New York Faces Blackouts as Extreme Heat Strains the Grid

The sun sets behind 42nd Street in Manhattan during a power outage in New York City on July 13, 2019. A similar scene could play out on Wednesday as extreme heat strains the grid.Photo: Johannes Eisele (Getty Images) On Wednesday afternoon, New Yorkers’ phones started shrieking as an emergency alert warned them to conserve power…

Amazon Releases Cowardly Statement, Is Clearly Afraid of FTC Chair

Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool (Getty Images) Amazon has asked the Federal Trade Commission to recuse its new Chair, Lina Khan, from any upcoming antitrust investigations concerning the company, essentially arguing that she’s too qualified for the job. Advertisement Khan, who was recently named chairwoman of the federal agency by President Joe Biden, has been very vocal…

CDC Stands by Masking Guidelines, Says Vaccinated Americans Are Safe From Delta Variant

Rochelle Walensky, speaking at an event held in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020.Photo: Susan Walsh (AP) The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, is trying to assuage vaccinated people’s fears about the Delta variant of the coronavirus. This morning, Walensky said that vaccinated people should remain protected from Delta…

Hayao Miyazaki’s Glorious Lupin III Movie Is Coming to Theaters in 4K

Come take a ride with one of Miyazaki’s greatest films.Screenshot: Toho Hayao Miyazaki might be better known for the incredible body of work he developed over his entire career at Studio Ghibli, but the animator’s theatrical debut didn’t just form a foundational base for that career, it gave one of Japan’s most beloved gentlemen thieves…

Twitch Watch Parties now work on iOS and Android

Following last year’s expansion beyond the US, Twitch users can now access the platform’s “Watch Parties” feature on Android and iOS devices. Watch Parties allow Twitch users to stream content from Amazon Prime Video much like they would a video game. Viewers can follow along with the TV show or movie as it unfolds and…

Maine bans facial recognition technology from schools and most police work

Maine has passed the strongest statewide law regulating government use of facial recognition to date. The state’s House and Senate voted unanimously in favor of rules that prohibit law enforcement from using the technology unless they have probable cause that an unidentified person in an image committed a serious crime. Once the law goes into…

51 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Reading List in July

Detail from the cover of Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy.Image: Night Shade It’s hot outside, possibly hot as hell depending on where you live—but one way to keep cool is to plop down in front of a fan or the air conditioner, or perhaps inside a walk-in freezer, and crack open a…

Amazon calls for FTC chair Lina Khan’s recusal from antitrust investigations

Amazon has requested the recusal of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan from the agency’s antitrust investigations into the company. “Amazon.com, Inc. respectfully petitions the commission for recusal of Chair Lina Khan from any antitrust investigation, adjudication, litigation, or other proceeding in which Amazon is a subject, target or defendant for which Chair Khan’s prior…

watchOS 8 beta hands-on: Subtle but useful changes

With the iOS 15 and watchOS 8 public betas now available for testing, it’s time for us to get an early look at some of the features coming to Apple’s biggest platforms. While the next watchOS might not represent as significant a change as iOS 15, it does bring new health and fitness tools, along…