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Secretlab’s Titan Evo Raises the Bar for Gaming Chairs

Gaming chairs don’t help you play games any better, as manufacturers would have you believe. They usually just emulate the racing seat aesthetic and often come with more adjustability options than your standard, cheap office chair. But there are a lot of these types of chairs out there, and not every company gives much thought…

Story and Street Style Converge in The World Ends With You

When The World Ends With You came out back in 2008, the western world was only just catching up with the vibrancy and dynamism of Japanese street fashion. Now, on the heels of NEO: The World Ends With You, it’s a global phenomenon.Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto had…

TikTok a Year After Trump’s Ban: No Change, but New Threats

Saturday will mark a year since Donald Trump said he would ban the wildly popular and annoyingly addictive short-video app TikTok from millions of US smartphones, citing threats to users’ privacy and security posed by its Chinese ownership.A week later, Trump signed an executive order directing the app’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to either sell TikTok…

The Incredible Physics of Simone Biles’ Yurchenko Double Pike

Gymnastics is an extremely difficult sport, and not just extreme for Olympic athletes like five-time (so far) medalist Simone Biles. The physics is also quite challenging. Let’s consider something seemingly simple, like a flip. There will be some version of a flip in all four of the women’s gymnastics events: floor, bars, vault, and beam.…

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password

A good host always shares Wi-Fi with visitors, but explaining which network to join and spelling out the password (if you even remember it) can get tedious. Maybe you think you remember it, but it’s just not working and you insist your guest must be typing it in wrong. Then it hits you, you’ve been…

Porn Showed Up on Legit News Sites Thanks to Internet Rot

This week, Venmo took a long overdue step toward privacy by eliminating its global social feed in its latest redesign. That’s good! Now you can no longer witness an endless stream of complete strangers sending money to and from one another. But privacy advocates say that until Venmo makes every transaction private by default, it’s…

How to Upgrade Your Home Audio for Music or Movies

Sounds are like smells—you might get used to bad ones, but you never regret upgrading. Maybe you’ve recently found a gaping hole in your music or podcast listening setup—you don’t have noise-canceling headphones to tune out the toddlers, or you’re trying to make your speakers sound better in your living room. Whatever your problem is,…

Cities Aren’t the Wildlife ‘Deserts’ Scientists Once Feared

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Last year, as billions of people around the globe were in coronavirus lockdown, students of Queens College ecologist Bobby Habig discovered a bobcat roaming around the Bronx River in New York City, better known for its recent past as an…

Biden Has to Play Hardball with Internet Platforms

The federal government’s campaign to reform internet platforms dramatically escalated this week. The Surgeon General cited disinformation as a public health menace. The White House press secretary called on Facebook to remove 12 accounts that may be responsible for as much as 65 percent of the Covid disinformation on the site. In reference to Facebook,…

The Activision Blizzard Harassment Suit Feels Painfully Familiar

Activision Blizzard is the latest video game company to face scrutiny for allegedly fostering a culture of sexism. A California Department of Fair Employment and Housing suit filed Wednesday alleges rampant sexual harassment and discrimination against Activision Blizzard’s female employees. The structures and systems spotlighted in the suit are painfully similar to those exposed by…

The Pandemic Olympics, Vaccine Misinformation, and More News

The pandemic Olympics, vaccine misinformation, and reinstated Covid-19 passes. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here!HeadlinesThe Olympics could be a Covid-19 ‘super-evolutionary’ eventA year later than planned, the 2020 Summer Olympics kicked off in Tokyo today. For stakeholders, there was a huge incentive to…