California legislation targets police use of license plate readers

New legislation proposed in California aims to put limitations on law enforcement’s use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs), a technology used to collect large amounts of data and track the real-time movement of hundreds of millions of people without a warrant. California state senator Scott Wiener on Tuesday will introduce the License Plate Privacy

Biden wants to replace government fleet with electric vehicles

President Joe Biden will start the process of phasing out the federal government’s use of gas-powered vehicles and replacing them with ones that run on electricity. The announcement is the fulfillment of a promise Biden made on the campaign trail to swap government fleet vehicles with American-made EVs. “The federal government also owns an enormous

How to Get a Credit Limit Increase With an Apple Card

Apple launched its first credit card in August 2019, and just seven months later the Apple Card had an estimated 3.1 million users, according to Cornerstone Advisors. Whether you applied for the card to enjoy the cash back benefits, the privacy or the special financing on Apple products, you might be wondering if it’s possible to get

Hacker leaks data of 2.28 million dating site users

A well-known hacker has leaked the details of more than 2.28 million users registered on, a dating website founded in 2014, ZDNet has learned this week from a security researcher. The dating site’s data has been shared as a free download on a publicly accessible hacking forum known for its trade in hacked databases.

Birdwatch is Twitter’s new community-based fact checker

Twitter has tried a variety of fact-checking measures in the past few years, but these normally only apply to tweets from prominent accounts or popular topics. Now the company wants to add context and labels to more tweets by implementing a community-driven fact-checking system called Birdwatch. To start, a group of contributors will be able

12 hidden iPhone features we discovered after installing iOS 14

Apple’s iPhone and iPad currently run iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, respectively. Well, to be exact, they’re using version 14.3, which brought its own share of new features to the operating system that powers Apple’s phone and tablet lineup. The update includes new features, such as Fitness Plus, Apple’s new subscription workout service and a hidden camera feature for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max users

Apple Car: For Real This time?

According to the “official” Wikipedia chronicle, Apple Car rumors first appeared in late 2014. Since then, like a flu virus, the rumor mutates and reemerges every season. The most recent strain says that Hyundai/Kia will be the manufacturing partner with prototypes appearing in 2022 — or maybe 2024 — with production models by 2026 or 2028.

Cellular connectivity and Face ID planned for future Macs

A new report says Apple has plans to bring cellular connectivity and Face ID to Macs of the future. In a report about Apple’s new upcoming MacBook Air, Mark Gurman notes the following: Apple has also developed underlying Mac support for both cellular connectivity — the ability for Macs to connect to the internet via smartphone networks

2021 tax season: What to prepare for

The U.S. government has delayed the onset of this year’s tax filing season, which could be an early indication that the pandemic may once again muddle the process for many U.S. taxpayers. Instead of opening at the end of January, the IRS will begin accepting returns on Feb. 12 – a decision that was made, in part, to allow

Twitter locks out China’s US embassy after ‘baby-making machines’ tweet

Twitter has locked the official account for China’s US embassy, over a tweet it said violated its policy against dehumanization, Bloomberg reports. The tweet, which was originally shared on January 7th, referred to Uighur women as “baby-making machines” prior to government intervention. Twitter removed the tweet and replaced it with a notice saying it’s no