• December 1, 2021

Apple’s Privacy Mythology Doesn’t Match Reality

In 2021, Apple has cast itself as the world’s superhero of privacy. Its leadership insists, “Privacy has been central to our work … from the very beginning” and that it’s a “fundamental human right.” Its new advertising even boasts that privacy and the iPhone are the same things.  This past spring, rolling out a software update (iOS 14.5)…

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Google Pixel 5A Review: Still the Best Deal in Android

Regardless, one of the biggest reasons I can recommend you buy this phone is the performance. Like previous A-series Pixels, you can comfortably run pretty much any app or game, and you’ll rarely encounter any slowdowns. I was able to play one of the most graphically demanding mobile games, Genshin Impact, and it was hardly…

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AI Can Write in English. Now It’s Learning Other Languages

A year later, OpenAI demonstrated GPT-2, built by feeding a very large language model massive vast amounts of text from the web. This requires a huge amount of computer power, costing millions of dollars, by some estimates, and considerable engineering skill, but it seems to unlock a new level of understanding in the machine. GPT-2…

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13 Best Fitness Trackers (2021): Watches, Bands, Rings, and More

Like every piece of gear you wear on your body day in and day out, fitness trackers are incredibly personal. Not only do they have to be comfortable and attractive, but they must also accommodate your lifestyle, as well as when and how you like to work out. Do you bike, row, or do strength…

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6 Best Camping Stoves (2021): Portable Propane Gas Stoves

If you’re anything like us, you’re itching for some outdoor time about now. Where I live, summer is too hot for camping, which means Labor Day marks the beginning of the camping season.  Whether you’re just ramping up for fall or hoping to squeeze in a few more trips before the cold arrives, make sure…

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California Passes Warehouse Worker Bill, Taking Aim at Amazon

Warehouse workers in California are one step closer to being able to pee in peace. Yesterday, the state Senate voted 26 to 11 to pass AB 701, a bill aimed squarely at Amazon and other warehousing companies that track worker productivity. The bill would prevent employers from counting health and safety law compliance—and yes, bathroom…

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The ’60s-Inspired Island in ‘Deathloop’ Is Worth a Closer Look

“It’s like in the movie The Thing: Events take place far away from the rest of the world, and you’re only focused on what’s going on there,” Mitton says. “We wanted to set things in a place where no one would want to go on vacation, and then build our science fiction and narrative on…

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GrandPad Tablet Review: Video Calls, Music, and More for Older Folks

We had trouble contacting my mother-in-law for months during the lockdowns. Like many older folks, she still relied on a landline phone. When she didn’t pick up, my wife would wonder whether she was out, couldn’t hear the phone, or was unable to answer. And when she did pick up, we’d still wonder if she…

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’80s Fantasy Movies Are Awesomely Cheesy

In the 1980s the fantasy genre achieved unprecedented popularity with the release of films such as Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story, Ladyhawke, and Time Bandits. Science fiction author Matthew Kressel says he loves watching classic fantasy movies like Krull, in spite of the slow pacing and dated special effects. “I know it’s really cheesy, and corny…

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‘Metroid Dread’ Is Let Down by Its Boring Robot Villains

Robot design tends to fall into one of two camps. In the first, they look like us; in the second, they look like tools, their bodies molded toward a particular function. And like tools, this second camp of robots—the smartphones of the robot universe—have tended to look very similar and require some thought on the…

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