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TCL’s new concept phone unfolds and rolls out to get bigger and bigger — 2021年4月15日

TCL’s new concept phone unfolds and rolls out to get bigger and bigger

Yes, we’ve seen foldable phones. We’ve even seen rollable phone prototypes — although LG’s rollable phone, sadly, probably won’t see the light of day.

But TCL now has a smartphone concept that’s both a foldable and rollable phone in one, and it’s pretty cool.

TCL's new concept phone unfolds and rolls out to get bigger and bigger

Image: TCL

The idea is fairly simple — take a foldable phone, similar to Huawei’s original Mate X, and then make it rollable on one side so that it extends to something akin to a decently sized tablet. I’ve been critical of foldable phones precisely because they don’t offer that much space when folded out, but this TCL phone solves that in a fairly elegant way.

In terms of specs, the TCL Fold ‘n’ Roll is a 6.87-inch phone that folds into an 8.85-inch phablet (remember that word? TCL’s still using it). And then, it rolls out into a 10-inch tablet, which should be plenty even for those who like their tablets bigger. 

TCL's new concept phone unfolds and rolls out to get bigger and bigger

Image: tCL

TCL shared no other specs — nothing, really, besides a few renderings of the device. There’s no word on when it may be launched, either — being a concept phone, one probable answer is never. 

Still, TCL has been at this for a while. The company was one of the first to show a working foldable smartphone prototype, and it made several other prototypes over the years. Perhaps Fold ‘n’ Roll is the one that actually turns into a real product.

Save 66% on an app designed to improve your sex life —

Save 66% on an app designed to improve your sex life

TL;DR: A one-year subscription to the Lover Sexual Health App is on sale for £14.54 as of April 15, saving you 66% on list price.


There’s an app for everything these days — including sexual health. One that should be on your radar is Lover, a sexual health app on sale for a limited time.

Whether you’re looking to spice things up with a long-time partner, figuring things out with a new flame, or solo and struggling, the app provides everything you need to take control of your sexual wellness — from science-backed courses to a weekly playlist of interactive activities that help you explore your sexuality. Maybe you’re struggling to reach orgasm or your stress is preventing you from getting an erection. Nothing to be ashamed of: Just set your goal and Lover will curate content specifically to help you reach it.

The Lover app was built by Dr. Britney Blair, a board-certified sexual medicine clinical psychologist, along with her team of experts with decades of experience in helping people improve their sex lives. Although it launched just last Valentine’s Day after receiving over £3 million in seed funding from Tinder founder Sean Rad (as well as other investors), it’s already garnered an impressive 4.8 out of 5 stars on the App Store.

Asking for help with your sex life may present some initial awkwardness, but the potentially game-changing results could be well worth it.

It’s regularly £42.91, but you can sign up for a year of Lover for just £14.54 for a limited time, a discount of 66%.

Get an introduction to PIC microcontrollers with this course bundle —

Get an introduction to PIC microcontrollers with this course bundle

TL;DR: The PIC Microcontroller Engineering Projects Course Bundle is on sale for £36.41 as of April 15, saving you 96% on list price.


At the heart of alarm systems, phones, microwaves, washing machines, and so much more are tiny microcontrollers telling them how to respond to certain commands. You know that episode of SpongeBob where Plankton controls SpongeBob’s brain? It’s kind of like that. The average household has about 60 of these embedded microcontrollers they probably never even think about. But in reality, these tiny computer chips are ubiquitous and keep our everyday lives running properly.

It might feel way over your head, but anyone can learn to tinker with these Programmable Intelligent Computer (PIC) microcontrollers. You just need the right training — like this PIC microcontroller engineering projects course bundle.

Whether you’re totally new to the game or you’re an experienced maker looking to expand your skills, this course collection has what you need to get started. There’s a complete seven-hour step-by-step guide for beginners, a course that compares PIC microcontrollers with Arduino and Raspberry Pi and shows how to use them in different projects, and a course that dives into real-time simulation of microcontrollers using different boards and schematics. You can choose how you kick off your training depending on your current skill level. And since you’ll have unlimited lifetime access, there’s no need to stress about getting it done quickly.

Inside the 13 courses, there are also a lot of hands-on projects to complete. The courses will introduce you to the different ways you can use microcontrollers. You’ll learn how to use ultrasonics and motion detectors, make an electronic door lock system and RC robot, and even program a device to be controlled by clap signals.

You can discover exactly what makes your electronics tick with 27 hours of content on PIC microcontrollers, programming, engineering, and more for just £36.41 for a limited time.

Audi introduces the Q4 e-tron as its next generation, cheaper EV — 2021年4月14日

Audi introduces the Q4 e-tron as its next generation, cheaper EV

The electric Audi keeps evolving. 

Back in 2018 Audi unveiled its first all-electric SUV, the e-tron. Now, almost three years later, the next version of the original EV has been unveiled as the Audio Q4 e-tron, with an additional “sexy back” Sportback design.

The newest electric Audi started as a concept car, but will arrive in Europe this June with a starting price of 41,900 euros (about $50,000). It’ll make it to America at the end of this year for about $45,000. That’s significantly less than the original e-tron, which starts at nearly $66,000

Actors Olivia Wilde and Regé-Jean Page (of Bridgerton fame), along with famous athletes, introduced the new EVs at a virtual event streaming from Germany Wednesday. 

The compact SUV will come in many configurations: 

  • The top of the line Q4 and Sportback versions come with 77 kWh capacity battery and two electric motors. The Q4 reaches over 300 miles on a charge, but the Sportback has a longer range of up to 308 miles. These are the fastest Q4s, hitting over 110 mph and reaching up to 60 mph in just over six seconds.

  • Two entry-level Q4 and Sportback versions slim down with 52 kWh batteries and a single motor. The Sportback has better range at 216 miles compared to the 211 miles on the standard version. Both “basic” versions of the EV reach top speeds up to 100 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in nine seconds. 

  • There’s a fifth option, a stripped down Q4 with a 77 kWh battery, but only one electric motor. It has the highest range and can get up to 323 miles on a single charge.

All versions will have quick charging capabilities, adding up to 78 miles in 10 minutes. Throughout Europe, Audi EV owners will have access to 210,000 public charging stations.

The Sportback version has a more sloped backside and is, well, a sportier design.

The Q4 models are smaller (a full 13 inches shorter), but still spacious versions of the original e-tron. With the battery and electric motors on the floor of the car, there’s more space inside. The front of the car barely goes past the tires, keeping the EV shorter and tighter than its predecessor.

A sporty EV.

A sporty EV.

Image: audi

Inside the car, there’s a virtual voice assistant that responds to “Hey Audi.” There’s also an augmented reality heads-up display that layers directions and visual cues in front of the driver onto the windshield. 

The new Q4 e-tron models are part of Audi’s goal to launch 20 EVs by 2025.

The Biggest Security Threats to the US Are the Hardest to Define —

The Biggest Security Threats to the US Are the Hardest to Define

It’s been two years since the heads of the top US intelligence agencies last came to Congress for an update on global threats; they skipped 2020 amid tensions with former president Donald Trump. In the Biden administration, though, the public hearing was back on Wednesday. Their message: With sprawling crises like the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, the gravest threats to US national security have ballooned into complicated and interconnected specters that the intelligence community can only warn about.

In a public hearing before the Senate intelligence committee, and a corresponding report released on Tuesday, directors of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA, and FBI laid out their agencies’ assessments. They highlighted cybersecurity and offensive hacking as a major topic in light of the SolarWinds attacks, which they firmly attributed to Russia. They also pointed to technological innovation, particularly advances from China, that threaten to undermine the security of US infrastructure. 

The directors also emphasized that where authoritarian governments wield technical mechanisms for digital control, such as tools for invasive surveillance, democracies struggle to emerge and endure. And as anti-democratic movements sweep the world, and as US adversaries like Iran and North Korea expand their digital and kinetic arsenals, the US faces an increasingly complicated geopolitical climate. Lawmakers and the intelligence community both also raised the possibility that terrorist groups like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda will resurge as a result of the US’s planned exit from Afghanistan in September.

After two years away from these public hearings, a transition of power in the US, and the world-changing impacts of the pandemic, the report and hearing seemed to simmer with angst over the scale and scope of so many vast, amorphous threats.

“During the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the inherent risks of high levels of interdependence. And in coming years, we assess the world will face more intense and cascading global challenges, ranging from disease to climate change to disruptions from new technologies and financial crises,” ODNI director Avril Haines told Congress. “This looming disequilibrium between existing and future challenges and the ability of institutions and systems to respond is likely to grow and produce greater contestation. For the intelligence community, this insight compels us to broaden our definition of national security.”

Complicating the challenge of new and emerging threats is the reality that all the old ones remain. The directors ticked off updates on the US’s longtime adversaries as well as the worldwide challenges posed by weaponized disinformation, attacks on election integrity, infrastructure security, and growing domestic terrorism within the US. And numerous discussions returned to the question of waning democratic influence.

“The problem of erosion of democracies is a very real one in many parts of the world—those that have established democracies and those where democratic governance is quite fragile,” said CIA director William Burns. “That has partly to do, I think, across the board with questions about the ability of democratic governance to deliver. The challenge is … to help restore that faith.” 

This tension between words and actions was apparent in the global threats report itself as well as the hearing. Both senators and the agency directors focused on the intelligence community’s “blind spot.” The intelligence heads said that the IC would benefit from more access to the domestic internet, signals from within corporate networks, and more information about individuals’ digital activities. The “blind spot” also relates to longtime debates about encryption and what the FBI calls the “going dark” problem. During the hearing, NSA director Paul Nakasone lamented the time it takes to get warrants for certain searches and said that US adversaries are all too aware of how much time they have to work with if they launch digital attacks like the SolarWinds hack from inside US entities.

Senator Ron Wyden (D–Oregon) countered, though, that the agencies weren’t even able to detect a historic series of breaches in federal networks during the SolarWinds campaign, even though the intelligence community has full access to monitor every part of federal networks. 

“The hacking of nine federal agencies somehow went unnoticed,” Wyden said. “So what I’d like to see is if we can all agree, before seeking new powers to surveil the domestic internet, we all ought to be working together—you, DHS, all the agencies, so that more can be done to detect hacking that’s going on in our own networks.”  

The threat report also emphasized the scrutiny on not only the digital civil liberties and privacy promises that established democracies make, but how well they actually deliver on them. Many repressive regimes increasingly rely on censorship, tools for web control, and aggressive targeted surveillance of dissidents, journalists, and religious and ethnic minorities to further their societal reach. 

“Authoritarian and illiberal regimes, meanwhile, probably will point to democracies’ embrace of these tools to justify their own repressive programs at home and malign influence abroad,” the report warns.

With so many disparate issues for the intelligence community to anticipate and track simultaneously, the global threats reports and hearings always have a somewhat sprawling and open-ended quality. That’s partly because on many topics, from US foreign policy to pandemic response, the apolitical intelligence community’s job is only to provide insight, not to take action or shape policy. And as the impact of unprecedented natural disasters increasingly intersects with geopolitics, their becomes more an art of divination every day.


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How to get a Covid-19 vaccination appointment in every state —

How to get a Covid-19 vaccination appointment in every state

Generally, to get a vaccine appointment, users have to navigate either a government health department portal or sign up on select local retail pharmacies’ websites, made possible through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart/Sam’s Club are serving people across most of the United States. 

The CDC has also set up VaccineFinder, which is operated by epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital.

While most people are advised to schedule their vaccine appointment through state-mandated measures, those who identify as tribal or veterans also have the option to reach out to the Indian Health Service and Veterans Affairs, respectively. 

People have also reportedly gotten the vaccine by loitering at local pharmacies around closing hours and volunteering at vaccination sites in hopes of being first in line for a leftover dose. While taking part in any of these alternative methods can’t guarantee you a vaccine, some sites like Dr. B and Vaccine Notifier are attempting to give some order to the chaos of extra doses.

Find your state below for exact steps on how to secure an appointment. Keep in mind that if you are an essential worker, your workplace may also have their own system in place to get employees vaccinated. 

Actually getting an appointment might take near-constant website refresh rates as they continue to be in high demand — but hey, I guess no one ever said it would be efficient. 

Alabama

How to get a vaccination appointment in Alabama

Residents of Alabama can check individual eligibility and book vaccines on the Alabama Public Health portal, find walk-in and drive-thru clinics with the Vaccine Clinic Dashboard, and book appointments at select CVS, Walmart, and Sam’s Club locations. They can also sign up for email notifications when eligibility is expanded on the Public Health Department’s Notification Form.

Alaska

How to get a vaccination appointment in Alaska

Residents can book appointments by viewing a complete list of vaccine providers in the state, which tells you whether to call or walk in, or redirects you to another registration site. 

Additionally, a select group of Alaska providers have centralized available appointments across the state on PrepMod, which is only supported on Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Those in need of additional general support booking an appointment can call 907-646-3322 or email covid19vaccine@alaska.gov. 

Arizona

How to get a vaccination appointment in Arizona

Residents can check individual eligibility on the Arizona Department of Health Services website, and book vaccine appointments through the online portal primarily at State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium near Tempe, and the University of Arizona. A complete list of Arizona providers and specific instructions on how to book at those locations can be found at the Find A Vaccine page. 

Arkansas 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Arkansas

Residents can check eligibility on Arkansas’ Department of Health website. The ADH strongly suggests that those who can receive the vaccine through their place of work should do so, but others who are eligible can find a community pharmacy through the COVID-19 vaccination locations webpage and contact their pharmacy of choice directly for an appointment. 

California 

How to get a vaccination appointment in California

Residents can check individual eligibility at myturn.ca.gov, and schedule an appointment or get notified when appointments are available on the same portal. Anyone who needs additional help can call (833) 422-4255. 

Local health jurisdictions may also have vaccine appointments available separately by county, which can be found on each county website, listed here

Colorado

How to get a vaccination appointment in Colorado

Residents can check Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment website, which lists vaccine facilities and individual instructions per location by county. There is no statewide registration portal. 

A separate list of vaccine facilities (including fire departments and hospitals) and individual appointment instructions is hosted here. The main pharmacies administering the vaccine are Walmart, Sam’s Club, Safeway, Cardinal, and Kroger (City Market and King Soopers), where appointments are made online. 

Connecticut 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Connecticut

Residents can search the CT vaccine portal for vaccination sites by zip code. Once you have selected a location, the site will redirect you to book through the location’s website, separate portal, or phone number. You can also call a main Vaccine Appointment Assist line at (877) 918-2224.

Delaware 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Delaware

Residents can check eligibility at Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccine site, and choose to book a vaccine appointment at a listed pharmacy, vaccination event, or medical provider.

Pharmacies should be booked through their site or phone number, and include Walgreens, Rite Aid, Camden Rx, Aspira Health, Giant, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and CareportMD. Vaccination events require a separate registration portal and phone call confirmation, and medical providers may choose to only vaccinate existing patients. 

Florida 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Florida

Residents can check eligibility at Florida’s COVID-19 response site, and pre-register to get in line for when vaccines are available for their group. Those without internet access can also call their county hotline to pre-register. You can also search a complete list of vaccination sites and make appointments through each individual website. 

Georgia 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Georgia

Find out if you’re eligible at Georgia’s Department of Public Health website, but make sure you scroll down past the main top section. You can book appointments through the DPH’s main health department portal or phone number at (888) 457-0186, or by searching the vaccine locator and following your selected location’s individual instructions. Participating pharmacies include Kroger Health, Ingles Pharmacy, Publix, U-Save-It, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Hawaii 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Hawaii

You can determine your eligibility at Hawaii’s COVID-19 portal, book an appointment from a list of available vaccine providers, and follow individual instructions per location. Those who can get vaccinations from employers should do so. 

Idaho

How to get a vaccination appointment in Idaho

Find out if you’re eligible at Idaho’s Department of Health & Welfare website, and navigate further down the same site to find their public health district’s website and phone number, which is organized by county. Each public health district has varying vaccination sites, appointment procedures, and availability. 

Illinois 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Illinois

Residents can check eligibility by region on Illinois’ COVID-19 response site, and a complete list of vaccination sites can be found at the Vaccination Locations page. Each location has individualized instructions, and certain county websites may also have notification systems and pre-registration links. 

Indiana

How to get a vaccination appointment in Indiana

Determine your eligibility at Indiana’s website, and you can book a vaccine with the state’s main portal, which will display the closest vaccination site with available appointments. Alternatively, the site also links to a complete list of vaccination sites, which you can individually contact for availability. 

Iowa 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Iowa

Iowans can find a vaccine location here or contact Hy-Vee, CVS, or Walgreens directly to book appointments.

Kansas 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Kansas

Determine your eligibility at the state vaccine website, and scroll further down to use the interactive map to find individual vaccination locations and contact information for appointments. If there is not a vaccine provider in your area, the state recommends contacting the local health department through the Kansas Public Health Directory for information on how to access the vaccine.

Kentucky 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Kentucky

Residents can check individual eligibility and sign up for vaccine notifications online. Regional vaccination sites are organized on the interactive Kentucky vaccine map, and the state also recommends checking Kroger, Walgreens, and Walmart’s available appointments, as well as any federal program locations.  

Louisiana 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Louisiana

Find out if you are eligible at Louisiana’s Department of Health COVID-19 webpage. Individual appointments must be made at participating locations, a full list of which are hosted on LDH’s vaccine locations webpage. 

Maine 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Maine

You can determine eligibility and see a full list of vaccination providers on Maine’s COVID-19 response website, which includes healthcare centers and pharmacies. If you are eligible to receive a vaccine from an employer, the state urges you to do so. 

Maryland

How to get a vaccination appointment in Maryland

Residents can check eligibility at COVIDLink, and a complete list of vaccination locations with individual appointment instructions and contact info is on the Maryland COVID-19 vaccinations map. Locations include pharmacies, local health departments, hospitals, and mass vaccination sites. 

Massachusetts 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Massachusetts

Residents can check eligibility at the coronavirus update site, and see a full list of vaccine providers and individual appointment booking instructions on its COVID-19 vaccine finder. This list is searchable by location and shows which sites have open appointments. 

Michigan

How to get a vaccination appointment in Michigan

You can find out if you are eligible by using the MDHHS prioritization guidance document, and appointments can be booked through local health departments. Michigan provides a map of local health departments with contact info, and encourages you to reach out to additional sites at Meijer, Rite Aid, or Cardinal Health for Upper Peninsula residents. Those without internet or needing assistance can also call the COVID-19 hotline at (888) 535-6136. 

Minnesota 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Minnesota 

Residents can check eligibility at the Who’s Getting Vaccinated? webpage. The Minnesota COVID-19 response site hosts a map and complete list of vaccine providers with individual booking information, and those who sign up with the vaccine connector could also get randomly selected for the COVID-19 community vaccination program.

Mississippi 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Mississippi 

Find out if you are eligible at Mississippi’s State Department of Health website, and view a list of vaccination sites (or search an interactive map), each with individual appointment booking instructions. Vaccine sites will include drive-thru vaccinations, private health clinics, and selected pharmacies.  

Missouri

How to get a vaccination appointment in Missouri

Residents can check individual eligibility, sign up to get notified of vaccine availability, and book appointments all through the Missouri COVID-19 vaccine navigator. The state also provides a map of providers, and encourages you to reach out to local public health officials and health facilities for additional sites. 

Montana 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Montana

Montanans can check eligibility on the Department of Public Health & Human Services website under “Status.” Each county has its own vaccination appointment procedures, and contact info and websites for each county are listed on this interactive map.

Nebraska 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Nebraska

All residents should register for a vaccine appointment through the vaccination registration portal. When eligible, the system will notify you of available vaccines and provide further instructions to book an appointment. If you have already registered for an appointment through a local health provider, there is no need to re-register, but the state asks all future registrations be made through this centralized portal. 

Nevada 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Nevada

Residents can check eligibility and search for appointments through the COVID-19 vaccine locator. Participating pharmacies include Raley’s, Walgreens, Safeway, Smiths Pharmacy, Economy Drug, Walmart, and Sam’s Club, as well as local community sites. 

New Hampshire 

How to get a vaccination appointment in New Hampshire

Residents can check individual eligibility by clicking “Do I Qualify?” on the COVID-19 vaccine phases website, and register for a vaccine through the state portal only when eligible. When vaccines are available, those currently registered will get an email with more information on how to book an appointment. 

New Jersey 

How to get a vaccination appointment in New Jersey

You can determine eligibility at the COVID-19 information hub, and register to get notified when you are both eligible and when a vaccine is available to you with the vaccine scheduling system. You can also book an appointment directly with providers not in the system, a list of which is available on the locations page.

New Mexico 

How to get a vaccination appointment in New Mexico

Check your eligibility on the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine website, and register for a vaccine appointment through the vaccine registration program. This program works with state agencies, as well as public, private, and tribal partners throughout the state. 

New York 

How to get a vaccination appointment in New York

Residents can check individual eligibility with the “Am I Eligible?” app, and book a state-run appointment the same way. You can also call the COVID-19 vaccination hotline at (833) NYS-4-VAX (833-697-4829). You can also book private appointments in New York City with the NYC COVID-19 finder.

North Carolina 

How to get a vaccination appointment in North Carolina

Residents can check individual eligibility with the online tool, and search the vaccine finder for vaccination sites by zip code, city, or current location. Each location has individual instructions for how to book an appointment.

North Dakota 

How to get a vaccination appointment in North Dakota

Residents can check eligibility and see a full list of vaccine providers with the vaccine locator. Each location on the list and map has individual contact information and instructions for booking appointments.

Ohio 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Ohio

Ohioans can check eligibility on the coronavirus portal or with the priority populations fact sheet, and search for vaccine locations with the locations map

Oklahoma 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Oklahoma

Residents can find vaccination sites at Oklahoma’s State Department of Health website. You can also make individual appointments with Walmart and Sam’s Club, and Oklahoma County residents can use VaxOKC to schedule appointments.

Oregon 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Oregon

Residents can check individual eligibility, sign up to receive eligibility updates, and connect to a vaccine provider with the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool. This tool does NOT actually make the appointment, but will send you instructions to schedule with the individual provider when it is your turn.

Pennsylvania 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Pennsylvania

Residents can check individual eligibility with the Your Turn screener, and find a vaccine provider with the interactive map, which lists individual contact information for appointments. All Philadelphia vaccine providers must be registered through this map finder to receive the vaccine, with the exception of Philadelphia County, which uses its own finder tool

Puerto Rico 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Puerto Rico

Residents can check eligibility on the AARP website, and a list of providers and general information via the Department of Health is available in Spanish. The providers should be contacted directly for appointments. 

Rhode Island 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Rhode Island

Residents can check individual eligibility and sign up for vaccine availability notifications with the vaccine notification list. You can find state-run vaccination sites and appointments through PrepMod or call 844-930-1779. You can also book appointments through CVS or Walgreens, and the state recommends checking your city/town website for locally run sites like Lifespan or Care New England clinics. 

South Carolina

How to get a vaccination appointment in South Carolina 

Residents can check eligibility at the main COVID-19 vaccine website, and search for vaccine locations with the vaccine locator, which will provide individual contact information for booking appointments.  Those who need assistance can also call 1-866-365-8110.

South Dakota 

How to get a vaccination appointment in South Dakota

Residents can check individual eligibility with the “When Can I Get Vaccinated?” tool, and use the interactive map for vaccine providers by county health networks, including individual contact info for appointments. There is a separate map for pharmacy locations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Tennessee 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Tennessee

Residents can check eligibility at the Department of Health’s website, and book vaccine appointments through their county health departments found here, which often redirects to the state COVID-19 portal for actual booking.

Texas

How to get a vaccination appointment in Texas

Texans can determine eligibility with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine information website, and find vaccine locations with contact information organized by mass vaccination sites known as vaccine hubs, a vaccine availability map, and a complete list of vaccine providers via PDF. The state also encourages you to check with nearby pharmacies and your own doctor. 

Utah 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Utah

Residents can check eligibility with the state COVID-19 website and sign up for general COVID-19 updates with the email list. You can book an appointment by directly contacting your local health department, a state healthcare provider, or a participating pharmacy.

Vermont 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Vermont

Find out if you are eligible at the Department of Health’s website, and book appointments through the Health Department portal, Kinney Drugs, or Walgreens. Those who need assistance can also call 855-722-7878.

Virginia 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Virginia 

Residents can check individual eligibility with the Department of Health tool, and book an appointment for a vaccine with Vaccinate Virginia. Those who need assistance can also call (877) 829-4682.

Washington

How to get a vaccination appointment in Washington

Residents can check eligibility with the state Department of Health website. You can find vaccine providers through the interactive map and list of contact information to directly book appointments, and also search by county.

Washington D.C. 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Washington D.C.

Residents can check eligibility at the D.C. COVID-19 website, and sign up for future eligibility notifications via email or text. The COVID-19 website also hosts the registration portal when appointments are available, but will not display when there are no appointments available. If no appointments are available, residents can familiarize themselves via the how-to guide to speed up the process in the meantime.

The website also lists select hospitals and health centers that are vaccine providers, with individual appointment contact information only for existing patients. 

West Virginia 

How to get a vaccination appointment in West Virginia

Residents should pre-register here. This will send vaccine updates and offer an appointment time when one becomes available. A list of vaccination clinic locations is also available, but those wishing to use these sites should still register through the same portal.

Wisconsin

How to get a vaccination appointment in Wisconsin

Find out if you are eligible at the Department of Health Services website, and search for providers via the map of vaccine providers. However, this map is only updated once every two weeks and appointments represented could be full. Residents of specific counties can also register through the vaccine registry, which accounts for DHS community-based vaccination sites. Participating pharmacies include Kroger and Walgreens, where appointments should be made through their websites. 

Wyoming 

How to get a vaccination appointment in Wyoming

Residents can check eligibility at the Department of Health website, and everyone should complete the pre-registration form to receive eligibility and vaccine updates. Distribution varies by county, so you should check your county’s individual process and appointment contact information here.

The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree —

The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree

On March 2, Microsoft warned the world that a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group called Hafnium had infected what would turn out to be tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange servers in a weeks-long hacking blitz. While Microsoft soon released a patch, not every victim updated their systems, and hundreds of servers remained exposed. A little over a month later, the Department of Justice has now revealed, the FBI took extraordinary steps to protect those still at risk.

Court documents unsealed this week reveal that the FBI obtained a warrant to copy and delete so-called web shells—essentially a foothold into a system that hackers can use to send remote commands or malware—from hundreds of Hafnium victims. While the operation seems straightforward on a technical level, it establishes a precedent that manages to be at once both controversial and refreshingly restrained. 

“This is a novel approach,” says April Doss, a former NSA lawyer who currently directs the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown Law. “I think we’ll see it used again, but I would hope we see it used again with really careful analysis.”

Ticking Bombs

Rather than carefully select valuable targets, Hafnium scoured the internet for vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers and infected as many as it could, amassing at least 30,000 victims in the United States alone and hundreds of thousands worldwide. It was a mess. 

But it also wasn’t quite as bad as those numbers make it sound. Hafnium used its access in that initial sweep to plant web shells, which would allow it to come back later to cause real damage. It essentially left itself 30,000 keys under 30,000 doormats, and would figure out which of those targets it actually cared about later. A disproportionate number of Hafnium victims appear to have been small- to medium-sized businesses, which are more inclined to run a dedicated on-premises Exchange server for their email needs. Most large corporations run their email in the cloud. So Hafnium likely wouldn’t care much about many of the entities it hit. (Opportunistic ransomware hackers, though, leapt at the opening Hafnium created.)

By all accounts, the rush to patch Exchange servers has been largely successful, thanks in part to a one-click tool Microsoft released about a month ago. But again, the victims are mostly small- and medium-sized businesses. Many of them don’t have the resources to fix a gaping cybersecurity threat; some may not even realize they have an exposed Exchange server in the first place. Meanwhile, patching protects from future infection, but it doesn’t get rid of the web shell that already snuck through. And so those web shells have lurked, patiently awaiting instructions from the hackers who put them there, ready to cause harm.

“You can imagine if there were a circumstance in which some criminal syndicate planted physical bombs in properties spread across half a dozen states,” says Doss. “If the property owners couldn’t be reached, or were off-site and couldn’t get there to take any action, or didn’t have the technical ability to find or defuse the explosive materials, what would DOJ do? They would get a warrant for the FBI to go in.”

Which is what happened last Friday, when a judge granted the FBI a warrant to uninstall those web shells, which turned out not to be an especially difficult task. “The technical part of it is like .5 percent of the work,” says Matt Tait, a former British intelligence analyst who is now the chief operating officer at Corellium, a virtualization and security research company. A web shell has a URL and, in this case, a password associated with it. The FBI had access to both, presumably through threat intelligence and other partners. All the agency had to do was access the web shell, enter the password, and send a command to the server that essentially said “delete me.” Problem solved.

“If the Microsoft Exchange servers they interacted with were fully patched and they actually deleted any and all web shells on the backdoor servers, it should be quite effective,” says Steven Adair, founder of security firm Volexity, which first identified the Hafnium attack. “Assuming these Microsoft Exchange servers were just backdoor with web shells, they were essentially sitting ducks. These actions potentially save these organizations from future harm.”

There are two important caveats here. First, removing a web shell doesn’t get rid of any malware that may already have snuck through, or return any data that has been stolen. Second, if the underlying vulnerabilities remain on a system, someone could always just plant another web shell.

In those limitations, Tait sees an encouraging degree of restraint on the part of the FBI. “What they’re doing is actually unusually narrow,” he says. The FBI could have asked to scan for ransomware or illicit materials that might be present on the server, or to proactively patch servers that were still vulnerable. “Then I think you would have more serious privacy concerns, like is the FBI piggybacking on this to look for other crimes?” 

Instead, the agency got in, defused the bombs, and got back out.

New Rules

Five years ago, an operation like this would have been highly unlikely, if not impossible. In December 2016, however, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure was updated to make search and seizure orders more applicable to cybercrime. Rather than having to get a warrant in every individual court district where suspected illegal activity occurred, law enforcement could instead get sign-off for broader efforts from a single judge, as long as officials could demonstrate that the activity took place in five or more districts.

“The big mismatch has always been between the way that legal rules are tied to physical geography and that cyberoperations extend beyond it,” says Doss. A target’s vulnerabilities are more important to a hacker than what state they’re in, especially for large-scale hacks, like Hafnium’s Exchange server assault or SolarWinds or the creation of a botnet. 

In fact, the FBI has used this authority before, although seemingly sparingly. In previous cases that have become public, it focused on disrupting active botnets rather than preemptive protections. The FBI also typically targeted the botnet controller to send the signal out, while in the Hafnium case, the agency used the web shells on private servers to send one back home. 

“In general, these operations involve law enforcement seizing control of a command-and-control server with the help of their partners and issuing commands to cut off access to the infected machines that make up the botnet,” says Katie Nickels, director of intelligence at the security firm Red Canary. “In this case, the FBI is gaining access to victim-owned Exchange servers, copying web shells from them, and then deleting those web shells. The distinction is important because the web shell actions are more invasive.” 

“The FBI will continue to use all tools available to us as the lead domestic law enforcement and intelligence agency to hold malicious cyber actors accountable for their actions,” said Tonya Ugoretz, acting assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division.

Anytime law enforcement tries something new—or at least puts a new spin on an old script—slippery slopes naturally become a concern. This time is no different. Future flexes will merit scrutiny, but this time the FBI at least appears to have taken the narrowest possible scope for the greatest possible good.

“This is the government saying the private sector can’t protect itself here,” says Doss, “so we’re going to.”


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Lime and its competitors plan to flood parts of NYC with e-scooters —

Lime and its competitors plan to flood parts of NYC with e-scooters

It’s finally happened — the electric scooter takeover has reached New York City via the Bronx. 

Lime was one of three scooter rental companies selected Wednesday to provide parts of NYC with the electric devices as part of a year-long pilot program. Bird and VeoRide also received permits. Lime will launch 1,000 of its Gen4 scooters, but only in the Bronx to start.

NYC was a major holdout for years as cities around the world accepted the two-wheeled electric devices. Finally, in 2019, New York state legislators opened up access to the electric vehicles. Throughout 2020, city officials worked on plans to launch scooters in a metro area with more than 8 million residents. 

The Lime scooters are expected to arrive in the Bronx by early summer, and will expand throughout the borough during the one-year program. After the first year, transit officials will evaluate if other parts of the city should allow the battery-powered vehicles to scoot around. E-scooters are not allowed to operate in Manhattan, and that likely won’t change. 

In a news release from February the NYC Department of Transportation acknowledged the city’s lag. “New York City is among the last American cities with an e-scooter share program and will benefit tremendously from the lessons learned across the country and the world,” the release stated.

Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and Portland, have built out permitted scooter programs to deal with sidewalk clutter, dangerous riding, and parking issues. 

New York isn’t a stranger to ride-sharing. It’s offered the Citi Bike program since 2013, but only pedal-powered bicycles are available to rent.

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues? —

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

Dear OOO,

I’m the boss at a midsize workplace and I love my colleagues. I worry, though, that I tell them too much at times. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. Am I doing the wrong thing when I’m not terrifically discrete?

—California

The most fun questions for an advice columnist, or at least this advice columnist, are super-specific situations to which I cannot relate at all. Sneaking into your office? A colleague taking credit for a newsletter you wrote? I have never experienced these scenarios and have very strong feelings about them, which is a good recipe for cosplaying as an expert and ranting on the internet! The critical distance bred by unfamiliarity can be extraordinarily helpful for formulating thoughts that might be valuable to other people. Once I lose that, I fear I’m going to end up just working through my own issues on WIRED.com instead of in a therapist’s office, where they belong.

This, California, is the exact opposite of a situation to which I cannot relate. This is a question that strikes at the heart of all of my uncertainties about how to best manage, how to be a good colleague, how to be a good person in the world. This is a question that had me tossing and turning for three nights after you sent it. I hate this question, because it is my question, and because I can’t convincingly cosplay as an expert and thus have no choice but to reveal myself as a bumbling idiot who’s making everything up as I go along. (All of my past/present/future direct reports, please stop reading now.)

With that ringing endorsement of my qualifications, let’s dive in. After reading your question multiple times, then discussing it with a fair number of pals who are also bosses, I feel most confident about one takeaway: You’re a very good people manager. Bosses who are inclined toward honesty and conscientious enough to worry about how they’re affecting their people are rare, and your staff is lucky to have one.

Transparency and emotional openness are strengths—but, of course, they have to be wielded carefully. And none of us are going to get the balance right all the time. Thinking critically (obsessing?) about it is the only way to keep your batting average up, so you’re doing great.

You don’t say if there are particular types of information you feel badly about sharing, so indulge me while, for a moment, I go back to … me. As someone who has been credibly described as “a terrible liar” and “totally without a poker face,” I don’t have much choice when it comes to being honest in my relationships. But like you, I share your concerns about whether I occasionally go too far. Everyone says they prefer transparency from their boss, but not all information is equal, and some can be more destructive than helpful.

I’m going to guess that, like me, your stress often comes when debating whether to reveal information about chaos happening above your employees’ pay grades. Let’s say you’re in a fight with your boss about changes that could affect the people who report to you (a totally hypothetical situation with which I have no direct experience). It doesn’t feel great to hide things from your staff when doing so could result in them being blindsided later, but you also want to protect them from premature panic. I think the key question, then, is why you want to share the information. Will your people actually benefit from knowing? Will it help them make better-informed decisions or prepare them for something coming down the line? Or will it just offload your stress onto them at the expense of their own mental security? The times I’ve regretted being honest are the ones when I’m doing it for my own catharsis without fully considering how the person I’m talking to will be affected.

This is tricky, though, because if you have multiple direct reports, each of them will react differently to new information. I’ve worked with some people who do best when they know exactly how the sausage is made, and some who are far too prone to freak-outs to handle anything that’s not set in stone. And offices are gossipy places, so what you tell your less-anxious reports will almost always get back to the more-anxious ones. That can make you look like you’re playing favorites in a way that breeds yet more anxiety. So think carefully about which version of the story you’re comfortable with everyone knowing, and adapt your delivery based on who you’re telling.

I don’t mean any of this to discourage your admirable tendency toward openness. It’s just that what can feel like an easy binary—honesty vs. lying—is actually a spectrum with so many shades of gray. The best bosses are the ones who understand the people who work for them, so do some reflection about what will work best for each of yours. Never deceive them if you can help it, but don’t unload on them without considering the cost to them.

Knowing things can be a burden, and more so when sharing that knowledge would add stress to other people. This is why you’re paid the big bucks, but that doesn’t make it less mentally taxing. And no matter how supportive your family members are, they have a limit beyond which they cannot handle you talking about work. So get yourself a trustworthy work wife or trusted friend in your industry, and get to sharing those workplace secrets.


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The iPhone 14 Pro might say goodbye to the notch and hello to a 48MP camera —

The iPhone 14 Pro might say goodbye to the notch and hello to a 48MP camera

2021 isn’t even halfway over, and iPhone rumors are already abundant for future 2022 and 2023 models. We’re talkin’ better camera sensors, an under-display Face ID system (yes, that means no more notch), and a canceled iPhone design.

Here’s what might be on deck for Apple’s family of next-generation iPhone flagships. 

Goodbye, iPhone mini

According to well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company’s mini” lineup will end with the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini. In a research note seen by MacRumors, Kuo predicts the 2022 iPhones (a.k.a. the iPhone 14 line) will include “high-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch” models, as well as “lower-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch” options.

The battery life sucked, anyway.

The battery life sucked, anyway.

Image: zlata ivleva / mashable

I didn’t have all that many complaints when I reviewed the iPhone 12 mini. It’s a powerful phone that works just as well as the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, but its battery life is awful. Plus, staring at such a small display can get irritating.

Apple’s decision to discontinue its iPhone mini doesn’t come as a shock, though. In January, a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners said the mini smartphone only accounted for 6 percent of total iPhone sales in October and November of 2020.

Finally, some upgraded camera systems

Kuo also says it’s possible the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could include a 48-megapixel camera sensor, which would be a significant change from the 12-megapixel sensors included every year. He anticipates this upgrade would allow users to record video in 8K, a feature he points out is “more suitable for AR/MR devices.”

There are a couple of things to unpack here, so let’s start with that potential 48-megapixel camera. 

Even though it’s not confirmed, the updated iPhone camera sensor would make sense considering Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and S21 lineups pack 64-megapixel cameras and already shoot in 8K. Meanwhile, the S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra each come with a whopping 108-megapixel sensor. Compared to its competition, Apple is long overdue for new camera systems.

The iPhone is long overdue for new cameras.

The iPhone is long overdue for new cameras.

Image: zlata ivleva / mashable

Then there’s that augmented reality/mixed reality comment from Kuo. With Apple’s mixed-reality headset reportedly coming very soon, it makes sense for the company to throw in features related to its MR initiative.

Kuo also claims the 2023 iPhone will include a periscope lens which would offer enhanced optical zoom up to 10x. Currently, the iPhone 12 has 2x optical zoom, while the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have a range of 4x and 5x, respectively. 

R.I.P. notch

Speaking of 2023 iPhones, Apple might finally retire the notch. In an investors’ note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says the company plans to introduce an under-display Face ID system.

Apple first implemented the notch in the iPhone X when it ditched Touch ID in favor of Face ID, allowing users to unlock their iPhones using facial features. To make that work, Apple packed its TrueDepth camera system into the much-loathed notch.

But if the company is able to figure out a way to include those parts underneath the display instead,  it could make way for an unblemished full-screen iPhone. However, as MacRumors points out, Kuo previously claimed the high-end 2023 model would include an under-display fingerprint scanner instead of Face ID. So maybe plans have changed.

So long, notch. You won't be missed.

So long, notch. You won’t be missed.

Image: zlata ivleva / mashable

While Kuo’s latest note makes no mention of that fingerprint scanner and leans more towards Face ID, it’s still unclear if the feature will be reserved strictly for the pricier iPhone Pro and Pro Max versions.

Apple might not even wait until 2023 to get rid of the notch. Last month, Kuo said Apple could include a hole-punch camera on some of its 2022 iPhone models. But he didn’t share any specifics as to how Face ID would work with that design. In another investors’ note by way of MacRumors, Kuo said Apple would start implementing the hole-punch design on high-end 2022 iPhones.

It’s possible Apple might not follow through with some or all of these rumored plans once 2022 and 2023 roll around. But after years of incremental (and underwhelming) iPhone updates, I’d be content if just one of these new features made it through to the final round.

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