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Tom McKay Tom McKay 1 hours 15 minutes ago.

Motorola Is Bringing Back the Flip Phone With an All-Display Razr Device

Motorola Is Bringing Back the Flip Phone With an All-Display Razr Device

Motorola is bringing the flip phone back, baby: On Wednesday, Verizon announced the debut of a new Razr phone with a 6.2-inch foldable display that flips to half size. (But not before a day of leaks.)

According to a Verizon press release, the new Motorola Razr will clock in at the eye-popping price of $1,500 retail (still less than foldable competitors Samsung Galaxy Fold at $1,980 or more...

Tom McKay Tom McKay 4 hours 0 minutes ago.

GOP Rep. Paul Gosar Inserts 'Epstein Didn't Kill Himself' Conspiracy Theory Into Impeachment Tweets

GOP Rep. Paul Gosar Inserts 'Epstein Didn't Kill Himself' Conspiracy Theory Into Impeachment Tweets

Well, in what could be yet another seal of the apocalypse melting down and sloughing off like skin at Chernobyl , Arizona Representative Paul Gosar meticulously inserted a conspiracy theory about late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein into a Twitter thread on Wednesday.

Even as Gosar—one of the most right-wing members of the House and known for dining with European...

Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball today at 07:44. 1 comments

Now a Senator Is Investigating the Sexist Apple Card Debacle

Now a Senator Is Investigating the Sexist Apple Card Debacle

One prominent software developer’s viral Twitter thread , several Steve Wozniak tweets, one New York State probe, two corporate press releases, and approximately 144 hours later, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) has tweeted that he, too, will be investigating the crapshoot mystery of Goldman Sach’s allegedly sexist algorithm behind the Apple Card.

Responding to several allegations that husbands tend...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck today at 06:10. 3 comments

Netflix's Chosen Fighter to Take on Disney+ Is, Uh, Nickelodeon

Netflix's Chosen Fighter to Take on Disney+ Is, Uh, Nickelodeon

I imagine it’s looking pretty grim from where Netflix is standing right now.

The streaming giant announced Wednesday—just one day after the launch of Disney’s highly-anticipated new streaming service , a service primarily catering to families and nerds—that it’s partnered with Nickelodeon on a multi-year content deal. Nickelodeon has existed on Netflix before, such as with Rocko’s Modern Life:...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball today at 06:00.

How America's Most Hateable Cable Provider Could Squash Civil Rights Protections

How America's Most Hateable Cable Provider Could Squash Civil Rights Protections

Comcast’s justification for refusing to carry channels by Entertainment Studios Network owner Byron Allen–whose channels include Cars.TV, Pets.TV, and Recipe.TV–could arguably dismantle 1866 civil rights protections, in a case that appeared before the Supreme Court today. Totally unrelated to the case, I submit to the court that Comcast has a solid  track  record of sucking .

The question at...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum today at 05:32. 2 comments

'Arrokoth' Is a Great Name for This Weird, Lobey Space Rock

'Arrokoth' Is a Great Name for This Weird, Lobey Space Rock

The New Horizons team announced yesterday that MU69's official name would be “Arrokoth.”

Folks, that’s a good name.

You may know this rock as the oddly shaped object in the distant Kuiper Belt we first got a good look at earlier this year. It was the target of the New Horizons mission after its flyby of Pluto. First discovered in Hubble Space Telescope data in 2014 by astronomer Marc Buie,...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky today at 04:46. 4 comments

The Location for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Even More Intriguing Than We Realized

The Location for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Even More Intriguing Than We Realized

Satellite observations of Jezero crater on Mars, the chosen landing site for NASA’s next rover mission, have revealed evidence of minerals that are exceptionally good at preserving traces of ancient life, making this an even better place to send the rover than initially thought.

If primitive life existed on Mars billions of years ago—and that’s still a big if—there’s an excellent chance the...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum today at 04:06. 2 comments

What Makes AI So Weird, Good, and Evil

What Makes AI So Weird, Good, and Evil

Artificial intelligence has changed the way we roam the internet, buy things, and in many cases, navigate the world. At the same time, AI can be incredibly weird, such as when an algorithm suggests “Butty Brlomy” as a name for a guinea pig or “Brother Panty Tripel” as a beer name. Few people are more familiar with the quirks of AI than Janelle Shane, a scientist and neural network tamer who...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara today at 03:00.

Don't Panic About the 'Black Death Plague'

Don't Panic About the 'Black Death Plague'

You may have seen alarming headlines today warning of the “Black Death plague” that’s believed to have infected two people in China. But while there are real reasons for public health officials and residents in that area of the world to be concerned, there’s no reason to fear a deadly pandemic.

On Tuesday, health officials in Beijing announced that two people from the Inner Mongolia region of...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum today at 01:00.

Could Antimatter Be the Portal Into the Dark Universe?

Could Antimatter Be the Portal Into the Dark Universe?

A new paper asks: What if antimatter is the portal into the dark universe?

Measurements of the universe reveal that most of its mass appears to be “dark matter,” invisible stuff that interacts with regular matter via the laws of gravity but hasn’t been directly detected, despite major efforts to find it . Scientists are hunting dark matter from various fronts. One team is looking for a popular...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky today at 01:00.

Promising Plant Sciences Breakthrough Could Lead to Photosynthesis 2.0

Promising Plant Sciences Breakthrough Could Lead to Photosynthesis 2.0

By solving a complex protein structure, biologists have unlocked a critical mechanism in plants that could lead to improvements in how photosynthesis works, and by consequence, greater crop yields.

Photosynthesis is a brilliant invention of nature, but that’s not stopping scientists from trying to make it even better. New research published today in Nature describes how a team at the...

David Nield David Nield today at 00:03.

How to Keep Group Chats From Driving You Mad

How to Keep Group Chats From Driving You Mad

There you are, minding your own DM business, when all of a sudden you’re added to a group chat with a bunch of other work colleagues, neighbors, parents, old school friends, or people probably, maybe going to a party in three weeks’ time. You don’t have to settle for this shoddy group chat etiquette—here’s how to stay out of it.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp just gave users a handy new feature to stay out...

Victoria Song Victoria Song yesterday at 23:50. 1 comments

Forget Credit Cards, Google's Looking to Open Its Own Checking Accounts

Forget Credit Cards, Google's Looking to Open Its Own Checking Accounts

This year saw plenty of tech giants dabble in finance. Apple released its credit card , Facebook just launched a Venmo competitor and is trying to get its Libra cryptocurrency off the ground, and now Google is reportedly mulling offering a financial product of its own—checking accounts.

The project, according to a Wall Street Journal exclusive, is titled Cache and is expected to launch...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown yesterday at 23:20. 2 comments

Mother Who Allegedly Starved and Pepper-Sprayed Her YouTuber Children Dies in Hospital

Mother Who Allegedly Starved and Pepper-Sprayed Her YouTuber Children Dies in Hospital

Warning: This article includes descriptions of sexual and physical abuse of children.

A mother who operated a popular YouTube channel that showed her seven adopted children’s shenanigans has died in a hospital about eight months after she was charged with abusing, molesting, and imprisoning her children.

When Machelle Hackney and her two biological adult sons were arrested in Maricopa,...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes yesterday at 23:00.

Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Allowing 3D-Printed Guns, Again

Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Allowing 3D-Printed Guns, Again

The Trump administration continues to fail at making blueprints for untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed firearms free and easy for anyone to attain. On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Trump’s State Department could not allow plans for such guns to be posted online, claiming that it had circumvented Congress in deciding such a thing was okay. The administration even failed to offer a...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes yesterday at 22:45.

How Manmade Lava Explosions Could Save Lives

How Manmade Lava Explosions Could Save Lives

This story was produced in partnership with Atlas Obscura.

Despite the millions of years they’ve been on this planet, volcanoes and how they work largely remain a mystery to science. Since it’s virtually impossible to get inside a volcano itself to study it, researchers with the University at Buffalo are investigating the various mechanisms behind volcanic explosions—by creating eruptions...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski yesterday at 21:50. 1 comments

Yep, There's a Giant New MacBook Pro, and Yep, Apple Improved Its Keyboard

Yep, There's a Giant New MacBook Pro, and Yep, Apple Improved Its Keyboard

The good news for MacBook and MacBook Pro users is that Apple has finally capitulated and fixed, or at least improved, the low profile butterfly keyboards that have been causing headaches , and straight-up failing , since 2015. The bad news is that, for the time being, the only upgrade path available is the new monstrous 16-inch MacBook Pro that will cost you at least $2,400 for the privilege...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes yesterday at 21:00.

Allow Me to Criticize the AirPods Pro, Which I Love

Allow Me to Criticize the AirPods Pro, Which I Love

I’ve never loved the AirPods . That’s mainly because I’m one of the few people whose ears just don’t fit with the mostly universal design. But they wouldn’t be so popular if they weren’t great earbuds. So when Apple announced the AirPods Pro with different fit options and a flurry of new features, I thought it must be time for me to be a fanatic. I’ve been using them for a week, and I love...

Matt Novak Matt Novak yesterday at 18:00.

How to Watch the Trump Impeachment Hearings Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

How to Watch the Trump Impeachment Hearings Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

The impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump start today in Washington, D.C. at 10 am ET/ 7 am PT. And even if you’re not near a TV, you can watch it all unfold on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more, with our links below.

The central question at today’s hearings is whether President Trump tried to get the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open an investigation into...

Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 13:15. 1 comments

Federal Court Rules That Border Agents Need Probable Cause to Search Travelers' Phones

Federal Court Rules That Border Agents Need Probable Cause to Search Travelers' Phones

A federal court in Boston ruled on Tuesday that suspicionless searches of electronics at U.S. border crossings are unconstitutional, finding that reasonable suspicion of an actual crime is required before authorities can demand access to cell phones and other devices.

Per Ars Technica, U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper found that “basic” searches and seizures of travelers’ devices (those...

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