Thursday, July 29, 2021

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China Cracks Down On Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?

Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent were once regarded with national pride. Now they’re being slapped with fines and other penalties.China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a six-month campaign on Monday to regulate internet companies, particularly practices...

Covid Is Pulling the Plug on Beloved Japanese Arcades

Once home to vibrant live competitions, gaming centers have been bleeding out since before the pandemic. Lockdowns could leave them KO'd for good.On January 16, 2021, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournament legend Tominaga made a rare and critical...

Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

The latest weapons in the global information war are fake vessels behaving badly.On September 17 last year, the largest ship in the UK's Royal Navy, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, steamed majestically towards the Irish Sea. The 283-meter-long...

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.By the end of the Obama era, Black Twitter seemed like a fully realized world, with its own codes and customs....

The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon,” and how much would have to be removed from the atmosphere to save a single life. For the past few years, climate economists have employed a concept called the “social cost...

Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out Over Sexism Complaints

“We love our jobs, but our jobs don’t love us back,” one worker told WIRED. "So we’re trying to change that.”Employees at the gaming giant Activision Blizzard staged a walkout today, capping off a week of escalating tension over...

Toyota Whiffed on EVs. Now It’s Trying to Slow Their Rise

In a bid to protect its investments in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, the carmaker is lobbying against the transition to electric vehicles.Executives at Toyota had a moment of inspiration when the company first developed the Prius. That moment,...

How Nothing Designed 'Ear 1s' to Beat Apple AirPods

The head of design at Nothing explains how their product could take on Apple's all-conquering wireless earbuds, at a fraction of the cost.When your design motif is transparent tech, the quest to make the tangle of wires and jumble...

The Best Cheap Phones for (Almost) Every Budget

There’s little reason to pay top dollar for a phone these days. These are our favorite Android devices and iPhones for $200 to $500.wireless carriers go out of their way to make expensive smartphones seem affordable. You may wonder...

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.Across the Western United States, signs of a parched present—and future—are everywhere. From wildfires burning across...
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Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

The latest weapons in the global information war are fake vessels behaving badly.On September 17 last year, the largest...
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Covid Is Pulling the Plug on Beloved Japanese Arcades

Once home to vibrant live competitions, gaming centers have been bleeding out since before the pandemic. Lockdowns could leave them KO'd for good.On January...

China Cracks Down On Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?

Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent were once regarded with national pride. Now they’re being slapped with fines and other penalties.China’s Ministry of Industry...

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.By the end of the Obama...

Mental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief?

Life and styleMental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief? Relatable jokes about trauma can help people feel less...