How to pick the smart display that’s right for you

How to pick the smart display that’s right for you

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, or the Apple HomePod remain a good fit for most homes if you enjoy listening to music above all else. But some of the smart assistants that power them have found their way into smart displays, a new form factor that brings about some exciting changes. Whether…
One Night, Hot Springs uses social anxiety to explain what it’s like to be transgender in Japan

One Night, Hot Springs uses social anxiety to explain what it’s like to be...

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. One of the best things about video games is being able to…
Listen to an excerpt from John Scalzi’s next book, The Consuming Fire

Listen to an excerpt from John Scalzi’s next book, The Consuming Fire

In John Scalzi’s space opera novel The Collapsing Empire, he introduced a world where a vast, planetary empire grew throughout the galaxy by way of the Flow, a faster-than-light network that allows for interstellar trade. At the end of that book, the network was beginning to collapse, setting up a perilous situation for the next…
Facebook Portal’s claims to protect user privacy are falling apart

Facebook Portal’s claims to protect user privacy are falling apart

A week ago, when Facebook announced Portal, I noted that its launch had been stymied by trust issues. The recent news of a data breach affecting millions of users had activated the press’ cynicism about Facebook — which is never far from the surface even on a good day — and so Portal’s reception was…
A store called We The People is dedicated to crowdfunded products and is opening in St. Louis

A store called We The People is dedicated to crowdfunded products and is opening...

A store solely dedicated to real, crowdfunded products is opening in the US this year. We The People started in Singapore two years ago, and it now operates five outlets in the country. This St. Louis, Missouri-based outpost will be the first North American location. It’ll be located inside the West County Mall and will…
Google Pixel USB-C earbuds review: more than okay Google

Google Pixel USB-C earbuds review: more than okay Google

Unmentioned during Google’s big hardware event this month was the introduction of a new member of the Pixel Buds family of earphones, the Pixel USB-C earbuds. Bundled in the box with the new Pixel 3 devices or available as a $30 purchase, they’re unglamorous and uncomplicated. Just plug them into the nearest USB-C port and…
Skydio’s self-flying drone can now be controlled using just an Apple Watch

Skydio’s self-flying drone can now be controlled using just an Apple Watch

Skydio, the California-based drone maker that specializes in self-flying software, is announcing a new update today that will let owners of its R1 drone launch, control, and even manually fly the drone entirely from an Apple Watch. Since the R1’s launch earlier this year, the company has positioned its self-flying drone, which uses artificial intelligence…
Iceman’s last meal reveals high fat content diet

Iceman’s last meal reveals high fat content diet

Updated July 14, 2018 12:54:53 Researchers have discovered what constituted a meal in the Copper Age by examining the stomach contents of the Iceman mummy.The Iceman, known as Otzi, was found on September 19, 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy. He lived roughly 5,300 years ago and died on…
Australia’s largest frozen vegetable manufacturer is confident local product is safe

Australia’s largest frozen vegetable manufacturer is confident local product is safe

Simplot, the largest Australian manufacturer of frozen vegetables, is confident consumers here will not be put off buying the local product in the wake of the recall of imported frozen vegetables announced on Monday.Popular brands of frozen vegetables are being recalled from supermarkets across Australia over fears of potential contamination by the listeria bacteria.Earlier this…
Fact Check Zombie: Claims that 700,000 workers had their penalty rates cut are still fanciful

Fact Check Zombie: Claims that 700,000 workers had their penalty rates cut are still...

Posted July 02, 2018 12:34:42 On July 1, selected categories of workers in the fast food, retail, hospitality and pharmacy industries had their Sunday penalty rates cut for the second time, in line with a decision made by the Fair Work Commission in 2017.The total sum of the cuts as a result of the decision…