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Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff

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Barbara Krasnoff is currently Reviews Editor for The Verge, and has been working as an editor and writer at tech publications for longer than she cares to admit.

She came to The Verge from a stint as a freelancer; before that, she was Senior Reviews Editor for Computerworld. When she is not writing and editing how-tos, or asking staff members what's on their desks, she writes (and occasionally publishes) science fiction and fantasy short stories.

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A lot of people seem to agree that lock screen widgets are one of the best new features of iOS 16.

So we put together a how-to on customizing your iPhone’s lock screen and wallpaper with widgets and design options, and even linking them to Focus modes. It’s easier than you’d think.


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Fingerprint-protect your Incognito Android browsing sessions.

Got a handy tip via 9to5Google: if you want to keep an Incognito Chrome tab hidden on your Android phone, you’ll soon be able to fingerprint-protect it by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Lock Incognito tabs when you leave Chrome. If you don’t see that setting yet, either wait or try chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android. I tried it myself (see below), and it works like a charm.


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You can fingerprint-protect Incognito tabs.
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Technosignatures may be the way we’ll find extraterrestrial life.

A group of scientists have joined together (with help from NASA) to search for chemical and electromagnetic markers that do not occur naturally and so could indicate the presence of intelligent life on other planets. Called CATS (Categorizing Atmospheric Technosignatures), the group is planning a number of projects using current and next-gen telescopes.


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Your vomit may be valuable a few million years from now.

According to an article in the journal Palaios, paleontologists are enthusiastically examining a bunch of bones apparently regurgitated from a predator in Utah 150 million years ago. The fossil they found contains the remains of an unlucky frog or tadpole that was some predator’s lunch back in prehistoric times.


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If you’ve got an entry-level Android phone, check your RAM.

According to the Android Developers Blog, starting with Android 13, you’re going to need at least 2GB RAM to run even Android Go, the lightweight version of the OS. (Since version 11, the minimum has been 1GB.)