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Can VPNs defeat Trump's TikTok ban?

Can VPNs defeat Trump's TikTok ban?

With a on the horizon from President Donald Trump, TikTok users are feverishly discussing ways to bypass restrictions on the app.A wide range of videos on the platform suggest that users can continue using TikTok by doing anything, from changing their phone’s settings to installing a VPN.The U.S. government has repeatedly expressed national security concerns over the Chinese-owned app, leading Trump on Friday to suggest that a ban was imminent.“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said.While it remains unclear whether the ban will actually take...

August 2, 2020
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J. Alexander Kueng, ex-cop charged in George Floyd killing, confronted at grocery store

J. Alexander Kueng, ex-cop charged in George Floyd killing, confronted at grocery store

One of the former police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd was confronted on Saturday while shopping at a grocery store.Video of the incident shows 26-year-old J. Alexander Kueng being approached inside a Cub Foods in Plymouth, Minnesota.Kueng acknowledges that he is in fact one of the officers when questioned by a shopper angered by his presence.“You’re honestly in Cub Foods comfortably shopping,” the woman filming says. “Out of prison.”The ex-cop responds by stating that he’s sorry the woman feels the way she does as he attempts to pay for his items.“You don’t have the...

June 21, 2020
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Video of Trump looking defeated after Tulsa rally is being set to history’s saddest tracks

Video of Trump looking defeated after Tulsa rally is being set to history’s saddest tracks

A video of a disheveled President Donald Trump arriving at the White House on Friday evening has become a meme online.The footage, which shows Trump exiting the Marine One helicopter hours after his campaign rally in Tulsa, is being combined with a wide-range of somber music.In just one example, the end title music from Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk was tied together with the tie-less Trump.Not long after, countless other versions began rolling in. The iconic Charlie Brown theme was another seemingly perfect fit.The theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking film Psycho was also thrown...

June 21, 2020
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Popular subreddits go dark to protest racism on Reddit

Popular subreddits go dark to protest racism on Reddit

Communities all across Reddit went dark this week in protest of the police killing of George Floyd. But many say their participation in the digital demonstration was also intended to highlight Reddit’s alleged inaction against racism on its own platform.Dozens of subreddits joined in on the protest by either banning new posts for 24 hours or eight minutes and 46 seconds (the latter of which is the amount of time Floyd spent with a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck).Moderators all across the site also used the moment to what many feel are Reddit’s lax policies toward hateful...

June 4, 2020
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Show up as a celebrity to your next Zoom meeting with this deepfake tool

Show up as a celebrity to your next Zoom meeting with this deepfake tool

A new deepfake tool known as “Avatarify” can transform users in real-time during video calls on Zoom and Skype.Published online last week by Moscow-based engineer Ali Aliev, the works by analyzing a user’s face and transferring their movements to a photograph of another individual.Aliev showcased the project in a demo on YouTube in which he was able to manipulate the facial movements of everyone, from renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein to hip-hop star Eminem.Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, the software requires a powerful graphics card and basic command line knowledge...

April 15, 2020
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CEO of surveillance firm hired by Utah is former KKK

CEO of surveillance firm hired by Utah is former KKK

The CEO and founder of a surveillance firm hired by the state of Utah was involved with the KKK during his youth.The bombshell finding, first revealed by on Tuesday, links Banjo CEO Damien Patton to the shooting of a Tennessee synagogue in 1990.Patton made in March after his company was awarded a five-year, $20.7 million  by Utah to use its surveillance software to “detect anomalies.”Specifically, Banjo says it utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze a wide range of sensitive data, including traffic and CCTV cameras as well as 911 emergency systems.By feeding the system as much data as...

April 28, 2020
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Microsoft says Congress should fund broadband in next relief bill

Microsoft says Congress should fund broadband in next relief bill

Tech giant Microsoft is calling for broadband funding to be included in the next coronavirus relief bill.In a on Thursday, Microsoft President Brad Smith argues that access to broadband connectivity has become more critical than ever as millions find themselves isolated at home.“Broadband already powers much of our modern lives, but COVID-19 has acted as an accelerant, a fuel of sorts that has driven many essential activities online,” Smith writes. “All learning, services, commerce, most workplaces and daily interactions online require a high-speed connection to the internet.”Smith notes...

May 21, 2020
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Trump’s 2014 tweet about Obama golfing during Ebola outbreak is back to haunt him

Trump’s 2014 tweet about Obama golfing during Ebola outbreak is back to haunt him

President Donald Trump is being accused of hypocrisy for a in which he criticized his predecessor for golfing during a global health crisis.The tweet resurfaced this weekend as Trump to one of his private golf courses in Virginia amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.In the tweet, Trump attacked Obama for choosing to golf during the Ebola outbreak, which ultimately led to in the U.S.“President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!” Trump tweeted at the time.But as Trump hit the links on Saturday,...

May 24, 2020
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Trump just won't let go of the Scarborough murder conspiracy

Trump just won't let go of the Scarborough murder conspiracy

President Donald Trump is once again weighing in on a popular conspiracy theory involving MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.Referring to the journalist as “Psycho Joe Scarborough,” Trump alluded in a tweet on Sunday that the host, a former Republican representative in Florida, may have been involved in the death of an intern in 2001.“So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die?” Trump said. “I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator?”The 28-year-old woman, Lori Klausutis, died in...

May 24, 2020
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