An ode to pandemic pen pals
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An ode to pandemic pen pals

Until about a year ago, I had never bought stamps. I knew how to send mail, thanks to an elementary school lesson tucked away in the recesses of my memory, but I could probably count the number of times I had actually written a letter on one hand. Since last …

GameStop stock soared and trading was halted. Then Reddit crashed.
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GameStop stock soared and trading was halted. Then Reddit crashed.

Here we go again.  GameStop madness — or GameStonk madness, if you prefer — struck again on Wednesday afternoon. GameStop’s stock price soared at the end of the trading day, rising more than 100 percent from about $44 per share to around $91 per share. Things got so nuts as …

GameStop stock soared and trading was halted. Then Reddit crashed.
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GameStop stock soared and trading was halted. Then Reddit crashed.

Here we go again.  GameStop madness — or GameStonk madness, if you prefer — struck again on Wednesday afternoon. GameStop’s stock price soared at the end of the trading day, rising more than 100 percent from about $44 per share to around $91 per share. Things got so nuts as …

No, astrology is not going anywhere soon
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No, astrology is not going anywhere soon

Have we reached Peak Astrology? There’s a myriad of astrology apps crowding Apple and Android’s respective app stores. There are the apps that provide screenshot-worthy notifications, like Co—Star and The Pattern. If you want to find love, there are astrology dating apps. I’ve tried NUiT myself, but there’s also the …

Game lets you control Boston Dynamics' robot dog and shoot paintballs with it
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Game lets you control Boston Dynamics’ robot dog and shoot paintballs with it

You may have heard of Spot, the robot dog made by robotics company Boston Dynamics. While Spot was designed to help humans, the reality of a metal hound — that can walk lockstep in an army of their robotic brothers, no less — is terrifying. Regardless, capitalism has prevailed and …

County clerk's accidental TikTok posts not 'supposed to be seen by anybody,' now seen by everybody
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County clerk’s accidental TikTok posts not ‘supposed to be seen by anybody,’ now seen by everybody

All of TikTok is bidding goodbye to Connie, the subject of a series of random farewell videos that are now a gigantic online hit thanks to a few accidental uploads and a misunderstanding of how TikTok works.  The account @deputyclerk began posting videos on Thursday, and has already amassed more …

20 best tweets of the week, including Ben Affleck and smoking that Urkel
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20 best tweets of the week, including Ben Affleck and smoking that Urkel

It’s Friday, which, to be fair, resembles most other days in the pandemic. It’s not like we’re headed out to the bars, or going to parties, or attending fun family gatherings — at least you shouldn’t be. But it is still Friday and that remains something to celebrate.  To ring …

Australian news app beats Facebook in App Store
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Australian news app beats Facebook in App Store

Take that Facebook.  A homegrown app from Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC) topped iOS download charts in Australia, outpacing Facebook.  That’s important for one big reason: Facebook just banned news from appearing on Australian newsfeeds in response to a law that would require the social giant to pay for news.  If …

County clerk's accidental TikTok posts not 'supposed to be seen by anybody,' now seen by everybody
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County clerk’s accidental TikTok posts not ‘supposed to be seen by anybody,’ now seen by everybody

All of TikTok is bidding goodbye to Connie, the subject of a series of random farewell videos that are now a gigantic online hit thanks to a few accidental uploads and a misunderstanding of how TikTok works.  The account @deputyclerk began posting videos on Thursday, and has already amassed more …

Ted Cruz's vacation and the Mars rover landing coincide in a meme
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Ted Cruz’s vacation and the Mars rover landing coincide in a meme

There may not be signs of life on Mars yet, but Twitter users had fun imagining it.  After seven months en route, NASA’s Perseverance successfully landed on the red planet on Thursday. Perseverance is the fifth American rover on Mars, joining its predecessor Curiosity, which landed in 2012. Soon after …