Friday, July 3

Technology

Technology

Technology

TikTok’s Boogaloo extremism problem

Image copyright TikTok Image caption Screengrab showing a man with an assault rifle making a TikTok video The song is catchy - a classic country and western. A gentle southern twang croons out a chorus.Like many TikTok clips, the user has added music and effects to their video. This is not a normal TikTok vid though. First of all, the username clearly contains a homophobic reference. Second, the man is holding a massive assault rifle."Roll Call: who is a boog boi in Colorado. See who are friends are," is the message. Welcome to TikTok, a place designed for fun and dancing that has a dark underbelly. The video is...
Reckful: Twitch and gamers pay tribute after star’s death
Technology

Reckful: Twitch and gamers pay tribute after star’s death

Image copyright Byron Bernstein / Instagram Tributes have been paid to video games streamer Byron Bernstein, known as Reckful, who died on Thursday.Mr Bernstein was a well-known and loved e-sports player and had 960,000 followers on streaming site Twitch.His brother Gary Bernstein confirmed that Reckful had taken his own life, aged 31.Twitch said Reckful was a "streaming pioneer" and that it was "devastated" to hear of his death.Mr Bernstein had built his following in part by playing World Of Warcraft. When his death was reported on Thursday evening, fans held virtual memorials inside the game.Before his death, he had been working to create his own video game, called Everland.In J...
Peloton’s Fitness App Cycles on to the Roku Platform
Technology

Peloton’s Fitness App Cycles on to the Roku Platform

RokuUnless you’re HBO Max, everyone wants to be on Roku. And now you can add Peloton to that list, which launched the Peloton Channel on Roku today. You can use the app with or without equipment, and download it in a few easy clicks. That should make fitness at home more accessible than ever. Peleton may be famous for its stationary bike and treadmill, but you don’t need equipment to get a good workout from the company. It frequently offers new and more accessible ways to access its content, whether on Fire TV, Apple TV, or now Roku. In each case, you get access to thousands of fitness programs that often don’t require equipment. Instead, you can focus on HIIT, dance cardio, yoga, strength training with free weights, and more like you might at a gym. But thanks to Roku and other platforms...
Lenovo’s Virtual Care Service Helps Chronically Ill Patients Track Health and Reduce Doctor Visits
Technology

Lenovo’s Virtual Care Service Helps Chronically Ill Patients Track Health and Reduce Doctor Visits

LenovoLenovo is diving into telemedicine with Virtual Care, a new service that helps chronically ill patients track their health and make lifestyle changes between doctor visits. Virtual Care comes with health-monitoring tools, a Lenovo tablet, and an AI called Rosie that helps patients understand data and design custom health plans. The Virtual Care service should help patients with conditions like lung disease, hypertension, and diabetes improve their health and reduce the frequency of doctor visits. But it doesn’t cut your doctor out of the picture. In fact, Virtual Care connects directly with your healthcare provider to make sure that interventions and regimen changes happen before you experience any adverse health effects. Did Lenovo name its AI after Rosie the Robot Maid? I sure hop...
Let’s Hold CES 2021 in ‘Fortnite’
Technology

Let’s Hold CES 2021 in ‘Fortnite’

Yvasa/Shutterstock.comA couple of weeks ago, the CTA sent me a questionnaire about what they could do to make me feel safe at CES 2021, which by the way is totally happening in Las Vegas in January. That seems optimistic at best and dangerously aspirational at worst. I have an alternative: let’s all play Fortnite. The CTA survey indicated that the Association seriously wants the Consumer Electronics Show to happen despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and isn’t ready to start thinking about canceling it or moving it online. (Or at least, it’s not ready to indicate that thinking publicly.) A bevy of questions asks whether attendees would be comfortable with air travel, whether mandatory masks and social distancing would be enough, and whether submitting pre-show health screenings or on-site rapid...
This CPSC’s 2020 Fireworks Safety Video Is like a Wacky 1980s Montage
Technology

This CPSC’s 2020 Fireworks Safety Video Is like a Wacky 1980s Montage

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionLook, fireworks safety is important and we really do hope you make it to next week with all your fingers. But if you don’t, at least wear a GoPro like these fireworks crash test dummies. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) really wants you to have a safe 4th of July. To that end, they just released a safety video showing you just how wrong things can go when you mishandle fireworks. And while fireworks safety is serious business the resulting video—thanks to a sort of low-key campiness combined with the absolutely fantastic 1980s synth music—ends up looking more like a montage from Flight of the Navigator mixed with explosives and less like a safety video. But hey, maybe that’s part of the genius—because we’ll be damned if we...
Facebook’s Lasso, a TikTok Clone, Meets Its Maker on July 10th
Technology

Facebook’s Lasso, a TikTok Clone, Meets Its Maker on July 10th

deepstock/ShutterstockFacebook is putting down Lasso on July 10th, according to notifications received by its users. Lasso, a blatant TikTok ripoff, failed to break into the mainstream and has less than 100,000 daily users in some markets. But Facebook still plans to launch Instagram Reels, another take on the TikTok format. Like TikTok, Lasso allows users to shoot 15-second videos with popular songs and visual effects. Users can tap through a feed of suggested videos or look up videos by hashtag. But despite Facebook’s vast marketing budget, Lasso never broke out of the Americas. My coworkers haven’t even heard of Lasso, and they write about technology every day! Anyway, Facebook’s next foray into the TikTok format is called Instagram Reels. Like Instagram Stories, Reels are integrated i...
Snapchat Says It Is No Longer Promoting Trump’s Account
Technology

Snapchat Says It Is No Longer Promoting Trump’s Account

Snapchat said Wednesday that is has stopped promoting President Donald Trump’s content on its “Discover” pages due to recent comments he has made about protesters demonstrating against racial inequality and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” a spokesperson for the social media platform said in a statement to HuffPost. “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.” Snapchat’s Discover platform highlights content from news organizations, production companies, and public figures. More than half of the United States’ Generation Z...
eBay Executives Sent Live Spiders, Roaches To Harass Couple, Feds Say
Technology

eBay Executives Sent Live Spiders, Roaches To Harass Couple, Feds Say

Six former eBay Inc. employees have been charged with waging an extensive campaign to terrorize and intimidate the editor and publisher of an online newsletter with threats and disturbing deliveries to their home, including live spiders and cockroaches, federal authorities said Monday. Executives were upset about the newsletter’s coverage, so their employees set out to ruin the lives of the couple who ran the website, sending a funeral wreath, bloody pig face Halloween mask and other alarming items to their home, authorities said. The employees also sent pornographic magazines with the husband’s name on it to their neighbor’s house and planned to break into the couple’s garage to install a GPS device on their car, officials said. “This was a determined, systematic effort by senior employe...
The cheap Xbox Series S sounds more exciting with every new leak
Technology

The cheap Xbox Series S sounds more exciting with every new leak

New Xbox Series S rumors make the more affordable 2020 Xbox console sound more exciting than ever. The cheap Series S would be able to deliver incredible performance in a more compact package than the Series X, according to a former PlayStation executive. The Series S could be priced much lower than the PlayStation 5, a previous rumor said. The rumored Xbox Lockhart, the cheaper version of the Series X, seems closer than ever, as Microsoft is expected to unveil the device in the coming weeks. The console has been featured in several rumors so far, but the newest leaks make it sound like a great bargain. One of the most exciting Xbox Series S rumors said the console could cost just $200. The pricing structure is still up in the air and dependent on how Sony will price its two PS...