While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

It’s been a strange, conflicted week for antitrust in Washington, DC. In one set of congressional hearings, tech leaders, facing possible far-reaching regulation, fended off accusations that they are strangling competition. In another, Facebook’s David Marcus explained why the social media giant should be given a green light to expand ambitiously into global finance with…

By NIKESHOE July 19, 2019 0

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

If Matt Johnson-Roberson ever wondered why so many autonomous vehicle developers do their testing in Arizona, he got a fuller understanding last winter, riding around Michigan on a tandem tricycle. Sitting side by side and bundled up to ward off the cold, he and his University of Michigan colleague Ram Vasudevan pedaled to keep up…

By NIKESHOE July 19, 2019 0

Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 33 Great Deals Remain

Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying spreadsheets and combing the Internet until our screens blurred before our eyes, we found a considerable number of great deals this year. Hopefully you were able to grab the noise-canceling headphones or Instant Pot of your dreams at a much more reasonable…

By NIKESHOE July 18, 2019 0

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

This story is part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. When Marc Antony’s troops allowed their Parthian enemies to set their siege line on fire in 36 BC, their enraged com­mander knew what punishment they deserved. As told by the Roman historian Livy, he “visited those who had played…

By NIKESHOE July 18, 2019 0

The World Watched Apollo 11 Unfold—Together

This story is part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. About 3.5 billion earthlings lived on this planet in 1969, and a full sixth of them—600 million souls—watched the Apollo moon landing on TV. The Apollo 11 crew had lifted off on July 16 from Kennedy Space Center, where…

By NIKESHOE July 17, 2019 0

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

This story is part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. When Marc Antony’s troops allowed their Parthian enemies to set their siege line on fire in 36 BC, their enraged com­mander knew what punishment they deserved. As told by the Roman historian Livy, he “visited those who had played…

By NIKESHOE July 17, 2019 0

Here's Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices

Fire Tablets and Echo speakers aren't terribly expensive. They're built to be affordable, and some of them are especially cheap for Prime Day. Kindles are another story, they're more expensive and go on sale less often. We've compiled every decent deal on Amazon-branded devices happening on Prime Day. Amazon has a Device Deals page with…

By NIKESHOE July 17, 2019 0

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is off and running, and we've highlighted some of the best deals. If you have reservations about all this consumer culture, we feel you. But a good deal is a good deal, and Amazon's price on Kindles is pretty amazing during Prime Day. Say what you will about the rest of the…

By NIKESHOE July 17, 2019 0