Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram began testing hiding public like counts globally on Thursday, after experimenting with the design tweak in several individual markets abroad. People who upload photos and videos will still know how many people liked them—that information just won’t be seen by other users. The experiment is part of a wider shift at social media companies,…

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

It’s like a billboard for disillusionment and mistrust, and it’s everywhere: “Epstein didn’t kill himself.” The phrase has been slapped on beer cans, printed on sweatshirts, blurted as a nonsequitur in cable news interviews, scrawled on posters held up at Southern college football games and on San Francisco bar bathroom walls cramped with Sharpied phone…

12 Great Gifts for the Coffee Lover in Your Life

12 Great Gifts for the Coffee Lover in Your Life

I love coffee. I spend more time making coffee each morning than most people do making breakfast. For those of us who’ve become obsessed, it’s no longer a habit. It’s a ritual. It’s a ceremony. It involves fire, water, air, earth, and dare I say spirit.If you know someone like me (or you are someone…

The Evidence That Links Russia’s Most Brazen Hacking Efforts

The Evidence That Links Russia’s Most Brazen Hacking Efforts

Since the Russian military agency known as the GRU first entered the spotlight as the hackers that targeted the 2016 US election, it’s become increasingly known as the actor behind much of the Kremlin’s most brazen digital behavior. It’s responsible for everything from the first-ever blackout triggered by hackers—turning off the power to a quarter…

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

China made history earlier this year when its Chang’e-4 lander became the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon. During the two-week-long lunar days, the lander and its small rover, Yutu 2, beam images and other data to an orbiter for relay back to Earth. Together they’ve furnished planetary scientists with…

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Overlooks the Best Part of the Racing Rivalry

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Overlooks the Best Part of the Racing Rivalry

Making excellent movies requires fine-tuned precision—three acts, perfectly paced editing, emotional beats that result in a satisfying, or at least cathartic, conclusion. Building capable cars requires the same craftsmanship—four wheels (or more), well-tuned aerodynamics, a full-powered engine. That oversimplifies things, admittedly, but the fact remains: A poorly engineered movie falls apart as quickly as a…

‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Is Strong With the Force

‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Is Strong With the Force

In the Star Wars universe, the Force is everywhere. It connects everyone to each other; it permeates all things, living and dead, mechanical and organic, solid, liquid, or gas. This makes it a powerful storytelling tool. The Force is a built-in metaphor machine, basically, a bellwether any Star Wars narrative can gesture toward to reinforce…