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At first blush, the metaphor here is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. The post A Dutch Town Installs 5 Giant Eyeballs on Buildings, Because Art appeared first on WIRED.

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Bellcomm, Inc., based in Washington, DC, near NASA Headquarters, was carved out of Bell Labs in 1962 to provide technical advice to NASA’s Apollo Program Director. The organization rapidly expanded its bailiwick to support nearly all NASA Office of Manned Space Flight advance planning. In a January 1968 report, Bellcomm planners N. Hinners, D. James, […] The post Filling a Gap: Bellcomm’s 1968 Lunar Exploration Program appeared first on WIRED.

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Amazon's Fire phone now only costs $1 if you buy it with a 2-year AT&T contract. That's a $198 discount over what it cost yesterday. The post The Fire Phone Is Officially a Failure appeared first on WIRED.

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Flu is most dangerous to the most vulnerable---small children, the elderly, the immuno-compromised---and every responsible adult should get a flu shot to help keep the germ from spreading. Typically, this involves a trip to the doctor or a local drug store. But on Thursday, in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., there was another option that didn't even involve leaving the house: Uber. The post Uber Delivers Flu Shots: How On-Demand Tech Can Actually Do Good appeared first on WIRED.

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Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star’s surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth’s direction. If they’re powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids. Though we’ve known about such eruptions for centuries […] The post Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption appeared first on WIRED.

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Most Bentleys indulge their owners with champagne buckets and neck warmers. The GT3-R does it with a “Sport” mode that won't upshift until the engine hits 6,300 RPM. The post Bentley Bolsters Its Racing Reputation With a $337K Beast appeared first on WIRED.

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When Yahoo proposed a plan to reuse mothballed email addresses, a lot of people didn’t like it. WIRED’s Mat Honan called it a “very bad idea,” and with good reason. The post Facebook and Yahoo Find a New Way to Save the Web’s Lost Email Addresses appeared first on WIRED.

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The recent releases of Apple’s latest computer and mobile operating systems – OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1, respectively — have brought to full fruition the features announced at Apple’s September 9th Keynote address. Several features have been hailed as revolutionary, while others have been met with either trepidation or full-on skepticism. I’ve had a chance […] The post Updating to iOS 8.1: Are Apple Pay, OS X ‘Continuity’ Worth the Trouble? appeared first on WIRED.

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There are two differing perspectives on Big Data and its value. One is that it is a valuable commodity that flows through an organization powering the engines of new insight and action, the other is that Big Data is no more than a collection of sometimes outrageous claims. Each argument has merit and interestingly, both […] The post Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil? appeared first on WIRED.

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The Facebook Creative Labs team rolled out Rooms today, a new stand-alone mobile app that's designed to let people create small, topical watering holes on their mobile devices and then invite others to join. The post Gather Your Friends for Private Chats in Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App appeared first on WIRED.

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In its first big update to Android Wear, Google is giving its wearables OS independence. The post Android Wear Gains GPS, Music Storage, and a Sony Smartwatch appeared first on WIRED.

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Upstart social network Ello's has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it's used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise. The post ‘Fackbook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan To Stay Ad-Free Forever appeared first on WIRED.

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When Malaysia Airlines flight 17 went down over Ukraine in July, the graphics team at The New York Times sprang into action. Because of the ongoing conflict on the ground, they already had lots of maps of the area. But they wanted to show more than just the crash site. The post The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times appeared first on WIRED.

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In her new book, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life, Susan Middleton gives jellyfish, nudibranchs, and anemones (among many others) the type of photographic treatment usually reserved for sports stars and heads of state. Shot against plain black or white backgrounds, the weird beauty of these creatures---many of them rare species seldom seen by human eyes---really stands out. The post Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life appeared first on WIRED.

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In the nine months since Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft, the company has been getting unprecedented love from Office 365 users and Wall Street alike. Meanwhile, Box CEO Aaron Levie, one of Microsoft’s perennial detractors, has been quiet. But not because he's been sulking. He was busy looking for Ethan Batraski. The post How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else) appeared first on WIRED.

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Each device proposes some small new way we might interact with email. And it turns out the old messaging standby is potentially much more interesting than we give it credit for. The post An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, and 5 Other Smart Email Gadgets appeared first on WIRED.

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A game designer creates software that could auto-generate complex cities, from street maps to skyscraper architecture. The post A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms appeared first on WIRED.

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If you've ever spent time looking at houses, you know how wildly a listing can differ from reality. In many cases, the text exaggerates the charm of decaying old homes. Photos make rooms look bigger than they actually are, while deftly avoiding problem areas. And the "great neighborhood" promised by a listing promised turns out to be a mess. But Redfin wants to solve this problem. The post Redfin Buys Startup to Make Online Home-Hunting a Little Less Maddening appeared first on WIRED.

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As this past week has shown, it's good to be Tom Hardy. Not only is his reboot of the Mad Max franchise coming out next year, but he's currently linked to no fewer than three comic book franchises from three different studios. This week's superhero movie news isn't all about Mr. Hardy, however. Warner Bros. keeps making promising moves regarding their DC properties and a Marvel exec is promising lots of people are going to work on making the second Avengers movie look amazing. Here's the biggest news in superhero flicks this week. The post Cape Watch: Tom Hardy Gets All the Attention and the Avengers Get Gussied Up appeared first on WIRED.

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The Yoga 3 Pro is one of the first laptops to offer Intel’s next-generation “Broadwell” CPU---it has a dual-core Intel Core M-70 system on a chip---which is designed to deliver Core i5-like performance with much lower power consumption. The post Lenovo’s Latest Hybrid Laptop Is Just as Bendy, But Packs a Super-Efficient Chip appeared first on WIRED.

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The 5K display in the new 27-inch iMac is the most beautiful, most pixel-packed screen on the market, and the computer inside ranks near the top of Apple’s desktop offerings, bested only by the new Mac Pro. It earns our highest marks. The post Pixel Elated appeared first on WIRED.

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A visual system designed to express complex cultural nuances, which is meant to be understood by Chinese and Westerners alike. The post A Universal Set of Icons That Mashes Up Chinese and Western Ideas appeared first on WIRED.

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Inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed. The post The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed appeared first on WIRED.

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Think you're too busy to learn another language? Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding job leaves plenty of time to learn some serious Mandarin. The post Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone’s Mind appeared first on WIRED.

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In a move that could show the way forward for many Chinese companies hoping to compete in the worldwide tech market, China's largest smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, says it will shift its online services to machines running outside the country. The post China’s Largest Smartphone Maker Vows To Move Online Services Overseas appeared first on WIRED.

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