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Gear for Remote Workers: Pixelbook, Chrome Vega, Hydro Flask
When you’ve had more than enough of your coworkers, grab this gear and escape to a café.

Twitter's Reaction to McDonald's Changing the Happy Meal Tops This Week's Internet News
But the disappearing cheeseburger wasn't the only thing the internet was talking about last week. Catch up here.

Want to Stop Climate Change? Educate Girls and Give Them Birth Control
Opinion: When women aren’t educated or empowered to make their own family planning decisions, the effects can lead to higher carbon emissions.

Olympics 2018: Commentators Should Cut the Chit-Chat and Just Explain the Sport
Here’s an idea: Maybe just tell me what makes the Olympics a superhuman challenge.

How Long Can a Neutron Live? Depends on Who You Ask
Two methods of measuring the neutron's longevity give different answers, creating uncertainty in cosmological models. But no one has a clue what the problem is.

The Quest to Recreate the Olympics with Mechanical Turk
Why one Texas professor pays Turkers to post themselves doing Olympic events on YouTube.

SpaceX Will Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites
They're just two in what will be thousands of orbiting routers.

Sam Cossman’s Crazy-Fun, World-Improving, Somewhat Improbable Universe
How an idealistic entrepreneur turns wild experiences into viral videos into actual science into a going business concern.

What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook
The president's quote tweet of Facebook executive Rob Goldman misses how the Russians really influenced the election online.

Airport Controllers Trade the Tower for a Screen-Filled Room
At the newly expanded Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, controllers watch their planes through radar and video, not line-of-sight.

The Etch Clock Makes the Time Appear Out of Nowhere
The timepiece displays the time by pulling its thermoelastic membrane into the cavities beneath the clock's face.

Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' Is Over the Top in Every Way
Its worldbuilding is expansive and its detective is hard-boiled—it's sci-fi noir turned up to 11.

Space Photos of the Week: Even Geriatric Mars Rovers Know How to Snap Selfies
The Opportunity rover has been exploring Mars for 14 years. But that doesn't mean it can't put Curiosity's social media skills to shame.

What Is Up With Those Pentagon UFO Videos?
The Department of Defense released two videos of so-called UFOs. Or did it?

Mueller Indictment Shows Russia's Internet Research Agency Inner Workings
The most chilling aspect of that blockbuster Mueller indictment? The bureaucracy behind Russia's onslaught.

How Augmented Reality Is Shaping the Future of Play
Legacy toymakers like Disney, Lego, and Hasbro are all banking on AR to keep their toys relevant in 2018.

Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable
In the wake of the Mueller indictment of a Russian troll farm, any attempt to claim that the 2016 election wasn’t affected by Russian meddling is laughable.

In the Russian Investigation, Clues Were Lost in Translation
To troll effectively, Colonel Gant, you must think in Russian!

How Parkland Students Are Setting and Keeping the Record Straight
How students are fighting lies, half-truths, and hypocrisy in the wake of the Florida school shooting

Labor Board Rules Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal
Google released the former senior software engineer last August after he wrote a ten-page memo arguing that biological differences between men and women accounted for the gender disparity in software engineering.

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The $800 Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a solid Android smartphone that's also sleek and stylish
The new flagship phone from Huawei is the Mate 10 Pro, and it's a gorgeous device with an excellent Leica dual camera and a fast fingerprint scanner.

3 health maintenance tips for frequent business travelers
For tech leaders, travel can quickly become a way of life. It can also be detrimental to overall health. Here are some routines to mitigate the effects of long workdays and convenience food.

Google releases Gmail Go app for low-memory Android devices
Gmail Go is now available exclusively for Android Go devices, and offers many of the same app features optimized for Google's low-footprint mobile OS.

How the new cybercriminals use cryptocurrency to commit cybercrimes
Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski explains the economic drivers of online crime, and why the anonymity behind using cryptocurrency makes it perfect for conducting criminal activity.

Best practices for tracking mobile workers in emergency events
Everbridge's Meg Lovell shares best practice procedures for employers and their mobile tech workers during an emergency situation.

White House: Cybercrime caused up to $109B hit to US economy in 2016
A Council of Economic Advisers report examined the full impact of cyberattacks in the US, and found the malicious activity left a large bill.

Microsoft patents Surface Pen with touch control that could replace your mouse
Microsoft recently filed a patent for a stylus with a touch-sensitive retention clip, which could bring further gesture control.

Campaigns are catching up to the consumer: How AI is shaping the world of politics
L2's vice president of data Paul Westcott explains how automation will play a role in elections and political campaigns.

IBM Security Report: Why biometric security is going mainstream
According to a recent survey, 7% of respondents said they are comfortable using biometric authentication today, and 87% say they'll be comfortable with it in the future.

How cryptocurrency is holding us back from finding life on another planet
Crypto miners are snatching up all the GPUs, which astronomical researchers need to grok their data.

How to monitor memory compression in Windows 10
Windows 10's memory management feature is far superior to its predecessors, but it's also misunderstood. Here's where to see the memory compression feature at work, and how to monitor it.

Google Maps for iOS update could make it easier to get to work on time
The Google Maps feature, which brings in real-time commute data, launched on Android a year ago.

Tech leaders sign charter to boost cybersecurity in business and government
At the Munich Security Conference, Siemens, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, and others signed the agreement.

How to transfer photos from a phone to a PC with the Microsoft Photos Companion app
Microsoft's new Photos Companion app allows iOS and Android users to transfer photos and videos from a phone to a Windows 10 PC over Wi-Fi.

Google pulls 'view image' button from search, makes copyright pictures harder to steal
The changes partially came from the search engine's settlement with Getty Images, where Google agreed to show copyright and attribution information.

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Wikipedia ends no-cost mobile access for developing countries
The Wikimedia Foundation launched Wikipedia Zero in 2012 with the hopes of democratizing information through a simple concept: cellular carriers in developing countries would offer access to its crowdsourced knowledge without charging data fees. How...

SpaceX delays its satellite internet launch to February 21st
Sorry, folks, you'll have to wait a while longer before SpaceX's satellite internet launch takes place. With hours to go, SpaceX has delayed the liftoff from its February 17th target to 9:17AM Eastern on February 21st. According to the company, the...

Daimler may have used software to cheat on US emissions tests
Daimler has been under suspicion of cheating on US emissions tests for quite a while now -- in 2016, a number of customers even sued the automaker, claiming their cars had sneaky software made to trick testers similar to Volkswagen's. Now, according...

Tesla's latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada
Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to...

Water purification could be the key to more electric cars
Humanity is going to need a lot of lithium batteries if electric cars are going to take over, and that's a problem when there's only so much lithium available from conventional mines. There may be an oddball solution for that, however: turn the worl...

Netflix deal provides a much-needed boost in the Middle East
Despite what it seems, Netflix isn't a dominant force everywhere on the planet. In fact, it's struggling in the Middle East and northern Africa -- Netflix and Amazon combined represent 21 percent of the local subscription video space. The company is...

The best portable SSD
By Justin Krajeski This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After research...

After Math: Market fluctuations
It's been a volatile week for us all, what with the stock market's unpredictable undulations, the US Senate's DACA drama, the Olympics hacking and whatever other craziness that's sure to happen between the time I file this post and Sunday morning. It...

Mattel's 'Jurassic World' dino-bots are surprisingly realistic
Mattel's last Kamigami STEM robot was an adorable DIY lady bug. Now, the toy company is aiming for something bigger with its new Jurassic World bots. You'll still have to put them together first, but what you end up with is a complex robo-dino with r...

Device provides years of power through temperature swings
Eventually, you might not need a battery or a conspicuous external power source to keep a device running for years on end. A team at MIT has created a device that produces energy by exploiting the temperature swings that occur between day and night....

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand
Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time...

Website follows journey of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster through space
Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster may have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but you can still follow its path through the Solar System. Satellite guru Ben Pearson's unofficial Whereisroadster.com website is tracking the EV based on NASA data and his own fl...

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane
PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in February, and is running a pre-order campaign...

Ancient city's LiDAR scans reveal as many buildings as Manhattan
When researchers surveyed the ruins of a Purépecha Empire city in Mexico the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it took them two seasons to explore two square kilometres. Good thing they decided to use LiDAR, because the city called Angamuco turn...

Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers
Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the ide...

Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show premieres this weekend
As promised, Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show is premiering on February 18th -- and you now have a better idea of what to expect going in. The streaming service has posted a preview of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale that gives a feel for wha...

Google app beta adds built-in screenshot-editing tools
Google app is extremely close to rolling out a built-in screenshot-editing tool -- so close that you can now try it out as a beta tester on Android. If you join the app's beta program and download version 7.21, you'll find an option that says "Edit a...

Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse
Earlier this week, we endured another school shooting. This time, in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 students were killed. During the shooting's aftermath, hoaxes and disinformation spread on Twitter. It's a phenomenon that happens after every t...

Labor board says Google legally fired diversity memo writer
James Damore may claim Google was wrong to fire him over his memo criticizing the company's diversity culture, but a federal government overseer begs to differ. The National Labor Relations Board has published a January memo recommending a dismissal...

Rocket League Rivals brings absurd car-based soccer to the real world
This week Hot Wheels unveiled Augmoto, an AR-enhanced course that makes the brand's track races a lot more video game-like. However, in the other direction it's also introducing Rocket League Rivals, a remote control vehicle kit that brings the popul...

Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on DJI's Mavic Air
If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long enough to know the things you want, and the result is the Mavic Air. Not to give you any spo...

littleBits launches more accessible $40 'Hall of Fame' kits
littleBits kits are a great way to teach kids how to build their own toys and electronics, but they're not exactly cheap. The Star Wars Droid inventor set, for instance, will set buyers back $100, while others could cost as much as $300. Now, the sta...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. Once you return from Wakanda, you can check out SpaceX's next rocket launch and revisit our Apple HomePod review.

Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asia business
Late last year Uber sold off its business in China to a competitor, and now it looks like the Southeast Asia region could follow a similar path. CNBC reports that it's preparing to make a deal with Grab, a company that claimed to have 95 percent of r...

Facebook: Two-factor authentication spam was caused by a bug
A number of people have been receiving random notifications from Facebook after giving the social network their phone number for two-factor authentication. Worse, if they attempt to cancel that by replying to the message, say with STOP or CANCEL, Fac...