People are apparently using their phones too much and getting ‘numb thumbs’

Nellie Bowles at The New York Times recently published an article called “Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons.” In it, Bowles talks about how, as she’s continued to use her phone day after day, she’s discovered a pain in her right thumb. She calls this “a depressingly modern condition in which the tendons…


Gas Prices Rise, and Democrats Point the Finger at Trump

WITH MILLIONS OF Americans set to hit the road Memorial Day Weekend and prices at the pump cresting $3 per gallon, top Senate Democrats on Wednesday traded the august halls of the Capitol for a noisy local thoroughfare to “Demand Lower Gas Prices.” Speaking outside an Exxon near the Capitol, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the top…


Google Home speakers outsold Amazon’s Echo line for the first time last quarter

Over 3.1 million Google Home speakers were sold during the first quarter of 2018, beating Amazon’s 2.5 million Echo devices for first time since the two companies began competing in the smart speaker market. It’s worth remembering Amazon has outsold Google in the smart speaker market every quarter, since at least the beginning 2017, according to…


Best TV shows and movies on Netflix right now

What to Watch In this week’s Netflix selections, the students of Liberty High and the surrounding town find themselves torn apart by the impending lawsuit by the parents of a young woman who committed suicide. A father, stranded with his infant in rural Australia, tries to find a new home for his child before he…


Amazon needs to come clean about racial bias in its algorithms

Yesterday, Amazon’s quiet Rekognition program became very public, as new documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California showed the system partnering with the city of Orlando and police camera vendors like Motorola Solutions for an aggressive new real-time facial recognition service. Amazon insists that the service is a simple object-recognition tool and will only…


Facebook is testing a new WhatsApp button in its main app

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Facebook appears to be running a trial that features its subsidiary WhatsApp a lot more prominently in the main app. Users are reporting seeing a dedicated WhatsApp button in the main Facebook app on Android. When clicked, the button acts like a shortcut, opening WhatsApp without the need to leave the Facebook app. TNW has since obtained images of…


Trump reportedly ignores ‘inconvenient’ security rules to keep tweeting on his iPhone

President Trump has been ignoring White House protocols meant to keep his phones secure, according to a report this evening in Politico. The story says that Trump carries at least two iPhones, one for calls and one for browsing Twitter and reading news. These are supposed to have features like the camera disabled and be inspected on…


Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company’s Alexa voice-activated digital assistant. The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers. The point of having access to multiple Alexa voices…


Google announces YouTube Music and YouTube Premium

Google is breaking up its premium YouTube Red service into two new offerings: a YouTube Music streaming service, available either for free with ads or for $9.99 per month, and a YouTube Premium for original video content, costing $11.99 per month. YouTube Music is Google’s most direct competitor to Spotify yet, coming with “a reimagined mobile…


Stephen Hawking’s last book to be out in October

The final book by Stephen Hawking will be out in October and will cover his perspectives on everything from the creation of the universe, black holes, alien intelligence, and the existence of God to space colonisation and artificial intelligence. The Stephen Hawking Estate announced today that rights to the final book by the world-famous theoretical…