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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Protecting the Immune-Compromised Keeps Everyone Safe

It isn’t just about social responsibility. It’s about ending the pandemic and not giving  the coronavirus chances to evolve.

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Amazon's Massive GDPR Fine Shows the Law's Power—and Limits

It's the first significant GDPR ruling against Big Tech. But secrecy around the decision exposes the regulation’s flaws.

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Get the Most Out of Your iPad With These Accessories

These are some of our favorite stands, cases, keyboards, and Pencils no matter which iPad you have.

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These Games Taught Me to Love the Fremium Grind

Free-to-play games get a bad rep, but the good ones can keep you hooked in all the right ways—especially when you have a lot more time on your hands.

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Dyson’s Omni-glide Stick Vac Leaves Your Broom in the Dust

This lightweight vacuum for hardwood flooring has made my life easier and more crumb-free.

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These Algorithms Look at X-Rays—and Somehow Detect Your Race

A study raises new concerns that AI will exacerbate disparities in health care. One issue? The study’s authors aren’t sure what cues are used by the algorithms.

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What Rat Empathy May Reveal About Human Compassion

Rats may feel concern when cage mates are trapped. But, like people, they don’t always care enough to help.

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11 Face Masks Your Kids May Actually Wear

This fall, your kid will probably still need a face mask for school or play. These are the ones that my little guys will tolerate.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Facebook’s Reason for Banning Researchers Doesn’t Hold Up

The company says privacy concerns forced it to block access for a team of academics. Whose privacy, exactly?

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Watch a Hacker Hijack a Hotel Room’s Lights, Fans, and Beds

It’s not a ghost. It’s a half-dozen vulnerabilities in a digital automation system.

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Exactly How Many People Have Long Covid?

Pinning down the number of “long-haulers” suffering from the mysterious condition is an important task. It’s also proving impossible.

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Stop Complaining About Mass Effect: Andromeda

Once you stop comparing it to the original trilogy, it’s actually pretty good.

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The Pandemic Drives Cofounders to Couples Therapy

Startups are like relationships—at least that’s what some Silicon Valley therapists are pitching.

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Struggling to Recruit, Police Turn to Targeted Ads

The pandemic and the George Floyd protests have made recruiters’ jobs tougher. Now they’re tapping the behavioral profiling power of social media.

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How to Cut Your Hair at Home

Ready to try giving yourself a trim? Let us help you avoid a DIY disaster.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse Already Sucks

It's not even here yet, but Facebook’s ambitions alone reveal an alarming lack of imagination and a less alarming love of tech buzzwords.

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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Misogyny on the internet too often slips through the filters of content moderators. A new method hopes to inject more nuance into the process.

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How to Build a Solar Oven

Cook a variety of simple foods—or just heat up last night's pizza—using our environment's most accessible heating element.

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Scientists Could One Day Float an Aerial Robot Above Venus

Researchers recently tested whether a balloon-borne sensor could listen for venusquakes to learn about the planet's makeup.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Citizen's New Service Helps Paying Users Summon the Cops

The crime-tracking app is charging $20 per month to give subscribers access to their own virtual security service.

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Blizzard President Departs as Workers Demand Systemic Change

Nearly a week after Activision Blizzard employees walked out to protest alleged discrimination at the company, executive J. Allen Brack has left.

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How Did People Find the Fundamental Charge With Drops of Oil?

Back in 1909, figuring out the charge of a single electron was a Nobel-worthy pursuit. Today, it’s a good lesson in understanding four key forces.

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France Cracked Down on Google’s Ad Tech. What’s Next?

The French Competition Agency has hit the company with $855 million in fines this year. The money is meaningless—but the changes could be profound.

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The Truth About the Quietest Town in America

The National Radio Quiet Zone limits wireless communications. But a journey to its center in Green Bank, West Virginia reveals a town at odds with itself.

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Russia’s Space Station Incident Points to Larger Issues

Nauka’s errant firings were likely the result of human error—and they raise concerns about the future of the country’s space program and its partnership with NASA.

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22 Great Wireless Chargers to Refuel Your Phone (or Watch)

Stop fumbling for cables in the dark. These WIRED-tested stands and pads will make recharging your iPhone or Android phone hassle-free.

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Why Even the Fastest Human Can’t Outrun Your House Cat

A new model explains the forces and body design features that limit maximum sprinting speed.

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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

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How Accessibility at the Summer's Gaming Events Stack Up

While a number of recent announcements highlighted accessibility in games, or offered great options for viewers, there's more work to be done.

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Monday, August 2, 2021

The Best Olympics Show Is Peacock’s Chaotic Tokyo Tonight

Not everyone loves the streaming service’s coverage of the 2020 Games, but its highlight show is perfect just the way it is.

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Google's Next Pixel Phone Will Be Powered By a Custom Chip

Following the industry trend of tech giants manufacturing their own processors, the company will start putting bespoke silicon in its mobile hardware.

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Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance

Sea level rise will soon combine with a host of other environmental factors to produce dozens of floods each fall in US coastal cities.

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The Best Phones With an Actual Headphone Jack

Audio jacks are endangered, but they’re not gone yet. Here are some of our favorite smartphones that still let you plug in.

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Got Bigger Ears? Sony’s WF-1000XM4 Are Your New Best Buds

Sony’s noise-canceling earbuds are the best you can buy, so long as your ears are big enough.

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The Weird, Sustainable Booze of the Future Tastes … Good?

Small distilleries like Empirical Spirits are working on uncategorizable drinks made of stuff like plum pits, for the resilient quaff of tomorrow.

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Hospitals Still Use Pneumatic Tubes—and They Can Be Hacked

The tech may seem antiquated, but it poses very modern cybersecurity problems.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Are Virtual Surround Gaming Headsets Worth It?

The question is surprisingly complicated—and involves a lot of sifting through marketing.

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Fractons, the Weirdest Matter, Could Yield Quantum Clues

Theorists are in a frenzy over these bizarre, but potentially useful, hypothetical particles that can only move in combination with one another.

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The Best Keyboards for Your Work Station (or Battle Station)

Whether you're looking to boost your productivity or your Fortnite stats, these are the top typing peripherals for the job.

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How to Make the Air in Your Home More Breathable

Different climates and seasons call for different solutions. Here’s what you need to know about pollutants and particulates, and the gear that might help.

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A Guide to RCS, and Why It Makes Texting So Much Better

Google is pushing the new standard for Android devices, which promises better security and cooler features than plain old SMS.

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Top 30 Cybersecurity Bugs Include Plenty of Usual Suspects

Plus: A sneaky iOS app, a wiper attack in Iran, and more of the week's top security news.

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How the Jaguar, King of the Forest, Might Save Its Ecosystem

With a new train line threatening its habitat, the big cat may be the key to protecting this Mexican reserve—and everything else in it.

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What’s the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

All the major US carriers have options that let you stream as much as you want. We’ve laid out how they work and which are best for individuals and families.

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The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Smartphones, Laptops, and Audio

Hunker down at home and block out the real world with these deals on Chromebooks, headphones, and more.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Meditation App

The brain's default mode is set to mind-wandering. Your meditation app can bring you back into the now.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Neuromancer Is Still Mind-Blowing

William Gibson's classic 1984 novel is still the gold standard for cyberpunk.

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The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

Plus: Round one with Mark Zuckerberg, the appointment of Lina Khan, and a new type of weather nightmare.

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Ted Lasso, the Olympics, and Talking About Mental Health

The confluence of the Apple TV+ comedy, the sports world, and social media is leading to a much needed dialog.

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3D Imaging Shows How Shark Guts Work Like a Tesla Valve

Using CT scans and 3D modeling, researchers found the fish’s spiral digestive system is analogous to Nikola Tesla’s ingenious check valve design.

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The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Achin' Neck

Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.

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Why the History of Black Twitter Needed to Be Told

This week, Jason Parham takes us inside one of the most influential communities on the internet and shares their stories in their own words.

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The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting

California has begun enforcing a browser-level privacy setting, but you still can’t find that option in Safari or iOS.

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Dogs, Unlike Wolves, Are Born to Communicate With People

Wolf puppies can’t understand human gestures as well as their dog cousins. The difference could help explain what makes dogs so special.

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18 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear

Face coverings are back. Read our updated tips on how to pick an effective mask—whether you’re heading back to the office or just want to stay safe and stylish.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Dam Is Breaking on Vaccine Mandates

Hopes for a “normal” fall have been dashed by variants and low vaccine uptake. Businesses and the White House think requiring shots can turn things around.

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Simone Biles and the Unprecedented Olympic Pressure

The Tokyo Games have taken a unique psychological toll on all of the athletes.

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How Gravity Turns Me Upside Down

My favorite force belittles me—literally—but also inspires new ways to get high.

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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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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Porn Showed Upon on Legit News Sites Thanks to Internet Rot

Plus: China's pipeline probing, a Chromebook debacle, and more of the week's top security news.

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How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics

Omega, the official timekeeper of the Games, is now using computer vision and motion sensors for events like swimming, gymnastics, and beach volleyball.

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Cities Aren't the Wildlife 'Deserts' Scientists Once Feared

As more animals are spotted in urban areas, researchers recognize how cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity.

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How to Upgrade Your Home Audio for Music or Movies

No one ever regrets investing in a better home sound system. Our advice and gear recommendations can help.

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

We found discounts on a MacBook Pro, an Instant Pot, and the newest Amazon Fire tablet.

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Space Jam and the Fury of an Algorithm Scorned

The reboot—along with Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines—portray vengeful AIs as jilted geniuses. That revolution shouldn’t be televised.

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Biden Has to Play Hardball with Internet Platforms

The president needs to prioritize Americans' wellbeing over Big Tech's whims to begin a path to restoring democracy, privacy, and competition.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

The Activision Blizzard Harassment Suit Feels Painfully Familiar

A complaint filed this week alleges corrosive behavior that seems increasingly endemic to the video game industry.

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The Pandemic Olympics, Vaccine Misinformation, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Romeo and Juliet Needs More Zombies

Scott Edelman's "A Plague on Both Your Houses" is a tale of the undead written in iambic pentameter.

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Please, a Moment of Silence for Comic-Con

No, it’s not dead. But fans around the world mourn the loss anyway.

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How Mockingbirds Compose Songs Just Like Beethoven

The birds aren’t producing sounds at random. Some of their strategies are surprisingly similar to ones used by humans.

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The FAA Brings Jeff Bezos Back Down to Earth

Plus: New Shepard’s dildo design, my seat on a private space flight, and the hearing that broke Fauci.

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Our Favorite Smartwatches Do Much More Than Just Tell Time

These little wearables reduce your reliance on a phone while keeping you connected.

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What Bezos' Big Day Means for Commercial Spaceflight

This week, Steven Levy fills us in on the Blue Origin launch, its implications, and why so many billionaires are obsessed with space travel.

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The Best Sites, Apps, and YouTube Channels to Learn Music

Modern technology makes studying to play a new instrument easier than ever. And the best part? Most of these tools are free or affordable.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Nike's Sustainable Gear Heads to the Tokyo Olympics

The apparel and shoes for team USA were designed for peak performance—ecologically and athletically.

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The Olympics Could Be a Covid-19 ‘Super-Evolutionary Event’

In a warped version of international cooperation, the Games could provide a place for variants of the virus to spread and then return home with athletes.

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The Kaseya Ransomware Nightmare Is Almost Over

A decryption tool has emerged, meaning any victims whose systems remain locked up can soon breathe easy.

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Scientists Just ‘Looked’ Inside Mars. Here’s What They Found

InSight and Perseverance have sent back unprecedented data on everything from marsquakes to the Red Planet’s inner layers.

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Playdate, the Pocketable Game Console, Prepares for Preorders

The long-awaited tiny gaming device will be available to purchase next week, with shipments beginning before the end of the year.

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The Stunning New Dune Trailer Begs You to See It in Theaters

It might be available on HBO Max, but come on.

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An Explosive Spyware Report Shows the Limits of iOS Security

Amnesty International sheds alarming light on an NSO Group surveillance tool—and the gaps in Apple and Google's defenses.

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The Best Time Travel Movies of … All Time

From Groundhog Day to Interstellar, filmmakers love messing with timelines. Thankfully, that makes for mind-bending entertainment.

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The Next Frontier for Phone Cameras: Stronger, Clearer Glass

Corning has a developed a new version of Gorilla Glass optimized for smartphone camera lenses that it claims will lead to a boost in photo quality.

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Meet the Actor Behind Some of Your Favorite Video Game Voices

WIRED spoke with Troy Baker—who’s worked on Fortnite, The Last of Us, and BioShock Infinite, among others—about his prolific career.

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A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part II

No longer just an online movement, Black Twitter takes to the streets—and finds its voice.

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Vecnos' Camera Makes Capturing 360 Content Easy. Too Easy

To simplify the world of 360-degree photos and videos, the company might've gone a little too far with the Iqui.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair

The move follows an executive order issued last week by the White House urging the agency to secure consumers' rights to fix their own gadgets.

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Jeff Bezos Goes to Space. Day Three: Reentry

For the Amazon and Blue Origin founder, suborbital space tourism is just the first step towards something much bigger.

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Venmo Gets More Private—but It's Still Not Fully Safe

Eliminating the global feed is a good step. But until the platform offers privacy by default, it remains a liability for many of its users.

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These Bendy Chips Fit in Unusual Places

Researchers think these flexible semiconductors will be able to monitor your heartbeat or tell you whether your milk has spoiled.

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These Are Our Favorite Robot Vacuums

From no-frills cleaners to high-end automation, we have the perfect pick for you.

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Dell's XPS 13 Laptop Has a Stunning New OLED Display

The new version of the venerable Windows ultrabook offers an optional OLED screen.

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Immortality Should Be an Option in Every Video Game

The best part of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is one very specific difficulty setting.

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Netflix’s Sexy Beasts Is Ridiculous—and Surprisingly Boring

The new reality show has an attention-grabbing premise, but the gimmick gets old fast.

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How to Watch the 2021 Olympics

There are plenty of ways to watch the games you want—and some of them are even free if you get creative.

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Please Stop Wearing Your Bike Helmet the Wrong Way

Follow this simple guide to dial in the proper fit.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jeff Bezos Goes to Space. Day Two: Blastoff

The day was a career highlight for the Amazon and Blue Origin founder. But the real star of the show was Wally Funk.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Here's all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this outbreak is affecting the economy.

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Jeff Bezos Touches Space Aboard Blue Origin Rocket

The Amazon founder, his brother, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and a paying passenger were the first to test out the New Shepard suborbital rocket system.

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Weak US Privacy Law Hurts America’s Global Standing

Unrestrained data collection and selling doesn’t just harm citizens at home. It’s terrible foreign policy.

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Poor Recipes and Bad Design Sink This Smart Kitchen Gadget

The Multo by CookingPal proves that the smart kitchen isn't always so smart.

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Nomad Is Having a Sitewide Summer Sale on Phone Gear

The accessory-maker is offering a 30 percent discount on all full-priced items until July 25, including leather cases, wallets, and wireless chargers.

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The Absurd Idea to Put Bodycams on Teachers Is ... Feasible?

The idea to monitor educators so they they don't teach critical race theory seems ridiculous. But  schools are already rife with invasive surveillance.

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The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up Your Smart Home

Use your voice to control the lights! Summon the vacuum with your phone! Here’s everything you need to know, from Wi-Fi tips to security advice.

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Who’s Winning the War Between Biden and Facebook? Fox News

Misinformation on the cable channel may be responsible for more vaccine hesitancy than the social network.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

How China's Hacking Entered a Reckless New Phase

The country's hackers have gotten far more aggressive since 2015, when the Ministry of State Security largely took over the country’s cyberespionage.

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Hungry Wild Pigs Are Worsening Climate Change

When the invasive swine root through soils around the world, they release as much carbon dioxide as a million cars. Good luck getting rid of them.

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Jeff Bezos Is Going to Space. Day One: Countdown

WIRED is reporting daily from Van Horn, Texas, where the Amazon founder will be among the first passengers aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket system.

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Best Tents for Campers, Backpackers, and Families

Picking the appropriate shelter can make a big difference in comfort for you or your family. Let us help you find the right one.

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Warby Parker Revamps Its Eye Exam App—and Bets on Telehealth

The eyewear company’s new app for vision prescription renewals illuminates the promises and potential pitfalls of the growing interest in remote health care.

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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new “red team” will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

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Why Not Use Self-Driving Cars as Supercomputers?

Autonomous vehicles use the equivalent of 200 laptops to get around. Some want to tap that computing power to decode viruses or mine bitcoin.

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These Astonishing Minecraft Builds Were Years in the Making

Creative and dedicated, the master builders of the best-selling video game have forged some incredible structures.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

How to Watch Jeff Bezos Go to Space

Whether you’re here for the history or you’re watching passive-aggressively as the world’s wealthiest man plays with toys, here’s how to tune in.

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How to Stay Under Your 15 GB of Free Storage From Google

If you’re smart about how you use your space in the cloud, you don’t have to pay extra.

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What Causes Gamma-Ray Bursts? Their 'Afterglows' Hold Clues

These high-energy explosions, brighter than billions and billions of suns, have recently been tracked for days, upending ideas about the cataclysms that create them.

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When the Game Is Over, Where Do Our Avatars Go?

The player characters from childhood video games were conceived in glory. Where are they now?

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Give Every Remote Control a Tracker

A world where you never lose the remote ever again seems well within reach.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Are Humans the Meanest Species in the Universe?

Melinda Snodgrass' novel The High Ground examines human cruelty in an alien first-contact scenario.

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Biden Puts a $10M Bounty on Foreign Hackers

Plus: REvil goes dark, spyware runs amok, and more of the week's top security news.

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Looking for a Tablet? These Are Our Absolute Favorites

We’ve tested all the top slates, from Apple’s iPads to Android and Windows devices.

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Bash Your Way to Fitness With FightCamp's Home Workouts

Learn real boxing and kickboxing skills at home with this fitness system that marries punch-tracking tech with streaming video workouts.

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Can Swimmers and Sharks Coexist? Smarter Maps Might Help

Great whites have returned to Cape Cod, a conservation success story and a hazard. Can new, predictive tools help keep beachgoers safe?

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The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, TVs, and Tech

We’ve scoured the internet to find you the best weekend discounts on everything from MacBooks to air fryers.

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The Murky Merits of a Private Spy Registry

From Black Cube to Fusion GPS to $50 spoofing tech, private espionage has recklessly boomed. Disclosure requirements could keep things in check.

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Biden’s Cybersecurity Team Gets Crowded at the Top

It’s a lot of talent, but the US now has five overlapping roles jockeying for limited budgets, authorities, and bureaucratic victories.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking a Webcam

The security researchers used an infrared photos and third-party hardware to best Microsoft's facial recognition tech.

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Vaccines for Kids, a Global Surge in Cases, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Robert Sheckley Was the Master of Dark, Funny Sci-Fi

The Dimension of Miracles author paved the way for Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison.

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The Rocket Billionaire Who Hated Space Tourism

Plus: a lifelong love of the cosmos, future dispatches from West Texas, and routinely unprecedented weather events.

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The Best Pizza Ovens to Make the Perfect Slice

In times of trouble, our nation turns to carbs. We picked our favorite portable ovens for backyards, countertops, or camping.

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‘We’re Sorry or You’re Welcome’ Should Be Twitter’s Motto

This week the company announced it would shut down Fleets with an extremely apt tweet.

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Why WeWork Didn't Work

We talk to the authors of a new book about the notorious coworking startup and its charismatic cofounder, Adam Neumann.

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The CDC Owes Parents Better Messaging on the Vaccine for Kids

The agency's strange math and blunt statements are missing key nuances—and may be underplaying myocarditis cases in teenage boys in particular.

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This Device Could Tune Your Heart—Then Dissolve Away

The latest in “electronic medicine” offers an alternative to temporary pacemakers and could help reduce tissue scarring.

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As the Use of AI Spreads, Congress Looks to Rein It In

The White House, lawmakers from both parties, and federal agencies are all working on bills or projects to constrain potential downsides of the tech.

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LG’s Smart Window AC Blasts Away the Summer Swelter

This powerful and smart air conditioner might require some fiddling during installation, but it delivers on its promises.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

The SolarWinds Hackers Used an iOS Flaw to Compromise iPhones

Security researchers say the group exploited a zero-day in Apple’s operating system to target European government officials over LinkedIn.

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Valve’s Steam Deck Will Take PC Games on the Go This December

The $400 handheld will let you bring your Steam library anywhere. But before you reserve one, here’s what you need to know.

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Facebook Catches Iranian Spies Catfishing US Military Targets

The hackers posed as recruiters, journalists, and hospitality workers to lure its victims.

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Here’s the Gear You Need to Start Your Own Podcast

Now is the time to create your own content. These tools can help you get great audio and video quality from the start.

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A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part I

From #UKnowUrBlackWhen to #BlackLivesMatter, how a loose online network became a pop culture juggernaut, an engine of social justice, and a lens into the future.

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The Best Music Streaming Apps to Get Your Groove On

Whether you want to share playlists with friends, jam out at a party, or listen to a 3D live recording, these are the best services to rock out to.

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The Next Covid-19 Battle Will Be About Vaccinating Kids

Pfizer and Moderna are midway through clinical trials, and the public health system is well versed in delivering childhood shots. The challenge? Politics.

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These Headphones Translate Foreign Languages on the Fly

The Ambassador app-connected earphones translate human speech into multiple tongues, enabling multilingual conversations.

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As Travel Rebounds, Airlines Are Figuring It Out on the Fly

Businesses destinations are out, tourist spots are in. The old rules governing fares and flight schedules have been thrown out the window.

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No, Facebook and Google Are Not Public Utilities

It’s time to retire one of the most half-baked ideas for regulating Big Tech.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

WhatsApp Has a Secure Fix for One of Its Biggest Drawbacks

Starting with a beta that launches today, you'll no longer have to route all of your messages through your smartphone.

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Volcanoes Might Explain That Phosphine on Venus

Last fall, researchers said the presence of phosphine in the planet's atmosphere could indicate life. But a new study says there could be a geological explanation.

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Why Do Some Crimes Increase When Airbnbs Come to Town?

Tourists neither commit nor attract crimes. But a study finds that violent offenses rose in neighborhoods where more homes were converted to short-term rentals.

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Loki’s Season 2 Renewal Is a Clue to Marvel’s Multiverse

The show just became the first Disney+ series in the MCU to get a renewal. Here’s what that means.

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Germany Is About to Block One of the Biggest Porn Sites

Regulators are trying to force adult sites to introduce age checks for users. Now one of the largest in the world faces a total block for refusing to do so.

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Tag Heuer’s Latest Smartwatch Play? Super Mario

The new limited-edition Tag Connected is a collaboration with Nintendo’s famous plumber.

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Why Humans See Faces in Everyday Objects

The ability to spot Jesus’ mug in a piece of burnt toast might be a product of evolution.

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Is Social Media Making Us … Better People?

One painful interaction at a time, we’re mastering the gateway virtue of the networked world: tact.

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The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Achin' Neck

Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.

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Get a Better Picture With Our Favorite Webcams

Videoconferencing cameras have been in high demand since the pandemic began. We’ve narrowed down our favorites.

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Be Very Careful About Where You Build That Seawall

Walls are meant to keep out rising seas—but that water still has to go somewhere. New modeling shows it could well end up flooding your neighbors.

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The US Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips

Pandemic-induced supply disruptions and competition from China put more pressure on US companies to manufacture semiconductors at home.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cuba’s Social Media Blackout Reflects an Alarming New Normal

In response to mass protests, the country has been blocking social media and communication platforms since Sunday—an increasingly common action worldwide.

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Twitch Streamers Rake in Millions With a Crypto Gambling Boom

The company says it is “closely monitoring gambling content” but legal experts told WIRED that some promotions may be illegal.

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I'm Not a Reporter. But I'm Verified As One On Twitter

A new program makes getting a blue checkmark too easy for 'journalists'—and far too difficult for activists.

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These Are the 8 Android Phones Worth Buying

Shopping for a new phone can be an ordeal. Let us take some of the pain out of it with these picks and tips.

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LG's C1 OLED Is a Game-Changing TV

This flatscreen blurs the lines between TV and high-end gaming monitor.

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This Is How Aliens Might Search for Human Life

If habitable worlds exist around certain stars, they’d have just the right vantage point to spy on Earth.

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A Son Is Rescued at Sea. But What Happened to His Mother?

Nathan Carman went fishing with his mom. A week later, he was found on a life raft—alone. Tragic accident or murder? Ocean sensors may point to the truth.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

What Black Widow's $60 Million Disney+ Haul Actually Means

It proves streaming releases can make big bucks—if the movie is big enough.

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The Everyday IT Tools That Can Offer ‘God Mode’ to Hackers

Attackers are increasingly attuned to the power and potential of remote management software.

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How to Factory-Reset Your Phone Before You Sell It

Upgrading to a shiny new device? Here’s how to restore your old phone to its factory settings.

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How to Prepare for the Robot Apocalypse (If You’re a Robot)

In the Netflix show The Mitchells vs. the Machines, robots are planning to blast all of humanity into outer space. How much time and energy will that take?

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Stop Doomscrolling and Grab a Game Controller Instead

Before you think this is about trading one unhealthy habit for another, it’s not like that. Here’s why.

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A Graphene ‘Camera’ Images the Activity of Living Heart Cells

Using a novel device made from carbon atoms and a laser, researchers captured real-time electrical signals from muscle tissue.

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GitHub’s Commercial AI Tool Was Built From Open Source Code

Copilot is pitched as a helpful aid to developers. But some programmers object to the blind copying of blocks of code used to train the algorithm.

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Need a Soundtrack for Your YouTube Video? Ask an AI Composer

A new music creation plug-in uses machine intelligence to compose songs on the fly that match the visual tone and rhythm of creators’ videos.

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Pet Startups Are Having a Field Day

The pandemic ushered in a new wave of pet owners—and unleashed business opportunities for companies that cater to them.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tabletop RPGs

Shannon Appelcline's Designers and Dragons books offer a detailed look at the history of tabletop roleplaying games.

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Richard Branson Reaches Space on Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity

The historic flight is only the second time that the rocket plane has carried people.

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Can People Still Play the Same Games as They Get Older?

Action genre veterans may struggle with the pace and complexity of modern games, but they have no intention of hanging up their controllers.

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How Lego Perfected the Recycled Plastic Brick

After 72 years and billions of interlocking polymer toy bricks, the company finally has an eco-friendly alternative.

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Biden Wants the FCC to Fix Net Neutrality—but It Can't Yet

The FCC won't be able to do most of the things the president encouraged in his executive order until he nominates a fifth commissioner.

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Mathematicians Prove Symmetry of Phase Transitions

At critical moments, rotational invariance is a universal property across many physical systems.

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A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World

Search Atlas displays three sets of links—or images—from different countries for any search.

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How to Smarten Up Your Home With Alexa Routines

Use simple commands to have Amazon's voice assistant trigger actions like dimming the bedroom lights or reading the headlines.

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How to Make Your Web Searches More Secure and Private

What you look for online is up to you—just make sure no one else is taking a peek.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

A New System Is Helping Crack Down on Child Sex Abuse Images

There are 150 child sexual abuse laws around the world. Now, metadata is making it easier for countries to work together.

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The Latest Pro-Trump Twitter Clone Leaks User Data on Day 1

Plus: A failed takedown in Russia, details on an FBI-sting encrypted phone, and more of the week's top security news.

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Iconic Yellowstone Park Faces Startling Climate Threats

A new report details global warming’s effect on the national park and its surroundings, including everything from its forests to the Old Faithful geyser.

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Samsung's Galaxy A32 5G Raises the Bar for Sub-$300 Phones

From two-day battery life to reliable cameras, this Android smartphone is the renaissance gadget in a world of cheap phones.

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Why Do Gamers Love Speedrunning So Much Anyway?

Between marathons on Twitch and the annual Games Done Quick event, watching people rush to complete games in minutes rather than hours is a compelling pastime.

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How to Take a Post-Pandemic Road Trip

Not ready for an all-out island vacation just yet? Hit the road instead.

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The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, Cameras, and More

It's hot outside. Cool off indoors and pass the time with these discounted Switch games, wireless earbuds, and more.

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China's Nationalistic ‘Wolf Warriors’ Blast Foes on Twitter

Diplomats hurl insults and mock enemies in screeds that often appear aimed at a domestic audience, even though the social media service is blocked in China.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

An Office Phone Flaw Can’t Be Fixed By Cisco Alone

The company released a patch this week but security researchers say the root of the problem is beyond its control—and symptomatic of a larger issue.

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The Olympics Bars Fans, Pfizer Eyes Boosters, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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It's OK to Feel Sorry for TIE Fighter Pilots

They’re treated as cannon fodder. “Amara Kel’s Rules for TIE Fighter Pilot Survival (Probably)” gives them a different life.

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Joe Biden Wants You to Be Able to Fix Your Own Damn iPhones

A sweeping new presidential directive includes, among other things, an initiative to secure consumers’ right to repair their own devices.

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Black Widow Is Right on Time—and Too Late

Yes, Covid-19 delayed the film, but the movie should have come out years ago.

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Everything You Need to Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Indoor plants and sewing projects don’t taste as good. Here’s what you need to make booze at home.

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Europe Makes the Case to Ban Biometric Surveillance

Companies are racing to track everything about you. It could be a convenient way to reduce fraud—or seriously creepy and discriminatory.

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5 Years After Pokémon Go, It's Time for the Metaverse

Plus: The biggest idea of 2016, the ethics of synthetic data, and a blaze on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Why Scientists Love Making Robots Build Ikea Furniture

This robot can help a human assemble a bookcase by predicting what part they’ll want next and handing it over.

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So, You Want to Try an Ebike? Here’s What to Know

This week we discuss the proliferation of ebikes in bike-share networks, as well as the explosive growth of private ebike ownership.

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Need to Fit Billions of Transistors on a Chip? Let AI Do It

Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in the dark arts of designing semiconductors—some of which will be used to run artificial intelligence programs.

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These Are the Best Portable External Storage Drives

Need an ultra-fast drive for video editing or a rugged option to back up your photos in the field? We’ve got a solution for every situation.

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Zeus Network’s Niche as a Streaming Service? Raw Drama

B-list reality stars. Sex workers. A shirtless cooking show. Programming on the renegade platform finds comfort among the uncomfortable.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Microsoft Keeps Failing to Patch a Critical Windows Bug

For the second time in a month, the company issued an update that doesn't fully address a severe security vulnerability in Windows.

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The Unfixed Flaw at the Heart of REvil’s Ransomware Spree

Security researchers warned Kaseya about its IT management software in April, but the patches didn't come fast enough to avert last week's disaster.

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Mesh Wi-Fi for $20? Vilo's New Router Is Surprisingly Great

With the three-pack, you can get internet connectivity in every corner of your home at a startlingly low price.

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Our Favorite Air Purifier for Large Rooms Is on Sale

The Coway Airmega 400 is a WIRED-tested top pick, and it’s ideal for bigger spaces. It hasn't dipped this low since the start of 2020.

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Access to Birth Control Lets More Girls Finish High School

A new study finds that making contraceptives and reproductive care accessible through a state-funded program in Colorado reduced the dropout rate for young women.

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QAnon Pivots Its Exiled Online Movement to the Real World

The conspiracists might have been deplatformed, but their movement is shifting into local elections and events.

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Give Me More Romance Options in Video Games

Show me DLC and I will pay good money to spend, uh, quality time with characters.

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Our 10 Favorite PlayStation 4 Accessories

Stretching a few more years out of your PS4 console? Try some of these lovely extras.

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Inmates, Doctors, and the Battle Over Trans Medical Care

Prisoners are suing for their right to hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery—if deemed necessary. Meet the psychiatrist who almost always says it's not.

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Boston Dynamics, BTS, and Ballet: The Next Act for Robotics

The company’s latest video, “Spot’s on It,” signals its deepening, complexifying relationship with dance.

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Amazon’s Hollywood Ambitions Are Very Old-School

Amidst a wave of media consolidation, the retail giant’s moves feel like they come from an old playbook.

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Mystery Solved: How Plant Cells Know When to Stop Growing

The discovery could have a profound effect on cell research for many species of plants and animals, as well as the future of crops.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Best Running Gear for Hot Summer Days

Last month saw some record-breaking temperatures. If you’re going for a run, be sure to wear the right clothes and stay hydrated.

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Global Democracies Need to Align to Fight Disinformation

Before authoritarians pollute the 2022 midterms, the US and EU must build a blueprint for democratic internet governance.

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This E-Scooter Strikes a Balance Between Price and Comfort

Yadea's electric KS5 Pro has quite a few quirks, but it offers up a decently comfortable ride, enough speed, and average range to make up for it.

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The Futuristic Stink of Amazon’s Science Fiction

For years, the megacorporation has churned out sci-fi—Electric Dreams, Upload, Solos—that ranges from obnoxious to just plain noxious.

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A Massive Water Recycling Proposal Could Help Ease Drought

Members of Congress from Western states are pushing for $750 million to turn wastewater into pure water. Here’s how that works.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI

The JEDI program had become a legal and political morass. Microsoft won the $10 billion contract, but Amazon and Oracle sued to block the deal.

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The New Nintendo OLED Switch Is a Small But Punchy Upgrade

The display is a little bigger, and the storage is double, but the console still lacks the 4K output players have clamored for.

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Vizio’s New System Brings Theater Sound to the Living Room

With dedicated rear drivers and a wireless subwoofer, the $500 Atmos system provides theater-like listening on the cheap.

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Ups the Ante on Accessibility

Insomniac Games’ new banner title shows what developers can do to make games more inclusive.

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Clubhouse Aimed to Foster Diversity. Is it Working?

Here’s what you need to know before joining the social audio platform, especially if you’re a person of color.

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This AI Helps Police Track Social Media. Does It Go Too Far?

Law enforcement officials say the tool can help them combat misinformation. Civil liberties advocates say it can be used for mass surveillance.

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Why the Password Isn't Dead Quite Yet

Everyone hates the old ways of authentication. But while change is closer than ever, it comes with its own drawbacks.

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Covid Protections Kept Other Viruses at Bay. Now They’re Back

When we masked and stayed home, we were shielded from winter viruses. As we get back to normal, some will resurge—and our immune systems may not be prepared.

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Netflix Is Losing Its Cool

Even as it dominates globally, the streaming giant no longer shines. HBO Max and Disney+, your move.

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Introducing the 2021 WIRED Resiliency Residents

Over the next six months, five professionals from outside of journalism will give WIRED readers an inside perspective on their changing fields.

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When the Next Animal Plague Hits, Can This Lab Stop It?

A new federal facility in Kansas will house the deadliest agricultural pathogens in the world—and researchers working tirelessly to contain them.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Amazon Echo Dots Store a Wealth of Data—Even After a Reset

Thinking about selling your smart speaker? Be aware that you can't completely delete personal content from the device.

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Mendel's Quest, aka Angry Jew, Helped Me Embrace My Heritage

Growing up Jewish was a challenge, but who knew an over-the-top game like this one would help me come to terms with who I am, and what my own culture meant to me.

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This Lamp Is 3D-Printed From Orange Peels

And yes, the Ohmie is completely compostable.

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The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Escape Reality

These over-ears and earbuds will add some serenity to your day.

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The Pandemic Changed Sleep Habits. Maybe That’s a Good Thing

A growing body of research shows that to optimize health and productivity, workers should adjust their workdays to their sleep schedules.

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

How REvil Ransomware Took Out Thousands of Business at Once

More details have come to light as to how the notorious hacking group pulled off its unprecedented attack.

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Mathematicians Prove a 2D Version of Quantum Gravity Works

In three towering papers, a team of mathematicians has worked out the details of Liouville quantum field theory, forging a bridge between math and physics.

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How to Work Out More—Using Your Phone's Default Apps

You don't need a new wearable to get moving or meet your health goals. Turn to the smartphone you already have.

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How to Travel Safely During Your Pandemic Summer

Whether you want to fly internationally or cross state lines by car or train, here’s what you should know.

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Returnal and Why Games Need More Badass Middle-Aged Women

Women in video games are either young and sexy or old and wise. But a character who’s built up the strength and confidence of experience? Sign me up.

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Do Not Stare Into the Crypto Orb

A PrintNightmare exploit, a VPN takedown, and more of the week's top security news.

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The Quest to Tally Alaska’s Wild ‘Warm-Blooded’ Bumblebees

Extreme environments offer them an unexpected paradise. Now researchers and conservationists want to get a head count.

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The 39 Best Fourth of July Deals on Home and Outdoor Goods

Celebrate Independence Day by saving on grilling accessories, tablets, phones, espresso machines, hair tools, and of course, mattresses.

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A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China’s Rise in AI

Chinese entrants swept all five categories, featuring technologies to improve civic life. But the advances could also be tools for surveillance.

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I Tried 5 Sleep Gadgets for My Nagging Insomnia

From a co-sleeping robot bean to a brain-sensing headband, I searched high and low for a solution to my nightmare.

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The Case for Orc Wizards—and Why You Should Play RPGs 'Wrong'

Breaking the conventions of tabletop roleplaying is great for everyone.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

A New Kind of Ransomware Tsunami Hits Hundreds of Companies

An apparent supply chain attack exploited Kaseya's IT management software to encrypt a "monumental" number of victims all at once.

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The Delta Variant's Rise, New Vaccine Tactics, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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The Best Sci-Fi Comedy Is Existential

Though you might expect Tom Gerencer’s stories to be light-hearted, they contain a dark streak of angst.

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You’ll Be Shocked by What’s in My Twitter Feed

Plus: The Twitternomics of promoted posts, Google’s updated code of conduct, and North America’s changing climate.

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Which Crops Can Survive Drought? Nanosensors May Offer Clues

The technique can be used to track how water flows through plants—which could be key to breeding more resilient crops in an increasingly hot, dry climate.

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Florida’s Condo Collapse Foreshadows the Concrete Crack-Up

Overreliance on the world’s favorite building material will lead to more crumbling towers, dams, bridges, and roads. And way more greenhouse gases.

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What If Regulating Facebook Fails?

It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next.

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How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks With Your Phone

Use these battle-tested tips and camera settings to capture dramatic shots of those aerial explosions.

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The Games Done Quick Marathon Is More Important Than Ever

For years, GDQ has brought together gamers to speedrun for charity. After a year of loss and loneliness, the event means so much more.

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Do These Gadgets Actually Protect You? We Asked the Experts

From cell phone radiation and RFID blockers to UVC sanitizers, we investigated whether popular products are truly keeping you safe—or just scaremongering.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Miami Tower Collapse and Humanity's Fight for the Future

From the fallen Champlain Tower to climate change, humans haven’t yet learned to avoid catastrophes they know are coming.

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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

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Fancy Bear Is Trying to Brute-Force Hundreds of Networks

While SolarWinds rightly drew attention earlier this year, Moscow's Fancy Bear group has been on a password-guessing spree this whole time.

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Help! How Do I Accept That I’m Burned Out?

In her final column, Megan lays down some hard truths about work exhaustion.