Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wired Headset for $35 ($15 off): One of our favorite affordable picks, the Cloud Stinger is a great choice for desktop PCs, especially if you're playing a lot of team games and need a mic and headset but don't want to break the bank.

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

Whether you want to spend as little as possible on a small, unassuming device, or can spring for the soundbar, there's something in the Roku family that should appeal to your needs.★ Top Pick—Streaming Stick Plus for $43 ($7 off) : The Streaming Stick Plus works with HD or 4K HDR televisions, and is our choice for most people.

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

Photograph: FenixThe Fenix E20 V2 is my top pick for an affordable emergency flashlight, but the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 ($30) is another solid choice.If you're using alkaline batteries, remove them from the flashlight if it's going to sit unused for a long time, otherwise they'll leak and cause problems.

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

It was a singular medical triumph, from the first known case of a novel, fatal infectious disease to vaccines against it in just about a year.It’s a classic challenge—a fight between the public health of a society and the medical choices of, well, you.

My Life as a Blue-Haired 'Commie Bitch' in Portland

My Life as a Blue-Haired 'Commie Bitch' in Portland

To be fair, it’s probably true that women who dye their hair unconventional colors might be more inclined to make other unorthodox choices, including political ones.

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

Essentials is the best choice for most people with big families, but the Magenta and Magenta Plus plans are also great value if you are connecting only a few lines and you use features like tethering with a hot spot, you watch videos on the go, or if you travel abroad a lot.

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.

LockBit Is the New Ransomware for Hire

LockBit Is the New Ransomware for Hire

A recent infection by a fairly new strain called LockBit explains why: After it ransacked one company’s poorly secured network in a matter of hours, leaders had no viable choice other than to pay the ransom.

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

Now all the freight cars were filled to the top with sooty iron ore, giving Guerin no choice but to climb on top for the ride home.

Jot Down Your Thoughts With These Great Note-Taking Apps

Jot Down Your Thoughts With These Great Note-Taking Apps

Photograph: AppleIf you use an iPhone, then Apple Notes is an obvious choice to try out.Bear notes is an Apple-only app (for mobile and desktop) that offers a bevy of styling options.Functionally, Bear notes works the same as any of the other apps on this list.

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future is co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Bridge Collaborative—a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Duke University.

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

This question is even more impactful for children and adolescents coming of age in this world—the “AI Generation.” They have gone through the largest “beta test” of all time, and it’s one that did not consider the fact that children make mistakes, they make choices, and they are given space by society to collectively learn from them and evolve.

Telemedicine as a Workaround to Abortion Regulations, and More News

Telemedicine as a Workaround to Abortion Regulations, and More News

Telemedicine as a Workaround to Abortion Regulations, and More News. Technology is offering a workaround to increasingly strict abortion regulations, Apple's 'Find My' feature goes one step further, and how Amazon chooses its choices. But how does Amazon choose its choices?

What Does It Mean When a Product Is 'Amazon's Choice'?

What Does It Mean When a Product Is 'Amazon's Choice'?

“Amazon’s Choice is just our recommendation, and customers can always ask for specific brands or products if they choose,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. If you search for a specific brand name, the Amazon’s Choice product will likely be from that company.

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

Pro-choice advocates wore the attire of women in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale novel while protesting Alabama's new abortion ban bill. Protesters flooded the streets outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery as news of the bill began to spread. It moves like time.

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

In practice, though, the researchers say that they can analyze Netflix's encrypted interactive video traffic to find clues about what users are watching, and which choices they've made in their movie journeys.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

The Real Choice You Make When You Subscribe to Apple Services

The Real Choice You Make When You Subscribe to Apple Services

If there’s anything that’s clear from Apple’s event Monday, it’s that the maker of premium tech products is trying to sell people on its vision for the future of services—a seemingly effortless lifestyle filled with always-accessible media, exclusive video games, and cash-back incentives from a literal titanium credit card.

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Alex Edelman/Alamy If there’s one choice that Facebook has made repeatedly over the past 15 years, it’s been to prioritize growth over privacy. The company’s loose policies on data collection over the years are also what allowed it to build one of the most successful advertising businesses in history.

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter Stay safe, warm, stylish, and caffeinated as you Bird. 3. Mission Workshop Bomber It gets chilly scooting along at 15 mph. Bell Clinch Cup Holder No matter your travel mode of choice, morning caffeine is a must.

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

The Fossil Q Men's Commuter Smartwatch Is 40 Percent Off If your loved one is in search of a fitness tracker that doesn't look like a fitness tracker, this Fossil men's smartwatch would be a good choice.

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

“Once that decline begins, it will never end.” Penguin Random House But Empty Planet is not a book about statistics so much as it is about what’s driving the choices people are making during the fastest period of change in human history.

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

The accidental brilliance of the newspaper business model is it commoditized all those information needs to an audience that, pre-internet, had no other choice. Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away.

Bentley’s Tweedy New Convertible Has a Secret Spinning Door

Bentley’s Tweedy New Convertible Has a Secret Spinning Door

Bentley’s Tweedy New Convertible Has a Secret Spinning DoorEndless color palettes, prize woods, sacred cow leathers, massage seats, huge engines, active safety technologies—the sun never sets on the list of options that come with Bentley's new Continental GT Convertible.Bentley Motors LtdIn the 99 years since it started making cars, Bentley has offered its well-heeled, well-groomed customers a bounty of choices.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

Pandora's Podcast Genome Project Wants to Find Your Next Favorite Show

Pandora's Podcast Genome Project Wants to Find Your Next Favorite Show

“Machines can actually determine content, determine intent, there’s many more things they can determine about a podcast than they can about a song.”As with the Music Genome Project, humans provide both guidance and a backstop for algorithmic choices.

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