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Sep 19, 2020

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests' Form
An NYU team thinks it's finally unlocked the secret to how these mysterious landforms get their interesting shape.

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Sep 19, 2020

The 6 Best Laptop Stands (2020): Adjustable, Portable, and More
Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.

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Sep 19, 2020

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable
Indictments against Iranian hackers, a Veterans Affairs data breach, and more of the week's top security news.

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Sep 19, 2020

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up
The former chair of the Federal Election Commission argues that the integrity of the 2020 election is largely in the hands of Facebook and Twitter.

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Sep 19, 2020

A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital
The outage resulted in a significant delay in treatment. German authorities are investigating the perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.

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Sep 19, 2020

What's Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?
Thousands of migrating birds have died, perhaps starved by drier conditions related to climate change or by having to fly inland to avoid wildfire smoke.

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Sep 19, 2020

Why Teens Are Falling for TikTok Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracies like Pizzagate are all over the social media platform. Here's why they've found an audience there.

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Sep 19, 2020

19 Best Weekend Deals: Cameras, Apple Gear, and Games
The new 8th-generation iPad is already slightly discounted, alongside headphones, laptops, and PS4 titles like 'Ghosts of Tsushima'.

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Sep 19, 2020

The 943-Dimensional Chess of a Trustworthy Covid-19 Vaccine
Scientists want public confidence. The White House wants an October Surprise. The FDA wants to avoid looking political. Big Pharma wants a win. You're in the middle.

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Sep 19, 2020

How to Set Your Own Default Browser and Email App in iOS 14
Not into Safari or Apple Mail? With the next update, you can (finally) customize your preferences. Here's what to know before you get started.

Wired News
Sep 18, 2020

Trump's TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences
The larger issues around China's technological rise aren't going away.

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Sep 18, 2020

Dune Is a Hard Book to Adapt
Anyone who's seen David Lynch's 1984 film knows Frank Herbert's book doesn't translate easily to the screen.

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Sep 18, 2020

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale
A principled, hands-off approach to the internet was easier to defend in the 1990s. Today it makes no sense.

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Sep 18, 2020

Streaming Services Are Abusing the Sign and It Must End
In the beginning, there was ESPN , then Disney . Now that CBS All Access is becoming Paramount , it's time to call a moratorium.

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Sep 18, 2020

The 5 Best Cheap Phone Plans (2020): Alternatives to the Big Carriers
If you're a Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T subscriber, these networks may save you a lot of money each month.

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Sep 18, 2020

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls
Poll workers, who skew elderly, are in short supply during the pandemic. Meet some of the young people trying to make up the gap.

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Sep 18, 2020

Apple One Could Be a Bundle of Problems
Plus: U2's iPod partnership, the public sector's need for tech minds, and unwelcome hurricane visitors.

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Sep 18, 2020

Netflix's 'Ratched' Is a Plea for Mental Health Care
The show attempts to address flaws in the health care system—and in failing to do so, proves how much more attention mental illness needs.

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Sep 18, 2020

Apple Wants You to Smash That Subscribe Button
This week, we break down Apple's latest announcements, from new hardware to its push into bundles and home workouts.

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Sep 18, 2020

What's in Wildfire Smoke, and How Dangerous Is It?
Blazes on the West Coast are spewing a haze clear across the country. Along the way, the complex chemistry of what we inhale gets even more complex.

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Sep 18, 2020

Companies Can Track Your Phone's Movements to Target Ads
Brands are seeking new ways to customize messages. A startup that gathers data on when you pick up your phone, or when you go out on a run, can help.

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Sep 18, 2020

Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search for ET
After years of neglect, Earth's other neighbor is back in the spotlight following a major discovery. A private rocket company may be the first to visit.

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Sep 18, 2020

How to Use a Second Monitor With Your Laptop
Need a little more desktop real estate, or just tired of hunching over a small screen all day? Here's how to give your back—and eyes—a break.

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Sep 18, 2020

YouTube's Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories
From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation. Can AI keep the lunatic fringe from going viral?

Wired News
Sep 17, 2020

The Nintendo 3DS' Surprisingly Social Legacy
Nintendo just discontinued the iconic portable game console, but the real 3DS was the friends we made along the way.

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Sep 17, 2020

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior' on Platforms?
No one knows, not even the policy writers or enforcers. And the ambiguity is exacerbating threats to our electoral process.

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Sep 17, 2020

Why Wasn't Uber Charged in a Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash?
Authorities charged the vehicle's "safety driver" with criminal negligence, but not the company that developed the technology.

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Sep 17, 2020

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases
It's a reversal for an administration that's been loath to prepare for pandemics or cooperate with China, where Covid-19 jumped from wildlife to people.

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Sep 17, 2020

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls
A clever new system called Whale Safe listens for the cetacean chorus to alert vessels to slow down, potentially preventing deadly ship strikes.

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Sep 17, 2020

5 Fall Camping Deals: Tents, Jackets, Fire Pits, and More
Not blazing hot, not freezing cold ... autumn is the best season for campers. We've rounded up discounts on campsite gear to better your next adventure.

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Sep 17, 2020

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic
Obviously this situation sucks for everyone, but I have a few tips to help you make the most of a bad situation. (Also, don't cheat.)

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Sep 17, 2020

How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber
Platforms like Facebook are designed to profit from humans' confirmation bias. Here's how to restore balance to your feed.

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Sep 17, 2020

The Wayback Machine and Cloudflare Want to Backstop the Web
The Internet Archive and the infrastructure company are teaming up to make sure sites never fully go down.

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Sep 17, 2020

Science Journals Are Purging Racist, Sexist Work. Finally
Getting rid of harmful papers is a vital step toward reestablishing readers' trust. Next, publishers should target articles that are flawed in other ways.

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Sep 17, 2020

GoPro Hero 9 Black Review: Time to Upgrade
The company's newest action camera adds a full-color front screen, 5K, and software enhancements that make capturing the moment easier than ever.

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Sep 17, 2020

The Best iPad (2020): Which Apple Tablet Should You Buy?
Choosing an iPad is more complicated than it needs to be, but we're here to help with our complete guide to all of Apple's tablets.

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Sep 17, 2020

Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy
A free press suppressed. A vote postponed. Dissent criminalized. China's insidious reengineering of the region marches on, but not without a fight.

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Sep 16, 2020

WIRED25 Day 1: Be Empathetic to Each Other
Guests like Gabriela Cámara, Ghetto Gastro, Nia DaCosta, and Brie Larson discussed how to understand where others are coming from, whether through food or films.

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Sep 16, 2020

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy
At WIRED's virtual conference, actress Brie Larson, VR director Elijah Allan-Blitz, and Magic Labs Media founder Van Jones talked about their new short films.

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Sep 16, 2020

WIRED25: Ghetto Gastro Sees Food as a Weapon
As part of a conversation with Gabriela Cámara at our virtual conference, the cofounders of the "Black Power Kitchen of Tomorrow" say that what we eat can both empower and oppress us.

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Sep 16, 2020

Director Nia DaCosta on the Real-World Horrors in 'Candyman'
At this year's WIRED25, the writer-director talked about rebooting the classic slasher and the future of filmmaking after the pandemic.

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Sep 16, 2020

WIRED25: Netflix's Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons
At the virtual event honoring our annual list of innovators and icons, he talked about why TV and movies will someday "be small."

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Sep 16, 2020

Oculus Quest 2 Review: The Best Way to VR
Sometimes the sequel is better, the Quest 2 is a virtually flawless improvement on the original.

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Sep 16, 2020

LIVE: Watch Our WIRED25 Event
Tune in starting Wednesday, September 16, for conversations with Reed Hastings, Brie Larson, and more.

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Sep 16, 2020

How to Watch WIRED25 2020
Tune in starting Wednesday, September 16, for conversations with Reed Hastings, Brie Larson, and more.

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Sep 16, 2020

'Spellbreak' Conjures Up a Unique Spin on Battle Royale
So many games in the format lean on the same old tropes. This one has wizards instead.

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Sep 16, 2020

Feds Charge Chinese Hackers With Ripping Off Video Game Loot From 9 Companies
A group known as Barium allegedly attacked hundreds of targets around the globe—and manipulated in-game goods and currency.

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Sep 16, 2020

What's New in iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14): Our Full Feature Rundown
Your home screen is changing, and car keys may become optional. These are the top features you need to know in the latest iPhone and iPad update.

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Sep 16, 2020

Why Are 2 Million People Still Getting Netflix DVDs by Mail?
The company still gets a healthy slice of revenue from disc rentals—but the service has suffered as a result of the pandemic.

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Sep 16, 2020

Ethical Tech Starts With Addressing Ethical Debt
The rise of "zoombombing" is just the latest example of why developers need to plan for harmful misuses as much as potential costly bugs.

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Sep 16, 2020

A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech
Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.

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Sep 16, 2020

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?
As always, our tech advice columnist is here to help.

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Sep 16, 2020

How to Play Xbox and PC Games on Your Android Phone
Microsoft's Game Pass Ultimate cloud-enabled gaming service launched (formerly called Project xCloud). Here's how to check it out.

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Sep 16, 2020

Netflix's 'Challenger' Is a Gripping Look at NASA in Crisis
A new four-part documentary about the ill-fated Challenger mission highlights the risk of putting bureaucracy before science in human spaceflight

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Sep 16, 2020

How an Epic Series of Tech Errors Hobbled Miami's Schools
It started with the district hiring a little-known virtual charter school company, which led to balky connections and an even more troublesome curriculum.

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Sep 16, 2020

America's Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump
The editor of Science has abandoned staid academic-speak to take on falsehoods in the White House—decorum be damned.

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Sep 16, 2020

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek
Once considered a nerdy basement hobby, lo-fi transmissions from ordinary folks save lives during wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate disasters.

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Sep 15, 2020

How 'Cuties' Got Caught in a Gamergate-Style Internet Clash
The French film is caught in the crosshairs of right-wing online movements. This isn't an anomaly. It's a new battle in a larger culture war.

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Sep 15, 2020

Apple Watch Series 6 and SE: Price, Details, Release Date
The new wearable uses an LED array to measure your blood oxygen level, among other new features.

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Sep 15, 2020

Anime Avatars Are Going Mainstream on Twitch
Vtubers have racked up millions of subscribers—and even established stars like Pokimane have given the motion-capture medium a try.

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Sep 15, 2020

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness
There are two new wearables, two new iPads, and a whole bunch of bundled subscription services.

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Sep 15, 2020

5 Best Camping Stoves for 2020 (Portable Propane Gas Stoves)
We sautéed, boiled, and burned our food to find the best portable propane gas stoves for your next outdoor adventure.

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Sep 15, 2020

How to Leave Space and (Safely) Crash Back Down to Earth
A former astronaut explains what it's like to pilot the Space Shuttle onto the runway … and boink back down to the ground on the Soyuz.

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Sep 15, 2020

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease
A growing number of studies are raising concerns about the coronavirus' long-term effects on the heart. Athletes especially need to heed the warnings.

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Sep 15, 2020

FedEx Will Track Your Packages More Precisely Than Ever
A Bluetooth-based system coming this fall will be especially useful for high-value shipments, like medicines or vaccines.

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Sep 15, 2020

Could Breathalyzers Make Covid Testing Quicker and Easier?
A breath test would offer advantages over throat and nose swabs, but the technology is novel, and early trials with volunteers are still ongoing.

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Sep 15, 2020

Watch Live: Apple's September 2020 Hardware Event
You can stream Apple's product announcement right here. Or, you can watch it on your computer, television, or phone.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change
It may take decades to see the worst effects of global warming. Yet Jim Reilly, the director of the US Geological Survey, is committed to short-term thinking.

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Sep 15, 2020

A Texas County Clerk's Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote
How Dana DeBeauvoir set off the biggest, weirdest, and most promising revolution in election technology since the 1800s.

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Sep 15, 2020

How We'll Know the Election Wasn't Rigged
Whether you're casting a ballot in person or by mail, there's plenty to worry about. Mass voter fraud shouldn't be on the list.

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Sep 15, 2020

One Data Scientist's Quest to Quash Misinformation
Sara-Jayne Terp uses the tools of cybersecurity to track false claims like they're malware. Her goal: Stop dangerous lies from hacking our beliefs.

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Sep 15, 2020

Stacey Abrams on How We'll Beat Back Voter Suppression
The former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor talks democracy, election tech, and why speaking Klingon doesn't always help. As told to Gilad Edelman.

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Sep 15, 2020

The Facebook Defectors Turning Trump's Strategy Against Him
The platform was key to the president's upset victory in 2016. Can a group of former employees use it to boost Joe Biden?

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Sep 15, 2020

The International Playbook for Foiling Russian Interference
The Kremlin has meddled in so many elections that democracy's immune system has gotten wise to its threats. Here are lessons other countries can teach us.

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Sep 14, 2020

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit' AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down
The US government has detained thousands of wireless earbuds on suspicion of being fake Apple goods—despite crystal clear branding from an established company.

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Sep 14, 2020

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World
Combining the two chipmakers would unite leaders in two big tech trends—artificial intelligence and mobile computing.

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Sep 14, 2020

Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars
Many of the two dozen streamers, managers, and lawyers WIRED spoke with described rampant exploitation they've seen or experienced in the booming business.

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Sep 14, 2020

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water
New studies show fractures on surface ice and warm seawater melting the ice from underneath. That's a harbinger of a coming collapse—and sea level rise.

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Sep 14, 2020

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy
Just 50 days out, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have done little more than roll out small patches—recalling the old coding ethos of "worse is better."

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Sep 14, 2020

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life
A simple molecule floating in Venus's atmosphere is now humans' best bet for finding companionship in the galaxy.

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Sep 14, 2020

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines
The law serves as Facebook and Google's get-out-of-jail-free card for conspiracies and disinformation. It's time for strong amendments.

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Sep 14, 2020

11 Best Tablets for Every Budget (2020): For Work, Play, Kids, and More
We rounded up all the top slates available right now. Whether you prefer iOS, Android, or Windows, we have a pick for you.

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Sep 14, 2020

What Happens If You Smash a Boat Into a Whale?
On the show The Boys, a speedboat smashes into a cetacean and the humans emerge unscathed. Could this happen in real life?

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Sep 14, 2020

Yamaha THR30 II Review: A Guitar Amp of the Future
This second-generation desktop amp is a wireless wunderkind that acts as a Bluetooth speaker and audio interface.

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Sep 14, 2020

Voting Machines Suck. This Pair Has a Plan to Fix Them
On this week's Get WIRED podcast, we tell the story of how a computer science professor and a Texas county clerk teamed up to make our elections more secure.

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Sep 14, 2020

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West
Climate change is making wildfires bigger, fiercer, and deadlier, fueling a new kind of despair on the West Coast—and beyond.

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Sep 14, 2020

How to Watch Apple's September 2020 Event
You can stream Apple's product announcement on your mobile device, on your computer, or—the best way—on your television.

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Sep 13, 2020

10 Best Android Phones (Unlocked): Our Top Picks for 2020
WIRED Tested. Shopping for a new phone can be an ordeal. Let us take some of the pain out of it with these picks and tips.

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Sep 13, 2020

Governments Shouldn't Choose the News in Your Feed
A proposed law in Australia would force Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for their content—and create a state-sponsored media regime.

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Sep 13, 2020

Knife Aid Review: A Decent, but Not Great, Mail-in Sharpening Service
This mail-in knife-sharpening service is a great convenience, but the quality of its work doesn't always make the cut.

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Sep 13, 2020

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment
Allure and WIRED teamed up to create this guide to the technology transforming beauty and wellness.

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Sep 13, 2020

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem
For millennia, many have wondered whether odd perfect numbers exist. Insight could come from studying the next best things.

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Sep 13, 2020

Everyone Wants to Crack Down on China—Except Silicon Valley
Many Democrats agree with Trump on curbing the country's influence. But a Biden administration, influenced by tech, may strike a different tone.

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Sep 13, 2020

Traeger Ironwood 650 Review: Easy Grilling
If you want to become a pitmaster without leaving the couch, this Wi-Fi-powered electric pellet smoker and app can help.

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Sep 13, 2020

The Safest Ways to Log In to Your Computer
Passwords, keyfobs, fingerprints—there are lots of ways to gain access to your laptop or desktop. Here are the best and most secure.

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Sep 12, 2020

Hackers Target Porn Site Visitors Using Flash and Internet Explorer
Plus: Ransomware holds up schools, Zoom adds two-factor, and more of the week's top security news.

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Sep 12, 2020

8 Best Portable Grills (2020): Charcoal, Propane, Electric, Infrared
We barbecued for weeks to find the right charcoal and propane gas grills for your home or that you can lug to the beach, park, or campsite.

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Sep 12, 2020

Asbestos Removal Is a Hard Job, but Covid-19 Makes It Harder
Getting rid of asbestos is good for public health, but it's risky for abatement workers, whose occupational risks make them vulnerable to Covid-19 complications.

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Sep 12, 2020

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus
For two decades, Onel de Guzman has been suspected of unleashing the groundbreaking virus. But he's never confessed to anything—until now.

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Sep 12, 2020

What to Expect From Tuesday's Apple Event
Apple Watches, iPads, some secret surprises, and a reel of slickly produced videos to drive it all home. Just like old times … sort of.

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