New Concrete Turning Homes into Giant Batteries, What is Masked Email, and More.

by | Jun 13, 2024 | This Week in Tech

This Week In Tech, we talk about a new concrete capable of transforming homes into energy storage units, what 'masked email' is referring to, and X hiding the Likes tab on the platform.

New concrete material possesses the capacity to transform homes into massive energy storage systems

The creators of a new energy-storing concrete claim it could revolutionize houses into immense batteries, accelerating the shift towards renewable energy. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that blending carbon black, a highly conductive substance, into a mix of water and cement produced a building material with supercapacitor capabilities. According to the researchers, this substance could be integrated into the concrete foundations of a house without incurring extra construction expenses. Moreover, it could function as concrete roads capable of wirelessly recharging electric vehicles as they drive.

Read More: Independent

What does “masked email” refer to?

Using distinctive login credentials is one approach to heighten the difficulty of potential account takeovers by criminals. Email masking introduces another layer to this concept. In the past, online security was relatively straightforward. A strong password sufficed, and complex combinations of characters weren’t necessary in the early days. Antivirus software wasn’t essential for verifying the legitimacy of login sites either. Privacy was also more robust compared to today’s fragile state, where email data is frequently compromised in breaches. However, as hackers and criminals have become more sophisticated, so have the recommendations for optimal security practices. Presently, experts advise the use of unique, randomly generated passwords (preferably with more characters), along with two-factor authentication, as a robust baseline. Taking it a step further, email masking formalizes a long-standing feature known as email aliases, positioning it as both a privacy and security measure. Essentially, a randomized email address is generated to obscure (or “mask”) your true email address for an online account. Any correspondence sent to the masked email address is forwarded to your actual inbox. The sender remains unaware of the email’s final destination, discovering it only if you inadvertently respond to a message from your primary account.

Read More: PC World

What happened to the ‘Likes’ tab on X?

Social media platform X has implemented a change to hide likes. In a recent update shared on the platform, formerly known as Twitter, X’s engineering team announced that they are “making Likes private for everyone to better protect your privacy.” This means that users can still view their own likes, but others cannot, thereby discontinuing a feature that many users had utilized for a long time. The change took effect on Wednesday. By the afternoon, the “Likes” tab seemed to be accessible only on users’ own profile pages. However, when visiting other accounts, this tab was no longer visible. Users also received a pop-up notification implying that the change could enhance user engagement. The message stated, “Liking more posts will make your ‘For you’ feed better.” As per the engineering team’s update, like counts and other metrics for a user’s own posts will still be visible under notifications. Additionally, posts continue to display the number of likes they have received, but only the author can see the list of individuals who liked it.

Read More: ABC News

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