Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported
TikTok Tracked Android Users’ MAC Addresses Until Late Last Year. According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' the popular app was found to be using an extra layer of encryption to conceal that it was tracking Android users. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to Internet-connected devices that can be used for ad targeting purposes. Users were not informed of the tracking, which skirted Google’s policies, and did not give users the chance to opt out. TikTok released a statement in which they reiterated that the company has never given U.S. user data to the Chinese government. The company also added that the latest version of the app does not collect MAC addresses. We always encourage our users to download the most current version of TikTok. , TikTok spokesperson, via statement
Apple has dropped the hugely popular “Fortnite” game from its App Store after the game’s developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple’s platform
After months of speculation, California Senator Kamala Harris has been revealed as Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election. This video looks at the winners and losers of the V.P. stakes and assess why Harris may have been chosen.
How to Break Free From 'Doom-Scrolling'. According to experts, , while "it might seem counterintuitive that we are hooked by bad news," . "our brains have actually evolved to pay more attention to negative news — and remember it longer — because it has a direct linkage to our survival.”. Doom-scrolling is an automatic behavior, where you lose the sense of time and you’re not consciously choosing to continue, Anne McLaughlin, Professor North Carolina State University, via 'The Washington Post'. Added to this, , with the infinite scroll “technology has become more addictive [by design],” by "playing on our primitive emotions — fear and outrage.". Becoming more conscious of how your technology hooks you can be key in helping you to break free of the doom-scrolling cycle. If you know what these platforms are offering to you and how the recommendation system works on the back end, then you can be a lot more critical and actively search for information, Sun Joo Ahn, Games and Virtual Environments UofG, via 'The Washington Post. The following tips for becoming more critical can be implemented immediately. Change your screen display to gray scale. Start clicking on different topics that interest you in order to retrain your algorithm. . Install screen-time limiting apps. Set timers to let yourself know when to put the screen down. Set your alarm to a favorite song to help keep you motivated
Pacific Gas and Electric is promising regulators that it has learned from its mishandling of deliberate blackouts and won't disrupt as many people’s lives during the pandemic this year
'Street Fighter' Producer Yoshinori Ono Quits Capcom. While the sixth game hasn't been officially confirmed, it's said to be in the early stages of development. . The next installment in the franchise is rumored for a 2022 release. Ono has said he can't wait to see how the "new 'Street Fighter' brand" is "going to be expanded.". I've been with the 'Street Fighter' brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times and even non-existent times, Yoshinori Ono, via statement. My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who've been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the 'Street Fighter' brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness, Yoshinori Ono, via statement. And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom's various titles including 'Street Fighter.', Yoshinori Ono, via statement. Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the 'Street Fighter' brand and leading the World Warriors. , Yoshinori Ono, via statement. And, I do believe that they will continue making 'Street Fighter' extraordinary. I will look forward to seeing the new 'Street Fighter' brand and how it's going to be expanded, as just one of the regular gamers next time around, Yoshinori Ono, via statement
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is among a team of advisers who has briefed Joe Biden about the economic fallout from coronavirus — taking on an unusually political role for a former head of the U.S. central bank
Nintendo Profits Soar More Than 400%. The gaming giant posted its earnings on Thursday, revealing $1.37 billion in operating profit for the second quarter of 2020. Nintendo's sales have also doubled since this time last year, raking in about $3.4 billion. The Nintendo Switch and its popular game, 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons,' continue to drive sales amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company sold about 5.7 million Switch's and 10.6 million copies of 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' from April through June. 22.4 million copies of the game have been sold overall, making it Nintendo's second best-selling game of all time after 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.'. Nintendo plans to release new games this fall, including 'Pikmin 3 Deluxe' and new content for Pokémon enthusiasts
Store owners in and around Chicago's Michigan Avenue are asking themselves if the economics and reputation of one America’s most prestigious shopping districts can rebound from the damage caused by looting this week
After months of speculation and countless interviews with many potential candidates, Joe Biden has revealed that Kamala Harris is his Vice President pick. Sound from campaign strategist Matt Klink.
Twitter Advises Android Users to Update App to Stop Hackers From Accessing Private Info . Twitter made the announcement via blog post. We recently discovered and fixed a vulnerability in Twitter for Android related to an underlying Android OS security issue affecting OS versions 8 and 9. Our understanding is 96% of people using Twitter for Android already have an Android security patch installed that protects them from this vulnerability. , Twitter, via blog post. For the other 4%, this vulnerability could allow an attacker, through a malicious app installed on your device, to access private Twitter data on your device (like Direct Messages) by working around Android system permissions that protect against this, Twitter, via blog post. To keep your Twitter data safe, please update to the latest version of Twitter for Android on all Android devices that you use to access Twitter. This issue did not impact Twitter for iOS or Twitter.com, Twitter, via blog post. The announcement comes just days after hackers viewed the private messages of 36 accounts
TikTok and its U.S. employees are planning to take President Donald Trump’s administration to court over a sweeping order that could ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits
Prosecutors are disputing claims by lawyers for a British socialite that they are slowly releasing evidence and improperly withholding the names of women abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein