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Using gene-editing technology CRISPR, a group of researchers aims to develop crops that can help in the fight against climate change. The effort to engineer rice and soil that’s better at trapping carbon just got backing from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Can gene-editing technology CRISPR create new crops that help fight climate change as they grow? That’s what a group of researchers hopes to do with $11 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The funding will go toward efforts to

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How to change your Instagram username

Whether you’ve changed your name, you’re upgrading to a more influencer-friendly username, or you’re just bored of your current handle, it’s super easy to change your Instagram username. Some social platforms limit the number of times you can change your username, while others don’t let you do it at all. Instagram is a username free-for-all; you can alter your Instagram handle whenever you want, as many times as you want —

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Meet the unique group of polar bears living with less sea ice

A newly identified group of polar bears surprised researchers with how they’ve found a way to live with less sea ice. The group shows how some bears are coping with climate change. Researchers have identified a special group of polar bears described in a paper published today in the journal Science. The bears might have found a unique sort of refuge from the effects of climate change in Southeast Greenland, the authors write,

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Facebook is changing its algorithm to take on TikTok, leaked memo reveals

The head of Meta-owned Facebook explains how the app is trying to compete with TikTok by revamping the News Feed and leaning into Reels. Facebook employees were recently given a new directive with sweeping implications: make the app’s feed more like TikTok. Simply bringing Reels, the company’s short-form video feature, from Instagram into Facebook wasn’t going to cut it.

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How to change the alert sounds on your iPhone

Change your iPhone’s default alarm, ringtone, and other notification sounds by following a couple of easy steps. You can also download custom tones for your alarm and ringtone if you want to really spice things up. Apple’s ecosystem can be a little “one size fits all” without a lot of room for personalization (though that’s changing in iOS 16). Customizing your iPhone’s alert sounds can make your device feel a little more personal and fun. And maybe

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Facebook and Instagram’s parent company will change its stock ticker to META on June 9th

Facebook announced its new name, Meta Platforms, in October, and now it’s ready to change its stock ticker. After being listed on the NASDAQ as FB ever since its IPO in 2012, the company will trade as META starting June 9th. When the company formerly known as Facebook announced its plan to rebrand last October, it also announced a new stock ticker. At the time, execs said that after ten years as FB, its NASDAQ listing would transition to MVRS for the metaverse. However,

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How to change Alexa’s wake word

Follow these steps to change your Amazon Echo smart speaker’s wake word from Alexa to Computer, Ziggy, Echo, or Amazon. If you’re getting tired of saying “Alexa” to get your smart speaker’s attention, or if Amazon’s voice assistant keeps thinking you’ve called on it when you haven’t, it might be time to try a new name. Perhaps you’d prefer to invoke

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Chromebook 101: how to change your Chrome OS channels and get unreleased features

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can gain access to unreleased Chrome OS enhancements. All it takes is the flip of a virtual switch in your Chromebook’s settings, and you’ll have all sorts of interesting new options at your fingertips. You might not know it from glancing at a Chromebook, but Google’s Chrome OS is in a constant state of evolution. The operating system receives minor updates every two to three weeks and major releases every six weeks. And, at any given moment,

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Twitter bans ‘misleading’ ads about climate change

Twitter announced a new policy on Earth Day: it now bans ads pushing climate denial. The company says conversations about sustainability and climate change are becoming more popular on its platform. Twitter levied a new ban today on “misleading” advertisements “that contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.” “We believe that climate denialism shouldn’t be monetized on Twitter, and that misrepresentative ads shouldn’t

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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