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Showing posts from April, 2021

After Vaccination, The Surprise Family Reunion Video

Vaccination recipients surprising family members and filming the results are social media’s latest tear-jerker.

Amazon’s profit soars 220 percent as pandemic drives shopping online.

The high volume of orders during the pandemic has let Amazon operate more efficiently.

‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

How Pixar Uses Hyper-Colors to Hack Your Brain

The animation studio’s artists are masters at tweaking light and color to trigger deep emotional responses. Coming soon: effects you’ll only see inside your head.

How to Win a Hot Wheels Derby on a Moving Treadmill

Sure, you could just crank up the speed and let chance have its way. But there's also a reason why some cars go fast and others flip over the sidewall.

An Ambitious Plan to Tackle Ransomware Faces Long Odds

A task force counting Amazon, Cisco, and the FBI among its members has proposed a framework to solve one of cybersecurity's biggest problems. Good luck.

Amazon’s Latest Echo Dot Is at Its Cheapest Sale Price

Dot discounts aren’t infrequent, but this is the best deal we’ve seen on it since the holidays.

How Porn's Racist Metadata Hurts Adult Performers of Color

Despite the massive innovations tech has brought to the industry, nonwhite creators remain confined to a rigid, outdated classification system.

He's a WWE Pro and a Vtuber. Those Worlds Aren't So Different

Brennan Williams wrestles as Mace but streams as an animated character named Jibo. It's all kayfabe, and a little bit not.

How Ford's making sure quality is Job 1 once again - Roadshow

It's no secret Ford vehicle quality slipped in recent years, but management is ready to right the ship.

Anker's noise-canceling Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds are $30 off - CNET

Normally $130, this excellent AirPods Pro alternative is $100 for a limited time.

AT&T and Cricket launch 100GB plan for $55 a month for prepaid customers - CNET

Existing customers will automatically get the new pricing.

Apple to Increase Spending in U.S. by 20%

The company said it would invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina, with a new office in the Raleigh-Durham area and at least 3,000 new jobs there.

Where Does a Candle Go When It Burns?

Just saying, maybe go easy with the candelabras.

NASA Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Makes Longest and Fastest Flight

Ingenuity made a 328-foot round-trip journey, helping to demonstrate the capability of the vehicle’s navigation system.

Netflix' shot to finally win a best picture Oscar is good -- and still may miss - CNET

It's an ironic twist to an Oscar ceremony that'll celebrate the best filmmaking from the movie industry's worst year.

Go label-printing crazy with this $30 rechargeable thermal label printer - CNET

It's about the size of a deck of cards, has a 1,200-mAh battery and never needs ink.

One of our favorite AirPods Pro alternatives, the Enacfire A9, is just $28 right now (save $22) - CNET

Combine a coupon and promo code to get the lowest price on record.

These 7 Umbrellas Will Help You Withstand Rainy Weather

These picks will protect you from the showers, withstand the wind, and hold up for the long haul.

‘Blue Carbon’ Credits Could Help Restore Ecosystems

Seagrasses, mangrove forests, and wetlands store tons of carbon. But can a market based on regrowing them avoid the pitfalls that plague land-based programs?

17 Best Weekend Deals on Earth-Friendly Gear and More

From green cleaning supplies to reusable bags and bottles, these products try to cut down on waste.

Apple’s Ransomware Mess Is the Future of Online Extortion

This week, hackers stole confidential schematics from a third-party supplier and demanded $50 million not to release them.

A Vaccine Can Be Bad for a Person but Awesome for All People

The safety pause in giving the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is up for debate again—a battle in a Secret War of Denominators and risk-benefit philosophies.

Fighting Games Like Mortal Kombat Have Come a Long Way

The genre has long relied on racial and gender stereotypes. Recent strides in diversity have made it better (and more fun) to choose your fighter.

Jake Paul Promised Them Fame. Was It Worth the Price?

A look behind the scenes at life in the Team 10 house.

Why Europe Is Hard on Big Tech

It may be a choice to make rules for technology too early rather than too late.

Jack Ma Shows Why China’s Tycoons Keep Quiet

High-profile business leaders have been detained, sidelined or silenced as the Communist Party moves forcefully to keep companies in line. Today, the best strategy is to lie low.

Seven House Republicans pledge to take no donations from major tech companies.

The lawmakers said that the companies limited the reach of conservative voices.

Why Is Big Tech Under Assault? Power.

Tech executives wanted to change the world, and they did. Of course we’re now questioning them.

Apple’s New Devices Target Markets Led by Smaller Rivals

The company also said it planned to release iPhone software next week with a privacy feature that worries many digital-advertising companies.

After a Year Vaping With the Pax Era Pro, It’s All I Want

Pax’s portable weed pen is the perfect accessory for the BYO world.

Hungry, Hungry Microbes in Tree Bark Gobble Up Methane

Bad news: Trees emit methane, a greenhouse gas. Good news: Some are home to bacteria that can't get enough of it.

A Fatal Crash Renews Concerns Over Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ Claim

The company offers a feature called “Full Self-Driving Capability.” But it remains far from a self-driving car.

Can Tech Make the Roads Safer?

We know the dangers of surveillance, but people are dying. Maybe we need more cameras on the roads.

Facebook, Preparing for Chauvin Verdict, Will Limit Posts That Might Incite Violence

The company said it planned to limit posts that contain misinformation and hate speech related to the trial to keep them from spilling over into real-world harm.

With ‘Knives Out’ Deal, Netflix Signals It’s in the Franchise Business

The streaming gold rush of 2017-18, when Netflix scooped up big-name television creators, now seems to have migrated to the film world.

The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap

The core technologies for sewage systems were developed over a hundred years ago. It's time to get better, healthier updates in the pipeline.

How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way

Once, we dreamed of one controller to rule them all. But when Logitech killed off the Harmony line, it ended an era.

How to Schedule Emails and Texts to Send Anytime You Want

Your messages don’t have to go out right away. Be strategic about when your recipient gets them.

What Is Hi-Fi Audio, and Should You Pay More for It?

A number of streaming services offer "high-quality" options, from Amazon Music to Spotify's upcoming tier. Here's how to demystify them.

We’re Starting to See How Covid PPE Litter Affects Wildlife

More than a year into the pandemic, scientists and environmentalists have the first data on where disposable gloves and masks are turning up in ecosystems.

15 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Smart Speakers, and PC Gear

It’s a laid-back, put-your-feet-up kind of weekend. These discounts might help get your zen on.

The Best Mouse (and Mousepads) for Every Kind of Gamer

Whether you’re into esports or casual fragging, these are the greatest gaming mice we’ve tested.

People Are Playing a Guessing Game in Google Maps

For most people, GeoGuessr is a fun way to pass the time. For others, it’s a way into the record books.

What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep

Understanding how other animals dream could help us figure out why it’s so important to the human brain, and why it may have been preserved throughout history.

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

From a surprise launch to a diverse cast, the Titanfall developer's live service game has a lot going for it, and even more coming.

This Coffee Brewer Uses a Vacuum to Make a Delicious Cup

This innovative brewer uses a vacuum pump to filter your coffee, resulting in a cleaner, less bitter cup.

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

Chamise may not look (or smell) like much, but it's actually a kind of crystal ball for understanding how badly California might burn.

This thermal printer uses no ink, fits in your pocket and costs just $36 - CNET

It's a versatile Bluetooth printer that can print labels, lists, photos and more.

Renewable-fuel-powered Bentley Continental aims for glory at Pikes Peak - Roadshow

85% fewer carbon emissions, still tons of power.