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The iPhone Is Still Bigger than Donald Trump

On November 9, 2016, I wrote an essay defending the relevance of covering technology. It was the day after an election result had dangled our world by the feet over a high balcony, not even holding it tightly by the ankles. Defying depression, I called the piece “The iPhone is …

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Amazon's Alexa Wants You to Talk to Your Ads

There are few electronic devices with which you cannot order a Domino’s pizza. When the craving hits, you can place an order via Twitter, Slack, Facebook Messenger, SMS, your tablet, your smartwatch, your smart TV, and even your app-enabled Ford. This year, the pizza monger added another ordering tool: If …

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How to Be a Television Futurist in Four Simple Steps

It’s that time of year again! Every December, like clockwork, a sloshed colleague sidles up next to you at the office holiday party, armed with a hostile question. It’s practically a yuletide tradition, predictable as Starbucks cups turning red. Right before spilling spiked eggnog all over your new cardigan, the …

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Who Wants a Pet Direwolf? Perhaps a Passenger Pigeon?

For the past few years science writer Britt Wray has been delving into the strange field of “de-extinction,” traveling the world to meet with scientists who are working to bring back species ranging from the aurochs to the thylacine to the woolly mammoth. One of the most promising efforts is …

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Space Photos of the Week: Where Stars Go to Live and Die

As Carl Sagan once said, “We are made of star stuff.” And so is everything in the universe. When a star explodes, it leaves behind traces that can tell you about its elemental makeup, and Cassiopeia A is a great example of those supernova remnants. The Chandra X-ray observatory snapped …

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Are you still using an RSS reader?

It’s been close to five years since Google decided to shut down Reader, the ubiquitous and beloved RSS news client. At one point, I used to do almost all my internet reading through RSS. I kept my feeds meticulously clean, poring over personal blog entries and tabbing quickly down the …

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