How to use your DSLR or mirrorless camera as a webcam
A Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera used as a webcam. | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge
If youâve been working from home for the past few weeks, youâve probably had to join more than a few video conference calls. Or perhaps youâve been using to keep in touch with friends and family while social distancing. Either way, youâve probably noticed that the webcam on your laptop is, well, crap. It leads to blurry, pixelated video calls, and unflattering viewing angles.
There are a few ways to address this problem. You could buy a proper webcam, but good luck finding one of those in stock. You could , if you happen to have one lying around. Either of those might be slightly better than your laptopâs webcam.
But if you really want to step up your video call game,...
Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments
A Manhattan federal judge has ruled the Federal Communications Commission must provide two reporters access to server logs that may provide new insight into the allegations of fraud stemming from agencyâs 2017 net neutrality rollback.Continue reading
Telescopes Around the World Pick Up Mysterious Radio Burst Coming From Our Own Galaxy
Astronomers just spotted an extremely bright burst of radio waves emanating from within our own galaxy. The surprising observation could help us understand the mystery behind these enigmatic emissions, known as fast radio bursts.Continue reading
Steam ends Mac support for SteamVR
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Steam will no longer support SteamVR on macOS. RIP! It is the end of a very short era. Steam introduced SteamVR for Apple computers way back in the mists of time â 2017âs Worldwide Developers Conference. As : âValve has been working with Apple on this since last summer, which shows a high level of technical and business confidence in Appleâs VR efforts.â
The move was announced in a short post on , laid out in a single sentence: âSteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.â Mac users will still have some access to the feature, however, via legacy builds. One door closes, another will surely open. Right?
How to Stay Safe on the Internet, Part 3: Drive the Black Hatters Mad
Like conventional criminals, criminal hackers choose easy, lucrative targets. One group in the crosshairs is made up of companies that have data on millions of users, such as private sector entities with a Web presence. Why go after one user at a time when data is collected in one place? Criminal hackers also like to hunt small organizations that have modest capital but weak information security.Continue reading
Walmart Is Betting You'll Ditch Amazon Prime for Its Expensive 2-Hour Delivery
In its latest attempt to keep up with Amazonâs indomitable hold on the e-commerce space, Walmart has announced itâs introducing two-hour delivery for nearly 2,000 stores in the coming weeks.Continue reading
Senators’ plan for reining in contact tracing apps doesn’t make a lot of sense
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A group of Senate Republicans is that would regulate the data collected by coronavirus contact tracing apps. The COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act would âprovide all Americans with more transparency, choice, and control over the collection and use of their personal health, geolocation, and proximity data,â according to a joint statement. Itâs not clear how the legislation would be enforced (the statement says it would âauthorize state attorneys general to enforce the Actâ), a potential sticking point to persuading Democrats to get on board.
Republican Sens. Roger Wicker (MS), John Thune (SD), Jerry Moran (KS), and Marsha Blackburn (TN) said the legislation also would âhold businesses accountable...
5 Reasons Why Vinyl Is Better Than Digital for Music Lovers
There’s a reason music streaming services are so popular. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music allow you to access more music than you could ever listen to, all in a single app. They’re clearly the most convenient way to listen to music. However, that doesn’t make them the best option. In most cases, vinyl is the best way to listen to music. The experience of putting a physical record on your vinyl record player, dropping the needle down, and enjoying listening to the music is unparalleled. Don’t believe us? Here are the reasons why you should listen to vinyl… 1....Continue reading
Zoom in style in a sci-fi ship decimating coronavirus particles
The Verge art team in group flight.
Itâs been more than a few weeks now that many of us have been forced to use Zoom for communication. In that time, really creative backgrounds for Zoomers have popped up. There are lots of options out there right now, and lots of people are getting in on the game. But yesterday , also known as Beeple, dropped what might be the coolest (at least IMHO) so far.
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Now instead of some random photo of an island getaway, you can sit in the 3D rendering of a super futuristic craft cockpit traveling through micro-space. On either side of you are laser canons that will decimate coronavirus particles as you get through your morning huddle. There is so...