The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

If your television is wall-mounted, and you hate those dangling HDMI cables running up from your Nintendo Switch, you might want to get some paint to match the cable raceway color to your wall’s.

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

The numberless catfish who now course through social media , the ones who devastate lives with sophisticated online masquerades, exist to beguile and disturb.In this way, she is akin to Nev's catfish, Angela, who turned him from a defeated dropout to a man with a purpose.

The Audio Design Hacks That Made Mank Sound Like Citizen Kane

The Audio Design Hacks That Made Mank Sound Like Citizen Kane

“We came up with the technique by analyzing the sound spectrum of old-fashioned movies,” Klyce says, “and of course Citizen Kane was one that we modeled, and we kind of realized that that film sounded the way it did because of the limitations of the technology.”.

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

Instead, I thought of the democracy protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, which began almost exactly 10 years to the date before the GameStop hijinks, January 25, 2011.These protests, part of a regional movement to overthrow autocratic governments known as the Arab Spring, were a high-water mark for the idea that the internet would free the world.

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

While it may be true that we all have an instinctive, evolutionary investment in seeing the next generation flourish (regardless of whether it includes any children of our own), I imagine that your more immediate concern is for your long-term viability in an economy that regards cultural capital and technological fluency as assets to one’s personal brand.

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

On social media, #squadgoals—a hashtag describing glamorous friend groups, once culturally appropriated and popularized by Taylor Swift’s glamorous posse—was born and then died, but the notion that friendly hangouts make for marketable, sexy Instagram Stories remained, yielding engineered influencer friendships and branded collaborations.

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

In the event, however, the hearing was mostly an opportunity for Republicans on the committee to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for supposedly discriminating against conservative users—especially conservative user number one, Donald Trump.

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Both visible light and radio waves are types of electromagnetic wave.Although radio and visible light are both electromagnetic waves, there is one thing that is very different—the way that they interact with matter.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

In fact, scientists from University of Pittsburgh just published research showing that, in the lab at least, they can use smartphone motion data to detect if a subject is intoxicated, with an average accuracy of 93 percent.

A Week of Uncontrolled Sobbing at a Chinese Business Seminar

A Week of Uncontrolled Sobbing at a Chinese Business Seminar

One day in class, we were asked to label certain personal characteristics—family background, education, profession, looks, wealth, height, marriage status, geographic location—as either strengths or weaknesses.In fact, if I lived in China, they were things that market conditions would force me to change and compensate for.

Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

"One-on-one services and lessons allow for complete customization and personalized attention," says Jackie Zupsic, a spokesperson for Glamsquad, an Uber-like service that offers on-demand beauty services with a focus on makeup, nail, and hair care.

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

They can use contact tracing apps to gather real-time data about which activities or locations might be responsible for a dangerously high number of potential exposures.

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

Photograph: AmazonThe first backup is the simplest—buy an external hard drive and regularly copy your data to it.

Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19

Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19

But it’s been just a little over three months since I spoke to then-75-year-old Brilliant, an epidemiologist who aided in the eradication of smallpox, and who for years has been warning the world of a pandemic that looks very much like the one we have now.

What's Confusing About Calling Covid-19 Cases ‘Asymptomatic’

What's Confusing About Calling Covid-19 Cases ‘Asymptomatic’

That’s different from “presymptomatic” cases, in which people without symptoms test positive but later go on to show signs of illness.“There’s a lot of jargon out there and it’s even confusing to scientists,” says Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto.

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

As people start to slide back into close contact with one another, the nation’s top health officials are worried that the US still doesn’t have systems in place to effectively test, track, and halt the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

Nature Journal Confidential

Nature Journal Confidential

You may never draw as beautifully as Clare Walker Leslie or John Muir Laws, whose nature journals are exquisite, or be as technically accurate as a scientist recording field notes for rigorous studies, but you don’t have to be.

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

Of course, there’s still no 4K screen or touchscreen, and it has only USB-C ports, and I know I will constantly lose the various adapters I’d need just to do basic things like plug in my USB microphone or attach my computer to a TV.

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

“Of course, the only true way of knowing if you have Covid-19 is to get a test for the disease,” Yasmin says.And there are ways to inoculate yourself against such myths, Yasmin says.

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

“I would say nonstop we’re moderating recently trying to contain posts and keep subscribers as calm as possible,” says Ashley, writing in a joint response from multiple people behind the shared "wedditmoderator" account (she and the other moderators who replied asked not to be identified by their real names or individual Reddit usernames owing to previous experiences of harassment).

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

They had posted photos in which it appeared that Meza entered the run from a sidewalk during the middle of the race, suggesting the possibility that he cut part of the course and then reentered.

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

The Expanse Is Sci-Fi Like TV Has Never Seen

The Expanse Is Sci-Fi Like TV Has Never Seen

I was thinking about medieval studies or French literature or history, but my entire life I had loved science and math.Allain: Beyond giving you a working knowledge of science, do you think your background has helped you in your career?

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Over the course of the last two weeks, at the 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid—referred to as COP25, an annual United Nations summit that gathers global leaders, scientists, and activists on issues of environmental justice—16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has commanded an unusual pull.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We had canvassed thousands of the world's leading experts in technology and culture, and had begun the long task of interpreting the more than 700 responses to the final question in our survey:In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust.

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

A single spark can ignite a wind-driven wildfire that moves with such speed firefighters can’t safely confront it, even from the air, as flame retardants dropped from planes and helicopters blow off course in the gusts.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler.None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.