Category Archives: Gadgets

  • Why Video Doorbells Are the Best Smarthome Gadget

    Video doorbells are the most important smarthome device you can buy. Smart light bulbs may be flashy, but—when properly integrated—a video doorbell will become something you can’t live without. They’re incredibly reasonable, too, costing just $99 to $199. If you could only have one smarthome device, you should make it a video doorbell—assuming you can […]

  • Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data on 87 million people

    Privacy scandal widens. The personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous estimate of more than 50 million. Most of the 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, which worked on US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, […]

  • Microsoft must add ‘controls’ for protected Aussie govt cloud

    To address “residual risks”. Australian government agencies have been told to use “additional configuration and security controls” before committing workloads to Microsoft’s new protected-level public cloud instances. The guidance, published late Friday, appears to treat Microsoft’s protected-level cloud services differently from similarly classified products on the government’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL). Microsoft’s protected classification […]

  • Samsung’s next flagship probably won’t have an under-display fingerprint scanner

    A recently unveiled concept phone from Chinese company Vivo got us all excited that we’re finally getting phones with a fingerprint scanner built into the screen. Unfortunately, Samsung probably isn’t jumping on that bandwagon just yet. This is according to a new report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has backtracked on his earlier position and is now claiming Samsung’s […]

  • When you burn fat, where does it actually go?

    You’re breathing away the byproducts of fat. Depositphotos Every January, fat’s in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where we want it to? Where does it wander when […]

  • WhatsApp ditches Apple’s emoji to unveil its own unnecessary alternative

    WhatsApp will no longer rely on Apple for its emoji: The Facebook-owned company has introduced its own set of emoticons – that nobody asked for. The new designs are currently available in the latest beta version of the app for Android, according to Emojipedia which first spotted the change. Up until now, the popular messenger used the Apple emoji set on […]

  • Stop your bad habits with this shock-inducing wristband (yes, really)

    So, we’ve never met, but we’ll still go out on a limb and guess that you’ve probably got a bad habit or two. Something you do a bit too often, and wish you could quit. (Uncanny, right?) Well, now that we’ve established that, there’s a new habit-breaking gadget that you might want to consider: the Pavlok […]

  • Big iPhone 8 reveal: How the virtual home button will probably work

    How could an iPhone work without a home button? We now have some idea. Apple is widely suspected to unveil three new iPhones at a September event: the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and the highly anticipated iPhone 8. All rumors point to the latter being a radical redesign of the device—one that includes and edge-to-edge […]

  • Autoplay videos are coming to ruin Google Search

    Google is perpetuating content overload – common phenomena in 2017 – by testing the use of autoplay video for its search services. The pop-up videos typically result from searches for movies and television shows, according to reporter Jennifer Slegg, who discovered the feature. They appear in the Knowledge Panel, which appears to the right of your […]

  • This map shows you where it’s safe to park

    Not owning a car has plenty of disadvantages, but there are two big pluses I can think of: no upkeep costs, and one less thing to worry about being stolen. Apparently, the latter is a course of serious anxiety for car owners, and so the Co-Operative Insurance has come up with an interactive map that […]

  • How to delete Facebook and permanently remove its data

    If you’re yearning for a News Feed-free life, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to permanently delete Facebook. Before we begin, make sure you want to permanently delete your Facebook account, not just temporarily remove it. Following the steps below will lead to complete removal of your Facebook account and all its data, […]

  • Two-factor authentication explained: Why two-step security is a vital online tool

    Passwords are a real problem these days. We’re required to create so many of them that most of us re-use our memorable favourites, and lengthy and complex pass strings, however desirable, are very much in the minority. Two-factor authentication (2FA) uses a combination of something you know (your password or PIN) and something you have […]