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Monday, May 17, 2021

Elon Musk Tweets—and Gives Crypto Markets Growing Pains

The Tesla and SpaceX billionaire has sent Dogecoin and Bitcoin on a roller coaster this month—and exposed weaknesses in the cryptocurrency market along the way.

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Ransomware’s Dangerous New Trick: Double-Encrypting Your Data

Even when you pay for a decryption key, your files may still be locked up by another strain of malware.

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The Metaverse Is Hosting Its First Virtual Fashion Show

IMVU, a social networking site that’s taken off in the pandemic, is bringing designers and digital creators together to showcase new outfits for avatars.

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6 Great Next-Gen Xbox Series X/S Games You Can Play Now

These are the titles that make the most of your big, burly Microsoft console.

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19 Deals That Make Great Last-Minute Graduation Gifts

If you're gift shopping for a college or high school graduate in your life, try these discounted kitchen gadgets, tech, and more.

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Mexico City Could Sink Up to 65 Feet

Due to a phenomenon called subsidence, the metropolis's landscape is compacting—and parts of the city are now dropping a foot and a half each year.

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Why Humans Are So Bad at Seeing the Future

People tend to make predictions while looking through their own narrow lens. The real vision lies in seeing connections.

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Covid Forced America to Make More Stuff. What Happens Now?

A software entrepreneur pivoted to making masks at the start of the pandemic. The experience opened his eyes: “I thought, ‘Wow, the US really is behind.’”

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Vietnamese Myth and Magic Come Alive in Hoa

A small development studio with big dreams has conjured up one of the indie world's most anticipated upcoming titles.

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Google IO 2021: How to Watch It, and What to Expect

The company’s annual tech conference kicks off Tuesday morning.

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Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

We’re looking for new voices to provide an insider perspective on rapidly changing industries.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Best Multi-Tools for Any Task

Swiss Army knife or Leatherman? Choosing one of these tiny gadgets can be confusing. These are our favorites.

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An Unfussy, Affordable Nonstick Pan That Works With Induction

If you’ve had trouble finding a nonstick pan that performs well, consider Cuisinart’s carbon-steel cookware.

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The Secret Role Histones Played in Complex Cell Evolution

New work shows that the proteins, long treated as boring spools for DNA, are key to the origin story for eukaryotes and still play important roles in disease.

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These Tools Can Help You Find Your Lost Devices

Between Apple's new AirTags, Samsung's SmartTags, and Tile trackers, you have plenty of options to make sure you don't lose your phone—or your keys.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Best Way to Get a VR Workout (That's Also Fun)

Strap on that headset and grab your controllers. It's time to sweat.

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Our Favorite Headphones and Earbuds for $100 or Less

You can probably fill a football stadium with all the cheap headphones out there. We're here to help you pick the right pair.

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Geology Students Did Fieldwork During Covid—With Video Games

With travel and real-life fieldwork shut down, a couple of enterprising professors started with simulations of Italy and Scotland, then took to the stars.

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WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Just Kicked In

Instead of a hard cutoff, the messaging app will gradually degrade and eventually cease to function if you don’t accept the changes.

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The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, Tablets, and More

Are you trying to spend all your recently acquired crypto riches? We found discounts on tripods, wireless chargers, and many other gadgets.

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The Wondrous, Tedious Ocean of Subnautica: Below Zero

The game is, for the most part, a sublime seafaring sequel. Too bad it often feels like a grind.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

New Mask Guidance, Shots for Teens, and More Coronavirus News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Making Video Games Is Not a Dream Job

For his new book Press Reset, journalist Jason Schreier spoke to countless game developers who have had their lives upended by the industry.

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Want a Better PC? Try Building Your Own

Assembling a computer yourself is a good way to learn about how it works.

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The Apple Designer You’ve Never Heard of Is Making Noise

Plus: The iPod’s cultural importance, the fate of Loon’s balloons, and the price of an SNL appearance.

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The Knives Out Sequel Seems Made for the Internet

And that's (mostly) a good thing.

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A New Brain Implant Translates Thoughts of Writing Into Text

In early experiments, a paralyzed man with implants in his premotor cortex typed 90 characters per minute—by envisioning he was writing by hand.

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Tech Companies Don't Need to Be Creepy to Make Money

The unlikely success of DuckDuckGo suggests a way to escape surveillance capitalism.

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In Defense of Snow Days

Virtual school after a snowstorm is yer another kind of techno-solutionist slush that should be plowed away.

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Muchos Bezos: Inside Amazon’s Empire With Author Brad Stone

This week, we talk to the author and journalist about his new book on the retail giant and its famous boss.

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Could You Really Climb the Spinning Ship’s Cable in Stowaway?

Anna Kendrick’s rotating spacecraft cleverly uses cables and a counterweight to make artificial gravity. But scaling them would be harder than it looks

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The Real Cost of Colonial Pipeline's $5 Million Ransom

Stopping payments would go a long way to stopping ransomware. But the choice is never quite so easy.

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Live Audio Apps Lure Creators With Money and Promises

Talk is cheap, unless you’re an in-demand content creator for platforms like Clubhouse and its many clones.

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Log in to the Upscale, Retro-Cool Home Gym of Your Dreams

The home workout app Obé Fitness turns your living room into a high-end fitness boutique.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Yankees Covid Outbreak May Be Bad News for Ditching Masks

The spate of cases is a bad bounce—and it might show that lifting mask mandates for the vaxxed won’t be a grand slam.

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Decades-Old Flaws Affect Almost Every Wi-Fi Device

The so-called Frag Attack vulnerabilities could let hackers steal data or compromise connected gadgets.

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GameStop FOMO Inspires a New Wave of Crypto Pump-and-Dumps

Thousands of would-be investors are joining Discord groups that promise big earnings by manipulating the crypto market.

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When a Pipeline Goes Down, Tanker Trucks Come to the Rescue

But driving millions of gallons of gas around the country is trickier than you might think.

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Watch Us Roam Virtual Deep Seas With Real Oceanographers

WIRED will be playing Subnautica: Below Zero and talking about ocean—and space—exploration with scientists from NOAA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

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The Chip Shortage Is Driving Up Tech Prices—Starting With TVs

Some high-end televisions already cost 30 percent more than they did last summer. As the crunch continues, expect more gadget prices to spike.

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AI Shows ExxonMobil Downplayed Its Role in Climate Change

According to a new paper, the company’s own research showed that human activity was a contributor, but public statements suggested otherwise.

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Gaming Influencers Are the Future of Esports

Top players have left pro leagues to pursue streaming full-time as the industry veers more toward content creators.

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Apple’s AirTags Are a Gift to Stalkers

The tiny new tracking devices can be easily hidden in the cars and bags of victims. And exploiting them is dead simple.

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Resident Evil Village Is Too Self-Conscious to Enjoy Itself

The eternal conflict: Play horror straight, or play it up for campy laughs? Village tries to have it both ways, with mixed results.

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Researchers Shed Light on the Perils of Firefly Tourism

A new study shows how bug spray, flashlights, and foot traffic can spell disaster for the fragile insects.

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The 16 Best Gifts for the Recent College Grad

This year’s students have been through a lot. Ring in their special milestone with useful gadgets, outdoor gear, subscriptions, and more.

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Does a Robot Get to Be the Boss of Me?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on policing, degrees of freedom, and dancing in the streets.

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It’s True. Everyone IS Multitasking on Their Video Calls

A Microsoft study finds just how often remote workers multitask during videoconferences—especially when the group is large and the meeting runs long.

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The Best Personal Safety Devices, Apps, and Alarms

Your smartphone or wearable could help you out in a truly dangerous situation. Here are some options to consider.

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The Teeny, Tiny Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill

All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a mysterious error in decades-old research.

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