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Archive: December 2018

December 31 2018

Last summer was chaotic. A deadline, then another; Mom had emergency surgery (she’s fine); the dog started barking at everyone. So whenever I found a sliver of time, I searched Airbnb to book a vacation. I needed a big enough[…]

December 31 2018

The Hellish E-Waste Graveyards Where Computers Are Mined for Metal. Ever wonder where your old batteries, phones, and light-up toys wind up? The answer is dumps like this one in Ghana, China, and India. Kai Löffelbein took us there in[…]

December 31 2018

After 2006’s macabre platformer Limbo proved to be one of the most enjoyable indie titles available for the Xbox 360, people wondered—OK, we wondered—if Danish studio Playdead could meet its own bar for the current generation. we shouldn’t have worried[…]

December 31 2018

Most years, I round up the news of the year in technology through a collection of quotes, arranged roughly by some combination I make up of their importance and how much I like them. Here they are for 2018. 14[…]

December 30 2018

Handing your child a teddy bear with an embedded camera is a bad idea. But a device with carefully curated content, used under direct parental supervision? That’s a different story. Amazon has released a few new devices aimed at kids[…]

December 30 2018

On a recent Tuesday night, during a session of rash bedtime scrolling, I sold my Facebook data to a stranger in Buenos Aires. Reckless, maybe, but such was my newfound life as a digital vigilante. My tipping point was the[…]

December 30 2018

I love to scream at robots. At my robot Alexa in particular. She lives in the Amazon Echo in my kitchen. I call her terrible names when she plays the wrong Pandora station. I roll my eyes in her general[…]

December 30 2018

The Chinese internet is not like the internet in the rest of the world. More than 150 of the world’s 1,000 most popular internet sites are blocked in China, including Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Instead, domestic platforms like Baidu[…]

December 29 2018

Who doesn’t love a penguin’s devotion to its egg in the dead cold of the ice shelf? These two certainly look the part (and are gravitationally drawn to each other to boot). This image of a pair of galaxies, collectively[…]

December 29 2018

The gods of technology giveth, and they taketh away. Every year, we celebrate the latest and greatest gadgets and gear—but we also bid adieu to the ones we’ll never use again. Below, our heartfelt obituaries to all the tech that[…]

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