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Amazon unveiled two new Kindles today, a new flagship e-reader called the Voyage and an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet. The post With Its New Kindles, Amazon Tries to Replicate the Magic of Paper appeared first on WIRED.

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MIT researchers have a new system that could make congestion pricing schemes more flexible. The post A System to Cut City Traffic That Just Might Work appeared first on WIRED.

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Every company needs electricity, but that doesn’t require building a power plant. Many organizations have reached the same conclusion about computing and storage needs. Why build out data centers if it’s not your core business? Plus it can be a costly proposition. That’s basically the premise of cloud computing: turn to trusted partners for your computing needs […] The post How to Make Your Business More Secure appeared first on WIRED.

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Remember the days of Facebook photo albums? Yeah, that was a long time ago. The post Apple Alum Creates the Slickest App for Sharing Photo Stories appeared first on WIRED.

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The word “innovation” buzzes around business today. Every startup professes to be innovative, and writers, academics and industry leaders stress the need for a “culture of innovation” in journals, news and inflight magazines. For those of us with a mandate to innovate — especially those with Innovation in our title — should we worry that […] The post The Many Cultures of Innovation appeared first on WIRED.

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All that stuff you post to Facebook and Twitter and so many other social media sites? Ben Werdmuller and Erin Richey want put it back in your hands. Werdmuller and Richey are part of the Indie Web movement, a loose knit group of hackers and designers reclaiming control over their online lives, grabbing them back […] The post Out in the Open: A Blogging Tool That Lets You Actually Own What You Post on Facebook appeared first on WIRED.

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In the early 90s people balked at the idea of reading the news on a computer, yet if you looked at online services of the day (Compuserve and AOL), user demand would say otherwise. News was consistently among the top activity. Eventually that same demand drove Web 1.0 and by the time Web 2.0 hit, […] The post Wearables Present a Huge Challenge to News Publishers, and That’s a Good Thing appeared first on WIRED.

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Quick post before I take off for the Department of Geosciences Fall Field Trip. If you’re looking for the current status of the eruption in Iceland, be sure to check out the Icelandic Meteorological Office. However, today’s post is about the renewed activity at Mayon in the Philippines. It appears that lava is now actively […] The post New Eruptions at Mayon in the Philippines Prompts Evacuations appeared first on WIRED.

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Hoping to get a bead on this season's prospects, we asked Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, cohosts of the Comedy Central stand-up series The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail, to review a few. The post Two Comedians (And Totally Unqualified Critics) Preview the New TV Season appeared first on WIRED.

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Caitlin Doughty has been cutting pacemakers out of corpses, grinding human bones by hand, and loading bodies into cremation chambers for seven years. But the 30-year-old mortician doesn't want to keep all the fun to herself: She thinks the rest of us should get to have a little more face time with the deceased. The post This Mortician Thinks You Should Spend More Time With Corpses appeared first on WIRED.

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We asked our co-workers about that one thing they can’t get enough of this month. Maybe it’s a new album, maybe it’s an old show. Maybe it’s a book we just re-read for the first time since high school, maybe it’s a new game we got a chance to playtest. Whatever it is, it’s on this list because we love it. The post The Culture We Obsessed Over This Month, From Tintin to Tabletop Games appeared first on WIRED.

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The FLIR One thermal camera case can be fun to use. Unfortunately, a long list of limitations keep it from being anything more than an expensive toy. The post Going Thermal appeared first on WIRED.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the S550 Plug-In Hybrid this week. Like the gas-powered S-Class on which it’s based, the company’s first plug-in hybrid looks fantastic and is loaded with high-tech features. We’ve come to expect this kind of excess from the flagship sedan, but what’s most impressive about the new car is that when it comes to […] The post New Hybrid Mercedes Guilt-Trips Drivers Into Using Less Gas appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan took time out of his busy schedule of sailing around the world to stop in what is now Patagonia, where he found a naked giant dancing and singing on the shore. Magellan ordered one of his men to make contact (the unwitting emissary’s no doubt hilarious reaction to this sadly has been lost to history), and to be sure to reciprocate the dancing and singing to demonstrate friendship. The post Fantastically Wrong: Magellan’s Strange Encounter With the 10-Foot Giants of Patagonia appeared first on WIRED.

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How much do you love the members of Japan's pop idol group AKB48? Enough to shoot them? The post Sailor Zombie Lets You Shoot Undead Japanese Pop Stars appeared first on WIRED.

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If you suffer from sporadic and non-committal bouts of severe paranoia about the NSA, you can stop putting your phone in the freezer. The post Perfect for the Post-Snowden Era: A Shirt That Shields Your Cellphone appeared first on WIRED.

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The best hope of shielding your metadata from the NSA was invented by a middle-school dropout in his spare time. The post Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying appeared first on WIRED.

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Let the space race begin. NASA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded two multibillion dollar contracts to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts will make the two companies the first commercial businesses to send NASA astronauts […] The post NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX to Build Its Space Taxi appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest step toward commercial human space flight, Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen to carry the next NASA astronauts into space, the agency announced today. NASA awarded $4.2 billion to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX to send astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely home, with the goal of meeting all […] The post NASA Taps Boeing, SpaceX to Transport Astronauts to Space Station appeared first on WIRED.

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People complain about negative advertising, but it never goes away. That's because it works. The post PayPal’s Attack Ad Shows Apple’s Power to Inspire Fear and Loathing appeared first on WIRED.

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Ask museum curators all over the world anything you want. The post It’s Ask a Curator Day! appeared first on WIRED.

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The idea is both horrifying and brilliant. The post Airbus Patents a VR Helmet That’ll Make You Forget You’re on a Plane appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, almost three-quarters of U.S. adults on the internet use social media. Take a moment to let that sink in. In just over a decade, social networks have sprung from nonexistence to the point where 74 percent of American adults with an internet connection have a social media profile. If three-quarters seems low to you, remember […] The post Relationships 2.0: The New Role of the Web in Offline Relationships appeared first on WIRED.

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The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Recipe for innovation? Perhaps. But successful innovation? That’s another story. After all, whether an innovation will actually succeed — that […] The post Big Data-Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization appeared first on WIRED.

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Squid and other cephalopods control their skin displays by contracting color-filled cells. A team of engineers attempted the same using elastomer and electrical pulses. The post A Stretchable, Light-Up Surface Inspired by Squid Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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