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Showing posts from September, 2020

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

Coal plant upgrades led to a dramatic reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions. But those particles also help reflect solar heat away from the planet.

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

42,000-foot plumes of ash. 143-mph firenadoes. 1,500-degree heat. These wildfires are a new kind of hell on earth, and scientists are racing to learn its rules.

Trump-Biden Debate Twitter Recap: Politics Is a Metaverse

The first 2020 presidential debate was a series of interruptions and half-thoughts—like the internet IRL.

America Can Still Achieve Its Techno-Utopian Dream

The tools for curbing Silicon Valley’s outsize power and restoring hope in tech are already available and, in some cases, have been for hundreds of years.

The National Guard’s Fire-Mapping Drones Get an AI Upgrade

Algorithms that quickly track the movement of wildfires could help firefighters‚ but the tech could also be put to non-humanitarian use.

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

As medical facilities strain amid the pandemic, they’re especially vulnerable to cyberattacks. A global coalition of volunteer experts has stepped into the breach.

Google Demands Its 30% Cut From App Developers in Play Store

Some companies like Netflix and Spotify had avoided making the payment when people paid for something inside their apps.

Can Amazon Conquer the World?

And what might we gain and lose from that?

Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again

Mini-LED backlighting, clever cable management, and built-in Roku are just a few of its standout features.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Stephen Hawking once proposed that unseen “primordial” black holes might be the hidden dark matter. A series of new studies shows how it can work.

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

Many of the updates to Google's mobile OS are behind the scenes—but they can help you control your app permissions and keep your data safe.

20 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Smart Speakers, and More

Snag discounts on the MacBook Air, Echo Dot, OnePlus 8, and other tech to keep you distracted indoors as the weather starts to cool.

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Scientists picked up signs of phosphene on Venus by using a technique called rotational spectroscopy. It works like this.

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

One year after organizing a walkout, employees are calling for a more ambitious environmental agenda.

Netflix's Oktoberfest drama tastes like Peaky Blinders plus beer - CNET

Pour a glass of deliciously dark new Netflix show Oktoberfest: Beer and Blood, brewed from lust and murder.

OnePlus 8 gets $100 price drop as OnePlus 8T looms - CNET

Even with the price drop, you still may want to wait a few weeks.

Canoo's skateboard platform turns into a go-kart - Roadshow

This is the brains and heart behind everything Canoo plans to build in the future.

A Tip From a Kid Helped Uncover a Slew of Scam Apps

After a girl reported a suspicious TikTok profile, researchers detected aggressive adware in apps that had been downloaded 2.4 million times.

Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague?

Biotech company Oxitec has created a caterpillar with self-destructing eggs in an attempt to curb agricultural damage. But will other pests simply move in?

Motorola One 5G Review: It Has Battery for Days

Forget plugging in every night. This phone lasts more than 48 hours on a charge.

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Last month, Altered Carbon joined Sense8, The OA, and Luke Cage in getting the ax. Fans protested, but for the streaming service, it's all about data.

Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again

Reducing the cost of electric vehicles is all about a cheaper battery. Tesla outlined a plan that includes making more of the components itself.

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Elon Musk made big promises at Tesla’s highly anticipated event. But a prototype never appeared, and it was unclear what the company had actually achieved.

Instagram's Founders Explain Their Covid-Charting Obsession

In their first post-Facebook project, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger built, which state officials can use to plan their reopening.

Does a Millipede Have a Penis? Well ... Define 'Penis'

From gonopods to pedipalps, nature has a lot of ways to get gametes where they need to go.

Loose Ends: A Literary Supercut of Sci-Fi Last Sentences

Miles grinned sleepily, puddled down in his uniform. “Welcome to the beginning.”

Could a Century-Old TB Shot Protect Against Other Respiratory Diseases?

A trial in Greece shows a long-used tuberculosis vaccine may cut respiratory infections, raising hopes for similar protection against Covid-19.

The 6 Best Kids Face Masks: Masks They May Actually Wear

Whether your kids are going to school or playing outside, you'll need comfortable face coverings. These are the ones my little monsters will tolerate.

Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming Back

The return of non-Covid respiratory illnesses is putting a new strain on testing supplies around the world—and is a preview of what’s in store for the US.

The iOS 14 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The latest update for your iPhone and iPad will make them safer than ever.

The Best Creams and Tools for Removing Hair: Creams, Wax, and More

Shaving can cause razor burn and ingrown hairs. These alternative options might be better for your skin—and sanity.

As Trump Squeezes China, Alipay’s Star Rises

Chinese consumers tap the fintech app to pay bills, order in restaurants, and book appointments. Now it’s preparing for an IPO that could value it at $200 billion.

How to Set Your Own Default Browser and Email App in iOS 14

Not into Safari or Apple Mail? With the next update, you can (finally) customize your preferences. Here’s what to know before you get started.

The 943-Dimensional Chess of a Trustworthy Covid-19 Vaccine

Scientists want public confidence. The White House wants an October Surprise. The FDA wants to avoid looking political. Big Pharma wants a win. You’re in the middle.

19 Best Weekend Deals: Cameras, Apple Gear, and Games

The new 8th-generation iPad is already slightly discounted, alongside headphones, laptops, and PS4 titles like 'Ghosts of Tsushima'.

One lucky winner of this reality TV show will win a trip to the ISS - CNET

Island getaways are so last decade.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars review: Classic Mario, but not like you remember - CNET

Three Mario games in one package is an enticing proposition but ends up a hollow and unfulfilling experience.

The best toaster ovens in 2020 - CNET

Toaster ovens are bulky, inefficient and outdated. There, I said it. Now let's find the ones that are actually worth it.

FBI director: It's a mistake to get election information on social media - CNET

If you want accurate details on when and where to vote, he says, don't look to Facebook or Twitter.

Twitter labels Trump tweet about mail-in voting for being 'potentially misleading' - CNET

The social network says the action is in line with its rules about civic integrity and elections.

Apple Watch Series 6 ongoing review: What stands out after a day on my wrist - CNET

Apple's new smartwatch can detect blood oxygen levels throughout the day and night. It charges faster than its predecessors but still has the same 18-hour battery life as the Series 5.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell are coming to VR - CNET

Adaptations of both games are Oculus exclusives, unveiled at Facebook Connect.

MasterClass will offer college students a 1-year subscription for $1 - CNET

You've got just one day -- Sept. 17 -- to take advantage of this excellent offer.

Facebook wants to put smart glasses on your face next year - CNET

"They're gonna be the next step on the road to augmented reality glasses," Mark Zuckerberg says. "And they look pretty good too."

The Facebook Defectors Turning Trump’s Strategy Against Him

The platform was key to the president’s upset victory in 2016. Can a group of former employees use it to boost Joe Biden?

How We’ll Know the Election Wasn’t Rigged

Whether you’re casting a ballot in person or by mail, there’s plenty to worry about. Mass voter fraud shouldn’t be on the list.

The International Playbook for Foiling Russian Interference

The Kremlin has meddled in so many elections that democracy’s immune system has gotten wise to its threats. Here are lessons other countries can teach us.

YouTube is adding a new Shorts format to rival TikTok, Instagram Reels - CNET

The new format will be available in India to start.

The 7 best blue light blocking glasses to prevent eye fatigue - CNET

Protect your precious little corneas and look good while doing it.