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Sunday, October 24, 2021

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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‘Bluewashing’ Seafood Won’t Make the World More Green

Recent public messaging encouraging people to eat more seafood conveniently omits information about the environmental impact of fishing.

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Power Up Anywhere With Our Favorite Portable Chargers

Keep your phone, tablet, laptop, and other electronics running with these handheld power banks.

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How Wavelets Let Researchers Transform and Understand Data

Built upon the ubiquitous Fourier transform, these mathematical tools allow unprecedented analysis of continuous signals.

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My Kids Can Take Family Anywhere With Facebook's Portal Go

This portable, dedicated videophone is convenient and comfortable to use, and makes a life lived onscreen slightly easier.

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11 Security Settings You Should Know About in Windows 11

Microsoft has rolled out its most secure operating system yet. Here's how to make the most of it.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Best Reusable Water Bottles To Ditch Single-Use Plastics

Forget those one-and-done landfill cloggers. Upgrade your hydration with these insulated and non-insulated alternatives.

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International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Group Offline

Plus: Data theft in Argentina, a Sinclair Broadcast Group hack, and more of the week’s top security news.

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This Prairie Grassland Project Collects Native Seeds

Young members of the Fort Belknap Indian Community are learning how to identify and save local grasses as part of an effort to restore the land.

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EVE Online Gamers Role-Play as Covid-19 Researchers

A citizen science project based in this MMO space opera has saved scientists almost 500 years of mind-numbing data crunching.

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The 14 Best Deals on iPads, Phones, TVs, and More

Every retailer thinks it's already time for post-Thanksgiving sales. Get your holiday shopping done early with scores on all the electronics on your list.

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How to Find a Halloween Costume in Another Bizarre Year

Should you match your mask? Can you thrift online? Here are our tips for buying or making costumes, including adaptable and accessible ones.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

New Booster Approvals, Data on Kids' Shots, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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These Early Black Friday Deals Have a Special Perk

This sale on WIRED-approved headphones, TVs, and phones has a pricing guarantee: If the price dips further before Black Friday, Best Buy will pay you the difference.

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The Battle Over Dungeons & Dragons Was the Ultimate Geek War

Following the success of the game in the 1970s designers Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson found themselves in a long battle over who should be considered its true creator.

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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel’s ontological proof, and a mascot’s moment of weakness.

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The Troubled Fate of Y: The Last Man

It took more than a decade to get the comics series adapted. Now it’s been canceled before even finishing its first season.

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15 Smart Gifts to Upgrade Your Beauty Routine

Give your loved ones the gift of feeling fabulous with these cosmetic tools and sets.

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Ranting and Raving About the New Apple and Google Hardware

This week, we critique—and praise!—the new MacBook Pro models and the Pixel 6, both of which just landed in our laps.

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If Clouds Are Made of Water, How Do They Stay in the Air?

Despite the conventional wisdom, they don’t really float.

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I Used Facebook Without the Algorithm, and You Can Too

Making your News Feed chronological is an enlightening look at what's really happening on the platform.

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Considering a MacBook? Here Are Our Favorites

Apple’s laptops are expensive, and you’ll have to make some hard choices to pick the right one. Let us help.

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New Sex Toy Standards Let Some Sensitive Details Slide

The industry now has official guidance on design, materials, and more, but not security and privacy best practices.

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Dystopia Is Upon Us. Are You Ready?

From constant surveillance to algorithms that decide what we see, society is entering territory reserved for fictional dystopias. Here's how to push back.

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Acer's Swift 3 Laptop Is Our Best All-Around Affordable Pick

The Acer Swift 3's chip update and long-lived battery makes it one of the best affordable all-around laptops.

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Join Us for This Year’s RE:WIRED Celebration

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, digital artist Beeple, scholar Timnit Gebru, actor John Cho, and more will discuss some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

You Can Get This Free Crypto—If the ‘Orb’ Scans Your Eye

Worldcoin’s backers see it as a potential first step to a universal basic income.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Home

Next time you stock up on supplies, consider these green cleaning alternatives.

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States Are Toughening Up on Genetic Privacy

California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.

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Tinder Thinks Love Has No Borders—Even in the West Bank

Technology companies like to operate as though their products transcend geopolitics. Swiping right from Israel and Palestine proves otherwise.

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Evolve's Powerful New Electric Skateboard Is Terrifyingly Fun

This pricey electric skateboard crushes steep hills, has a satisfying range, and goes very fast. Just make sure to wear protective gear.

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This Protein Predicts a Brain’s Future After Traumatic Injury

A blood test of “NfL” proteins answers questions about damage severity that doctors—and families—desperately need.

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13 Creepy Games to Get Your Fright on for Halloween

Seeking thrills for the spookiest holiday of the year? These horror titles will haunt you.

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The ‘Broadband Gap’ Is Now a Housing Problem

Many people eligible for Covid-era rent assistance have trouble navigating a “tangled web” of agencies because they don't have reliable internet access.

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Live D&D Shows Are Inviting More Players to the Table

Actual play, or livestreams of tabletop RPG games, is exploding in popularity. It's also helping make the hobby more welcoming and inclusive.

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Dune Is an Exercise in Delayed Gratification

Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s classic novel is a long time coming—and also incomplete.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Facebook's Name Change Won’t Fix Anything

Can rebranding the company herald a fresh start? Experts, as you might guess, are skeptical.

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Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate.

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How Hackers Hijacked Thousands of YouTube Accounts

Google has shed light on a spate of attacks that turned creator channels into cryptocurrency scam livestreams.

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The Mathematics of Cancel Culture

To add fractions, you find the least common denominator—a term that has a certain resonance in our age of mass cancellation.

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13 Face Masks Your Kids May Actually Wear

Your child still needs a face mask for school or play. These are the styles my little ones will tolerate.

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I Never Want to Stop Riding the LeMond Prolog

I don’t need it, but I could ride this ebike all day, every day, forever.

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7 Early Black Friday TV Deals to Help You Cozy Up This Fall

From LG OLEDs to affordable TCL screens, a ton of our favorite models are steeply discounted.

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19 Delightful Gifts for Music Lovers and Audiophiles

From headphones and speakers to accessories for their vinyl LPs, these gift ideas will appeal to any audio lover.

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More Covid Vaccine Boosters Are Coming. Who Should Get Them?

Federal advisers meet again this week to discuss third shots, but it’s still not clear what the best timing is—or what the US owes the world.

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