The Year We Started Buying Phones Like We Buy Cars
With the demise of the two-year contract across almost all major carriers also came a change in the way Americans buy cell phones.
—Julia Sklar, interim associate Web producer
‘Detour’ Audio Tours Reveal Cities’ Fascinating Backstories
A new app offers a dose of augmented reality in the form of a kicked up audio guide. As you walk around a city, the app geolocates you and, in time with your walking pace, offers historical tidbits about the world around you that you otherwise might’ve walked past without really seeing. The only obvious downside is that it’s not available in a ton of cities yet.
From Marriage Equality to Pluto and Beyond—These Are the Things We Appreciated Most About 2015
Slate takes an interactive approach to cataloguing a year’s worth of good news.
—Brian Bergstein, executive editor
The Forgotten Father of Environmentalism
My German grandfather was fascinated by Humboldt, who turns out to have been “this first scientist to talk about harmful human-onduced climate change.”
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
The Year in Fungi
A roundup of newly found eukaryotes.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
How AI is reinventing what computers are
Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.
Over-the-counter coronavirus tests are finally available in the US. Some are more accurate and easier to use than others.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
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