The Humiliating History of the TSA

People cry at airports all the time. So when Jai Cooper heard sobbing from the back of the security line, it didn’t really faze her. As an officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), she had gotten used to the strange behavior of passengers. Her job was to check people’s travel documents, not their emotional […]

The Disaster Consultants

The small city of Mexico Beach, Florida, always had a certain charm. It had been lucky. Even though it sits on the Gulf of Mexico, which gets rocked by hurricanes each year, it had never been affected by a major storm. The cinder block buildings and the cottage-style houses still had the same look and […]

Omicron-specific vaccine boosters get FDA sign-off

COVID-19 vaccines designed to target the omicron variant have just been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Both Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna got the FDA’s sign-off for their booster doses of the reformulated shot. This is the first update to COVID-19 vaccines to be authorized in the United States. The Pfizer / BioNTech […]

The open elevator door button puts kindness at our fingertips

Elevator buttons can sometimes be fickle things — confusing labels or tricky security systems can start a trip up or down a building off on a slightly sour note. But on the control panel, there’s one button that stands out for its ability to make someone’s day instead of ruining it: the open door button. […]

Snap is canceling several projects and laying off 20 percent of employees

Snap is laying off around 20 percent of its more than 6,400 employees and canceling its original shows, in-app games, and several other projects as part of a corporate restructuring. In a company memo on Wednesday that you can read in full below, CEO Evan Spiegel wrote that Snap is “restructuring our business to increase […]

Bang and Olufsen’s motorized TV stand and Atmos soundbar combo costs nearly $8,000

Today at IFA 2022, Bang & Olufsen introduced the Beosound Theatre Dolby Atmos soundbar, a soundbar that doubles as both a stylish speaker and a TV stand. The Beosound Theatre is an all-in-one sound system, containing 12 speaker drivers, including two custom-made long-stroke 6.5” woofers. If you have grander plans for your audio setup, however, […]

Oppo is bringing its Reno 8 midrange series to Europe

Oppo is launching its Reno 8 series — previously announced for China and India — in Europe and the UK. The Reno 8 Pro sits at the top of the range with almost-flagship features and pricing: £599, or about $698. One of its key spec points is the inclusion of Oppo’s Marisilicon X neural processor […]

Dashlane is ready to replace all your passwords with passkeys

Passwords are dying, long live passkeys. Practically the entire tech industry seems to agree that hexadecimal passwords need to die, and that the best way to replace them is with the cryptographic keys that have come to be known as passkeys. Basically, rather than having you type a phrase to prove you’re you, websites and […]

Nvidia Broadcast support will make virtual green screens easier in OBS Studio

Popular open-source streaming software OBS Studio is getting some new features, including AI-powered virtual backgrounds from Nvidia Broadcast that allow you to change your virtual environment without using a green screen. The feature is far from perfect and won’t replace the quality of a physical green screen, but we can attest that it does a […]