Category: Technology

  • How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral

    How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral

    India has the third-largest number of Twitter users in the world. Considering the long-standing geopolitical tensions between India and China, plus the relative lack of knowledge that average Indians likely have about Chinese politics and how to discern Falun Gong–backed media accounts, it’s not necessarily surprising that they fell for and spread the rumor. Despite […]

  • Apple no longer replacing entire iPad mini 6 just to swap the battery

    Apple no longer replacing entire iPad mini 6 just to swap the battery

    Enlarge / Apple is willing to actually replace the battery on its newest, smallest iPad, with potentially more to follow, according to a MacRumors report. Replacing a battery can be fraught with peril, at least for the iPad. Repair shops and experienced DIY-ers know this, and Apple seems to acknowledge it, usually giving customers seeking […]

  • Watch the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid

    Watch the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid

    A small camera mounted on DART livestreamed the spacecraft’s steady progress toward the 160-meter-wide asteroid, located about 6.8 million miles from Earth, back to controllers based at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The team cheered as Dimorphos grew closer and closer, before the livestream cut out on impact with the asteroid. The strike […]

  • DART goes silent after hitting an asteroid [Update]

    DART goes silent after hitting an asteroid [Update]

    Enlarge / One of the last images from DART. NASA/APL Update, 10:30: If this is an indication of the quality of the images we should expect over the next several days, we’re in for a treat. ATLAS observations of the DART spacecraft impact at Didymos! pic.twitter.com/26IKwB9VSo — ATLAS Project (@fallingstarIfA) September 27, 2022 Original article follows. […]

  • Audio Postcard: Real-time farming | MIT Technology Review

    Audio Postcard: Real-time farming | MIT Technology Review

    Pinot Grigio actually makes a white wine and it’s won a few varieties in California that, uh, is a pretty common variety that actually we make purple grapes that make a white wine. So my name is Dirk Heuvel and I’m the VP of vineyard operations here at McManis family vineyards.  My family actually kind […]

  • NASA cancels Artemis I launch attempt but delays roll back decision

    NASA cancels Artemis I launch attempt but delays roll back decision

    Enlarge / NASA’s Space Launch System rocket may be rolling back to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Sunday night, or maybe not. Trevor Mahlmann NASA on Saturday announced that it will no longer attempt to launch its Artemis I mission on Tuesday, September 27, as Tropical Storm Ian continues developing in the Caribbean Sea. Instead […]

  • Authoritarian tech, and tower-building drones

    Authoritarian tech, and tower-building drones

    Despite President Biden’s assurances at Wednesday’s United Nations meeting that the US is not seeking a new cold war, one is brewing between the world’s autocracies and democracies—and technology is fueling it. Late last week, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar, and a handful of other countries took steps toward becoming full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization […]

  • Were your teen years exhausting? School schedules may be why

    Were your teen years exhausting? School schedules may be why

    If you went to high school in the US, you may recall early morning extracurriculars, sleeping through first period algebra, or bleary-eyed late-night study sessions (as opposed to other wide-awake “study sessions” we told our parents we were having). As an adult, you might wonder if there’s a better time to explore Shakespeare than at […]

  • The YouTube baker fighting back against deadly “craft hacks”

    YouTube's deadly crafts, and DeepMind's new chatbot

    “The problem is that literally anybody can watch these videos—kids, adults, it doesn’t matter,” she says. Matt first saw a fractal wood burning video shared by a friend on Facebook and was so intrigued that “he started watching YouTube videos on it—and they’re endless.”  Matt was electrocuted when a piece of the casing around the […]

  • iOS 16 review: Customization unlocked

    iOS 16 review: Customization unlocked

    Enlarge / The (customized) lock screen in iOS 16. Samuel Axon For the past couple of years, Apple’s annual iOS updates have laser focused on one feature for an overhaul while making smaller tweaks to everything else. Last year, Focus was the, well, focus. The year before that, it was the home screen. This time […]