Apple releases iOS 16.3.1 and other updates with fix for “actively exploited” bug

reader comments 9 with Share this story Apple is releasing minor updates to all of its major software platforms today to address one high-priority security vulnerability and to fix a handful of other device- and service-specific issues. The iOS 16.3.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, and macOS 13.2.1 updates all patch an “actively exploited” arbitrary code execution vulnerability […]

The Download: controversial gene therapy tests, and algorithms on trial

Last year, biotech startup Minicircle started recruiting participants for a clinical trial of gene therapy. But several details made it unusual. For one, it instructed would-be guinea pigs to purchase an NFT to take part, before being paid in cryptocurrency. Another is it would take place in what is essentially an experimental crypto city—Próspera, Honduras. […]

The Supreme Court may overhaul how you live online

Now they’re at the center of a landmark legal case that ultimately has the power to completely change how we live online. On February 21, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, which deals with allegations that Google violated the Anti-Terrorism Act when YouTube’s recommendations promoted ISIS content. It’s the first time […]

Restoring an ancient lake from the rubble of an unfinished airport in Mexico City

Weeks after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in 2018, the combative leftist leader enraged international investors and Mexico’s business community by canceling the airport, which was already around one-third complete. During his campaign, López Obrador had railed against the project’s management for overspending and corruption. Then, in a post-election referendum launched by López […]

This biohacking company is using a crypto city to test controversial gene therapies

Follistatin is a glycoprotein encoded by the FST gene. To Minicircle, its most interesting property is that it suppresses myostatin, a protein that inhibits muscle growth. Missing myostatin means muscle cells can replicate and expand without the usual biological checks. As a result, animals with mutations in this gene—like the physically imposing “bully whippet”—are loaded […]

AI-powered Bing Chat spills its secrets via prompt injection attack

Enlarge / With the right suggestions, researchers can “trick” a language model to spill its secrets. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images reader comments 29 with 0 posters participating Share this story On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed a “New Bing” search engine and conversational bot powered by ChatGPT-like technology from OpenAI. On Wednesday, a Stanford University student […]

Mozilla plans ground-up UI redesign for Thunderbird email client this July

MZLA Technologies reader comments 58 with 0 posters participating Share this story “Why does Thunderbird look so old?” That’s one of the most frequently asked questions about Thunderbird, according to Thunderbird Project Design Manager Alessandro Castellani (along with “Is Thunderbird dead?”). And it’s one he seeks to answer definitively in a new blog post about […]

The Download: revolutionary prosthetics, and new pandemic concerns

These prosthetics break the mold with third thumbs, spikes, and superhero skins Traditionally, prosthetics designers have looked to the human body for inspiration. Prosthetics were seen as replacements for missing body parts; hyper-realistic bionic legs and arms were the holy grail.  But we’re now witnessing a movement in alternative prosthetics, a form of assistive tech […]