Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

Talk about getting a piece of the rock: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu earlier this week. Bennu, which orbits the Sun, is seen here covered in dirt, smaller rocks, and the occasional boulder. After two years and a journey of 1.2 billion...

Gadget Lab Podcast: What the Tumblr Porn Ban Means for Users

The internet is for porn. Lately, though, platforms have become squeamish about hosting it. Facebook doesn’t allow nudity. Neither does Instagram. Patreon put the kibosh on creators adult content. Now, microblogging site Tumblr—previously one of the most porn-friendly...

My Befuddling Dinner With Facebook Empress Sheryl Sandberg

To recap: Sheryl Sandberg joined Facebook as chief operating officer in 2008, promising to make the popular but weird social network profitable. She went hard into advertising, marketing, and data-mining—and, by 2010, Facebook was going great guns. It’s been well in...

10 Useful Github Features You Probably Don’t Know

Github is now the place where programmers and designers work together. They collaborate, contribute, and fix bugs. It also hosts plenty of open source projects and codes of various programming languages. What’s more, Github also released a desktop application for both...

The Promise—and Heartbreak—of Cancer Genomics

You were a New York artist, Iowa-bred, with a narrow and idiosyncratic range of subjects. You painted bulldogs and cheerleaders, truck stops and mammoth-hunting cavemen. For two decades you inhabited a drowning world, which you nostalgized even as it vanished beneath...

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX launched its 20th rocket of the year just two days after lofting a record 64 satellites into orbit. On this flight, a brand-new Falcon 9 hoisted a Dragon spacecraft into orbit, bound for the International Space Station. But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown,...

Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Chip Suggests 5G Is Almost Here

Chipmaker Qualcomm today revealed the latest version of its Snapdragon mobile chip for smartphones. In addition to a bump in performance, this new bit of silicon comes with a notable addition: support for 5G wireless technology. The new chip, the Snapdragon 855, will...

Spectrum, Comcast, and the Telecom Fight to Win Free Speech

When you make a phone call, I'm willing to bet you don't think of the phone line as having free speech rights of its own. That phone line has one job: getting the sound of your voice to the place you want it to go. It isn't planning to deliver a speech or getting...

How Would NYC’s Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

It sounds good in theory. A bill introduced last week by two members of the New York City Council would punish people who send harassing, sexually explicit photos and videos with up to a year of jail time or a $1,000 fine. One unfortunately growing trend the bill...

The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World

For its fearsome size and confident leadership, Facebook seems strangely precarious. Maybe it’s my feeling that something that can grow so big so fast might disappear swiftly, too. Or the sense that world is revving up to take on Facebook. A hearing last week by a...

How To Cut Out Hair in Photoshop (Even Difficult Backgrounds)

Clipping a subject from its background is one of the fundamental procedures that is required for a variety of Photoshop projects. I’ve covered the best selection methods for a range of situations in my video titled How To Cut Anything Out in Photoshop, but cutting out...