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Can Microsoft compete with Google, Apple, and so many others in the ever-expanding world of wearable health gizmos? J.P. Gownder thinks so—if the company can make good on its promise to closely analyze all the data streaming from its new Microsoft Band wearable. Microsoft launched Band on Thursday, alongside a service called Microsoft Health, a […] The post Microsoft Could Still Win the Future of Health Wearables appeared first on WIRED.

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There's no terror like the terror that comes from being a little kid and seeing something that unexpectedly freaks you all the way out. Let's take a moment to pay our respects to the movies that unwittingly triggered our fear centers. The post The Most Terrifying Non-Horror Movies We’ve Ever Seen appeared first on WIRED.

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Artist Joe Hamilton created this lovely, disorienting video by filming greenhouses around the world and then layering them with bits of classical landscape paintings he found on the internet. The post Hypnotic Video Takes You Tripping Through the World’s Greenhouses appeared first on WIRED.

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The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden. In the Danish case, Svartholm […] The post Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges appeared first on WIRED.

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Nintendo's first entry into the "quality of life" business, which it plans to release by early 2016, is a device that tracks a user's level of fatigue by monitoring sleep. The post Nintendo’s New Health Device Listens to You Sleep appeared first on WIRED.

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The media world was taken by surprise when HBO — and subsequently CBS — announced they will allow consumers to bypass traditional pay TV distributors to access entertainment content directly via the Internet. This move was seen as both validation of and a direct challenge to Netflix, whose rapid growth has dramatically changed the way […] The post Digital Innovation and the Future of Storytelling: A New Golden Age? appeared first on WIRED.

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Brand aficionados (including us) are concerned about what could happen to a publicly traded Ferrari. The post Fiat Is Selling Ferrari. What’s the Worst That Could Happen? appeared first on WIRED.

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Microsoft has been working on its own health tracking service, Microsoft Health, and a wearable to go along with it, Microsoft Band. Both are available starting today. The post The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Platform Is That It’s Not Microsoft-Only appeared first on WIRED.

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A s the cloud goes mainstream, the technology will become crucial to executives handling projects powered by analytics. Which basically means every department head. Because the insights that analytics are churning out these days are the biggest drivers of new business models, closer ties with customers, and more production collaboration with partners, customers and employees.  But as more […] The post Five Ways to Move Your Big Data Projects Into the Cloud appeared first on WIRED.

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Hey, spiders are just trying to make a living. Sometimes in your house. The post Happy Arachtober: Spider Cthulhu appeared first on WIRED.

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Pawscout's connected pet ID tag and free app will help you track down your lost pet. The post This App Uses Your Neighbors’ Phones to Find Your Lost Pet appeared first on WIRED.

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The use of ‘=’ to mean ‘equals’ is one of those minor advances in mathematics that we take for granted. It’s so small that we don’t really think about it. But Joseph Mazur, the author of Enlightening Symbols A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, has thought about ‘=’ as well as […] The post The Invention of the Equals Sign appeared first on WIRED.

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Eurasian Jays are known for caching food and remembering its location for later. They’re also known for their tendency to pilfer the caches of other jays. To protect their caches against potential thieves, jays take efforts to conceal both visual and auditory information about their cache location. For instance, individuals will cache at a distance […] The post Sneaky Jays Look and Listen to Steal From Others appeared first on WIRED.

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Tim Cook has taken a major step toward breaking what many call "the glass closet," openly admitting in a new personal essay that he's "proud to be gay." The post Tim Cook Tells the World ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’ appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s Halloween time. In the USA, this is traditionally a time of costumes, the beginning of the Christmas decorations, and tons of crappy candy. Oh, you think I’m not a big fan of Halloween? You are correct. The costumes are cool, but the candy is excessive (and the Christmas decorations this early drive me crazy). […] The post What Can You Do With All That Halloween Candy? appeared first on WIRED.

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The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Rogelio Moreno, a computer programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, managed to capture an image of a tiny creature known as a rotifer with its mouth open. The post Winning Microscope Photographs Are Beautiful, Intriguing, and Creepy appeared first on WIRED.

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Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane. The post Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal appeared first on WIRED.

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Your kids may be content with a few fun-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds, but if you're looking for quality candy and lots of it, you need a PhD-level strategy. So we talked to a bunch of academics to create this greed-is-good guide to landing more loot. The post 6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween appeared first on WIRED.

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Classic British motorcycles from the collection of a Texas lawyer are going up for auction. The post We’d Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles appeared first on WIRED.

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The Searzall is a baffle that fits over the business end of a blowtorch to spread out the heat, turning your BernzOmatic torch into a handheld broiler. The post This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat appeared first on WIRED.

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Touchscreen devices have a serious deficiency of tactility. These magnetic metal controls, created by Florian Born, sit on top of screens and replace virtual knobs and dials with real ones. The post Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface appeared first on WIRED.

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Kaleidescape's Cinema One movie server provides seamless access to your entire Blu-ray collection. Unfortunately, one major limitation means it's more of an expensive indulgence, not a must-have device for videophiles. The post Movie House appeared first on WIRED.

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Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron's teaser trailer and a certain Tuesday morning press conference—sorry, "special event"—you could be forgiven for thinking that this week has proven it's Marvel Studios' world, and we're just living in it. That's not to say other studios haven't been doing their thing too. But really it has pretty much been Marvel's world recently. Just try not to piss off Thanos and you'll be fine. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news. The post Cape Watch: Marvel Takes Over the World, Lets White Guys Take a Breather appeared first on WIRED.

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When Mike Doyle published the anthology volume Beautiful LEGO last year, he wrote that "this book is a small collection of some of the impressive models that I have come across in my time." From all appearances, he's had a busy year since, because he's already back with a sequel that embraces the darker side of everyone's favorite brick-based artform. The post These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly appeared first on WIRED.

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Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all. The post How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online appeared first on WIRED.

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