Hurricane Laura Forecast Goes From Bad to Catastrophic

Hurricane Laura Forecast Goes From Bad to Catastrophic

Gulf Coast residents are waking up to a nightmare on Wednesday. Hurricane Laura has ballooned in size and strength, becoming the Atlantic’s first major hurricane of the season. The storm is forecast to keep intensifying up until landfall and is poised to be a massively destructive Category 4.

Palantir Will Go Public Via Direct Listing, Lost $821 Million Last Year

Palantir Will Go Public Via Direct Listing, Lost $821 Million Last Year

Data analytics company Palantir — the firm co-founded by venture capitalist Peter Thiel most notorious for its work with the Pentagon, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, and the nation’s police forces — has filed its prospectus to go public, though it’s opting for a direct listing instead of an initial…

Volkswagen Decides, Fine, It’ll Make The Ninth-Generation Passat

Volkswagen Decides, Fine, It’ll Make The Ninth-Generation Passat

The Volkswagen Passat has been with us since 1973 in eight official generations and a shit ton more facelifts, including one for the U.S. market this year. Still, given the demand for SUVs and VW’s big push into electric vehicles, it wasn’t always clear if Passat would get a ninth…

How Should You Manage the Data You Leave Behind When You Die?

How Should You Manage the Data You Leave Behind When You Die?

Throughout our lifetimes we consume, collate, curate, host and produce a staggering quantity of data – some by our own hand, some by others on our behalf, and some without our knowledge or consent. Collectively, our “digital footprints” represent who we are and who we were. Our digital legacies are…

Tesla Is Cracking Down On Performance-Enhancing Hacks For The Model 3

Tesla Is Cracking Down On Performance-Enhancing Hacks For The Model 3

One of the interesting things about modern electric cars is their ability to be modified relatively easily, via software. Tesla, of course, understands this and takes full advantage of it by offering things like an “Acceleration Boost,” a $US2,000 ($2,789) option for dual-motor Model 3s that unlocks an extra 37…

It Looks Like Nintendo Is Working On a New Switch for 2021

It Looks Like Nintendo Is Working On a New Switch for 2021

Microsoft and Sony are going to battle it out for console supremacy with the release of the Xbox Series X and PS5 this spring. But it looks like Nintendo is looking to release an upgraded Switch sometime in 2021, according to a recent round of rumours and leaks.

In the First Enola Holmes Trailer, Millie Bobby Brown Is on the Case

In the First Enola Holmes Trailer, Millie Bobby Brown Is on the Case

Make way, Henry Cavill’s hair, there’s a new detective in town. Netflix has released the first trailer for Enola Holmes, which sees Millie Bobby Brown donning her own inspector’s cap to search for her missing mother — even as her brothers try (and fail) to keep her from it.

AI Technologies, Like Police Facial Recognition, Discriminate Against People of Colour

AI Technologies, Like Police Facial Recognition, Discriminate Against People of Colour

Detroit police wrongfully arrested Robert Julian-Borchak Williams in January 2020 for a shoplifting incident that had taken place two years earlier. Even though Williams had nothing to do with the incident, facial recognition technology used by Michigan State Police “matched” his face with a grainy image obtained from an in-store…

Firefox’s New Android Browser Is a Pretty Placebo For Your Privacy Woes

Firefox’s New Android Browser Is a Pretty Placebo For Your Privacy Woes

Every browser has a certain something to set it apart from the others. Edge has that logo. Chrome hogs your memory. And Mozilla’s Firefox really, really cares about your privacy. The idea of keeping your web-browsing experience personal is something the company’s been emphasising in every product update for the…

12 Useful And Cool Gadgets You Can Make Yourself

Off-the-shelf gadgets are all well and good – easy to set up, reliable in operation, powerful and smart – but where’s the adventure? We’re living in a golden age of gadget-making, as these DIY projects prove. Save yourself some money and learn more about the ins and outs of electronics…

Are We Already Living in a Tech Dystopia?

Are We Already Living in a Tech Dystopia?

For the most part, fictional characters rarely recognise when they’re trapped in a dystopia. Watching their neighbours get carted off for harbouring subversive thoughts, they almost never say, “I wish we weren’t living in this dystopia.” To them, that dystopia is just life. Which suggests that — were we, at…

Trump Wants a Moonbase

Trump Wants a Moonbase

Last night, Trump released his second term agenda, incredibly specific guidelines for xenophobic totalitarian rule sprinkled with pipe dreams. Among the former is the usual parade of fascistic talking points: “teach American exceptionalism,” prosecute the “violent extremist” group antifa, deport “non-citizen gang members,” hold China “accountable” for covid-19, eliminate sanctuary…

I Tried Razer’s Productivity Keyboard and Mouse Because I’m an Adult Now

I Tried Razer’s Productivity Keyboard and Mouse Because I’m an Adult Now

I’ve long griped that gamers have held the monopoly on mechanical keyboards and nifty mice. Would it kill companies to make sleek, non-mushy keyboards and mice for non-gamers that don’t look like they came straight out of the 1980s? Well, Razer seems to have heard my rants because it’s teamed…

Apple Has Finally Gotten Too Big for Its Britches

Apple Has Finally Gotten Too Big for Its Britches

What started out as a battle between Apple and Epic over direct in-app purchases in Fortnite has evolved into an ill-advised, petty revenge scheme. On Sunday, Epic filed a new motion to bar Apple from revoking iOS and macOS support for its Unreal Engine while its other beef is ongoing.