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Showing posts from May, 2020

Sony Xperia 1 II looks sharp from any angle - CNET

The Sony Xperia 1 II is aimed at creative types, especially people who are into photography and videography. Its most compelling feature is that it can be controlled and operated like a camera.

How the FCC got involved in Trump's war against Twitter - CNET

President Trump has put the anti-regulation FCC into an awkward spot as he asks the agency to police social media sites for political bias.

Pixel 3 specs vs. 3 XL: Battery life, screen size and price are the main differences - CNET

The Pixel 3 phones have been deeply discounted, so which one should you buy?

Brightline Sonic Rechargeable Toothbrush Review: The Best Brush, and Only $30

This inexpensive electric is better than the high-end brushes that cost many times more.

What Do the Quark Oddities at the Large Hadron Collider Mean?

Measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each anomaly looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.

15 Best Weekend Deals: Phones, Earbuds, and More

You can get two Borderlands games for free right now, and plenty of other gadgets and gizmos for nice discounts.

Propella 7-Speed Review: A Great Ebike and a Killer Deal

Looking to get around safely? This sleek new electric bike costs as much as a year's worth of bus tickets.

'The Vast of Night' Reboots the Glee of UFO Conspiracy Culture

Amazon Studios’ new lo-fi, sci-fi flick, which is fittingly screening at select drive-ins, is a respite.

Walmart Employees Are Out to Show Its Anti-Shoplifting AI Doesn't Work

The retailer denies there is any widespread issue with the software, but a group expressed frustration—and public health concerns.

Trump Prepares Social Media Executive Order to Limit Protections

The move is almost certain to face a court challenge and signals the latest salvo by President Trump to crack down on online platforms.

Oh No, Here Comes the Transportation Hellscape

How tech companies and cities can work together to make transit more appealing and effective.

Space Out and Explore the Universe Without Leaving Home

If NASA’s new 2020 missions have inspired an interest in science and celestial objects, these apps and sites can open a whole new batch of worlds.

Amazon Misses a Shopping Opportunity

The best shopping ideas now are coming from big box stores. Where are Amazon’s innovations?

Step Chickens and the Rise of TikTok ‘Cults’

Fandoms are forming around a new kind of influencer: the charismatic cult leader.

When the C.E.O., Already Facing a Crisis, Gets the Coronavirus

Business cratered at Booking Holdings, the online travel giant. Then its chief executive found out he was sick, too.

Need a pulse oximeter? These models are in stock starting at $18 - CNET

Don't pay jacked-up prices to measure your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.

Phone-connected 5G VR/AR headsets are still on track for 2020, says Qualcomm - CNET

A wave of plug-in glasses and goggles are on their way through 2021, including Oppo, Panasonic and Nreal.

Android flagship phones can expect double-whammy speed boost in 2021 - CNET

Arm helps chip allies like Qualcomm push speeds higher with its X1 processor customization plan.

The New 'Tenet' Trailer Dropped in 'Fortnite'

Christopher Nolan's latest movie will screen in Epic Games' online universe this summer.

Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

The coronavirus has hit meat processing plants hard. But not in Denmark, where automation makes for safer slaughterhouses.

Today's Cartoon: Dream Office

A workplace without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s phone-record tracking program. But thanks to “precomputed contact chaining,” that database was much more powerful than anyone knew.

There's a Jailbreak Out for the Current Version of iOS

The Unc0ver tool works on all versions of iOS from 11 to 13.5, the current release.

Virgin Orbit Pushes Back First Rocket Launch From Jumbo Jet

The company, founded by Richard Branson, aims to show it can send small satellites to orbit from virtually anywhere.

The Success of Contact Tracing Doesn't Just Depend on Privacy

The technology needs widespread adoption to help slow the pandemic. And while the debate has centered on privacy, accuracy concerns could also send users fleeing.

What’s Up With the Funny-Looking Moons in ‘Onward’?

Yes, I know this is a fantasy movie. That shouldn’t stop us from thinking about the real causes of lunar phases.

7 Smart Home Tech Deals for Memorial Day (2020): Instant Pot, Robot Vacs, and More

Here are the best Memorial Day sales to improve your home life in quarantine.

11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)

Just about all of our WIRED Recommended bed-in-a-box mattresses are on sale for the holiday weekend.

On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

Urine can be used for landing pads, gardens, and drinking water. But will there be enough to go around?

Joe Biden Answers Your Most Searched Questions About Him

The Democratic presidential candidate responds to the internet's most searched questions, including his stances on immigration, education, and gun control.

Bontrager Jet WaveCel helmet for kids delivers adult-size protection - CNET

The new model is the first kids' helmets to feature the company's honeycomblike technology.

For OK Go, Zoom calls are still harder than shooting in microgravity - CNET

OK Go's Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind talk about overcoming isolation to create something unique with their latest song "All Together Now."

The COVID-19 crisis highlights how far accessibility still has to go - CNET

People with disabilities have long been asking for -- and denied -- accommodations that have quickly rolled out to the masses.

The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse

For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.

Tesla Owners Try to Make Sense of Elon Musk’s ‘Red Pill’ Moment

A liberal status symbol now has a founder who is moving to the right.

A Little E-Commerce Has Big Ripples

Online shopping has changed our behavior, reordered the nature of work and challenged our cities.

SoftBank in Crisis Amid Record Losses

Its flagship tech fund is underwater, annual losses are huge and a key board member departed, as the firm faces the coronavirus and a tech slump.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Brain

What Facebook’s C.E.O. is doing to confront the coronavirus — and what he’s afraid of.

Rooms by the Hour for People Weary of Quarantine

An app offering short-term rentals called Globe says demand is way up.

How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy

Alexa can tell you the weather. Siri knows a few jokes. In China, voice-computing company iFlytek built similar smart assistants beloved by users. But its tech is also helping the government listen in.

Here’s What an Antitrust Case Against Google Might Look Like

Two DOJ veterans lay out a roadmap for cracking down on the company’s digital advertising juggernaut.

Coronavirus Contact Tracing Jobs Are on the Rise

Tens of thousands of people across the United States have applied for the job of cold-calling strangers who may have been exposed to Covid-19. Here’s what it’s like.

‘You’re Not Alone’: How One Nurse Is Confronting the Pandemic

The adrenaline of the first days of the Covid response has drained away, leaving sore muscles, heavy hearts, and a creeping awareness that the grind is here to stay.

A Guide to Tony Soprano's Many Robes

Get the robe. Don't ask questions.

How to Sleep When the World Is Falling Apart

It's not easy to relax in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are some simple tips and techniques that can help you get some shut-eye.

How We'll Learn to Sing Together When We're Far Apart

Making music with a group, whether it’s crowded into a bar or standing in a church, fulfills in a way that singing alone does not. But we can still try.

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

The next time you sign up for a coupon code or retail promotion, use these apps to avoid spam text and email messages.

Epic Games' New Unreal Engine 5 Looks Pretty Incredible

The game engine won't be released until next year, but man it looks nice.

Silicon Valley Rethinks the (Home) Office

Some tech companies are adjusting to the pandemic with new WFH perks and even letting employees ditch their commutes forever.

How to Do Zoom Circle Time for Little Tiny Squirmy Kids

A veteran preschool teacher explains: Don't expect they to sit still, but do expect them to share.