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August 20 2018


MTV Wants Young People to Guilt Their Friends Into Voting

+1TheVote is an election drive for the social media era, but can MTV really mobilize young voters in 2018?

We Need to Talk About 'Crazy Rich Asians'

The movie's impressive debut is a big deal.

Before Using Birth Control Apps, Consider Your Privacy

All your industrious tracking of periods, sex, and basal body temperature is also valuable as a database.
CBD oil could cause you to fail drug tests
What Elon Musk and Donald Trump have in common

Think Rivers Are Dangerous Now? Just Wait

Climate change could increase river flooding damage by as much as 1,000 percent, an ambitious new study finds.

Fitbit's Charge 3 Offers a New Take on an Old Tracker

The Charge 3's build, guts, and software features have changed enough to warrant serious consideration if you’ve been thinking about updating your Fitbit.

The SurfSafe Browser Extension Will Save You From Fake Photos

Two UC Berkeley undergrads developed SurfSafe to alert people that their media diet is infected with misinformation, right when it happens.

Drive.ai Is the Self-Driving Startup Teaching Cars to Talk

Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai relies on machine learning to make its robots drive—and smart design to make them communicate.

Zippin's Checkout-Free Retail Store Uses Cameras to Watch You Shop

A new startup is offering a new kind of retail experience. Instead of humans handling cash, it's all apps, smartphones, sensors, and computer vision.

The Persistent Myth of Speed and "Productivity"

It’s not immoral to want relief from being too slow, scared, or fat, but speed could set you up for brain damage and psychosis—and life-­draining repetition.

The Globe-Trotting Show Bringing Science and Tech to Arab TV

In a given thirty minute episode, 4Tech's hosts might test for counterfeit medicines at a pharmacy in Ghana, try out a wetsuit in cold Russian waters, or peek into a zebrafish lab in Iceland.

Self-Driving Cars Should Look Down, Not Just Ahead

A Boston-based startup wants to equip AVs with ground penetrating radar, which they can use to identify exactly where they are.

Building Stratolaunch, the Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

Here's how alt-aviation wizard Burt Rutan and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen set out to build a dual-fuselage beast that could haul rockets to the edge of space.

August 19 2018

After years of delay, the FDA has finally approved generic EpiPen
How Super Nintendo music was made

Omarosa's Possible Trump Tapes Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

There are more tapes than people originally thought, apparently.

This Week in Cars: Elon Musk and the Future of Tesla

As Elon Musk draws the wrath of investors and maybe the SEC, whither Tesla? Plus, the Boring Company heads to LA, and Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs tries to rethink the future of cities.

Tired of Twitter? Join Me on Mastodon

Forget Twitter's truncated timeline, terrible ad algorithm, spammy sponsored content, and overall bad vibes. Give Mastodon a shot.
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