Apple has always been a bit of a black box when it comes to allowing, or banning, third-party apps for its iOS App Store. The company’s murky policies have often drawn criticism and even accusations of censorship. No app has been a better example of Apple’s strange and borderline dumb policing of the App Store as an app that tracks US drone strikes around the world. The app, which was originally called Drones+ and launched in 2012 by Josh Begley, a data artist who now works at The Intercept, has been removed from the app store thirteen times—most recently today. Read more: The Government Is Using a No Fly Zone to Suppress Journalism At Standing Rock On Tuesday, Begley celebrated the fact that after twelve rejections, Metadata, the new name of his drone strike-tracking app was back in the Apple App Store
Five years ago, Josh Begley, a data artist and editor at The Intercept, created a straightforward news app for iOS. It sent a push notification to your device each time a U.S. drone strike was reported by a news outlet. SEE ALSO: Here’s how you create echo chambers on Facebook There’s a map that shows you where the drone strikes occurred and a log that keeps track of each one
It’s trailer #2 for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it’s looking mighty fine. There’s a new trailer out for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I now officially love this movie. Or at least I like what I’ve seen of it in the trailers. This trailer gives us a much better sense of Peter Parker’s arc in the movie, and it also gives us a chance to see him hanging out with his hilarious best friend, Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon). Also, we get a better view of what Vulture is up to
When hackers infect computers with malware, they generally communicate with their code over the internet via a command-and-control server. But firewalls and intrusion detection systems can block communication going to and from suspicious domains and IP addresses. To bypass these normal detection methods, researchers in Israel have devised a novel way to communicate covertly with malware. The technique uses a flatbed scanner as the gateway through which an attacker can send commands to their malware on a victim’s network. Read more: Afraid of the Dark? Too Bad, Your Smart Bulbs Can Be Hacked The attack works by using a light source in the vicinity of the scanner to signal commands through the scanner to malware
Natilus, a startup firm from Richmond, California, will be putting a prototype cargo drone through its paces this summer, in the hope of launching a version capable of carrying 200,000lbs of cargo.