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How Face Recognition Can Destroy Anonymity

Cameras are everywhere, and increasingly powerful software can pick an individual out of a crowd. Except sometimes algorithms get it wrong.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History

Non-fungible tokens and artificial intelligence make tracing the origins of a digital object more fragile. What are the world’s archivists to do?

Published on 20 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


How to Rank Up In Overwatch, According to the Pros

Whether you are brand new to the game or have played every season, these strategies are worth trying.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


They Hacked McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines—and Started a Cold War

Secret codes. Legal threats. Betrayal. How one couple built a device to fix McDonald’s notoriously broken soft-serve machines—and how the fast-food giant froze them out.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 11:00 am


Watch Today’s Apple Event Right Here

The company is expected to unveil some new hardware Tuesday morning. Stream the big show with us.

Published on 20 April 2021 | 11:00 am


Facebook Announces Live Audio Rooms, Its Clubhouse Clone

Clubhouse is the latest startup to get cloned by Facebook, as the social media giant announces a suite of new audio features. Who will use them?

Published on 19 April 2021 | 11:30 pm


A Firmware Issue Threatens to Make PS4 Games Unplayable

Without a fix to older PlayStations, it’s only a matter of time before older games are rendered obsolete.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 2:00 pm


Union Says Amazon Violated Labor Law in the Alabama Election

Amazon defeated the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s bid to represent workers at one warehouse. The union claims the company fought dirty.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity

Like crafty genies, AIs will grant our wishes, and then hack them, exploiting our social, political, and economic systems like never before.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Let Lonely Mountains: Downhill Take Your Breath Away

Unspoiled wilderness meets high-speed thrills in a meditative mountain biking game that's still picking up new fans.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Nations Need Ambassadors to Big Tech

Governments see that companies have country-like powers, but they can’t figure out how to deal with their un-country-like structures. Diplomats could help.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


Crush the Dance Floor With These Colorful Retro Beat Machines

The Polish company Polyend has collaborated with a trio of electronic music artists to infuse its audio creation hardware with blasts of color.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


NASA Lands Ingenuity, the First-Ever Mars Helicopter

The copter safely whirled its way up and back down, demonstrating the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 11:24 am


Want to Get Along With Robots? Pretend They’re Animals

Robotics ethicist Kate Darling surveys our history with animals—in work, war, and companionship—to show how we might develop similar relationships with robots.

Published on 19 April 2021 | 11:00 am


These Are Our Favorite Hair Straighteners

Curls and waves are beautiful. But when you want to smooth them out, these hot tools (including irons, a brush, and a comb) work wonders.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


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.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


Ecobee’s Ecosystem Is an Easy Way to Embrace the Smart Home

For the past six months, this Alexa-integrated security and thermostat platform made my house feel safer and more comfortable.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


Mathematicians Settle the Erdős Coloring Conjecture

Fifty years ago, three mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team has finally settled it.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


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.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 18 April 2021 | 11:00 am


How the FBI Got Into the San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Plus: Russian sanctions, Europe’s SolarWinds fallout, and more of this week’s top security news.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


The Best Accessories for Your New PlayStation 5

From backup controllers to full-on sound systems, here are our favorite complements to your PS5.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Everyone On Facebook’s Oversight Board Should Resign

The committee's coming decision on banning Donald Trump from the platform is meaningless. Its existence only gets in the way of actually fixing Facebook.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


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.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


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.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


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.

Published on 17 April 2021 | 11:00 am


A Pause on J&J, Preparation for Booster Shots, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 5:22 pm


Turns Out, Spock Is Kinda Bad at Logic

For her new book, Julia Galef cataloged the Vulcan's predictions and found events he describes as "impossible" actually happened 83 percent of the time.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 4:00 pm


Can the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood Be Saved?

Cinephiles have been mourning the news that the iconic movie theater won’t reopen. But there might still be hope for the Cinerama Dome.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Microsoft Is Big Tech’s Fifth Horseman

Plus: Bill Gates’ departure, post-jab symptoms, and a new era for cryptocurrency.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Archaeologists Unearth a ‘Lost Golden City’ in Egypt

The Luxor finding has been called "the second most important archaeological discovery" since King Tut's tomb.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Tips to Make Recovering From Surgery or Illness Easier

Embracing the tools that let us live and work in a pandemic made a recent recovery much easier. Here's what I learned.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


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.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


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.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


The FDA’s Decision to Pause J&J Could Help Defeat Covid-19

A slower vaccine rollout isn’t ideal, but it’s more important that Americans know they can trust officials to address health concerns when they arise.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


Come Cry With Us on Gadget Lab’s 500th Episode Extravaganza

This week, we mark a major milestone by inviting our podcast’s past co-hosts to share their memories of working on the show. It’s equal parts lulz and tears.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 11:00 am


Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

Making the switch to streaming used to be a way to pay only for what you watched. Those days are long gone.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 16 April 2021 | 11:00 am


Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine was supposed to be the uncomplicated one. But even with new data, getting people to trust it again will be tricky.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 7:26 pm


US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

The US has sent a loud message to Moscow—though what it's saying isn’t exactly clear.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 7:21 pm


DJI's New Drone Makes Aerial Cinematography a Breeze

A better image sensor and more AI-powered video smarts make the Air 2S one of the best drones you can buy.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

A new time-lapse video feature in Google Earth lets users see how humans have reshaped the globe over the decades.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 1:00 pm


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.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


Sorry, but ‘I Missed the Meeting’ Is No Longer an Excuse

AI audio transcription is getting smarter—and it's taking notes on your work meetings.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

Is your child scared of the dark? These tech tips can help vanquish the monsters in the closet—or create good vibes for teens.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 12:00 pm


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.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 11:00 am


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.

Published on 15 April 2021 | 11:00 am






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