You Can Still Play *Pokémon Go* Even When You Can’t … Go

You Can Still Play *Pokémon Go* Even When You Can’t … Go

While most game makers are seeing booming usage statistics in the era of coronavirus-induced social distancing, Niantic is in the opposite position. The company’s games—including Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Ingress—are all built around the idea of leaving the house and meeting up with people in real-world locations.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on…

‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

Early last week, Sarahjane Sacchetti paused before sending an email to the staff of Cleo, the San Francisco–based benefits startup where she’s the chief executive. A people operations manager at the company had forwarded her information about California’s state-wide shelter-in-place order, and Sacchetti wanted to email the update to all company offices—which span nine states…

The Relief Package Ushers In Trump’s Planned Economy

The Relief Package Ushers In Trump’s Planned Economy

Last week the Senate voted 96 to 0 on a bill that fundamentally reorients American politics. The relief package includes direct cash payouts to families that run into the hundreds of billions, and corporate bailouts for casinos, aerospace companies, airlines, hotel chains, and Wall Street firms that White House adviser Larry Kudlow argues will total…

Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again

Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again

In November 2018, hotel giant Marriott disclosed that it had suffered one of the largest breaches in history. That hack compromised the information of 500 million people who had made a reservation at a Starwood hotel. On Tuesday, Marriott announced that it had once again been hit, with up to 5.2 million guests at risk.…

Covid-19 Is Our 9/11. Who Will Be Our Rudy Giuliani?

Covid-19 Is Our 9/11. Who Will Be Our Rudy Giuliani?

Last Thursday, the US announced a record-setting, economy-wreaking 3.3 million jobless claims, numbers that shattered the worst periods of the 2008 financial collapse or even the Great Depression. Sometime on Sunday, somewhere in the United States, the 2,404th person died from Covid-19, surpassing the death toll of Pearl Harbor. Sometime on Monday, the 2,982nd American…

Why Everyone Is Watching ‘Tiger King’?

Why Everyone Is Watching ‘Tiger King’?

Over the past week, as countless stressed-out people have found themselves cocooned on their couches with a Netflix subscription and no place to go, one miniseries has grabbed viewers more than others: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Twitter these days is largely dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, but in the moments when people’s attention…