Nest Is Making Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory

Nest Is Making Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory

Maybe one of the greatest ironies of Google’s Nest security cameras—and the Nest line of products in general—is just how dang insecure they are. In the past, we’ve seen these devices hijacked to spout North Korean propaganda, spy on sleeping toddlers, and harass families in their homes—leading the company to…

How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

Astronomers and physicists continue to pursue the answers to the universe’s deepest questions, but on many matters, including dark matter and dark energy, they are stymied. What if an autonomously operating telescope, free from human biases and complications, could find the solutions we’ve been missing?

Have People Ever Seen A Colossal Squid?

Have People Ever Seen A Colossal Squid?

The colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is the stuff of nightmares ripped straight out of the mind of a sleeping pirate. Picture the giant kraken wrapped around a ship and dragging it to the bottom of the sea!

Four Ways You Can Marathon The Star Wars Saga

Four Ways You Can Marathon The Star Wars Saga

May 4th is universally known as Star Wars Day by the series’s many, may fans. It’s a day when we can all come together and celebrate a media franchise that started off as a love letter to old-school sci-fi serials, and quickly became a way of manipulating children into buying…

Harley Quinn Appropriately Clowned The Snyder Cut

Harley Quinn Appropriately Clowned The Snyder Cut

DC stans are a very specific brand of extra, as is evidenced by the cult of personality (because that’s what it is) that developed around Zack Snyder’s objectively trash film “Martha v Martha: Dawn of Martha” and its follow-up. They are a part of DC’s meta-lore that Warner Bros. would…

Watch A Guy Put His Car In Reverse At 110KM/H

I’m all for doing idiotic experiments with cars. I think it’s a fantastic use of one’s time and resources, and furthers the advancement of humanity in general. I’m not even sure I’m kidding. Here, we have a valid experiment – what happens if you jam your car into reverse while…

The Disputed Donkey Kong High Score Record Goes To Court

The Disputed Donkey Kong High Score Record Goes To Court

You may remember the great Donkey Kong controversy of 2018, which stripped divisive arcade gamer Billy Mitchell of a years-long reign as Donkey King, of Guinness World records, and of his name from the leaderboards. Now, as Ars Technica first reported, Mitchell has filed a defamation suit against the gaming…

The Best Video Chat Apps You Could Be Using Instead Of Zoom

The Best Video Chat Apps You Could Be Using Instead Of Zoom

We’re all adjusting to a new way of living with a lot more video chatting in it, and Zoom has been riding the highest wave as a result—it’s fast, it’s simple, and it gets a whole load of people together on screen, even if they don’t have Zoom accounts. Zoom…

The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

Turns out while violent pleasures have violent ends, Westworld‘s season three finale was a violent end that had very little pleasure in it. That is, if you were hoping for something more than a basic sci-fi action flick. It turns out everything the show has been building up these past…

Apple’s iPhone SE Australian Review: It’s Bloody Good

Apple’s iPhone SE Australian Review: It’s Bloody Good

Last year, Google turned the mid-range phone market on its head by introducing the ludicrously-priced and well-specced Pixel 3a. A few other brands have followed suit since then, but none have been quite as exciting as the new iPhone SE. Now it truly seems like flagship inclusions at lower price…

There Are Official Star Wars Zoom Backgrounds Now

There Are Official Star Wars Zoom Backgrounds Now

The best thing about Zoom is the ability to set a virtual background. It’s almost enough to make you forget about all those passwords that were stolen. From faking being paying attention in a meeting to setting a background to an island paradise, people are enjoying making work meetings a…

Cuomo Announces 7-State Consortium For Securing Medical Supplies

Cuomo Announces 7-State Consortium For Securing Medical Supplies

Seven northeastern states are joining forces to fight the coronavirus outbreak and pooling their resources to purchase essential medical equipment and testing supplies, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Prices for ventilators have skyrocketed amid widespread need for the potentially life-saving devices, which Cuomo has attributed to a bidding…

What Exactly Is Horsepower, Anyway?

What Exactly Is Horsepower, Anyway?

Like almost any automotive publication, we use the term “horsepower” all the time. It’s one of those words that seems so straightforward. What is horsepower? Why, it’s the power of a horse! What does that mean? Physical power? Political? Sexual? What horse? How is it measured? Let’s find out, with…

Rons Perlman, Ranked

Rons Perlman, Ranked

Like many character actors, Ron Perlman (who marked his 70th birthday in April!) has a lengthy resumé filled with roles that span a huge range”he’s done comedies, crime dramas, comic book movies, many TV shows, and many more animated voices. For the purposes of this list, we’ve narrowed it to…

$2 Billion Sale Of .Org Registry To Private Equity Leeches Voted Down By ICANN

$2 Billion Sale Of .Org Registry To Private Equity Leeches Voted Down By ICANN

Something good has happened for once: The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers voted to block its partner organisation, the Internet Society, from selling off control over the .org domain registry to private equity goons in a deal opposed by virtually everyone who wouldn’t have an opportunity to cash…