Netflix’s first scripted podcast is an offshoot of ‘Daybreak’

The podcast will be exclusive to Spotify until December 12th, when it’ll roll out to Apple Podcasts and other platforms. The company explained this as a logical extension of its video efforts. Podcasts offer “more freedom to explore and go deeper,” Netflix’s Rae Votta said, and Daybreak has plenty of room for that. You probably…

Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

It isn’t clear if any particular behavior or network activity from the drones set off alarms at the Department of the Interior or if they were grounded due to the fact that DJI hardware is made in China. The company’s drones have been in the spotlight for years. As The Wall Street Journal points out,…

Interior Department Grounds Drone Fleet Over Fears of Chinese Spying

The United States Interior Department is grounding its fleet of more than 800 drones over concerns that the Chinese is using the devices to spy or facilitate cyberattacks, according to the Wall Street Journal. There have been growing concerns among military and Homeland Security officials that the UAVs, which are made in China or consist…

‘PUBG Mobile’ Payload Mode adds helicopters and airstrikes

There are perks on the ground as well. PUBG Mobile is borrowing a cue from Apex Legends by adding an option to “recall” lost teammates if you can bring their ID cards to communication towers. Vehicle repair packs can keep your UAZ going if you’d rather not abandon it mid-drive. And if you’ve liked the…

How China Is Helping Drive Deforestation in Brazil and Indonesia

This has been a watershed year for tropical forests—and not in a good way. Massive fires have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of rainforests in Indonesia and Brazil. The result is huge uptick in greenhouse gas emissions due to carbon being released from not only trees, but also degraded carbon-storing peatlands and other…

Garmin’s new nav system can emergency land small planes

If a passenger presses the Autoland button, the system considers factors like weather, fuel on board, runway surface and length, terrain and obstacles and determines the best place to land. It can then guide the plane through the landing. It alerts Air Traffic Control, so help can be waiting on the ground and so that…

How Industrial Explosions Are Helping Us Understand Supernovae

Scientists have debuted a theory using the explosions seen in industrial accidents to understand supernovae in a new paper. Destructive explosions typically involve several different kinds of processes: deflagration, or flames igniting a medium slower than the speed of sound, and detonation, faster-than-sound shockwaves compressing and igniting the fuel Initiating a detonation hard, especially in…

ACLU sues to reveal the FBI’s uses of facial recognition

The FBI has engaged in “political policing,” the ACLU said, including spying on peaceful activists. That raised the potential for abuse against innocent targets. The agency also claimed that it didn’t need to demonstrate probable cause to use facial recognition, and couldn’t confirm if it honored “constitutional obligations” to inform defendants in criminal cases when…

The Top 10 Horror Movies of the Last 10 Years

Horror movies have a long history of sneaking commentary about real-world issues into their tales of slashers and ghouls—and even those that aim only to entertain help us escape our actual fears by letting us shriek at terrors that never leave the screen. In just a few short months this decade will come to a…

Instagram is trying to shut down stalking app Like Patrol

Like Patrol launched on iOS in July with a subscription price of $2.99 per week or $80 per year. The app’s founder, Sergio Luis Quintero, says that fewer than 300 people are currently subscribed. Like Patrol sends notifications to users whenever their target likes or comments on an Instagram post and provides analytics about who…