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Showing posts from May, 2021

Remote Weddings and Memorials Are Here to Stay. Be Prepared

Are you Zooming, streaming, or Skyping big life events? Here’s how to better prepare for tech glitches so you can get to the church on time.

The Gear to Carry on Your Next Bikepacking Adventure

Here's what to consider (and what to buy) before safely heading out on a multiday cycling trip into the hinterlands.

What Is a Supply Chain Attack?

From NotPetya to SolarWinds, it’s a problem that’s not going away any time soon.

21 Memorial Day Deals to Spruce Up Your Smart Home

From smart toothbrushes to app-controlled power strips, these deals will add a high-tech boost to your abode.

US Soldiers Exposed Nuclear Secrets on Digital Flash Ccards

Plus: A major hack in Japan, Citizen app run amok, and more of the week’s top security news.

It’s Tough to Defend Overwatch, but It’s Still Unparalleled

One of the best hero shooters just turned 5 years old. It’s still an incredible game, but Blizzard definitely has some work to do.

16 emergency apps for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters - CNET

Three days of food and water isn't enough. Enlist a digital first aid kit to help you weather the next natural disaster.

9 great reads from CNET this week: Broadband costs, UFOs, electric skates and more - CNET

What to do about the broadband "affordability crisis," what's up with UFO research, what it's like riding Segway's motorized skates, and much, much more.

2021 BMW 430i Convertible is an open-air good time - Roadshow

BMW's base-trim compact convertible is stylish, efficient and not too expensive.

Friday's top deals: Free games, $7 LED light strips, $16 desk lamp with phone charger - CNET

Plus, the '80s called and they're shipping you this retro smartwatch for only $30 (save $10).

Gobble review: Gourmet meals made at home in under 20 minutes. Can it be so? - CNET

Gobble attempts to walk a fine line between fast and fancy. Find out how well it succeeds.

2022 Chevy Blazer ditches base engine, and that's OK - Roadshow

Other updates to the stylish midsize SUV are minimal.

Save $200 on the self-emptying Ultenic T10 robot vacuum and mop - CNET

It's a clean machine, but there's one important thing you need to know before buying.

Lime Prime: Scooter rental company adds new monthly subscription service - CNET

The "micromobility" company is waiving rental unlock fees for $5.99 per month.

Don't expect the classic Memorial Day car deal this weekend - Roadshow

Automakers are spending way less on incentives as new vehicle inventory remains low. You may end up paying MSRP -- or more -- this weekend.

Joel Chadabe, Explorer of Electronic Music’s Frontier, Dies at 82

As both a composer and an advocate, Mr. Chadabe devoted himself to what one music critic called the “marriage between humans and their computers.”

Indian Police Visit Twitter Offices as Modi Goes on Pandemic Offense

The visit sent a clear message that India’s powerful ruling party is becoming increasingly upset with the company.

Rent the Runway Is Bouncing Back

The pandemic hit the world of clothing rental hard. Now, companies like Rent the Runway say the market is booming like never before.

As the US Unmasks, the Pressure Is on for Vaccine Passports

Now that the CDC has relaxed mask requirements, a verification system might help identify who's vaccinated—but it’ll be a technical and political mess.

Freedom, Mayhem, and the Uncertain Future of Revel’s Mopeds

People went wild for its shared rides. Then came trouble. Now the startup is hellbent to prove it can be cool and safe—and exactly what cities need.

Florida’s New Social Media Law Will Be Laughed Out of Court

The Stop Social Media Censorship Act almost certainly violates both the US Constitution and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The Drug Trial That Could Actually Produce Covid Treatments

Some studies are too small. Some are too pharma. But a bigger, bolder approach could (finally!) figure out which drugs work against the virus—and which don’t.

The Long, Strange Life of the World’s Oldest Naked Mole Rat

These death-defying rodents do not age normally. Will their weird biology help extend human life spans, or are those ambitions a dead end?

AI Can Write Disinformation Now—and Dupe Human Readers

Georgetown researchers used text generator GPT-3 to write misleading tweets about climate change and foreign affairs. People found the posts persuasive.

Apple's Latest iPad Pro Is Overburdened With Power

The 12.9-inch tablet has some small upgrades and a phenomenal display, but it needs a robust software update to bring out its true potential.

Walden Pond Is Now Teeming With Jellyfish—but Don't Panic

The tiny jellies, which arrived sometime after Henry David Thoreau, are an example of how a non-native species can coexist peacefully with its new environment.

How to Avoid Those Infuriating Cookie Pop-Ups

Cookie consent notices are everywhere, and opting out of tracking is a pain. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker are getting a refresh, with a heavy focus on Smart Materials - CNET

Cricut wants you to buy its premium materials, and these new machines give a pretty compelling reason.

Review: AeroGarden's Bounty Elite makes growing vegetables and herbs a cinch - CNET

The speedy and simple Bounty Elite is great for gardening beginners -- or anyone with limited growing space.

Spiral, A Quiet Place Part 2 aren't streaming on HBO Max, sorry - CNET

The Quiet Place sequel, though, will stream elsewhere about a month and a half after it premieres.

Android’s Getting Brighter and Bubblier, and We Can’t Wait

This week, we recap the news out of Google IO, including Android’s new look and Project Starline’s holographic video booth.

More Accessibility Options Only Make Games Better

Just a few tweaks from developers and publishers can go a long way to include more people and make games more fun for everyone.

Brood X Cicadas Are Here! We Got Up Close So You Don't Have To

Researchers only get a chance to study Brood X every 17 years. WIRED came for the ride—and got up close to thousands of hatching cicadas.

Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus: Everything we know about the upcoming Star Wars series - CNET

The Disney Plus show's production kicked off last month, and we know about several actors who'll be taking trips to a galaxy far, far away.

Ford to build EV batteries in US with new joint venture BlueOvalSK - Roadshow

With partner SK Innovation onboard, the US is set for more battery production to serve vehicles like the new F-150 Lightning.

Lifx Color A19 vs. Wyze Bulb Color: Which color-changing LED wins? - CNET

We compare two 75-watt equivalent LED bulbs from Lifx and Wyze.

I’m Not a Robot! So Why Won’t Captchas Believe Me?

If clicking crosswalks makes your blood boil, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are some tips that make solving those challenges way less frustrating.

This AI Makes Robert De Niro Perform Lines in Flawless German

When films are dubbed in another language, an actor’s facial movements may clash with his lines. Technology related to deepfakes can help smooth things over.

Prabhakar Raghavan Isn’t CEO of Google—He Just Runs the Place

In his first interview since taking a top job, Raghavan gets into the future of search, misinformation, employee ferment, and robots making phone calls.

Abarth 1000 SP reborn as a retro-licious Alfa Romeo 4C - Roadshow

So far, this is the only one that exists.

Apple may launch revamped MacBook Pro, MacBook Air this year, report says - CNET

The iPhone maker is also reportedly working on updates to the Mac Pro, iMac and Mac Mini.

What is Long COVID and how do you treat it? - CNET

Some people have symptoms long after clearing the coronavirus out of their system. Here's a look into the mystery of Long COVID.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.

Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.

Rural communities have long complained about their lack of internet access. The pandemic and President Biden’s infrastructure plan are giving them hope for a solution.

Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior Before Divorce

Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager. He also had an affair with an employee.

Dogecoin Went Wild in 2021. Here's What It Taught Us.

Created as a cryptocurrency parody in 2013, Dogecoin languished for years. Then, in 2021, it went absolutely wild. What have its holders learned?

As Congress Dithers, States Step In to Set Rules for the Internet

Virginia, Florida, Arkansas and Maryland are among dozens of states that have introduced bills to curtail the power of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter.

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Making Video Games Is Not a Dream Job

For his new book Press Reset, journalist Jason Schreier spoke to countless game developers who have had their lives upended by the industry.

Want a Better PC? Try Building Your Own

Assembling a computer yourself is a good way to learn about how it works.