Coronavirus outbreak: How Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok are dealing with hoaxes
It’s been almost two months since a novel strain of coronavirus popped up in Wuhan, China, and proceeded to spread to close to 30 countries. And in the outbreak’s wake, panic has continued to disseminate throughout social media, forcing tech platforms to grapple with what the World Health Organization... Read more
OnePlus 7T vs. 7T Pro vs. McLaren edition: Confused? These are the main differences
Andrew Hoyle/CNET Given the similar naming conventions of the OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, it’s easy to be confused about OnePlus’ line of 7T phones. Released in the latter half of last year, the OnePlus 7T is the phone-maker’s current flagship phone. OnePlus then followed it... Read more
Russia Doesn’t Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos
If there’s one line intelligence officials have stuck to about Russian interference in US elections, it’s that it never stopped. Not after the 2016 election, not after the 2018 midterms, and certainly not now, well into the 2020 primary season. Which is why it should be no great surprise... Read more
HyperX ChargePlay Clutch review — A comfortable Nintendo Switch battery case
My original Nintendo Switch is still great. But over the last three years, I’ve realized it’s not the most comfortable thing to hold. Also, the battery life seems worse than ever. I don’t know if that’s because the games are more intensive or if the battery is just losing... Read more
Alexa, Siri, and Google Home record you more often than you think
How often do Alexa and her ilk listen to your conversations? Maybe more than you think. According to a new report from Northeastern University, smart speakers accidentally activate as many as 19 times a day, recording as much as 43 seconds of audio each time. There’s plenty of anecdotal... Read more
California man arrested on charges his DDoSes took down candidate’s website
A California man has been arrested on charges he used distributed denial-of-service attacks to take down the website of a Congressional candidate whose rival employed his wife. Arthur Jan Dam, 32, of Santa Monica, was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday. According to a criminal complaint filed in Los... Read more
Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 brings Dee Bradley Baker back to the battlefield
Clone troopers Cody, Kix, Rex and Jesse are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in The Clone Wars season 7. Lucasfilm The seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars kicked off on Disney Plus Friday with The Bad Batch, the first of 12 episodes that’ll bring the incredible CGI... Read more
Sony and Facebook Drop Out of GDC and PAX East Due to Covid-19 Fears
Happy Friday and welcome to Replay, WIRED’s rundown of all of the week’s big videogame news. What’s happening this time around? For one, Covid-19 is impacting a couple upcoming gaming conventions. Also, No Man’s Sky now has living spaceships. Let us explain. Sony, Facebook Drop Out of Conventions Due... Read more
Google launches TensorFlow library for optimizing fairness constraints
Google AI today released TensorFlow Constrained Optimization (TFCO), a supervised machine learning library built for training machine learning models on multiple metrics, and “optimizing inequality-constrained problems.” The library is designed to help address issues like fairness constraints and predictive parity and help machine learning practitioners better understand things like... Read more
Google’s G Suite tools for education has a privacy problem
New Mexico is suing Google for allegedly invading children’s privacy through educational products it provides to the state’s schools, claiming it tracks students’ activities on their personal devices outside the classroom. The suit calls into question what a major for-profit player in the nonprofit educational space — which counts... Read more