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Flash was useful, but developers are glad it’s on the death march

Earlier this week, Adobe announced it would cease support and development of Flash at the end of 2020, a decision that had many people saying, "Finally." The "Flash is dead" rhetoric has been around for years, and people like Facebook's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, have called for Adobe to …

Software

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills

Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across …

Young Digital Artists, Anxious About ... Technology

Digital art at Sotheby’s? The auction house is better known for selling canvases by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat for $100 million-plus than for showing what many collectors still regard as ephemera.<p>Yet the Sotheby’s S2 gallery in New York, normally used for exhibitions of contemporary art, …

Design

In Gold Butte in Nevada, Ancient Rock Art and Rugged Beauty

<i>This week, we visit three national monuments (more than two dozen are under review by the Trump administration and could be made smaller and opened to logging and mining): Gold But</i><i>te in Nevada</i> <i>(below), Bears Ears in Utah and Berryessa Snow Mountain</i> <i>in California</i><i>.</i><p>It was 105 degrees, and I was in the …

Nevada

Extreme Commuting

In 1492, after an arduous voyage aboard Columbus’s vessel the Santa María, Rodrigo de Triana, a lookout, bellowed, “Tierra!”<p>This is pretty much how Corey Ferrell, a commuter, sometimes feels upon docking at his Manhattan office following a heroic three-and-a-half-hour, one-way commute — by bicycle, …

Real Estate

$200 solar self-sufficiency — without your landlord noticing.

$200 solar self-sufficiency — without your landlord noticing.<p><b>Building a solar micro-grid in my bedroom with parts from Amazon</b><p><b>The problem</b><p>Apartment …

Clean Energy

Someone turned a 1986 Radio Shack intercom into a retro Google Home

For its first move into the world of AI smart speakers, Google did a commendable job with Google Home. The feature-set for Home was fairly packed at launch, and since then, helpful new features have either been added or been promised to debut at some point in the future. Google Home also looks …

Google Home

How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world

The App Store's most popular free app isn't what you think it is.<p>It's called Sarahah, and in the past week, it's surged to the top of the App Store in regions like Australia, Ireland, the U.S, and the UK.<p>Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is essentially a social …

Apps

Explore the International Space Station—with Google Street View

You’re probably familiar with Google Maps Street View. It’s the feature that lets you look around you wherever you happen to be on the map, using …

David Pogue

One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump

CAMARILLO, Calif. — For generations, the Horowitz family has cheered on the revolution.<p>Phil and Blanche were New York schoolteachers who belonged to the Communist Party, and dreamed of a socialist heaven on earth. Their son, David, went on his first march in 1948, at age 9. As a young man in the …

Silicon Valley

Teenagers Recorded a Drowning and Laughed, but They Won’t Be Charged

The video was shocking in Florida, where shocking videos seem like a genre. A group of teenagers laughed and watched as a man struggled in the water of a pond. The man drowned, and his body was not found for days.<p>The teenagers did nothing to help the man, not even call 911, but after an …

Crime

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Transportation

An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

The equations that describe the universe at the smallest and largest scales — how the tiniest elementary particles dance, how the space-time of the cosmos bends — predicted a slight incongruity, a tiny unbalancing in the numbers of certain particles under certain circumstances.<p>But physicists have …

Physics

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.<p>The tool would be added to Facebook’s Instant …

Facebook

Thanks to Venmo, We Now All Know How Cheap Our Friends Are

Margaret Pennoyer, an elementary school teacher in Manhattan, had just returned from a bachelorette party in Napa Valley when she received an email that had been sent to all the guests. The two organizers had itemized each woman’s individual expenses, which they had covered, and requested …

Money

Frances Gabe, Inventor of the Self-Cleaning House, Dies at 101

For decades, Frances Gabe did not clean her house, nor did anyone clean it for her. Yet for all that time, it was spotless.<p>Ms. Gabe, a once-celebrated inventor who died in obscurity late last year, was the creator, and long the sole inhabitant, of the world’s only self-cleaning house.<p>In January, …

Henry David Thoreau

Just add an iPhone to experience AR with Mira's $99 headset

While mobile VR is a vibrant market these days, thanks to the Gear VR and Google's Daydream View, the same can't be said for AR. If you want to dabble in augmented reality, you'd better be prepared to shell out at least $950 on hardware like the Meta 2, and even more for a beefy PC to run it. …

Augmented Reality

My Favorite Interview Questions

When I talk to my friends who run companies or are in hiring positions, I usually ask them for their favorite interview question. Here are some of …

Employment

Amazon Prime and other Subscription Businesses: How do you Value a Subscriber?

Businesses increasingly don’t just sell products and services in a single transaction. Subscription and other businesses that focus on recurring …

Amazon Prime

Get Ready for the Internet of Louis Vuitton Things

Yet another luxury brand has decided to tackle the knotty problem of wearables.<p>The latest gladiator to take on the challenge is Louis Vuitton, which on Tuesday introduced its first smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon, the newest addition to the Tambour watch family, the signature timepiece the company …

Louis Vuitton

Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman to ever win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Saturday. She was 40.<p>The cause was breast cancer, said Stanford University, where she was a professor. The university did not say where she died.<p>Her …

Mathematics

Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno

In the early ’80s, the Roland Corporation, a Japanese electronics company, developed two machines that would soon become obsolete and change the world, in that order. The TR-808 Rhythm Composer and the TB-303 Bass Line — synthesizers with built-in sequencers — were designed for musicians to …

Techno

Arks of the Apocalypse

It was a freakishly warm evening last October when a maintenance worker first discovered the water — torrents of it, rushing into the entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storage facility dug some 400 feet into the side of a mountain on a Norwegian island near the North Pole. A …

University of Alberta

Erika Nardini on the Value of Leading ‘10 Percent’ Players

This interview with <b>Erika Nardini</b>, chief executive of <b>Barstool Sports,</b> a website, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I spent most of my childhood in New Hampshire and Vermont. There was not much to do. You could basically read books, stack wood or play …

Leadership

Cracking the code behind Apple's App Store promo card design

Apple is known for doing things with more attention to detail than most companies. So it should come as no surprise that even App Store gift cards …

App Store

The Lawyer, the Addict

In July 2015, something was very wrong with my ex-husband, Peter. His behavior over the preceding 18 months had been erratic and odd. He could be angry and threatening one minute, remorseful and generous the next. His voice mail messages and texts had become meandering soliloquies that didn’t make …

Slime Eel Crash Leaves an Oregon Road Covered in Ooze

If you thought you were enduring a “summer of hell” commute, consider the repulsive mess created on an Oregon highway on Thursday in a collision of modern transportation and prehistoric fish.<p>Picture the scene from the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie in which Dr. Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray, …

Biology

Inside the Bentley Woodshop

Britain has made some of the world's finest luxury automobiles for over 100 years. Beyond exterior styling and plush rides, the cigars-and-brandy …

Luxury

Wimbledon 2017: The tech behind the world’s top tennis tournament | Ars Technica

The Championships uses a surprising amount of cool tech despite being 140 years old.<p>The Championships at Wimbledon, which consumes some 28 tons of …

Tennis