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Amazon's updated Echo Dot for kids is louder and more colorful
Engadget

Last year, Amazon unveiled a child-friendly version of its affordable Echo Dot, which came in bright primary colors, offered age-appropriate content and parental controls. Today, the company is announcing a brand new version of the Echo Dot Kids Edition for $… more…

'Orphan Black' is returning as a ten-episode audiobook series
Engadget

A little under two years after its five-season run ended on BBC America, Orphan Black is returning with a bang, and probably loads more sound effects. Fiction publishing startup Serial Box is reviving the beloved sci-fi show this summer as a ten-episode audio… more…

People Experiencing Hardship Should Be Allowed to Use Technology Without Your Judgemental Bullshit
Gizmodo.com

Roughly 553,000 Americans are currently experiencing homelessness, according to the latest figures available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But that doesn’t mean those people should be judged for owning technology like laptops and smart… more…

Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How Country Music Explains America’s Divided History
The New York Times

It’s never just about right versus left. In songs and in politics, things are more complicated. more…

The Age of Aquarius, All Over Again!
The New York Times

Belief in astrology and the occult is surging. more…

Connect the Dots to See Where Trump’s Taking Us
The New York Times

The direction and results are obvious. more…

Take the Iowa Caucuses. Please.
The New York Times

This is no way to pick a presidential nominee. more…

Donald Trump’s Medical Malice
The New York Times

There’s a word for his insinuations that something is wrong with Joe Biden. It’s “sick.” more…

Can Dads Have It All?
The New York Times

Or are child-rearing norms making both parents unhappy? more…

The Corn Is as High as Donald Trump’s Tie
The New York Times

Sleepy Joe versus insomniac Don. more…

Mitch McConnell, Too, Welcomes Russian Interference
The New York Times

Or at least he won’t let Congress do anything to stop it. more…

9 children's books to read for Pride month
Mashable

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off. There's nothing inherently adult about being LGBTQ, which means it's never too soon to… more…

Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s?
The New York Times

Excellence is not a zero sum game. more…

The World Grows More Dangerous by the Day
The New York Times

Parting thoughts from a French diplomat as he leaves America. more…

The Raptors Win, and Canada Learns to Swagger
The New York Times

On Thursday night, “We the North” became more than just a slogan. more…

Christchurch attack: Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty to all charges
BBC News

In the 15 March shooting, a gunman opened fire on Muslim worshippers and killed 51 people. more…

Book recommendations–present, future and past
Seths.blog

Jerry Colonna, the quiet coach of so many successful leaders, has his first book out, publishing tomorrow. It’s raw, personal and life-altering. It’s called Reboot. Lewis Hyde, author of the seminal The Gift, only writes a book a decade. The new one is due so… more…

Psychonauts 2 at E3 2019: So far, so weird - CNET
Cnet.com

Totally mental, but that’s a good thing in Psychonauts. more…

FIFA Women's World Cup: Life as a pro can be grueling, take it from me - CNET
Cnet.com

Commentary: The 2019 Women's World Cup is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. Maybe it's time more women can play soccer for a living. more…

Security Cameras + AI = Dawn of Non-Stop Robot Surveillance
Slashdot.org

AmiMoJo shared this post from one of the ACLU's senior technology policy analysts about what happens when security cameras get AI upgrades: [I]magine that all that video were being watched -- that millions of security guards were monitoring them all 24/7. Ima… more…