LeBron James Missed a Wide-Open Jumper

LeBron James missed a golden opportunity to remind fans to vote.Illustration: Eric Barrow (Getty Images) LeBron James missed what should have been a layup. Sure, you can argue that the NBA should have allowed players the freedom to express themselves with personal social justice messages on the back of their jerseys. Advertisement Instead, the NBA came up with a list of league-approved messages that can be worn by players instead of their last name when Read more…

Cielo Breez Plus review: A superb way to make your dumb air conditioner smart

Easy to set up and incredibly responsive, the Cielo Breez Plus is one of two Wi-Fi-connected air-conditioner controllers this company manufactures. Like many similar devices we’ve tested, the simpler (and less-expensive, at a street price of $68) Breez Eco relies entirely on the Cielo Home app. The pricier Breez Plus, reviewed here, has a street price of $109, but it features a display and onboard controls, so you can program a connected air conditioner without Read more…

In Case You Missed It: The Return Of Nerd Harder Gear, Plus New Face Masks!

from the mask-harder dept Nerd Harder gear is back, and face masks are availablein the Techdirt Gear store on Threadless » At the end of last month, we fulfilled two of the most popular requests (one long-standing, and one brand new) for Techdirt gear: we brought back the Nerd Harder line of gear, and introduced a series of face masks featuring some of our most popular designs! You can find all these offerings in our artist Read more…

Reverse Warrant Used In Robbery Investigation Being Challenged As Unconstitutional

from the gradually-narrowed-crafting dept Reverse warrants are being challenged in a criminal case involving a bank robbery in Virginia. These warrants (also called “geofence warrants”) work in reverse, hence the nickname. Rather than seeking to search property belonging to a known suspect, investigators approach Google with a demand for information on all cellphones in a certain location at a certain time and work backwards from this stash to determine who to pursue as a suspect. Read more…

10 Indestructible Beds for Chew-tastic Canines

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Stop us if this sounds familiar: You buy your dog a cushy place to sleep, after much thought and budget-balancing. You bring it home. Your dog loves it. So much so that before you know it, they’ve shredded the cover, scattered the stuffing, and perhaps mangled a zipper. Some dogs just can’t resist the urge to toy with their bedding. If that’s the case for you and Read more…

Clearview Calls It Quits In Canada While Under Investigation By The Privacy Commissioner

from the come-back-and-take-your-beating,-you-cowards dept Clearview AI — the facial recognition service that gives all kinds of entities access to billions of face images scraped from the web — is suddenly scaling back on its aggressive expansion plans. Once the plaything of billionaires, the unproven AI has been sold to retailers, fitness centers, police departments, and a handful of human rights violators. Soon after its existence was exposed by the New York Times, Clearview AI proceeded Read more…

Adrian Wojnarowski Hurls Heaviest Bomb Yet at GOP Senator [UPDATED]

Adrian Wojnarowski (l.) apologized for righteously lighting up Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (r.) in an email the Republican legislator released Friday.Photo: Instagram/Public Domain Adrian Wojnarowski dropped another Woj Bomb. No, he didn’t break another huge NBA move. This time, it was in response to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) calling out the NBA for “kowtowing to China,” and for not supporting the military and law enforcement. Advertisement Woj responded appropriately and eloquently: Fuck you. Advertisement A Read more…

Treat Your Dieting Dog to the Best Low-Fat Dog Food

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. We all love to spoil our dogs, but sometimes too much love can be a bad thing—at least when it comes in the form of high-calorie treats and snacks. Low-fat dog food has been increasing in popularity as rates of pet obesity have gone up. But how do you know if this kind of food is right for your dog—and Read more…

SEC announces 2020 spring academic honor roll

6 hours ago SEC Staff Photo: SEC Photo Birmingham, Ala. – A total of 1,402 student-athletes were named to the 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, Friday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. The 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track & field. It is based on grades from the 2019 Summer, 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring terms. Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship Read more…

Everything we know—and don’t know—about Google’s new smart speaker

The cat’s out of the bag as far as Google’s latest smart speaker goes, with the company essentially confirming the rumored Home successor on Thursday with a coyly worded email containing a snapshot and a video of the unannounced device. Many key details about the new Google smart speaker are still shrouded in mystery, but we can tease out a few facts by studying the official photo and Google’s brief teaser video. What we know Read more…