Technology Does Not Eliminate Cruelty
Science fiction author Arkady Martine holds a PhD in Byzantine history, which she puts to good use in her first novel A Memory Called Empire. The story is inspired by the historical figure Petros Getadarj, who surrendered part of Armenia to the Byzantines. “I got deeply fascinated by, ‘What’s... Read more
The DeanBeat: Did gaming peak in Q2? Nope. Maybe it just got started.
The NBA is back. So is Major League Baseball, sort of. Other sports may find their way back as well. As these demands on our entertainment time return, does it follow that video games that profited during the pandemic will hit their peak and start to go back down?... Read more
Facebook and Twitter fail to fact-check Trump’s latest claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 elections
Twitter and Facebook are not fact-checking factually unsupported claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 election posted by President Trump on both platforms Wednesday. The inaction has angered some critics, who say these companies allow the spread of dangerous misinformation to go unchecked online, harming the integrity of the... Read more
“This is a very dangerous situation”: Big Tech’s day on the Hill
Enlarge / Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies (remotely) before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power” in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020. A bevy of tech’s biggest titans—Alphabet CEO... Read more
Best smart displays for 2020: Amazon Echo Shows, Google Nest Hubs and more
Thanks to coronavirus lockdowns, voice assistants are getting more use than ever before. In fact, according to Amazon, more people asked Alexa for cooking advice during one week this past April than the week of Thanksgiving 2019. And it’s not just speakers anymore. Smart displays offer visual and touch elements... Read more
Don't Be Fooled by Big Tech's Anti-China Sideshow
During Wednesday’s antitrust hearing, tech CEOs leaned into the same pernicious argument to distract from the fact that US tech companies do bad things too. Source link Read more
Apple hints at several week iPhone 12 delay during Q3 2020 call
Apple’s fiscal third quarter 2020 was another one for the record books, surpassing analysts’ expectations despite pandemic-related fears of a global recession. But the next quarter might not be as rosy as its predecessors, Apple CFO Luca Maestri hinted today on a conference call with analysts, as COVID-19-related delays... Read more
Amazon posted record sales and profit in the middle of a pandemic
Amazon registered nearly $89 billion in sales and $5 billion in profit over the last three months, setting company records on both figures and blowing away Wall Street expectations as Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns pushed more shoppers online and into Amazon’s arms. CEO Jeff Bezos had said last quarter that... Read more
Twitter hackers used “phone spear phishing” in mass account takeover
The hackers behind this month’s epic Twitter breach targeted a small number of employees through a “phone spear phishing attack,” the social media site said on Thursday night. When the pilfered employee credentials failed to give access to account support tools, the hackers targeted additional workers who had the... Read more
The Secret Behind Every Bestselling eBook
With so many writers out there and books getting published left and right, it is only natural to believe that the competition for a book becoming a bestseller must be fierce. However, we’re here to tell you that if you follow the right guidelines and take the right steps,... Read more