Month: June 2019

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

We’re turning the space oddities up to 11 this week, peeping at galaxy mergers, asteroid photobombs, and more. First we’re going to follow the Sun: Charged particles that make up the solar wind create spectacular auroras in Earth’s atmosphere, but they can also fry electronics in GPS satellites. By shining light on how solar wind…

By NIKESHOE June 30, 2019 0

New Balance's Latest Shoes Come With 3D-Printed Soles

If you currently own a pair of running shoes, the odds are that the midsole—the shock-absorbing layer in between the inner and outer soles—is made from molded ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), which is squishy, resilient foam. As a cushioning material, EVA foam isn’t bad. It’s elastic, affordable, and can be dyed a variety of colors.…

By NIKESHOE June 29, 2019 0

How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It

You probably think of Microsoft's classic spreadsheet program Excel as mostly boring. Sure, it can wrangle data, but it's not exactly Apex Legends. For hackers, though, it's a lot of fun. Like the rest of the Office 365 suite, attackers often manipulate Excel to launch their digital strikes. And two recent findings demonstrate how the…

By NIKESHOE June 28, 2019 0

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked

As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility.…

By NIKESHOE June 28, 2019 0

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

Notifications are, at the most basic level, a method of alerting people to some piece of information, often with some element of urgency. In a pre-internet world they existed as flags on mailboxes or blinking lights on answering machines. Then, in the 1990s and early 2000s, notifications like pulsing BlackBerry LEDs and “You’ve got mail!”…

By NIKESHOE June 27, 2019 0

Netflix Could Never Make Its Own Office

So, The Office is leaving Netflix. You knew this was coming, right? Ever since the streaming wars heated up, and every network/studio/hamster-with-a-YouTube-channel started announcing their plans for a stand-alone service, back-catalog TV shows and movies have become bargaining chips. Netflix wants to keep them and is willing to pay top dollar for the rights to…

By NIKESHOE June 27, 2019 0

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

It wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience. Facebook’s CEO was talking to Cass Sunstein, the Harvard Law School professor who has also served as a Facebook adviser, and discussing the complexities of combatting election interference. One problem, Zuckerberg proclaimed, is…

By NIKESHOE June 27, 2019 0