018

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Takes Action Against Utility “Smart” Meters in 2015 and Pesticides in 2018

By B.N. Frank Thanks to LULAC for speaking out and taking action against many injustices affecting all American citizens. On July 11 2015, they formally proposed a moratorium on the installation of digital and wireless utility “Smart” Meters and a...

/ August 10, 2018

Friday One Sheet: SLICE And Brand Humor

The minimal teaser posters for A24's 'pizza delivery boy slasher film,' Slice, get right to the meat and cheese of the matter. B O N D, one of my favourite key art design houses who did the tropical Star Wars:...

/ August 10, 2018

The Judicial Watch Progress In Exposing FISA Scandals

By Catherine J. Frompovich This is a detailed discussion by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton regarding JW’s successful efforts at getting the release of the records from the Department of Justice regarding the FISA court and the illegal information provided...

/ August 10, 2018

Former Visa CEO’s startup runs the fastest crypto transactions in the world

Blockchain based fintech startup Crypterium challenges classic banks by introducing its new feature that allows its users to transfer any amount of cryptocurrency using not the complicated wallet addresses, but simply the recipient phone number. Those transfers happen simultaneously, and...

/ August 10, 2018

Problem Reaction Solution: Internet Censorship Edition

By corbettreport Don’t be an idiot! The government is NOT going to be the neutral arbiters of the internet and the big tech companies are NOT monopolies unless YOU forfeit your responsibility and use their controlled platforms. The answers to...

/ August 10, 2018

Facebook’s David Marcus Steps Down From Coinbase’s Board

David Marcus is stepping down from the board of directors at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, citing his new assignment at Facebook leading the social media giant's blockchain strategy. Marcus, a vice president at Facebook since 2014, joined the board at Coinbase, now...

/ August 10, 2018

Messed up things that actually happened in the Victorian era

Standards of beauty might change from generation to generation. But Victorian beauty routines read like something out of a chemistry textbook—specifically the part near the back where they list all the stuff that'll kill you. Harper's Bazaar ran a column called...

/ August 10, 2018

The Mondoweiss community has stepped up, and we thank you!

Just a few weeks ago, Mondoweiss launched a $60,000 summer fund drive to prepare for the upcoming challenges facing accurate, responsible journalism about Palestine and the movement for its liberation. Thanks to hundreds of generous supporters, we have met and...

/ August 10, 2018