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8 Great Deals on Wireless Earbuds, Smartwatches, and More

The fall season is great for a variety of outdoor activities. The most underrated of them all, however, is working out. Nothing beats that cool breeze when you’re sweating your butt off. But we all know a workout sesh isn’t complete without the right accessories—like a pair of wireless earbuds and a smartwatch or fitness…

The Pixel 6 Chip’s Best Upgrade Isn’t Speed. It’s Security

Google’s new flagship Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones have gotten solid reviews so far, thanks in part to the custom Tensor processor inside. Google designed the “system on a chip” in-house, giving it a speed and efficiency advantage similar to what Apple enjoys with its homegrown silicon. And while there’s a lot to admire…

A Strange Radio Signal Was Just From Earth, Not Aliens

When an intriguing signal like blc1 appears, people love to ask questions like: “Do we message back?” says Danny Price, an astronomer at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth, Australia, and an author of the other new paper. But it takes a lot of work following the initial detection before astronomers can…

Blind People Have Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM—for Now

This rarely happens. A screen reader instead stumbles over these static images, sometimes reciting filename gibberish, leaving a blind reader with no possible way to discern meaning. That’s assuming, again, that an accessible version of the textbook exists to begin with. If one does exist, it may only be available on certain platforms.The inconsistencies can…

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

President Biden finally made his picks for the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, ending a baffling delay that forced Democrats to operate in a 2–2 deadlock with Republicans instead of the 3–2 majority that the president’s party typically enjoys.The names themselves are familiar. Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chairwoman since January, was designated…

This AI Predicts How Old Children Are. Can It Keep Them Safe?

Predicting how old someone is based only on how they look is incredibly hard to get right, especially in those awkward early teen years. And yet bouncers, liquor store owners, and other age-restricted goods gatekeepers make that quick estimation all the time.Their predictions are often wrong. Now London-based digital identity company Yoti believes its AI-powered…

Dark Web Drug Busts Lead to 150 Arrests

When German police took down the dark web marketplace DarkMarket in January, they did more than shutter the largest underground online drug bazaar operating at that time. They also nabbed more than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine, infrastructure that contained a host of information about the site’s buyers and sellers. Today, a joint operation…

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

While the satellite images give a regional perspective, Ovienmhada’s drone photos provided detailed views of targeted areas. She also took a boat into the lake, stopping here and there to take water quality measurements with sensors.Using all this data, Ovienmhada was able to show that, despite some annual variation, the water hyacinth problem was indeed…

Age of Empires IV Is a Solid Strategy Game Stuck in the Past

Age of Empires IV is the first mainline Age of Empires game in 16 years, and a wait of that magnitude creates expectations. That it even exists is partially because Age of Empires II has enjoyed a massive resurgence. Released in 1999, AoE II is now seeing tournaments with 75,000 viewers and $87,000 prize pools,…

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

“It’s a complex mixture of chemistry, biology, and physics,” says Scripps oceanographer Grant Deane, co-principal investigator of Soars. “That’s one of the things that we’ve discovered in the last, I would say, 15 years—these complex interactions in this thin layer on the surface of the ocean. And what happens there influences clouds, ice, weather, climate.…

The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets for Every Kind of Player

Going wireless is cheaper than ever, but if you’re going to spend hours wearing a headset coordinating with your squad in a game—or maybe sitting through your tenth Zoom meeting of the day—it needs to be comfortable, sound crisp, and pick up your voice clearly. Over the past three years, we’ve tested dozens of headset…