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Brave Search has launched the beta of a new feature it calls Goggles. It’s supposed to give users a way to create and apply their own filters that remix Brave Search’s own ranking system. Brave Search has launched a new feature that gives you a way to create or apply custom filters that change the way its results are ranked. It’s called “Goggles,” and it could potentially help uncover sources you might not find right away on

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Microsoft, Meta, and others are founding a metaverse open standards group

Microsoft, Meta, Nvidia, Epic Games, and others are founding the Metaverse Standards Forum, an umbrella group for VR / AR and other tech standards. Microsoft, Epic Games, Meta, and 33 other companies and organizations have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech. The Metaverse Standards Forum is supposed to foster open, interoperable standards for augmented and virtual reality,

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Cloudflare outage breaks large swathes of the internet

Cloudflare is currently experiencing an outage, according to its status page. The outage appears to be affecting a range of different sites, including Discord, Shopify, Grindr, Fitbit, Peleton, according to Downdetector. Cloudflare is currently experiencing an outage, according to its status page. Cloudflare’s technology powers numerous other sites and services across the internet, and the outage appears to be affecting a range of different sites, including

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iOS 16 will let you bypass CAPTCHAs on some apps and websites

Apple is working on reducing the number of CAPTCHAs that iPhone and Mac users see, with a system that lets websites and apps know that someone’s a human without handing over a ton of data. When iOS 16 comes out later this fall, you may notice that you don’t have to deal with as many annoying CAPTCHAs asking you to slide a puzzle piece or distinguish between a hill and a mountain. That’s because Apple’s introducing a feature for

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Adobe plans to make Photoshop on the web free to everyone

Adobe is developing a freemium tier of Photoshop for web and is already testing the service in Canada. It’ll include many features for anyone with a free Adobe account. Adobe has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web and plans to open the service up to everyone as a way to introduce more users to the app. The company is now testing the free version in Canada, where users are able to access

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YouTuber trains AI bot on 4chan’s pile o’ bile with entirely predictable results

A YouTuber named Yannic Kilcher trained an AI bot on 3.5 years’ worth of posts from 4chan’s infamously toxic /pol/ board. As you might expect, the bot was racist and toxic too. AI ethics researchers say Kilcher made a mistake in releasing the model publicly. A YouTuber named Yannic Kilcher has sparked controversy in the AI world after training a bot on posts collected from 4chan’s Politically Incorrect board (otherwise known as /pol/). The board is 4chan’s most popular and well-known for its

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Looking Glass might have just invented the GIF’s 3D successor

The Looking Glass Block is a new image format that lets you peek inside a 3D scene, viewing holograms on flat screens or even a VR headset thanks to open standards and WebXR technology. On June 15th, 1987, CompuServe introduced the GIF, a way to share images — or animated sequences of images — anywhere. The incredible portability of the late Steve Wilhite’s “graphics interchange format” made it the perfect canvas for

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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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Microsoft tests Windows 11 desktop widgets with web search bar

Microsoft is testing a new web search bar for the desktop in the latest Preview Build of Windows 11. It’s a change from widgets in Windows 11’s main builds, which have been corralled into a separate panel. Microsoft is adding an optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the operating system’s latest Insider Preview Build. The company describes the feature as “lightweight interactive content” — the first, it says, of many such tools

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Crypto exchange FTX is reportedly looking into buying Robinhood

Massive cryptocurrency exchange FTX is reportedly thinking about buying Robinhood. FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried denied the rumors. Bloomberg reports its sources say FTX is still exploring the possibility. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX is reportedly considering an acquisition of the trading platform Robinhood, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sources close to the situation told Bloomberg that FTX is still weighing the possibility and hasn’t yet

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Overwatch 2 will replace the original Overwatch

As the Overwatch 2 release date of October 4th nears, Blizzard revealed that upon release, Overwatch 2 will overwrite the original Overwatch, effectively ending the game. The original Overwatch’s days are numbered. Last week, Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, it will overwrite Overwatch prime, effectively ending the six-year-old game. “When OW2 launches on October

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