I just fell for a Twitter phishing scam — it took the form of a direct message from one of my contacts, with the message "This you????" and a link to a site that prompted me for my Twitter password (which, like an idiot, I entered before noticing that the URL was twitter.scammysite.com; blame it on browsing with a tiny mobile-phone screen while in line at the coffee shop). You have been warned — stay away from anything that reads "This you????" or "This you in this video????" Hell, I think that a good rule of thumb is to ignore anything that uses multiple question marks for emphasis. Even if it's not a scam, it's probably too dumb to read.
All the way back to 6200 BC, and probably before that, humans made mirrors. In Turkey, they polished obsidian; in Egypt, copper. Over at Smithsonian, beloved Boing Boing contributor Clive Thompson explores the technological and cultural history of the mirror. From Smithsonian: During the medieval period in Europe, paintings of vice would include women gazing… READ THE REST
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SpaceX is delaying its planned second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that threaten recovery and recycling of the rocket booster. The launch has been pushed to Sunday night. The news of a launch scrub came late Friday after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted he received mixed test results… READ THE REST
In most of the top technical fields, certifications are like currency. A seal of approval from a key body can serve as the ultimate gatekeeper to helping you get into a new career like the cloud computing sector. If you want to work on cloud-based systems, it certainly helps to know the industry leader intimately,… READ THE REST
It's never been easier for creators to come up with new apps for Apple mobile devices. And, if you never thought you'd hear the words 'Apple' and 'easier for creators' together in the same sentence…well, 2020 has generated its fair share of surprising moments. While Apple has been a longtime staple of proprietary software, as… READ THE REST
Your smartphone, while being an unquestioned technological marvel, can also get you into all kinds of trouble. Because it demands so much of your attention, it's easy to get distracted and miss what's happening around you, especially if you're shooting video or taking pictures. In fact, it can even get downright dangerous if you aren't… READ THE REST