The company’s anti-union tactics at retail outlets have drawn government scrutiny and are fueling a drive to get a new labor bill through Congress.
Month: February 2023
Cute Animals Are Overrated. Let’s Save the Weird Ones
One million species are at risk of extinction, but a handful of charismatic creatures get all the hype. A new conservation strategy has a different focus.
Uber and Lyft Are More Likely to Fire Drivers of Color, Report Says
After passenger complaints, non-white drivers are suspended or deactivated more often than their white counterparts, according to new research.
All the Best Gadgets We Saw at MWC 2023
Rollable phones, transforming smartwatches, “retina-level” AR glasses, and liquid tech to keep your mobile cool—these are just a taste of what’s coming.
India’s YouTube Vigilante Is Wanted for Murder
Monu Manesar built a huge audience with violent content, but he’s far from the only sectarian streamer in Modi’s India.
Breville Barista Express Impress Review: An Espresso Machine With Training Wheels
Breville’s newest countertop espresso machine is capable and accessible—and worth a shot, as long as you’re not a control freak about your coffee.
ChatGPT, Strollers, and the Anxiety of Automation
I don’t feel bad because I no longer need to cream butter by hand or knit my kids’ sweaters, so why do large language models feel different?
‘Final Fantasy XVI’ Is What Happens When Developers Grow Up
The latest in the 36-year-old series is far darker than its predecessors.
The Unexpected Romance of Lego Sets
My partner and I discovered that they’re the building blocks of a perfect date night. Here’s how you can get started.
Q Acoustics M20 HD Review: Big Sound, Small Money
These speakers provide exceptionally clear, smooth, and balanced sound and plenty of ways to play, but they skip some modern features.
Platforms Are Fighting Online Abuse—but Not the Right Kind
For some people, particularly marginalized groups, harassment is a chronic problem. But the best tools to help them only work for “acute” situations.
China Is Relentlessly Hacking Its Neighbors
New details reveal that Beijing-backed hackers targeted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, adding to a string of attacks in the region.
Apple Users Need to Update iOS Now to Patch Serious Flaws
Plus: Microsoft fixes several zero-day bugs, Google patches Chrome and Android, Mozilla rids Firefox of a full-screen vulnerability, and more.
Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong
Alonzo Sawyer’s misidentification by algorithm made him a suspect for a crime police now say was committed by someone else—feeding debate over regulation.
The Mining Industry’s Next Frontier Is Deep, Deep Under the Sea
Companies are diving to the bottom to scoop up metals essential for our EV-driven future. But how much ocean are we willing to sacrifice?
Keke Palmer Is OK With Being Left Out of the Group Chat
The actor and new parent talks about her TV network, giving Black creators opportunities, and a group text her sisters and friend didn’t add her to.
How to Pick the Right Backpack Size for You (2023)
What do liters mean? What capacity will you need for work or the wilderness? We unpack all your questions.
Nikon Z 30 Review: A Perfect Starter Camera for Vloggers
This all-in-one for online content creators simplifies the process of making videos for the internet.
Sci-Fi Publishers Are Bracing for an AI Battle
Fantasy and sci-fi publication Clarkesworld has been hit with hundreds of submissions from writers using chatbots. Others are prepping for an onslaught.
You Can Turn Your Backyard Into a Biodiversity Hotspot
New research shows that if done right, urban farms and gardens can support all kinds of species—for the good of people and the environment.
PlayStation VR 2 Review: As Impressive As It Is Expensive
Eye-tracking, better controllers, and innovative games are a delight, if you can get over the price tag.
The Dream of Mini Nuclear Plants Hangs in the Balance
A cluster of reactors that are just 9 feet in diameter is supposed to start a nuclear energy resurgence. Mounting costs may doom the project.
The Amazonification of Buying a New Car
Tesla pioneered selling vehicles online. Electric cars, the pandemic, and changing consumer behavior are now causing other automakers to embrace the shift.
Are Customizable Game Controllers Worth It?
Thinking of shelling out for tailor-made joysticks and buttons? Here’s what to consider first.
No One Knows If Decades-Old Nukes Would Actually Work
Atomic weapons are highly complex, surprisingly sensitive, and often pretty old. With testing banned, countries have to rely on good maintenance and simulations to trust their weapons work.
6 Best Organic Mattresses and Toppers (2023): Nontoxic, Natural
These nontoxic beds are easier on the environment and your health—and they’re also incredibly comfortable.
I Got a Destiny 2 Rocket Launcher and It’s My Whole Life Now
Bungie sent me a real-life (Nerf) Gjallarhorn. I was not prepared.
Picade Review: A DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet
Construct this cute arcade machine to play all your favorite games from old consoles.
No, the James Webb Space Telescope Hasn’t Broken Cosmology
Reports that the JWST killed the reigning cosmological model have been exaggerated. But there’s still much to learn from the distant galaxies it glimpses.
Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Review: Junk in the Trunk
This heavy, powerful electric utility bike has an accessible price point and attractive features, but it isn’t our pick for new or lighter riders.