Steam's profanity filters put you in control of chat content
chat

Steam’s profanity filters put you in control of chat content

Steam’s latest feature allows you to tweak your chat settings to obscure profanity, slurs and any other words you don’t want to see while using the platform. It builds on filtering options Valve developed for games like CS:GO and Dota 2.   In additio… Continue Reading…

Google apps will add notifications for 'critical' security issues
android

Google apps will add notifications for ‘critical’ security issues

Google’s latest effort to protect the safety and privacy of its users involves more prominent security alerts. Moving forward, when the company detects a potentially serious issue with your account, it will notify you directly through the Google app… Continue Reading…

Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts
2020 election

Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June. The labels were first s… Continue Reading…

Regal will close theaters again on October 8th amid movie delays
cineworld

Regal will close theaters again on October 8th amid movie delays

Cineworld didn’t waste much time deciding on whether or not it should close Regal movie theaters again. The parent company has announced that it will temporarily close all 536 Regal theaters in the US on October 8th due to a “challenging theatrical l… Continue Reading…

Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup
antitrust

Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup

Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook’s defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagram and… Continue Reading…

Apple TV now plays YouTube videos in 4K, with limits
4k

Apple TV now plays YouTube videos in 4K, with limits

As promised, the Apple TV is finally starting to play YouTube videos in 4K — with caveats. Users on Reddit and elsewhere (via FlatpanelsHD and 9to5Mac) are starting to see YouTube 4K support enabled on the media hub when it’s using at least tvOS 14…. Continue Reading…

Ransomware attack on a healthcare firm slowed clinical trials
bristol myers squibb

Ransomware attack on a healthcare firm slowed clinical trials

Cyberattacks on the healthcare industry are causing more headaches. The New York Times reports that clinical trials slowed down after healthcare software provider eResearchTechnology suffered ransomware attacks starting two weeks ago. IQVIA (a resear… Continue Reading…

Russian state hackers appear to have breached a federal agency
apt28

Russian state hackers appear to have breached a federal agency

Russia’s 2020 hacking campaigns might have included a successful data breach at the US government. In the wake of a CISA notice warning of a cyberattack on an unnamed federal agency’s network, Wired and security company Dragos have obtained evidence… Continue Reading…

Verizon's LTE Home internet service expands to 189 markets nationwide
gear

Verizon’s LTE Home internet service expands to 189 markets nationwide

Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) is expanding the availability of its LTE Home internet service to more rural areas across the US. After launching in July in select markets, it’s now available in “parts” of 189 markets across 48 states. Current Ve… Continue Reading…

Twitter is working on a fix for its automated image cropping
gear

Twitter is working on a fix for its automated image cropping

Twitter will change its automated image cropping feature after users complained that it was biased. The company says it’s working to “decrease our reliance” on automatic cropping so users can ultimately control how their images appear in a tweet. “We… Continue Reading…