Michael Kan
Michael Kan
Michael has been a PCMag reporter since October 2017. He previously covered tech news in China from 2010 to 2015, before moving to San Francisco to write about cybersecurity. He covers a variety of tech news topics, including consumer devices, digital privacy issues, computer hacking, artificial intelligence, online communities and gaming. You can reach him at michael_kan@pcmag.comSource
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Musk: SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service Will Work in High-Speed Moving Vehicles

Musk: SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service Will Work in High-Speed Moving Vehicles

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .(Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX’s satellite internet network, , may deliver broadband to people’s homes and their cars, according to CEO Elon Musk. On Tuesday, Twitter user Anton Kanerva asked Musk whether Starlink’s satellite dishes will work over “high-speed moving objects like trains.” He added: “It would be incredible if trains moving through the middle of nowhere finally could have stable high-speed internet connections!”In response, Musk tweeted back: “Yes....

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Google Says Biggest DDoS Attack on Record Hit the Company in 2017

Google Says Biggest DDoS Attack on Record Hit the Company in 2017

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Pixabay)Google is reporting that a state-sponsored hacking group launched the biggest on record against the company back in Sept. 2017. On Friday, Google’s cloud business the incident, which involved bombarding the company’s internet networks with a flood of traffic. The DDoS attack lasted over a six-month campaign, peaking to 2.5Tbps in traffic. The figure surpasses the 2.3Tbps assault Amazon’s cloud business AWS this past February, which was...

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Final Nail in the Coffin for Yahoo Groups Lands Dec. 15

Final Nail in the Coffin for Yahoo Groups Lands Dec. 15

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Yahoo)Yahoo Groups will shut down for good on Dec. 15, a year after company parent Verizon decided to gut most of the functionality from the 20-year-old discussion board platform. Yahoo said supporting the platform “no longer fit” with its long-term strategy, citing low use. At the same time, Yahoo is indicating it’s moving away from hosting user-generated content. “Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years,” Yahoo said...

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Inside the Pandemic's Biggest Cash Cow: Scalper Bot Networks Hawking Hot Products

Inside the Pandemic's Biggest Cash Cow: Scalper Bot Networks Hawking Hot Products

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Nvidia)The pandemic and ensuing economic fallout may be leading internet users to dabble in the notorious art of scalping in order to buy up this holiday season's hottest electronics and re-sell them for a hefty profit.You probably encountered these scalpers last month if you tried to buy Nvidia’s graphics card, the PlayStation 5, or the Xbox Series X—all sold out almost immediately. Buyers include third-party resellers who use to purchase the products...

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Native American Tribe Gets Early Access to SpaceX's Starlink and Says It's Fast

Native American Tribe Gets Early Access to SpaceX's Starlink and Says It's Fast

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Washington State Department of Commerce)SpaceX’s upcoming satellite internet service can indeed supply fast internet to remote areas, according to a Native American tribe in Washington state. On Wednesday, the Hoh tribe tweeted that SpaceX’s Starlink network has been supplying fast broadband to local residents in the area. “Our children can participate in remote learning, residents can access healthcare,” the tribe said. “SpaceX Starlink made it happen...

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Etsy to Remove All QAnon Merchandise

Etsy to Remove All QAnon Merchandise

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .QAnon supporters in Suffolk County, New York, Oct. 4 (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)E-commerce site Etsy is removing all merchandise tied to QAnon because the pro-Trump conspiracy theory is causing potential harm. Merchants have been selling QAnon T-shirts, necklaces, and stickers via the website, but on Wednesday Etsy said it would begin pulling down the products, to Insider, which was first to break the news. “Etsy is firmly committed to...

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Elon Musk: Public Beta for SpaceX's Satellite Internet Will Start Soon

Elon Musk: Public Beta for SpaceX's Satellite Internet Will Start Soon

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 satellites into orbit, clearing the way for the public beta of its Starlink satellite broadband network to begin.“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US and hopefully southern Canada,” CEO Elon Musk tweeted today.The Starlink satellite broadband network can currently deliver 100Mbps download speeds with latency at around 30...

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SpaceX Is Providing Satellite Internet Service to Towns Hit by Wildfires

SpaceX Is Providing Satellite Internet Service to Towns Hit by Wildfires

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Washington Emergency Management)Residents in Washington state recovering from the wildfires are remaining online, thanks to SpaceX’s satellite broadband network. The company’s Starlink system has been supplying the emergency internet to residents in Malden, a town of about 200 people, where an 80 percent of the homes have been destroyed by the wildfires.On Monday, Washington’s Emergency Management Department tweeted a photo of a Starlink satellite...

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Wikipedia's Desktop Site Is Getting Its First Redesign in 10 years

Wikipedia's Desktop Site Is Getting Its First Redesign in 10 years

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Wikimedia Foundation)A redesign is coming to the desktop version of Wikipedia, which will be its first in ten years. The change will be gradually rolled out with new features and interface tweaks, according to the nonprofit that oversees the website, the Wikimedia Foundation. “If all goes to plan, these improvements will be the default on all wikis by the end of 2021, timed with Wikipedia’s 20th birthday celebrations,” the group in a blog post. The...

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The Gateway PC Brand Returns With New Laptops

The Gateway PC Brand Returns With New Laptops

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Acer/Gateway)If you were fond of Gateway PCs, well they’re back. On Wednesday, Acer and Walmart they were reviving the brand to sell affordable Windows 10 notebooks and laptop convertibles from $179 and up.  was once a major PC vendor in the US, especially during the 1990s when it famously sold computers packaged in cow spotted boxes. However, the company’s fortunes began to falter in the 2000s, resulting in Taiwanese PC vendor Acer later buying it...

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Bose Prepares $279 AirPods Pro Killer With QuietComfort Earbuds

Bose Prepares $279 AirPods Pro Killer With QuietComfort Earbuds

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .The $279 Quiet Comfort Earbuds (Credit: Bose)Bose’s latest answer to the is here. The company today introduced two new wireless headphones it plans on selling later this month: the noise-cancelling $279 QuietComfort Earbuds and the $179 Sport Earbuds. The QuietComfort Earbuds are certainly pricey, $30 more than . But they promise to take everything that’s great from Bose’s over-the-ear , and put them into a smaller design. The result is a pair of 1-inch-plus long...

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SpaceX's Satellite Internet Service Latency Comes in Under 20 Milliseconds

SpaceX's Satellite Internet Service Latency Comes in Under 20 Milliseconds

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX says its satellite internet service, Starlink, has achieved a under 20 milliseconds, which is on par with ground-based broadband. SpaceX included the data in a it sent to the FCC last Friday, which was spotted by Reddit users. The two benchmark tests, conducted using Ookla’s service, show Starlink achieving a 102 to 103Mbps download rate, 40 to 42Mbps upload rate, and a latency of 18 to 19ms. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, PCMag.com's...

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Trump to Twitter: Fact-Check Me and I'll Shut You Down

Trump to Twitter: Fact-Check Me and I'll Shut You Down

How Trump might try to regulate Twitter was left unsaid in today’s tweet storm. But it could involve amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a US law that shields internet companies from lawsuits. A fact-check is a useful tool to help keep politicians honest, unless you're Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the president threatened to regulate and shut down Twitter after the company placed a fact-check on two misleading tweets he made about mail-in balloting. “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close...

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Amazon to Spend $4 Billion on Expenses to Address COVID-19

Amazon to Spend $4 Billion on Expenses to Address COVID-19

Some of the money will go toward raising wages, and buying more protective gear for workers. However, it remains unclear when the one- to two-day shipping times for Amazon Prime subscribers will return. The pandemic is prompting Amazon to spend $4 billion in expenses to protect workers from COVID-19 and to ensure deliveries arrive to customers. The money will go toward buying personal protective equipment, paying for cleanings of company facilities, and raising wages for workers. Another $300 million will go toward funding an in-house COVID-19 testing process to screen employees for the...

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YouTube Adding Fact-Check 'Information Panels' to Counter COVID-19 Misinformation

YouTube Adding Fact-Check 'Information Panels' to Counter COVID-19 Misinformation

YouTube already displays fact-checking information panels for longstanding conspiracy theories. But now the Google-owned service is applying the same approach to current news topics, including COVID-19. YouTube will counter COVID-19 misinformation with new “fact checking information panels” that’ll try to set the record straight on the virus. The panels will appear on YouTube searches for specific coronavirus topics. You’ll see an information box from a third-party fact-checking group, which will tell you whether the coronavirus claim is true, partially true, or false alongside a link...

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Cloudflare Dumps Google's ReCAPTCHA Over Privacy Concerns, Costs

Cloudflare Dumps Google's ReCAPTCHA Over Privacy Concerns, Costs

|| | | |By10 Apr 2020, 3:44 a.m.Google’s service, which tries to verify whether you’re a human or bot, is getting dropped from millions of websites due to cost and privacy concerns.The decision comes from Cloudflare, a major internet infrastructure provider that serves 26 million websites. For years now, the company has been using reCAPTCHA automated bots and other malicious actors from abusing customer websites. But on Wednesday, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said the company was dumping the service partly because Google is now charging website owners to use it. “In our case, that would...

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Messaging App Signal Threatens to Dump US Market if Anti-Encryption Bill Passes

Messaging App Signal Threatens to Dump US Market if Anti-Encryption Bill Passes

|| | | |By8 Apr 2020, 10:02 p.m.We review products , but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. . is warning that an anti-encryption bill circulating in Congress could force the private messaging app to pull out of the US market. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the free app, which offers end-to-end encryption, has seen a surge in traffic. But on Wednesday, the nonprofit behind the app published a , raising the alarm around the EARN IT Act. “At a time when more people than ever are benefiting from these (encryption) protections, the proposed by the...

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