How to Prepare for the Next Time the Cloud Goes Down

Screenshot: Windows Internet access is pretty essential to get anything done these days, whether it’s chatting with working-from-home colleagues in Slack, binge-watching the latest hit Netflix show, or writing up reports in Google Docs. Most of the apps we rely on run from the cloud, and it’s all too easy to just assume the cloud…

Behold Scott Pruitt’s Soundproof Panic Room, As Seen From His Other Panic Room

The two rooms where Pruitt spewed bullshit from his ass and mouth.Photo: EPA via E&E News (Fair Use) Scandal boy Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator may now be long over, but the $43,000 paranoia chamber he had illegally installed in his office hasn’t seen the light of day until now. Advertisement…

PayPal has a fraud problem

I should know: It happened to me this weekend. I was able to resolve it easily enough but, being a reporter by training, decided to put on my journalist hat and try to understand why this is happening, or at least what PayPal is doing about it. For starters, a basic search of Twitter and…

Revel’s electric mopeds come to San Francisco amid growing safety concerns

Despite ongoing safety concerns about its platform, Revel is expanding into San Francisco. As The Verge notes, Monday’s announcement is not the electric moped rental company’s first expansion into the Bay Area; it also operates in Berkeley and across the Bay Bridge in Oakland. But San Francisco area users will have access to a slightly…

A Guide to the Unearthly Oceans in Our Solar System

A radar view of Lake Vostok, located deep beneath the Antarctic ice.Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio Okay, we’re cheating a bit here, but Lake Vostok in Antarctica certainly qualifies as the most unearthly body of water on Earth. The largest of Antarctica’s subterranean lakes, Vostok sits some 12,370 feet (3,770 meters) beneath the East Antarctic…

Facebook Here—May We Interest You in Some Transparency?

Image: Graeme Jennings (Getty Images) If you haven’t been on the receiving end of updates from Facebook comms, then you’re lucky to have avoided the equivalent of a weekly robocall pitching you new and exciting offerings. We got another one today, this time on the subject of “Recommendation Guidelines.” Advertisement These crumbs always seem to…

An Ancient Breed of Singing Dog Isn’t Extinct in the Wild After All

Photo of a Highland wild dog taken in 2020.Photo: Anang Dianto, PTFI Papua Province, Indonesia A breed of wild dog known for its lyrical sounds may not be as extinct as we thought, according to a new paper out Monday. The study details genetic evidence suggesting that the New Guinea singing dog—thought to have only…

Bill & Ted Face the Music Caps the Franchise Most Excellently

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are back, finally, as Bill and Ted.Photo: Orion Pictures io9 ReviewsReviews and critical analyses of fan-favorite movies, TV shows, comics, books, and more. Take Excellent Adventure, tie in Bogus Journey, shove them through time as well as a modern lens, and you’ve got Dean Parisot’s Bill & Ted Face the…

Developers Can Now Formally Challenge Apple’s App Store Rejections

Apple has followed through with its word to give developers a formal appeals process, which will allow them to fight back if Apple’s App Store reviewers find that an app violates its guidelines. The company originally announced it would be giving developers a way to challenge its decisions at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June,…