Congresswoman Urges FTC to Investigate Police Surveillance Software

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., arrives to Rayburn Building on Thursday, September 15, 2022.photo: Tom Williams (AP) California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a Virginia-based company revealed by the Associated Press to provide law enforcement agencies across the US with access to cellphone tracking technology capable of mapping people’s … Read more

Meet the 30-year-old on the verge of selling his company to Adobe for $20B

Almost overnight, this 30-year-old has become the tech world’s newest titan — and is poised to become one of the world’s youngest billionaires. Dylan Field, the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Figma, is on the cusp of an epic windfall after Adobe ADBE, -3.12% announced plans to acquire his company for $20 billion this … Read more

5 Best High Quality Budget Controllers For Xbox & PC To Buy

photo: kotaku If you need a gamepad with a detachable USB-C cable, two rear buttons, in a standard Xbox form factor, and only want to spend about 40 bucks, you should consider the Turtle Beach React-R. The React-R is a little hollow feeling and light, which makes it feel like the most “budget” of “budget” … Read more

Figma investors score historic coup with Adobe deal in down year

Adobe is paying 2021 prices. It’s 2022. Wall Street hates it. Silicon Valley is thrilled. related investing news Needham says buy Snowflake as potential new uses for its platform can boost the stock by 20% In a year that’s featured exactly zero high-profile tech IPOs and far more headlines about mass layoffs than big funding … Read more

Why Ethereum’s ‘Merge’ heightens scrutiny from regulators

Ethereum’s big software update on 15 September may have turned the second-largest cryptocurrency into a security in the eyes of a top US regulator. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said on 15 September that cryptocurrencies and intermediaries that allow holders to “stake” their coins might pass a key test used by courts to … Read more

What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software

Did you know that you can, right now, for free, go to Archive.org, the great online library of all things, and load up within your web browser an ancient, decrepit emulated computer—a DOS box from 1991, a black-and-white Mac, a green-and-black Apple II—and run the WordPerfect of yore, boot old HyperCard stacks, or use 1979’s … Read more

What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software

Did you know that you can, right now, for free, go to Archive.org, the great online library of all things, and load up within your web browser an ancient, decrepit emulated computer—a DOS box from 1991, a black-and-white Mac, a green-and-black Apple II—and run the WordPerfect of yore, boot old HyperCard stacks, or use 1979’s … Read more

Ethereum’s massive software upgrade just went live — here’s what it does

Ethereum’s biggest-ever upgrade just took effect, in what industry experts are calling a game changer for the entire crypto sector. Thus far, all signs suggest the so-called merge — which is designed to cut the cryptocurrency’s energy consumption by more than 99% — was a success. The very first proof-of-stake block of transactions has finalized … Read more

The First Object to Visit Us From Another Star System Could Be a Spaceship

You know scientists: They give the coolest possible explanation to the public and then act like nerds and release a paper years later saying something much more mundane. And so it is with the first object to enter our solar system from a different place. Dubbed “Oumuamua,” scientists are still arguing over what the mysterious … Read more

Microsoft 365: Here’s what you need to know

CNN — Microsoft is rebranding its Office suite, now dubbing it Microsoft 365 Personal and Family plans, adding some new features to its subscription software. These combine the Office 365 suite with new features and two new apps: Family Safety and Teams for Consumers. Current Office 365 subscriptions will become Microsoft 365 subscriptions at no … Read more