Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

There is a scenario where the coronavirus outbreak becomes a turning point in America’s love-hate relationship with Silicon Valley. After being assailed by politicians of both parties for their socially destructive tools that promote isolation, depression and disinformation, the digital monopolies rush in to save the day and hold society intact. Real superhero stuff: An…

 

Coronavirus Units the Stage for Hacking Mayhem

The novel coronavirus has impacted the global economy, daily life, and human health around the world, changing how people work and interact everyday. But in addition to the pressing threat the virus poses to human health, these rapid changes have also created an environment in which hackers, scammers, and spammers all thrive. Coronavirus phishing scams…

 

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line of Protection

Facebook users around the globe began to notice something strange happening on their feeds Tuesday night. Links to legitimate news outlets and websites, including The Atlantic, USA Today, the Times of Israel, and BuzzFeed, among many others, were being taken down en masse for reportedly violating Facebook’s spam rules. The problem impacted many people’s ability…

 

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini’s Launch Is Delayed Because of Covid-19

The planned launch of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini later this month has been delayed “until further notice” due to the spread of the coronavirus, publisher Konami announced Friday.The plug-and-play retro console, originally set to launch with dozens of games on March 19, has been pushed back because “the manufacturing and shipping facilities in China have encountered…

 

GIFs Are Wonderful, GIFs Are Perverse

It’s a memory fit for the mantelpiece: A pair of newlyweds, fresh from the altar, walk between rows of well-wishers, happily ducking the white flower petals being thrown over them. The sunlight falls just so, glinting on the groom’s new ring and tracing a halo around his man bun. But this isn’t actually a snapshot;…

 

AI Is Coming for Your Most Thoughts-Numbing Workplace Duties

In 2018, the New York Foundling, a charity that offers child welfare, adoption, and mental health services, was stuck in cut-and-paste hell.Clinicians and admin staff were spending hours transferring text between different documents and databases to meet varied legal requirements. Arik Hill, the charity’s chief information officer, blames the data entry drudgery for an annual…

 

You Can See the Coronavirus From Area

Can you see the novel coronavirus from space? You can, as it happens—if you know where to look. Since January, the Colorado-based space technology company Maxar has been taking low Earth orbit satellite photographs of Covid-19 hotspots in places like China, Italy, and America. The company’s four imaging satellites take the highest-resolution commercially available photographs,…