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Showing posts from October, 2020

A Holiday Season Covid Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

It’s a resource allocation problem, a tough challenge in “queueing theory.” It’s also racism.

Instagram Tries Clamping Down on Misinformation

The photo-sharing site said it would temporarily remove its “recent” tab to slow the spread of harmful content before Tuesday’s election.

Big Tech Continues Its Surge Ahead of the Rest of the Economy

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet reported the latest in a string of enormous quarterly profits on Thursday.

Twitter Bots Poised to Spread Disinformation Before Election

Researchers found that bots have helped spread falsehoods related to the coronavirus and far-right conspiracy theories such QAnon and “pizzagate.”

‘South Park’ Creators Break Down 'Sassy Justice,' Their Deepfake Video

In an interview, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and their collaborator Peter Serafinowicz discuss the back story of “Sassy Justice,” their deepfake video that used images of President Trump and others.

These Hassle-Free Speakers Add Cinema Sound to Your Home

Enclave Audio’s CineHome Pro merges THX-certified surround sound and wireless tech to effortlessly bring you the movie theater audio experience.

The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About

Americans pay more for broadband internet service and have fewer choices than consumers in other countries.

A New Way to Plug a Human Brain Into a Computer: via Veins

Electrodes threaded through the blood vessels that feed the brain let people control gadgets with their minds.

22 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear

Here are the WIRED staff’s favorite face coverings for running, walking the dog, going to work, or looking stylish.

The AI Company Helping the Pentagon Assess Disinfo Campaigns

Primer can quickly sort through hundreds of sources to identify, say, Russian interference in Azerbaijan. It sells its tech to Walmart too.

How to Stop Getting Into Pointless Arguments Online

It's easy to want to keep talking until you “win,” but in reality, no one's winning.

Starlink recruits beta testers for 'Better Than Nothing' satellite broadband service - CNET

SpaceX has sent 15 batches of routers into orbit, and now says it's ready to start signing up paying customers.

NASA scientists spot 'weird' molecule in atmosphere of Saturn moon Titan - CNET

NASA is prepping its Dragonfly mission to go look for signs of life on the enticing moon.

Mobile networks in the UK banned from selling locked phones - CNET

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is trying to make it easier for people to switch phone carriers.

Google's Lower-Cost Pixel Gets a 5G Upgrade. Here's Our Take

The company's two Pixel 4A options are the top Android phones to buy if you don't want to splurge.

How to Carve a Pumpkin—From a Pro Sculptor

We asked a master sculptor and puppeteer how to make a scary-good jack-o-lantern.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

But wait—does that mean I'm addicted to the blocking software?

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

Stop trying to duct-tape a ring light to your laptop, and get yourself a dedicated videophone.

How to Clean Up Your Digital History

There are plenty of reasons to declutter your online traces. Here's how to tidy up.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google's Bug-Hunting Badass

The Project Zero reverse engineer shuts down some of the world's most dangerous exploits—along with antiquated hacker stereotypes.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Cold Weather Gear, TVs, and More

Cozy up with our favorite discounts from Patagonia, Sony, Nintendo, and others.

The US Sanctions Russians for Potentially ‘Fatal’ Malware

The message is meant to deter any similar attack against US infrastructure.

Trump's Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

Social distancing hasn't led to an increase in suicide rates, despite the president’s claims. But a prolonged pandemic might.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

A secret experiment in 2007 proved that hackers could devastate power grid equipment beyond repair—with a file no bigger than a gif.

The Best iPhone 12 Deals (And Which Model to Pick)

From the Mini to the Pro, here are the differences among Apple’s latest models, and where you can score the best deals.

How the Google Antitrust Case Trickles Down Onto Your Phone

This week, we examine the possible implications of the US government’s complaint against Google, and how it could impact consumer technology.

Hulu With Live TV is about to lose a bunch of Fox regional sports networks - CNET

The YES Network and the Marquee Sports Network will also be gone starting Friday.

NASA wants your craziest space theories so it can debunk them - CNET

The agency plans to address hoaxes and conspiracies for a special Halloween video.

This snazzy Nespresso capsule coffee maker is nearly 50% off on Amazon - CNET

There are two options and both come with 42 capsules to get you started.

Alien civilizations could be eyeing Earth from these star systems - CNET

We're busy seeking signs of alien life in the universe, but alien life might be staring right back at us.

Facebook is developing a way to type using VR on tabletops - CNET

Hand tracking and VR, typing away with no keyboard

Every new movie and show on Netflix: November 2020 - CNET

The Crown, The Christmas Chronicles 2 and more!

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new classification for people who have been contractors. Uber and Lyft threaten to leave the state if it fails.

Is 5G Available for You? Here's How to Find Out

Before you jump on that new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device, maybe make sure 5G is even available or worthwhile where you live.

How Online Extremists Could Interfere With the Election

Far-right factions say they're willing to take action to keep President Trump in the White House. The question is whether those actions are viable—or dangerous.

The New Science of Wildfire Prediction

On this week's Get WIRED podcast, writer Dan Duane dives into the inevitability of fires in the west and how better models would help combat them.

‘Wait, Sylvie’s Dad Plays?!’ The Joy of Fortnite Parenting

I picked up the controller to keep tabs on my fifth-grader. What I got was a window into her world—and a lesson in 21st-century fatherhood.

Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You

Entrepreneurs are building tools that create emails or marketing copy using GPT-3, text-generation technology released earlier this year.

Wing Freedom X Review: Speedy and Pretty

If good looks, speed, and affordability matter when you're shopping for an electric bike, this one checks all the boxes.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Finally, there’s a better way to find approximate solutions to the notorious optimization problem, often used to test the limits of efficient computation.

What to Do With Old Phones, Cameras, Laptops, and Tablets

Step away from the trash bin! There are plenty of ways to repurpose your old gadgets.

A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site

Plus: Barnes and Noble got hacked, Zoom adds real end-to-end encryption, and more of the week's top security news.

Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

Nagging, giving unsolicited advice, and “ecopiety” are out. But there are better ways to get people to adopt green habits.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Do You Need a 5G iPhone? No, but You’re Getting One Anyway

This week, we discuss Apple's new iPhone 12, from the inclusion of 5G in all four handsets, to the super-cute Mini model.

Television Like 'The Boys' Is Destroying You

It's not blowing your mind. It's bludgeoning you with shock.

The Preexisting Conditions of the Coronavirus Pandemic

An enormous new data set peers into the health of the world’s population before 2020—and how the coronavirus turned that into a global disaster.

Acura MDX Prototype is a preview of luxury to come - Roadshow

While it's technically a prototype right now, this SUV previews Acura's next-generation MDX.

Facebook, Twitter are fighting fake news. Why you still need to be careful - CNET

Is it fact? Or is it fiction?