• UK Internet Service Providers Will Lift Data Caps During COVID-19 Crisis

    To help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to ease the strain on healthcare systems around the world, many governments are implementing lockdowns or movement restriction orders, where they are basically asking people to stay home. For some, this means that instead of going to work or to school, these activities will be done remotely.

    For those who have an internet plan with a data cap, safe to say that being stuck at home for 24 hours will no doubt result in that cap being reached very quickly, but over in the UK, the country’s major internet service providers have announced that they have come to a joint agreement that will see them temporarily lift all data caps.

    This means that for now, broadband users at home will be able to enjoy unlimited data during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, thus allowing them to keep connected with friends

  • Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

    Around 500 million years ago—when the Earth was already a ripe 4 billion years old—the first green plants appeared on dry land. Precisely how this occurred is still one of the big mysteries of evolution. Before then, terrestrial land was home only to microbial life. The first green plants to find their way out of the water were not the soaring trees or even the little shrubs of our present world. They were most likely soft and mossy, with shallow roots and few of the adaptations they would later evolve to survive and thrive on dry land. And though scientists agree that these plants evolved from some kinds of seaweed, we know comparatively little about those green algal ancestors.

    But a few recent papers—two based on molecular biology, and one on rare, precious fossils from 1 billion years ago—are helping to fill in the gaps in our understanding of those

  • iOS 13.4 Bug Is Breaking VPN Data Encryption Features

    One of the main purposes of using VPNs is to protect your identity and also keeping your data encrypted. However, it seems that due to a bug in iOS 13.4, it looks like the latest update is breaking data encryption for VPNs, essentially rendering them (kind of) useless and defeating the whole point of using them.

    In a discovery by VPN service Proton, it appears that iOS 13.4 comes with a security vulnerability that prevents data from being secured while using a VPN on your phone. According to Proton, the bug will not close existing unsecured connections while the VPN is active, thus allowing them to remain open and unsecured for minutes and hours while remaining outside of the VPN’s tunnel.

    What’s worrying is that Proton claims to have discovered this bug dating back to iOS 13.3.1 and reached out to Apple to warn them about it. The company

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook hits shelves April 6th

    Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Chromebook finally has an official release date. You’ll be able to buy it at Samsung and Best Buy next Monday, April 6th, starting at $999.

    The device comes in Mercury Gray, or the bolder Fiesta Red that looks bright orange in some settings. It’s the first Chromebook to sport a 13.3-inch 4K OLED display. It also has a more powerful processor than most Chromebooks, an Intel 10th-generation chip. It includes 8GB of RAM (LPDDR3) and a 256GB SSD as well.

    When we first saw the device back in January, Samsung indicated that there’d be additional configurations available, featuring up to 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. The company seems to have killed those models, however; the base model is now the only variant available.

    Verge executive editor Dieter Bohn was impressed with the Chromebook’s build quality and the hardware in our first look, calling it “one

  • People And Know-how Are Becoming One, And It’s Changing All the things

    Unlike layman’s notion, biotechnology is not just about working within the laboratory carrying white lab coat and getting ready medicines to enhance the quality of life. The Future of Work on the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of the Huge Ideas, is one mechanism by which NSF is responding to the challenges and opportunities for the future of jobs and work. The overarching vision is to support convergent analysis to grasp and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human efficiency, illuminate the rising socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of recent technologies, perceive and affect the influence of synthetic intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive studying.

    Whereas trendy biotechnology options to society’s problems appear much more subtle than airdropping amphibians into Australia, this story should serve as a cautionary story. To avoid blundering into disaster, the errors of the past ought to be …

  • Zoom’s iOS App Found To Be Sending Data To Facebook

    If you don’t have a Facebook account and think that you’re safe from Facebook keeping information on you, think again, especially if you use Zoom’s iOS app. This is because according to a report from Motherboard, they have discovered that the iOS version of Zoom is sending data to Facebook, even if the user does not own a Facebook account to begin with.

    From what they found, the data that Zoom sends to Facebook includes usage information such as when the user opens the app, details about the user’s phone model, the time zone and city that they are in, where they’re connecting from, what carrier they’re connected to, and an advertiser identifier that advertisers can then use to send targeted advertisements.

    The problem with this is that Zoom did not disclose this practice, or if they did, it is not done in a very obvious way. To Facebook’s credit,