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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

How to Watch Microsoft's Windows 11 Event—and What to Expect

The next version of Windows will finally be unveiled—officially, at least. Here's how to watch live, and the features that will be on their way to your PC soon.

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John McAfee Dies in Spanish Prison After Extradition Order

The antivirus pioneer and alleged cryptocurrency scammer was 75 years old.

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French Spyware Executives Are Indicted for Aiding Torture

The managers are accused of selling tech to Libya and Egypt that was used to to identify activists, read private messages, and kidnap, torture, or kill them.

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Prime Day 2021 Is Over: Here Are the 48 Best Remaining Deals

A few of our favorite things are still on sale, like laptops, soundbars, air purifiers, and more.

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Stop Putting Pressure on Developers to Rush Games to Market

If you hate buggy new releases, then you’re just going to have to learn to wait.

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Help! How Do I Make My Workplace More Diverse?

Megan offers advice for casting your net—because there's no excuse for a hiring pool where everyone looks the same.

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Can Some Classy Cookware Zap the Microwave's Bad Rap?

Anyday's cooking bowls—and their companion recipes—are meant to help you harness the time-saving power of the microwave you already have in your kitchen.

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Google Launches a New Medical App—Outside the US

The dermatology AI app won approval for use in the EU but not with the FDA, an odd twist on Europe's reputation for tough rules on tech.

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The Coelacanth May Live for a Century. That’s Not Great News

Scale markings reveal that this weird fish's lifespan is double what scientists first estimated. That also means they’re closer to extinction than we thought.

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These Startups Are Betting on a Remote-First World

As people redefine their relationship to the office, some entrepreneurs see an opportunity to reimagine everything from housing to education.

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What if Shopping on Amazon Was Just … Better?

From reselling old purchases to shipping new ones more efficiently, Amazon’s shopping model needs improving. These two visionaries have some fresh ideas.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Why Utilities Want to Control Your Smart Thermostat

Don’t mess with Texans’ air conditioning. Here’s why some customers in the state had their thermostats remotely controlled.

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12 Best Coffee Maker Deals for Amazon Prime Day (2021)

Need a new French press, burr grinder, or scale? We've found discounts on WIRED-tested gadgets.

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The Best Electric Toothbrush is Half Off ($25) for Prime Day

The Colgate Hum has all the best features of a vibrating brush. Its buzz-worthy discount likely ends tonight.

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All the Ways Amazon Tracks You—and How to Stop It

The retail empire is obsessed with your data. But is the convenience worth your personal information?

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This Agency Wants to Figure Out Exactly How Much You Trust AI

The National Institute of Standards and Technology measures how many photons pass through a chicken. Now, it wants to quantify transparency around algorithms.

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Zoom Nearly Broke My Body. Here’s How to Protect Yours

During a year of teaching over Zoom, I developed some preventable injuries and a new outlook on what it means to stay healthy at home.

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An Observatory Spied on LA’s Carbon Emissions—From Space

The instrument reads sunlight intensity to determine carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Its findings could help reduce our carbon footprint.

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How to Safely Stay Connected When You Travel

No matter where or how you roam this summer, these tips can help you navigate or stay in touch with friends and family—when you want.

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Changes Are Coming to Google Chat and Meet. Here's What's New

So long, Hangouts. Hello, revamped apps for instant messaging, video calls, and collaboration.

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The Joy and Liberation of Customizing Your Avatar

The act of personalizing the character you'll play in a game is more than fun, it empowers you—and pulls you into the fantasy you're about to enjoy.

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Ranked Choice Voting Reveals the Weird Math of Elections

The New York City mayoral race could show whether a new way of measuring voter desires can actually be an alternate timeline for democracy.

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He Thought He Could Outfox the Gig Economy. He Was Wrong

Jeffrey Fang was a ride-hailing legend, a top earner with relentless hustle. Then his minivan was carjacked—with his kids in the back seat.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

25 Prime Day Deals for Your Post-Vax Summer Adventures

Seeking some safe fun in the sun? Head outside with deals on speakers, luggage, and more.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 Phone Deal: The OnePlus 8 Is Only $350

The powerful device launched more than a year ago for double the price. This deal makes it one of the cheapest Android phones around.

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11 Prime Day PC Parts Deals to Build Your Own PC (2021)

Can you build almost an entire PC with just Amazon Prime Day deals? Yes. Yes, you can.

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An Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021: 25 Best Outdoor and Fitness Deals (Camping, Hiking, and More)

Prep yourself for summer with these Prime deals on camping gear, hiking gear, fitness trackers, biking accessories, and more.

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A New Wave of Dating Apps Takes Cues From TikTok and Gen Z

Online dating exploded in popularity during the pandemic, and the number of new startups has grown. But will they last?

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20 Best Gaming Gear Deals for Prime Day 2021: PC, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Amazon's big sale event is here, and it's hot out. Let's build an indoor oasis with these video game peripherals.

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Transit Agencies Are Trying Everything to Lure You Back

Systems in Boston, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco Bay Area are offering reduced fares or free rides. Others are considering abolishing fares altogether.

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20 Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices: Kindle, Echo, Fire (2021)

Many of Amazon's best discounts are on its own devices, including Kindles, Echo speakers, Fire tablets, and more.

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Northern Farms Are Releasing Massive Amounts of Carbon

Humans have been draining peatlands to grow crops for centuries. It's a huge, underestimated source of greenhouse gas, scientists say.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021: 37 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals

(Check for Updates!) Do you need a hair dryer, robot vacuum, or smart rice cooker? We can fill all your homebody needs here.

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Loki Has Always Been Marvel’s Most Queer Character

The character’s identity—rooted in sexually fluid Norse mythology—goes far beyond any form of queerness TV has ever seen.

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No, Covid-19 Vaccines Won't Make You Magnetic. Here's Why

No matter how many videos you’ve seen of people sticking spoons to their faces, that’s just not how magnets work.

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On Prime Day, Organizers Want You to Think of the Workers

Amazon’s annual sales event this year is unfolding against a backdrop of mounting pressure from labor activists.

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The 47 Best Prime Day Deals if You Work From Home

We've found discounts on webcams, laptops, monitors, and standing desks to kit out your home office.

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35 Awesome Prime Day Deals for $50 or Less

Don't break the bank in the name of a sale. We found a bunch of budget-friendly discounts on Amazon.

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The 51 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals

The best stuff! From Instant Pots to Echo Dots, here are all the greatest tech deals at Amazon's big sale.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Walmart 'Deals for Days' 2021: The 18 Best Deals We've Found

Prime Day is more than Amazon now. Here's the best deals we've found at Walmart's "Deals for Days" event.

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Target 'Deal Days' Sale: The 22 Best Deals So Far (2021)

Amazon's Prime Day event has a lot of rival sales this year. From pet products to board games, here are the spoils of Target's discounts.

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Your Favorite Mobile Apps That Can Also Run in a Web Browser

Break free from the confines of your phone screen for messaging, music, and more.

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The Mystery at the Heart of Physics—That Only Math Can Solve

The full picture of quantum field theory has long eluded physicists. Calling in mathematicians will have profound consequences for both fields.

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Tech Companies Want to Tackle Harassment in Gaming

But Riot, Microsoft, Intel, and others have made clear that they're doing it on their terms.

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Catch Some Shut-Eye With Our 7 Favorite Sleep Sounds

From rain forest sounds to video game soundtracks, here are the WIRED Gadget Lab's favorite noises to fall asleep to.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

A Bug in the Android Google App Put Privacy at Risk

Plus: Airbnb's safety squad, a fake pharmacy crackdown, and more of the week's top security news.

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Your TV Sounds Terrible. A Soundbar Can Fix That

Every television deserves a dedicated row of speakers to call its own. These are our favorites.

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Let Users Own the Tech Companies They Help Build

Startups typically either go public or get acquired. But a more sustainable, accountable option would be to give the user base a stake.

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M.O.D.O.K. Is How Marvel Can Master the Multiverse

By untethering from the main canon, Hulu's madcap stop-motion spectacle can be as weird as it wants.

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Samsung’s New Galaxy A52 5G Is a Reliable Droid

The new $500 handset does everything a phone needs to do, though it's plagued by the same flaws as its predecessor.

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What's With All This Ooey, Gooey Sea Snot?

A phlegmy film is coating the coast around Istanbul—and warmer water could be to blame.

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These Are Our Favorite Smart Displays Right Now

Ever wish you could smash a tablet and smart speaker together? These devices try to offer the best of both worlds.

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Games Don't Just Let You Escape. They Also Help You Remember

Video games aren't unique in the way they make us nostalgic, but those memories do seem to persist more than other forms of entertainment. Here's why.

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The US Government Is Finally Moving at the Speed of Tech

Lina Khan’s ascendance to the top of the FTC, and a set of bipartisan antitrust proposals, shows just how much has changed in Washington—and how suddenly.

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This Low-Tech Habit Kept Me Connected in the Lonely Pandemic

Going on my runs just wasn't the same in a locked-down city. It was time to phone a friend.

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