Category: News

US Companies Help Censor the Internet in China, Too

It is unclear how many people died when Chinese troops cleared pro-democracy protests from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 30 years ago this week. Local authorities said it was 241. A cursory search of the web or social media will show that human rights organizations estimate a death toll many times higher—unless you’re in China. Tom Simonite…

By NIKESHOE June 4, 2019 0

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

At its annual developers' conference on Monday, Apple finally delivered what the designers, photographers, video editors, and other pro-grade creatives who grew up using the company's machines have been waiting for: multiple references to the progressive rock band Rush. Sadly, this news was soon overshadowed by the insanely powerful new Mac Pro. Pity the unfaithful…

By NIKESHOE June 4, 2019 0

Which MacBook Should You Actually Buy?

Apple's laptops have long been held up as a gold standard for portable computers. MacBooks were the first to bring technologies like aluminum unibody construction, super-sharp IPS screens, backlit keyboards, and multitouch trackpads to the mainstream. The problem with Apple's current lineup is that the company has a variety of models with different capabilities, making…

By NIKESHOE June 4, 2019 0

Much @Stake: The Band of Hackers That Defined an Era

Many of today's cybersecurity luminaries—including former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos—have roots in a firm called @stake. The following excerpt, from Joseph Menn's upcoming Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World, traces the company's lasting influence. Two years before 9/11, an intelligence contractor I will call…

By NIKESHOE June 3, 2019 0

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

In true space exploration fashion, let’s start locally and expand our horizons universally this week. On Mars, we can chill next to Curiosity and watch the water ice clouds go by. Mars was once an active world, and its volcanoes (the solar system’s largest) and red clay cliffs look like backdrops from Star Wars. (And…

By NIKESHOE June 3, 2019 0

While You Were Offline: Trump's Twitter Freudian Slip

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another installment of While You Were Offline. What's you miss on the internet last week? Well, for one, it was a week in which European election results failed to evidence the rumored far-right wave. Meanwhile, in the US, evidence surfaced of partisan shenanigans in planning for the 2020 census, and…

By NIKESHOE June 3, 2019 0

Why Tracking Your Symptoms Can Make You Feel Worse

Katie Golden began a symptom diary when she was first diagnosed with chronic migraines eight years ago. She recorded her pain score, what she ate, where she went, the weather and barometric pressure—anything that would unlock the possible triggers of her recurring headaches and help ease the pain. But here’s the problem with meticulous tracking…

By NIKESHOE May 31, 2019 0

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions, hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The improvements come as part of a wider company push to evaluate how much user data third-party applications can access. Google launched the audit, known as Project Strobe,…

By NIKESHOE May 31, 2019 0