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Researchers are asking for help retrieving a lost bird tracker. A tourist likely picked up the GPS device on the beach and brought it home with them from Orkney, Scotland, to London, England. The hunt is on for a bird tracking device that, instead of logging the bird’s movements, is likely tracking the travels of an unwitting tourist. Researchers are asking for the public’s help to retrieve the tracker so that it can be used to study

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SwitchBot’s retrofit smart door lock installs in under a minute

The SwitchBot Lock and $29 SwitchBot Keypad work over Bluetooth and allow access to your door via an app, key, code, or fingerprint. SwitchBot, the company that makes tiny robotic fingers to press your switches for you, is branching further into the smart home. The new SwitchBot Lock ($99.99) sticks to your door and turns the thumb turn automatically to lock and unlock it. This

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Uvalde shows why online threats need to be taken more seriously

The Uvalde shooter was repeatedly reported for making threats online, without repercussion, showing the shortcomings and necessity for better moderation on Yubo and other platforms. A week ago today, an 18-year-old man walked into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and committed the latest in our nation’s never-ending series of senseless murders. And in the aftermath of that horror — 19 children dead, two teachers dead,

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Why we need a public internet and how to get one

An interview with Internet for the People author Ben Tarnoff on the creation of public, user-owned internet services in the age of Elon Musk buying Twitter For weeks, tech news has been dominated by billionaire Elon Musk’s attempts to buy (and subsequently avoid buying) Twitter. And since Musk announced his plans in April, people have debated whether it’s better for online social spaces like

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Twitter CEO: ‘We need to be prepared for all scenarios’

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal explained why he dismissed top Twitter executives and froze hiring while acknowledging that the Elon Musk deal could fall through after Musk said the agreement was "on hold." Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal acknowledged the possibility that Elon Musk’s deal to purchase the company could fall through in a series of tweets this afternoon that sought to explain why he’s shaking up Twitter’s leadership. Agrawal said that

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Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter: here’s everything you need to know

Elon Musk made an offer to buy Twitter for $43 billion. The company’s board is moving to block him. Stay up to date on all the latest with this unfolding story. On Thursday, April 14th, Elon Musk announced an offer to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share. This is a huge story with a lot of fast-moving parts to it. It’s also a story that will likely stretch out over the next few months, maybe even longer. So we

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Yelp will reimburse employees who need to travel to access abortion services

Yelp says it will pay for travel expenses if employees or their dependents need to go out of state to access abortion services. This comes after Texas passed a law banning abortions after six weeks last September. Starting next month, Yelp says it will cover the costs of travel if an employee or their dependent needs to leave the state to access abortion services, as first reported by The New York Times. The company employs around 200 people in Texas, where

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Android’s archive feature will partially uninstall apps until you need them again

Google is working on a feature that will let you partially uninstall an app, rather than uninstall it completely. The company says it will reduce an app’s size by about 60 percent until you’re ready to restore it. Google is working on a tool that should let you “archive” certain apps to help free up space on your device. In a blog post, Google explains any app with the feature will let you partially uninstall it, shrinking the app down by about 60 percent

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Elon Musk, head of world’s largest EV company, now says we need more oil and gas

Elon Musk — the man whose Tesla and Tesla Solar have basically devoted their existence to competing with gas-guzzling cars, oil, and coal, is now publicly in favor of increasing oil and gas production. Elon Musk — the man whose Tesla and Tesla Solar have basically devoted their existence to competing with gas-guzzling cars, oil, and coal, and which briefly reached a market cap of $1 trillion and delivered nearly 1 million EVs last year — is

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Apple’s former securities lawyer pleads guilty for doing the insider trading he was supposed to prevent

Gene Levoff, a former Apple laywer who was in charge of preventing insider trading at the company, has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, according to the DOJ. A former Apple lawyer who was in charge of preventing insider trading has pleaded guilty to six counts of securities fraud for insider trading, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Gene Levoff, once the company’s former

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EA’s ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ video of the new Skate still looks pretty great

EA debuted a new trailer of the next game in the Skate, though it features "pre-pre-pre-alpha" footage of the upcoming skateboarding sequel. The company is also inviting players to sign up to test the game. EA announced in 2020 that a new Skate game was on the way, and on Thursday, we got our first look — well, sort of. The company debuted a trailer with what it calls “pre-pre-pre-alpha” footage of the upcoming skateboarding sequel, and even in

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