We’ve seen some big improvements in the common web browser this year, with Firefox and Safari seeing big redesigns, and the Opera browser is available now on Google’s Chromebooks . In the run up to students returning to campus soon, it’s looking more important than ever for web browsers to do more than just display web pages that meet a certain standard - as they now have to help with communication, work and even streaming. With the R5 update now available , we spoke to Opera about plans for the near future, including how it is preparing for the launch of Windows 11 . We pick the best VPNs Our guide to the best web browsers The best Windows 10 deals Opera and Chromebooks, together With Chromebooks having been in student’s hands for some years now, our first question to Opera was unsurprisingly, why only now? “We always believed in providing people with the ability to choose a different browser than the system default. We’ve … [Read more...] about Can Opera finally sing on Google’s Chromebooks and Windows 11?
Owners of Apple’s M1 Macs will soon have access to the full range of Google products after the search engine firm announced that it had ironed out the remaining compatibility issues affecting Google Drive Backup and Sync. Google also confirmed that support for Google Drive File Stream will be coming in April. Backup and Sync works with both Google Drive and Photos but was not available to M1 mac users when the devices launched in November last year. However, a Google Workspace update published earlier this month indicated that this particular issue had been resolved. “Fixed remaining M1 chip issues that prevented previous versions of Backup and Sync from running for some users,” the update read . Check out our list of the best cloud storage services right now We've built a list of the best photo storage available Here's our rundown of the best free cloud storage services around Coming soon In addition to the availability of Backup and Sync, M1 mac users … [Read more...] about Google Drive users can now fully back up their files on Apple M1 Macs
Football fans in Denver and Charlotte might want to be extra vigilant about hand washing during the Big Game this Sunday — a new study finds that cities whose teams play in the Super Bowl have an increase in deaths due to flu that year. The study analyzed information on flu deaths in U.S. counties from 1974 to 2009. It found that counties that had teams advance to the Super Bowl had an 18 percent increase in flu deaths among people over age 65, compared to counties that didn't have a team in the Super Bowl that year. The researchers focused on flu deaths among older adults because they are at high risk for complications from flu . The researchers suspect that Super Bowl parties and other social events that bring people together for the game lead to an increase in flu transmission, particularly for those areas that have teams playing. "You have friends over for a Super Bowl party. You all go out to a bar to watch the game. A bunch of people are cramped in a small space, and … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Teams’ Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths
Air pollution exposure contributes to one in eight deaths around the globe, according to estimates released Tuesday (March 25) by the World Health Organization. More than doubling previous estimates of air pollution-related deaths , the new report says air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012, making it the No. 1 environmental health risk. Respiratory ailments have long been linked to air pollution, but dirty air also has more insidious effects on health. WHO officials say they've found a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases ; stroke and ischaemic heart disease accounted for a combined 80 percent of outdoor air pollution-caused deaths in 2012. Air pollution isn't just a threat in major cities like Beijing, where thick layers of smog can sometimes be seen from space . Cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves can create indoor air pollution, which was implicated in 4.3 million deaths in 2012, … [Read more...] about Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide
Whether you work from a traditional office, home office, your iPhone, or on the road, a VPN is one of the best ways to protect yourself from data breaches on the internet, especially when using public wi-fi networks. But how effective are VPNs, and what's the best one for you? What are the downsides to using a VPN? Our executive guide will answer all your VPN-related questions -- including a few you probably haven't thought to ask. What is a VPN? VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. The purpose of a VPN is to provide you with security and privacy as you communicate over the internet. Here's the problem with the internet: It's inherently insecure. When the internet was first designed, the priority was to be able to send packets (chunks of data) as reliably as possible. Networking across the country and the world was relatively new, and nodes often went down. Most of the internet's core protocols (communication methods) were designed to route around failure rather … [Read more...] about What is a VPN and why do you need one? Everything you need to know
Black shadows of humans and objects, like bicycles, were found scattered across the sidewalks and buildings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki , two of the largest cities in Japan, in the wake of the atomic blast detonated over each city on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. It's hard to fathom that these shadows likely encapsulated each person's last moments. But how did these shadows come to be? According to Dr. Michael Hartshorne, emeritus trustee of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and professor emeritus of radiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, when each bomb exploded, the intense light and heat spread out from the point of implosion. Objects and people in its path shielded objects behind them by absorbing the light and energy. The surrounding light bleached the concrete or stone around the "shadow." In other words, those eerie shadows are actually how the sidewalk or building looked, more or less, before the … [Read more...] about Why did the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima leave shadows of people etched on sidewalks?
Military drones are often used to store sensitive data, ranging from troop movements to strategic operations. While this may make them vulnerable to enemy interference, a new system is aiming to protect these unmanned aerial vehicles from cyberattacks. Researchers at the University of Virginia and the Georgia Institute of Technology developed the system and tested it in a series of live, in-flight cyberattack scenarios. As military and commercial drone use continues to grow , protecting against such attacks will become a priority, the scientists said. When installed on a drone, the System-Aware Secure Sentinel system detects "illogical behaviors" compared to those expected of the vehicle, said project leader Barry Horowitz, a systems and information engineer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. [ Rise of the Drones: Photos of Unmanned Aircraft ] "Detections can serve to initiate automated recovery actions and to alert operators of the attack," Horowitz said … [Read more...] about Cyberwarfare? New System Protects Drones from Hackers
Dmitri Alperovitch is a computer security researcher and co-founder & CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., which provides cloud-based endpoint protection. With expertise incybersecurity technology, policies and state tradecraft, Alperovitch also holds eighteen technology patents. This Op-Ed is part of a series provided by the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers, class of 2015 . Alperovitch contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights . Today, economic reliance on the internet is all-encompassing. With 40 percent of the world population now online, there is hardly an industry that has not been dramatically transformed and empowered by the communication and business opportunities created. But the very thing that has been such a powerful engine of global economic growth is now threatening to undermine it. Cyberthreats from hacktivists and terrorist groups, cybercriminals and nation states have had an impact on millions of companies, government … [Read more...] about How to Combat the Global Cybercrime Wave (Op-Ed)
No, it's not spooky, creepy Halloween — the most deaths occur on regular old Saturdays. Death can strike on any day of the week, but at Live Science we wanted to know if national data might reveal that some days are deadlier than others. To figure out which day of the week claims the most lives, we turned to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC's Wonder database contains data on all deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2014, and we found that, all told, there were more than 39 million deaths over the course of these 15 years. (Keep that time frame in mind as you read on — the numbers below represent the total number of deaths for this period.) [ The Odds of Dying ] We found that, day by day, the breakdown was fairly equivocal, ranging from a low of 5.6 million total deaths on the Sundays during that period to a high of 5.7 million total deaths on the Saturdays of those years. Moreover, the top 10 causes of death on each day lined … [Read more...] about The Deadliest Day of the Week
The nations with the most car-accident deaths have been highlighted in a new report. On average, 18 out of 100,000 people on the planet die in car accidents each year, but that fatality rate varies widely across different countries. Namibia has the highest car-accident death rate, with 45 people killed on the road out of every 100,000 in the whole population. In the Maldives, meanwhile, just two people die in car crashes out of every 100,000 each year. [ List of Countries with Most & Least Car Crash Deaths ] In United States, there are 14 car-crash deaths per 100,000 people, and auto accidents account for 1.8 percent of all deaths. Americans are 13 times more likely to die of cancer and 10 times more likely to die of heart disease than they are to be killed on the road. In a map showing the geographic spread of car-crash fatality rates, many of the countries with the highest rates are clustered in Africa while most of the lowest rates are scattered across … [Read more...] about Countries with the Deadliest Roads Revealed