Category: Basics

How do I prepare my phone for a protest?


Mass protests have broken out across the United States after a Minneapolis police officer killed black Minnesotan George Floyd while he was in police custody. One thing demonstrators should be aware of before they head out is that their cellphones may subject them to surveillance tactics by law enforcement. If your cellphone is on and unsecured, not only can your location be tracked, but your messages and the content of your phone may also be retrieved by police either if they take custody of your phone or later by warrant or subpoena. While some guides recommend buying a separate “burner”…

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Protesting? Here’s how to turn off location services on iOS and Android


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Following the murder of George Floyd by the US police, protests have erupted across America. While this is a legally protected right, Trump’s attempt to label Antifa as “domestic terrorists” and the police’s brutal responses suggests this isn’t a given. Which is why you need to protect yourself when protesting. And, specifically, why you must turn off location services on your phone if you go out. If you’re protesting against racial injustice and police brutality, you don’t…

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How to blur faces and remove metadata from your photos


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. People all over the world have taken to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement and many of you might be taking photos to spread the word. However, images may have a lot of personally identifiable data attached to them, such as faces of people or location stored in its metadata with device information. So it’s important to remove this metadata and blur or hide faces present in the images that you take.…

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How to quickly disable biometrics on your iPhone if you’re arrested


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. As people around the world participate in protests and demonstrations the world over in support of Black Lives Matter and to honor the late George Floyd, some are running into resistance from law enforcement. Should you be arrested while participating, here’s how you can make sure your iPhone can’t be unlocked without a pin code. My colleague Georgina Ustik recommends not bringing your phone at all, or bringing a cheap burner phone with tracking disabled,…

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7 ways to keep your personal information safe during protests


Protesting in the United States, and in many countries around the world, is a legally protected right — theoretically. But digital surveillance is increasingly being exploited by law enforcement to identify protestors, and threaten privacy, free speech, and due process in the name of crime prevention.  As Andy Greenberg and Lily Hay Newman wrote for Wired, “You should assume that any digital evidence that you were at or near a protest could be used against you.” Such surveilling methods now include the use of facial recognition, license plate scanners, and predator drones. Officers have also been using smartphones to monitor and…

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Twitter now lets you schedule tweets — here’s how


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Earlier this month, we reported that Twitter is rolling out a ‘schedule tweet’ option to some users. Now, the social network is making the feature available for all desktop users, so you can set tweets to be published at a time of your choosing. The company said that apart from scheduling, it will also allow users to it will also let you save drafts of your tweets in the web app. However, you’ll be able to see…

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How to start a Google Meet session from Gmail


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google has added a feature to Gmail that went missing with the death of Hangouts: namely, the ability for anyone to start a Meet video call right from your inbox. Here’s how it works. Google recently made Meet available free for everyone in the wake of the coronavirus — it’d previously only been available to its business and education G Suite users. The move is just as much an attempt to keep Zoom from capturing their…

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HBO Max has launched — here’s what you need to get started


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. The time has come: HBO Max, the latest competitor in the streaming wars, has launched. You can sign up for the 7-day free trial now and get started watching some classic films or some excellent TV shows. Here’s how you can get started on the new platform. The wait is finally over. #HBOMax is officially here. If you need me, I’ll be streaming. https://t.co/uOL8RByhNp — HBO Max (@hbomax) May 27, 2020 HBO Max is $15/month for…

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How to tell HBO Max, Now, and Go apart


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. HBO‘s parent company WarnerMedia is launching its streaming platform, HBO Max, this week. With this launch, WarnerMedia can join the rest of the massive media companies vying for attention in the streaming wars. But how does HBO Max relate to HBO Now, or HBO Go, for that matter? What do these services have in common, besides the name? Whoever in Warner’s design department approved the name “HBO Max” needs to be dressed down. I get…

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Zwift companion app not working? Try this


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Over the past winter, and sporadically ever since, I’ve been using virtual the video game-like cycle training platform Zwift and a Tacx NEO indoor smart trainer. It’s allowed me to exercise with focus and efficiency when I’m crunched on time or the weather outside is not so great (or you know, lockdown). But I’ve had a huge problem with its “companion app” — and I’m not alone — but I’ve finally found a fix!…

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