Technology

Did you (or your dog) eat a suspicious mushroom? These very online mycologists want to help.

Ninety-nine percent of mushrooms have little to no toxicity, but the 1 percent that are highly toxic can lead to life-threatening complications for pets. | Gerd Pfeifer/EyeEm via Getty Images Meet the fast-growing global community that identifies fungi and plants and helps assess poison risk. The thin, white mushrooms emerged …

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Why you should care about Facebook’s big push into the metaverse

Courtesy of Meta The futuristic tech Mark Zuckerberg is investing billions in could remake the internet. It’s the next big breakthrough in technology. It’s a joke. It’s a marketing strategy. It’s a techno-dystopian nightmare. It’s the metaverse — defined most simply as a virtual world where people can socialize, work, …

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Why you should care about Facebook’s big push into the metaverse

Courtesy of Meta The futuristic tech Mark Zuckerberg is investing billions in could remake the internet. It’s the next big breakthrough in technology. It’s a joke. It’s a marketing strategy. It’s a techno-dystopian nightmare. It’s the metaverse — defined most simply as a virtual world where people can socialize, work, …

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GM dreams of electric fleets

GM has invested $150 million for a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft. | Pure Watercraft The Detroit automaker is forging ahead with plans to build electric boats, trains, and planes. General Motors is getting into the electric boat business. In fact, as the American auto giant pushes President Joe …

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Office holiday parties are back and smaller than ever

Mike Powell/Getty Images Festive annual company celebrations survived the pandemic. Yay? People either love or hate office holiday parties. Pretty much everyone hates virtual office holiday parties. As we enter the second pandemic holiday season, both types of events — meant to celebrate employees and humanize bosses — are back. …

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How HBO could have become — or bought — Netflix

A scene from Game of Thrones on HBO. | HBO An alternative media history, brought to us by a new oral history of HBO. “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” That’s Netflix executive Ted Sarandos in 2013, shortly before his company made its jump …

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Apple will finally let you fix your own devices — sort of

Apple is letting customers repair their own iPhones. | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images The announcement comes as regulators prepare to crack down on restrictive device repair policies. Apple announced on Wednesday that it will start letting people repair their own products. The announcement marks a change in Apple’s …

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Facebook’s freaky new glove

Maybe the metaverse should be less like sci-fi. | Courtesy of Meta Reality Labs Reality Labs is working on clothing that helps you feel things in the metaverse. On Tuesday afternoon, Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, made a supposedly exciting announcement: a glove. But not just any glove. …

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Netflix is finally going to reveal how much time people spend watching its shows and movies

A scene from Netflix’s Red Notice starring Gal Gadot. | Frank Masi/Netflix The streaming giant is launching a ratings system, of sorts. When Netflix ushered in the streaming video era, it helped kill off traditional TV ratings. Now, the company says it wants to bring them back, sort of: The …

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The space debris problem is getting dangerous

Russia’s latest antisatellite test has created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk. | Getty Images/iStockphoto The ISS seems fine after a Russian weapons test blew up a defunct satellite, but these incidents could become more common. Russia shot down one of its Soviet-era satellites in a weapons test on …

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