Huawei Executive One Step Closer to US Extradition After Major Loss in Court

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, is much likelier to end up facing prison time in the United States after her legal strategy to avoid extradition from Canada suffered a massive blow on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Now’s the Time to Rewatch Black Mirror’s ‘Striking Vipers’

Charlie Brooker was quite right when he said that now really isn’t the time for new episodes of Black Mirror. But the fact that so many of us are self-isolating at home in the midst of a pandemic that’s made it so we can’t physically touch one another makes now a particularly excellent time to go back and (re)watch “Striking Vipers,” the first episode in Black Mirror’s fifth series. Read More >>

US Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA – Mostly in Favour of Rightsholders

The US Copyright Office has released a long-awaited, 192-page report that could give the music and movie industry an opening to fight for stricter enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Read More >>

In an About-Face, UK Will Not Allow Huawei to be Involved in Any Part of its 5G Networks

It appears the UK wants Chinese telecommunications company Huawei as far away from its 5G network as possible. In an about-face, Boris Johnson has told officials to create plans to reduce Huawei’s involvement in the country’s 5G networks to zero by 2023. Read More >>

New Airbus Blended-Wing Airplane Concept Looks Very Similar to a 1940s Design for a Futuristic Flyer

Earlier this year, Airbus unveiled a sleek new concept aircraft with a blended wing that looked incredibly futuristic. And while it looks like it could have been ripped out of a sci-fi movie from the 2010s, the plane concept also has many elements of retro-futurism. Specifically, the plane looks similar to the proposed Northrop Flying Wing of the 1940s. Read More >>

Facebook Shovels Giphy Into Its Salivating Maw

It grows: Facebook has acquired the wildly popular gif-sharing service Giphy in a deal reportedly worth at least $400 million (£330 million), even as it stares down an increasingly hostile reception in official DC and antitrust probes by feds and the states. Read More >>

Trump Extends Executive Order Banning Huawei From Using US Tech for Another Year

In May 2019, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that banned a number of non-American companies, including Huawei, from using US-made tech in their devices. This week, Trump extended that order, effectively banning Huawei from sourcing components from US companies like Google for another year. Read More >>

France to Platforms: Remove Terrorism and Paedophilia-Related Content in One Hour or Else

The nation of France has approved a new law that will force tech giants to delete terrorism and paedophilia-related content from sites in as little as an hour or be exposed to fines that could total up to four per cent of global revenue, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

WHO is Launching a Coronavirus Symptom Checker App for Countries That Do Not Have One: Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working on launching an app to help people living in countries with limited resources determine if they may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19. Read More >>

Lyft, Like Uber, Will Also Now Require Drivers and Passengers Wear Face Coverings

Lyft, which has somehow spent the last few months of the coronavirus pandemic merely suggesting passengers and drivers wear face coverings, said on Thursday that it will soon make it a requirement. Read More >>

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The Flying Pinto Was the Worst Idea in Flying Car History

What happens when you combine a car like the Ford Pinto with a plane like the Cessna 337? Nothing good, it turns out. Read More >>

What Is LiDAR and Why Would You Want It on Your Phone?

It’s in the new iPad Pro tablets, it’s rumoured to be coming to the iPhone 12 and a form of it has been appearing in Android phones for the last few years. What exactly is LiDAR, and why would you want it in a mobile device? Here we’ll take you through what the tech does, all of the ways it can be deployed, and why it might soon become as common as cameras in smartphones. Read More >>

The Westworld Finale Whiffed It Hard

Turns out while violent pleasures have violent ends, Westworld’s season three finale was a violent end that had very little pleasure in it. That is, if you were hoping for something more than a basic sci-fi action flick. It turns out everything the show has been building up these past seven episodes is nothing much at all. Read More >>

Westworld’s Vincent Cassel on That Final Serac Twist and What’s Next

The latest season of Westworld has revolved around Serac, an enigmatic figure who came out of nowhere to serve as the puppet master of their world. Every episode has brought us one step closer to understanding the man behind the tech – and it turns out the answer was the very thing that surprised the actor playing him the most. Read More >>

These Coronavirus-Fighting Smart Glasses Can ‘See’ Your Temperature

Chinese startup Rokid has found a unique and somewhat terrifying market foothold for its AI and augmented-reality tech amid the coronavirus pandemic: smart glasses that clock the temperature of those around you. Read More >>