Rocki Robot Review: A Remote Tentacle-Headed Cat Bot

Rocki only works while you’re controlling it via the app (available on iOS and Android). There’s no autonomous mode, so if you stop steering it, it stops moving. Sometimes that’s…

Why Do I Like Waiting for My Smartphone Photos to ‘Develop’?

SUPPORT REQUEST: I recently downloaded one of those camera apps that makes you wait a few days before you can access the photos. The delay reminds me of waiting to get…

The Unwitting Covid Allegory in ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

When I watched A Quiet Place in theaters, three years ago, like many I was unnerved by the weight of the horror film’s immersive, awful, world-shattering silence. Last week, when…

DuckDuckGo’s Quest to Prove Online Privacy Is Possible

Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo is best known for its search engine. Which means that it has always been defined as a challenger to Google. It has not shied away from…

Apple’s and Google’s New AI Wizardry Promises Privacy—at a Cost

Since the dawn of the iPhone, many of the smarts in smartphones have come from elsewhere: the corporate computers known as the cloud. Mobile apps sent user data cloudward for…

The Challenge of Covid-19 Vaccines for the Immunosuppressed

Plus, antibodies are not the only defense the body deploys to create immunity: We also make T cells, memory B cells, and others. The vaccine clinical trials didn’t attempt to…

We investigated whether digital contact tracing actually worked in the US

In the spring of 2020, the first versions of covid-19 exposure notification systems were released to the public. These systems promised to slow the disease’s spread by providing automated warnings…

Uyghurs outside China are traumatized. Now they’re starting to talk about it

In 2020, Xinjiang police began sending Aksu text messages over WeChat and WhatsApp. They pressured him to cooperate and threatened his family. Aksu never responded, so messages arrived from more…

Every workplace can be a place of continual learning

While businesses in every sector have been working toward a digital transformation for the past several years, covid-19 accelerated this shift across industries. New technologies are advancing at a pace…

Apple Says It’s Time to Digitize Your ID, Ready or Not

If you’ve ever scanned a digital boarding pass directly from your phone at airport security, you can imagine how doing the same with your driver’s license would make life a…