The White House Announces a Plan to Speed the Rollout of 5G

Superfast 5G wireless isn’t exactly spreading across the US at superfast speeds. The White House and Defense Department on Monday announced a plan to accelerate the process by making a crucial new chunk of spectrum available to the wireless industry....

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Internet connectivity and cellular service in Belarus have been down since Sunday evening, after sporadic outages early that morning and throughout the day. The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid...

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

A billion or more Android devices are vulnerable to hacks that can turn them into spying tools by exploiting more than 400 vulnerabilities in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, researchers reported this week. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica,...

BLM Supporters More Likely to Combat Hate in Videogames, Too

People who say they stand up to bullying and harassment in videogames are also more likely to support the Black Lives Matter movement. That’s according to a joint survey conducted by WIRED and Michigan State University media and information professor...

Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher

America’s solar farms have a bird problem. Utility companies have been finding bird carcasses littering the ground at their facilities for years, a strange and unexpected consequence of the national solar boom. No one was quite sure why this was...

EE expands rural 4G with 500th ESN site null

EE has now built 500 sites for the 4G Emergency Services Network (ESN), completing the milestone in Glencoe, Scotland. The multi-billion pound ESN will replace the analogue-based ‘Airwave’ radio system currently used by forces, firefighters and ambulance crews and promises...

The Chi Recap: Insult to (Literal) Injury

RELATED STORIES Kiesha is out of that basement, but that doesn’t mean the horror is behind her. This week’s The Chi focuses on Kiesha’s first days at home after her escape from being Omari’s prisoner. Her re-entry into normal life is...

Yellowstone Recap: To Catch a Predator

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s Yellowstone. Proceed at your own peril. We knew from the start of Sunday’s Yellowstone that Monica was up to something. But what? She told Kayce that she was doing volunteer work. “At a...

Field Trip’s App Wants to Guide Your Next Psychedelic Journey

In many ways, Field Trip is packaging and franchising a kind of “set and setting.” This version includes carefully designed protocols (a consultation plus six ketamine-infusion sessions, combined with nine therapy sessions, for $4,700), digital touch points (an online portal...

Covid-19 Drug Research Is a Big Huge Mess

Another problem has been the kind of internecine push-and-pull among hospitals and individual researchers. They’re all frenemies, all chasing the goal of helping people, but also getting published in big journals in pursuit of tenure and grants. That’s not necessarily...

Bill Gates Is Still Optimistic

Bill Gates was already one of the world’s richest people, the cofounder of Microsoft and architect of our modern computing experience, and a hugely influential philanthropist. This year he gained a new title: soothsayer. In a now famous TED talk...

Saturday TV Ratings: 48 Hours, Shark Tank, NHL Hockey, Boxing

Published: August 9, 2020 Saturday, August 8, 2020 ratings — New Episodes: (none).  Sports: NHL Hockey, 2020 PGA Championship, and Premier Boxing Champions Special.  Reruns: The Good Doctor, Shark Tank, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and 48 Hours. Note: If you’re...

The weekend’s top internet stories

Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox. Advertisement Hide An elderly ‘Subway Karen’ accused a young girl of being a hacker. She was just watching a YouTube video. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend: Advertisement Hide Essential Workers Don’t...

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

Steinhardt and company imagine a universe that expands for perhaps a trillion years, driven by the energy of an omnipresent (and hypothetical) field, whose behavior we currently attribute to dark energy. When this energy field eventually grows sparse, the cosmos...