Google Maps Ditches Its Half-Baked Cupcake Counter

Google is amazing at imagining and creating technology that will improve our lives. For instance: Until recently, I didn’t realize the one thing missing from using my smartphone to get directions was knowing how many mini-cupcakes I would burn off in the process of following them. Luckily, Google Maps introduced…
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Trump Isn't Actually Doing Much to Curb Iran

In his speech last week laying out a new Iran strategy, President Trump focused less on the 2015 nuclear deal that he was decertifying (but not actually canceling), than on what he called the Iranian regime’s “long campaign of bloodshed” in the Middle East. Trump vowed to “counter the regime’s…
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Promises, Promises

When it comes to the promises they make, most elected officials hew close to their words. Given the scale and intensity of dishonesty in our politics, that seems counterintuitive. But it’s true. We couldn’t do democracy otherwise. How would one evaluate a leader whose rhetoric is untethered from his governance?…
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Trump Nominee to Fight Opioid Crisis Withdraws Because He Helped Create Opioid Crisis

President Trump’s nominee to lead the nation’s drug control efforts has withdrawn from consideration after an investigation by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes found he had spearheaded an effort to pass a law that effectively killed the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to shut down suspicious drug shipments. Trump tweeted…
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The Genius of Sam Raimi

This video explains the giddy rush you feel when director Sam Raimi whips up his unique blend of horror and comedy. According to video essayist Patrick Willems, his genius lies in throwing us off balance as we’re yanked between two genres that affect us on a primal level. There’s a…
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Attack of the Hack Back

If there were a prize for the worst cybersecurity policy idea that just won’t die, it would have to go to “hacking back,” or making it legal for people to attack the computers that are attacking them. This idea has been around for years, which means that for years, people…
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Trevor Noah Thinks He Knows Why Republicans Keep Talking About Chicago

Trevor Noah is this week conducting The Daily Show from the U.S.’s third-largest (and Donald Trump’s least favorite) city, Chicago, otherwise known as the Windy City, Seacago, or “Syria but with different pizza.” If everything you know about Chicago comes from Fox News and cartoons, you might have an exaggerated…
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Trump Warns After McCain Speech Condemning Nationalism: “Be Careful” Because “I Fight Back”

After Sen. John McCain condemned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” as “unpatriotic,” President Trump publicly warned the Arizona senator to “be careful” because he would “fight back.” In his acceptance speech for the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, which was awarded to McCain for his “lifetime of sacrifice and service,” McCain did…
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The Future of Cybersecurity Might Look a Lot Like Snapchat

Snapchat isn’t just the favored social media platform of millennials everywhere—it’s also becoming an under-the-radar model for the future of cybersecurity. Think about it: At its most basic, Snapchat lets you send a picture or video message, deletes it in just seconds, and makes it impossible to retrieve it afterward.…
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The Curse of the Halfway Technology

Twenty years ago last spring, on a long Amtrak ride from Boston, I taught myself HTML and wrote my own website. It wasn’t so hard, actually, for someone like me, whose first professional word processing program was WordPerfect, in which you highlighted words as bold, for example, by typing “<B>”…
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