Even Google Thinks Sideloading Apps on Android Is a Horrible Experience

So much is revealed when court documents are officially unsealed, and in the case of Epic Games’ antitrust complaint against Google, we now know that Google considered buying the Fortnite maker outright “squelch this threat.” Google also apparently attempted to convince Epic Games not to limit Fortnite to sideloading…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Science, Technology, Computing, Tencent, App Store, Operating Systems, Epic Games, Alphabet Inc, Potomac Maryland, Sideloading, Tim McSweeney, Technology Internet

The Best Toys of the Week Come Dressed for Success

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest and greatest things in toys. We’re still preparing for the holiday festivities even as we sweat our way through a scorching summer, but we’ve also got a perfect Power Rangers meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover, some tempting 12-inch figures…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Sideshow Collectibles, Hasbro, Black Widow, Raphael, Darth Vader, Thor, Thanos, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Clone Wars, Power Rangers, Nickelodeon, Spider Man, Anakin Skywalker

10 Great Doctor Who Moments From Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor

Last week brought the sad news that time’s up for the TARDIS’s latest owner: Jodie Whittaker is exiting Doctor Who at the end of 2022, leaving alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall. But in true Doctor Who manner, now that we’ve already wondered about the future, it’s time to reflect on the past—with the moments we’ve…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Television, Fiction, Regeneration, James, Chris Chibnall, Tardis, Time Lords, Tim Shaw, Jodie Whittaker, The Doctor, Tzim Sha, Thirteenth Doctor, Creative Works, Doctor S

Jakob's Wife Offers Convincing Proof That Horror Is the Ultimate Glow-Up

The story of a woman coming into her power after getting a supernatural boost is hardly a new one—but much like more traditional makeover narratives, it’s often rewarding enough to justify being so familiar. The most delicious version of this tale usually involves a frumpy lass becoming a glamorous villain, like Uma…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Uma Thurman, Jakob, Larry Fessenden, Channel Zero, Batman Robin, Barbara Crampton, The Last Winter, Travis Stevens, Creative Works, Mark Steensland, Anne Fedder, Kathy Charles, Jakob Fedder, Jakobs Wife

Facebook Killed Research Into Capitol Riot to Protect Itself—Not Users

When the Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion for deceiving its users on privacy, it celebrated the fine as “record-breaking and history-making.” Two years and $200 billion in revenue later, Facebook has found a way to turn lemons into lemonade, deceiving its users once again and using a seemingly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, Targeted Advertising, Jr, Frank Pallone, Joe Osborne, Jan Schakowsky, Internet Privacy, Samuel Levine

California Hydropower Plant Shuts Down as a Key Reservoir Drops to Record Low

Lake Oroville is the latest reservoir across the West to sink to a new low. The reservoir is getting so empty that a major hydropower plant has had to shut down months ahead of what officials expected in late June, reflecting the worsening situation across the state.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Environment, West, Water Scarcity, Dam, Lake Oroville, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Feather River, Oroville Dam, Karla Nemeth, Reservoir, Oroville California, California State Water Project, States Of The United States

U.S. Has Worst Health Care, Highest Infant Mortality Rate Among Wealthy Countries, Report Finds

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund provides a sobering if unsurprising assessment of the health care system in America. Compared to similarly wealthy countries, the U.S. scored dead last in most measures of decent health care, which included having the highest infant and maternal mortality rate.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, America, Social Issues, Health Care, Infant Mortality, Health Care Reform, Universal Health Care, Commonwealth Fund, Mirror Mirror, Eric Schneider, Health Economics, Health System, Preventive Healthcare, Maternal Death

WhatsApp Says It Won't Be Scanning Your Photos for Child Abuse

Apple’s new tool to suss out potential child abuse in iPhone photos is already sparking controversy. On Friday, just one day after it was announced, Will Cathcart, the head of Facebook’s messaging app, WhatsApp, said that the company would decline to adopt the software on the grounds that it introduced a host of legal…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Will Cathcart

It's Time to Clean Your Disgusting Mechanical Keyboard

I learned from a young age how dirty computers could get after enough time in a common area bordering the kitchen and the living room—especially the keyboard. Dust, grease, food crumbs, and everything in between get caught in the crevices of the keys, in places you’d never even thought possible. And now that I’m into…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Materials, Manufacturing, Razer, Microfiber, Vacuum Cleaner, Das Keyboard, Computer Keyboards, Keycap, Artificial Objects, Its Time, Keyboard Technology

For About $1 Million a Week, You Can Rent Paul Allen’s Obscene Superyacht

The late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 414-foot superyacht has finally been sold to an unnamed mystery buyer for the low, low price of 235 million euros (about $276 million USD). The vessel, nicknamed “Octopus” before Allen’s death in 2018, is slightly longer than the average football field, and considered one of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Luxury, Paul Allen, Water transport, Ships, A, Yachts, Watercraft, Allen, Superyacht, Allen S, Motor Yachts

SpaceX Starship Stacking Produces the Tallest Rocket Ever Built

Earlier today, engineers with SpaceX ever-so-carefully placed a Starship second-stage rocket atop a Super Heavy booster, resulting in the tallest rocket ever built, albeit a rocket that has yet to leave Earth’s surface.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Earth

The Suicide Squad Spoiler Discussion Zone Is Rampaging Your Way

The latest superhero epic from filmmaker James Gunn is here. No, not Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. That’s coming later. Instead, Gunn becomes the first director to have his name on films in both the Marvel and DC Universe’s with today’s release of Warner Bros.’s The Suicide Squad. And though you can go to…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Films, Dc Comics, Shark, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Idris Elba, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Margot Robbie, Pete Davidson, Boomerang, Joel, Gunn, Taika Waititi

$100M donation powers decade-long moonshot to create solar satellites that beam power to Earth

It sounds like a plan concocted by a supervillain, if that villain’s dastardly end was to provide cheap, clean power all over the world: launch a set of three-kilometer-wide solar arrays that beam the sun’s energy to the surface. Even the price tag seems gleaned from pop fiction: one hundred million dollars. But this is a real project at Caltech, funded for a nearly a decade largely by a single donor. The Space-based Solar Power Project has been underway since at least 2013, when the first donat...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Tech, Earth, Solar Power, Aerospace, GreenTech, Donald, Caltech, Don, Solar Cells, Irvine Company, Bren

The 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms based on your vaccination status, in one chart

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty COVID-19 symptoms look somewhat different for vaccinated people who get breakthrough cases and unvaccinated people, a study found. Unvaccinated people are more likely to report a fever and persistent cough. They're also more likely to get severely sick and reported more symptoms in total. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant is challenging vaccines more than any coronavirus strain so far...
Tags: UK, England, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, Scotland, US, Trends, Delta, Pfizer, Symptoms, Imperial College London, Los Angeles County, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Just Closed a Big Chapter in Star Wars History

When last we left Star Wars: The Bad Batch—which was just renewed for a second season—Hunter was trapped. The group’s villainous former friend Crosshair captured the leader after the events on Daro and the question became: would the rest of Clone Force 99 go back to save Hunter? Well, despite the main Disney+ menu…Read more...
Tags: Droid, Science, Disney, Rex, Darth Vader, John Williams, Boba Fett, Hunter, Palpatine, Cody, Obi Wan Kenobi, Pershing, Galactic Republic, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Kiner, Fictional Characters

How Worried Should You Be About a Key Atlantic Current Collapsing?

The Day After Tomorrow gets invoked often in climate discourse, but then, we keep having extreme events that seem to mimic the movie. The latest example is a new study, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, that sounds the alarm about “early-warning signals” the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation could…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Tipping Point, Earth Sciences, Greenland Ice Sheet, Effects Of Climate Change, Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, Paul Ritchie, Ice Sheets, Physical Geography, Abrupt Climate Change, Tipping Points In The Climate System, Sybren Drijfhout, Will Dennis Quaid

Perseverance Collects Its First Rock Sample on Mars

Perseverance has now collected a rock sample on Mars, the first of around 35 that will be set aside for a future mission to collect and bring to Earth. NASA announced the successful collection in a tweet this morning.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, United States, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Opportunity, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Jezero, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mars rovers, Technology Internet

Perseverance Collects Its First Rock Sample on Mars [Update: Maybe Not]

Update 6:45pm EDT: Uh-oh. Bad news from NASA—the agency said later on Friday that Perseverance’s caching system doesn’t appear to be holding a rock sample after all. Though initial telemetry from the rover indicated a sample was processed, it appears that a probe tasked with measuring the sample in the tube didn’t…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, United States, Rover, Watson, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Opportunity, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Jezero, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mars rovers, Exploration Of Mars

Jeffrey Wright Says What If's Watcher Is the Fan to End All Marvel Fans

While each episode of Marvel’s What If is set in a different time and space within the MCU’s larger multiverse, the series as a whole is told from the perspective of the Watcher—an all-seeing, all-knowing being sworn to observe, but never engage with the things he witnesses. io9 recently had the chance to chat with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Actors, Marvel Comics, Wanda, Jeffrey Wright, Kang, What If, Fictional Characters, Watcher, Uatu, Entertainment Culture

United Is the First Major Airline Requiring Vaccines for All Employees

United Airlines will be the first major US airline to require its US-based employees—all 67,000 of them—to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In a memo sent to employees on Friday describing the new mandate, United CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart explained that while some employees “will disagree with this…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Labor, US, Articles, Delta Airlines, Medical Research, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccine, United, Tropical Diseases, United Airlines, Medical Records, Passports

Yikes, Firefox Lost 46 Million Users in the Last Three Years

Mozilla Firefox hemorrhaged nearly 46 million users in the last three years, the company’s own Public Data Report shows a steady and troubling decline in popularity for a browser that serves as one of the last serious competitors to Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google Chrome, Firefox, Google, Science, Microsoft, Web Browsers, Safari, Software, Freeware, Microsoft Edge, Browser Extension, Browser Wars, Technology Internet, Public Data Report

Exxon May Finally Release a Climate Plan That Only Sort of Sucks

Well, well, well, look who finally decided to join the Big Oil climate pledge party. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Exxon, the company that for decades pushed climate denial on the world, is “considering” making a pledge to get its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Companies, Royal Dutch Shell, Carbon Tax, Climate Change Mitigation, Wall Street Journal, Climate Change Policy, Carbon Dioxide, Exxon, International Energy Agency, Big Oil, Rockefeller Family, Physical Sciences, Darren Woods

NASA’s Year-Long Simulated Mission to Mars Would Probably Kick Your Ass

NASA is preparing to run long-duration, ground-based simulations that will closely approximate an actual mission to the Red Planet. The space agency is now accepting applications for participation—but have you got the right stuff?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Articles, Nasa, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Life on Mars, Outer Space, Human Spaceflight, Astronaut Training, Space Policy, Human Mission To Mars

Half of Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Dado Ruvic/Reuters Half of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the White House said. COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar tweeted that the US reached the milestone on Friday. The newly vaccinated seven-day average is up 11% from last week and 44% over the past two weeks, Shahpar said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US hit a major milestone Friday as half of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the White House said.White ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Vaccine, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Breaking, Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19 pandemic, Covid-19 Vaccine, Cyrus Shahpar, Shahpar, Johns Hopkins University Read

Microsoft Is Experimenting With a 'Super Duper Secure Mode' for Edge

Privacy and security on the internet are hot-button topics these days, with every tech company introducing new features to safeguard your data. But Microsoft is approaching the issue with a bit of levity. The company’s browser vulnerability research team is experimenting with a new feature in Microsoft Edge called…Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Science, Microsoft, Web Browsers, Javascript, Software, Java, Programming Languages, Freeware, Edge, Microsoft Edge, Web Programming, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Johnathan Norman

It’s Never Been Easier to Call Your Senators and Demand Climate Action

This weekend, the Senate will vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which officials unveiled this week. The bill includes new spending for climate measures like electric vehicle charging stations and public transit. But compared to what’s needed to take on the climate crisis, it’s a drop in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, Environment, Telephony, Biden, Chuck Schumer, Dialer, Jamie Henn, Kristen Gillibrand, Leah Stokes, Civilian Climate Corps, Duncan Meisel, Max Moinian

These Matrix, Alien, and 2001 Claymation Scenes Are Perfection

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed an uptick in io9 posts featuring short claymation scenes recreating iconic moments from famous sci-fi movies. We shared Star Trek II and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and now we’ve reached the grand finale. Not one, not two, but three all-time sci-fi classics: 2001: A Space…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Syfy, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Alien, The Matrix, Space Odyssey, Joseph Brett, Io9, Terminator 2 Judgment Day, Creative Works, English Language Films, British Films, American Films, 20th Century Fox Films

Covid live: EU regulator finds no link between vaccines and menstrual disorders; UK 16-year-olds offered jabs

Europe drugs regulator says it has so far not found a causal link to menstrual issues; walk-in clinics open to older teens in Northern IrelandCovid: what we know now that we didn’t earlier in the pandemicSix EU states overtake UK vaccination rates as Britain’s rollout slows‘New wave of volatility’: Covid stirs up grievances in Latin America‘It’s a bit annoying’: Italy’s Covid pass restrictions kick inAnalysis: can China contain the spread of the Delta variant? 4.10pm BST A member of Boris Jo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Scotland, China, Eu, UK News, Australia news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Cardiff, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Mark Drakeford

Chronicle 2? Producer John Davis Says a Sequel Is Coming [Updated]

The superhero movie landscape was markedly different back in 2012. The MCU’s Avengers teaming up on the big screen was a fresh, exciting idea at the time, and the world had not yet gotten its first taste of the DCEU. But while the major studio franchises that dominate the box office were still ramping up somewhat,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, General Motors, It, Forbes, Max Landis, Chronicle, Josh Trank, MCU, John Davis, Alex Russell, Adam B Vary, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, Chronicle 2

Chronicle 2? Producer John Davis Says a Sequel Is Coming

The superhero movie landscape was markedly different back in 2012. The MCU’s Avengers teaming up on the big screen was a fresh, exciting idea at the time, and the world had not yet gotten its first taste of the DCEU. But while the major studio franchises that dominate the box office were still ramping up somewhat,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, General Motors, It, Forbes, Max Landis, Chronicle, Josh Trank, MCU, John Davis, Alex Russell, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, Chronicle 2, Otomo Akira

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