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Showing posts from January, 2021

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

Don't let your resolutions flame out. These tech tools help keep you on track.

Sweet Jesus, Can Someone Just Tell Me What to Cook Every Day?

Fed up with pandemic-fueled meal-prep anxiety, I asked the Gray Lady to send me a weekly email telling me precisely what to buy and cook. It was the right move.

Here’s a Way to Learn if Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

An online tool targets only a small slice of what’s out there, but may open some eyes to how widely artificial intelligence research fed on personal images.

Apple Fixes One of the iPhone's Most Pressing Security Risks

By hardening iMessage in iOS 14, the company has effectively cut off what had been an increasingly popular line of attack.

In Praise of Positive Reinforcement for Your Pets

You want to reward good behaviors, not use tools to punish negative ones.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Speakers, Video Games, and More

You'll find discounts this week on audio equipment, our favorite video calling device, TVs, and movies.

Join Us in Miami! Love, Masters of the Universe

Silicon Valley techies and Wall Street titans have bought homes and moved businesses there in the pandemic, coaxed by an eager mayor.

Pauline Anna Strom, Composer of Enduring Electronic Sounds, Dies at 74

Her blindness, she said, enhanced her music, which included homemade recordings from the 1980s prized by aficionados.

Still Looking for a New Gaming Console? Here’s Why

A month after the holiday season, gamers are still contending with scalpers, bots and immense demand as they hunt for elusive devices.

Facebook Is Hated — and Rich

Facebook is embroiled in a different scandal each week, and yet, it’s making So Much Money.

Actually, QR Codes Never Went Away

Don’t call it a comeback.

Facebook Posts a 53 Percent Jump in Profit

Facebook’s business rose even as it dealt with controversies around the proliferation of misinformation across its platform and as it has come under increased scrutiny by regulators.

The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Are a Joy to Wear (and Hear)

The British audio brand's carbon fiber noise-canceling headphones have become my favorite quarantine companion.

Heaven’s Vault: A Linguist’s Buried Treasure

Uncover the marvels of the Ancient language and explore the Nebula and the secrets contained within this indie game.

To Beat China on Tech, Biden Will Have to Learn from It

If the president wants to win the race on 5G and other technologies, he'll need more than the support of America's traditional global allies.

2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea

“We've got a ship in duress that hasn't sent out a distress signal. Something doesn't add up.”

Are Mass Clinics the Solution for Covid-19 Vaccination?

Mega-sites need a lot of personnel and pose problems of access and equity. But other vaccination campaigns might point us in the right direction.

This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

DALL-E drew laughs for creating images of a daikon radish in a tutu. But it builds on an important advance in computer vision with serious applications.

Stop Ignoring the Evidence on Covid-19 Treatments

The studies are in, and for many patients convalescent plasma should be out. So why do doctors having such a hard time letting go?

New Algorithms Could Reduce Racial Disparities in Health Care

Machine learning programs trained with patient reports, rather than doctors', find problems that doctors miss—especially in Black people.

Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting

Scientists find that cyanobacteria cause sediments on glaciers to clump, thus absorbing more sunlight. It's not great news for fans of lower sea levels.

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

Three-dimensional computer simulations have solved the mystery of why doomed stars explode at all.

Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

Zombie versions of Adobe’s troubled software can still cause problems in systems around the world.

How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails

Google, Microsoft, or Apple may deliver and store your emails, but the most valuable ones deserve a second home, just in case.

The 13 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, Smartwatches, and More

Now is a good time to grab some sweet Switch games, Apple’s Magic Keyboard, or an Apple Watch Series 6 at a discounted price.

A Fight Over GameStop’s Soaring Stock Turns Ugly

The denizens of the WallStreetBets subreddit helped push the flailing stock to dizzying heights—while a short seller alleged an accompanying harassment campaign.

Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

This is not the solution to our climate problems; it's a sweetheart deal for Big Ag.

The Swashbuckling Escapism of Sid Meier’s Pirates!

The legendary developer’s new memoir brought back poignant memories of one of his most famous games—and of the hours I played with my dad.

An Internet Without Trump

With Donald Trump no longer the heart of online discourse, there's room for a powerful shift.

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

The far-right platform still hasn’t found a US-based home. Where it lands could have serious consequences for its users’ privacy.

What Internet Censorship Looks Like

In East Africa, too much Facebook has been awful. So has too little Facebook.

Amid One Pandemic, Students Train for the Next

Researchers have banded together to find safe, virtual ways to teach the principles of microbiology and epidemiology.

The 5 best chest strap heart-rate monitors you can buy now - CNET

No more slipping, sliding or shimmying with these chest straps.

American Anthem song: Biden quotes a lesser-known patriotic masterpiece - CNET

Biden used lyrics from Gene Scheer's contemplative song in his inaugural address.

Inauguration: Watch Lady Gaga's emotional rendition of national anthem - CNET

The singer soars with a giant voice and an equally giant dove pin as President Joe Biden is inaugurated.

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

An algorithm discovered dozens of Martian craters. It’s a promising remote method for exploring our solar system and understanding planetary history.

Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram

Social media gave the Real Dr. 6ix a stage on which to show off liposuctions and breast lifts. But when cosmetic surgery becomes entertainment, who owns the story?

The Legend of Zelda, 'Dinky,' and a Bridge to My Daughter

This winter, I’m lighting a new fire in old Hyrule with my five-year-old.

The 8 best headphones for sleeping: Hoomband, Bedphones and Bose - CNET

These specially designed headphones block out ambient noise and play your favorite sounds, so you can sleep more soundly

Mercedes-Benz EQA electric crossover will debut on Jan. 20 - Roadshow

The small SUV will go on sale in Europe this spring.

Curious octopus snaps a selfie to win first place in underwater photo contest - CNET

An Australian photographer won the prize, but the octopus deserves a share of the winnings.

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Here's how to keep your recommendations and history at least semi-private. No one needs to know how much Bridgerton you watched.

Former DOD Head: The US Needs a New Plan to Beat China on AI

In an interview with WIRED, former secretary of defense Ash Carter discussed how to build morality into AI—and make sure other countries do too.

Climate Change Needs an Operation Warp Speed

If the Covid vaccine push has proved anything, it’s that big government works.

Big Tech Can’t Ban Its Way Out of This

Platforms are scrambling to avoid being used by right-wing extremists targeting the inauguration. But the seeds of this crisis were sown long ago.

The Bygone Glory of Blockbuster's 'Pokémon Snap' Station

Nintendo is releasing a new version of the game in April. But nothing can replace the magic of the rental store's printed-out pocket monsters.

14 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Laptops, and More

It’s a long weekend. These discounted picks will help you sit down, tune out, and tune in to your screens to while away the time.

Robot Toilets, Vibrating Headbands, and Other Oddities at CES

This week, we recap the news, trends, and stand-out gadgets from the first-ever virtual CES.

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

Officials from NASA and NOAA say the warming of both the planet’s air and water are driving weather disasters.