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Bing Maps Make the Revived *Flight Simulator* Eerily Realistic

Bing Maps Make the Revived *Flight Simulator* Eerily Realistic

The 3D mapping, along with data and technical guidance from avionics manufacturers, make Microsoft’s long-loved flying program more than just a game.
The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Get the most out of Google's Chrome browser with these tips and tricks.
5G Is More Secure Than 4G and 3G—Except When It’s Not

5G Is More Secure Than 4G and 3G—Except When It’s Not

The next-generation wireless networks make it harder to track and spoof users, but security holes remain because devices still connect to older networks.
Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

There’s more to these frozen, frost-covered satellites than meets the eye.
The Best Sales on Xbox, PS4, and Switch for Christmas 2019 (Consoles and Games)

The Best Sales on Xbox, PS4, and Switch for Christmas 2019 (Consoles and Games)

Every major console and critically acclaimed games are on sale at multiple retailers for the holidays.
15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

Telegram hacks in Russia, Senate encryption hearings, and more in the week’s top security news.
'Final Space' Has Heart but Needs More Brains

'Final Space' Has Heart but Needs More Brains

The sci-fi cartoon has a lot going for it, but it's still mostly kids' stuff.
Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

Jeff Dean says the company is trying to build systems that have general smarts, rather than highly specialized intelligence.
Sometimes Red Means Go—When It Comes to Bus Rides

Sometimes Red Means Go—When It Comes to Bus Rides

New Federal Highway Administration rules give cities more leeway to create special bus lanes.
The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

Xbox Series X is a sort of desktop-tower-shaped black box with an aesthetic quite similar to the consoles that came before.
Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Photographer Cristina Quicler’s image captures the fearlessness of the teenage climate activist.
When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The mantis shrimp beats the hell out of almost anything it can get its hammers on. Except, that is, for the disco clam, which unleashes a dazzling defense.
Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

It took Nike 55 design attempts over 18 months to come up with a suit that caters to hijab-wearing swimmers, paddle boarders, and SPF enthusiasts.
Utility Executives Kept Flint's Tainted Water a Secret

Utility Executives Kept Flint's Tainted Water a Secret

Email exchanges show senior employees and Flint officials knew the tap water was poisoned with lead months before the city alerted residents.
A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

Leaders in artificial intelligence warn that progress is slowing, big challenges remain, and simply throwing more computers at a problem isn't sustainable.
The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G

The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G

AT&T launches its new next-generation wireless network, but breadth of 5G coverage in the US still lags South Korea and China.
Gadget Lab Podcast: An Interview With Biologist Laura Boykin

Gadget Lab Podcast: An Interview With Biologist Laura Boykin

The computational biologist collects cassava DNA with a pocket-sized device in order to fight the pathogens threatening the vital staple crop.
The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals.
The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

As influencers peddle more sexually explicit content, Big Tech's biggest platforms—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—are increasing restrictions.
Seattle Joins the Rush to Slow Down Traffic on City Streets

Seattle Joins the Rush to Slow Down Traffic on City Streets

The city plans to lower the speed limit on major roads to 25 mph in hopes of boosting safety, following similar moves in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.