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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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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Google's Much-Hyped Pixel 6 Undercuts Its Peers at Just $599

Joined by the Pixel 6 Pro at $899, these two new Android phones reinforce how important it is to optimize hardware and software.

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The 12 Best Features in Android 12—and How to Install It

The latest version of Google's mobile operating system has some handy new improvements, and Pixel owners can download it now.

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Sony's WH-1000XM4 Noise-Canceling Headphones Are $100 Off

We've never seen the price so low on the best-in-class noise-canceling wireless headphones.

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The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a review and public hearings involving the space company's expanded site in Boca Chica, Texas.

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With Dune, Frank Herbert Designed the Maxi Pad of the Future

Don’t tell him, but the legendary sci-fi writer came up with a pretty creative way to pull moisture away from you.

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The Best Theragun (and Other Great Massage Guns)

Therabody’s percussive therapy devices help soothe achy muscles. Here’s our guide to its lineup—and some cheaper alternatives.

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Games Can Show Us How to Enact Justice in the Metaverse

To build healthy communities in virtual reality, we must move beyond automated penalties toward proactive forms of governance.

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Tabletop RPG Workers Say Their Jobs Are No Fantasy

The people behind some of the world’s biggest role-playing games are now fighting to make their workplaces better.

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This Atomic Clock Will Transform Deep Space Exploration

The toaster-sized device could help make human travel to Mars—and beyond—a reality.

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The New MacBook Pro Chips Flex the Power of Custom Silicon

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max better integrate the computers’ hardware with their software—much like the iPhone.

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How to Back Up Your Android Phone

Do your future self a favor and back up that smartphone before it’s too late.

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Vintage Board Games Are Getting a Modern Revival

The team behind Restoration Games wants to update lost classics for 21st-century players.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Apple Finally Remembered What Makes Laptops Great

To build a MacBook Pro for the future, the company has gone back to what worked in the past.

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Everything Apple Announced Today—Including a New MacBook Pro

Say hello to machines with plenty of ports, MagSafe charging, and a refreshed pair of AirPods.

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Down With Dongles! Apple Brings Back the MacBook Ports

With the return of MagSafe charging, HDMI, and an SD card slot, you should finally be able to connect things to the latest MacBooks.

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A New Credit Card Arrives—With a Silicon Valley Twist

The X1 is designed for spenders who are young, high-earning, and live on their phones.

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

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

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The Dell XPS 15’s OLED Screen Lets You Make Movie Magic

The upgraded OLED screen and faster processors turn Dell’s latest 15-inch laptop into a portable, video-editing powerhouse.

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The Facebook Whistleblower Won’t Change Anything

Whistleblowing has turned into a secular form of confession that keeps the limelight on one person instead of the movements already doing the work.

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How to Switch From Google Authenticator to Another 2FA App

Yes, you can choose another two-factor authentication app without getting locked out of your accounts.

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Virtual Museums Challenge the Art World’s Status Quo

Lack of access to physical galleries opened people’s eyes to digital possibilities. Will they revolutionize how we interact with art—or just be a placebo?

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Just Switched to iPhone? Here Are 8 Tips to Get You Started

Welcome to the Dark Side. We have Memoji.

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People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

Filtration technology produces water so pure, it would actually harm you if they didn’t put minerals back into it.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

The 10 Best TVs We've Tested (and Helpful Buying Tips)

From LCDs to fancy OLED models, these are our favorite televisions at every price point.

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Need a Cheap Laptop? These Are Our Favorites

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good notebook.

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How the Demise of Dinosaurs Led to the Rise of Snakes

The Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction killed 75 percent of all species—and prompted a snakesplosion of biodiversity.

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How to Stop Action Movies From Blasting Your Ears Off

If the explosions are too loud but the dialog is too quiet, try these simple fixes.

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‘Impossible’ Particle Adds a Piece to the Strong Force Puzzle

The unexpected discovery of the double-charm tetraquark gives physicists fresh insight into the strongest of nature’s fundamental forces.

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How to Watch Apple’s October 18 Event—and What to Expect

The "Unleashed" virtual showcase will likely focus on new MacBooks.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Hackers Keep Targeting the US Water Supply

Plus: The biggest Twitch hack, an iOS zero day, and more of the week's top security news.

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The Best Assistive Technology for Dyslexics

Whether you're grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you—instead of the other way around.

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Turn Your Smart Home Into a Haunted House With Spooky Tech

Add some high-tech horror to your Halloween decorations with scary sounds, frightening lights, and more.

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Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

Scientists are learning how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of effects that harms everything from soil microbes to wildlife.

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11 Fun Subscription Boxes for Kids of All Ages

These monthly deliveries will help kids start coding, read about the world, cook, or learn science.

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Needs More Epic Viking Tunes

Norse warriors were famously musical, and people in the Dark Ages kind of hated that.

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

From gorgeous LG OLED models to Apple's AirPods Pro, there are a ton of great sales going on right now.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Missouri Threatens to Sue a Reporter Over a Security Flaw

The governor warned that he would take legal action against a journalist who identified a vulnerability that exposed teachers' Social Security numbers.

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FDA Backs Boosters, Travel Restrictions Lift, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Are We Panicking Over Social Media?

Perhaps fears over social media aren't that much different than previous worries over the effects of video games or Dungeons & Dragons.

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Facebook Doesn’t Have to Be Terrible

This week, we talked about revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony—and whether this reckoning will finally change the social media giant.

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Which Sonos Speakers Should You Buy?

From the Move to the Beam, we've tested nearly every speaker from the venerable brand. We like them all—but here are the best picks to fit your lifestyle.

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Dave Chappelle, 'Squid Game,' and the Problem of Popularity

Maybe the most surprising thing about 'The Closer' is how many people are watching it.

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Could MJ Really Hang on During Spider-Man’s Swing?

Shooting a web from your hands requires Spidey powers. But does keeping your grip on one of them require Spidey strength?

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How to Share Your Location on an iPhone or Android

Whether it’s through Google Maps or Emergency SOS, there are plenty of ways to quickly let your loved ones know where you are.

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Facebook Isn't the Only Thing That Failed Free Speech

Plus: Zuck’s Georgetown speech, Microsoft’s upgrade plans, and William Shatner’s trip to space.

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Aragami 2 Reminds Us of the Value of Life—and Ninjas

The nostalgic third-person stealth game about assassination accommodates nonlethal gameplay at every level.

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The Malaria Vaccine Is a Big Deal, but Not a Silver Bullet

RTS,S proves that shots can work against parasites. But to eradicate this disease, scientists say we need more than just one tool.

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The New Polaroid Now+ Has Groovy Clip-On Filters

Polaroid’s latest instant camera gives vintage manual photography a much-needed refresh.

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How Facebook Hides How Terrible It Is With Hate Speech

The company publicly claims its AI is amazing at removing harmful content, but internal documents suggest they know the algorithm is ineffective.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

LinkedIn's Exit From China Cuts Another East-West Bridge

The Microsoft subsidiary had agreed in 2014 to censor content in China, but that apparently wasn't enough for tougher government regulators.

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A Telegram Bot Told Iranian Hackers When They Got a Hit

APT35 may not be the most dangerous group out there, but they've got a new phishing trick.

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17 Steaming-Hot Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

We all know someone who puts too much time into their morning brew. Here's how to shop for them.

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Facebook's Fall From Grace Looks a Lot Like Ford's

Before there was Big Tech, there were auto companies that prioritized profits over safety—until a leaked memo made it clear regulation was the only cure.

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The Back Bay Tempo 30 Are the Best Cheap Workout Buds

These small, affordable buds make me feel bad about recommending any other workout headphones.

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Earth’s Unicorn Population Is Exploding

It’s not a fantasy: VC valuations and spending on startups in 2021 are off the charts, and the year isn’t over yet.

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Fujifilm's New Instax Printer Cranks Out Big, Glorious Photos

Fujifilm's latest standalone smart printer uses their largest instant film for bigger, better prints.

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Japanese Breakfast Talks About Writing Sable's Soundtrack

The musician discusses playing JRPGs as a kid, learning on the job, and how composing the game's soundtrack gave her a newfound sense of freedom.

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AI’s Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

As language models get more complex, they also get more expensive to create and run. Some companies are locked out.

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Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

In the new scientific (and literal) field of agrivoltaics, researchers are showing how panels can increase yields and reduce water use on a warming planet.

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The Best Nintendo Switch Bundle Deals—and Which Model to Pick

Looking to nab a Switch, Switch Lite, or related accessories? We've compiled everywhere you can potentially get them online.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It's Play Time: Video Games and Peripherals Are on Sale

With a new headset and a copy of Breath of the Wild, you'll have everything you need to curl up inside this fall.

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Our Favorite Outdoor Security Cams for Your Home or Business

These weatherproof devices can keep a watchful eye on your property and let you get on with life.

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There Is No Bipartisan Consensus on Big Tech

The media's rose-colored rhetoric on cooperation across the aisle is overblown—and threatens the road to substantive regulation.

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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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Telegram Is Becoming a Cesspool of Anti-Semitic Content

A new report shows that channels devoted to anti-Jewish conspiracy theories are growing at an alarming rate. Why won’t the platform take action?

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The Freewrite Traveler Is a Distracted Writer’s Friend

This portable digital typewriter lets you scribe without being constantly pinged by the internet.

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Jett: The Far Shore Imagines Conscientious Space Colonization

WIRED spoke with the game's devs, plus a senior NASA astrobiologist, about the game and its vision of interstellar environmentalism.

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Carbon-Capturing Sunglasses Offer a View of Fashion's Future

A new biomaterial created by methane-munching marine organisms can be molded into eyeglass frames, or formed into leather-like sheets.

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How to Play Every Game From Squid Game (and Not Die)

The hit Netflix show pulls heavily from traditional Korean schoolyard games—and the stakes are, thankfully, very low.

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NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency knows it needs to adapt to climate-driven events that will increasingly threaten coastal launch sites and other key space infrastructure.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

These Solar-Powered Headphones Let You Ditch the Charger

Urbanista's noise-canceling cans are a fine listen, but what really sets them apart is a solar cell that derives energy from any type of light.

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The Best Projectors (and 2 Great Screens)

Whether you want a portable presenter or a theater-quality behemoth, our picks will help you upgrade your at-home movie nights.

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He Charted Marvel's Massive Story—and Revealed an Epic

For his new book, Douglas Wolk read more than 27,000 comic books. What he found was one single coherent saga: the Uncanny American Novel.

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How to Identify Any Song Using Your Phone

Need help naming that tune? Try asking Google Assistant, Siri, or Shazam.

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Volvo’s Classy All-Electric SUV Is Surprisingly Zippy

The 2022 model of the all-electric XC40 Recharge meets expectations, but adds a few surprises too.

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Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

African swine fever killed half the pigs in China. There is no vaccine and no treatment. Now it’s in the Caribbean and on the doorstep of the US.

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With Subscriptions, Automakers Mimic Netflix’s Playbook

GM thinks consumers might pay $135 a month for emergency assistance, enhanced maps, and software-enabled upgrades that boost acceleration.

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The Missing Teen Who Fueled ‘Cult Panic’ Over D&D

When a college student vanished, one overzealous detective convinced the press that he might have been been trapped in a series of tunnels by fellow gamers.

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Which Microsoft Surface Laptop or Tablet Is Best?

If you can’t decide whether to get the 2-in-1 Windows hybrid or a traditional laptop, we’re here to help.

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Swapped Blood, Faked Data, and a Lab Gone Bad

The system for testing drugs in the US relies on contractors adhering to strict guidelines. But one of them chose profits over protocols.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

In Nigeria, Facebook's Outage Revealed a Dangerous Dominance

The platform's shutdown sparked uncertainty and panic. It's time to invest in alternatives.

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The Best Espresso Machines for the Home Barista

Turning your kitchen into a café is a great way to learn (or hone) the art of making the perfect shot.

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Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon is Portable, Powerful—and Pricey

It's a worthy successor to the popular X1 Carbon line.

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How Kena Conjured the 'Feeling of Getting Lost in a Forest'

WIRED spoke with Ember Lab's co-founders about their animation background and the game's stunning Balinese influences.

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In a Banner Year for VC, Women Still Struggle to Get Funding

“Reading these headlines about record rounds, you have to ask, who is having this experience?” one founder says. “Certainly not the women I know.”

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Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down

Urban areas can be 20 degrees hotter than the surrounding country. But green spaces and reflective pavement can make city life more bearable.

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How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

If you've finally hit your breaking point, here's how to say goodbye to Mark Zuckerberg's empire.

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How a Playlist Keeps My Family Connected to My Late Father

I never knew how well music could unite everyone, from older relatives to my 7-year-old son—until we built a collaborative playlist together.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Bodies Are Canceled. Thanks, Instagram

It's almost inevitable that social media forces us to see ourselves as objects—so why not opt out of the human image?

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The Best RSS Feed Readers (Because the Internet Is a Mess)

The internet is a mess. Ignore the algorithm and distill the web down to the things you actually care about.

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The Surface Laptop Studio Is a Multi-Talented Tablet Hybrid

Microsoft’s latest experiment is great for creative professionals. Too bad Windows 11 holds it back.

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A Huge Subterranean ‘Tree’ Is Moving Magma to Earth’s Surface

Deep in the mantle, a branching plume of intensely hot material appears to be the engine powering vast volcanic activity.

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How to Join FaceTime Calls on Any Device

Apple's video calling app is finally available on non-Apple hardware. Here's how it works.

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The Government Wants to Boost Its Tech—Starting With Workers

Robin Carnahan, head of the agency that manages the federal government's offices and IT, is revamping job descriptions and pushing remote work.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Cloudflare Isn't Liable for Sites That Hawk Counterfeits

A federal judge ruled that the content-delivery service doesn't "contribute" to copyright infringement.

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How to Enable TPM and Secure Boot to Install Windows 11

Your computer might be one toggle away from an upgrade to Microsoft's latest desktop operating system version.

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Someone Hacked a US Warship Facebook Account to Stream Games

Plus: Twitch hack fallout, Russian phishing, and more of the week’s top security news.

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The (Very Slow) Race to Move Forests in Time to Save Them

Trees have always migrated to survive. But now they need help to avoid climate catastrophe.

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Retrospec's Folding Ebike Is Attractive, but Far From Perfect

The Jax Rev electric bike does the job, but a few issues have us worried about reliability.

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The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Storage, and an Escooter

Whether you want to save time on grocery runs or need a new phone, there’s a discount here for you.

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How to Build Your Online Support System

Whether you need mental health resources or just new friends, these tips can help you find your people.

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What Far Cry 6 Gets Wrong About Cuba

The devs tried to engage with the complex politics of revolution. But the game falls into the same, tired traps.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

8 Great Deals on MacBooks, Laptops, and Chromebooks

Need a new computer? Now's the time with these deals on our favorite portable PCs.

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Shots for Kids Get Closer, US Strategy Evolves, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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'Snow Crash' Is a Cyberpunk Classic

Alongside William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' it is a foundational text for the genre.

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Spoil Your Cat With Our Favorite Gear

Between litter boxes, beds, scratchers, and trees, cats need a lot of stuff. These are our picks.

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What No Time to Die’s Box Office Could Mean for Moviegoing

The latest 007 flick was the first major theatrical release pushed back during lockdowns. Now it might be the biggest opening since the pandemic hit.

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Eric Schmidt Is Funding ‘Super Evolution’

Plus: Google’s evil perception, selfies from space, and lightning striking way more than twice.

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Very Little Is Keeping Doctors From Using Racist Formulas

If nothing in medicine changes, it's just a matter of time before yet another race-based risk calculator harms people of color.

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How to Transfer Save Data From One Nintendo Switch to Another

Make sure you bring all your games with you when you move into that shiny new Switch OLED.

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You Can Measure This Fundamental Quantum Constant Using LEDs

Planck’s constant helps us understand atomic-sized things. One of the best ways to grok it is through this experiment involving different colors of light.

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Andrew Yang on Micromobility and the Future of Cities

This week, Lauren Goode talks to the politician about his new political party, and how the US can get more bikes, scooters, and pedestrians on the streets.

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How to Actually Remember People's Names

These tips can keep you from greeting someone with "Hey ... you!" ever again.

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Americans Need a Bill of Rights for an AI-Powered World

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is developing principles to guard against powerful technologies—with input from the public.

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These Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers used specialized chips and simulation software to teach a four-legged robot to navigate stairs and blocks.

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What Can Convince People to Just Get Vaccinated Already?

Researchers are struggling to figure out why people don’t get their Covid shots, and what language might persuade them. Saying “You gotta” seems to work.

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Short Battery Life Sinks the Otherwise Great Surface Pro 8

This 2-in-1 from Microsoft is a powerful workhorse for all your office tasks—if you sit near an outlet.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Twitch Streamers' Earnings Were Exposed. Now, It's a Meme

“I’d never want to hide how much I make, so I’m down to make a meme out of it,” one top streamer told WIRED.

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Facebook Renews Its Ambitions to Connect the World

The social media behemoth outlines plans to bring speedy internet access to hard-to-reach places.

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The Best Vinyl Accessories to Jazz Up Your Analog Audio

From record cleaners to slip mats, these extras are for budding enthusiasts and die-hard collectors alike.

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Want to Learn Music? Start With These Sites and Apps

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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'Metroid Dread' Is Let Down by Its Boring Robot Villains

The Switch exclusive is a fine return to form for the series, but it would benefit from antagonists that are, you know, actually scary.

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Flex Your Barista Skills With the Rancilio Silvia Pro

The Silvia Pro brings the coffeehouse to your countertop, but at a steep price.

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Borrowed a School Laptop? Mind Your Open Tabs

Students—many from lower-income households—were likely to use school-issued devices for remote learning. But the devices often contained monitoring software.

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Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

It’s called eco-anxiety, a completely natural response to a world gone haywire. And it’s way more prevalent than you think, especially among young adults.

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How the Team Behind Far Cry 6 Finished a Game in Lockdown

WIRED spoke to creators at Ubisoft to find out how they shot the AAA title’s crucial opening scene—when actors and engineers couldn’t work in the same space.

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Brian Herbert on Dune: ‘My Father Could See Into the Future’

Frank Herbert’s son is the keeper of the canon and the ultimate defender of his dad’s work.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A Devastating Twitch Hack Sends Streamers Reeling

The data breach apparently includes source code, gamer payouts, and more.

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Dragon Age and Why It Sucks to Play Cult Favorite Games

Suddenly everyone has an opinion on your gameplay.

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Actions You Can Take to Tackle Climate Change

These apps and resources can help you manage your eco-anxiety—and take steps to tread more lightly on the planet.

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Is It Ok to Torment Non-Player Characters in Video Games?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on the 'Iliad,' asteroid mining, and unlikely heroes.

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The Switch OLED Is More Than Just a Pretty Screen

Sure, the improved 7-inch screen is pretty great. But it's the revamped kickstand that makes Nintendo's new handheld shine.

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The Best Security Cameras for Inside Your Home

Cameras can offer peace of mind, but choose carefully when you’re inviting one into your home.

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Astronomers Get Ready to Probe Europa’s Hidden Ocean for Life

Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon, one of a few ocean worlds in the solar system, will be the target of upcoming missions by NASA and the European Space Agency.

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The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

The massive deployment of wind and solar will turn you, the humble homeowner, into a critical actor in the operation of the US power grid.

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A True Story About Bogus Photos of People Making Fake News

A photographer set out to capture the misinformation producers in a small town in Macedonia. He wound up revealing uncomfortable truths about his own profession.

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How to Change Your Web Browser in Windows 11 (It’s Not Easy)

Want to switch to Chrome or Firefox? Not so fast, my friend.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates Shouldn't Exist

Freedom of religion was never meant to excuse people from obligations that apply to everyone.

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The Microsoft Surface Go 3 Is a Battery Buster

Windows 11 feels at home on Microsoft’s budget tablet, as long as you have a charger handy.

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How to Get Your Family to Actually Use a Password Manager

Whether it's about sharing your Netflix login or getting your affairs in order, here are tips for convincing your loved ones to organize and protect their accounts too.

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Remembering Steve Jobs, 10 Years After His Death

A decade after the passing of the visionary Apple cofounder, we’re still living in his world.

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Coding Games for Kids, Especially Girls, Have Come a Long Way

A slew of new options convince me that they might just benefit from more screentime, not less.

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This Facebook Whistleblower Hearing Will Be Different

Congress has been grilling the company’s executives for years. This time, Frances Haugen, the former employee behind an unprecedented leak of documents, will take the floor.

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Denis Villeneuve on Dune: ‘I Was Really a Maniac’

The director has wanted to adapt Frank Herbert’s book since he was a teenager. Now he’s finished (the first half of) what he hopes will be the ultimate Dune.

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Alcohol Is the Breast Cancer Risk No One Wants to Talk About

As companies roll out the pink beer in October to raise awareness of the disease, one group is urging young women to think twice.

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Weighing Big Tech’s Promise to Black America

Last year, Netflix made a pledge that represents the tech industry’s best shot at redressing the nation’s racial inequality. How seriously should we take it?

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Today

The problem relates to something called BGP routing, and it could take a while longer to resolve.

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Need Some Storage? 8 Deals on SD Cards, USB Sticks, and SSDs

If you're running low, Amazon has some deals to stock up on storage before it's time to capture all those holiday memories.

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How to Get the Most Important New Features in Windows 11

The newest version of Microsoft's desktop operating system is here.

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7 Great Amazon Deals on Robot Vacs, Headphones, and More

The retailer's Epic Daily Deals event promises “Black Friday-Worthy Deals” today. Here are a few that almost meet that bar.

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Jamaica Is a Tech Desert. Gamers Make It Work Anyway

It's expensive and difficult to obtain graphics cards, PC components, consoles, and even games. Some streamers have had to get creative.

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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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The 17 Best Mac Apps to Make Everyday Life Easier

Using Apple's MacOS is as easy as pie—but it can be a little half-baked. Sweeten your setup with a few of these third-party programs.

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Clearview AI Has New Tools to Identify You in Photos

In an interview with WIRED, CEO Hoan Ton-That said the company has scraped 10 billion photos from the web—and developed new ways to aid police surveillance.

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20 Years After the Anthrax Attacks, We’re Still Unprepared

The first fatal bioterror attack in the US killed five people and caused a national panic—and we’re still short of funding and tech to handle health emergencies.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Best Camera Gear for Your Smartphone

From mobile lenses to shotgun mics, here’s everything you need to assemble a portable, pro-grade photo or video studio.

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A Simple Bug Is Leaving AirTag Users Vulnerable to an Attack

Apple has reportedly known about the exploit for months.

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How to Set up a Smartphone for Elderly Loved Ones

Here's how to make iPhone and Android devices a little easier to use.

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TP-Link's New Wi-Fi 6 Router Puts Gamers in the Fast Lane

Lightning fast and feature-packed, this tri-band Wi-Fi 6 gaming router is perfect for a typical 4-bedroom family home.

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A Mathematician Answers a 150-Year-Old Chess Problem

The n-queens problem is about finding how many different ways queens can be placed on a chessboard so that none attack each other.

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How to Get Google Search Results That Are Actually Useful

Here's how to cut through the sponsored listings and ads—and get back to the good stuff.

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Help Might Finally Be on the Way to Fight SIM-Swap Attacks

Plus: A cybersecurity CEO arrest, an Apple Pay hack, and more of the week's top security news.

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Slow Down With These Serene City-Building Games

From Islanders to Townscaper, a handful of titles are designed to soothe your frazzled brain with minimalist, puzzle-like calm.

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In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

A massive South Island stargazing reserve is a respite from light pollution for many species, including our own.

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The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services for Every Kind of Cook

From Blue Apron to Dinnerly, I spent weeks cooking with boxed ingredients shipped to my door.

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13 Great Deals on AirPods Max, Earbuds, Speakers, and More

If you're still using the headphones that came with your phone, it's time to try something better. These sales might help.

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The Time to Buy Your Holiday Presents Is Now

Supply chain problems haven’t improved. If you want to gift something special, here's how to plan ahead.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Vaccinating Kids, Advances in Treatments, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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With Fist Bumps and Nasal Swabs, Tech Conferences Are Back

Hundreds of (vaccinated) attendees gathered in a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom as Code Conference returned after a year off.

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'80s Fantasy Movies Are Awesomely Cheesy

There's a reason people still watch movies like Labyrinth, Time Bandits, and The NeverEnding Story decades later.

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'80s Fantasy Movies Are Awesomely Cheesy

There's a reason people still watch movies like 'Labyrinth,' 'Time Bandits,' and 'The NeverEnding Story' decades later.

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Share Your Memories With Our Favorite Digital Picture Frames

Get your photos off your phone and in front of your friends and family with these connected displays.

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The YouTube TV, NBCUniversal Debacle Feels Like a Harbinger

Streaming was supposed to help people cut the cord, but it mostly just replaced it.

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Amazon’s Astro Is a Dog That Will Have Its Day

Plus: The original idea for Roomba, when startups grow up, and a mosquito invasion.

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How 'Big Funeral' Made the Afterlife So Expensive

It's time to reevaluate the cost of deathcare—and its environmental impact.

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The Best Smart Bulbs to Light Up Your Room

They're the easiest way to start building a smarter home. From Nooie and Ikea bulbs to Phillips Hue and ambient lighting kits, here are our favorites.

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Let's Talk About Amazon's Home-Patrolling Robots

This week, we break down Amazon’s domestic robot strategy, and what privacy questions you should ask yourself before you buy in.

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As SpaceX's Starlink Ramps Up, So Could Light Pollution

The constellation of internet-providing satellites is growing. Now the company and its rivals must avoid creating brighter night skies and space debris.

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The Best iPhone 13 Cases and Accessories

We tested MagSafe compatibility on everything from cases to charging cables.

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The Controversial Quest to Make Cow Burps Less Noxious

Their incessant belching loads the atmosphere with planet-warming methane. But it’s not so simple as just feeding them gas-busting seaweed.

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