AR Plus Apple TV+ Sounds Like Something No One Wants

AR Plus Apple TV+ Sounds Like Something No One Wants

It’s clear that Apple is banking big on its streaming service TV+. The tech giant has made the service free for a year with new Apple devices; it’s introduced streaming bundles exclusively available to TV+ subscribers; it’s paying unfathomable sums of money to acquire visionary directors and talent; and now,…

Climbing Mount Everest Has Gotten Easier, Study Finds

Climbing Mount Everest Has Gotten Easier, Study Finds

Climbing Mount Everest is one of the hardest athletic feats a person can do. But new research out this week suggests that it has gotten easier to pull off in recent years. The study found the success rate of climbing the highest mountain on Earth has doubled in the last…

The reMarkable 2 Is the Tablet That Will Convince You to Go Paperless

The reMarkable 2 Is the Tablet That Will Convince You to Go Paperless

Up until about two years ago I was convinced that electronic paper was an outdated technology that no one really needed. What completely changed my mind was the original reMarkable, an E Ink tablet that so perfectly recreated the pen on paper writing experience that I haven’t used a real…

Five Techniques We’re Using to Uncover the Secrets of Viruses

Five Techniques We’re Using to Uncover the Secrets of Viruses

Viruses are often termed “the invisible enemy”. They aren’t visible with the naked eye, or even by using a standard optical microscope. So how do we know they exist or what they look like? There are biochemical methods, such as the ones used to confirm COVID-19 infection, that look for…

Many More Health Workers Than We Ever Thought are Catching COVID-19 on the Job

Many More Health Workers Than We Ever Thought are Catching COVID-19 on the Job

Yesterday, the Victorian government released much-anticipated figures showing the proportion of the state’s health-care workers who caught COVID-19 at work. Victoria’s chief medical officer Andrew Wilson said yesterday that 70-80 per cent of health workers testing positive to COVID-19 were infected at work. That’s compared with 22 per cent in the…

Belarus Turned Off the Internet. Its Citizens Hot-Wired It.

Belarus Turned Off the Internet. Its Citizens Hot-Wired It.

In early August, Belarus — known as Europe’s last dictatorship — went almost entirely offline for 72 hours. On Wednesday August 26, for approximately one hour, Belarus shut down key parts of the capital’s internet once again; allegedly, the order had come directly from official state bodies.

This Is the Best Portable Speaker for $250 or Less

This Is the Best Portable Speaker for $250 or Less

I’ve used many Bluetooth speakers over the years. Some have been good, and others have been, well, not good. Choosing a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s a good fit for you requires considerations like whether you care more about a bargain price or, say, a thumping bass. But before you shell…

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…