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Fitbit Versa Lite Review: More for Less

I’ve tried a lot of fitness trackers. It’s part of my job. Every few weeks, I put a new one on, take it running, hiking, and swimming, and then ship it back to the manufacturer. I like them a lot and have devoted serious thought to buying one of my …

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For Avalanche Safety, Data Is as Important as Proper Gear

On a crystalline blue morning in the Chugach Mountains southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Mike Welch skis about 70 yards through untouched powder before stopping abruptly. The helicopter that delivered him and three other skiers into the mountains has since disappeared, leaving the group to commune with the quiet. The Chugach …

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How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

On October 27, 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote an email to his then-director of product development. For years, Facebook had allowed third-party apps to access data on their users’ unwitting friends, and Zuckerberg was considering whether giving away all that information was risky. In his email, he suggested it …

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AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

No human, or team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day—and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in …

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While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

It’s been a seven-day seesaw that has seen Fox News host Tucker Carlson complain of bullying, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted in a college bribery scandal, North Korea threaten to suspend talks with the US, climate change officially claim the Arctic, a terrible mass shooting in New Zealand, …

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Is Huawei a security threat? Seven experts weigh in

The United States government is cracking down hard on Huawei. Lawmakers and intelligence officials have claimed the telecommunications giant could be exploited by the Chinese government for espionage, presenting a potentially grave national security risk, especially as the US builds out its next-generation 5G network. To meet that threat, officials …

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