Pushing all the right buttons

Patrick

Video doorbells have become one of the simplest and most common ways to protect and keep tabs on our homes. Whether you’re out of town or just stepping out of the shower, the ability to answer the doorbell — complete with video and sound — from your phone is empowering and potentially even life-saving. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, the newest offering from Ring, adds some fancy features in order to stay abreast of the competition.

With 1080p high-definition video, customizable motion zones, and a quick-release battery pack, is the Ring 3 Plus the best option to stand sentinel?

Doubt looms over hydroxychloroquine study that halted global trials

Patrick

The Lancet medical journal on Tuesday issued an “expression of concern” over the validity of a recent study suggesting that the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine raise the risk of death and heart complications in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

More than a hundred researchers have raised questions and skepticism about the data and analysis, even as researchers halted clinical trials in light of the study’s findings.

The two drugs at the center of the controversy have had a high profile during the pandemic, with many prominent figures—most notably President Donald Trump—promoting them as effective

iCloud outage took down some macOS and iOS software and web apps

Patrick

Apple’s iCloud service experienced an outage on Tuesday evening, causing errors with account sign-in, iCloud Mail, and web apps via iCloud.com. The issues began shortly after 7PM ET, when user-reported issues began pouring in on Downdetector.com and across Twitter.

Apple acknowledged the issue on its system status website, as well on its Apple Support Twitter account. Many users started seeing similar error messages, including one that says, “The application you have selected does not exist.” MacRumors reported that some other Apple services, like Apple Pay and the company’s web-based app-specific password generator, were also experiencing issues, although Apple never

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