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  • Why 5G is threatening to cause flight delays
    The Federal Aviation Administration is worried about a new, 5G upgrade scheduled for later this month. | Brandon Bell/Getty Images The FAA is worried about your cellphone again. Your 5G phone could soon start working more like the amazingly fast 5G phone you heard about in TV commercials. On January 19, Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on new cellular frequencies that will boost connections for tens of millions of phones throughout the US. Once these airwaves are activated, you should be able to download an entire movie to your phone in just a few minutes. This is thanks to...
  • VideoWhat you need to know about Biden’s free rapid test program
    Some local governments, like Broward County, Florida, launched free rapid test programs of their own before the federal government’s website went live on Tuesday. | Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images You can now order free Covid-19 rapid tests that will be delivered to your mailbox — but you’ll only get a few. The White House’s long-awaited website for ordering free Covid-19 rapid tests is finally live. The new page, covidtests.gov, arrives amid a shortage of rapid tests and a surge in Covid-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant. While this new program isn’t flawless, flooding the country with easily accessible rapid...
  • Microsoft is buying one of the biggest names in games — if Washington lets it
    A Call of Duty display by Activision at the E3 gaming conference in 2017. | David McNew/Getty Images Microsoft-Activision is like Disney-Fox. Maybe bigger. Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. For those of you who play video games or pay attention to video games — and there are a lot of of you — we don’t really need to spell out why this is a Really Big Deal. The rest of you might want some context. Remember when Disney bought much of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox empire, and formally kicked off a wave of consolidation in Hollywood? This is...
  • VideoIs confidence a cult? These sociologists think so.
    Getty Images A new book aims to show why directives to “just be more confident!” are so harmful. It’s hard to pin down exactly when it happened, but if you paid attention to women’s media in the 2000s and kept paying attention into the next decade, you definitely noticed it. Magazines that devoted their pages to diet tips and celebrity snark suddenly started preaching “empowerment.” Fashion brands that made clothing that only went up to a size 12 wanted you to “love your body” just the way it was. Parenting books wanted you to know that messing up was okay,...
  • Am I asymptomatic, or do I just really not want to have Covid-19? A guide.
    Denis Novikov/Getty Images Asymptomatic means you really, truly have no symptoms. In vaccinated and boosted people, breakthrough Covid-19 cases can often be quite mild, akin to an annoying cold; these relatively manageable symptoms can result in infected people dismissing a slightly scratchy throat and perhaps forgoing testing. The “what is a symptom” question is also impacting those who do test positive, with new federal guidelines relying on symptoms as a deciding factor in whether you go back to work or stay home after testing positive for Covid-19 — especially for essential workers and those who don’t have paid time off....
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