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The Best Mouse for Every Kind of Gamer
Whether you're into esports or casual fragging, these are the greatest gaming mice we've tested.
5 hours ago
WIRED
The Best Mouse for Every Kind of Gamer
The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers
Plus: A security company creeper, Biden's cyberteam, and the rest of this week's security news.
5 hours ago
WIRED
The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers
Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems
The line between browsers and password managers is blurring.
6 hours ago
WIRED
Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems
A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests
Using sea charts and satellites, the effort will trace how the kelp beds are changing in response to global warming and commercial harvesting.
6 hours ago
WIRED
A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests
The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck
Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.
6 hours ago
WIRED
The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck
How Do You Define Electric Field, Voltage, and Current?
And what does that mean for making a little wire LED man light up?
7 hours ago
WIRED
How Do You Define Electric Field, Voltage, and Current?
Original Content podcast: "Bridgerton" is an addictive reimagining of Jane Austen-style romance
"Bridgerton," the Shondaland drama that launched last month on Netflix, offers a few key updates to the standard formula of Regency-era  romance. For one thing, there's a racially diverse cast, with Black actors taking on the role of early 19th-century English nobility and royalty. (At one point, one ...
2 hours ago
TechCrunch
Original Content podcast: "Bridgerton" is an addictive reimagining of Jane Austen-style romance
This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 ...
3 hours ago
TechCrunch
This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler
Watch SpaceX launch its first dedicated rideshare mission live, carrying a record-breaking number of satellites
[UPDATE: Today's attempt was scrubbed due to weather conditions. Another launch window is available tomorrow at 10 AM ET] SpaceX is set to launch the very first of its dedicated rideshare missions – an offering it introduced in 2019 that allows small satellite operators to book a portion of a payload ...
5 hours ago
TechCrunch
Watch SpaceX launch its first dedicated rideshare mission live, carrying a record-breaking number of satellites
How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020
When Stripe-subsidiary Paystack raised its seed round of $1.3 million in 2016, it was one of the largest disclosed rounds at that stage in Nigeria.  At the time, seven-figure seed investments in African startups were a rarity. But over the years, those same seed-stage rounds have become more common, ...
12 hours ago
TechCrunch
How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020
Could giant SPACs be next?
While many deemed 2020 the year of SPAC, short for special purpose acquisition company, 2021 may well make last year look quaint in comparison. It's probably not premature to be asking: is there any company too big to be SPAC'd? Just today, we saw the trading debut of the most valuable company to date ...
17 hours ago
TechCrunch
Could giant SPACs be next?
Daily Crunch: Alphabet shuts down Loon
Alphabet pulls the plug on its internet balloon company, Apple is reportedly developing a new MacBook Air and Google threatens to pull out of Australia. This is your Daily Crunch for January 22, 2021. The big story: Alphabet shuts down Loon Alphabet announced that it's shutting down Loon, the project ...
20 hours ago
TechCrunch
Daily Crunch: Alphabet shuts down Loon
Italian watchdog tells TikTok to block users whose ages can't be verified
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Italy's data privacy authority has ordered video sharing app TikTok to temporarily block the accounts of any users whose ages can't be confirmed, Reuters reported. The order comes after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Palermo, whose parents ...
12 minutes ago
The Verge
Italian watchdog tells TikTok to block users whose ages can't be verified
Tiger and the need to complicate the world we grew up in
Image: HBO The year is kicking off with what's becoming a loose tradition: a documentary about a renowned "90s athlete that aims to shade in a more complete picture. This time around, it's Tiger, a two-part HBO Sports documentary about golf superstar Tiger Woods. Like The Last ...
3 hours ago
The Verge
Tiger and the need to complicate the world we grew up in
Facebook says "configuration change" caused some users to be logged out unexpectedly
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook says some users were logged out of their accounts unexpectedly Friday due to a "configuration change," and the issue has been fixed as of Saturday morning. "On January 22, a configuration change caused some people to be logged ...
4 hours ago
The Verge
Facebook says "configuration change" caused some users to be logged out unexpectedly
A year into coronavirus, we're still counting the dead
Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images A year ago this week, The Verge published our first story about the virus. It was January 21. The first case had arrived in the US. We"d only heard of about 300 cases reported in China and six deaths. We still knew there was a chance ...
4 hours ago
The Verge
A year into coronavirus, we're still counting the dead
Super Bowl 2021 won't stream in 4K, but these TV deals are still worth it
Image: Vizio In news that's likely to be devastating to people who are looking for any and all reasons to upgrade their TV, CBS announced that Super Bowl LV won't be broadcast in 4K HDR. The decision was made because of complications caused by the pandemic. This likely isn't going ...
5 hours ago
The Verge
Super Bowl 2021 won't stream in 4K, but these TV deals are still worth it
Radio and TV host Larry King dies at 87
Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Longtime TV and radio host Larry King died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87. Ora Media, which King co-founded in 2012, confirmed the news in a tweet to the @KingsThings Twitter ...
5 hours ago
The Verge
Radio and TV host Larry King dies at 87
FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots
Most live events simply aren't an option due to the pandemic, but that isn't stopping the FTC from cracking down on ticket scalper bots. The regulator has taken its first legal action using the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act meant to punish th...
20 minutes ago
Engadget
FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots
Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras
A former ADT security company employee has admitted to breaking into the cameras he installed in users? homes in the Dallas area to watch their private moments. Telesforo Aviles has pleaded guilty to computer fraud and now faces up to five years in f...
1 hour ago
Engadget
Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras
Italy blocks TikTok for some users following girl's death
TikTok is facing mounting concerns over its approach to younger users. The Guardian reports that Italy's Data Protection Authority (DPA) has blocked TikTok for users whose age can't be verified after a 10-year-old girl died while allegedly participat...
1 hour ago
Engadget
Italy blocks TikTok for some users following girl's death
ICYMI: We test out the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones
Now that CES is over, we can really get the new year underway. Here at Engadget, that means reviewing all of the latest tech as it becomes available, from smartphones to smart scales. At last week's Unpacked event, Samsung announced two smartphones,...
2 hours ago
Engadget
ICYMI: We test out the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones
Hitting the Books: AI doctors and the dangers tiered medical care
Healthcare is a human right, however, nobody said all coverage is created equal. Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are already making impressive inroads into the myriad fields of medicine – from IBM's Watson: Hospital Edition and A...
3 hours ago
Engadget
Hitting the Books: AI doctors and the dangers tiered medical care
Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon
It's now decidedly more affordable to get the combo of an iPad and a Magic Keyboard – if you act quickly, at least. Amazon is selling the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro (no Pencil included) for $199, a full $100 below the usual...
3 hours ago
Engadget
Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon
Soledad O?Brien on journalism's failures in the Trump era
A 30-year veteran of the news business, Soledad O'Brien has earned the right to speak freely about the state of the world in general and journalism in particular. That's one of the big draws of the ex-CNN anchor's spicy Twitter feed, which has gained her more than 2 million followers. Very Opinionated ...
12 hours ago
Fast Company
Soledad O?Brien on journalism's failures in the Trump era
How to stay safe from the new, fast-spreading COVID-19 mutations
A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 20 states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now" We saw what the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, can do as it spread quickly through southeastern England in December, causing case numbers to ...
13 hours ago
Fast Company
How to stay safe from the new, fast-spreading COVID-19 mutations
6 habits of the most innovative people
Forward-thinking individuals have a number of things in common. For one, they innovate–usually not once, but multiple times over. Steve Jobs wasn't known for just one product. He was known for a handful. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk weren't satisfied with one success story. They've engineered dozens. ...
14 hours ago
Fast Company
6 habits of the most innovative people
These Dr. Martens x Keith Haring boots will add a pop of playful punk to your life
Dr. Martens is known for its plentiful, versatile collaborations with the noteworthy and a little bit punk (see Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto) and the quirky, colorful crowd-pleasers (re: Hello Kitty). Now the company has released a collection that satisfies a little bit of both: The U.K. footwear maker ...
1 day ago
Fast Company
These Dr. Martens x Keith Haring boots will add a pop of playful punk to your life
"Time is running out": Prince Harry calls for social media reform after U.S. Capitol riot
Over the past year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become increasingly outspoken advocates for healthier social media–a topic that is clearly near to their hearts, given the horrendous vitriol and harassment they have faced online and in the press. By partnering ...
1 day ago
Fast Company
"Time is running out": Prince Harry calls for social media reform after U.S. Capitol riot
230 audio clips in 24 countries: What life sounds like under lockdown
As a creative artist, my work explores how people interact with sound and how it impacts upon our daily lives through listening&x2013;that's active listening with attention, rather than passive hearing. I do this by using recorded sound, particularly sound which is associated with place, addressing ...
1 day ago
Fast Company
230 audio clips in 24 countries: What life sounds like under lockdown
DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful
DDoS amplification attacks have abused all kinds of legit services. Now, it's Windows.
3 hours ago
Ars Technica
DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful
What's the technology behind a five-minute charge battery?
The company behind a new battery isn't saying much, but we figured a few things out.
6 hours ago
Ars Technica
What's the technology behind a five-minute charge battery?
The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic
Researchers and airlines obsessed over efficiency now worry about safety, too.
7 hours ago
Ars Technica
The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic
SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 143 satellites [Updated]
Party in the payload bay: 143 total satellites deployed in a dozen waves.
7 hours ago
Ars Technica
SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 143 satellites [Updated]
This site posted every face from Parler's Capitol Hill insurrection videos
Faces of the Riot used open source software to detect, extract, and deduplicate every face.
8 hours ago
Ars Technica
This site posted every face from Parler's Capitol Hill insurrection videos
What happens to the brain on sudden impact? Egg yolks could hold the answer
Rotational deceleration causes most deformation?like getting punched on the chin
19 hours ago
Ars Technica
What happens to the brain on sudden impact? Egg yolks could hold the answer
Big Tech nemesis Lina Khan is gaining traction for top Biden antitrust role 
Lina Khan at her New York home in 2017. | An Rong Xu for the Washington Post Outgoing FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra has been advocating for Khan's nomination. Lina Khan, an antitrust expert, Columbia law professor and thorn in the side of Big Tech, is gaining traction as a candidate ...
1 day ago
Recode
Big Tech nemesis Lina Khan is gaining traction for top Biden antitrust role 
How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service
A US Postal Service worker removes mail from a dropbox in San Francisco on August 17, 2020. | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Postal Service has to do more than deliver mail if it wants to survive. In November, on the day that networks called the election ...
1 day ago
Recode
How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service
Biden picks his new acting FCC chair
President Biden's FCC could help more Americans than ever access and afford the internet. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The FCC can bring back net neutrality and help Americans stay connected during the pandemic " if everything goes its way now. President Biden ...
1 day ago
Recode
Biden picks his new acting FCC chair
How Trump could theoretically get his Facebook back
Donald Trump was banned from posting on Facebook in the final weeks of his presidency. | Pete Marovich/Getty Images Facebook asked its independent oversight board to decide if it made the right call when it indefinitely suspended Trump. There's a chance " even ...
1 day ago
Recode
How Trump could theoretically get his Facebook back
How will Trump handle life without Twitter and Facebook? Ask Alex Jones.
Eric Thayer/Getty Images What happens when the former leader of the free world gets deplatformed" We're going to find out. Donald Trump is out of the White House. And he's been kicked off of the world's biggest tech platforms. Now what" We don't yet have any idea what Trump ...
2 days ago
Recode
How will Trump handle life without Twitter and Facebook? Ask Alex Jones.
Platforms are cracking down hard on political misinformation, but it's still easy to find
The type of misinformation that fueled election doubts and support for the events at the Capitol is still easy to find online. | B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto via Getty Images Here are some of the most pervasive election conspiracy theories and false claims being shared on social media ...
2 days ago
Recode
Platforms are cracking down hard on political misinformation, but it's still easy to find
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