9 great reads from CNET this week
In the Arctic, and across the Northern Hemisphere, it’s wintertime, and for many people that means cold and ice are a daily reality — a way of life, even. But the old certainties about are giving way to new anomalies: Climate change has brought warming temperatures to the Arctic faster than to the rest of the world, and inhabitants of those climes are having to adapt in real time.
Often, they’re turning to technology to help keep alive their cultural practices and methods of subsistence living, from whaling to reindeer herding. For instance, some are creating maps by using a handheld GPS device and a piece of gear that does electromagnetic induction to measure ice thickness. They’re also showing that there’s no fundamental disconnect between maintaining a traditional way of life and being early adopters of new tech
Our Road Trip 2020 story on life in the Arctic is just one of the in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go, these are the stories you don’t want to miss:
Arctic Indigenous communities are fighting to preserve their culture in the face of the climate crisis.
The tech giant, like the rest of us, will have to contend with COVID-19. But that’s only half the story.
The creator of Astro’s Playroom discusses how Sony introduced innovation into the new DualSense controller.
From antitrust lawsuits to a potential privacy law to limits on free speech protections, Silicon Valley will face calls for more regulation in the coming year.
Commentary: In 2020, misinformation and conspiracy theories were just as difficult to defeat as the coronavirus itself.
It took a pandemic to get films streaming the same day they hit theaters.
Commentary: Some things about going full-time virtual worked, others didn’t. But we’re never going back to the way things were.
Error correction could make these revolutionary machines more practical sooner than expected.
Social networks face lawsuits and calls for regulation in the new year.