Author: Harry Guinness

Earlier this week, Meta—Facebook’s new parent company—announced that it is testing NFT-support on Instagram. At first, the feature will enable just a select few creators and collectors to show off their digital collectibles in posts and stories, and through DMs.  But if terms like “NFT” make your head hurt, that’s ok. Here’s what it all means, and how it will all work.  Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are one of the buzziest Web3 technologies. We’ve got a full NFT explainer you can check out if you’re totally new to the wild world of crypto, but in brief: Something that’s “fungible” is…

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Presuming that Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter totally goes through, things look set to get a bit more chaotic for the world’s 15th most popular social network. With Musk declaring himself a “free speech absolutist” (despite plenty of evidence to the contrary), promising to defeat spambots, verify all real humans, and fix Twitter’s problems (at least as he sees them), a lot could change quite quickly.  One big feature he’s trial-ballooned with a poll on Twitter is something that people have been demanding for a long time: an edit button. In fact, just yesterday, Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong…

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This story was updated. It was first published March 19, 2020. I’ve been impersonated online four times (that I know of). Someone took three of my self-portraits, and used them to scam people on Tinder. Another time, someone set up an email address pretending to be me to research an article about Instagram accounts for a website I used to write for. They attempted to contact large accounts to request their login credentials. In each of these cases, I didn’t know it was happening until someone was directly affected called me to inquire if they had been scammed. I don’t…

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Whenever you do anything on the internet, you’re being tracked. A recent Last Week Tonight segment with John Oliver explained that widespread data harvesting can make a lot of money. This data can be used to target voters, sell products and even scam people.  One of the most popular tools for tracking is cookies. Cookies are small text files that are added to your browser and store information about your visits to different websites. They can be useful for keeping you logged into or saving your preferences on sites you frequent most. However, they can also serve other purposes. Cookies…

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The Covid-19 pandemic, the resulting shortages of chips and supply chain crisis, have had a devastating impact on all areas of the economy. However, the graphics card market has been one of the hardest hit over the last two years.  Here’s why—and what it means that GPU prices are finally going back to normal.  Graphics Processing units (GPUs), which are computer chips designed to handle graphics operations, can do much more. The GPUs are also known as graphics cards or video cards. They can perform a surprising number of simple and similar calculations simultaneously, like running a game at high…

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