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Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Home

Next time you stock up on supplies, consider these green cleaning alternatives.

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'After Us the Deluge' Captures Images of a Sinking World

Kadir van Lohuizen photographed nations affected by climate change. His book documents the present, but offers a glimpse of the future.

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Do You Like My Jacket? Thanks, It's Recyclable

By creating apparel from recyclable synthetic fabrics, fashion brands can reduce their reliance on virgin petrochemicals while also boosting their public image.

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Looking for a Tablet? These Are Our Absolute Favorites

We’ve tested all the top slates, from Apple’s iPads to Android and Windows devices.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Palestinian Hackers Tricked Victims to Install iOS Spyware

The groups used social engineering techniques on Facebook to direct targets to a wide range of malware, including custom tools.

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Europe's Proposed Limits on AI Would Have Global Consequences

The EU released draft laws that would regulate facial recognition and uses of algorithms. If it passes, the policy will impact companies in the US and China.

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A Clubhouse Bug Let People Lurk in Rooms Invisibly

The vulnerabilities opened the door to “ghosts” hiding in and disrupting rooms, where moderators would be unable to mute them.

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Time Travel in Video Games Isn’t Really Cheating

Games like Animal Crossing and Cozy Grove are meant to be played every day, but who’s got that kind of time?

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Our Favorite Products Made of Upcycled and Recycled Materials

Tread lightly on the planet with shoes made out of repurposed plastic, and many other Earth-friendly picks.

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A Linguistic Guide to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Ubisoft consulted with native Welsh speakers, 13th-century Icelandic texts, and Gaelic scholars to create the game's lingua-scape.

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Help! How Do I Plan a Virtual Work Hang That's Actually Fun?

Online office events are never going to be a blast. But Megan has a few ideas for how to make them suck less.

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Don't Underestimate the Challenge of Building a PC

Building your own computer isn't exactly “adult Lego,” but that doesn't mean it's not worth doing. You just need to know what you're in for first.

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Need an Angel Investor? Just Open Up Clubhouse

Consider it like 'Shark Tank' on your phone: Every week on Angelhouse, founders make a pitch to a panel of investors as hundreds of people listen in.

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Can an App Help Change Your Personality?

Want to be more sociable or less of a doormat? There's an (experimental) app for that.

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AirTags Are the Boring, Functional, Perfect Future of AR

Apple’s new location-aware widgets point to the company’s possible larger ambitions for augmented reality.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Apple Stuffs the iPad Pro With a New Display and Its Mac M1 Chip

The new high-end tablet uses Mini-LED display technology, supports Thunderbolt, and has the powerful new Mac processor.

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Everything Apple Announced Today: New iMacs, iPads, AirTags

Say hello to new iMacs, new iPads Pro, an updated Apple TV, and some little wireless trackers that keep tabs on your tchotchkes.

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Could Bad Guys Actually Escape Falcon in a Wingsuit for Two?

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a villain straps a hostage to his wingsuit and leaps off a plane. Cue the action—and the fun physics.

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IKEA's Revamped AR App Lets You Design Entire Rooms

The furniture company is going beyond its Place app with IKEA Studio, a much-needed overhaul of its augmented reality offering.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Watch Tomorrow’s Apple Event

The company is expected to unveil some new hardware Tuesday. Here’s how to stream the big show.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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