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Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Officials in many cities feel they couldn't rein in Uber and Lyft. Now they're being stricter with other innovative forms of transportation.

Was This Poker Player's Luck Too Good to Be True?

On this week’s Get WIRED podcast, features editor Mark Robinson talks to writer Brendan Koerner about an unconventional poker player and the woman who called him out.

This Great Electric Bike Is $200 Off for Cyber Monday

You can get a discount on some great electric bikes right now—plus accessories!

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

An exercise in pure mathematics has led to a wide-ranging theory that unites Plato with geophysics.

The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories

Mirrorless cameras, smartphone lenses, SD cards—it might be time to update your photo kit with these discounts.

What Is the Signal Encryption Protocol?

As the Signal protocol becomes the industry standard, it's worth understanding what sets it apart from other forms of end-to-end encrypted messaging.

11 Early Cyber Monday Weekend Deals on Earth-Friendly Gear

Conserve water, save our national parks, and offset carbon emissions a bit with these sustainable picks.

These Are Our Favorite Small Businesses and Shops

For Small Business Saturday—or any day—remember to shop local! Here are some stores we think you'll like too.

Black Holes Aren't as Bad as You Think

Physicist Janna Levin is hoping to improve the reputation of the strange phenomena with her new book The Black Hole Survival Guide.

Trump’s Election Attack Ends December 14—Whether He Knows It or Not

Despite the Trump campaign’s fight to overturn the election, the wheels of American democracy keep turning.

The Best Black Friday Deals on Self-Care and Sex Toys

Do you need some extra soothing? Possibly with LED lights? We found the best discounts on vibrators, skincare tools, and more.

The Best Black Friday Deals if You Work From Home

Standing desks, monitors, keyboards—pad out your home office with this discounted gear.

Our Favorite Dyson Stick Vacuum Is $150 Off Now

The wireless Cyclone V10 is light, beautiful, and modular, and it helps me clean everything from carpets to couches to the trunk of my car.

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has discounted its new Pixel phones this weekend, along with Nest speakers and other Google smart home devices.

Stay In and Get Cozy With These Black Friday Video Game Deals

We need to stay indoors and not travel for the rest of the year. Why not stockpile on Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox titles?

Considering a MacBook? Here are Our Favorites

Apple's laptops are expensive, and you'll have to make some hard choices to pick the right one. Let us help.

The 13 Best Holiday Movies to Stream This Season

This year, everyone is stuck inside even more than before. Here's what you need to watch to pass the time—and get in the spirit.

Meet the Microbes Living on Da Vinci’s Iconic Sketches

Think you’ve got an interesting microbiome? Your body ain’t got nothing on what’s accumulated on Leonardo’s drawings over 500 years.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

Have a bunch of Amazon Echo speakers (or Google or Apple devices) around your house? Here's how to organize and control them all easily.

Facebook Can Be a Boon to Nonprofits—If They Get Verified

Organizations say they struggle with the social media giant's registration system and inability to reach a live person.

A New Study About Color Tries to Decode ‘The Brain’s Pantone’

How do humans perceive color? An NIH experiment finds a way to measure what happens after light hits the eye—using brain scans.

Congress Is Eyeing Face Recognition, and Companies Want a Say

Amazon and Microsoft have hired lobbyists. So too have airlines, retailers, wireless carriers, and cruise operators.

The Glitched-Out Sound and Spontaneous Rise of 100 Gecs

On this week’s episode of Get WIRED, we’re lending our feed to The Pitchfork Review for a conversation with the figureheads of hyperpop.

The Last, ‘Ultra-Cold’ Mile for Covid-19 Vaccines

Two vaccines are nearly here—but their unusual storage requirements could deprive the rural areas that need them most. A tech fix might be coming.

The election's over, but baseless voter-fraud claims still roam the web - CNET

We take a look at some of the most widespread bogus claims about supposed fraud in the presidential election.

Cuzen Matcha whisks up the freshest matcha tea at home - CNET

Perk up your caffeine routine with green tea that's fancy, fresh and fast.

All four iPhone 12 variants include wireless charging. Here's what to know about it - CNET

The iPhone 12 follows in the iPhone 11's footsteps with wireless charging, plus the addition of the MagSafe charger.

The Petersen Museum is closed, but you can still see the incredible supercars exhibition - Roadshow

This exhibit looks at the genesis of the supercar and explores some of the greatest cars to wear the title.

30 best iPad games for kids of all ages - CNET

We've got a list of age-appropriate games so parents can worry less about what their kids are playing.

Best kitchen sitewide sales for Black Friday: Vitamix, Always Pan, Staub and more - CNET

Some of the best kitchen brands have announced sitewide sales, and the deals are legit.

Scientists make disheartening find of microplastics near top of Mount Everest - CNET

Increased tourism on the mountain will likely cause a rise in plastic fragments, researchers say. Dammit, humanity.

Stranger Things adds Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund to cast - CNET

Nightmare on Elm Street in Hawkins? Looks like a creepy psychiatric hospital will be one of the show's new settings.

Microsoft's Xbox Black Friday deals include a savings on Game Pass Ultimate, controllers - CNET

Don't expect a deal on the new Xbox Series X or Series S.

G.O.P. officials refused to certify Michigan ballots over issues that are fairly common.

Election misinformation often evaded YouTube’s efforts to stop it.

A research project that has been studying misinformation on the site said 34 percent of videos it studied spread false election claims.

No, The Army Didn't Seize Server Showing Trump Election Landslide

A false rumor about Scytl, an election tech provider, is making the rounds on right-wing social media.

No, a high-level member of the Biden campaign was not arrested in Texas.

The staff member denied that he was arrested, and a photo purportedly showing his arrest was actually that of the actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Today's Tech Hearing Highlights by the Numbers

Content moderation came up the most. Republicans asked more questions. And Mark Zuckerberg was on the hook for more answers.

Lawmakers drill down on how Facebook and Twitter moderate content.

The issue of how the social media companies sort through content dominated the hearing.

Justice League Snyder Cut gets classy black-and-white trailer - CNET

The director also teases a trailer breakdown.

Wyze brings a smart sprinkler controller on board for $50 - CNET

The new Wyze Sprinkler Controller is available for preorder now.

Best noise-canceling headphones of 2020 - CNET

Looking for active noise-canceling headphones? These are CNET's current top picks.

What Happened to the Deepfake Threat to the Election?

Lawmakers and researchers had warned that videos altered using AI could disrupt the 2020 vote. But they didn't turn out to be a problem.

Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

How an obscure Turkish scientist’s obscure theoretical breakthrough helped the Chinese tech giant gain control of the future. US telecoms never had a chance.

Covid Threatens College Gains for Black and Latinx Students

Underrepresented students enrolled in higher education in historic numbers. But financial setbacks and the challenges of remote schooling may reverse any progress.

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

Does your great-aunt Winifred ask for tech support every year? Even if you aren't traveling this year, send your loved ones this advice to show you care.

That Pre-Thanksgiving Covid Test Won't Really Keep You Safe

It seems like a simple way to justify holiday gatherings. But the everyone-has-gotten-tested method is utterly absurd.

A Covid Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Desperate Gamers Camp Out in the Pandemic for $700 GPUs

Months after the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080's launch, the lines at brick-and-mortar stores across the country can still wrap around the block.

A scheme to hand Trump electors in state legislatures is highly unlikely to happen.