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Animal Crossing fans get real about the fictional NookPhone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons may be set in a tranquil island paradise, but even there you can’t escape the technology of the modern world. Every resident is issued a proprietary NookPhone in the game, which allows you to take photos, look at your list of DIY items, see what fish and bugs you’ve caught and …

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Human Interface: What (almost) every button in an F-15C fighter’s cockpit does

Video directed by Morgan Crossley, edited by Ron Douglas and Brady Jackson. Motion graphics by Brady Jackson and Dylan Blau. Click here for transcript. Welcome to the pilot episode of “Human Interface,” a new series we’re kicking off wherein we take you up close and personal with complex systems and have an expert explain what all …

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Hitting the Books: The media’s role in history’s most damaging data dump

We humans are a deeply gullible bunch, willing to credulously believe any half truth, even outright lie, so long as it aligns with our existing opinions and preconceptions. The rise of modern media — especially the anonymous world of social media — has only exacerbated this problem. Where tall tales of child sex dungeons hidden …

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Hitting the Books: Can golf evolve and survive in the 21st century

If a childhood of watching Caddyshack on loop has taught me anything, is that golf is a game of zen. “Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball,” as Ty Webb famously told Danny out on the links. But can meditative nanananana mantras really stand up to the rigors of 21st century technology? That’s …

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If hindsight is 20/20, how would you rate the original Surface today?

It was eight years ago that Steve Ballmer stepped onto a stage in Los Angeles to announce Microsoft’s latest offering: the Surface tablet with Windows RT (aka the Surface RT). The first PC to be designed in-house by Microsoft, the Surface stood out for its kickstand, ARM architecture and USB port (which the iPad lacked). …

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Hitting the Books: A fully-connected future means you’ll never be alone

Humans may be social animals but any introvert will tell you that having too much company can seem even worse than isolation. Yet throughout history, people who enjoy spending time by themselves have been looked upon with a sense of pity. In his latest book, A History of Solitude, author David Vincent dives through three …

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It doesn’t matter what the PS5 looks like

Sponsored Links The PlayStation 5 is an unattractive piece of tech. At least, everyone I’ve spoken to says so. Next to the clean, utilitarian and purportedly more powerful Xbox Series X, it’s not a great look for Sony. The second it was announced, the memes began, comparing the PS5 to routers, Alienware PC towers and anime …

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Readers tell us why the Echo Show 5 is their ideal smart display

Of all the smart displays on the market right now, many of you went for the Echo Show 5. Amazon’s mid-sized model features a sunrise alarm, quality sound and of course, the Alexa assistant. When senior editor Nicole Lee reviewed the Echo Show 5, she was impressed with the small device’s ability to compete with …

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After Math: The great indoors

We’re entering week 7 of shelter in place — or maybe it’s week 70? Getting hard to tell these days — and things are going great. My quarantine beard is now Methuselah length, my window sill garden is booming, and my blood sacrifices to the old gods has so far kept the ‘Rona from darkening …

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