Sony Xperia 1 II Review: A Surprise Hit

Sony Xperia 1 II Review: A Surprise Hit

The last time I saw a Sony Xperia phone in the wild was when I visited Japan in 2018. A sea of Xperias, iPhones, and the occasional Nintendo Switch stood out in Tokyo’s bustling (and punctual!) Metro subway. I don’t think I’ll ever see such a sight anywhere else in the world, and that’s a…

Signal Tips: Get the Most Out of Your Private Messaging

Signal Tips: Get the Most Out of Your Private Messaging

As police-brutality protests continue throughout the United States, people have increasingly turned to the encrypted messaging app Signal, and for good reason. As law enforcement increasingly surveils crowds, Signal represents most people’s best way to communicate safely. And thanks in part to a $50 million infusion from former WhatsApp CEO Brian Acton over two years…

Police Tactics Could Turn Protests Into Covid-19 Hot Spots

Police Tactics Could Turn Protests Into Covid-19 Hot Spots

In law enforcement theory, it’s called the Miami model, or “strategic incapacitation.” Sometimes it’s just the “hard hat approach.” That’s when police and other security services show up at mass demonstrations or protests in full riot gear—helmets, face masks, clubs, shields, body armor, chemical weapons. At the first hint of chaos, the police form skirmish…

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As businesses reopen, many of the 40 million people who lost jobs in the past three months could soon face a dilemma: return to work and risk their safety or lose their job and income.On Friday the US Labor Department said employers unexpectedly added 2.5 million jobs last month, after a devastating decline in April.…

A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines

A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines

Friday’s May jobs report shocked economists and analysts: After weeks of speculation that the new figures might show unemployment topping 20 percent—Great Depression–era levels—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national unemployment dropped from 14.7 percent in April to “just” 13.3 percent. National payrolls, which experts had been predicting might have officially shed another 8…