September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We like it so much that we've spent a couple of months trying to get one to give away to a lucky reader.Read the official rules , accept the terms and conditions, and fill out the form below to enter.

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

The term “Snapchat dysmorphia” was coined in 2015 to describe the growing numbers of people who wanted to look like they’d been put through a face-altering filter in real life, all big eyes and sparkling skin.

Pokimane Has Done Enough—and Has So Much Left to Do

Pokimane Has Done Enough—and Has So Much Left to Do

“I literally just say ‘hello’ and I feel like crying,” she told Alok Kanojia, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and mental health coach to celebrity gamers who streamed their session last May. She moved a neat curl of hair out of the way and dabbed her eye.

Social Media Helped These Chefs Branch Out of the Kitchen

Social Media Helped These Chefs Branch Out of the Kitchen

In the face of those layoffs and restaurant closures, these chefs opted to embrace TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms to bring their skills out of restaurant kitchens to an audience of viewers eager to learn from their experience and pick up new recipes.

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

Inside is a computer containing an artificial intelligence-based detector that has been trained to identify targeted invasive weed species and log their locations in real-time."The development of these detector modules will enable a rapid and cost-effective detection and mapping that can be used over large areas.".

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

The following video shows glass beads being tipped down aerated ramps into water to mimic what happens when pyroclastic flows hurtle down the sides of erupting volcanoes: .

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

© Tom Fenske/TNC Photo Contest 2019 Last week, I posted a blog on the growing popularity of trail cameras and included a number of photos and videos of cool wildlife.But Kampnich tells me it’s not the first time he has seen bears with tapeworms of various sizes.

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform.Google says the time-lapse feature draws from 20 petabytes of satellite imagery, combined to create a 4.4-terapixel video (that's 4.4 million megapixels) that maps to the surface of the globe.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

But a new game out on Steam, called qomp, might be the first to consider that playing as the table tennis ball rather than the paddle could make for a novel gameplay experience.

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Rolling around on a wheeled base, it’s basically a large robotic arm that grabs boxes using vacuum power, and it’s designed for tasks like unloading trucks or stacking pallets.

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

But when we play a game from childhood, or even one that looks like a game from that time, there’s a compounding effect of pleasure.

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

For people binging Netflix, that’s useful context—but for the streaming giant, it provides crucial data to help it reduce its vast carbon footprint.

How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track

How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track

If you look at a train wheel head on, you might think it looks like this.You might have a wheel handy—if not, here is what it looks like when my bike rolls.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Use Any Phone as a Webcam for a Windows PC.If you're on a PC running Windows and you use an Android phone or iPhone, one of the easiest (and wireless) methods is to use an app called DroidCam .

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

“From our research experience we know that storytelling is key for communicating the climate crisis in a way that can lead to taking action.” According to Schinko, TikTok has incredible potential as an arts-based activist platform.

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

But sources familiar with Stadia’s operations believe that after pouring tens of millions of dollars into two game studios, Google couldn’t stomach the expensive and complicated creative process necessary to build high-caliber video games—especially considering Stadia’s unremarkable subscription numbers.“I question how much the execs above Stadia leadership understand what they got into—the commitments made and overcommitments and the inability to keep those commitments,” says one current Stadia employee.

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

A few Googles later, she had her answer: a man named Kevin Blatt, who called himself a “celebrity sex tape broker.” She squinted at the avatar on his Instagram profile.

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

I used to talk to so many people on the phone; these days, I’m constantly moving my laptop from the surface of my desk to the stack of books that props it up for video calls.

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

The peer-reviewed journal Games for Health focuses closely on these topics, and in a recent paper collected the findings of several reports focusing on the effects of “simple, easy-to-use, casual video games” (think Plants vs.

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming

Premium High Speed HDMI : Premium High Speed HDMI, with a bandwidth of 18 Gbps, was the recommended standard for gaming on 4K-capable consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, since these cables can handle 4K video at 60 frames per second.

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

This year the stars aligned and I was finally free to spend Valentine’s Day exactly the way I’ve always wanted: playing Super Mario 3D World for 12 hours straight through online co-op.

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

The original Opte was a still image, but the 2021 version is a 10K video with extensive companion stills, using BGP data from University of Oregon's Route Views project to map the global internet from 1997 to today.

Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots

Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots

“If you take a blob of these worms and you hold them in your hand, they behave like Silly Putty and they flow through your fingers,” says Saad Bhamla, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Georgia Tech.

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Siroker says that he’s very privacy-conscious, and all of those digitally stored memories will go into “your own personal vault.” He’s also thinking a lot about how to make sure the people you interact with don’t feel you’re stealing their words.Siroker says he does not want people to alter records in a way that supports nefarious uses like deepfakes.

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

Today, though, unveiled a new service: Camera to Cloud, which allows multiple people to start working on a shot the second the director films it, greatly reducing the number of people on set and increasing the number who can contribute from a safe, socially (very) distant place.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

From the video analysis, I get the following data for the angular positions (in units of radians) of the inner and outer planets.It's really all the same, but the video analysis program uses negative angles.

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

But as this week wore on, as I watched online keynote sessions and marketing videos promising sharp visions of the future, the value of an all-virtual CES actually became less clear.