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One of the biggest perks of creating album covers (sadly, a dwindling subgenre of graphic design work) is how few restrictions there are for designers. “It’s a fantastic platform for expression,” says Jon Forss of graphic studio Non-Format. When you work with other artists, “there’s an expectation to push things, and you can’t just rely […] The post This Custom Typeface Isn’t Perfectly Legible, and That’s the Point appeared first on WIRED.

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Here's a breakdown of the new settings and customizations you can make to your system in OS X Yosemite. The post OS X Yosemite: Handy Tips and Tweaks to Customize Your Experience appeared first on WIRED.

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At any given moment, it’s entirely possible that you’re making the same exact facial expression as someone halfway around the world. There’s no real way of knowing this, of course, but it’s lovely thought, nonetheless, to imagine one of the other 7 billion other humans on earth smiling or crying or raising an eyebrow in concert with you. A new project from digital artist Kyle McDonald, titled Sharing Faces, is an attempt to bring this intangible phenomenon of human connection to life. The post A Digital Mirror That Swaps Your Face With a Stranger’s appeared first on WIRED.

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The next generation of technology is presenting new opportunities—and new challenges—for film makers, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a research project to study how technical details like frame rates, dynamic range, color gamut, and resolution affect the cinematic experience. The post For Filmmakers, Higher Frame Rates Pose Opportunities—And Challenges appeared first on WIRED.

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Feeling blue about all the student loan debt you've accumulated? Or about how the NFL punishes animal abusers more decisively than it punishes lady abusers? (Though we're still not totally over that either, Michael Vick.) Well then cheer yourself up with some musical numbers! We've got Janelle Monae for you R&B funk enthusiasts, Banks if you're feeling some ambient electro-pop, Nikki Minaj on the booty drop beat, and Jeff Goldblum for ... anyone with a pulse. Your interest rate may be suffocating, but at least you haven't had to hawk your dancing shoes. We hope. Here is the musical and the maddening from the past week in TV. The post Week’s Best TV: Ellen Twerks and Jeff Goldblum Sings the Jurassic Park Song appeared first on WIRED.

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Motorcycles are dangerous, even when the rider is skilled and the bike is outfitted with modern safety features. So what happens when you ditch the paved roads for natural terrain and instead of simply avoiding the boulder in front you, you decide to ride up and over it? You have trials motorcycle riding, either the […] The post The World’s Slowest Motorcycle Racing Is Also the Craziest appeared first on WIRED.

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There’s a robust third-party market for everything that connects to or protects the iPhone. And now that the Apple Watch is official, you can expect to see a new frontier of accessories and apps for the wearable device, too. The post The Next Great Gold Rush: Apps and Accessories for the Apple Watch appeared first on WIRED.

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“Sic semper tyrannis,” Brutus supposedly yelled as he helped assassinate Julius Caesar: Thus always to tyrants. John Wilkes Booth exclaimed the same to the panicked crowd in Ford’s Theater after he shot Lincoln. And in dark underground burrows in east Africa, I’m willing to bet the homely yet somehow charming naked mole rat is yelling […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life appeared first on WIRED.

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Formula E, the first all-electric racing series, begins this weekend with the inaugural Beijing ePrix. The post What You Need to Know Before the First Ever Formula E Race This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.

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Tech giant HP is acquiring Eucalyptus, makers of an open source system that helps companies build cloud computing services in their own data centers. The post HP Acquires Open Source Cloud Pioneer Eucalyptus appeared first on WIRED.

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A secret and scrappy court battle that Yahoo launched to resist the NSA’s PRISM spy program came to an end in 2008 because the Feds threatened the internet giant with a massive $250,000 a day fine if it didn’t comply. The detail of the threat became public today after 1,500 pages worth of documents were […] The post Feds Threatened to Fine Yahoo $250K Daily for Not Complying With PRISM appeared first on WIRED.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder took to Twitter last night to reveal Batman's latest ride, and ... well, fans of the sleek lines of the classic 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles might want to just look away now before it gets too painful. The post This Is the New Batmobile—And It’s Kind of Ugly appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, preservationists are in a unique position: constantly racing against the clock to document, repair and maintain temples, structures, fortresses, and even human cultures, on the verge of collapse. What many of us don’t realize is that heritage is central to the human condition — it is what makes us human. Sadly many such sites […] The post Unlikely Causes: The Technology of Heritage Preservation and Human Rights Movements appeared first on WIRED.

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Our lives are surprisingly packed with morally loaded experiences. We see others behaving badly (or well), and we behave well (or badly) ourselves. In a new study, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed by more than 1,200 people as they went about their days. It's one of the first attempts to quantify the moral landscape of daily life, and it contains some interesting hints about how people are influenced by the behavior or others, as well as by their own political and religious leanings. The post Using Smartphones to Track Our Everyday Moral Judgments appeared first on WIRED.

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In Message Not Received, I devote an entire chapter to the perils and limitations of email. This may leave potential readers with the impression that I despise email. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Hearing from a friend often puts a smile on my face. For someone like me, e-mail is a very valuable business […] The post How We’re Working Isn’t Working appeared first on WIRED.

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[HTML1] Busy week, time to catch up a bit: Iceland Right now, the news out of Iceland is much the same as its been for the last week: lava flows issuing from some of the Holuhraun Lava Field fissures, possible melting under the ice cap especially in the Barðarbunga caldera and earthquakes continuing to rumble. […] The post Eruption Update: Sulfur Dioxide Threatens Iceland, Lava Flows Continue at Kilauea and More appeared first on WIRED.

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Even MC Hammer Agrees: You Can't Touch this Caterpillar. The post Never Touch Anything that Looks Like Donald Trump’s Hair appeared first on WIRED.

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Overstock.com was the first major online retailer to embrace bitcoin, accepting payments in the digital currency here in the U.S. beginning in early January. And now, it’s the first to accommodate bitcoin across the globe. The post Overstock.com Becomes First Major Retailer to Accept Bitcoin Worldwide appeared first on WIRED.

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According to new research that draws on credit and debit card transactions by 3.8 million Americans, Uber revenues were about 12 times higher than those of its rival between May 2013 and May 2014. Across the U.S., it provided more than seven times the number of car rides, the report indicates, and it charged much higher rates for its service: $21 per ride on average, compared to Lyft's $13. The post Uber’s Revenue Is 12 Times The Size of Lyft’s, New Study Says appeared first on WIRED.

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When the FBI tore down the billion-dollar drugs-and-contraband website Silk Road last October, its death made room for a new generation of black-market bazaars—many with better defenses against the Feds. Nearly a year later, more drugs are sold online than when the Silk Road ruled the dark web, according to a study by the Digital Citizens Alliance. Here's how the world of anonymous ecommerce has mutated and evolved. The post How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall appeared first on WIRED.

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Photographers often feel the need to run off to exotic locations to make pictures. But there are great photos to be made in your own backyard. Joshua White has proven that over and over again in recent years with his ongoing project, A Photographic Survey of the American Yard. The post The Many Natural Wonders of the American Backyard, Captured by iPhone appeared first on WIRED.

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A team from MIT has come up with an algorithm that could let cleanup crews match a target's movement so they can safely snatch it up. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Using Cameras and Fancy Algorithms to Track Spinning Space Junk appeared first on WIRED.

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Your motor cortex strapped to a railcar hurtling down the tracks toward a barrier like Kevin Bacon in She's Having a Baby. The post Velocity 2X: Easy to Tiptoe Through, Insanely Hard to Master appeared first on WIRED.

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In the gritty new flick The Drop Tom Hardy plays someone very different than his menacing villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises: a quiet bartender named Bob who rescues a puppy. Find out what happened behind the scenes of Hardy's new film here. The post Premiere: Go Behind the Scenes of Tom Hardy’s Crime Thriller The Drop appeared first on WIRED.

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Mr. Know It All makes it clear that wives are under no obligation to wait around for their galaxy-hopping husbands to return from space. The post It’s OK to Cheat on Your Space-Traveling Spouse appeared first on WIRED.

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