As long as you consider unexpected shutdowns to be better performance.
Recent confirmation that Apple actually uses its iOS operating system to slow down older iPhone models was met with a lot of uproar, even though the feature is specifically tuned to spread out battery usage over time to prevent phones with aging batteries from unexpectedly shutting off. Apple already launched an improvement to their battery replacement program to try to smooth things over, but now they're planning to let users opt out of the feature altogether.Read More
Google has an app that will more-or-less perfectly (more often less, which is often more amusing anyway) match you up against portraits in museum collections with face recognition, and present you with a side-by-side comparison. It's not quite the festival of living art, but at least you don't have to worry about involuntary muscle spasms or ruining things with an unexpected phone call!Read More
Senate Democrats now have the 30 cosponsors they need to force a Senate floor vote on a bill to preserve net neutrality.Read More
A new trend sweeping up Silicon Valley is "raw water", or "unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water" that will definitely make you sick.Read More
How do how machine learning and algorithm-based artificial intelligence actually work? And when we talk about machines "learning," what process are we really talking about? These YouTube videos help to explain.Read More
Our robot overlords are coming for us all. Even the iron-pumping gym rats.Read More
Technology changes so rapidly that the fancy phones that debut on a yearly basis become obsolete pretty much just as quickly, with companies like Apple touting new hardware that is sometimes multiple times more powerful than even recent iterations. That, on top of choices like new, backwards-incompatible charging ports and the removal of headphone jacks, makes people wary of planned obsolescence and being pushed to continually upgrade, and Apple's battery management measures aren't helping.Read More
MIT engineers have created a wondrous thing: they successfully embedded nanoparticles of luciferase—the enzyme that makes fireflies light up—into the leaves of a common watercress plant, thereby inventing the coolest way to read in the universe.Read More
The Washington Post reports that analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were recently handed a list of "forbidden" words, including "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," and "evidence-based."Read More
Today, the FCC did exactly what a large portion of the public, as well as U.S. lawmakers, have been asking them not to do: They repealed the agency's own 2015 Open Internet Order that put broadband internet under utility-style regulation and prevented internet service providers from prioritizing different content or blocking access. That's bad, but it's only one step that doesn't mean all is lost. It just means that the fight moves elsewhere.Read More
Hey, remember K5, that security robot that inexplicably has a name closer to the Doctor's trusty robot dog companion than to the Daleks it actually looks like? It's finally starting to live up to its appearance after some early troubles with existential crises, as it was put into use on the sidewalk around the San Francisco SPCA to prevent homeless people from daring to think they can rest there.Read More
A tweet from Netflix poking fun at the 53 users they said watched "A Christmas Prince" every day for the past 18 days "went viral," as the kids say, and provoked questions about just how much data Netflix has stockpiled about our binge-watching, and who has access to it.Read More
Unconscious Bias Kills: Black Women Are 3 Times As Likely as White Women to Die in Pregnancy and Childbirth
ProPublica and NPR recently published a damning look at the American healthcare system, writing that "black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health."Read More
The latest right-wing ragefest revolves around the Amazon Echo, because it answers, "Yes, I am a feminist" and "The Black Lives Matter movement absolutely matter[s]" when asked.Read More
littleBits Competition Brings Boys and Girls to STEAM Through the Power of Star Wars—Do You Wanna Built a Droid?!
littleBits and Lucasfilm have teamed up to host a competition that will help empower children to get invested in STEAM programs. “Star Wars has always expanded kids’ imaginations and inspired them to see what is possible,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re excited to collaborate with all of these incredible companies and littleBits to showcase the power of STEAM in action and inspire the next generation of inventors.”Read More
A recent article suggested that ex-Googler James Damore's autism "may in part explain the difficulties he experienced" with his infamous anti-diversity memo, and nope. Autism's got nothing to do with being a misogynist, and suggesting that link is harmful.Read More
For many years the IUD has been a very scary thing. A lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea of having birth control that goes inside of their bodies. IUDs are certainly not for everyone, but with a new study discussing how IUDs might help prevent high-risk HPV (this is different from low-risk genital wart HPV) that causes cervical cancer, I thought it best to revisit the IUD from someone who has one.Read More
Yesterday, for several shining, glorious minutes, we got to feel what it would be like to live in the brightest timeline, and it was everything we hoped it would be. Briefly, with no warning or explanation, Donald Trump's Twitter account was wiped from the face of the Earth and replaced with a blissful lack of enraged, poorly spelled projection.Read More
They're all good dogs. People? Not so much.
A new study deals a crushing blow to humans' place in the world, and honestly, we kind of had it coming. Have you seen what humans have been up to lately? As it turns out, all those "jokes" about people preferring their furry family members to actual humans are pretty serious: researchers found that human beings have more sympathy for dogs than for other people.Read More