7 August 2022 | 3:34 pm

Bill Gates wrote a New York Times opinion piece Saturday arguing that it's immediately clear we're experiencing the effects of climate change. Just in America, "Extreme heat and drought are affecting tens of millions of people, as floods and wildfires ravage communities from Appalachia to California." So he's urging the U.S. Congress to "face… Read More »

7 August 2022 | 2:34 pm

Purism posted an announcement Thursday about their privacy-focused "Librem 5 USA" smartphones. "New orders placed today will ship within our standard 10-business-day window." The Librem 5 USA now joins the Librem Mini and Librem 14 as a post-Just In Time product, one where instead of relying on Just In Time supply chains to manufacture a product… Read More »

7 August 2022 | 11:34 am

About two-thirds of Americans now say they support unions, reports CNBC, "the highest approval rating since 1965." And suddenly in the last few months, "workers have been organizing at a pace this country hasn't seen since the Great Depression." Amazon has captured headlines for union drives at its warehouses, including a successful effort on New… Read More »

7 August 2022 | 7:54 am

An anonymous reader shares this report on The Switchblade, "an aircraft that doubles as a car." It could be "just weeks away from getting its wheels off the ground after an inspection by America's Federal Aviation Administration determined that the vehicle is safe to fly: The project has been 14 years in the making, and Sam Bousfield, CEO of… Read More »

7 August 2022 | 3:54 am

Printer maker Epson has programmed some models of its inkjet printers to "stop operating" at a pre-determined time, citing the risk of property damage linked to "ink spills," the Fight to Repair newsletter reports. Epson printer owners have complained that their functioning printers have suddenly… Read More »

7 August 2022 | 1:35 am

Netflix's "Sandman" adaptation premiered Friday. But the 10-episode season required three years of writing, filming and editing (not to mention an imaginative cast including Mark Hamill as Mervyn Pumpkinhead and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven). And Variety points out this followed a full 30 years of Neil Gaiman refusing to even… Read More »

6 August 2022 | 11:34 pm

Professional baseball has a dirty secret, according to the New York Times. While a catcher may secretly signal for certain pitches using their fingers, "Multiple managers say there are clubs who use a dozen or more staff members to study video and swipe signs." But should that practice be stopped with technology? Adding cameras in every… Read More »