Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

If you joined Twitter at any point in the last several years, there’s a good chance the default ‘egg’ profile photo is the only one you’ve ever known. The egg, while fitting with the service’s bird-themed logo, has become synonymous with abusive trolls who create an account to spew hatred at others anonymously. This was one of three reasons Twitter … Continue reading
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Doodle 4 Google winner envisions a happy future


It’s been a long week, and no doubt a downer for some of us. So if you need a dose of cheer, check out the latest Google Doodle. This adorable pic, showing a group of friends of different races, religions, and body types, is titled “A Peaceful Future.” It’s the work of Sarah Harrison, a 15-year-old from Connecticut and the winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. The contest, aimed at American children, started last year. The kids were asked to draw what they saw for the future. Considering most of the finalists’ drawings are bright, colorful, and convey a message…

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PETA’s crusade against Nintendo’s cow-milking minigame is hypocrisy at its finest


If milking a virtual cow sounds harmless enough to you, then you must be new here. In 2017, everything’s offensive, even the innocuous act of deriving dairy from a fake cow. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization which itself has come under fire for animal cruelty, has taken issue with one of Nintendo’s launch titles for the Switch. 1-2 Switch, which our own Napier Lopez got to take for a spin prior to the console’s launch, features a minigame that allows players to milk a virtual cow. In a letter to Nintendo from PETA founder…

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Triple your privacy with a Chromebook and two VPNs

Now that Republicans in Congress have sold us out, everyone is writing about technical ways to prevent your Internet Service Provider (ISP) from watching your on-line activity. The FBI and the British Government complain about bad guys going dark, but now the rest of us have to do so too, if we want any shred of privacy.

The generic, knee-jerk reaction is to use either a VPN or Tor. Both offer encryption that stealths you to your ISP. I wrote about them back in September (A Defensive Computing term paper on privacy: VPNs, Tor and VPN routers) but here I’m taking things a bit further. 

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ISPs promise they aren’t going to sell your browsing history (anymore)


Several of the most popular internet service providers are stepping over themselves to tell customers that, no, they aren’t going to sell your browsing history. Following Congress’s repealing of internet privacy rules, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have all posted blogs reassuring customers that they won’t sell private information. Verizon is very firm about its commitment to privacy: Let’s set the record straight. Verizon does not sell the personal web browsing history of our customers. We don’t do it and that’s the bottom line. That said, Verizon has been known to give supercookies to its mobile users, in order to make it…

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Jaguar rebirths the E-type … and it's the opposite of painful

Jaguar's first E-type Reborn

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has been all about Rovers in its Reborn series, presenting the Series I and Range Rover Classic models. Now it’s adding a bit more Jag, putting its automotive talents toward the very worthy goal of restoring Series 1 E-types. At this year’s Techno-Classica Essen, it will reveal the first of 10 E-types it plans to rebirth, this one a beautifully revitalized 1965 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2.

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