Top 5 spying scandals in the tech sector

In February, reports emerged that Nest Guard (not pictured), a part of Google’s Nest Secure home security and alarm range, had been equipped with a microphone without informing customers The issue of data privacy and security has been cast into the international spotlight in recent years. In fact, since the Cambridge Analytica scandal lifted the lid on the extent of …

Homeless boy wins New York State chess championship: ‘I want to be the youngest grandmaster’

A homeless 8-year-old chess prodigy who dreams of becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster recently took home a top prize at a New York chess tournament. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who goes by Tani, placed first in the kindergarten through third-grade division at the New York State Scholastic Championship last weekend. Tani, who only took up chess about a year ago, overcame immense odds to land the impressive win, …

‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand is preparing for its first election since 2014’s military coup, but with a system designed to weaken political parties and ensure the military’s continuing role, few expect the vote to resolve divisions that have plagued the country for two decades. Nearly 52 million Thais are eligible to vote in the March 24 polls, which will be the first under …

Here’s a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it’s been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas — are likely the highest they’ve been in 15 million years.  [Mashable ] The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it’s understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here’s …