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The Shift: The 2018 Good Tech Awards

Supported by The Shift The 2018 Good Tech Awards ImageCreditCreditPeter and Maria Hoey By Kevin Roose Dec. 21, 2018 The words “2018,” “good” and “tech” probably don’t seem like they belong in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence. But stay with me here. It’s true that this was a horrible year for many […]

Gaming

Nintendo’s biggest Switch-download sale yet includes legitimately good offers

Enlarge / It’s not Christmas yet, but Nintendo is already wishing Switch owners a Merry Yoshi-mas via a Thanksgiving-timed eShop sale. Nintendo While you’ll want to stay tuned to our regular Dealmaster guides for this week’s range of Thanksgiving-timed sales, we wanted to quickly point out a rarity in the digital-gaming world: a legitimately good […]

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The Shift: Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now.

The Shift Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now. ImageFacebook’s war room at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where workers monitored election-related content on the social network.CreditCreditMonica Davey/Epa By Kevin Roose Nov. 7, 2018 After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace […]

Photography

GoPro’s video stabilization technology is so good, an eagle can use it

[embedded content] Who needs a drone for cool aerial shots when an eagle can do an even better job? OK, taking on responsibility for a bird of prey in order to satisfy your desire for dramatic drone shots does seem a little extreme, so we’ll ditch that idea. Instead, sit back and enjoy the spectacular […]

Emerging Tech

Struggling to start a good habit? Simone Giertz’s Every Day Calendar can help

[embedded content] Simone Giertz is best known as the creator of too many terrible robots to name — and we mean that as a compliment. The oddball niche has turned the 27-year-old Giertz into a YouTube superstar, with 1.3 million subscribers and a total of 65 million video views. “I think people just like seeing […]

Emerging Tech

MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos

[embedded content] Just a few frames of information telling a story are all we need to understand what is going on. This is, after all, the basis for comic books — which provide just enough of the important story beats for us to follow what has happened. Sadly, robots equipped with computer vision technology struggle […]

Gaming

An A.I. is designing retro video games — and they’re surprisingly good

[embedded content] Google DeepMind demonstrated a few years back that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could learn to play retro video games better than the majority of human players, without requiring any instruction as to how they should accomplish the feat. Now, researchers from Georgia Tech have taken the next logical leap by demonstrating how A.I. can be […]

Gaming

Sneak peek at The Good Place S3 is everything we love about the series

Enlarge / Conflicted demon Michael (Ted Danson) prepares for his first visit to Earth in The Good Place Season 3. NBC/Universal There are still two weeks until NBC’s hit sitcom The Good Place returns for its third season. But Entertainment Weekly snagged a sneak peek at the first scene of the premier episode. And we’re […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft is finally going to make the Skype UI good for the things people use

Enlarge / The new mobile interface, with its buttons along the bottom. Skype In July, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was going to add useful new features to Skype: built-in call recording, along with the end-to-end encrypted messaging and NDI API support previously announced. Today, that drive to make Skype a better client […]

Gears & Gadgets

Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge Felix Rieseberg A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator can […]

Gaming

Denis Villeneuve is remaking Dune, and that’s a good thing

Enlarge / The last screen adaptation of Dune was this Sci-Fi miniseries, which debuted in 2000. Sean Gallup/Newsmakers/Getty Images Via the good people at io9, my attention was drawn this morning to news that Dune is coming back to the silver screen. This is probably old news to many of you; we’ve known for a […]

Photography

How Huawei and Leica made a camera phone so good, we ditched our DSLR

Daven Mathies/Digital Trends There’s a truism that’s grown painfully popular since the rise of the smartphone: The best camera is the one that is with you. But when it comes to street and travel photography, there is one phone that makes a strong case for being the best camera even in the presence of larger, […]

Gears & Gadgets

Latest Windows 10 update now deemed good enough for business users

Enlarge Peter Bright / Flickr Corporate users should now be unafraid to roll out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, aka Version 1803, to their fleets, according to Microsoft. Over the course of Windows 10’s life, the precise terminology that Microsoft uses to denote this has changed. Originally, there was a split between the “Current […]

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In the World of Cryptocurrency, Even Good Projects Can Go Bad

In the World of Cryptocurrency, Even Good Projects Can Go Bad ImageMichael Luckow is one of the creators of the cryptocurrency start-up Envion. Despite its early promise, investors worry they have lost whatever money they put into the young company.CreditDaniel Etter for The New York Times By Nathaniel Popper May 31, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — […]