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See You Yesterday Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Everyone knows the time-travel rules: Don't go back and meet your previous self; don't crush on your mom; and, as tempting as it is, don't try to kill an evil tyrant. Despite their obviousness, these tropes are still trotted out in most time-travel movies—including, most recently, Avengers: Endgame. See You Yesterday considers that history and Read more about <em>See You Yesterday</em> Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel[…]

Las Vegas Orders Up a Boring Company Loop

Since Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk joke-tweeted the Boring Company into existence two and a half years ago, the fledgling tunneling tech company has dug one (test) hole, in the parking lot of SpaceX’s suburban LA headquarters; participated in at least one high-profile press conference with the mayor of Chicago; promised Dodgers fans it Read more about Las Vegas Orders Up a Boring Company Loop[…]

Apple's MacBook Update, a Self-Driving Mail Truck, and More News

Apple finally heard your keyboard complaints, USPS is ditching the drivers, and Google exposed some passwords. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Apple is finally fixing its keyboards A year and a half after MacBook Pro users complained about their keyboards breaking, Apple is finally doing something Read more about Apple's MacBook Update, a Self-Driving Mail Truck, and More News[…]

GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects

Last year, Microsoft paid $7.5 billion to buy GitHub, the online home of thousands of open source software projects that power apps and sites ranging from Facebook to Walmart.com. The acquisition, along with IBM's $34 billion purchase of open source company Red Hat, proved that open source software can be big business. That's a little Read more about GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects[…]

VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Isn’t Buying Many Electric Vehicles

For all the moves backing up its newfound enthusiasm for an electric future—70 new battery-powered models by 2028, a $1 billion investment in its own battery plant, a national network of high-power charging stations—Volkswagen may make no bigger contribution to that vision than the $15 billion it paid to settle the Dieselgate scandal in the Read more about VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Isn’t Buying Many Electric Vehicles[…]

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Over the past week, both Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt made the same appeal to American nationalism, with differing degrees of subtlety: Breaking up Big Tech will only help China. It’s a politically expedient plea as calls for regulating tech intensify amid growing concern about China’s tech prowess Read more about Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China[…]

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

I've never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, which, in this case, makes me the perfect critic. I come with no bias, no allegiance, no screwball theories as to how the series finale failed to rise to to the level of its previous seasons (as I've heard). All that I know of Game of Read more about Depth of Field: <em>Game of Thrones</em> Was Always Doomed to Disappoint[…]

Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer: Linda Hamilton Has a Big Gun

Greetings all, and welcome to the latest installment of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of all things pop culture. What’s in store today? First up, we have a new trailer for the latest Terminator flick. Second, there’s another John Wick movie coming in 2021. Finally, Christoper Nolan keeps adding to the Murderers’ Row of a cast Read more about <em>Terminator: Dark Fate</em> Trailer: Linda Hamilton Has a Big Gun[…]

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

In the race to develop a technology that, at its root, is about teaching robots how to understand their surroundings, Aurora just bought itself a fresh set of eyeballs. The developer of self-driving car technology announced Thursday it’s acquiring lidar maker Blackmore, whose laser scanning tech offers the unusual and very helpful ability not just Read more about Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company[…]