Monday, June 14, 2021

Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know

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A few weeks after receiving the second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Debora Lima returned to an old routine: She pulled out her phone and requested an Uber ride so she could meet...

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

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In other cases, detectives might surreptitiously collect the DNA of a suspect’s relative by testing an object that the relative discarded in the trash.Maryland’s new law states that when police officers test the...

How the ‘Wandering Meatloaf’ Got Its Rock-Hard Teeth

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The gumboot chiton is not a glamorous creature. The large, lumpy mollusk creeps along the waters of the Pacific coast, pulling its reddish-brown body up and down the shoreline. It is sometimes known,...

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

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Instead, she says, the bot delivers “digital therapeutics.” And Woebot’s terms of service call it a “pure self-help” program that is not meant for emergencies. In fact, in the event of a severe...

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

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This article is part of our new series, Currents, which examines how rapid advances in technology are transforming our lives.Omri Moran was on time for a first date, but the young woman, inexplicably,...

The Human Toll of Bearing Witness

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This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.Bystander smartphone videos, like the one that Darnella Frazier took a year ago of the murder...

Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’: A Comedy Special and an Inspired Experiment

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The incentives of the web, those that reward outrage, excess and sentiment, are the villains of this show. In a giddy homage to “Cabaret,” Burnham, in sunglasses, plays the M.C. of the internet,...

Emily Wilder’s Firing at The A.P. Reminds Us of What We Didn’t Expect

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“It’s the polar opposite,” she said. “It’s more reactionary and judgmental than it’s ever been.”Why haven’t repeated calls to replace digital shaming with empathy and compassion resonated? Or at the very least, why...

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

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Whom should the government help get superfast internet access?The question is not addressed directly in President Biden’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan, which devotes tens of billions of dollars to expanding access to broadband but...

10 Factors to Consider Before Buying Microsoft Surface Pro 7

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  10 Factors to Consider Before Buying Microsoft Surface Pro 7   With the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, a large number of users have changed their consumption patterns. Its easy-to-use features, performance, expandable storage...

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