Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Finally, remember that losing senior staff and having to hire new ones is a gigantic headache your boss would very much like to avoid, and that this gives you leverage when you explain what you need to do your job effectively and feel fulfilled in your work.

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

The person you are seeing there is not the compliant reflection of your ego, but that most elusive of all entities: the self you become in the emergency of a social encounter, when all your premeditations fall away; the self who has always been familiar to your friends, family, and acquaintances while remaining largely invisible to you, its owner.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

11 January 2021, Paris/Rome - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today appealed for an urgent scale-up of Africa's Great Green Wall initiative to restore degraded land, create jobs and address climate change.

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.

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

Seriously, if you’ve got a dark spot in your house and you don’t want to bother installing a new lamp or a switch, get a motion-sensing light.

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

14 December 2020, Rome - Feeding the world's growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Ascent of Elliot Page

The Ascent of Elliot Page

Not because I don’t want to honor the Umbrella Academy star, who came out earlier this week as trans, but because it means talking about the fact that people—celebrities or otherwise—still have to come out at all.

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

But instead of it extruding it into air, as a normal 3D printer might do when building something out of plastic, this extrudes the ersatz heart into a container of support gel, specifically gelatin.“The analogy I have is: Imagine you were printing inside of hair gel,” says Feinberg.

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

Most of them have auto-updates turned on by default, but it's worth double-checking with family members to make sure they're not putting off an update for whatever reason (a lack of free storage space might be a problem on older devices, or one stalled or failed update may mean no updates since the failed one.).

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

As the election approaches, many liberal and left-leaning digital organizations and influencers have rallied behind Biden, creating a late-breaking wave of online support.

Prime Day 2020 Is Over: Here Are the 32 Best Remaining Deals (Updated)

Prime Day 2020 Is Over: Here Are the 32 Best Remaining Deals (Updated)

Below are the remaining deals from all our Prime Day 2020 coverage .Need Computer Desk for $130 ($27 off): WIRED editor Julian Chokkattu uses this desk every day.

Amazon Prime Day: 27 Best Deals if You Work From Home (2020)

Amazon Prime Day: 27 Best Deals if You Work From Home (2020)

We've tested a variety of home office gear that could improve your space, many of which are discounted for Amazon's Prime Day as well as at other retailers hosting site-wide sales.Photograph: X Chair Flexispot EN1 Standing Desk for $236 ($12 off)—Tap the Coupon Button: Clip the coupon to see the discount at checkout.

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

With the PlayStation 5, Sony put serious effort into upgrading the console's capabilities with Tempest, a proprietary 3D audio engine.We won’t know for sure until we test out some demanding games on the new console, but the focus on reducing noise can only be an improvement over the PS4.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

Fish Form Social Networks—and They're Actually Good

Fish Form Social Networks—and They're Actually Good

But scientists are uncovering a fascinating exception in coral reefs, not unlike the one Nemo called home: Here fish of various species band together, developing social networks exactly to survive and reproduce.

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

However, according to John Naslund, who studies digital mental health at Harvard Medical School, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in online activity.It’s interesting that they’re not considered essential.” In his research into online groups dedicated to mental health issues, he’s found such communities to be incredibly helpful for some people’s wellbeing.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex.As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

Should you buy an Intel-based Mac now, or wait for one with Apple’s new custom silicon?.In other words, even if you bought a new Intel-based Mac today, it would likely still receive OS updates, qualify for service, and have spare parts available in 2026.

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

Photograph: GoogleAt the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it.

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) launches today as a free text-based hotline that anyone can use to begin talking about the emotional issues that emerge all over the gaming industry.

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech development is a vital remedy.“American leadership and advanced technology has been critical to our success since World War II, and we are in a race with the government of China,” Hurd says.

25 of the Best Sales and Deals for the July 4th Weekend

25 of the Best Sales and Deals for the July 4th Weekend

Layla Memory Foam Queen Mattress for $849 ($150 off): You can flip Layla's mattress to pick the soft or firm side, depending on your sleeping preferences.Leesa Queen Hybrid Mattress for $1,499 ($200 off): Like the Helix, Jeffrey says the Leesa is one of the best picks on the market.

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies and “do the hard work of making sure we are living up to our values.”.

16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic

16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic

Health care workers the world over have never faced combat with anything quite like Covid-19 , a disease that spreads rapidly and so far has killed more than 360,000 people worldwide.

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

Best Buy has a sale running that's an exception to the rule; there are discounts on speakers, smartwatches, tablets, and more.They're not our favorites from Apple (that'd be the much better AirPods Pro), but at least you get a wireless charging case here.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Photograph: NASAThe crew took this spectacular image of the Earth while returning from the Moon.Photograph: NASAAfter two intense days of what you might call extreme work-arounds, all three crew members of Apollo 13 landed safely back on Earth.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.