Call of Duty: Warzone’s expansion to 200 players means insta-death for me
Activision and Infinity Ward announced today that Call of Duty: Warzone will have a new mode where 200 players can fight in a battle royale match. The mode will team people up in quads, or groups of four, and throw them into the same-size match where previously only 150... Read more
Amazon warehouse workers say they’re risking coronavirus exposure to fulfill your Amazon Prime orders
At 5:30 every morning, Rosie, an Amazon worker at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York, checks her text messages to see if she’s received more bad news: yet another colleague infected with Covid-19, on top of the at least 50 people at her facility who she says... Read more
2021 truck comparison: New Ford F-150 vs. Silverado 1500, Ram 1500 and Tundra
The 2021 F-150 speaks softly and carries big tech. Ford Regardless of whether you’re shopping for a new car, SUV or pickup, today’s vehicles are definitely greater than the sum of their spec sheets. That said, it’s often useful to compare the cold, hard numbers to see how any... Read more
An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming
The future of gaming lives inside metal cages, if you believe some of the biggest gaming companies out there. Piled on hardware racks, blinking with little green lights, it’s calculated inside stacked-together computers and pumped out of a remote server through big underground tubes. It is distributed across the... Read more
Amazon’s X-Transformer tackles industrial-scale text classification
In a preprint paper published on, researchers at Amazon, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Texas at Austin describe X-Transformer, an approach to tuning language algorithms to the problem of returning labels from large data sets. They say that it achieves state-of-the-art results on several benchmarks, as well... Read more
Welcome to Chechnya: HBO documentary shows how deepfakes could do some good
Caroline McGinnes might be one of the few people in the world who knows what it’s like to lend someone a face. In a new HBO documentary, her eyes, nose, and mouth help cloak the identities of LGBTQ people in Chechnya, the predominantly Muslim republic in Russia. Essentially, McGinnes... Read more
Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product
Enlarge / Neeva doesn’t even have a logo yet, let alone any useful screenshots—so enjoy this remixed version of a 1940s coin-operated toilet cover dispenser instead. In November 2017, Sridhar Ramaswamy—the head of Google’s $95 billion advertising arm—left the company after a scandal concerning advertisements for major corporations found... Read more
US to buy 500,000 remdesivir coronavirus treatment courses at $2,340 each
A five-day remdesivir treatment course will cost $2,340, drugmaker Gilead Sciences said. ULRICH PERREY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to buy 500,000 remdesivir treatment courses,... Read more
Medical tech firm Brainlab acquires Level Ex surgery game startup
Medical technology company Brainlab has acquired video game surgery training company Level Ex, whose games are being used to train doctors how to treat COVID-19 and other emergencies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The outcome is a good one for Level Ex, which makes mobile games that... Read more
Watch NASA’s epic 10-year time-lapse video of the sun’s fiery adventures
This is what the sun looked like to the SDO on August 13, 2012.  NASA video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET What are you doing this weekend? Please answer “Watching an hour-long NASA time-lapse video showing an entire decade of the sun.” You won’t regret it.  NASA released a truly... Read more