How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

Virtual reality has long been positioned as a technological tool for bridging ideological chasms. If you can live inside somebody else’s skin and see things as they do, proponents say, you might more clearly understand that person’s view of the world. A group of...

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Most of us know how delightful it is to hear a computer-generated song playlist that feels entirely personal. Now, Google wants to create a similar type of bespoke audio experience—not with music, but with news. The company is adding some new features to its existing...

Facebook’s Portal Device Can Now Do Zoom Calls

Portal, Facebook’s device for making video calls that doubles as a digital picture frame, has had a strange run. Launched in the wake of multiple policy scandals that rocked the company, the device has gone from being treated suspiciously by critics to being more...

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Imagine you have a superpower: the ability to stop time. At will, you can freeze everything around you and just take a moment to yourself. What do you even do? Catch up on sleep? Read a book? Maybe close your eyes and relax? Chances are you’re not going to use the...