The Coronavirus Is Making a Just Transition More Urgent for Coal Country

RIP, Navajo Generating Station.Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan (AP) Before the coronavirus pandemic threw the U.S. into recession, the Navajo Nation was already dealing with a recession of its own. With the closure of a giant coal plant last year, the tribal nation had lost more than $40 million in revenue. Now, the pandemic is exacerbating…

Facebook bans ‘boogaloo’ accounts and pages linked to violence

Facebook isn’t just limiting the spread of “boogaloo” groups on its platform — it’s tossing many of those groups out. The social media giant has banned accounts and pages from the pro-civil-war group after deeming a violent network that breaks the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy. Facebook primarily removed 220 accounts, 106 groups, 28…

Australian Authorities Want an AI To Settle Your Divorce

Photo: Leon Neal (Getty Images) For better or worse, there’s a good chance your current love life owes something to automation. Even if you’re just hooking up with the occasional Tinder fling (which if you are, no judgment), you’re still turning to Tinder’s black-box algorithms to pick out that fling for you before turning to…

Amazon’s ‘Crucible’ returns to closed beta to rework gameplay

Amazon’s Crucible had a rough launch, to put it mildly, and the developers are taking the unusual step of rolling back the game’s availability to give it a second chance. Relentless and Amazon are returning the multiplayer shooter to closed beta as of July 1st. It’ll still be available through Steam to play around the…

3D-printed plant-based steaks could arrive in 2021

3D printing differs from other methods companies have used for reproducing meat taste and texture. Both Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat use combinations of plant-based proteins, oils and binders, like methylcellulose and potato starch, to achieve a realistic texture for their ground beef and patties — though the texture of ground beef is arguably easier…

Nest makes its Seasonal Savings program free for all thermostat users

To help customers save energy (and money) this summer, Nest is offering its Seasonal Savings feature for free to its connected thermostat users in the US and most of Canada. The feature makes small tweaks to Nest thermostat settings to help reduce energy consumption. By adjusting temperatures a fraction of a degree each day, the…

How to Get Around Google’s New Photo Sync Limits on Android

Screenshot: David Murphy For months we’ve all been stuck at home taking pictures of our cats, dinners and other noteworthy objects, and we’ve apparently been using a lot of bandwidth when backing them all up to Google Photos. As a result, Google announced today that it is limiting what Google Photos will automatically back up on…

Facebook Is Pivoting Away From ‘Engaging’ Content In the News Feed

Photo: Alastair Pike/AFP (Getty Images) It seems like Facebook is really trying (for real this time, guys!) to get a handle on its fake news problem. Today the company announced a major change to the way it prioritizes news articles in your feed. Instead of prioritizing news content that has the most engagement, the social…