Category: Technology

It’s summer! Try out these smart home gadgets for your yard – CNET

The phrase “smart home” often conjures up images of stuff that goes inside a house — an Alexa speaker, a Nest thermostat, a Samsung fridge. But increasingly we’re seeing products and even apps that can help beyond your front door. You can use a lot of this tech year-round, like a doorbell or

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

Hotel Michelangelo is a fine place to stay. Located in central Milan, it boasts four stars and close proximity to tourist attractions. Not that those things matter much to its recent guests: They’re forbidden to leave. As part of efforts to contain Covid-19, which has claimed more than 34,000 lives

Snag a Fire TV Stick 4K for an all-time low $25 – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET Update: Some Cheapskates are reporting the code doesn’t work for them. I can confirm that as of right now (about 10 a.m. PT) the code still works for me. Apologies, if it doesn’t work for you, and if I learn more I will update this post. Just yesterday

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

After China imposed a restrictive national security law on Hong Kong, tech companies find themselves at a crossroads. Giants like Google and Facebook stopped responding to requests for user data in the city, but may eventually have to pull out altogether. One marquee name to exit Hong Kong already is

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaks ahead of expected Unpacked debut – CNET

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip could be getting a 5G variant at Samsung’s next event.  Juan Garzon / CNET Samsung sent out invites for its next (virtual) Unpacked event earlier this week. The Aug. 5 event is expected to feature a host of new devices, with a new leak Friday seemingly

What It’s Like to Work at Studio Ghibli

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Princess Mononoke is just one of many films Steve Alpert was involved with during his time at Studio Ghibli. Photograph: Mary Evans/STUDIO GHIBLI/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection Steve Alpert spent 15 years at Studio Ghibli, working to get films such as Princess Mononoke and

Dear Joe Biden: Don’t Listen to Silicon Valley

Dear Vice President Biden, In this moment when a pandemic, an economic contraction, and protests against racism have combined to trigger national self-reflection, you have an opportunity to lead us forward to a better America, one that comes closer to the nation’s ideals than ever before. I am one of

US reportedly investigating TikTok again over children’s privacy – CNET

TikTok is reportedly again the subject of a children’s privacy probe by federal agencies. Angela Lang/CNET The US Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are probing allegations that TikTok has failed to meet its obligation to protect children’s privacy under a 2019 agreement, Reuters reported Tuesday. Two sources told the news

America Has a Sick Obsession with Covid-19 Polls

America is in an election year, but public opinion surveys these days seem to focus as much on Covid-19 as on who should be the next president. Pollsters use their survey data as a fuzzy form of viral tracking—noting, for example, that in March just 4 percent of Americans said

International students can’t stay in US if their colleges go online-only, ICE says – CNET

New ICE guidelines say international students will need to transfer to a university offering in-person instruction or risk potential deportation. James Martin/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday that international students whose universities remain

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

On May 18, Kristin Tynski dropped a link into the Reddit community r/privacy: “I scraped court records to find dirty cops.” Tynski, who owns a marketing firm, had collected the public police records in Palm Beach County, where she lives, and wrote up her findings on data like traffic citations

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