What Airbnb’s Summer Boost Reveals About Covid-19 Recovery

The company’s latest earnings report showed an upsurge in business, but it also hedges expectations for the fall.Few tech companies were rocked harder by the pandemic than Airbnb. In the spring...

Cases Among Kids, New Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.Cases rise among kids, new mask and vaccine mandates go into effect, and the FDA authorizes booster shots for some. Here’s what...

Time Travelers Should Be a Lot More Worried About Viruses

Michael Moorcock’s classic 1969 novel Behold the Man is about a character named Karl Glogauer who travels back in time to witness the crucifixion. Historian Richard Carrier says that the novel...

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space. Sharing your earbuds with somebody is, in every important aspect, gross. There must be a compelling reason to want...

Why Perseverance's First Mars Drilling Attempt Came Up Empty

Far from a failure, the sampling might actually offer tantalizing clues about the geology—and potential past life—of the Red Planet.Last week, NASA’s Perseverance rover shot for a new milestone in the...

How the Far Right Exploded on Steam and Discord

New research found that several of the major gaming platforms are hosting extremist activity, from racist livestreams to open support for neo-Nazis. Since the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate, in which...

Piepacker Gives Retro Games an Online Co-Op Upgrade

Play old-school titles and video chat with up to three friends in the same browser—for free.It used to require a lot of time and effort to play old-school retro games, but...

This Game Set in the Gaza Strip Doesn’t Let You Win

Five years after its release, Liyla and the Shadows of War is more relevant than ever—and it’s making an impact beyond the screen.There’s an inescapable heaviness when you're dropped into the...

A Simple Software Fix Could Limit Location Data Sharing

Carriers know where you are every time your phone reconnects to the cell network—but with Pretty Good Phone Privacy, they wouldn’t have to.Location data sharing from wireless carriers has been a...

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