Police seized Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's computers. Understandable, given that Gizmodo bought a prototype cellphone which may have been stolen! The obvious assumption is that they believe Chen may have been party to a crime, but it's also true that the police's priorities are not those of Apple. The raid could be aimed mostly at learning the identity of the original thief. Stepping beyond the particulars here, however skeevy they may be, this could spell trouble in blogland: a source can't know what a journalist might do that authorities could use as a pretext to search, and a journalist can't know what a source might have done that could be used as pretext to search, either. Gizmodo's lawyer, Gaby Darbyshire, suggests that the relevant journalistic shield laws should prevail.
In the past few days, the U.S. Air Force rolled out new tools fueled by machine learning to help stem the spread of misinformation about COVID. Additionally, the Library of Congress has launched a project on how to use machine learning to better cross-reference all 170 million items in its overflowing archives. Every day, we… READ THE REST
The Apple Watch is a great addition to any tech arsenal–until it runs out of juice, that is. Then, you have to go about the process of recharging. Of course, the Apple Watch only recharges via wireless charging, meaning it can sometimes end up being pretty inconvenient to power up, especially if you're out and… READ THE REST
Outgoing president Trump today tweeted that president-elect Joe Biden won the election, claiming it was "rigged", then quickly backtracked by adding "I concede NOTHING" in another posting. The tweets came as Trump ranted on the platform Sunday morning—a series of outright falsehoods and calls for violence that made a joke of the "this tweet is… READ THE REST
We've probably all been holding our breath about this for a while. And now that it's here, we can start getting used to the idea that this winter will be unlike any before it. With COVID's impact on the holidays, we're all expecting some big changes this time around. However, Mother Nature isn't really all… READ THE REST
This year has given us a perfect opportunity to work on a holiday season project. Since virtually every family has loads of history trapped in old slides, negatives, and photos, this might be just the right time to make sure those precious and historic moments are digitized and preserved for eternity. That used to mean… READ THE REST
Your mom always told you to sit up straight. And, chances are, she wasn't telling you that just to hear herself talk. Posture matters–and for more than just appearances. Right now, about 31 million Americans are experiencing some form of lower back pain. Half of all working Americans suffer from back pain every year, and… READ THE REST