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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.

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Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/22/19
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 22, 2019
Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives
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Amos and I were walking out of the gym after basketball practice last weekend when he saw a friend inside the lobby. He bolted to the window, rapped on the glass, and began performing a very particular dance. He put one hand—fingers in the shape of an L—to his forehead; his legs jutted back and forth like a dancing bear on a pendulum. Puzzled, I watched. Then I pulled out my phone. “Siri, show me a dance with an L.
May 21, 2019
Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors
436
The sandwich was unremarkable—lukewarm and not quite melted, like a college freshman’s late-night microwave snack rather than a true grilled cheese. But I have thought about the sandwich every week since I ordered it, because the food truck that made it won’t stop emailing me. First came the receipt. Then the expressions of gratitude, offers of deals. “Thanks for your visit!” one email screamed. “Get FREE FRIES!!” another offered.
May 21, 2019
How Twitter Became My Sacred Space
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I woke up one day, at age 38, and realized I was the worst kind of bored housewife. My kids were old enough to no longer need me, my amusing(ish) satirical novels were largely being unread, and my life had become a dull hum of paint colors and upholstery. I live on New York’s Upper East Side, where everyone shares the same small, incredibly specific concerns—private schools, vacations, and getting our husbands to notice us. I was drowning in provincialism.
May 20, 2019
Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR
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Sometime last fall, a man walked into the Nike store in Pasadena, California. He was a runner, it was a running-centric store, and he was there to buy a pair of running shoes just like the ones he had worn in the past. The clerk asked him if he'd be willing to have his feet measured a new way. "I'm a 9," the runner said. "I've always been a 9. Just give me a 9." Still, he relented. The runner walked out with a size 10. What size shoe do you wear? Wait, let's make that more specific.
May 17, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/15/19
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 15, 2019
The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens
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In an early episode of The Society, Netflix's new YA drama about power and privilege in a socialist adultless future, a group of teens gather to play a game of Fugitive. They split into two teams, each with a specific but precise role: The enforcers are tasked with catching the fugitives, and fugitives must do whatever they can to elude detainment. Many of the town's rich kids promptly elect themselves as enforcers, with almost all of the less fortunate townies regarded as targets of capture.
May 14, 2019
James Cameron Doesn't Seem to Mind Taunts From Avengers Fans
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Happy Thursday, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all the best pop culture news. What's up this week? A lot of news about Avatar movies, surprisingly. Also, a victim of the Red Wedding might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Batwoman is officially to the CW. Let's get started.
May 13, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/10/19
172
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 10, 2019
The Game of Thrones Starbucks Cup: What's Inside?
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In case you missed in last night's episode—or haven't been on #GoT Twitter today—someone seems to have left a Starbucks cup sitting on a table in that revelry scene on Sunday's Game of Thrones. People. Are. Freaking. Out. And investigation has been called for. People want oral histories. Fans are already calling it the best thing that happened in Season 8, Episode 4.
May 09, 2019
Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas
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In December 2009, a mysterious letter appeared at the home of one Mr. Johnson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Inside was a message printed on cream-colored paper: "All of the items in your refrigerator are swapped with all of the items in Ben Affleck's refrigerator. Try a bit of everything." A similar letter reached the reverend of the local church, and the architect William Hopkins.
May 08, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar's Box Office Record
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Hello, and welcome to another Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's entertainment news roundup. Today, much like last week, we're talking about Avengers: Endgame, which is still ruling the box office. What else? Spider-Man: Far From Home has a new trailer and the British Royal Family has a new baby. Let's get going! Avengers: Endgame Might Break Avatar’s Box Office Record In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has brought in more than $2 billion dollars globally at the box office.
May 08, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/7/19
161
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 07, 2019
How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations
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As a professional pilot, I spend four or five days a year in multimillion-dollar flight simulators being examined by specialized training pilots. Since professional pilots already know how to fly, much of the testing focuses on what are called “non-normal situations.” Let’s imagine you find yourself on an airplane, in the sky, without a pilot. You are in a non-normal situation.
May 07, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/6/19
197
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 07, 2019
Why the Apple Card Is the Gleaming Future of Money
381
This story is part of a collection of pieces on how we spend money today. Will you sign up for the Apple Card? You probably will, frankly. Apple’s latest innovation, which arrives this summer, is a credit card that comes with all kinds of conveniences: No late fees! No long strings of numbers! No wait to qualify! No card, either, if you’re using it the way Apple intends.
May 06, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 5/3/19
121
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
May 03, 2019
The Case Against Watching the Rest of Game of Thrones
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First, a fair warning: This piece has Game of Thrones spoilers. If you didn't watch last night and don't want to know what happens, close this tab. Now that they are gone, and it's just us, the shell-shocked, left to consider last night's 1.
May 02, 2019
Waze Wants to Help All of Us Win at Carpooling
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Recently I downloaded an app that was supposed to help me find people to carpool with. I'm not someone who relishes the idea of coordinating with strangers for my commute but, still, I wanted to give it a shot. For two weeks, I asked drivers—many of whom, the app indicated, had signed up but never actually accepted any carpool requests—for rides between my home in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and my office South of Market.
May 02, 2019
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter
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It takes far more than 280 characters to describe Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s disputes with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Late Friday, Musk and the SEC reached a settlement in their latest clash over his tweets. The dispute stems from February, when the agency asked a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating a September agreement that a Tesla lawyer would pre-approve all of his written communications—including tweets.
May 01, 2019
How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online
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The reviews for Avengers: Endgame—the final installment in a decade-long run of Marvel films—have already landed. The movie itself hits thousands of theaters Thursday night. All of which means that the internet is about to become a very treacherous place for anyone who doesn't want to know the ending before they've seen it for themselves. Fortunately, ridding the internet of spoilers is a snap.
Apr 29, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 4/26/19
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
Apr 26, 2019
Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News
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You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year. What a time to be alive! Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Elon Musk delivers more promises ahead of earnings report Tesla CEO Elon Musk has predicted there will be 1 million self-driving Tesla "robotaxis" on the road by next year, a number that seemed pretty stunning to most experts.
Apr 26, 2019
Review: Gozney Roccbox Outdoor Pizza Oven
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No one ever wants to know about the secret lives of tax preparers, or bank branch managers. But since the journeys of Anthony Bourdain, everyone wants to learn the secrets, and wield the tools, of commercial cookery. Who wouldn’t want to be a swaggering night pirate that can also bake a perfect pie? The $599 Gozney Roccbox is one of those tools that looks great on paper. I’ve met pizza chefs who use the Roccbox for commercial purposes, and they love it.
Apr 25, 2019
'Computer, Enhance': Inside Samsung's Smart New 8K TV
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Sure, you might have brought home a 4K television just last week. But there's no stopping the march of progress, and Samsung is at the vanguard with this set. It's an 8K panel—roughly 8,000 pixels wide and packing four times as many points of light as a 4K TV. Anyone with cash to burn can plop this 125-pound beast onto a stout pedestal and be engulfed by the 85-inch display.
Apr 24, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 4/23/19
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
Apr 23, 2019
Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment
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Since the clothing brand Everlane was founded in 2010, it has achieved great success selling basics for sophisticates: wide-leg pants, cashmere sweaters, silk shirts, and the like. But the label's ambitions don't end at defining a fresh silhouette—it has also put substantial effort into a company-wide sustainability initiative. Everlane has created puffer jackets from recycled water bottles, and it's made its own denim that's manufactured without polluting dyes.
Apr 23, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 4/19/19
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
Apr 19, 2019
Foldable Phones Are Here, Microsoft Emails Got Hacked, and More News
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Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: The first foldable phone is here OK, so it might look like twin beds in a hotel room, but Samsung has actually come out with a phone that fully bends: the aptly-named Galaxy Fold. It goes on sale April 26, and while it's not the first foldable phone concept, you can actually get your hands on this one. Get ready to blow your friends' minds—if you have $1,980 to spend.
Apr 19, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 4/18/19
140
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society.
Apr 18, 2019