Technology posts
The US government alleges Facebook enabled housing ad discrimination
Facebook has a new headache when it comes to housing advertisements. The federal government has filed charges that the social media site violated the Fair Housing Act by allowing ads to discriminate against some protected groups.
August 19th, 21:36h
Author: Andrew Liptak
As promised, Netflix’s user reviews are no more
Netflix user reviews are no more. Sure, chances are pretty decent you didn’t realize Netflix still had reviews at this point, but the video streaming giant has delivered on its promise to do away with the one-time mainstay of the service. Last month, it informed recent users that reviews would be s…
August 19th, 21:32h
Author: Brian Heater
The Kindle Voyage is no longer available from Amazon
The Kindle Voyage is no more. The e-reader is currently unavailable through Amazon, as noted by a few sites. You can still pick up a refurbed version through the retailer, but listings for the new model note that, “[t]his item is only available from third-party sellers.” TechCrunch conf…
August 19th, 21:06h
Author: Brian Heater
Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news
Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site. The executive’s lukewarm comments reflect an embattled social network tha…
August 19th, 19:18h
Author: Brian Heater
Fortnite looks terrible on my Android phone and I love it
On older Android phones, Fortnite’s graphics look like something out of the original PlayStation era, which can be incredibly nostalgic for some players.
August 19th, 18:00h
Author: Andrew Webster
Amazon appears to have discontinued the Kindle Voyage
At the end of July, Amazon quietly removed its Kindle Voyage from its storefront, and appears to have discontinued the line of eBook readers.
August 19th, 17:24h
Author: Andrew Liptak
A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots
Soon, Saint Louis University students won’t be able to avoid Amazon’s near ubiquitous smart speakers. The university announced this week a plan to outfit living spaces with 2,300 Echo Dots. The devices are set to be deployed by the time classes start, later this month. SLU is quick to note that it’…
August 19th, 16:55h
Author: Brian Heater
Soon you’ll be able to watch high school football on Twitter
Just at the NFL is gearing up to kickoff its regular season, Adidas has announced that it will be partnering with Twitter to livestream high school football games on the platform. The “Friday Night Stripes” series (Get it? Get it?) will include eight games, featuring teams from California, Georgia,…
August 19th, 16:14h
Author: Brian Heater
A review of Monitor-IO, a little gadget that wants to talk about your Internet
Is this an IRL butter-spreading bot who's entire existence is doing an insignificant task?
August 19th, 16:00h
Author: Jim Salter
China’s NIO files for IPO in the US in push to compete with Tesla
NIO is in better shape than most EV startups, but it may not be ready for the global stage
August 19th, 16:00h
Author: Sean O'Kane
Why a patient paid a $285 copay for a $40 drug
Insurance copays are higher than the cost of the drug about 25 percent of the time, according to a study published in March by the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
August 19th, 15:42h
ROLI Songmaker Kit mini-review: Rediscovering my musical roots with fancy new tech
Can you find the expressiveness of a guitar in a MIDI controller?
August 19th, 15:30h
Author: Samuel Axon
Camp W is a great game for the end of summer
Summer camps are often the first time a kid gets to be away from home — and away from parental supervision — for an extended period of time. It’s a test of their independence, but also their ability to adapt to a new social situation by being thrown together with a bunch of new people. This aspect of summer camps is at the core of visual novel Camp W.
August 19th, 15:00h
Author: Michael Moore
Workhorse brings an electric pickup truck, helicopter to Manhattan
Workhorse, with its 120 employees, hopes to beat larger players to market.
August 19th, 15:00h
Author: John Timmer
HUD complaint accuses Facebook ads of violating Fair Housing Act
A new complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accuses Facebook of helping landlords and home sellers violate the Fair Housing Act. According to the grievance filed by the department, Facebook’s ad settings let sellers disregard laws by targeting specific…
August 19th, 14:31h
Author: Brian Heater
Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China
Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.
August 19th, 14:04h
Author: Farah Master
There’s a new insecticide on the block, and it’s also bad news for bees
Scientists call for evidence-based approach to approving new insecticides.
August 19th, 14:00h
Author: Cathleen O'Grady
Original Content podcast: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' is a charming high school romance
While Hollywood’s interest in romantic comedies seems to be fading, Netflix has been picking up some of the slack. Just a few months ago, it released the tremendously fun Set It Up. And now we’ve got To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, a high school romance based on the young adult…
August 19th, 14:00h
Author: Anthony Ha, Jordan Crook, Taylor Nakagawa
If they think immigrants aren’t welcome, tech’s future leaders might never come to America
Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science school, says this hasn’t happened yet — but he’s worried.
August 19th, 14:00h
Author: Eric Johnson
You can now download tickets to visit museums for free on Sept. 22nd
Museums across the country will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 22nd for the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day. The catch is that you’ll need online tickets, which are available for download now.
August 19th, 14:00h
Author: Angela Chen