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Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company—one the country’s largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers—calls […] The post Verizon’s ‘Perma-Cookie’ Is a Privacy-Killing Machine appeared first on WIRED.

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The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here. The post The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World appeared first on WIRED.

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Caves are intrinsically mysterious, beautiful places, which of course makes them great places to explore. But they tend to be dark, deep and occasionally dangerous, which means they need various safety features and amenities to be visitor-friendly. The results are sometimes garish, occasionally comical, and often spectacular in their own way. Austin Irving became interested […] The post Descend Into the Surreal World of Tourist-Friendly Caves appeared first on WIRED.

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Sunset Overdrive is my new jam. And if you're like me, it's a great reason to go buy Xbox One. The post Sunset Overdrive: Finally, a Reason to Buy Xbox One appeared first on WIRED.

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Patrick Rothfuss is the author of the mega-bestselling novels The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, and is currently hard at work on The Doors of Stone, the final volume in his epic fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy he discusses his latest book, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a novella set in the same world but with a slightly different feel than his other works. The post Best-Selling Author Warns ‘You Might Not Want to Buy’ His Book appeared first on WIRED.

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Millions of cars are being recalled because they may have airbags that can explode with deadly consequences. Here's how the process works. The post How Car Recalls Work appeared first on WIRED.

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It appears that an ongoing volcanic crisis along the Colombia-Ecuador border is beginning to look more significant. A sharp increase in the number and size of earthquakes under Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles has prompted the evacuation of over 12,000 people as both countries prepare for a potential eruption. What kind of eruption is difficult […] The post Over 12,000 People Evacuated Near Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles appeared first on WIRED.

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Despite the controversy, one new study shows that, compared to the rest of the country, Silicon Valley is a pretty friendly place for women. The post Silicon Valley May Be Friendlier to Female Execs Than It Seems, Study Says appeared first on WIRED.

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WIRED's own Angry Nerd Chris Baker returns to the Game|Life podcast this week! The post Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure appeared first on WIRED.

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Google's search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. As reported in the New York Times, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was 135,908 feet above the Earth. The post Google’s Search Czar Just Smashed Felix Baumgartner’s Sky Dive Record appeared first on WIRED.

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Stephen Hawking is exploring yet another bizarre and fascinating part of our universe that stretches the very idea of reality: Facebook. The post Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges Fans to ‘Be Curious’ appeared first on WIRED.

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Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to hold fertility vendors to the highest possible standards and not inadvertently put worker’s physical and mental health in jeopardy. The post The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About appeared first on WIRED.

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Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert networks, and in some cases, they can be kinda helpful. But these myriad services have never lived up to their billing. The quality of the counsel on these […] The post A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed appeared first on WIRED.

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One does not simply walk into Maranello and buy the LaFerrari supercar. The right to spend a million dollars is a reward for the brand's most loyal customers. The post How to Earn the Right to Buy Ferrari’s Most Exclusive Hypercar appeared first on WIRED.

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Kevin Foreman believes that homes will soon become intelligent enough to distinguish between family members and guests within physical spaces and adapt to individual needs based on biometrics like fingerprints, body temperatures and even the rhythm of our own heartbeats. In the very near future as you walk through your home, a small device worn […] The post Smart Homes of the Future Will Know Us by Our Heartbeats appeared first on WIRED.

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Technology has driven our economy and made our country powerful, but tech alone is proving to be insufficient to stop the spread of Ebola. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who had contact with an ebola patient four days before travel to the U.S., shows just how much the mundane world of process […] The post Ebola Shows It Is Process–Not Technology–That Will Protect Us appeared first on WIRED.

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As a wearable-tech enthusiast attending Black Hat Europe Amsterdam, I felt like I didn’t belong there and like I have lost my way. Black Hat, like Defcon, is one of the biggest information security events in the world that bring together everyone from the hacking community and information security enterprises. So Wearable Tech isn’t the […] The post Wearables and Quantified Self Demand Security-First Design appeared first on WIRED.

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On Sunday, a group of Audi engineers closely watched as an RS7 named Bobby lapped the Hockenheimring all on its own. The post Audi’s Self-Driving Car Hits 150 MPH on an F1 Track appeared first on WIRED.

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For Italian artist Leonardo Ulian, this is our universe. At its center: a microchip. Beyond: resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors. Ulian’s “technological mandalas”—webs of circuitry in the form of the Hindu or Buddhist symbolic diagrams of the cosmos—are icons for an electronic age, and he’ll be exhibiting them this fall in Milan. Each mandala, the biggest […] The post Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry appeared first on WIRED.

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This hoverboard looks like the real deal – unlike the recent fake hoverboard.  Although I’m not exactly sure how the Hendo Hoverboard works, I have a pretty good guess. Let’s look at electromagnetic repulsion physics that it might use. If you read the description on the kickstarter page, it says: “The magic behind the hoverboard […] The post The Physics of the Hendo Hoverboard appeared first on WIRED.

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Adobe recently released a video in which it showed off forward-looking features for its suite of apps on the tablet. The post The Future of Adobe’s App Interaction Looks Pretty Awesome appeared first on WIRED.

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The pieces were, according to the designer, “almost a reaction, in a way, to the digitalization of time." The post Museum-Worthy Clocks Meant to Change Our Sense of Time’s Passing appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple and Google aren't the only ones pushing for a new generation of wearables and gadgets that can monitor your health from minute to minute. The post How the XPrize Foundation Is Building Our Next-Gen Health Sensors appeared first on WIRED.

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Once you get past the weird factor, Mother proves to be a capable platform for tracking your daily activities. The post Mother Superior appeared first on WIRED.

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The password to enter the latest edition of our best TV roundup is Fidelio, because that’s only fitting when Stanley Kubrick takes the top line spot by proxy. The Simpsons returned to the LED throne this week with a fantastic 25th edition of its annual "Treehouse of Horror" variety show, but perennial bestie John Oliver follows is close on their heels with a damning indictment (as usual) of how the United States government treats translators working in its service. To lighten that load we've got some silly science popping off and some even sillier Keanu Reeves—much preferred to his Sad counterpart—as part of a Jimmy Kimmel twofer. Oh, and another thing you guys, Selfie is happening, so you best get on board before you get left behind. Just like we told you it would. The prophecy is fulfilled with the following clips from this past week in television. The post Week’s Best TV: Jimmy Kimmel Fires a Lightning Gun and The Simpsons Go Kubrick appeared first on WIRED.

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