In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the “Great Firewall of China.”
Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter
We get it. It’s been a busy week. Luckily, we’re here to catch you up on the release date of the Apple Watch, VR headsets in Hollywood and all the other cool stuff you may have accidentally glossed over during five days on the daily grind…. …read more
SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.
Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.
Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.
“The pill” as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women’s lives. The pill gave women more control over their fertility than they had ever had before and permanently put doctors — who previously didn’t see contraceptives as part of their job — in the birth control picture. …
Gillian Jacobs might be best known for her inspiring laughs on NBC’s Community, but for the past few months the actress has been zig-zagging across the west coast to find out more about female computer science pioneer Grace Hopper for a new documentary
If you accepted an invitation to buy Amazon’s Echo speaker, you’ve noticed that the device didn’t have a vast musical vocabulary at first — you could tell it to play iHeartRadio or Prime Music tunes, and that’s about it. You’ll have a better time of… …read more
Google Now, launched in 2012, provides personalized search results — in the form of “cards” — automatically based on a user’s previous actions. For example, as you leave work the app may surface a Google Now card alerting you to an accident on your way home and provide an alternate route via Google Maps
But these cards largely relied on Google’s own services: Maps, Calendar, Gmail, Search etc. The latest update changes that with integration with a few dozen third-party apps, including Lyft, eBay, Ford, Pandora and …
When the Fitbit Surge was unveiled late last year, the popular fitness tracking company wanted everyone to know that it was not a smartwatch. In fact, Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said at the time that smartwatches in general “lack a purpose in life.”
Instead, Fitbit is labeling its newly-available Surge a “superwatch” because it blends smartwatch capabilities with the traditional (and advanced) ingredients that go into a fitness tracker. It’s designed for serious runners, like if you’re training for a marathon, but it works really well for the rest of us too
Seattle Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch are true media darlings (read: terrible at press)
Sherman hasn’t stopped talking, basically ever, and Lynch can barely get a word out, so Comedy Central’s Key & Peele imagined what would happen if the duo held a press conference — not about the Super Bowl, but about Oscar snubs, naturally.
It would be all biscuits and gravy
A side note: “Sherman” makes some very valid points about Selma.
Marriott wants you to know that it’s completely done trying to block guests’ personal WiFi connections — it has even given up convincing the FCC to give it permission to do so, a spokesperson told Engadget. The company already announced that it won’… …read more