Hitting the Books: How to fight gerrymandering with math

Hitting the Books: How to fight gerrymandering with math

Algorithms can be used to perpetuate biases. But in the hands of socially aware, conscientious mathematicians like Wendy Tam Cho, they can also be used to uncover biases. Cho claims to have built an algorithm that will reliably find partisan gerrymandering and provide fairer alternatives, even in the most complex situations. Cho says she has … Read more

Amazon Prime Day 2020: how to find the best tech deals

Amazon Prime Day 2020: how to find the best tech deals

Aside from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Prime Day has become one of the biggest shopping moments of the year. It’s a two-day stretch wherein Amazon Prime members will likely find some of the best prices yet on popular tech products like games, gaming consoles, laptops, 4K TVs, phones, PC accessories, and more. And with … Read more

Peloton appears to have removed QAnon-related hashtags from its platform

Peloton is reportedly planning a cheaper new treadmill to keep home workouts on track

Peloton has removed several hashtags related to the QAnon conspiracy theory from its virtual exercise platform, Business Insider reported. The move followed a tweet from a Washington Post editor earlier in the week that showed several hashtags— which allow people taking the same online fitness classes to connect with each other— using variants of QAnon’s … Read more

Trump’s COVID-19 experience doesn’t prove anything

Trump’s COVID-19 experience doesn’t prove anything

President Donald Trump says he’s recovered from COVID-19. Outside doctors say it’s too soon for him to return to public events, he’s coughing on Fox News, and he’s taking a potent steroid that can mask symptoms — but Trump says he’s not sick anymore. And he’s crediting that recovery to an experimental drug made by … Read more

Fiido D11 folding electric bike review: $999 and worth it

Fiido D11 folding electric bike review: $999 and worth it

Not everyone can afford a premium electric bike with prices that usually start at $2,000. But what if you could spend half that and still grab yourself a good-enough e-bike that’s suitable for long urban commutes and flexible enough to toss into the trunk of your car, roll onto a train, or carry home to … Read more

Google launches Meet breakout rooms for small group discussions

Google launches Meet breakout rooms for small group discussions

Huge online classes can be overwhelming, not just for teachers but also for students who learn better when interacting with others. To help solve that problem, Google has launched a new Meet feature called “breakout rooms,” which would give educators a way to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls. At the moment, the … Read more

Comcast tests tech that enables gigabit upload speeds over cable

Comcast tests tech that enables gigabit upload speeds over cable

In a statement, Comcast exec Tony Werner said “The great strength of our network technology is that we will have the ability to scale these next-generation speeds to tens of millions of homes in the future without digging up yards, or starting massive construction projects. This technology provides a path to meeting the needs of … Read more