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In late May of 2012, a damaged package split open at a FedEx facility in Rancho Cordova, California, spilling dozens of boxed iPhones across the shipping room floor. A worker there contacted Apple, which, with the help of corporate security at Verizon, confirmed what FedEx personnel already suspected: The devices were contraband, likely bound for the black market. The post The Secret World of Stolen Smartphones, Where Business Is Booming appeared first on WIRED.

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The new Djay Pro app for Mac caters to both DJ padawans and professional mixers. The post Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App appeared first on WIRED.

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Who needs a cubicle when the world is your office? Or, more specifically, the coffee shops around the world are. The post 17 Perfect Presents for People Who Work Out of Coffee Shops appeared first on WIRED.

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While beetles alone make up one in four animal species on Earth, the group they belong to, the invertebrates (animals lacking backbones), comprise 96 percent of all species. The post The Weird and Wonderful Spineless Critters That Basically Rule the Planet appeared first on WIRED.

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Plenty of designers can bang out a killer infographic with a computer and some software, but Marion Luttenberger isn’t one of them. The post Clever Infographics That Use Items Lifted From Everyday Life appeared first on WIRED.

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Whether Sarah Koenig and company bring us closure or just leave us in the lurch Sopranos-style, one storyline is sure to be continued: has Serial changed the game for "longform" podcasting? The post Serial’s Transformation of Audio Journalism Is Just Beginning appeared first on WIRED.

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This Russian-made mobile has a secondary E-Ink screen on the back. Using the e-paper display for text-based apps (surprisingly, many qualify) yields truly amazing battery life. The post Review: YotaPhone 2 appeared first on WIRED.

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SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […] The post You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space appeared first on WIRED.

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By day, Jacques Emery is a middle-aged electrician living in Martigny, Switzerland. By night, he descends into his basement, where a kind of magic happens. There amongst a sea of capacitors, resistors, diodes, and coils, he is transformed into something of a mad scientist, experimenting with the strange and beautiful power of electricity. Photographer Olivier […] The post The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of ‘Lightning’ in His Basement appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple has suspended online sales in Russia, blaming extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble. The post As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia appeared first on WIRED.

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D'Angelo's Black Messiah is finally here. And it's glorious. If we could, we'd make it the entire playlist, this week, but we can't. The post The Second Coming of D’Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist appeared first on WIRED.

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It might be tempting to ignore wearables as some kind of geek fad, but businesses can’t risk ignoring how wearable technology is disrupting industries. On its own, Google Glass may not have generated the same mass consumer adoption that triggered corporate IT to accommodate BYOD or social media use, but Apple’s recent partnership with IBM […] The post Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise? appeared first on WIRED.

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The plot of the Sony hack drama has taken a new turn. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a class-action lawsuit against the studio giant on Monday for failing to properly secure sensitive employee data. The recent widespread breach of Sony has resulted in the theft and release of documents exposing Social Security […] The post Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over ‘Epic Nightmare’ Hack appeared first on WIRED.

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So you're shopping for a car. You've been browsing online, talking to friends, and actually paying attention to TV commercials, yet you still haven't seen anything you really like. And then it happens: Something zips past you on the street and you're awestruck. "That," you think. "That I'm into." But you have no idea what it is. No worries. Chase it down, snap a photo from the back, and upload it to Car Capture. The free app, created by State Farm, needs just seconds to identify the make, model and year of the car and a pile of other helpful info. The post An App That Can Instantly Identify Any Car (At Least Half the Time) appeared first on WIRED.

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Trying to stick it to Google is an understandable impulse, a resentment fed by the company's monolithic influence over the web. But all the Google News shutdown in Spain really shows is how powerless traditional publishers really are. The post The Google News Shutdown in Spain Is An Empty Victory for Publishers appeared first on WIRED.

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A new "Data Stash" feature will let customers use all the data they pay for, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere. The post T-Mobile Lets You Roll Over Your Data From Month to Month appeared first on WIRED.

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American science fiction writer and game designer Neal Stephenson has just joined the stealthy augmented reality startup that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, Magic Leap. The post Neal Stephenson Joins Mystery Startup Magic Leap as ‘Chief Futurist’ appeared first on WIRED.

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WeWork, the New York City-based startup that rents out office space to entrepreneurs across the country, has just raised a $355 million round of funding, a deal that values the company at a whopping $5 billion The post Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B appeared first on WIRED.

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Providers’ relationship with life science companies has been difficult, to say the least. But it has become clear that to move the needle on improving healthcare, these stakeholders will have to learn to work together. Providers guard a wealth of physiological data on patient populations within their Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Life science companies have […] The post Can We Trust Drug Companies? The Future of Healthcare May Depend On It appeared first on WIRED.

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Fitness and diet tracking technologies are great for collecting data about your health. But what should you do with all that data? Rise is here to help. The post The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Rise’ App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket appeared first on WIRED.

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Mint Bills lets you track and automatically pay all your bills. The post Mint’s Latest App Helps You Pay Every Bill on Time appeared first on WIRED.

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Just two months after its launch, dozens more banks, retailers, and even an NBA arena now work with Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments system that uses NFC to let users send money from their iPhones to payment terminals in-store, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The post Apple Pay Ropes In ‘Dozens’ Of New Banks and Stores appeared first on WIRED.

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As Uber gets all the attention, the basic rationale for renting other people's cars still seems worth considering. For so many of us, our cars spend most of their time parked, empty, going nowhere. And isn’t that a waste? The post Why Uber Isn’t the Only Future for the Business of Other People’s Cars appeared first on WIRED.

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Digit is like a digital piggybank. It connects to a user's checking account, analyzes the user's spending habits and income history, and uses an algorithm to automatically set aside small amounts of money at times when the user is least likely to miss it. The post This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving appeared first on WIRED.

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Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […] The post Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups appeared first on WIRED.

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