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Showing posts from September, 2021

Nissan Frontier goes nostalgic with a Hardbody wrap for Rebelle Rally - Roadshow

This is the sixth year Nissan is sending a vehicle to the all-female navigational rally, and 2021's rig might be our favorite.

FCC aims to crack down on SIM card swapping scams - CNET

Identity thieves can use your personal info to convince a wireless carrier to transfer your service to a new device. Now the FCC is taking action.

Road-tripping to the Long Beach Grand Prix in a Lexus IS 500 F Sport - Roadshow

I took a scenic route to the races in Lexus' new performance sedan.

Facebook releases internal research on Instagram's effects on teens, ahead of testimony - CNET

The release comes after the Wall Street Journal raised new concerns about the photo-sharing app.

Amazon's Astro robot is an adorable privacy nightmare - CNET

Commentary: We've let the most powerful corporations draw their own lines on privacy in our homes. They've given us a face-scanning patrol bot from hell.

The Many Saints of Newark stirs Sopranos backstory with Goodfellas swagger on HBO Max - CNET

Tony Soprano's formative years are revealed on HBO Max this week as The Many Saints of Newark delves into the iconic mafia show's backstory.

Clive Sinclair, Inventive Computer Pioneer, Dies at 81

His inexpensive Sinclair personal computer, one of many inventions, was an introduction to computing for young people in Britain and beyond.

One Man’s Endless Hunt for a Dopamine Rush in Virtual Reality

From Burning Man to spaceships, the technology has carried him through a 10-year fascination that delights, disappoints and continues to improve.

Amazon Should Invent With Care

Amazon’s spirit of invention is refreshing, but we need technologists also to think through the consequences.

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one has stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.

Huawei Case Raises Fears of 'Hostage Diplomacy' by China

Critics of the Justice Department deal to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou say it could blunt tools like sanctions and prosecutions.

A New Way for Serious Cyclists to Train Indoors This Winter

Wahoo’s long-awaited revamp of The Sufferfest endurance training app makes room for a whole lot more than suffering.

How to Use the Focus Feature on iOS 15—and Get More Done

This new feature lets you customize which notifications you get and lets you rearrange your home screen depending on which apps you need and when.

The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man

Though almost nobody talks about it, the desert confab owes its existence to Mad Max, Lawrence of Arabia, and—very crucially, somewhat ironically—Dune.

What the Military Can Learn From Dune

The story's hero, Paul Atreides, understood how to find a conflict's center of gravity better than most military wonks.

Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

The automaker and a supplier will spend $11.4 billion on three battery factories and a truck plant, creating 11,000 jobs.

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on the Delta surge, chaos at the CDC, and why the under-12s are key to ending the pandemic.

This Tablet Makes It Easy to Zoom With Older Loved Ones

It requires an expensive subscription, but this device is specially designed for the elderly.

Why Robots Can’t Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes. But it’s hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

Climate Change Is the New Dot-Com Bubble

The free market has plenty of grandiose ideas about how to fix our broken planet. There's just one problem: We can't afford another bust.

The mysterious case of America's dying songbirds - CNET

Common birds, like the blue jay, are turning up sick or dead across the eastern US. What's killing them?

How to Go Passwordless on Your Microsoft Account

You no longer need an ungainly string of characters to access your Windows PC or Xbox.

Drones May Help Replant Forests—If Enough Seeds Take Root

A handful of companies are pursuing airborne seeding, but there’s little evidence so far that the tactic will succeed.

New Limits Give Chinese E-Gamers Whiplash

China has a complex relationship with video games. New government rules for minors have made it even more so.

U.S. Reaches Agreement to Release Huawei's Meng Wanzhou

China reciprocated within hours, freeing two Canadians, a notable resolution in a relationship that has been spiraling downward.

Get a first look at Kanye West documentary Jeen-yuhs coming to Netflix - CNET

Netflix reportedly paid $30 million for the docuseries, which has followed West, with his permission, for 20 years.

Content Creators are Recreating Homelessness in The Sims

“Rags-to-Riches” is just one of the challenges that YouTubers undertake in their constant battle with the algorithm for viewers' attention.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

From backpacks to boxer briefs, we have the complete rundown on everything you need to stay warm, safe and fed on your next hike.

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Face Masks, and Keyboards

A new season is a perfect excuse to upgrade old MacBooks, earbuds, and streaming sticks.

10 Awesome Management Games for Armchair Tycoons

These building- and resource-based simulations are perfect for single-player fun and relaxation.

Netflix's Tudum: What is Saturday's event hyping Stranger Things, Cobra Kai and more? - CNET

Netflix's three-hour online fan event will showcase clips, stars and news for more than 100 Netflix titles, including Stranger Things, Cobra Kai, The Witcher, Bridgerton, Cowboy Bebop and other big shows.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou set to be released, report says - CNET

A deal with the Justice Department will allow the executive to return to China, The New York Times reports.

Best noise-canceling headphones for 2021 - CNET

Looking for active noise-canceling headphones? These are CNET's current top picks.

In Race for 5G, Alarm and Security Services Get Stuck in the Middle

Covid-19 shutdowns and chip shortages have made it more difficult to upgrade devices and meet a deadline set by AT&T.

Facebook Comments Can Get Media Firms Sued in Australia

Australia’s top court has said media companies can be held liable for replies to their posts, prompting some to step back from the platform.

Germany Struggles to Stop Online Abuse Ahead of Election

Despite having one of the world’s toughest laws against online hate speech and harassment, Germany has struggled to contain toxic content ahead of its Sept. 26 election.

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

A recent wave of attacks belies an apparent lull toward the end of the summer.

The Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

Local evidence of the cataclysm has literally washed away over the years. But Oregon’s Douglas firs may have recorded clues deep in their tree rings.

He Escaped the Dark Web's Biggest Bust. Now He's Back

DeSnake apparently eluded the DOJ's takedown of AlphaBay. The admin talked to WIRED about his return—and the resurrection of the notorious underground marketplace.

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

As the agency develops plans for exploring the moon and Mars, it's seeking cutting-edge research that could turn science fiction into reality.

'You'll See Other Quests in the Game That Are a Bit Silly'

Shedworks’ creative director Gregorios Kythreotis explains the highs and lows of exploration in Sable, a chilled-out comedic sci-fi masterpiece.

Inside Facebook’s Push to Defend Its Image

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.

Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building

The technology giant has built a sprawling campus on the West Side of Manhattan and has 12,000 employees in the city.

What a Fungus Reveals About the Space Program

One thing’s for sure: Escaping the dung heap doesn’t come cheap.

2022 Infiniti Q50 still exists and gets wireless Apple CarPlay in round of updates - Roadshow

Infiniti hopes a bushel of newly standard equipment may help you consider a Q50 when shopping for your next car.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: Apple's latest Pro models compared - CNET

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are the two highest-end phones from Apple's 2021 lineup. Here's how they compare with their predecessors.

Abortion Rights: OkCupid Features “Pro-Choice” Badge

Users now have the option to add a “pro-choice” badge to their profiles.

Floods Have Swamped the US. The Next Health Problem: Mold

The goo that grows in soaked buildings can cause infections and allergies—an issue that’s understudied even as climate change leads to more frequent deluges.

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

New tools that help developers write software also generate similar mistakes.

iOS 15's best features: Focus mode transforms while FaceTime reinvents - CNET

Apple releases iOS 15 on Sept. 20. For me so far, it's made the status quo on my iPhone even better.