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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 3/25/19
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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.
Mar 25, 2019
How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes
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In the five days since Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard, regulators around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8. That’s a reaction to the fact that the circumstances of this disaster match those of Lion Air Flight 610, another 737 MAX 8, which crashed into the Java Sea in October, killing all 189 occupants.
Mar 25, 2019
Zodiac Ascending: Astrology Startups Reach for the Stars
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The day was young and full of promise, electrified by the moon in Sagittarius. An astrologer named Aliza texted me that I was on the cusp of a new cycle. It was time to tantalize my “Venusian sensibilities.” Power emoji: 💆 I had found Aliza while beta-testing a new app, called Sanctuary. The app, designed to be the “Talkspace for astrology,” offers free daily horoscopes and, with a $20 monthly subscription, astrological readings on demand.
Mar 22, 2019
Review: Ooni Koda Pizza Oven
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I live in Portland, Oregon, a city in which notifying your host of your eating restrictions is just good manners. Maybe you too have friends who are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Or lactose-intolerant, paleo, or perhaps adhering to my toddler’s diet, which is best described as “pepperoni.” In this fraught environment, pizza has saved our social life. Pizzas are customizable and dough is cheap to make.
Mar 21, 2019
Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair
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"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times. You tell it to your volunteers when it looks like your movement has hit a wall or when it looks like your opposition has the upper hand, and you want to show your teammates that many people have faced obstacles before, and overcome them.
Mar 20, 2019
Here's An Idea: Replace Trials with Virtual Reality Duels
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Ben Bova is the author of over a hundred science fiction books, and also served as editor for the legendary magazines Analog and Omni. In his short story “Bloodless Victory,” which appears in his recent collection New Frontiers, he depicts a future in which dueling makes a comeback thanks to sophisticated virtual reality technology.
Mar 19, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 3/12/19
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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.
Mar 12, 2019
Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees
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In the earliest days of the new scooter sharing wave, when a new, Uber veteran-run company called Bird showed in southern California, working in the industry felt a bit like stumbling into the O.K. Corral. High school students scrapped for their chance to charge or fix scooters for between $10 and $20 a pop. “Mechanics” broke handlebars and wheels en masse, so they would be paid to patch them up.
Mar 11, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 3/8/19
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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.
Mar 10, 2019
Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment
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If there's one line, one quote, that will endure from Captain Marvel, it'll likely be this one from Carol Danvers herself: "What happens when I'm finally set free?" It's rhetorical. Danvers says this as she's coming to realize the true awesomeness of her powers. For years, she's had her past hidden from her, been gaslighted into believing she needed to rein in her powers to be a better warrior for the Kree. This was not true.
Mar 08, 2019
Kick the Keyboard: Other Ways to Get Text Onto Your Screen
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A wise man once said, “Words are trains / for moving past what really has no name.” Many of us spend our days working on these railroads, hammering away on keyboards mechanical and otherwise. But do you have to? Not really; a number of products promise to free you from the tyranny of the keyboard, allowing you to lay words down by speaking, writing with a pen, or using gestures. Some of us, me included, find keyboards frustrating as we get older.
Mar 08, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 3/7/19
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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.
Mar 07, 2019
Devil May Cry 5 Is a Bitchin' Throwback to a Goofier Time
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If I had to describe Devil May Cry 5—and I do, it's my job—I'd call it a guitar riff. You know the type. The big, cheesy run that's trying, so hard, so very earnestly, to be cool. But it has something, some bit of inspiration and wit, that even though trying to be cool is the least cool thing in the world, you still really dig it. You start dancing, a little. Yeah, you say. Yeah, this is cool. This rocks.
Mar 07, 2019
Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8
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Just days after the massive layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the developer of Guild Wars announced this week that it would be letting go dozens of members of its staff. But that doesn't mean all the news in the world of videogames is bad. Fortnite's new season is here, y'all. Also, Pokémon! What else do you need to know? Read on.
Mar 06, 2019
Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass
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Foldable phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huwaei’s Mate X are coming, whether you’re ready or not. In fact, they’re coming whether they’re ready or not. The software remains untested or nonexistent. The prices are either astronomical or unannounced. But those potential issues can be fixed on the fly. The real thing you should hold out for? Glass. Yes, glass.
Mar 05, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 3/4/19
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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.
Mar 04, 2019
The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away
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Like so many women, Meghan Litchfield dreaded shopping for jeans. There were the garden variety complaints: inconsistent sizing between brands, the way back pockets stretched or sagged, the humiliation of walking into a dressing room with half a dozen options only to walk out empty-handed. Even the best candidates were ill-fitting. Most of the time, she’d buy jeans one size up to fit her hips, then ask a tailor take them in at the waist.
Mar 04, 2019
LG's OLED TVs Are Cheaper Than We've Ever Seen Them
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I'm an unabashed fan of LG's OLED TV lineup. I have the fortune of getting to try some of the most lovely televisions in the world, and my favorite is still the OLED. Unfortunately, LG's TVs usually hover between $1,500 and $2,000, with the occasional dip in price during major sale events like the Super Bowl and Black Friday. Today, the price is lower than both of those events, and the lowest I can recall seeing by more than $300. The 55" LG B8 costs $1,100 from Amazon and Walmart right now.
Mar 01, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 2/28/19
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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.
Feb 28, 2019
Thor Is Going to Be Playing the Hulk
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It's Thursday, which means it's time once again for The Monitor, WIRED's look at all the news coming out of the world of pop culture. What's hot today? Well, Chris Hemsworth is set to play Hulk Hogan, The Wandering Earth is coming to Netflix, and Idris Elba is set to host Saturday Night Live. Pretty steamy, amirite? Thor Will Be Playing Hulk (Hogan) In a casting move that seems almost too perfect, Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a.
Feb 27, 2019
Game Design Is Not for the Faint of Heart
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Lori Ann Cole and her husband Corey Cole are the creators of the Quest for Glory series of computer games, which were published by Sierra from 1989 to 1998. In 2012 the Coles launched a Kickstarter for Hero U, a spiritual successor to Quest for Glory. Hero U was finally released last year, following a grueling six-year development process. Unfortunately, when it comes to game design, those sorts of delays are unrelentingly common.
Feb 26, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 2/25/19
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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.
Feb 25, 2019
New Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai: a Gas to Drive, a Pain to Fuel
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Watching the Hyundai pull into the parking spot, I cringe a bit with the stress that strikes when I feel like I’m holding other people up. The car is wiggling backward and forward, backward and forward, trying to fit into the dead center of the spot, and another driver is stuck, waiting to get by in the tight garage. Once the Hyundai is finally parked, the waiting driver pulls up and stops, window down and eyes wide open. And she’s not annoyed.
Feb 25, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 2/22/19
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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.
Feb 22, 2019
Why the Aeron Is Still the Most Coveted Seat in the Office
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When product designer Bill Stumpf was asked by Herman Miller to develop ergonomic seating for the 1990s workplace, he began by watching people at work. What he saw was pandemonium. Personal computers had freed employees to assume any position. They’d lean forward, squinting at the screen, or kick back, keyboards in their laps. With materials expert Don Chadwick, Stumpf built a chair as flexible as the restless startup worker.
Feb 22, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 2/21/19
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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.
Feb 22, 2019
Cool Gear for Turning Your Office Into a Calming Oasis
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When you need a moment of zen, reach for these items to turn the break room, or anywhere you can find some free space, into an escape pod. 1. Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask Need a nap? Block out the midday sun or harsh fluorescents with a sleep mask. This one uses stiffer material between the eyes that forms to the shape of your nose for maximum light-stifling, and the breathable cotton gives you sweat-free shut-eye. $14 2.
Feb 20, 2019
Review: Fossil Sport Smartwatch
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I bought my Fossil Sport Smartwatch over Black Friday weekend, when it was improbably on sale just after it launched. This admittedly has no bearing on how good a smartwatch it is, or whether you should consider buying one of your own. But it might help to know from the start that I’ve worn this watch nearly every day for the past three months. And that I plan to keep on wearing it.
Feb 19, 2019
Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo
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If your vision of the flying future involves whooshing about in an air taxi while chuckling at the car-bound suckers below, Elroy Air is not here to help. But if you dream of a world of smooth logistics, where emergency supplies, firefighting chemicals, and all the crap you order online moves through the world faster and cheaper than ever, then 2019 might be your year. “We’re developing a big cargo drone,” says Elroy CEO Dave Merrill.
Feb 18, 2019
Wired’s Most Interesting Thing in Tech 2/15/19
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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.
Feb 15, 2019