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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

The latest weapons in the global information war are fake vessels behaving badly.

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Covid Is Pulling the Plug on Beloved Japanese Arcades

Once home to vibrant live competitions, gaming centers have been bleeding out since before the pandemic. Lockdowns could leave them KO'd for good.

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China Cracks Down On Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?

Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent were once regarded with national pride. Now they’re being slapped with fines and other penalties.

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A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.

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The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon,” and how much would have to be removed from the atmosphere to save a single life.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out Over Sexism Complaints

“We love our jobs, but our jobs don’t love us back,” one worker told WIRED. "So we’re trying to change that.”

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Toyota Whiffed on EVs. Now It’s Trying to Slow Their Rise

In a bid to protect its investments in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, the carmaker is lobbying against the transition to electric vehicles.

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How Nothing Designed 'Ear 1s' to Beat Apple AirPods

The head of design at Nothing explains how their product could take on Apple's all-conquering wireless earbuds, at a fraction of the cost.

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The Best Cheap Phones for (Almost) Every Budget

There’s little reason to pay top dollar for a phone these days. These are our favorite Android devices and iPhones for $200 to $500.

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Samsung's Flagship Soundbar Brings Theater Audio to Your Home

The HW-Q950A is spendy, but the setup is dead simple, and it won't fail to immerse you in your favorite movies and shows.

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Let’s Keep the Vaccine Misinformation Problem in Perspective

Social media is not the reason the pandemic hasn’t been conquered.

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Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Controversial Tool Calls Out Vulnerabilities Across the Web

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

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Virtual Reality Is the Rich White Kid of Technology

For decades, VR has failed to live up to expectations. Yet somehow, it keeps receiving more chances and more resources.

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The Shapeshifting Cam Girl Rewriting the Rules of Porn

Face-morphing adult content creator Coconut Kitty is ushering in the unsettling future of the medium, one where nothing is as it seems.

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Power Up Anywhere With the Best Travel Adapters

When going abroad, these plugs are essential to keep your gadgets charged. These are our favorites.

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Biden’s ‘Antitrust Revolution’ Overlooks AI—at Americans’ Peril

A handful of companies have outsize influence on the world’s artificial intelligence. Policymakers must act now to stem the rise of powerful monopolies.

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TCL's New Android Phones Can't Keep Up With the Competition

The TCL 20 Pro 5G, 20S, and 20 SE are perfectly capable and affordable handsets, but you can do better.

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Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Huge pyrocumulonimbus clouds just formed over fires in the West. Here’s why they could become more common on a warmer planet.

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Clubhouse Opens Its Doors. Is Anyone Rushing to Get In?

Just a few days after ditching its invite-only status, the audio chat app had fewer than 500,000 new downloads.

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Hundreds of Ways to Get S#!+ Done—and We Still Don’t

You want to be productive. Software wants to help. But even with a glut of tools claiming to make us all into taskmasters, we almost never master our tasks.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Intel's Ambitious Plan to Regain Chipmaking Leadership

The company announced a strategy that involves new machinery and new technologies. It may get a boost from the US government.

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Our 10 Favorite Gaming Headsets for Every System

No matter which console or device you play on, these corded headsets will lend depth and drama to your gameplay.

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Story and Street Style Converge in The World Ends With You

The iconic action RPG introduced a world of gamers to Japanese fashion. Now with a sequel on the way, its influence has only grown.

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Secretlab's Titan Evo Raises the Bar for Gaming Chairs

One of the best gaming chairs just got better, but it's not for everyone.

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The Incredible Physics of Simone Biles' Yurchenko Double Pike

Calculating angular velocity and the moment of inertia isn’t quite as hard as competing in the Olympic gymnastics tournament—but it’s pretty darn tough.

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TikTok a Year After Trump’s Ban: No Change, but New Threats

The popular short-video app survived a plan to block it on US phones. Now, it’s mistrusted by both the US and Chinese governments.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password

Help your guests connect to your network without typing a thing.

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The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Adventure

Protect your eyes in style while you lounge, run, paddle, or work on your computer outside.

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DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth

Dozens of viruses don't use the same four nucleotide bases found in all other life. New work shows how this is possible—and perhaps more common than we think.

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Hit the Road With These Travel-Planning Apps and Tricks

Let your phone be your guide. Even default map apps have handy features to help you plan an awesome itinerary.

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Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

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