Robert Haire

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Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce

<b>Every day, tens of thousands of people stream into Google offices</b> wearing red name badges. They eat in Google’s cafeterias, ride its commuter …

Employment

Meet Peru's First Women Porters

TravelWomen of Impact<p>These trailblazing Peruvians are breaking the glass mountain as the first and only women to work as official porters on the Inca Trail.<p>The Andes Mountains are breathtaking: the iconic history, the rugged alpine vistas, the air thinner than a whisper. It’s a landscape that …

South America

The Best Pen

We interviewed experts with thousands of hours of experience testing stationery, and subjected their favorite pens to nearly 70 professionally picky …

Jet Stream

In Focus

High School Football

Hulu’s Castle Rock gets what makes Stephen King so scary

The key isn’t monsters and mayhem so much as exploring the horrible things humans are capable of.<p>Stephen King knows how to cook up a scare. The key isn’t monsters and mayhem so much as exploring the horrible things normal people are capable of. That’s why <i>Misery</i>’s resolutely human Annie Wilkes is …

Horror

Google Cloud Platform outage brings down Spotify, Snapchat, and more

The Google Cloud Platform is down this afternoon with the official status page noting outages for a handful of services. As a result, Spotify Snapchat, and other companies that use Google as a backend are currently unavailable.<p>As of 12:50PM PST, the Google Cloud Status Dashboard notes that Google …

Google tweaks sign-in page again, tones down new Material Theme component

Google last month announced a new sign-in page for logging into your Google Account that takes advantage of several new Material Theme stylings. “Unforeseen delays” delayed that launch, but it is finally rolling out this week with one tweak.<p>This change is a part of Google continually updating the G …

Niantic snaps up Seismic Games to build new AR experiences

Niantic has acquired yet another developer in a bid to conquer AR gaming. The <i>Pokémon Go</i> creator has announced that it has acquired LA-based Seismic Games, mostly known for turn-based mobile RPG <i>Marvel: Strikeforce</i>. You can assemble Marvel characters in the free-to-play title, which brought in $25 …

Niantic

Watch a tennis player mercilessly troll Neymar at Wimbledon

The defining meme of the 2018 World Cup has made its way to... Wimbledon.<p>Swedish tennis player Jonas Bjorkman took part in his own impromptu …

A look at Chrome’s new tab design

Chrome's big UI revamp gets another version on nightly builds.<p>Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started to land …

Material Design

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power.<p>In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, <b>Larry Page</b> and <b>Sergey Brin</b> watched from …

Silicon Valley

Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift

Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple …

Apps

Report: Apple's iPhone 6 has the highest failure rate among iPhones -- but Samsung is worse

A recent study of the past five years’ worth of iPhone releases saw that the iPhone 6 was, hands down, the worst Apple handset release in recent memory. Both the iPhone 6 and 6s models (regular and Plus) topped the chart of least reliable Apple handsets, according to the <i>“State of Mobile Device</i> …

Mobile Technology

First impressions of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro

It’s a MacBook, alright<p>The new MacBook Pro keyboards are quieter.<p>We’ve had a top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro review unit in hand for an hour or two, and in that time, that’s the main thing I can tell you.<p>I’ll give you a few more impressions, of course, but “pro” machines require quite a bit of …

MacBook Pro

Snake hidden in hard drive fails to board Miami plane

Transport Security Administration (TSA) officials have intercepted a traveler at Miami International Airport who planned to illegally smuggle a snake en route to Barbados. The female passenger was prevented from boarding the flight after security agents discovered a Ball python was concealed within …

Airports

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals

<i>Want the latest climate and environment news in your inbox? Sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on …

Donald Trump

Fox set a streaming record during the World Cup on Monday

Fox Sports has done a lot of work to deliver live streaming coverage of the World Cup in Russia, but it seems to be paying off. The network announced that the Brazil-Mexico match was its top authenticated streaming event ever with 1.4 million unique visitors, and that Monday was its best all-time …

Streaming

Stabilized GoPro footage from a roller coaster looks like an alternate reality

During a recent trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, YouTuber and skydiver Jeb Corliss took GoPro Fusion video of himself riding Goliath, …

Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition

Welcome to a world where Juggalo makeup is your best shot at avoiding involuntary surveillance.<p>Last September, the world welcomed Juggalos (or …

Machine Learning

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: jack of all trades

The way it should be done<p>Dell’s latest 15-inch XPS 2-in-1 is a high-end laptop that appeals to creative users: people who need power and portability, and might also appreciate a touchscreen and a stylus. It plays in the same field as HP’s Spectre x360 15, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, and Apple’s …

HTC is gone

Gather around, campers, and hear a tale as old as time.<p>Remember the HTC Dream? The Evo 4G? The Google Nexus One? What about the Touch Diamond? All amazing devices. The HTC of 2018 is not the HTC that made these industry-leading devices. That company is gone.<p>It seems HTC is getting ready to lay off …

Learn Python with Visual Studio

In the Stack Overflow Developer Survey for 2018, Python sits comfortably in the first place as the most wanted programming language, with JavaScript …

This Raspberry Pi rival offers a beefy CPU, 4K video, and more

Libre Computer<p>The Renegade Elite, from tech company Libre Computer, is a single-board computer that delivers more power than the Raspberry Pi.<br>• It isn’t the cheapest single board computer around, at $100, but you’re getting a lot for your cash.<br>• The Renegade Elite sports a hexacore processor, USB …

Raspberry Pi

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

Is Your Router Infected? Use This Tool to Find Out

The now-notorious Russian VPNFilter malware, designed to infect several dozen models of home Wi-Fi routers and network-attached storage drives, shows …

Neymar's World Cup dive gives us the top-notch memes we've been waiting for

Brazilian soccer star Neymar and terrible flops are a combination that we can always expect when his team hits the pitch — and he did not disappoint …

Delayed 'Fortnite' Playground practice mode is finally online

If you've been excited about <i>Fortnite</i>'s new four-player practice mode, you're in luck. It looks as if Epic brought Playgrounds online Monday evening after a short delay due to technical issues.<p>Epic Games also took to Reddit to explain a little more, promising to release an in-depth, detailed …

Llamas

If Michael Cohen Flips, Trump Officially Loses Control of the Narrative

Michael Cohen has had a lot of time to think since April 9th, the day federal agents raided his office, apartment and hotel room. For the past few …

You need to see this dude get hit with an opening pitch

So good!<p>It was a magical day at the Cardinals game on Sunday. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing and everyone was ready to see the first pitch ... except this dude carrying a banner.<p>I think this should be a new sub-sport: Crack people with the ceremonial first pitch. I’m not talking a …

Betty White