Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption

Enlarge / The Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek speaks as the Labor party stay for the end of parliament in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on December 06, 2018, in Canberra, Australia. (credit: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images) On Thursday, the Australian parliament approved a measure that critics say will weaken encryption in favor of […]

Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill passes into law

The Australian government has passed the controversial Access and Assistance Bill 2018 into law. Since it gives authorities the right to demand access to encrypted forms of communication and to slap companies that refuse to cooperate with fines up to $ 7.3 million, it prompted tech giants like Apple to voice their opposition. Cupertino criticized […]

Superhero Bits: ‘Venom’ Passes ‘Wonder Woman’ Globally, Dinosaur Named After Thanos & More

What’s up with the new dinosaur named after Thanos? How much has Venom made at the global box office? Will characters from Eternals appear in Captain Marvel or Avengers 4? Did Zack Snyder throw shade at Justice League on Thanksgiving? Is T.J. Miller going to appear in Deadpool 3? What did Kevin Feige have to […]

Nintendo Switch passes the GameCube in lifetime sales

The Nintendo Switch has overtaken another console in lifetime sales: the GameCube. The Japanese console maker sold 3.19 million units in the last quarter, brining the Switch’s total install base to 22.86 million. The beloved GameCube, by comparison, managed 21.74 million in its six-year run. For Nintendo, these are healthy numbers. The company sold 2.93 […]

‘A form of warfare’: Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America

The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the US, as the nation grapples with soaring overdose rates. The ‘Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention’ Act, or STOP Act, was passed with a 99-1 vote on Monday, almost one month after President Donald Trump demanded the flow, via the […]

US Congress passes bill to help advanced nuclear power

Enlarge / Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1 (credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission) Though economics might not favor nuclear power in the US, policy makers do. Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that originated in the Senate called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which will allow the private sector to […]

America’s stockmarket passes a milestone

ON AUGUST 22nd America’s bull market in equities turned 3,453 days old. Since hitting a low of 666 in March 2009, the S&P 500 index has increased more than fourfold, driven by strong corporate profits, low inflation, stable economic growth and a boatload of central-bank stimulus. Despite five corrections of at least 10%, the index […]

Aretha Franklin, queen of soul, passes away in Detroit

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Filed under: Celebrities,Videos,Autoblog Minute,Original Video We look back on how she impacted car culture. Continue reading Aretha Franklin, queen of soul, passes away in Detroit Aretha Franklin, queen of soul, passes away in Detroit originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for […]

Google Pay gets boarding passes, ability to send money to contacts

Enlarge / Send money to friends with the say app you pay for stuff with. (credit: Google) Google is cleaning up its Google Pay mobile payments app this week. Google Pay (which was formerly Android Pay, which was formerly Google Wallet) is getting rolled up into a single app, and it’s getting boarding pass support. First, […]