Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

Wink Smart Hub Users Will Soon Have to Pay Up—or Lose Access

Wink Smart Hub Users Will Soon Have to Pay Up—or Lose Access

A popular smart-home hub is suddenly a lot less popular with its users after making a surprise announcement that customers will have to start paying a monthly subscription fee next week or lose access altogether.

Some of Our Favorite Amazon Devices Are on Sale Right Now

Some of Our Favorite Amazon Devices Are on Sale Right Now

Right now, Amazon's Fire Tablets, Echo speakers, and even Kindle e-readers are seeing some steep discounts, and these prices are some of the best we've seen recently.This model uses a 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark.

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

It's always safer to download mobile apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's iOS App Store, but even then there's still some risk that malicious apps have snuck in.

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

But ever since communities around the globe started sheltering in place as part of a widespread effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 , various apps have tweaked their subscriptions and blasted out marketing emails to offer potential customers free trials.

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Given that more than 33 percent of Lifeline recipients qualify under the SNAP program, it follows that large numbers of eligible Americans are being denied benefits.

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).

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

One night, before turning in for bed, you’ll scroll through Instagram, admiring one acquaintance in particular, deciding to follow their bio link to a private subscription-only page where they offer “premium” content (mostly nudes).

Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

These volunteers are from a little subreddit called r/TranscribersOfReddit, who voluntarily type out extremely detailed descriptions of various content so that visually impaired people can access it.Since the subreddit launched three years ago, r/TranscribersOfReddit’s 3,186 volunteer transcribers have completed almost 100,000 transcriptions and descriptions of content across the site.

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

In the first months after moving to New York City in 2008, Israeli-born photographer Natan Dvir liked to time how long he could stare at fellow subway passengers before one of them made eye contact.

The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

US college students could soon have a new way to pay off college debt: an income-share agreement .

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

Regardless of what happens, you won’t know what everyone is tweeting about—or whether 1917 will get the little gold men we think it might —if you’re not watching.Meanwhile, Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live will be available to stream for free from the Academy’s official Twitter account.

Google, Amazon, and Apple Have a Trillion Dollar Problem

Google, Amazon, and Apple Have a Trillion Dollar Problem

In August 2018, Apple became the first trillion-dollar tech company .I’m familiar with the founders of all four of those trillion-dollar companies, as well as the one in waiting, and not one of them in the early days ever dared to think of such a shockingly high corporate worth.There are no underdogs worth a trillion dollars.

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction.However, after finding kratom in the systems of dozens of people who have died of drug overdoses, the federal government has been considering a total ban.

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday.The Falcon cable has not yet been fixed, though, and countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, along with Yemen, are still dealing with lingering impacts of the cut.

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

Perhaps you even know about things like event horizons, the boundary outside of which escape becomes possible, and gravitational waves , the ripples that black holes generate in the cosmic fabric when they collide.

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Musk later said that Howard-Higgins told that employee that Unsworth had married a girl when she was as young as 12, though Unsworth’s lawyers say, based on emails, that Howard-Higgins only said that the the diver met his wife when she was 18 or 19.

Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved

Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved

Video: Keenan Stears/UCSBThe researchers divided the tranquilized hippos into three categories: large, dominant males that run things in the river; large sub-adult males that are coming up in the world but still answer to the dominant males; and small males even lower in the pecking order.

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

About a week ago, Disney and Verizon partnered up, offering unlimited-plan customers a year of free Disney+ .No matter your carrier, you’re getting a bonus streaming subscription of some kind as long as you’re on an unlimited plan.

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Last year, developer Tim Holman used this concept to create Smelvetica, a Helvetica-inspired font “for your worst enemies.” The spaces between the letters, or kerning, was “specially altered, to be, well, bad, terrible, awful and painful,” Holman wrote on Github.Similar to Smelvetica, Woodward says he only made one adjustment to the original font: the kerning.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

For the last three years or so, "Karen" has been the internet's stock female antagonist: a righteously annoyed middle-aged white woman who loves coupons, reverse mullet bobs, and, above all else, speaking to the manager.

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

What the Jetflicks and iStreamItAll Takedowns Mean for Piracy

In late December 2016, a Jetflicks subscriber used the service to stream a recently released episode of The OA, a Netflix show with a fervent fan base .

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first mission in the watery depths around the face of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.“She’s a very temperamental lady,” Wåhlin said of the $3.6 million, unmanned submarine, while peering through her binoculars on an overcast March day.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

We highlighted our favorites below, but you can see the full list in our guide to the best Prime Day device deals . Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals.

8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

This multi-purpose substance also moisturizes the skin while it at the same time repels water, allowing the hippo to stay submerged for long periods of time. For lizards, cold-blooded animals found in often-warm environments, shade is particularly important.