Are Online Transcription Services Safe and Private?

by Matthew Hughes Transcription was once a manual, tedious process. Doctors, journalists, and a swath of assorted professionals would record their notes and conversations on scratchy Dictaphone tape, and then sit down in front of their computers to type them up. Fast-forward to 2020, and there are a variety of services you can use to […]

The Youths Are Smarter Than We Are

Young Tech Users Push the Envelope on Social Media by Neal Freyman Two pieces we read this weekend reminded us that if kids really are the future, we’re in good hands. The first, from the London Review of Books: With school suspended until further notice, kids in Wuhan, China, couldn’t believe their luck. That is, […]

End of an Era for SpaceX

SpaceX Launches 20th NASA Mission, Nails 50th Landing by Neal Freyman Twelve years ago, SpaceX won a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to send supplies to the International Space Station. Friday night, in super windy conditions at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX launched the 20th and final delivery using its Dragon capsule under that original contract. Starting […]

National Day of Unplugging (March 06,2020)

It’s National Day of Unplugging, but could you go without your devices for 24 hours? And would you want to? By Rob Thubron In a nutshell: You might not realize it, but today is National Day of Unplugging, a movement in which we’re encouraged to take a 24-hour break from technology and connect with ourselves, […]

. . but it is possible to break free.

Q. What does Google know about me? answered by Gabriel Weinberg, I run a search engine (Duck Duck Go). You may know that Google is tracking you, but most people don’t realize the extent of it. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce Google’s tracking. But first, what exactly are they […]

Recycling plants are catching on fire

Rechargeable batteries like the one in your smartphone should never be tossed in the recycling By Jillian Mock A nightmare for the recycling industry became incarnate when a Texas recycling plant burst into flames in December 2016. The fire caught quickly, melting plastic bottles, consuming cardboard boxes, and incinerating discarded paper. The massive building’s sprinkler […]

A Change of Pace: Phone Companies Hit With Big Bill

FCC Proposes Fines on Major Phone Companies by Neal Freyman Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed fines on the U.S.’ biggest phone companies for allegedly playing hot potato with user data. The fines total more than $200 million and hit T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The FCC accuses these companies of not taking “reasonable […]