A virtual private network (VPN) is one of the best and increasingly essential security tools to protect your data and your privacy. Whether for accessing a streaming video, a webpage blocked in your country, or to use the web more securely while on public Wi-Fi, a VPN offers plenty of value.But not all VPNs are created equal — some are downright shady. Universities in Australia, with the help of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), studied 283 Android VPN apps and found 38 percent injected malware or malvertising, an astonishingly bad result for apps meant to protect you — and these are just the bad actors. A further 18 percent bizarrely didn’t encrypt users’ traffic at all, leaving users exposed. Despite this, the report found less than 1 percent of users had “any security or privacy concerns about these apps.” It’s a jungle out there, and a frightening one at that. Don’t worry. We’re here … [Read more...] about What can VPNs do with your data?
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The Gravity Assist Podcast is hosted by NASA's Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, who each week talks to some of the greatest planetary scientists on the planet, giving a guided tour through the Solar System and beyond in the process. This week, he's joined by author Andy Weir to explore the fascinating intersection of science and science fiction, delving into the biggest surprises about Mars and the Moon, and how Weir's novel, "The Martian," has provided a powerful gravity assist for young readers. You can listen to the full podcast here, or read the transcript below. Jim Green: I usually ask this question at the end of an interview, but it seems more appropriate to begin with it. What was your gravity assist, Andy? How has science inspired you to get into writing science fiction?[Making a Moon Base With 'Artemis' Author Andy Weir] Andy Weir: Well, it was probably through my father — he's a scientist himself. He's a linear accelerator physicist. He's retired now, … [Read more...] about Gravity Assist Podcast: Science and Science Fiction with Andy Weir
In 2014, Apple unveiled a pair of larger iPhone 6 models that kicked off a "supercycle" of upgrades and permanently blunted the high-end Galaxy sales of its top rival in premium smartphones, Samsung. However, it appears that iPhone 6 and 6S suffered statically high hardware failure rates in diagnostic testing, a problem that has since subsided in more recent models. What caused this mysterious problem, and how did Apple improve things?A class of hardware issues mysteriously ended with iPhone 7 Was it the 1.0 model syndrome? There's a legend among Apple punditry that gravely warns against ever buying the first model year of a new Apple product. This logic is grounded in the obvious reality that brand new products (like the original iPad in 2010) are often working out initial design issues and will almost certainly be dramatically improved in the next model or two, both in improved hardware and in software updates. That logic wasn't applied to iPhone 6 however. It was a brand new design … [Read more...] about Editorial: The mysterious curse of iPhone 6, lifted with… the headphone jack
Scribblenauts remains one of the most conceptually ambitious casual gaming franchises to date. It lets players create an incalculable amount of objects through its massive dictionary of (family friendly) nouns and adjectives. And they all behave roughly how they should. They even once threw all the nerd lore baggage of DC Comics into the mix. But as impressive as that achievement has always been, the gameplay surrounding it has been weirdly shapeless. After a brief hiatus and change in developers, Scribblenauts is back with Scribblenauts Showdown. Pivoting to a minigame collection sounds like dumbing down, but for Scribblenauts it’s the chance to give the game some much-needed extra structure. The results aren’t entirely cohesive, but it is a nice reminder just how creative Scribblenauts’ core hook still is. The minigames are the big new addition in Showdown but it does have traditional open-world Scribblenauts sandbox levels. And that’s where you should start … [Read more...] about Scribblenauts Showdown is a Wacky Word War
Two weeks ago, I excitedly wrote the news that the Tap keyboard is now shipping. It’s a $149.99 Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, which slides onto your hand like brass knuckles and gives you typing powers if you can master its arcane system of “chords” to make letters. You can pair Tap with your phone, tablet, or computer, and it just works like any Bluetooth keyboard would. I got a review unit last Friday, and I’ve been simultaneously thrilled by Tap, and strongly disappointed. In my last write-up, I put forward some potential pros and cons. Things like: “Would it make me look lame?” And, “Will I be bad at it?” Today, I’m going to attempt to address my hopes and fears about the device. Also, as you might have noticed, I have embedded a clip from Circuit Breaker Live, where I teach Nilay how to use Tap. Watching that might give you some context for what I’m about to say. Looks I look and feel amazing when wearing Tap. Since … [Read more...] about Typing with Tap, the wearable keyboard that almost works