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When pondering the future of digital magazines, the “I’m not dead yet” scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail may come to mind. Is the digital magazine industry ready to be carted off with the rest of the dead? Gregg Hano, CEO of MAG+, wrote a great piece pointing out the fact that we […] The post Are Digital Magazines Dead? appeared first on WIRED.

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Amazon, ever the customer-centric company, recently released its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone. With it, the world’s largest online retailer and creator of the highly successful Kindle e-readers and tablets, took on the challenge to redefine the way people interact with their smartphone. Instead of tapping and touching, users are able to experience gesture […] The post How the Amazon Fire Phone Could Transform Customer Service appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple's iOS 8.1 is out. Here are some of the missing features the company is finally bringing to its mobile platform. The post All the New Things in iOS 8.1 appeared first on WIRED.

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[HTML1] WIRED Best e-ink screen yet. Auto-brightness control adjusts illumination based on ambient light. Clicky touch-strips speed page-flips. No micro USB cord included—because you have 10 of them floating around your house and bravo, Amazon, for not creating even more e-waste. TIRED Expensive. Still not waterproof. “Thank God Amazon created a new flagship e-reader. The […] The post A Click Above appeared first on WIRED.

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Not only do response times matter way less than we think they do, focusing on getting to those in need at full speed can make things worse. The post Hey Dubai: A 160 MPH Ambulance May Not Be a Great Idea appeared first on WIRED.

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Imagine if the city itself could tell you which walking paths were the most trafficked at night, or which managed traffic based on car traffic and foot traffic. The post New Smart Street Corners That Will Act Like a Fitbit for the City appeared first on WIRED.

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Deep learning can do many things. Tapping the power of hundreds or even thousands of computers, this new breed of artificial intelligence can help Facebook recognize people, words, and objects that appear in digital photos. It can help Google understand what you’re saying when you bark commands into an Android phone. And it can help […] The post The ‘Chinese Google’ Is Making Big Bucks Using AI to Target Ads appeared first on WIRED.

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When I downloaded the Flashlight app to my iPhone, I was in a jam. I was camping, I think. Or maybe a pen had rolled under my couch. I remember that smug sense of self-congratulation after I downloaded the software, which converted the iPhone’s LED flash into a steady and bright beam of light. But […] The post The Hidden Privacy Threat of … Flashlight Apps? appeared first on WIRED.

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I have to admit that I never really gave the number of women in data science much thought until recently. Maybe it was because, by some lucky accident, my NYU faculty advisor’s two other PhD students also happened to be female. And about half of my predictive modeling group peers at IBM Research were female. […] The post Women in Data Science Are Invisible. We Can Change That appeared first on WIRED.

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With a new owner and a pile of money to spend, Volvo's showing off new cars, engines, and safety technologies that make Sweden sound like the new Silicon Valley. The post Volvo Bets Its Future on Small, Turbocharged Engines appeared first on WIRED.

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Each of Filip Dujardin's creations is meticulously constructed, teetering on a fine edge between reality and absurdity. The post These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint appeared first on WIRED.

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Wrist wearables hark back to Dick Tracy’s watch; Google Glass is reminiscent of Arnold’s sunglasses from Terminator. These are all little limited in their imagination. The post A Wearable Gadget Implanted in Your Hand Isn’t as Freaky as You’d Think appeared first on WIRED.

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We asked our co-workers—from photographers to business writers to the geniuses who write the headlines—about that one thing they can’t get enough of this month. The post The Culture We’re Obsessed With This Month, From Cult Classics to New Tunes appeared first on WIRED.

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Theodore Gray's new book, Molecules, is dedicated to exploring chemistry's building blocks on their own terms. The post New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap appeared first on WIRED.

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Here in the United States, we spend most of our time in an always-on world—a place where internet connections are as constant and reliable as the lights or running water. But this sort of always-on internet is very much a first-world luxury, and it appears to be confined to countries that were early users of […] The post The Internet Sleeps at Night. Really. appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, a panel of writers discusses the popularity and even the psychogeographies of haunted houses. The post What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People? appeared first on WIRED.

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There were about a bajillion "oh, crap!" moments on The Knick finale last night. (OK, like, five.) But of those, the two most intense have real medical histories even more tragic than what went down on the show. Removing teeth to treat insanity? That happened. Using heroin to treat cocaine addiction? That's not too far from the truth, either. The post The Tragic Medical History Behind That Crazy Knick Finale appeared first on WIRED.

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It's happened to Twitter. And Tumblr. And Instagram. And now, Snapchat's day has finally come. The post Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.

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New Apple hardware was released this week. Maybe you heard? The hosts (joined this week by WIRED writer Tim Moynihan), discuss new iPads and 5K iMacs. Also, new Nexus hardware, the best iPad games, and your Mother. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Did You Hear That Apple Had an Event This Week? appeared first on WIRED.

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Bayonetta 2, Fantasy Life, Shadow of Mordor and more are on the docket for this week's Game|Life podcast. The post Game|Life Podcast: Software Sales Slump and Bayonetta Makes a Comeback appeared first on WIRED.

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Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy. Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity […] The post Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules appeared first on WIRED.

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Silicon Valley just won a major victory in the war over patents. On Thursday, the White House announced that it has nominated former Google patent lawyer Michelle Lee as the next director of the USPTO. Lee, who holds a master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science and a JD from Stanford Law […] The post Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office appeared first on WIRED.

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On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all the user's online traffic over the anonymity network Tor. The post Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders appeared first on WIRED.

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The JPMorgan Chase data breach rocked headlines early this month as the latest in a series of breaches hitting nearly a dozen financial companies in 2014 alone. The news also follows similar breach disclosures from Target, Home Depot, Albertsons and others. The massive security breach compromised 76 million households and seven million small business accounts. […] The post A Silver Lining in the JP Morgan Breach? appeared first on WIRED.

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While Apple didn't highlight it in during Thursday keynote, but the iPad Air 2 has a new SIM that could change the way you think of cellular network access. The post The iPad Air 2 Finally Lets You Easily Switch Between Carriers appeared first on WIRED.

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