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Slate - Technology

iPhones and Androids Need a GPS Button

iPhones and Androids Need a GPS Button

On Monday, an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that Google tracks and stores users’ locations even when they’ve told it not to. The story refers to a setting in your Google account
Future Tense Newsletter: How Sex Robots May Remake Marriage

Future Tense Newsletter: How Sex Robots May Remake Marriage

Greetings, Future Tensers, As with other social institutions, marriage has always evolved alongside changes in technology. Electric appliances gave rise to wives pursuing paid work outside the
Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone.

Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone.

It was 16 years ago this August when I first set foot as a freshman on a college campus. Perhaps the experience is particularly vivid for me because now, as a college professor, I teach in a building
Twitter Suspends Alex Jones for Inciting Violence

Twitter Suspends Alex Jones for Inciting Violence

Twitter issued a weeklong suspension Tuesday to an account belonging to Infowars’ marquee conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. Jones had posted a video of himself telling supporters, “Now is the time to
We Have to Be Smart About Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

We Have to Be Smart About Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

For millions of people suffering from diabetes, new technology enabled by artificial intelligence promises to make management much easier. Medtronic’s Guardian Connect system promises to alert users
Guys! Exclamation Points Are Out of Control.

Guys! Exclamation Points Are Out of Control.

Everyone knows that ending a sentence with a period is just about the rudest thing one human can do to another, murder and cuckoldry notwithstanding. “I hope this note finds you well.” Brutal. “See
Wildfires Consume Glacier National Park for the Second Year in a Row

Wildfires Consume Glacier National Park for the Second Year in a Row

This past Saturday was Glacier National Park’s hottest day ever on record. As temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit, lightening ignited three fires in the area. The largest of the fires spread
What Caused Cuba’s Sonic Attacks?

What Caused Cuba’s Sonic Attacks?

For the past year, scientists have been trying to understand what caused the mysterious “acoustic attacks” against U.S. diplomats in Cuba. Since late 2016, at least 26 people have experienced a litany
California Welfare Agency Has Been Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Recipients Since 2016

California Welfare Agency Has Been Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Recipients Since 2016

Officials with the Department of Human Assistance, or DHA, in Sacramento, California, have been using license plate readers since 2016 to investigate welfare fraud, the Sacramento Bee reported last
YouTube Is Adding Fact-Check Links for Videos on Topics That Inspire Conspiracy Theories

YouTube Is Adding Fact-Check Links for Videos on Topics That Inspire Conspiracy Theories

Banning Alex Jones isn’t the only thing YouTube is doing to stem conspiracy theories on its platform. The company recently began linking to Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica articles below some
How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better

How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better

Adapted from “Sexbot-Induced Social Change: An Economic Perspective” by Marina Adshade in Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications edited by John Danaher and Neil McArthur. Out now from the MIT
The Instagram Book Exchange Only Sounds Like a Scam

The Instagram Book Exchange Only Sounds Like a Scam

“I’m looking for people to participate in a huge book exchange,” begins a message that’s been popping up on Instagram, mostly in Stories, for the past few months. “All you have to do is buy your
The Most Terrifying Device Hacks From This Year’s Def Con

The Most Terrifying Device Hacks From This Year’s Def Con

Def Con, one of the most prominent annual hacking conferences in the world, was held in Las Vegas over the weekend. The conference is essentially a cavalcade of terrifying reminders that the
What Are “Ethics in Design”?

What Are “Ethics in Design”?

Last year, a video posted to Twitter captured two Facebook employees using a soap dispenser in an employee bathroom. The white employee places his hand under the dispenser and receives soap without
When Will People Start Shopping With Alexa?

When Will People Start Shopping With Alexa?

Amazon Echo owners use its voice-based digital assistant Alexa for a variety of purposes. Playing music and listening to the news typically top the list, but smart home control, general knowledge
How White Supremacists Planned Their Rally in D.C.

How White Supremacists Planned Their Rally in D.C.

On Sunday, a group of white supremacists is planning to gather in Washington, D.C. for a “white civil rights” rally—a sequel to the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last
Why Google’s Plan for Limiting Screen Time on Android Phones Could Be the Best Approach Yet

Why Google’s Plan for Limiting Screen Time on Android Phones Could Be the Best Approach Yet

Tech companies keep talking about digital well-being lately. The idea is to ensure that smartphone and app users aren’t just whiling away their hours in a tapping, scrolling stupor, and that the time
Why Lifting the Ban on Nazi Imagery on Video Games in Germany Was the Right Move

Why Lifting the Ban on Nazi Imagery on Video Games in Germany Was the Right Move

The next Wolfenstein game might not even need to remove Adolf Hitler’s mustache: Germany’s Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (or USK), an independent, industry-funded board that oversees age
Are You There, @Jack? It’s Every Single Twitter User.

Are You There, @Jack? It’s Every Single Twitter User.

In one important way, Jack Dorsey is a lot like the guy in charge of the Hair Club for Men: He isn’t just Twitter’s chief executive; he’s also a user. Unlike the head of just about any other
The Shiloh Scandal Is Even Worse Than It Seems

The Shiloh Scandal Is Even Worse Than It Seems

A federal court has given the Trump administration until Friday, Aug. 10, to figure out a plan for the 28 immigrant children still detained at the Shiloh Treatment Center in southeast Texas. Any child