News Station Mistakes Red Dead Redemption’s Graphics For The Real Outdoors
The graphics in our video games these days are getting better and more realistic, where at a glance, they could be easily mistaken for the real thing. This is what happened to a new station in Oregon where they were sent in a photo from Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and uploaded it thinking it was real.

Spotify Starts A Rolling Reset Of Passwords Following Security Issues
Over the past few years, we’ve come across various massive data breaches where usernames, passwords, and other personally identifiable information have been stolen from various locations and then put online in huge databases. It is often a good idea to check every now and then to see if your accounts have been affected, which Spotify is now doing.

YouTube Testing A Timestamp Button For Commenting
Platforms like Soundcloud have features where during the playback of a song, you can see timestamps placed throughout the progression of the song where users have left comments. This is helpful as it provides context, like where some users might comment about a particular part of the song they like, and so on.

Google Hangouts Just Killed Group Video Calls
Over the years, Google has created various products and services, and sometimes these services can overlap with each other and has caused confusion. Hangouts is the perfect example where in the past, Hangouts was pretty much the only way you could make group video calls.

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Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Baltimore County’s Public Schools
The problem with relying on massive connected networks is that the minute it goes down, all other computers and devices connected to it are affected as well, and will not be able to access it and the information stored on it. Now it looks like this is what Baltimore County Public Schools are facing as they have been hit with a ransomware attack.

US FCC Has Confirmed That ZTE Poses A National Security Threat
For years, Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE have supplied communications equipment to various countries around the world, but in the past few years, the attitude towards those companies have started to shift, most notably in the US where there has been a growing distrust towards these companies.

Several Major Airlines Will Accept Digital Health Passes To Prove COVID-19 Free Status
The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free.

Xbox App Will Be Coming To Smart TVs Next Year
One of the advantages of game streaming is the ability for gamers to play games on almost any device that can connect to the internet, and not have to worry about things like hardware compatibility, whether or not their device has enough power to run those games, and so on, and this is an opportunity that Microsoft is looking to take advantage of.

Twitter Will Bring Back Its Verification Program Next Year
For years, Twitter ran a verification program that basically “verified” users with a blue check next to their name to indicate that they are who they say they are. This is an important distinction for people who work in the public space like company CEOs, journalists, politicians, celebrities, and so on.

Apple Really Doesn’t Want To Pay VirnetX $500 Million
In the past, we’ve come across many patent troll related lawsuits, where a company that owns a patent that is vaguely similar to a technology or product used by another company will sue that company over alleged infringement. The goal is to try and get these companies to quickly settle the matter instead of fighting a long and drawn out court battle.

YouTube Testing AI-Generated Video Chapters
One of the newer features that YouTube had introduced to its platform was the ability for creators to add chapters to their videos. This helped longer form videos where creators can break down their videos into different chapters so that users can easily and quickly skip to the section that they want.

Amazon And US Government Team Up To Fight Counterfeit Goods
The problem with buying things online is that usually all you have to work with are photos. Sometimes these photos don’t really represent the product accurately, as many of us have probably experienced, and sometimes, you might even get a counterfeit product that is marketed as the real deal.

Twitter Will Warn Users When They Like Misleading Tweets
Your online social presence might be more important than you think it is, even if you’re not necessarily anyone famous or an “influencer”. This is because people can see the things you do online and can sometimes make decisions based on that. For example, friends or family members may throw your posts a like or share it just because.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Discovers Evidence Of A Megaflood On Mars
Living creatures, as we know them (including ourselves), need things like water to survive. Without water, humans and animals would die of dehydration. We also wouldn’t be able to do things like grow crops, which need water in order to grow and thrive, which is why it isn’t just as simple as packing up our bags and flying off to another planet.