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Friday, May 27, 2022

What Do Those Pesky 'Cookie Preferences' Pop-Ups Really Mean?

We asked the engineer who invented cookies what they mean and how to handle them.

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Beyerdynamic’s DT 700 Pro X Can Make the Old Sound New Again

What if the best headphones for gaming, movies, and music are the kind studios use to make them?

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Quashing Racist Pseudoscience Is Science’s Responsibility

The recent act of racist terrorism in Buffalo has raised the stakes on how science is communicated and sold.

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The 25 Best Memorial Day Sales on Tech, Games, and Outdoor Gear

Summer is within reach. Save on Bluetooth speakers, TVs, and hot-weather essentials this weekend.

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An Autonomous Car Blocked a Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency

The incident, which cost first responders valuable time, underscores the challenges that Cruise and other companies face on the road to driverless taxis.

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Are TikTok Algorithms Changing How People Talk About Suicide?

Social media users have adopted terms like unalive to avoid platform censorship. But not using the word suicide can stigmatize it.

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11 Great Memorial Day Deals on Sex Tech

Slide into summer with a bang this year, riding the wave from Masturbation May right into the long weekend.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

11 Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Tests—and Where to Find Them

How accurate are over-the-counter swabs? Does your insurance cover them? We have answers.

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25 Best Memorial Day Sales on Grills, Camping, and Outdoor Gear

This long weekend marks the beginning of summer in the US, and it's a good time to score a deal on equipment for your next adventure.

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The Mystery of China’s Sudden Warnings About US Hackers

The Chinese government recently began saber-rattling about American cyberespionage. The catch? It’s all old news.

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Why Was the Tonga Eruption So Massive? Scientists Have New Clues

Early theories suggested an underwater landslide caused a catastrophic mix of magma and seawater. Recent evidence reveals an explosion unlike anything studied before.

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‘How Are They Weapons? That’s Only a Flashlight!’

During the protests in Hong Kong, young people carried laser pointers, umbrellas, and plastic ties—objects that sometimes led to their arrest, and years of legal limbo.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Say Cheese! Snap’s Pixy Is a Fun and Unique Selfie Drone

The adorable Snapchat flying camera makes it easier to capture precious moments—if you don’t mind short battery life and looking a little goofy.

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Researchers Made Ultracold Quantum Bubbles on the Space Station

NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory runs super-low-temperature experiments in near-zero gravity that would be impossible to accomplish on Earth.

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Our Favorite Mattresses Are on Sale for Memorial Day

Ring in the summer with a brand-new bed, mattress topper, or cover.

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A Warehouse Worker Takes the Fight to Amazon Shareholders

In a first, warehouse “picker” Daniel Olayiwola will present a resolution at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

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Proton Is Trying to Become Google—Without Your Data

The encrypted-email company, popular with security-conscious users, has a plan to go mainstream.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tech Leaders Can Do More to Avoid Unintended Consequences

It's difficult to predict the negative impacts of an idea or invention, but certain frameworks can help entrepreneurs  see a little bit further.

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Think Airport Crowding Is Bad Now? Wait ’Til Summer

Increased demand and staffing shortages are already contributing to huge delays and airport logjams across the country. Here’s what you can do.

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Open Source Intelligence May Be Changing Old-School War

Intelligence collected from public information online could be impacting traditional warfare and altering the calculus between large and small powers.

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A Novelist and an AI Cowrote Your Next Cringe-Read

The new novel Amor Cringe bills itself as “deepfake autofiction.” WIRED talked to its coauthors, K. Allado-McDowell and the language model GPT-3.

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The Surveillance State Is Primed for Criminalized Abortion

A new report lays out existing US police surveillance capabilities that can easily be repurposed to monitor pregnant people.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Motorola’s New 5G Phones Are Unambitious and Boringly Functional

The Moto G Stylus 5G and Moto G 5G are adequate, but their screens, cameras, and software support are lackluster compared to their peers.

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Patients May Not Receive Miscarriage Care in a Post-Roe America

Doctors will be cautious about offering any treatment that could be regarded as an illegal termination—forcing patients to seek out-of-state care.

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Rory Kinnear on Playing Men’s Villain with a Thousand Faces

Well, maybe not 1,000, but at least nine.

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Marvel, Please Don’t Digitally Resurrect Stan Lee

The company has signed a deal to use his likeness for the next 20 years. Maybe it’s better to let him rest.

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How GDPR Is Failing

The world-leading data law changed how companies work. But four years on, there’s a lag on cleaning up Big Tech.

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The Wetlands Are Drowning

A long-term study of a marsh was meant to ask whether rising levels of CO2 could help wetlands thrive despite rising seas. The plants aren’t keeping up.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

This Updated Curtain-Opening Robot Offers a Taste of Luxury

This retrofit robot makes your drapes smart, so you can open or close them on a schedule or with a voice command.

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How to Limit Who Can Contact You on Facebook

You don't want just anyone in your inbox. Here's how to take control.

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5 Myths and Misconceptions About Coffee

Let's lay these tired ideas to rest so they don't stand between you and a good cuppa joe.

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Volodymyr Zelensky and the Art of the War Story

Video dispatches from the Ukrainian president skillfully dissolve Putin’s delusions. We would all do well to listen.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Google Won’t Shut Down Your Legacy G Suite Account After All

And you can even keep your custom email address! But you need to confirm that your account is for personal, not business, use—here’s how.

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How to Migrate Your Newsletter From Substack to Buttondown

You don’t have to go with the big name in the email newsletter business. Here’s how to make the switch to a feature-rich alternative.

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Texas Cites Clarence Thomas to Defend Its Social Media Law

As Big Tech tried to block the state’s ban on content moderation, Texas leaned on the US Supreme Court justice’s interpretation of free speech law.

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What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

In Oregon, the tree-killing Humongous Fungus never would have gotten so large without the accidental help of modern fire suppression tactics.

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16 Great Deals on Video Games, Outdoor Gear, and Tech

We found discounts on digital downloads, streaming services, and smartphones too.

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The Real Reason Matrix Resurrections Bombed

It’s back on HBO Max. Nobody cares. Because moviegoers hate themselves.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Man Who Fell to Earth Creates a Believable Alien

The Showtime sequel to Nicolas Roeg's film takes place 45 years after the events in the original.

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Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Here’s a guide to all the models—plus case recommendations and hidden software tricks to try.

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The Private Equity Firm That Grounded Paul Allen’s Dream

Plus: A visit to Stratolaunch, the music of the future, and prices America can’t run on.

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On Top Gun: Maverick, She-Hulk, and the Fear of Liking Things

Tom Cruise’s return to the cockpit is getting raves. Meanwhile, Tatiana Maslany’s turn as a green superhero looks like an unnecessary Ally McBeal reboot. What is happening?

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The Spendy Somnox 2 Robot Sends You to Slumberland

This cuddly robotic bedfellow helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better, but the price will give you nightmares.

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Men Is an Excellent Movie and I Have No Idea Who It’s For

Alex Garland’s latest cerebral genre piece is a timely bit of storytelling. But the people who need to see it may never seek it out.

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How to Stay Informed Without Getting Paralyzed by Bad News

Every time we look at our phones, it seems something terrible has happened. Here’s how to monitor current events in a healthy way.

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Nuclear Fusion Is Already Facing a Fuel Crisis

It doesn’t even work yet, but nuclear fusion has encountered a shortage of tritium, the key fuel source for the most prominent experimental reactors.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

How to Get Started Biking

This week, we cover the basics of cycling for fun and transportation, including selecting, maintaining, and accessorizing your two-wheeler.

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Dredd Deserves a Better Place in Alex Garland's Filmography

Now that the writer-director’s new horror flick Men is about to hit theaters, it’s time to revisit one of his lesser-known movies.

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Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX’s Dragon

The company’s uncrewed spacecraft will fly to the International Space Station, and if successful, will give NASA astronauts another way to get to orbit.

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This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die

The electric vehicle revolution is gathering speed—but what happens to all those polluting cars already on the road?

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The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

Scientists are just starting to uncover the vast diversity of microbes out there. The only problem? No one can agree on how to name them.

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Solo Stove’s Pi Is My New Favorite Pizza Oven

This new pizza oven is compact, looks great, and keeps the handles of my cast-irons cool.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

6 Great Deals on Robot Vacuums and Air Purifiers

Spring cleaning isn't just for your closet. Get rid of that pesky dust, pet dander, and pollen with some of our favorite gadgets.

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14 Essentials You Need in a Car Emergency Kit

Whether you’re heading out for a road trip or just commuting around town, don’t leave home without the basics.

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This Topsy-Turvy Gizmo Tries to Reinvent the Tripod Head

This little gadget tries to perfect the tried-and-true ball head, but it’s too expensive and has a few too many quirks.

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An EU Law Could Let US Prosecutors Scan Phones for Abortion Texts

Tools used to find child abuse material could be wielded in the US to protect “unborn children” if the EU bans end-to-end encryption.

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A Letter to My Fellow Asian Mothers From the Multiverse

A raft of recent films like Everything Everywhere All at Once highlights the complicated relationships between immigrant Asian women and their mothers.

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Carbon-Rich Peat Is Disappearing. But Is It Also Growing?

Scientists have discovered “proto-peat” forming in the Arctic as the Earth naturally sequesters carbon, but it could take centuries to mature.

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This Hacktivist Site Lets You Prank-Call Russian Officials

To protest the war in Ukraine, WasteRussianTime.today auto-dials Russian government officials, connects them to each other, and lets you listen in to their confusion.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The 30 Best Gift Ideas for the New Grad In Your Life

Ring in their special milestone with useful gadgets, outdoor gear, subscriptions, and modern conveniences.

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Drones Are Turning Into Personal Flying Machines

We were promised jetpacks that never arrived. But you know what’s finally here? Big, honking drones you can ride on.

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The RedMagic 7 Pro Is a Gaming Powerhouse

This high-powered gaming phone will satisfy all the playing needs of obsessive gamers. The rest of us should look elsewhere.

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This Gene Mutation Breaks the Immune System. Why Has It Survived?

Two new studies found genetic mutations that cause severe immune deficiencies are common in some remote populations, leaving them highly vulnerable to viruses.

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The US Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they’re building will be a far cry from Meta’s virtual world.

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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

US researchers' “Dr. Evil project” proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Slow Internet? Here’s How to Run a Wi-Fi Speed Check

Diagnose connectivity issues on your computer, smartphone, or game console.

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In Memoriam: Forgetting Your Password

​In our passwordless future, we'll lose the frustration—and freedom—of getting locked out.

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Amazon Has Too Many Warehouses. Now Sellers Are Paying More

Sellers keep getting hit with fee increases—at a time when shelves are sitting empty.

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The Bad Times Are Coming for Startups

A spate of layoffs is just the first sign of trouble for early-stage companies facing an economic downturn.

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The Post-Roe Battleground for Abortion Pills Will Be Your Mailbox

If regulation of abortion access falls to the states, it will unleash legal havoc over pregnancy-ending medications that are shipped across state lines.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All

Building around the so-called typical user is a dangerous mistake.

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How to Turn Any Document Into a PDF

Master the file format that works everywhere and anywhere—even from your phone.

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How to Stay Cool Without Air-Conditioning

Don't break a sweat trying to beat the heat. We make it easy with these tips on what to wear, how to hydrate, and which cooling gadgets can help.

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Tips for Cargo Biking With Your Kids

You’ve decided to join the ebiking boom, and so have your kids. Congrats! Here's the gear and advice you need to ride safely.

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KEF’s New LS60 Wireless Speakers Are an Absolute Triumph

The audiophile brand has just launched the world’s finest streaming speakers with grin-inducing sound, but are they worth $7,000?

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

The HyperX Quadcast S Is Our Go-To Streaming Mic

Great looks and good sound make this USB microphone a favorite for new and veteran Twitch streamers alike.

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Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

Although real-world data is scant, proponents say robotics and AI will soon revolutionize agriculture.

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How to Use Tech to Perform Acts of Kindness

Tech can get us down—but it can also empower us to help others. Here’s how to volunteer virtually, share your skills, or simply brighten someone’s day.

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9 Great Deals on Audio Tech, Projectors, and Coffee Gear

These discounts can help you make home your happy place.

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Where to Buy Vinyl Records Online and in Person

The best way to support your favorite musicians is by going straight to the source.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

How One Company Helps Keep Russia’s TV Propaganda Machine Online

Russia is using satellites controlled by French operator Eutelsat to broadcast state-run programming. A grassroots group is pushing for that to stop.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Spitz Wireless Router Brings Wi-Fi to Country Roads

This 4G router taps open source firmware to showcase advanced features at a budget price.

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The Case for War Crimes Charges Against Russia’s Sandworm Hackers

A group of human rights lawyers and investigators has called on the Hague to bring the first-ever “cyber war crimes” charges against Russia’s most dangerous hackers.

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Lugano Ties Its Crypto City Dream to Tether

The Swiss city is on a quest to make crypto mainstream with an unusual partnership.

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How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

Before you pull out your camera and post to social media, here’s how to protect yourself and others.

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Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude

The future of computing is AI-powered chatbots that have read the entire internet—if Google can figure out how to tame them.

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Bill Gates Is So Over This Pandemic

The acerbic optimist thinks anxious people (like me) need to move on from Covid and start planning for the next vicious pathogen.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Watch Google I/O 2022 Right Here

The company’s annual hardware and software event will be livestreamed Wednesday. Tune in at 10 am Pacific.

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How to 'No-Clip' Reality and Arrive in the Backrooms

Video game culture meets creepypasta posts and leaves you trapped within a liminal hellscape.

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Thousands of Top Websites See What You Type—Before You Hit Submit

A surprising number of the top 100,000 websites effectively include keyloggers that covertly snag everything you type into a form.

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How Starlink Scrambled to Keep Ukraine Online

Elon Musk’s intervention demonstrates how satellite internet could route around war or censorship far beyond Ukraine.

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Ford’s F-150 Lightning Is a Refined Beast

Prodigious power combined with child’s-play controls make this truck the ultimate do-anything EV.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

How to Watch Google I/O 2022 and What to Expect

The company’s annual hardware and software event will be livestreamed Wednesday. Here’s how to tune in.

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What Would It Take for a Truly Ethical Clothing Industry?

WIRED’s editor in chief weighs in on fast fashion’s fraught ethics, Web3’s potential for good, and more from the next issue.

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Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

The vast majority of tick-borne disease goes unrecorded, meaning life-threatening pathogens are traveling under the radar to new locations.

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Supernatural VR Makes Working Out More Accessible Than Ever

The virtual reality fitness program is inspiring users—like me—who say they never felt accepted by traditional gyms.

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EOS Was the World’s Most Hyped Blockchain. Members Want It Back

Block.One created the EOS blockchain and raised $4 billion in a record-breaking ICO. Now, its users have taken over.

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The Web3 Movement’s Quest to Build a ‘Can’t Be Evil’ Internet

Crypto dreamers want to free us from Big Tech and exploitative capitalism—using only the blockchain, game theory, and code. What could possibly go wrong?

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Monday, May 9, 2022

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro Is Worth the Weight

Despite its so-so battery life and chonky weight, this is the perfect entry point to the world of cinema cameras.

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What to Do If You Can't Log In to Your Google Account

Locked outside your calendar or Gmail? Here's how to get un-stuck—and prevent it from happening in the first place.

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The Internet Gave Rise to the Modern Multiverse Movie

From the new 'Doctor Strange' to 'Everything Everywhere All at Once,' stories of infinite universes serve as metaphors for our many identities, online and off.

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The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

Climate change and human activity are destroying the layers of fungi, lichen, and bacteria that protect deserts from erosion.

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The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

Climate change and human activity are destroying the layers of fungi, lichen, and bacteria that protect deserts from erosion.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Who Are Instagram's Infertility Influencers Really Helping?

After my second miscarriage, I scrolled and scrolled. All around me was aspirational grieving—and I had come undone.

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A Brain Chemical Helps Neurons Know When to Start a Movement

Dopamine, a neurochemical often associated with reward behavior, seems to help organize precisely when the brain initiates movements.

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Bluetran’s Lightning Escooter Is Too Much, and It’s Great

This heavyweight escooter packs on the power and the pounds.

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7 Tips to Work Smarter in Google Docs

Try these productivity tricks and get more done in less time.

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Science Is Redefining Motherhood. If Only Society Would Let It

It's time to decouple maternity from womanhood. Recent advances in fertility science are helping pave the way toward inclusivity.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Best iPhone 13 Cases and Accessories

We tested MagSafe compatibility on everything from cases to wireless chargers.

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A New Gas-Guzzling Postal Fleet Could Be Halted by Lawsuits

Suits by states and environmentalists are contesting a USPS contract to buy 165,000 trucks, the majority of which get only 8.6 miles per gallon.

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Hockey Star Zach Hyman Has Made Esports His Off-Ice Hustle

The Oilers forward's experience playing in the NHL and gaming with his family put him in a unique spot to translate traditional sports into pixels.

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Apple Mail Now Blocks Email Tracking. Here’s What That Means

If you don’t like marketers (or anyone else) knowing when and where you read your email, Apple’s feature will help you reclaim some privacy.

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12 Great Weekend Deals on Smol iPads, TVs, and Theraguns

Now is a great time to upgrade your home viewing, gaming, or relaxing with a couple of our favorite fun-size devices.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

More than a year after launch, Sony's latest console is still proving difficult to find. Here's how to score one.

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Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

The technique uses plants as fuel and sequesters the emitted CO2, removing it from the atmosphere. But scaling up would use gobs of water and land.

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The Newest iPad Mini Is at Its Lowest Price Ever

The smallest Apple tablet is usually too expensive. Right now, it's $60 off.

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Small Drones Are Giving Ukraine an Unprecedented Edge

From surveillance to search-and-rescue, consumer drones are having an unprecedented impact on Ukraine’s defense against Russia.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Is Pure Fanfic

And that’s (mostly) a good thing.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Kara Swisher's Take on Twitter

This week, the journalist and entrepreneur joins us to talk about the possible changes Elon Musk could bring to his new social network.

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Dall-E 2 Creates Incredible Images—and Biased Ones You Don’t See

OpenAI’s new system is adept at turning text into images. But researchers say it also reinforces stereotypes against women and people of color.

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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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15 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts on Sale Now

Did Mom's special holiday sneak up on you, too? Don’t sweat it.

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After Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Read These 5 Comics

The multiverse is a tricky and confusing place. These books will help you get your bearings.

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Mars Colonies Will Need Solar Power—and Nuclear Too

A new study shows how future inhabitants of the Red Planet could run on either energy source, depending on where they set up camp.

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The Crypto Industry Is Getting Too Honest

What if no one cares whether it’s a Ponzi scheme?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Best Games Have the Smartest Learning Curves

Casual gamers tend to avoid really difficult titles (cough, Elden Ring). But dying a lot doesn't have to be frustrating.

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This Smart Water Bowl Tracks Your Cat’s Drinking Habits

Sure Petcare's Felaqua Connect lets you stay ahead of health concerns with real-time data you can show your vet.

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Europe’s New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

The Digital Services Act will extract more new information from the young app than from older platforms like Facebook.

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Could Anyone Do Luke’s Plank Flip From ‘Return of the Jedi’?

Let’s calculate whether the lightsaber-catching, Sarlacc-pit-avoiding maneuver can be done by mere mortals or requires help from the Force.

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Shanghai Is Rewriting Chinese Censorship Amid Lockdown

Censors are cracking down on free speech online, but people are finding new ways to get around them.

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30 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Mom You've Been Missing

From hair tools and loungewear to smartphone accessories, we have a fit for every type of mom.

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India’s New Super App Has a Privacy Problem

Tata Neu is the country’s latest do-everything app. When users signed up, their personal information was already there.

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Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control: Inside Shein’s Sudden Rise

The Chinese company has become a fast-fashion juggernaut by appealing to budget-conscious Gen Zers. But its ultralow prices are hiding unacceptable costs.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Positive Grid Spark Mini Amp Lets You Shred Anywhere

For under $200, it’s hard to name a guitar-playing tool that I like more than this combination amp and Bluetooth speaker.

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The Pandemic Gave Scientists a New Way to Spy on Emissions

Researchers have struggled to quantify in real time how much carbon dioxide humans spout. Lockdowns presented a unique opportunity to get a clearer picture.

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How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

It's tempting to think that activism is the cure for eco-anxiety. But it's no substitute for emotional resilience and community.

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Our Favorite Headphones and Earbuds for $100 or Less

You could fill a stadium or two with all the cheap headphones out there. We tested a ton to help you pick the right pair.

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Don’t Call Tony Fadell an Asshole—He Prefers ‘Mission Driven’

In his new book Build, the founder of Nest gets into how to be an effective leader, why the metaverse is bunk, and when quitting is a virtue.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects. What's the Holdup?

Proposals for wind, solar, and battery storage projects are running into a logjam of paperwork and grid connection issues.

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The 8 Best Drones for Every Budget

Whether you want to battle Star Wars spaceships or shoot a cinematic masterpiece, one of these picks is going to be perfect for you.

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MSI GS77 Stealth Proves Even Gamers Need More Than Raw Power

With the latest mobile gaming tech from Intel and Nvidia now out, MSI has updated its slim gaming powerhouse laptop. But it's got tough competition.

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Everything’s a WeWork Now

Years after the coworking giant’s highly publicized decline, its principles have permeated traditional offices and unlikely work spaces alike.

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Give Fitbits (of Sorts) to the Trees

You can tell a lot about a tree by its sway, so scientists are outfitting them with accelerometers. That could help the West better manage its water.

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To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds

Data scientists, coders, and other techies could prove decisive in future conflicts—if Uncle Sam can recruit them.

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This Chinese EV Sells At Just Over $5,000. So We Tried It

Wuling's Mini EV, made in partnership with General Motors, outsells Tesla’s Model 3 in China and costs less than adding CarPlay to a Ferrari.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

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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An Antimatter Experiment Shows Surprises Near Absolute Zero

An experiment conducted on hybrid matter-antimatter atoms has defied researchers’ expectations.

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The Skydio 2+ Drone Lets You Fly Like a Pro

Aside from its camera, the new and improved Skydio 2+ is tantalizingly close to the perfect drone.

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How to Remove Your Personal Info From Google's Search Results

Maybe you don't want your phone number, email, home address, and other details out there for all the web to see. Here's how to make them vanish.

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How to Use Windows Security to Keep Your PC Protected

Your Microsoft computer comes with built-in safety software that shields you from the worst threats. Here's how to navigate your toolkit.

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Automation Isn't the Biggest Threat to US Factory Jobs

German factories have more robots than their US counterparts—so why are Americans four times more likely to leave their manufacturing jobs?

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Le Creuset's Bread Oven Bakes Great Loaves—for a Price

The new bread-baking set from the top name in cast-iron cookware makes beautiful loaves—and commands a premium price.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

The first hatchery and nursery run by local fishers is working to save the species. The model is poised for duplication—but can it survive stormy, warming seas?

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This Radar-Equipped Bike Warns You of Oncoming Traffic ... Kinda

The carbon fiber upgrade to Cannondale's classic road bike now comes with a new, somewhat nonsensical radar car-detection system.

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What Are Cinema Cameras, and Should You Buy One?

If you're ready to upgrade your video gear, it might be time to move past DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Here's what you need to know first.

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The Best Xbox Game Pass Games, From Tunic to Dead Space

Cancel your evening plans, because these titles will keep you engaged for hours on end.

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Robot Vacuums Still Haven’t Floored Me

More than 20 years after they rolled onto the scene, they still suck. But they're a little bit less of a mess every year.

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12 Great Deals on TVs, Video Games, and Camera Gear

Watch something, play something, or make something with this weekend’s sales.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Ukraine’s Digital Battle With Russia Isn’t Going as Expected

Even the head of the country's online offensive is surprised by the successes—although they’re not without controversy.

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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, and we’ve also rounded up our favorite accessories.

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You Need to Update iOS, Android, and Chrome Right Now

Plus: Microsoft patched some 100 flaws, while Oracle issued more than 500 security fixes.

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How I Use Targeted Ads as My Personal Shopping Assistant

If countless companies are going to benefit from tracking my internet activity, why shouldn't I?

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MiamiCoin Is Crashing, but It Won’t Go Away

The value of the nonprofit's first cryptocurrency has tanked, and users claim they've lost money, but it's still expanding to other cities.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

On China, US National Security Experts Fear the Wrong Thing

Many argue that regulating Big Tech cedes leadership to China, but a healthy startup ecosystem is America's best defense.

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This Cheap OnePlus Pairs Awesome Speed With a Pretty Screen

With an OLED screen and snappy processor, the Nord N20 5G is easily the most powerful sub-$300 Android phone around.

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The 15 Best Accessories for Your PlayStation 5

From extra game storage to a fancy new 120 Hz TV, here are our favorite WIRED-tested complements to your PS5.

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Hepatitis Cases in Kids Have Scientists Hunting for Answers

Young children across the world are inexplicably coming down with the liver illness, putting parents and doctors on alert.

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How to Control Your iPad Using Your Mac

Your tablet doesn't have to sit all alone while you're using your computer. Here's how to use it as a second screen and more.

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How to Find an Online Book Club—or Start One Yourself

From live virtual reading groups to apps for organizing in-person meet-ups, we have tips to help you gather with your fellow bibliophiles.

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What Elon Musk Can Learn From Mastodon—and What He Can’t

Twitter’s new owner has a vision that sounds a lot like a scrappy little social network that already exists, with one key difference.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

PlayStation Plus Is Changing. Here's What You Need to Know

The new program, still called PlayStation Plus, will absorb PlayStation Now and gain new tiers with new features.

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Europe Has Traded Away Its Online Porn Law

The landmark Digital Services Act has a glaring omission: It ditches plans to tighten rules that could have protected survivors of revenge porn and other forms of sexual abuse.

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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

From “IT Army” DDoS attacks to custom malware, the country has become a target like never before.

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Meet the People Illustrating the Brutality of War in Ukraine

Six artists share what it’s like to keep working during Russia’s ongoing attack.

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When the Next Covid Wave Breaks, the US Won’t Be Able to Spot It

Lab programs are closing. Home testing has shrunk the pool of publicly reported data. Will we still see the next surge before it arrives?

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Perk Up With Our 8 Favorite Latte and Cappuccino Makers

Tired of plain espresso and pour-overs? Turn your kitchen into a café with these barista-worthy makers.

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Broken EV Chargers Could Stall the Electric Car Movement

Range anxiety is bad enough. But even when they find a station, drivers often have to deal with broken equipment.

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NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Heads to Cape Canaveral

This August, following tests at the launch site, the probe will voyage to the middle of the solar system to do the first detailed study of a mostly metal asteroid.

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28 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Mom You've Been Missing

From hair tools and loungewear to smartphone accessories, we have a fit for every type of mom.

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Welcome to Janelle Monáe’s Dreamworld

In her new science fiction book ‘The Memory Librarian,’ the artist and Afrofuturist icon creates an apocalyptic—and hopeful—vision of the future.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Ukraine War Prompts Europe's New Emergency Rules for the Internet

The Digital Services Act has granted the European Commission unprecedented power over tech companies in times of war.

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The US Saw a Spike in Child Sexual Abuse URLs in 2021

CSAM hosting in the United States rose 64 percent last year, putting the country second in the world, a new report found.

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Which Amazon Echo or Alexa Speaker Is Best for You?

We’ve rounded up our favorites, including third-party devices like the Sonos Roam and a voice-enabled Yamaha soundbar.

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Ford's Mustang Mach-E Is a Fine Electric Ride

We took Ford's questionably named but competent SUEV out for a gallop. Here's what we liked—and what we didn't.

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Do I Really Need to Back Up All My Data?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on external hard drives and the value of digitized memories.

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The Intoxicating Pleasure of Conspiratorial Thinking

What a remorseful January 6 insurrectionist taught me about why we believe.

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What Is the Metaverse, Exactly?

Everything you never wanted to know about the future of talking about the future.

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Extreme Heat Is a Disease for Cities. Treat It That Way

The “urban heat island effect” creates extra-hot temperatures that kill. But cities can prescribe powerful treatments, like green spaces and reflective roofs.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Polk’s New Soundbar Will Surprise You With How Good It Sounds

This Dolby Atmos-enabled bar includes a wireless subwoofer and is the audio upgrade you’re looking for—at a reasonable price.

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Mitochondria Double as Tiny Lenses in the Eye

Mitochondrial bundles in the retina may improve how efficiently your eye captures light.

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A Woman's Guide to the Most Toxic Trolls on the Internet

If there’s one thing a woman can count on, it’s getting harassing messages online. Here’s a taxonomy of the creatures on the other end of them.

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The Best Fitness Trackers and Watches for Everyone

Whether you’re skiing in the backcountry or trampolining in the backyard, we have an activity tracker for you.

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How to Make Sure You Can Recover Your iCloud Data

Put some precautions in place, just in case you need them later. These steps will make it easier to get your data back if something bad happens.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Best Coffee Subscriptions We’ve Savored

These services deliver freshly roasted, delicious coffee right to your door—each with its own twist.

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How Prescribed Burns Can Help Restore Eastern US Forests

A movement is growing to reintroduce controlled burns to forests and grasslands, bringing back the role of fire in creating biodiverse landscapes.

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Give Autel's Evo Lite+ Drone a Spin—Especially in Ludicrous Mode

Autel’s new Evo Lite+ has a night mode and great flight time, and it’s a compelling alternative to DJI’s most popular drones.

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I Played Halo With My Spouse 17 Years After We Almost Broke Up Over It

I wasn't ready for it 17 years ago, when my then boyfriend and I nearly broke up over it. But now I can play until I throw up.

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15 Great Deals on Bluetooth Speakers, Earbuds, and Outdoor Gear

The weather’s warming up. Kick-start your outdoor activities with these discounts.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

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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Shanghai’s Plan to Reboot the Tech Supply Chain Will Be Hard

The government wants to restart production and shipping to meet global demand, but some people may trade a lockdown at home to being locked inside factories.

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Making Science More Open Is a Potential Security Risk

The open science movement pushes for making scientific knowledge quickly accessible to all. But a new paper warns that speed can come at a cost.

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The Northman Deserves More Than Cult Classic Status

Director Robert Eggers' new movie has an opportunity to prove an artful viking epic can battle the summer superheroes.

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'Vampire Energy' Is Sucking the Life Out of Our Planet

This Earth Day, it's time to tackle a sneaky source of waste that drains wallets and accelerates climate change.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

What Would Elon’s Twitter Takeover Look Like?

This week, we discuss Elon Musk’s bid to buy the platform, and we debate whether an edit button would be a sensible addition.

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Modern Medicine Fails People With Chronic Pain

The rigid health care system in the US often leaves pain patients worse off. It's time for clinicians to recenter respect and compassion.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Celebrates Cinema Itself

It may seem like just a weird comedy about Nicolas Cage. But it's so much more than that.

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Drones Have Transformed Blood Delivery in Rwanda

The autonomous aircraft have shuttled blood to rural, mountainous areas for years. A new analysis proves they’re faster than driving.

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Some of Our Favorite Affordable Ebikes Are on Sale

The electric bike that everyone I know has purchased is now a couple hundred dollars off.

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What Can Be Done About the Global Housing Crisis? Plenty

The lack of homes in major cities is endemic, but solutions exist—providing countries can muster the political capital.

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17 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear

Our tips and picks can up your mask game—whether you're heading back to the office or just want to stay safe and stylish

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

You Should Always Question the Default Settings

From apps to websites, companies steer users into the preferences and account settings that serve them. You can do better.

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Smart Home Company Insteon Shut Down—and Left Users in the Dark

The connected-lighting startup apparently shuttered without warning its users, throwing into question the concept of handing your house’s controls to an IoT firm.

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It Was a Good Month for Fighting Cybercrime—Don't Get Comfortable

Even as police and tech companies get better at shutting down illegal operations, cybercrime is worse than ever.

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair Is a Meditative Creepypasta

Horror and boredom mingle in director Jane Schoenbrun’s new film about a girl obsessed with an online role-playing game.

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Scientists Want to Probe Uranus With a New Spacecraft

In an influential report that comes out once a decade, researchers propose a space mission to Uranus and a lander to Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.

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Our Favorite Products Made of Upcycled and Recycled Materials

Tread lightly on the planet with shoes made from repurposed plastic, and many other Earth-friendly picks.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The End of Astronauts—and the Rise of Robots

Human space travel has captured the global imagination, but robots may be a better, cheaper, and safer option.

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Breville's New Multicooker Delivers Consistent, Tasty Results

The kitchen tech giant's new multicooker entry is a solid update on the original.

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The Activist Legacy of the IBM Black Workers Alliance

As a tech worker turned tech organizer, I believed the current wave of activism was the first. Then I realized I was part of an important lineage.

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Battle Kitty Stretches the Limits of Netflix’s Interactive Tech

The animated kids series plays like a video game—and demonstrates the potential of interactive shows.

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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

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The Surprising Climate Cost of the Humblest Battery Material

Graphite is made in blazing-hot furnaces powered by dirty energy. Until recently, there has been no good tally of the carbon emissions.

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The End of Alcohol

Glamorous influencers are blending science and superstition to help people “change their relationship to drinking.” Did I miss out by getting sober the old-fashioned way?

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Monday, April 18, 2022

The Best Mobile Controllers for Gaming on the Go

Touchscreens don’t always get the job done. Try one of these WIRED-tested smartphone controllers for your iPhone or Android instead.

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Crypto Is Poised to Reshape Taxes—and Cities

Tokens like CityCoins could turn taxes into another investment vehicle, for better or worse.

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The Artful, Subdued Translations of Modern Pop

Young artists like Latto, Vince Staples, and Doechii are subtly persuading listeners to rethink the way music genres can be interpreted.

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A Brutal Wave of Bird Flu Spotlights the Need for a Poultry Vaccine

More than 27 million birds have died or been slaughtered, and wild birds are dying too. Without a shot, farmers have to rely on vigilance and culling their flocks.

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Beginner Golfers Should Give These Inexpensive Clubs a Swing

Even if you're an intermediate golfer, Stix clubs might be your best fit. They’re a good value, they look sharp, and they can improve your distance.

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For mRNA, Covid Vaccines Are Just the Beginning

With clinical vaccine trials for everything from HIV to Zika, messenger RNA could transform medicine—or widen health care inequalities.

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The Future of the Web Is Marketing Copy Generated by Algorithms

The killer app for GPT-3 could help marketers lure clicks and game Google rankings.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

11 PC Games You Can Play Forever

There's always something new to play, but these are our favorites when you're seeking something tried and true.

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A Newly Measured Particle Could Break Known Physics

A new analysis of W bosons suggests these particles are significantly heavier than predicted by the standard model of particle physics.

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How to Give macOS Quick Look New Powers

This simple utility is one of the Mac's best tools. Here's how to use it to preview code, peek into archives, and more.

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How to Limit Who Can Contact You on Instagram

It’s your account—you decide who’s allowed to see your vacation photos or slide into your DMs.

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

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

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

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To Resurrect Jordan’s Lost Forests, People Plant Tiny Urban Ones

Environmentalists see small reforestation pilot sites around the capital of Amman as a first step to a greener future.

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You—Yes, You!—Would Be a Better Owner for Twitter Than Elon Musk

The platform’s essential infrastructure should be controlled by a user-owned democracy.

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14 Great Deals on TVs, Audio Gear, and Smartwatches

Treat your eyeballs and eardrums with this weekend's discounts.

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BeReal Basics: How to Use the 'Unfiltered' Social Media App

Post within the two-minute window to share off-the-cuff photos with your friends—and the world.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Wirelessly Whip Your Cream With This Battery-Powered Hand Mixer

Cuisinart gives the venerable plug-in kitchen gadget a cordless update.

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New Tools for Taking Control of Your Web Browsing

This week, we learn about the new browser from DuckDuckGo and share some of our web privacy tips.

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The Rise of Brand-New Secondhand EVs

The global chip shortage has triggered a surge in demand for prized, pricey used electric vehicles. It's only just beginning.

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What Actually Happens If You Shoot a Ball at a Newton’s Cradle?

In a recent video, the Slo Mo Guys fired at the clicky-clacky desk toy with a superhigh-speed ball. It looks pretty cool—and the physics are even cooler.

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How to Set Up Multiple Monitors at Your Desk

Immerse yourself with a dual- or triple-screen setup, whether you're on Windows or Mac.

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Space Command’s Lt. Gen John Shaw Says Space Is 'Under Threat'

In an exclusive interview, the military branch’s second in command talks about junk in orbit, cyberattacks, satellite vulnerabilities, and Russia's war in Ukraine.

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Samsung's Galaxy A53 5G Gets the Job Done on a Budget

This $450 Android phone isn't the best for the money, but it comes darn close.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Our Favorite Umbrellas Will Help You Ride Out the Rain

These picks will protect you from the showers, withstand the wind, and hold up for the long haul.

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Time Got So Much Weirder. The World Needs a New Lexicon

Our days aren’t ruled by the sundial or the pendulum clock anymore. They’re measured in binges and darkmodes.

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15 Good N95, KF94, and KN95 Face Masks to Buy Right Now

Here are the best disposable coverings we’ve tested and researched—and where you can find them.

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​​Oceans Aren’t Just Warming—Their Soundscapes Are Transforming

Humans are polluting the seas with sound, while warming waters change how noise propagates. What does that mean for whales and other animals?

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Sharing a Covid Diagnosis

At this point, many people wouldn't hesitate to say they've contracted the virus. This social norm has unsettling ramifications for medical privacy.

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NextSense Wants to Get in Your Ears and Watch Your Brain

Born from Alphabet's "moon shot" division, the startup aims to sell earbuds that can collect heaps of neural data—and uncover the mysteries of gray matter.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

How to Use Block Scheduling to Revamp Your Workflow

This simple productivity system helps organize the chaos of work and life—and it uses tools you probably already have.

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The Concrete Jungle Is Turning Green Again

Economic growth is often tied to environmental decline, but some cities are proving that doesn't have to be the case.

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Spotty Cell Service at Home? Try This Signal-Boosting Gadget

SureCall’s wall-mounted system is designed to improve the strength and quality of phone calls and pump up mobile data speeds.

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The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Still Rocks, But Power Comes at a Cost

The G14 debuted as an affordable, powerful gaming laptop contender. The new version still has plenty to love, apart from a declining value proposition.

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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

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Biofuels Are Getting a Second Look—and Some Tough Questions

Bioethanol has been touted as a green way to cut reliance on Russian oil. But new modeling suggests it isn't the climate solution.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tunic Is the Game of the Year That No One’s Talking About

Let’s not be too hasty to crown Elden Ring. This Zelda-inspired indie title is a worthy front-runner.

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The Great Paradox of Cryptocurrency

WIRED’s editor in chief shares thoughts on crypto scammers, the future of Russia’s internet, and more from the next issue.

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The Firewalla Purple Helps Control and Secure Your Home Network

This pocket-sized gigabit firewall can protect you from malware, ads, and snoopers.

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She Was Missing a Chunk of Her Brain. It Didn’t Matter

A woman grew up without her left temporal lobe, which highlights how amazingly plastic the brain is.

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A Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

Don Cameron went all in on a trickle-down survival tactic. It could help save America’s agricultural heartland—even if he doesn’t survive the new water war.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

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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The Tricky Aftermath of Source Code Leaks

Lapsus$ hackers leaked Microsoft’s Bing and Cortana source code. How bad is that, really?

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Want a Battery That Lasts? Play Hot and Cold

Researchers have designed a molten salt battery that turns solid at room temperature, trapping the energy inside.

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The Race to Save Social Posts That May Prove Russian War Crimes

Painstaking new techniques for archiving social media posts could provide crucial evidence in future prosecutions.

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How Apple’s Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore’s Law Alive

By combining two processors into one, the company has squeezed a surprising amount of performance out of silicon.

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The Metaverse Could Radically Reshape Fashion

Garments that dissolve in water, change color, or sprout wings could thrive in Web3—and inspire a new era of design IRL.

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HyperX’s Gaming Headset Has Magical Battery Life I Can’t Explain

The Cloud Alpha Wireless boasts 300 hours of run time, and they sound and feel great too.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

How to Use Universal Control With Your Mac and iPad

You can finally use MacOS and iPadOS simultaneously with one keyboard and mouse.

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The Best Coffee Grinders to Amp Up Your Morning Brew

Get more joy from your java. These conical-burr, flat-burr, and bladed machines let you enjoy freshly ground whole beans in every cup.

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A New Tool for Finding Dark Matter Digs Up Nothing

Physicists are devising clever ways to exploit the extreme sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors like LIGO. But they’ve seen no signs of exotica yet.

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Want to Start Strength Training? Here’s the Gear Pros Recommend

We asked powerlifters, strongmen, and strongwomen what newbies need to launch their lifting journey.

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The Best Laptop Deals Right Now—and Which Is Right for You

Whether you're looking for an all-rounder, a gaming powerhouse, or a wallet-friendly device, we've got top discounts from trusted retailers.

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The Long Shadow of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ Scam

Nigeria’s tech ecosystem is maturing, but cybersecurity companies are unwilling to forget its fraudulent past. The repercussions could be disastrous.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

TSA’s Terrorist Watch List Comes for Amtrak Passengers

Plus: Microsoft seizes Russian GRU domains, Cash App’s data breach, and Obama’s disinfo admission.

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Your TV Sounds Awful. These Soundbars Can Fix That

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

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As Climate Fears Mount, Some Are Relocating Within the US

A small but growing number of Americans are moving to New England or the Appalachian Mountains, which are seen as safe havens from climate change.

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Pokémon Crystal Unlocked My Trans Girl Heart

When the world wishes you didn’t exist, sometimes you find your true self in the most unassuming places.

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How to Spot Content Marketing in Search Results

When you search for reviews and guides, you want to make sure you're not reading someone with a vested interest in you buying their product.

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18 Best Deals on Office Chairs, Sex Toys, and Tech

These between-holiday discounts are the perfect excuse to splurge on yourself.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

How Peloton’s Body-Tracking Tech Fits Into Its Future

This week we discuss the Peloton Guide and debate the role the company’s cameras and computer vision tech could play in the coming years.

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The All-Clad Factory Seconds Sale Can Help You Save on Cookware

The company makes some of the best—and priciest—pots and pans. These discounts are rare and run through Sunday.

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Scientists Spy on Mount Etna With Fiber Optic Cables

Researchers can detect volcanic activity by watching how light moves through the same kinds of fibers that bring you internet.

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The Census Is Broken. Can AI Fix It?

Machine learning can help count people to deliver government funding and decide political representation, but the technology still makes mistakes.

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An ‘Explosion’ of Anti-Ukraine Disinformation Is Hitting Moldova

Divisive anti-refugee videos are spreading from TikTok to Facebook as the threat of Russia grows.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Netflix’s SpaceX Documentary Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Return to Space chronicles the company’s unlikely rise, but it avoids talking about its shortcomings.

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The Insta360 One RS Camera Is the Best of Both Worlds

If you want one tool that can capture fast-paced action sequences and 360 footage, Insta360’s One RS has it all in a sweet, modular package.

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Uber, Taxi Cabs, and the Limits of Digital Disruption

The perpetual whiplash created by the ride-hailing app’s dealings typifies Silicon Valley’s way of doing business—one that often leaves chaos in its wake.

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How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

We asked a battery expert to answer all your questions about maximizing every charge.

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Axiom’s All-Private Spaceflight to the ISS Preps for Launch

For the first time, a commercial craft will bring a crew of civilians to the space station. It’s a harbinger of space tourism’s future—and its inequities.

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The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared

The proposal would stop the biggest platforms from giving themselves an advantage over the little guys. Who's afraid of a little competition?

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Inside the Takedown that Shredded the Myth of Crypto’s Anonymity

The users of the largest known child sex abuse site in history thought their bitcoins were untraceable. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

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