The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

Protests in Portland following the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, had dwindled to maybe 100 peaceful demonstrators per night before President Trump sent federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect US government property.

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

The idea is that the weight increases the air pressure inside the bag, and you can measure the difference with the phone.Would the pressure in the bag be: (a) the same, (b) greater than, or (c) less than with the large square.

Foursquare Is Adding Even More Data About Where You Are

Foursquare Is Adding Even More Data About Where You Are

The company says its understanding of the real-time locations of millions of phones has helped Subway determine how physical coupons affect in-store visits and segment users into custom audience categories based on the types of locations they visit regularly, per Foursquare’s website.

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

But while tech giants like Google and Amazon and Facebook have pushed major advances in the development of AI in purely digital contexts—getting computers to recognize objects in images, for example, by having humans label those objects first—robots have remained fairly dumb as researchers have focused on getting the things to move without falling on their faces.

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

When I asked a representative from Square what was going on, the answer surprised me: Apparently, I had consented to receive automatic receipts and promotions from any company that uses a Square point of sale machine the very first time I ever entered my email into one of the Square readers.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.