Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Well before Black Friday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Black Friday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 for $339 ($60 off): This is the smartwatch to buy if you have an Android phone.Amazon's standard Kindle is on sale this Black Friday, and it's our favorite ebook reader.

AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now

AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now

Green and I had been chatting on Headroom, a new video conferencing platform he and cofounder Andrew Rabinovich launched this fall.

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.

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

“It’s probably no accident this stuff is cropping up at a time when there’s nothing but complications out there,” says Ryan Milner, a professor of internet culture at College of Charleston and author of 2017’s The World Made Meme.

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The US Military Buys Location Data From a Popular Muslim Prayer AppFor years, shadowy companies have been buying and selling your location data based on what apps you use.

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

There’s a jarring messiness to fights in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that undermines the satisfaction you might get out of perfectly timed combos.A little like a Soulcalibur-style fighting game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s combat relies on these combos.

Hotspot Watch 19 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 November 2020

Due to the expected rainfall over the next week, much of the North Island will likely see at least small soil moisture increases, with some locations possibly seeing moderate increases.

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

When I pressed the soft glowing plastic power button, the lights on the case fluttered to life.I had never performed either of the viable remaining options; a power button menu update or recovery by security jumper.

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

For several years, Apple has been naming its annual software releases after California locales, and this year we're treated to Big Sur. If you want to be technical, it's macOS 11.You get a fresh look, widgets, and a whole lot more.

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.).

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Significant soil moisture changes are not expected during the next week, although small increases may occur in the West Coast and lower South Island, with small decreases possible from central Canterbury to Marlborough.

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

Long before any results came in, the protocol for this trial calculated what sort of data—including how many people ended up getting sick—would need to be tallied in order to know that the vaccine had cleared the minimum requirement of 50-percent effectiveness set by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Disc Drive PlayStation 5 Is Worth the Extra Money

The Disc Drive PlayStation 5 Is Worth the Extra Money

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Discs aren't always cheaper than digital downloads, but they often are—especially once a game has been out for a while.

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

You can also make sure that app, movie, music, and other purchases your kids try to make go through you first: After tapping your Apple ID in Settings on iOS or opening System Preferences on macOS, choose Family Sharing then Ask to Buy to set this up.

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

With Apple and Google Pay, you just pull out your phone, unlock the home screen, and hover it over the reader—it'll "swipe" your digital credit card instantaneously, faster than any chip-based card.

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Cases rise as election results come in, vaccines and treatments advance, and the reach of screening and tracing technology grows.

An Election Forecaster Reflects: We Have Too Many Polls

An Election Forecaster Reflects: We Have Too Many Polls

If you’d just copied the 2016 results, you would have had a Republican victory, and as of Thursday it looks like Joe Biden won the presidential election with victories in many key states and a slightly higher share of the national vote than Hillary Clinton received four years ago.

Hotspot Watch 5 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 November 2020

Due to the substantial rainfall expected in the next week, at least small to moderate soil moisture increases are expected for nearly all of the North Island.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

Philly’s Ballot-Counting Livestream Is the Only Thing Worth Watching Today

Philly’s Ballot-Counting Livestream Is the Only Thing Worth Watching Today

But no matter your political preference, you should be able to find some comfort in this live view of Philly’s election workers moving ballots through the system.

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

As long as they’re postmarked by November 3, ballots have until this Friday to get there and still count.“We’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump told reporters in North Carolina on Sunday, referring to battleground states more broadly.

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.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

It’s on by default for iMessage and WhatsApp , a staple of encrypted messaging platforms like Signal , and an optional feature in Facebook Messenger .With all of that out of the way, here’s how to actually use Zoom’s end-to-end encryption, if it’s right for you.