A Group of Engineers Say They’ve Created a Way to Detect Bombs and Guns Using Basic Wifi

Tracking down dangerous, hidden materials typically requires either a substantial labour force, costly and specific tools, or both. But a group of researchers are exploring a way in which threatening objects hidden in boxes or bags can be detected using off-the-shelf wifi. Read More >>

Tinder Executives Sue Dating App’s Owners for Allegedly Cheating Them Out of Billions 

Ten former and current Tinder executives, including some of its founders, filed a lawsuit against the dating app’s owners IAC and Match Group on Tuesday, accusing them of scheming to intentionally lower Tinder’s valuation and cheat employees out of billions of dollars. Read More >>

The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream Ambushes of Alleged Paedophiles

The texts would come at all hours of the night, numbering in the thousands. “Have you been with an older guy?” “You’re really hot, so it’s worth the risk of getting in trouble.” “Has your daddy fucked you today?” Read More >>

YouTube Pulls Jump Scare Ads for The Nun After Revolted Users Revolt

Advertising for The Nun, an upcoming horror film centred around the inexplicable suicide of a nun in 1950s Romania, is predictably terrorising. But a YouTube ad for the film has seemingly crossed the line, driving a flood of users to complain about it online and, ultimately, get it removed from the platform. Read More >>

Tourists Vying for Perfect Selfie Spot Brawl at Rome’s Trevi Fountain

Imagine standing before an iconic piece of Baroque architecture—and starting a giant fight. That’s effectively what happened earlier this month at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where a 44-year-old American woman and a 19-year-old Dutch woman got into a violent argument over the best selfie spot. Read More >>

Face Recognition Tool Helps Nice Hackers Grab Facebook, Instagram Data Just Like the Bad Guys 

Security researchers released a tool this week that lets you collect social media profiles of a massive amount of people using facial recognition. While that might sound like a terrible idea, the tool’s creators say it will help security professionals by giving them the same tools as the bad guys. Read More >>

South Korea’s Rampant Spy-Cam Porn Problem Prompts Crackdown at Transportation Hubs

After tens of thousands of women took to the streets this weekend, South Korea’s government announced a new plan to crack down on hidden cameras used to record people without their consent. Read More >>

This Facebook Feature Shouldn’t Exist

As it goes, the futility of a feature is painfully apparent when someone decides to exploit it. For me, this feature is Facebook’s ability to allow event hosts to manually change someone’s RSVP. I noticed the feature itself late last year when a friend of mine figured it out and was predictably being a dick about it—she changed my ‘Going’ to ‘Can’t Go.’ Read More >>

A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women’s Test Scores For Years: Reports

A leading medical university in Japan wanted more male students—so it’s reportedly been lowering the entrance exam scores of female applicants for years. Read More >>

To Fool This Iris Scanner, You’re Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball

When security systems rely on our unique human characteristics—like our fingerprints and eyeballs—techniques for circumventing those systems can be far more macabre than just guessing a password. If someone wanted to fool your iris scanner, for instance, all they really need is your eye. In light of that, a research paper published this month asks an important question: Is there a way to confirm a scanned eyeball is actually alive? Read More >>

TSA Says New Tech Will Maybe, Someday Let You Keep Your Laptop in Your Bag

After three British men conspired to detonate liquid explosives aboard a transatlantic flight in 2006 – a plan thwarted weeks ahead of its execution – airports have cracked down on items travelers are allowed to carry through security, from bottled water to more recently introduced rules for smartphones and laptops. But a new scanner introduced at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport signals a future where you might be able to leave things like your MacBook and a bottle of water in your carry-on bag as you weave through security checkpoints. Read More >>

Instagram’s New Activity Status Shows When You’re Online, and Yes You Can Turn it Off

Instagram is getting that little green dot—the universal sign for “I’m available to chat, please bother me.” If, like me, you don’t need your friends to know when you’re mindlessly scrolling through photos in bed, you can easily turn the feature off. Read More >>

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Egypt Poised to Give Itself the Power to Block Anyone With 5,000-Plus Followers Over ‘Fake News’

A bill passed yesterday in Egypt empowering the government the power to block users on social media for spreading “fake news” if they have over 5,000 followers. Read More >>

US Senators Want to ‘Explore’ Injecting Emergency Alerts Into Netflix and Spotify

Earlier this year, Hawaiian residents received a text – “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII” – wrongly signalling that a nuclear bomb might be headed their way. An employee reportedly mistook a drill for a real attack and sent the alert to all cell phones in the state. Today, U.S. senators introduced a new bill that aims to both address erroneous alerts like the Hawaii event and to also “explore” sending emergency alerts to you through streaming services. Read More >>