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
Review: Food Network Kitchen App Is Long on Recipes, Short on Diversity
The Food Network’s cooking app gets hyped as “The Peloton of Food,” like it’s being pitched to a venture capital firm. Dubbed the Food Network Kitchen, the app is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon devices, and it offers a growing host of content featuring scads of Food Network... Read more
How coronavirus and millennials killed the non-digital gym
The fitness industry is in the midst of a digital transformation. Fitness, like just about every industry from transportation to leisure, has witnessed the emergence of digital as a force for change, and brick and mortar gyms are having a tough time keeping pace. Entire companies have been successfully... Read more
Apple TV Plus’ Foundation probably won’t stick to the books, and that’s good
One of the most anticipated science fiction shows, for me anyway, is Foundation, the upcoming Apple TV Plus series based on the books by Isaac Asimov. During the company’s WWDC keynote on Monday, we finally got a look at the first trailer, starring Jared Harris.  Read more: How to choose which... Read more
Magic: The Gathering’s digital history, from first build to end step
It was easy to get into Magic: The Gathering when I was 11 years old. The air was crisp, and the leaves were turning, as September 1994 rolled into October. The game was taking over my schoolyard thanks to Ms. Dierdre Lukyn, the coolest teacher at the school. Like... Read more
Trump retweets video of apparent supporter shouting ‘white power,’ then deletes it
The video President Trump retweeted and deleted reportedly took place at The Villages retirement community in Florida. Here, Trump is at The Villages in October signing an executive order to protect and improve Medicare.  Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images President Donald Trump on Sunday retweeted a video of... Read more