Monday, January 18, 2021

Technology

Postapocalyptic Video Games Saved Me From Pandemic Despair

Stories of people clawing their way back from despair, bonding together, and having fun in the process are exactly what we all need right now. At the beginning of the pandemic, depressed from losing steady freelance work and my social...

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

The Alphabet Workers Union isn’t seeking better pay and benefits. It wants to influence the company’s policies on social and other issues. On January 4, a group of workers at Google parent company Alphabet said they had formed a union...

Omori Is the Horror RPG of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)

As an elegant exploration of psychology and grief, it has the promise of Undertale—and it might have slipped under your radar. After shattering its 2014 Kickstarter fundraising goal tenfold in a matter of days, the surrealist psychological horror RPG Omori...

Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future

It's been a rocky stretch for the chipmaker. But a bright spot was on display at this year's CES. The recent past has not been especially kind to Intel. The chip giant has been hamstrung by manufacturing delays, remonstrated by...

CES Liveblog: Smart Home, Workout Tech, and So Many TVs

The consumer tech show is virtual this year, and the WIRED Gear crew is watching all the Zooms to bring you up-to-the-minute highlights of news from CES. WELCOME TO OUR CES 2021 liveblog! The WIRED crew isn't in Las Vegas...

Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Crack

Tech creators and journalists ignore the insights and experiences of Black women—and fail to see the harm of their "innovations." In her new personal history of the internet, Lurking, Joanne McNeil argues that the mess Big Tech is in is...
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Kansas City Chiefs overcome injury to Patrick Mahomes, hold off Cleveland Browns to reach AFC championship game

The top-seeded Chiefs will play host to second-seeded Buffalo next Sunday in the AFC championship game with a trip to the Super Bowl on...

'It isn't the same': Cities host muted MLK Day celebrations after year of loss for many Black Americans

Scores of events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated Black Americans.       

Live politics updates: 'You're the most important figure in the Republican Party,' Graham tells Trump via Fox News

"You're the most important figure in the Republican Party," Sen. Lindsey Graham said, directly addressing the president during a Fox News interview.       

Branson's Virgin Orbit tries to reach space with mid-air rocket launch

By Joey RouletteWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit aims to reach space for the first time on Sunday by launching a rocket...