Category: Technology

  • PlayStation Plus’ highest tier slams to an apparent halt on classic games

    PlayStation Plus’ highest tier slams to an apparent halt on classic games

    Sony Interactive Entertainment As Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service continues racking up subscribers, its biggest competitor Sony recently swiped back with changes and upgrades to its PlayStation Plus service. The lead-up to PlayStation Plus’ relaunch required a few explainers, particularly its varying prices and absorption of the cloud-streaming PlayStation Now service. The dust has since […]

  • Psychedelics are having a moment and women could be the ones to benefit

    Psychedelics are having a moment and women could be the ones to benefit

    “We started our company knowing that women over 40 are prescribed antidepressants at more than three to four times the rate of men, which has led to one in every five women taking an antidepressant to get through the day,” says Juan Pablo Cappello, cofounder and CEO of the ketamine therapy platform Nue Life, which […]

  • Phishers who breached Twilio and fooled Cloudflare could easily get you, too

    Phishers who breached Twilio and fooled Cloudflare could easily get you, too

    Getty Images At least two security-sensitive companies—Twilio and Cloudflare—were targeted in a phishing attack by an advanced threat actor who had possession of home phone numbers of not just employees but employees’ family members as well. In the case of Twilio, a San Francisco-based provider of two-factor authentication and communication services, the unknown hackers succeeded […]

  • Fixing social media, and US monkeypox vaccines

    Fixing social media, and US monkeypox vaccines

    We all want to be able to speak our minds online—to be heard by our friends and talk (back) to our opponents. At the same time, we don’t want to be exposed to speech that is inappropriate or crosses a line. Technology companies address this conundrum by setting standards for free speech, a practice protected […]

  • SGX, Intel’s supposedly impregnable data fortress, has been breached yet again

    SGX, Intel’s supposedly impregnable data fortress, has been breached yet again

    Intel Intel’s latest generation of CPUs contains a vulnerability that allows attackers to obtain encryption keys and other confidential information protected by the company’s software guard extensions, the advanced feature that acts as a digital vault for security users’ most sensitive secrets. Abbreviated as SGX, the protection is designed to provide a fortress of sorts […]

  • The cognitive dissonance of watching the end of Roe unfold online

    The cognitive dissonance of watching the end of Roe unfold online

    Throughout the day, Wedd­ington and her staff “pumped reporters for information,” she later wrote in her 2013 book A Question of Choice. She found a lawyer friend who could go to the Supreme Court to pick up a copy of the opinion and read her “the significant portions,” but Weddington had to give interviews before […]

  • Jumping spiders may experience something like REM sleep

    Jumping spiders may experience something like REM sleep

    Enlarge / This little guy looks too perky to need a nap. Our sleep is marked by cycles of distinct brain activity. The most well-known of these is probably rapid eye movement, or REM sleep, which is characterized by loss of muscle control leading to twitching and paralysis, along with its eponymous eye movements. REM […]

  • Weibo crashed after users rushed to track Nancy Pelosi’s plane on the way to Taiwan

    Everything you need to know about the monkeypox vaccines

    The global outbreak of monkeypox has so far led to more than 24,000 cases in over 80 countries, and the World Health Organization has warned that the window of opportunity to contain the disease and prevent it from becoming endemic outside Africa is rapidly closing. Vaccines represent a potentially crucial measure. Monkeypox vaccines are already […]

  • Fecal fountains: CDC warns of diarrheal outbreaks linked to poopy splash pads

    Fecal fountains: CDC warns of diarrheal outbreaks linked to poopy splash pads

    Enlarge / A 2-year-old enjoys the spray of water in a splash pad in Los Angeles on June 20, 2022. In this summer’s record-blazing heat, a spritz of crisp, cool water sounds like delicious bliss. Each drop offering brisk relief as it pitter-patters on your face, quenching your sizzling skin. But if you find such […]

  • Automated techniques could make it easier to develop AI

    Automated techniques could make it easier to develop AI

    “BERT takes months of computation and is very expensive—like, a million dollars to generate that model and repeat those processes,” Bahrami says. “So if everyone wants to do the same thing, then it’s expensive—it’s not energy efficient, not good for the world.”  Although the field shows promise, researchers are still searching for ways to make […]