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Is It Time to Reckon With the iPhone Square?
Apple

Is It Time to Reckon With the iPhone Square?

May 14, 2019

Now that iPhone day is just four months away, we're starting to get some credible rumors about what the devices will look like. One of the steadiest rumors is a rough one: the next iPhone will have a square camera bump that's roughly the size of a silver dollar. To which I say: No thanks.

Microsoft Plays Nice
Microsoft

Microsoft Plays Nice

May 12, 2019

At the opening keynote for Build, Microsoft's annual developer conference in Seattle, we heard more about Starbucks than Windows. A ten-minute demo about how Starbuck's ordering system interacts with Azure, Microsoft's growing cloud-based computing platform, was a highlight of the event. This should tell you a little...

Caffeine Gives Solar Cells an Energy Boost
Science

Caffeine Gives Solar Cells an Energy Boost

Apr 28, 2019

Scientists have discovered that caffeine can help make a promising alternative to traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. Their research may enable this cost-effective renewable energy technology to compete on the market with silicon solar cells.

20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever
Gadgets

20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever

Apr 27, 2019

Twenty years ago, in April 1999, Microsoft introduced an update to its IntelliMouse line of input devices. On top it didn't look much different than its predecessors--it still had a few buttons and a scroll wheel--but underneath it introduced a technology to the masses that brought an end to the prehistoric days of...

The Best Personal Trainer Might Be a Dog
Animals

The Best Personal Trainer Might Be a Dog

Apr 20, 2019

Your dog could very well make for a decent fitness coach, according to a new study out Thursday. It found that adults in the UK who owned a dog were fourfold more likely to get the recommended amount of weekly exercise as non-owners. The boost in exercise, however, might not necessarily be as dramatic for dog owners...

Google's Chromium browser explained
Google

Google's Chromium browser explained

Apr 19, 2019

Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, but there would be no Chrome without Chromium, the open source project that underpins it. Here's what Chromium is, where you can download it and how it shapes your online experience. [And, if you hate it, here's how to get rid of it.]

How to Get Back in Any Device You're Locked Out Of
Phones & Tablets

How to Get Back in Any Device You're Locked Out Of

Apr 17, 2019

Of course, it's generally a good idea to remember the PIN codes and passwords you need to get access to your devices, but should you find yourself locked out of a phone or laptop and utterly unable to remember what your login credentials are, we're here to help. Here's how to get back into your devices after you've...

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week
Technology

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

Apr 14, 2019

"Consumer protection" isn't a phrase you'll find on the resume of a person who devises dishonest, meaningless soundbites like, "Net neutrality is about government takeover of the internet." But most Washington lawmakers don't really care what a soundbite means or whether it's they're true. It just needs to be catchy,...

Tear Down These Highways
Transportation

Tear Down These Highways

Apr 9, 2019

There once was an era where transportation planners believed cars zipping along highways was the sustainable future of transportation. They thought every problem could be solved by more highways with more lanes. Some even believed stacking highways ever-skyward was not only an inevitable but desirable urban future....

Blockchain - Africa Rising
Privacy & Security

Blockchain - Africa Rising

Apr 8, 2019

The world is undergoing technological development at an unprecedented and explosive pace. Considered the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," this exponential growth will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. These changes are further accelerated by the advent of blockchain technology and are perhaps most palpable on the African continent.

Google Is Serving Ads on Very Expensive TVs [Updated]
News

Google Is Serving Ads on Very Expensive TVs [Updated]

Apr 7, 2019

Boy that big gorgeous Sony TV you spent a paycheck on is nice, too bad Google has implemented a "pilot" program that now serves ads on it. Sony's televisions, as well as the Nvidia Shield and other products running the latest version of Android TV, has been hit with an irritating update from Google that serves ads on...

Latest iPhone Rumors: Apple Adding the Stuff Samsung Already Has
Apple

Latest iPhone Rumors: Apple Adding the Stuff Samsung Already Has

Apr 3, 2019

If previous years are any indication, we're still at least four months away from a new crop of iPhones. But that hasn't stopped leakers and insiders from dropping clues about some of the new features Apple is allegedly working on, which so far, seem to consist of features that the iPhone's biggest competitors already...

What's Gimlet's Problem?
Technology

What's Gimlet's Problem?

Mar 29, 2019

Two weeks ago, members of the Gimlet Media staff announced its intentions to unionize. The company, which is known for podcasts like Start Up and Reply All, as well as its recent acquisition by Sweden-based streaming giant Spotify for over $200 million, has been less than welcoming of the staff's attempts to formally...

How to Display Your Mac's Dock in Its Touch Bar
Technology

How to Display Your Mac's Dock in Its Touch Bar

Mar 29, 2019

Say what you will about the Touch Bar, but it's a fixture of the MacBook Pro we're probably going to have to deal with for some time. And honestly, it's not bad--much like the dream-worthy "OLED keyboard" that pops up from time to time that nobody seems to purchase, it's fun to have a separate, tiny display that you...

The Battle for 5G Is Making Carriers Absurdly Petty
Gadgets

The Battle for 5G Is Making Carriers Absurdly Petty

Mar 27, 2019

The fifth generation of mobile communications--or 5G for short-- has the potential to profoundly impact the way we use our phones and other devices. However, in the run up to the launch of these newfangled networks, carriers are getting incredibly petty about about their messaging, especially when it comes to what their...

Did All This Pirated 4K Content Leak From iTunes?
Apple

Did All This Pirated 4K Content Leak From iTunes?

Mar 22, 2019

Many file sharers want the highest quality copy of a film they can find, and until recently, those would most often come from ripping a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. Links to these files are clearly labeled as such, but a few weeks ago a 2160P copy of Aquaman leaked onto the internet claiming it instead originated from an...

Google Stadia's Only Hardware Is This Special Controller
Google

Google Stadia's Only Hardware Is This Special Controller

Mar 20, 2019

Today, Google announced its new Stadia game streaming platform that lets gamers play games on pretty much anything with an internet connection. Laptops, desktops, phones, and even TV's with a Chromecast Ultra attached are all supported. That means there's no need to go out and buy a new console to get access to...

Ray Tracing Is Coming to a Whole Lot of GPUs
Gadgets

Ray Tracing Is Coming to a Whole Lot of GPUs

Mar 20, 2019

If you thought ray tracing was only going to be possible on Nvidia's pricy line of Turing GPUs, you would be wrong. Today the company has announced ray tracing support for a wide range of GPUs ranging from the Nvidia GTX 1060 all the way up to the super beefy Titan V. The 1060 can notably be found for as little as...

Targeted TV Ads Should Be Illegal
Privacy & Security

Targeted TV Ads Should Be Illegal

Mar 14, 2019

Has the past decade of advertising innovation taught us nothing? Do we really need more devices tracking us and parsing us into ever-smaller quadrants of monetizable products? If you ask Vizio, the answer is abso-fucking-lutely. The TV manufacturing giant announced on Tuesday that it's joined forces with some of the...

The Y2K Moment For GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away
Technology

The Y2K Moment For GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away

Mar 8, 2019

Do you know where you'll be on April 6, 2019? If you heavily rely on GPS, you may not be able to determine where you are when that date rolls around. That's because GPS navigation technology was originally built with a short-sighted timekeeping system that will reset next month and has the potential to cause chaos.

Organize Your Gmail Inbox Fast by Right-Clicking
Technology

Organize Your Gmail Inbox Fast by Right-Clicking

Mar 7, 2019

I hang my geeky head in shame for never trying this earlier, but I just noticed the other day that you can right-click in Gmail to pull up a useful Gmail-themed context menu. In fact, it's probably faster to organize your emails this way then to select an email and use the chubbier buttons toward the top of Gmail's UI...

It Looks Like Apple Is Softening Up Its Repair Policies
Apple

It Looks Like Apple Is Softening Up Its Repair Policies

Mar 7, 2019

Multiple outlets report that Apple has changed its policy regarding repairs to iPhones with third-party battery replacements. These reports say that Apple will now fix iPhones even if the device has a non-Apple battery inside. And since batteries are perhaps the most essential repair for a mobile device, this is a big...

New Wireless Sensors Let Premature Infants Get More Cuddles
Technology

New Wireless Sensors Let Premature Infants Get More Cuddles

Mar 3, 2019

Researchers in Chicago have seemingly found a much easier way for premature babies in intensive care to get the human touch and cuddles they need from their caregivers. This week, they introduced a system of wireless, low-irritation sensors that can be used to monitor a baby's health from afar. The sensors, already...

How to Use Your Gaming Controllers With Your Computer
Games

How to Use Your Gaming Controllers With Your Computer

Mar 2, 2019

You may think that your Xbox One or PS4 controller will always stay faithful to the console it's paired with, but that's not always the case. Thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth and other wireless technologies, you can actually use these input devices with Windows and macOS as well--and the setup isn't too difficult...

Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up?
Laptops & Computers

Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up?

Mar 2, 2019

One of the more annoying situations you can encounter is a desktop or laptop that takes forever to load. It gets there eventually, but one of the surest signs that something has gone wrong is when your system takes a lot longer to boot into Windows or macOS than ever before--especially if you're waiting minutes, not...

There's No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell
Technology

There's No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell

Mar 1, 2019

If Thanos came to Earth and only wanted to turn robocallers into dust, the Avengers would let him. And given how bad spam calls have gotten, surely most if not every adult with a cellphone in the U.S., and certainly everyone in the half of U.S. households that still have landlines, would throw Thanos a parade.

Now Is a Really Good Time to Buy a New GPU
Technology

Now Is a Really Good Time to Buy a New GPU

Feb 27, 2019

If you've been thinking of a graphics upgrade, now is the perfect time to pull the trigger: Fresh new GPUs from Nvidia and AMD promise a lot of bang for not much buck, there's downward pressure on prices across the board as existing hardware gets older, and we won't see any new launches for several months (think the...

Even With HQ2 Dead, New York Isn't Done Fighting Amazon
Amazon

Even With HQ2 Dead, New York Isn't Done Fighting Amazon

Feb 22, 2019

"This is just the beginning of what I'm sure will be somewhat of a long fight," New York State Senator Jessica Ramos said addressing a small press gaggle on Thursday morning. Until recently that statement might have been a reference to the ugly and highly public fight to renegotiate Amazon's disastrous HQ2 deal....

FDA: Do Not Seek the Blood of the Young
Health

FDA: Do Not Seek the Blood of the Young

Feb 20, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is officially not a fan of Elizabeth Báthory. On Tuesday, the agency sent out an advisory warning people to avoid clinics and companies that promise to rejuvenate health with infusions of blood plasma taken from young people. Among other things, they noted, there's no proof these...

What Did We Just Learn? 
Amazon

What Did We Just Learn? 

Feb 16, 2019

Yesterday, one of the world's most powerful companies took its ball and went home, in response to what was--by New York City standards--a fairly modest opposition campaign. What does this tell us?

You're (Probably) Sneezing Wrong
Health

You're (Probably) Sneezing Wrong

Feb 10, 2019

There's a good chance you've had at least one disgusting cold this winter. And if you're the least bit courteous, you probably took steps to keep from spreading your misery to others, whether by staying at home, washing your hands regularly, or minding where you coughed and sneezed. But if you're the kind of person...

These Precision Parts 3D-Printed From Fake Moon Dust Bring Us One Step Closer to Living on Mars
3D Printing

These Precision Parts 3D-Printed From Fake Moon Dust Bring Us One Step Closer to Living on Mars

Nov 23, 2018

Mars is lacking in the vast supply of natural resources we've come to rely on here on Earth, and astronauts attempting to colonize, or even just visit, the red planet can only bring a limited supply of materials with them. Learning to make do with what Mars has to offer is one of the biggest challenges of visiting our nearest neighbor, but the results of the European Space Agency's latest 3D-printing experiments prove it isn't impossible.

Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.
Privacy & Security

Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.

Sep 28, 2018

Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed. My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which point, my face fell onto my keyboard, drooling a bit from one side or the other. I've been dealing with bullshit from this company for years. I'm over it.