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The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

Svelte, created by a graphics editor for the New York Times, has attracted a following among programmers who want their pages to load faster.

4 Apr 2020 7:30 pm
Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boombut Maybe Not a Baby Boom

Isolated couples are purchasing toys by the bucketload, and activity on dating apps is way up. But more babies might not be on the way.

4 Apr 2020 7:30 pm
In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

In the far-western reaches of China, the Communist party has long tried to eliminate markers of the Muslim ethnic minority group's identity.

4 Apr 2020 7:30 pm
Jean-Luc Picard Is the Captain We Need Right Now

The CBS All Access show 'Picard' is a reminder of the flawed perfection of the Star Trek character.

4 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
A Notorious Spyware Vendor Wants to Track Coronavirus Spread

Plus: An evacuated aircraft carrier, Iranian hackers, and more of the week's top security news.

4 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
Texts From Politicians Could Be More Dangerous Than Ever

With rallies and canvassing on ice, 2020 election campaigns are rapidly turning to peer-to-peer texting, which isn't the panacea it appears to be.

4 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
With Sports on Hold, Restless Gamblers Turn to Videogames

With sports seasons suspended, the billion-dollar betting industry has set its sights on digital arenas.

4 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Japan Is Racing to Test a Favipiravir, a Drug to Treat Covid-19

Based on a compound discovered in 1998, the antiviral Favipiravir is already being used in Japan and Turkey. Its maker? A subsidiary of Fujifilm.

4 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
A Hacker Found a Way to Take Over Any Apple Webcam

They've been patched, but the Safari vulnerabilities would have given an alarming amount of access.

4 Apr 2020 5:46 am
'The Last of Us Part II' Is Being Delayed Indefinitely

The game's release is being postponed due to logistical concerns caused by the spread of the coronavirus.

4 Apr 2020 4:17 am
Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

US Food and Drug Administration officials approved nationwide tests of two treatments, both derived from the blood of people who have survived the disease.

4 Apr 2020 3:35 am
So Wait, How Encrypted Are Zoom Meetings Really?

The service's mixed messages have frustrated cryptographers, as the US government and other sensitive organizations increasingly depend on it.

3 Apr 2020 10:14 pm
Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data

More than 4,000 Google Play apps let developers and advertisers collect a list of the user's other installed apps, no permission needed.

3 Apr 2020 7:30 pm
For Open-Source Ventilators, Making Them Is the Easy Part

Plus: The DIY movement, the Long Tail theory of the internet, and wild animals in the streets.

3 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
Automation May Take Jobsbut AI Will Create Them

A Silicon Valley executive returns home to the rural South to see for himself the ways in which AI is affecting the local economy.

3 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
The 'Resident Evil 3' Remake Seems Doomed to Fail

The latest reboot is trying to be a missing link, but it ends up being too much.

3 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
My Phone Keeps Me Sane During This Crisis and Insane, Too

What happens when the only device that can make you stop crying is exactly the device that is making you cry?

3 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Delivery Apps Offer Restaurants a Lifelineat a Cost

Social distancing rules have reduced many eateries to delivery and take out. But apps like Uber Eats exact a 25 percent toll on their shrinking revenue.

3 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
3 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
Short Fiction: Indivisible City by Daniel Torday

It is a contagion, this need to wear a mask, not unlike the contagion the mask is meant to repel.

3 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
New Yorkers, Once Again at Ground Zero, in Their Own Words

This week in our living oral history, the citys residentsfrom the great to the humbletry to come to grips with a metropolis under assault by a virus.

3 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Instead of coding a mechanical quadruped's movements line by line, Google researchers fed it videos of real-life pups. Now it can even chase its tail.

3 Apr 2020 3:30 pm
The High-Stakes Race to Build More Ventilators

The US is short of ventilators to help Covid-19 patients breathe. Ford, GM, and satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit are trying to fill the gap.

3 Apr 2020 1:43 am
5 Comics to Catch Up on While Self-Quarantined

Are you being a good citizen and staying at home? Good. Here are some comics to pass the time.

2 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
China Flexes Its Soft Power With Covid Diplomacy

Initially criticized for covering up and failing to control the virus, China is rebranding its response as a symbol of leadership and strength.

2 Apr 2020 5:30 pm
Disney Is Donating 100,000 N95 Masks to Covid-19 Relief

Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling has some new treats for Potterheads stuck quarantining at home.

2 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
T-Mobile Swallows Sprint, Leaving 3 US Cellphone Giants

Consumer advocates fear that the deal will lead to reduced competition and higher prices. But regulators and a federal judge let it proceed.

2 Apr 2020 4:32 am
One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack - April 2020

Mohammad Mosaed, a reporter who criticized the Iranian government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been arrested and banned from social media.

1 Apr 2020 6:30 pm
Why Some States Are Resisting Social Distancing Measures

Governors of a half-dozen states worry about the economic fallout of forcing businesses to close and say there's no clear guidance from Washington.

1 Apr 2020 4:30 pm
The Coronavirus Relief Bill Promotes Surveillance for Health

The latest stimulus package includes $500 million for tracking and data collection, worrying some government watchdogs.

31 Mar 2020 9:56 pm
The Newest US Sanctions on China's Huawei Could Backfire

A reported ban on sales to Huawei of chips made with American equipment might intensify China's drive to develop its own chip industry.

31 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

The social media giant gave $100 million to help local news during the pandemic, but still makes you hunt for trusted sources.

31 Mar 2020 4:39 am
A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

It alerts staff when a patients condition changes, allowing people to be sent home and monitored remotely. Two hospital systems will begin testing it this week.

30 Mar 2020 10:35 pm
How Decades of Offshoring Led to a Mask Shortage in a Pandemic

US companies have shifted production overseas, especially to China. We got cheaper products. But now we can't make vital health care supplies.

29 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
Open Source Fonts Are Love Letters to the Design Community

Typefaces that be freely used and modified give others a chance to hone their craftand share valuable feedback.

28 Mar 2020 5:30 pm
A Rush Back to 'Normal' Would Be the Blunder of the Century

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers warns that trying to restart the US economy too soon would put countless lives in danger and risk far more economic damage.

28 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
What Amazon Workers Are Facing as Coronavirus Spreads in the US

Amazon has emerged as an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic. Warehouse and delivery workers say theyre risking their health to provide it.

27 Mar 2020 10:46 pm
Elizabeth Warrens Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source

The team developed its own software to coordinate volunteers and synthesize voter data. Now, its posting the code to GitHub.

27 Mar 2020 7:30 pm
During a Pandemic, the Big Event Is No Events

Plus: Revisiting the birth of Alphabets Loon, a defense of colorful language, and a faulty warning in Hawaii.

27 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
Record Jobless Claims Are Overwhelming States Aging Tech

Laid-off workers struggle to file claims for unemployment benefits; economists say the situation will likely get worse.

26 Mar 2020 9:43 pm
YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Sony plan to throttle game downloads during peak usage hours to help prevent internet congestion during the Covid-19 pandemic.

25 Mar 2020 4:51 am
While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here's How One Is Thriving

The food service industry is facing pandemic-related layoffs and closings, but tech-savvy chef Eric Rivera is using online platforms to keep his business in the black.

25 Mar 2020 1:42 am
We're Not Going to Run Out of Foodso Don't Panic Shop

Food producers, distributors, and warehouse operators say supplies are plentiful, so long as stores can be restocked.

24 Mar 2020 5:30 pm
Jewelry. Candles. Hand Sanitizer. Welcome to Coronavirus Etsy

On the online marketplace more often associated with handmade and vintage goods, sellers are pivoting to meet pandemic-related demands.

24 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
How Surveillance Could Save Lives Amid a Public Health Crisis

Smartphones could be a powerful weapon against the novel coronavirus. But tracking people's movements would offend many Americans' sense of privacy.

21 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
What's a 'Shelter in Place' Order, and Who's Affected?

The spreading coronavirus has prompted public officials in several states and cities to order residents to stay inside, except for essential business.

21 Mar 2020 3:51 am
Has the Coronavirus Killed the Techlash?

Plus: Larry Pages predictions on regulation, Elon Musks brain chip, and an unthinkably bad day for Utah.

20 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
Amazon Sellers Hijack Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

A box of 50 disposable face masks was the 148th best-selling book on Amazon.

20 Mar 2020 1:52 am
Coronavirus Disrupts Social Medias First Line of Defense

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all announced this week that thousands of content moderators are being sent homeleaving more of our feeds in the hands of machines.

19 Mar 2020 3:23 am
The Value and Ethics of Using Phone Data to Monitor Covid-19

Google and Facebook are discussing plans with the White House to share collective data on people's movements during the coronavirus pandemic.

19 Mar 2020 1:14 am