• PS5 Owners Will Be Able To Record Voice Chats And Send It To Sony For Moderation

    Sony recently released a firmware update for the PS4 today that bumps it up to version 8.0. Users who updated their console were suddenly notified that voice chats may be recorded for moderation. Naturally the idea of your voice chats being recorded did not sit well with many who felt that this was a little invasive.

    Sony has since updated its blog to clarify what the feature actually does, and it seems to be more about moderation and dealing with harassers and toxic gamers rather than spying on users.

    According to Sony, “Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5

  • Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

    This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

    Need something else for your growing to-do list? Environmentalists have about a zillion things for you, give or take.

    Chances are that you’ve heard a lot of them already: Ditch your car for a bike, take fewer flights, and go vegan. Oh, and install solar panels on your roof, dry your laundry on a clothesline, use less water when you brush your teeth, take shorter showers … hey, where are you going? We’re just getting started!

    For decades, we’ve been told that the solution to our planetary crisis starts with us. These “simple” tips are so pervasive, they usually go unquestioned. But that doesn’t mean that most people have the time or motivation to heed them. In fact, new research suggests that hearing eco-friendly tips like these actually makes people less likely to do anything about

  • Simone Giertz built a selfie photo booth for her dog out of Lego and it’s perfect

    Simone Giertz, the self-described Queen of Shitty Robots, has created a selfie photo booth out of Lego for her dog Scraps and yes it’s as cute as it sounds. It helps that the dog is a VERY GOOD GIRL and extremely photogenic.

    Giertz used a Lego Mindstorms kit and Lego bricks (the video is sponsored by Lego) to build the little booth, and rigged a pedal, distance sensor and circuit board to connect to a dispenser that drops a treat and snaps a photo whenever the dog presses the pedal.

    “She goes in there, there’s a little pedal that she can push with her paw, it triggers a camera that triggers a treat dispenser,” Giertz explains. “She gets a treat, I get a photo, everyone’s happy.”

    She says she got the idea for the dog photo booth when she was trying to teach Scraps to scroll on a phone

  • Netflix’s ‘Kingdom’ is a rare, fresh take on zombies

    So many zombie shows and movies are stuck in the modern era. Not Kingdom.

    The Netflix series takes the classic concept of an undead outbreak and transplants it into 16th century Korea, hundreds of years before the time of automobiles, pump-action shotguns, and chainsaws that are so common in zombie media.

    It is a gorgeous, frightening, and politically intriguing series that’s only two seasons in, and at six episodes per season, it’s a very approachable undertaking in the spookiest month of the year, October.

    Right off the bat, Kingdom forgoes the zombie trope of not knowing where the zombie outbreak begins. The first zombie is the king of the Joseon dynasty, which was roughly in the middle of its 500-year reign over Korea. The zombified king is held in chains and kept under wraps by his power-hungry new wife, the Queen Consort Cho (Kim Hye-jun), and her father Lord