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How to make sure no one is spying on your computer

Keep your digital life private.<p>A program that spies on your computer activity is one of the most dangerous forms of malware. It won't present you with a ransomware request or announce it's deleting your files. Instead, it hides silently on your system, watching and recording all your computer …

Malware

Mike Pence, Holy Terror

There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings.<p>That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.<p>To that brimming potpourri he adds two ingredients that Trump …

Donald Trump

Cool your home without air conditioning

Strategies for chilling out.<p>Air conditioning makes it much easier to work through the summer. In fact, it’s an important tool for public health. But running your AC also increases your utility bill, drives up pollution by forcing power plants to burn more fossil fuels, and makes hot nights even …

Home Improvement

Niantic shows off a stunning AR demo that lets Pikachu hide behind real-world objects

It’s a machine learning-assisted technique Niantic is calling occlusion<p><i>Pokémon Go</i> creator Niantic announced today that it’s planning on letting third-party developers use its augmented reality platform to develop apps. To showcase how that technology, which Niantic calls its Real World Platform, is …

Machine Learning

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.<p>Amazon is undoubtedly the most significant force in the digital transformation of commerce: an estimated 44% of all online sales are on Amazon, …

Don’t Use The Placeholder Attribute

Don’t Use The Placeholder AttributeDon’t Use The Placeholder AttributeEric Bailey 2018-06-20T13:45:26+02:00 2018-06-20T20:43:46+00:00Introduced as …

Don't have enough power outlets? Here's what you can do

There are only two power outlets in my bedroom, and both are hidden behind furniture. That means I rely on power strips to plug in my phone charger, Kindle charger, laptop charger, alarm clock, lamps, TV, sewing machine, Chromecast and the list just keeps going.<p>If, like me, your outlets are at …

People Who Say These 5 Words Have Very Low Emotional Intelligence

They mean the exact opposite of what you think. But only emotionally intelligent people understand why.<p>The words hit me like a hurricane: "I know how you feel."<p>They're right there on pages 80 and 81 of my colleague Justin Bariso's new book about emotional intelligence. They're simple words, and …

How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

<b>BAD BLOOD</b> <b><br>Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup</b><br>By John Carreyrou<br>352 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.<p>In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Newark, Calif. laboratory of a hot new start-up making medical devices: Theranos. Biden saw rows of impressive-looking equipment — the company’s …

Silicon Valley

19 horror movies now on Netflix that you need to see

From creature features to zombie apocalypses to straight-up slashers<p>The only thing worse than finding yourself trapped in a shadowy house with a knife-wielding serial killer is finding yourself trapped in the endless scroll of Netflix’s horror movie selection. “Violent movies”? “Ominous movies”? …

Elon Musk Cut the Gordian Knot of Corporate Spending

With a single stroke of genius, Musk solved one of the world's most intractable management problems.<p>Elon Musk keeps hitting it out of the ballpark... not as a technology guru but as a people-savvy manager. Last month, Musk gave the world's best productivity advice in a single, short sentence and …

Tesla

One man built his own vacation spot in VR

When most people fancy a vacation, they pack up their suitcase and go somewhere warm like Barbados. Not Bastiaan Hooimeijer, who goes by the name "Naam" online. Instead, he built his own holiday spot inside virtual reality. The result — crafted using Google Blocks — isn't an idyllic beach or a …

Nintendo Says It's Not Trying To Innovate, It's "Trying To Find Ways To Make People Happy"

Sounds reasonable to me. I bet working for Nintendo is extremely demanding but rewarding all the same.<p>Finding new ways to make people happy is …

Gaming

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Robot does the unthinkable by assembling IKEA furniture in 20 minutes

IKEA is cheap, stylish, and a superb solution for furnishing an entire dwelling on a budget. It’s also the leading cause of divorce in couples who attempt to assemble its furniture at home, according to a poll I just made up for the sake of this joke.<p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University …

Nanyang Technological University

What is hell?

The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide attention. This isn’t surprising, since the …

Theology

Grave of the Fireflies: The haunting relevance of Studio Ghibli's darkest film

<b>Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli is renowned for light-hearted classics like My Neighbour Totoro but 30 years ago it released Grave of the Fireflies, a war anime with a powerful message that still reverberates.</b><p>Based on Akiyuki Nosaka's 1967 novel and directed by the legendary Japanese …

Anime

Play your favorite retro games at work

The 'Internet Archive' just released their Handheld History Collection. It's chock-full of your favorite pocket LCD games from the 80's and 90's, but …

The video game that's turning teens into millionaires has hired a CFO as it considers an IPO

If you're under 18 or know somebody who is, there's a pretty good chance you've heard of Roblox, a massively popular online gaming platform with 64 million players that also turned three teens into millionaires last year.<p>On Wednesday, Roblox revealed that this popularity has translated into a …

Steven Spielberg

SimCity Creator Will Wright Announces New Game Proxi

Proxi, a new mobile game from legendary game designer Will Wright, was revealed today during Unity's keynote at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.<p>…

Why You Should Never Put These 3 Words on Your LinkedIn Profile

Putting this on your profile is a big no-no. Here's why.<p>While LinkedIn is a social-media tool, it's not like the others. LinkedIn is your personal website for your career. You are a business-of-one that must sell its services to employers over the course of your career. Having a strong LinkedIn …

6 ways to get into creative coding

It's difficult to define exactly what 'creative coding' means. In broad terms, it refers to the production of something that is expressive in nature …

Mobile Devices

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel as though their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily.<p>What's the fix? Feeling in control of your own destiny. …

Parenting

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the perfect game for noobs

<i>PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds</i> (<i>PUBG</i>) probably wouldn’t strike you as the best title to start with if you’re new to gaming. The <i>Battle Royale</i>-inspired …

It’s Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry …

'Altered Carbon’ is more than just a 'Blade Runner’ ripoff

<i>Altered Carbon</i> is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. The show, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Richard Morgan's novel, isn't exactly well written. And, like most Netflix joints, it goes on for way too long. But it's gorgeous, it's filled with charismatic actors and its cyberpunk aesthetic …

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon May Not Be the Cyberpunk Show You're Looking For

In the world of <i>Altered Carbon</i>, death is cheap. The human mind is digitized in a transferrable chip called a "stack," capable of being moved from body …

Google Publishes Free Typographic Guide To Help You Master Web Fonts

Screenshot via Google Design<p><b>If your goal</b> for 2018 is to have keener design senses, you’ve come to the right place. The start of the year has …

There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite

SAN FRANCISCO — Creating a new Bitcoin requires electricity. A lot of it.<p>In the virtual currency world this creation process is called “mining.” There is no physical digging, since Bitcoins are purely digital. But the computer power needed to create each digital token consumes at least as much …

Bitcoin