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How to Watch Google's Pixel Event Today—and What to Expect

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 11:00

There are two new phones coming, a new Nest smart speaker, and a Chromecast with a TV remote.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 11:00

Coal plant upgrades led to a dramatic reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions. But those particles also help reflect solar heat away from the planet.

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:00

42,000-foot plumes of ash. 143-mph firenadoes. 1,500-degree heat. These wildfires are a new kind of hell on earth, and scientists are racing to learn its rules.

Trump-Biden Debate Twitter Recap: Politics Is a Metaverse

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 04:00

The first 2020 presidential debate was a series of interruptions and half-thoughts—like the internet IRL.

How to Watch the First 2020 Presidential Debate

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 00:59

Donald Trump and Joe Biden meet for the first time on a debate stage Tuesday night in Cleveland.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:07

Still sheltering in place? Good. Here’s how to watch movies with friends, even when you’re apart.

How to Win Any Debate

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:04

Arguing, especially with strangers on the internet, is generally a bad idea—but if you have to, here's how to win.

Trump’s FCC Is Using Junk Data to Downplay Broadband Woes

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 17:00

Tens of millions of Americans have either cripplingly slow or no internet at all. And the FCC's shameful practices are making a bad situation worse.

'Where Law Ends' Review: How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 14:02

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann's Where Law Ends doesn't fill the hole at the center of the Trump-Russia probe, but does help explain why it's there.

Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 13:00

Many experts are convinced that fast and easy screening can stop the virus. But that theory fails to account for the messiness of real life.

13 Books You Need to Read This Fall

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 13:00

New movies are few; new TV is fast diminishing. Here are the books we think you should pick up instead.

Covid-19 Symptoms (Coronavirus): What to Do If You Might Have It

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 12:00

Stay calm. Here's our guide to what symptoms you should look out for, and how to respond if you've been exposed.

Fish Form Social Networks—and They're Actually Good

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 12:00

New models of coral reefs show how fish species communicate with one another. The findings may well help save these threatened ecosystems.

America Can Still Achieve Its Techno-Utopian Dream

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 12:00

The tools for curbing Silicon Valley’s outsize power and restoring hope in tech are already available and, in some cases, have been for hundreds of years.

During Covid, Eating Disorder Patients Turn to Apps

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 11:00

Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating patients are facing novel challenges as in-person care is on hold. Can tech tools fill in the treatment gaps?

Your Photos Are Irreplaceable. Get Them Off Your Phone

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 11:00

When's the last time you backed up your photos? Would you be upset if you lost them? You see where we're going here, right?

The National Guard’s Fire-Mapping Drones Get an AI Upgrade

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 11:00

Algorithms that quickly track the movement of wildfires could help firefighters‚ but the tech could also be put to non-humanitarian use.

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 11:00

As medical facilities strain amid the pandemic, they’re especially vulnerable to cyberattacks. A global coalition of volunteer experts has stepped into the breach.

A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 21:14

“All computers are completely shut down,” one Universal Health Services employee told WIRED.

Audeze LCD-1 Review: The Best Headphones Under $500

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 13:00

Missing live music? These corded, lightweight planar magnetic cans give you the next best thing.

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 13:00

It’s easy to spend hours dashing and slashing your way through this roguelike dungeon crawler.

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 12:00

The Trump administration hasn't created a comprehensive plan for battling the pandemic. Some researchers propose borrowing one from the past.

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 12:00

In the 1940s, journalists fled traditional news outlets to write directly for subscribers. What happened next may be a warning.

The Election Threats That Keep US Intelligence Up at Night

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 11:00

Government officials have increasingly sounded alarms on the risks of foreign interference and disinformation campaigns leading up to—and after—November 3.

Get WIRED: Nextdoor’s CEO on Curtailing Racial Profiling

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 11:00

On this week’s podcast, Sarah Friar talks to us about how the hyperlocal social network is getting people to slow down and think about what they’re posting.

A School Ran a Simulation of the Pandemic—Before the Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 11:00

A Florida middle school has staged mock outbreaks for years to teach science and civics. Last December’s lesson was an uncanny harbinger of Covid-19.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 13:00

Using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin can be transformed into a viable substance for creating tools and habitats on the Red Planet.

The Best Smart Light Bulbs (2020): Ambient Lighting, Kits, Color, and More

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 13:00

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

TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 12:00

Mini-LED backlighting, clever cable management, and built-in Roku are just a few of its standout features.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 12:00

Stephen Hawking once proposed that unseen “primordial” black holes might be the hidden dark matter. A series of new studies shows how it can work.

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 11:00

Many of the updates to Google’s mobile OS are behind the scenes—but they can help you control your app permissions and keep your data safe.

Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 13:00

Plus: A cruel phishing test, ransomware hits Russia, and more of the week's top security news.

The 9 Best Travel Bags: Carry-On Luggage, Duffel, Budget (2020)

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 12:00

A rolling carry-on is perfect for more than just flying. Whether going by air, road, or rail, here is our favorite luggage.

Some Cities Are Plotting a ‘Green Recovery’ After Covid-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 12:00

Cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans are aiming to tackle another, longer-term emergency: the climate crisis.

20 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Smart Speakers, and More

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 11:00

Snag discounts on the MacBook Air, Echo Dot, OnePlus 8, and other tech to keep you distracted indoors as the weather starts to cool.

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 11:00

Scientists picked up signs of phosphene on Venus by using a technique called rotational spectroscopy. It works like this.

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 11:00

One year after organizing a walkout, employees are calling for a more ambitious environmental agenda.

Covid Vaccines in Phase III, New Risk Calculators, and More Coronavirus News

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 18:22

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

'Bill & Ted Face the Music' Strikes the Perfect Note

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 16:00

The first Bill & Ted movie in 30 years is a fitting tribute to the series that came before.

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 14:00

Ad trackers follow you everywhere online—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

All the PS5 Games Sony Has Revealed So Far (With Trailers)

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 14:00

From a new Spider-Man game to 'Horizon: Forbidden West', here are the titles you can expect for the next-gen console.

The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 13:00

Plus: Silicon Valley’s reaction to Snowden, journalists’ relationships with their subjects, and an unpleasant surprise for hikers.

Twitter’s Sexual Fascination With a Not-Sexual Octopus Movie

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 13:00

This week, Netflix's My Octopus Teacher got a reputation for being a very different movie than it is. Here's why.

Sony A8H 4K OLED Review: A Love Letter to the Home Theater

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 13:00

The company's latest TV is a love letter to the home theater, a display defined by its otherworldly vibrance.

The Messy Feud Over Who Controls TikTok

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 12:00

This week, we discuss how the fight over the app might shape US tech policy and US-China relations for years to come.

How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 11:00

Remote learning doesn’t have to mean distracted, disconnected students. Here’s what you can do to build calm and trust.

Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 11:00

Patients have long reported the sudden inability to smell. But restrictions on in-person exams are complicating efforts to figure out what's going on.

The Ring Always Home Cam Flies Around Inside Your House

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 00:14

Look at this freaking drone.

Federal Executions During Covid-19 Put Innocent Lives at Risk

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 22:58

The current wave of executions is increasing the likelihood that lawyers, observers, and correctional staff could be infected.

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 22:33

The campaigns primarily targeted countries outside the US. But the same mechanisms could be used in “hack and leak” operations like those that roiled the 2016 campaign.