Zoom: We’re freezing all new features to sort out security and privacy

This week Zoom was also slammed by The Intercept for allegedly misleading users about the platform’s end-to-end (E2E) encryption. Zoom has admitted that E2E is not currently possible for Zoom video meetings and instead uses transport layer security (TLS) encryption. 

Working in a coronavirus world: Strategies and tools for staying productive

Internet access. Don’t assume workers have adequate online access at home or elsewhere. While many will, some won’t have reliable or fast enough service or only a mobile device. Quickly survey or otherwise gather data from the workers included in your remote work strategy and determine where the gaps are. For some workers, be prepared […]

Japanese flip phone games are coming to the Nintendo Switch

G-Mode has already remade some of its own flip phone hits like Kuukiyomi for modern platforms, but the G-Mode Archives series looks to be straight ports of the phone originals for the sake of preservation. While they’re unlikely ever to see release outside of Japan, it’s easy enough to download Switch games from other eShop […]

The secret best Nintendo Switch feature is its lack of region-locking

Why would you want to do this? Well, the Switch’s lineup is pretty sparse right now, but it does have some hidden highlights worth seeking out — and sometimes they’re only found in certain regions. Fast RMX, for instance, is a great racing game, but I had to get it from the US store because […]

Best cheap earbuds and headphones

Sarah Tew/CNET Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the Soundcore Liberty Neo buds sound as good and cost less (the model lists for $60, but can be found on sale for $35). These earbuds are similar to the Tribit X1 but are a little heavier and seem a little sturdier. […]

Homemade face masks, coronavirus, N95: What the CDC says and everything to know

In settings where face masks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort [our emphasis]. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in […]

Here’s everything you can do to stop annoying robocalls

Robocalls are about to meet their match. These are the rampant, inconvenient, and sometimes scammy phone calls that convey a prerecorded message and often urge you to do something. For example, roping you into a free trip to the Bahamas that you never applied for, or a call tricking you to give up information to “the IRS”. […]

FCC asks for help in tracking down senders of illegal robocalls from overseas

The letters come as complaints about robocalls keep growing. In 2019, 58.5 billion robocalls were made in the US, according to YouMail. The FCC has been working to combat the problem. It adopted new rules in September to go after illegal robocallers based overseas. The rules were aimed at closing loopholes in the regulations that […]

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR specs: Which iPhone is the better buy?

Both phones are water-resistant, but the iPhone 11 has a higher IP rating of IP68 and can survive underwater at 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) for 30 minutes. The iPhone XR, meanwhile, is rated IP67 and can survive underwater to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes on paper. When we took it out […]

If you get the ‘Not enough iCloud storage’ alert you can still back up your iPhone

Even if you look after your iPhone ($900 at Best Buy) carefully that doesn’t mean it won’t break, or that you won’t lose it or, even worse, have it stolen. And when you get a new iPhone to replace your old one, there’s one important thing you’ll need: the backup file for your old phone with […]