Nintendo is adding a new layer of security to its online accounts: users can now enable two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access.
To enable the authentication method, users are prompted to download Google Authenticator, which will provide them with a code when logging in.
The move is long overdue. Sony implemented two-factor authentication last year after a number of hacks that compromised user details, while other companies such as Steam and Microsoft have utilized the system for years.
For the first time, the federal government has officially informed states that their election systems might have been targeted by foreign actors. The Department of Homeland Security told Congress this summer that it suspected that 21 states were targeted, but it wasn’t until Friday that they told local election officials, according to the Associated Press.
In June, DHS Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications Jeanette Manfra told a US Senate Intelligence Committee that “internet-connected election-related networks, including websites, in 21 states were potentially targeted by Russian government cyber actors,” but didn’t disclose which states were impacted.
DHS officially contacted election officials in each state and six territories on Friday to “fill them in on what information the agency has about election hacking attempts in their state last year,” according to NPR. The AP reports that state officials from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin say that they were among those contacted. NPR reports that officials in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, and North Carolina say that they were not amongst those contacted.
While the AP notes that being targeted doesn’t necessarily mean that information was manipulated, hackers did steal information or plant malware in Illinois and Arizona in 2016. In most cases, officials said that the activity was “preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems,” and that “attempts to compromise networks” were mostly unsuccessful.
The confirmation comes after months of complaints from state election officials, who have asked the department for information about its investigation. Bob Kolasky, acting deputy undersecretary for DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, said that “we recognize that it is important for senior state election officials to know what happens on their state systems.” Numerous states are preparing for elections this fall, and have already begun to take precautions.
I feel like I’m going to be the last person on Earth to get Instagram’s archive feature. All my friends have been able to hide their old photos for months. Most got the tool way back in June when Instagram announced that the feature would accompany its 10.21 release for iOS and Android. But not me.
Instagram’s first tests of the features go back even further; some Verge staffers saw it on their accounts in late May. Archiving lets users choose posts to take off their grid. Instead of deleting them, though, those posts go into a separate, private section of the app that serves as an archive folder. It works similarly to the bookmarking feature: no one can see what you’ve archived, but you can navigate to the posts through your profile page.
I’ve had the same Instagram account since college, and I want to archive some of my older posts and then make my account public. I don’t have anything crazy on my feed that would incriminate me, but I’d like to get rid of the ridiculously bad old photos I ‘gramed and maybe some photos of ex-boyfriends. I want a new homepage, as Nicola Fumo described it for The Verge. It isn’t fair that I haven’t gotten archiving yet, really, because I was also the only one who was excited to hide my old photos. That’s also my luck.
I have some respite now, however, because I discovered I’m not the only person without the feature, as evidenced by these angry, desperate people on Twitter.
And I still don’t have the archive option on my main account lmao. I want to clean up my feed so bad @instagram DO SOMETHING BOUT THIS
Instagram has yet to respond to my multiple requests for comment (through email), and clearly hasn’t said anything to the concerned users above. It’s hard to tell whether the app is just buggy or if the company simply hasn’t rolled archiving out to everyone, like it said it would.
A similar situation happened with the app’s rollout of two-factor authentication. The company announced the security feature in February 2016 but only officially shipped it to all users in March of this year. That’s an insanely long time for standard security functionality.
Feeling left out is a bummer, especially when it involves the one feature Instagram has introduced recently that’s actually interesting. That’s right, keep your live face filters, Insta. Who is excited about that?
I’ll update this post if Instagram ever gets back to me, but for now, my archive-less friends, know you aren’t alone. I’m here for you and so is a Twitter world filled with angry Instagram users.
Every time I think of Michel Gondry, I have this picture in my mind of the absolute weirdest stuff from The Science of Sleep and just get immediately turned off. It all seems so ridiculous out of context that I forget how well it can all add up in the actual moment.
Mood Indigo, which came out in the US in 2014, was one I had kind of written off. But I rented it last weekend and remembered just how great Gondry’s strange styles and animations and turns of plot can be.
The movie is worth watching just for the stop-motion creatures and wonderful practical effects all throughout the film. But the movie is also surprisingly dark and emotional for something that outwardly looks so romantic and quirky, and that contrast makes the whole thing feel way more impactful. I don’t entirely know what the whole adds up to, but I was thoroughly engaged with every frame.
Check out seven trailers from this week below.
The reboot of Tomb Raider looks like it’s part Bond, part Indiana Jones, and a lot video game. Alicia Vikander is taking over the role of Lara Croft, and while I’m totally down for a treasure hunt / save the world / adventure movie, the action in this one looks like it’s going way over the top. It comes out next year on March 16th.
Netflix put out a first trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher this week that gets really dark, really fast. There’s a lot of shooting and a lot of heavy metal guitar thrashing. Also, the guy who played Desi in Girls in in it, so that’s cool. Netflix is having some fun with the release date for this show, and, rather than just saying what it is, seems to be planning to drop it as a surprise one of these weeks. Whenever that is, it’ll probably be pretty soon.
Isle of Dogs
This could not look any more like a Wes Anderson movie. And while my immediate reaction is to groan… I think I kinda like it. I’m not a huge fan of Anderson’s earlier movies, but I’ve really enjoyed his recent ones — and this one looks just as pretty, goofy, and fun, with an equally amazing cast (of voice actors, at least). It comes out March 23rd.
Def Comedy Jam 25
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Def Comedy Jam, the HBO standup series that helped catapult many of today’s funniest black comedians to stardom, some of the original crew has come back together for an anniversary show with an appropriately incredible lineup. Just check out the trailer. Even though it was an HBO series, the special is coming to Netflix, where it’ll premiere on September 26th.
Murder on the Orient Express
I continue to be surprised by how fun Murder on the Orient Express looks. The trailer makes the movie seem tense and dramatic, but also just like a big, acted-out game of Clue, which sounds great to me (maybe just because of how the actual Clue movie turned out). It has a fantastic cast, too. The film comes out November 10th.
Amazon has put out a full trailer for Wonderstruck, its new movie from director Todd Haynes, who was most recently behind the excellent Carol. Wonderstruck looks, maybe to state the obvious here, like it’s supposed to put viewers in a persistent state of wonder, but maybe also aimlessness and nostalgia and confusion — just a big ball of emotions like when you were a kid. It’s had mostly good reviews so far, and it comes to theaters on October 20th.
Netflix has an incredibly creepy-looking new movie coming out based on — and I’m sure this isn’t going to surprise anyone — a Stephen King story. It looks scary in the same kind of way a movie like The Witch is scary: filled with eerie scenes and people who might do something bad at any moment. The movie comes out in time for Halloween, on October 20th.
The iPhone 8 has finally arrived, and iFixit got a jump on its teardown of the updated device by traveling to Sydney, Australia to pick it up a bit early. Its examination of the phone shows that while it’s similar in some respect to the iPhone 7, you really want to make sure that you don’t break that glass back.
Apple claimed that the glass in the phone’s back is really strong, but now that it’s out in the hands of users, we’ll get a good idea of how durable it really is when people start dropping it. It’ll be worth making sure that it doesn’t break: the company confirmed yesterday that repairing the phone’s glass back will be more expensive than the screen under AppleCare+.
iFixit’s teardown shows why. It’s really difficult to get to if you need to replace it. The phone’s wireless charging coil is attached to a reinforcement panel, which is securely glued to the back. The team notes that their efforts left the backing plate “a bit bent out of shape.”
iFixit points out that despite the upgrade, there’s a lot in the phone that looks like an iPhone 7, with some similar components. Ultimately, the phone ranks a six on iFixit’s ranking, lower than the iPhone 7 teardown score. It’s jam-packed with stuff, but it does score higher than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which got a four, and the Essential Phone, which earned a one.
This week, we rounded up some exciting deals on everything from gadgets to laptops to cameras — including the super cute Elago Apple Watch stand. It’s now $9 on Amazon, and my colleague Nick Statt mentions that it’s the only smartwatch stand you’ll ever need.
Our favorite deal of the week is the 1More headphones. The brand (via Amazon) is giving The Verge readers an exclusive 20 percent discount on two of our favorite models, the Triple Driver and Quad Driver in-ear headphones. As mentioned in our review back in May, the 1More Triple Drivers are the best headphones $99 can buy (which you can now get for $72), and the Quad Drivers are pretty spectacular, too.
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The update will introduce a new mode called Remix 10, which randomly splices together 10 sections from the game’s various levels in quick succession and rewards players with rainbow medals. Completing the various stages will allow players to rescue Princess Daisy and subsequently play as her throughout the rest of the game. Players will also be able to unlock a new world called World Star, which includes nine new levels, enemies and some additional gameplay mechanics.
Polygon notes that there’s some other minor updates: players can get new items to put in their Mushroom Kingdom, and can listen to their own music while they play — when they do so, their runners will wear headphones. Nintendo is also temporarily cutting the price in half starting on September 29th through October 12th.
This spring, genealogy service Ancestry.com was accused of secretly claiming rights to users’ DNA sequences. The company quickly changed its policy, denying any wrongdoing. But it was only the latest reminder of broadly companies can “own” information like biometric details, mental engagement, and even ideas. And it’s the kind of dangerous intersection of intellectual property rights and personal freedom that’s at the heart of Autonomous, the engaging debut novel of io9 founding editor Annalee Newitz.
The recently released Autonomous is set in mid-22nd Century Canada, where citizenship has been replaced by “franchise,” and humans work alongside advanced robots made with human flesh and brains. Easily manufactured drugs can cure almost any disease, boost mental performance, or even extend life. Access is guarded by pharmaceutical companies and the International Property Coalition, an organization that violently neutralizes intellectual property dissidents and patent pirates.“Autonomous” refers to the state of the book’s emancipated robots, who are originally indentured to pay for the cost of their creation. But it’s also an encapsulation of the novel’s themes, which pointedly indict reducing ideas and people (human or otherwise) to economic assets.
While Autonomous shifts its points of view liberally, its two protagonists are Judith “Jack” Chen, an idealistic patent pirate, and an IPC robot named Paladin, who is assigned to hunt her down. Jack gets her hands on a sample of a new focus-enhancing drug called Zacuity, which links completing tasks to a powerful narcotic high, and sells a reverse-engineered version on the black market. Suddenly, there’s an epidemic of students with debilitating homework addictions, clerks who die of starvation behind reams of paperwork, and other people who physically can’t stop themselves from working.
Jack thinks she’s made a mistake, but she’s soon convinced that Zacuity’s creators simply ignored, or even accepted, its side effects. She sets out to find a cure, hoping to expose their recklessness along the way. Meanwhile, the IPC sees Zacuity’s effects as a clear case of patent infringement gone wrong, and sends Paladin — along with a human handler named Eliasz — to cut off the source. The two methodically track Jack through the drug piracy underworld, while working out a complicated relationship and dealing with Paladin’s growing sense of self-awareness.
Paladin is literally property, and Jack is almost entirely self-sufficient, since piracy crackdowns have broken her ties with the outside world. But Newitz emphasizes how broad a spectrum of autonomy exists between them. De facto slavery is as accepted for humans as for robots, and judging from a moment of confusion in the first few chapters, the two can be nearly indistinguishable. There’s a fine line between robotic programming and human social conditioning, and when every object and idea is bound up in a rigid economic system, “choice” can be an illusion.
These aren’t singularly new ideas — among other things, Autonomous contains echoes of Paolo Bacigalupi’s exploitative capitalist dystopias; Cory Doctorow’s free culture treatises; and the ambivalent AI-human romance of Marge Piercy’s He, She, and It. But Newitz has covered biotech, intellectual property law, and robotics in a journalistic capacity for years, and her book draws bold and interesting connections between the ownership of people and information, both of which are increasingly easy to catalog and claim in a world of big data.
Autonomous’ preoccupation with agency also adds moral ambiguity to a generally black-and-white condemnation of capitalism and intellectual property overreach. It’s hard to know, for instance, whether we should blame Paladin’s amoral violence on the generally likable robot or the IPC. Autonomous also emphasizes the complicated power gaps in s and romance. Sometimes, this borders on uncomfortable; Jack begins a relationship with an abused former slave, for instance, that would feel much more dubious if their genders were reversed. With Paladin, though, Autonomous also explores how much relationships are defined by arbitrary and even meaningless distinctions — Eliasz is attracted to Paladin, but unable to proceed until he “knows” their effectively nonexistent gender.
For a novel that feels meant primarily to explore ideas, Autonomous builds a detailed and textured world, although it lingers a bit too much on describing hackerspace parties and exotic body mods. The focus on exceptional figures like Jack and Paladin also leaves some interesting threads underexplored — like how the rest of society functions when radical drug-fueled enhancement is simultaneously hyper-exclusive and, thanks to pirates, apparently fairly commonplace. But ultimately, Newitz’s pared-down style makes Autonomous a lean thriller that pairs a fast-moving cat-and-mouse game with an impassioned ethical argument.
Halloween season is finally upon us, so you might expect your streaming service of choice to be filled with dozens of new slasher flicks, gothic thrillers, and serial killer movies. (The whole creepy killer clown thing is currently being handled in both movie theaters and on cable TV, so you’re already covered there.)
What’s fascinating, though, is that there’s actually not a huge influx of traditional horror titles coming in October — but what is on its way shouldn’t be missed. We’ll start with Netflix, because the service is getting director Julia Ducournau’s cannibal movie (and festival favorite) Raw, the first season of its new David Fincher thriller Mindhunter, and Richard Kelley’s Donnie Darko. There’s also this really tiny show called Stranger Things, which is getting a second season on October 27th. I almost thought about leaving that mention out, because there is such a rabid fervor over the return of Stranger Things that most of you may have already noted the release date in your calendars. But then I rewatched the trailer, and the Michael Jackson Thriller reveal gave me chills again, so there you go.
Leaving Netflix in October? Titanic (not technically a horror movie, but judge for yourself), Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (really?), and the complete Friday Night Lights series. Is nothing sacred?
Amazon Prime is leaning into the Halloween season with the release of Lore, its six-episode series adaptation of Aaron Mahnke’s terror and folklore podcast. That’s coming on October 13th, and over the course of the month, the service will also be releasing Doug Liman’s The Wall, the studio’s original film starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as two US soldiers that get pinned down by a sniper in Iraq. Denis Villeneuve’s incredible Arrival will also be coming to Amazon Prime in October, as will director Mary Lambert’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic Pet Sematary.
As for HBO… well HBO is just getting down to business with the scary movies. The service will be adding Split, Lights Out, The Darkness, and The Purge: Election Year. It will be adding The Ninth Gate, in which Johnny Depp acts like an actual human being while searching for a book that can raise Satan, and Constantine, which isn’t really a horror movie but is nonetheless horrifying for a host of reasons. And if that wasn’t enough, if those selections alone weren’t enough to send your heart racing, with sweat popping out on your brow as you wonder just what bad decisions led you to this place in life, there is one more thing that will surely push you over the edge: the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther.
The complete list of movies and shows for all three services is below. Sleep tight.
Coming to Netflix
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cleverman, season 2
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Eagle vs. Shark
Eyes Wide Shut
Generation Iron 2
I Love You, Man
Lockup: Disturbing the Peace, collection 1
Made of Honor
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Must Love Dogs
Never Let Me Go
PJ Masks, season 1
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Sleeping with Other People
Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth
Cult of Chucky
Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen), season 1
Schitt’s Creek, season 3
The Fosters, season 5
ID-0, season 1
Skylanders Academy, season 2
Suburra, season 1
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Word Party, season 3
Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
Christina P: Mother Inferior
The Skyjacker’s Tale
Fe de etarras
El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial
Kingdom of Us
Mindhunter, season 1
Super Monsters, season 1
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Voltron: Legendary Defender, season 4
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
LEGO: City, season 1
She Makes Comics
West Coast Customs, season 6
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
Slasher: Guilty Party
Haters Back Off, season 2
One of Us
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story
Meet the Robinsons
While We’re Young
Wanted, seasons 1–2
The Mist, season 1
The Hateful Eight
The Final Master
La Querida del Centauro, season 2
Stranger Things,season 2
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Pup Star: Better 2Gether
Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States
Zumbo’s Just Desserts, season 1
30 Rock, seasons 1–7
A Love in Times of Selfies
Across the Universe
Cradle 2 the Grave
Crafting a Nation
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Daddy’s Little Girls
Dark Was the Night
David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, season 1
Day of the Kamikaze
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
Friday Night Lights, seasons 1-5
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Malcolm in the Middle, seasons 1–7
Max Dugan Returns
Million Dollar Baby
My Father the Hero
My Name Is Earl, seasons 1–4
One Tree Hill, seasons 1–9
Prison Break, seasons 1–4
The Bernie Mac Show, seasons 1–5
The Wonder Years, seasons 1–6
The Cleveland Show, seasons 1–4
Bones, season 5–11
Lie to Me, seasons 2–3
Louie, seasons 1–5
Hotel Transylvania 2
Family Guy, seasons 9–14
Coming to Amazon Prime Video
Bunker of the Dead
Escape from L.A.
I Believe in Unicorns
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Margot at the Wedding
Pet Sematary Two
Queens and Cowboys
Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
Beauty and the Baker, season 1
Song to Song
American Horror Story, season 6
Save My Seoul
The Americans, season 5
The Fashion Hero, season 1
Inside Edge, season 1
City of Ghosts
Lore, season 1
Sigmund and the Sea Monster, season 1
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
The Other Dream Team
The Whole Truth
Fight for Space
Red Oaks, season 3
Awaken the Shadowman
Coming to HBO Now
Curb Your Enthusiasm, season 9 premiere
Jackass: The Movie
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Monster’s Ball (Unrated Version)
The Ninth Gate
The Pink Panther
The Purge: Election Year
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
The Sandlot 2
Stuck on You
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Un Lugar en el Caribe (aka A Place in the Caribbean)
Entre Nos, part 2
Room 104, season 1 finale
Vice, season 5 finale
Fifty Shades Darker (Unrated Version)
La vida secreta de las parejas, series premiere
The Deuce, season 1 finale
Que Dios nos perdone (aka May God Save Us)
Tracey Ullman’s Show
John Wick: Chapter 2
HBO First Look: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
For the latest Google Doodle, the search giant is honoring an award-winning chemist whose research in organic chemistry had a profound impact on how plants are used for medicinal purposes.
This award-winning chemist also happened to be a woman. Asima Chatterjee was the first female scientist to earn a doctorate in science from an Indian University. (Because women can do science too, Google memo dude.)
The design of the Google Doodle is striking. It’s been transformed into a skeletal formula, a series of hexagons with single and double bond lines between them, commonly used to represent carbon and hydrogen atoms in organic chemistry. Chatterjee herself is represented as a modest, bespectacled woman with green leaves for hair, a nod to her work in Indian medicinal plants.
Chatterjee was born on September 23, 1917, in Calcutta, then in British India. She earned her undergraduate degree from Scottish Church College, and later her master’s and doctorate of science from University of Calcutta, all in chemistry.
In 1940, Chatterjee joined Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta, as the founder and head of the college’s department of chemistry. In 1944, she was appointed as an honorary lecturer in chemistry at University of Calcutta; and later took a role as reader in the same department, in 1954.
Her researched focused largely on medicinal properties of plants native to India, and contributed to the development of drugs that treated epilepsy and malaria. As Google writes on its landing page for the Chatterjee doodle:
She made significant contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry with special reference to alkaloids, coumarins and terpenoids, analytical chemistry, and mechanistic organic chemistry. She published around 400 papers in national and international journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes. Her publications have been extensively cited and much of her work has been included in several textbooks.
According to the Indian Academy of Sciences, Chatterjee “successfully developed anti-epileptic drug, Ayush-56 from Marsilia minuta and the anti-malarial drug from Alstonia scholaris, Swrrtia chirata, Picrorphiza kurroa and Ceasalpinna crista.”
Chatterjee was also the first female scientist to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress, in 1975. She died on November 22, 2006.