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The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education. The post X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves appeared first on WIRED.

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The widespread growth of the sharing economy has been hard to miss, with more and more new businesses entering the space on what feels like a daily basis. Forbes estimates the equivalent revenue flowing through the sharing economy directly into people’s wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25%. The sharing economy today […] The post Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn’t Enough appeared first on WIRED.

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There is a sequence to growth, an implicit order. Consecutive development activities are initiated and concluded by the forward and aft positions. We look out to discover opportunities and threats to our growth before we may streamline our actions to maximize their value to us. First, the unknown must be found and revealed. This is […] The post Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later appeared first on WIRED.

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Amazon’s streaming video service began as an extra perk that could attract more people to Prime, the company’s unlimited two-day shipping program. Now, video is the main attraction and shipping the odd side benefit in a new subscription package from AT&T that bundles Amazon Prime with internet broadband access. The new offer also comes with […] The post AT&T’s New Internet Plan Comes With Free Amazon Prime appeared first on WIRED.

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  Every day, it seems like there’s another news item about wearable devices, or “wearables.” Stories about how trackers will revolutionize personal fitness, privacy concerns about recording video without permission, why wearables will never catch on, and everything in between. Today, mobile technology is ubiquitous, with many consumers carrying mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and wearables […] The post Will Wireless Power Be the Catalyst for Wearables Adoption? appeared first on WIRED.

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CHIBA, Japan -- Nintendo doesn't attend the Tokyo Game Show, but its latest gaming platform made an appearance anyway. The post Hands On: Nintendo’s New 3DS Underwhelms at Tokyo Game Show appeared first on WIRED.

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Walking towards its edge would be an unearthly experience---you could be wrapped up in the Bay Area fog, or simply find yourself standing above the horizon. The post A Monumental Lookout Point That Could Transform an SF Landmark appeared first on WIRED.

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The story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Earth’s oceans have never been this far beyond the bounds of normal. ERIC HOLTHAUS Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate’s Future Tense. New data released Thursday by the National Oceanic […] The post 2014 Is on Pace to Be the Warmest Year Ever appeared first on WIRED.

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At its first developer summit, Oculus didn't unveil the consumer version of its Rift headset. It didn't even announce when it might come to market. But the company still managed yet another leap forward. The post Oculus’ Mindblowing New Prototype Is a Huge Step Toward Consumer VR appeared first on WIRED.

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The United States government proposed several important steps last week that, if accomplished, will significantly change how this country attempts to counter the advance of antibiotic resistance, bringing us within reach of the more complete programs which exist in Europe. But as significant as it is, the new program has some perplexing gaps that left […] The post White House Actions on Antibiotic Resistance: Big Steps, Plus Disappointments appeared first on WIRED.

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The Leica M Edition 60 has pretty much everything you’d expect in a $19,000 camera. A 24-megapixel full-frame sensor? Check. A 35mm/F1.4 kit lens? Check. A limited run of 600 units so you can feel more special when you buy one? Check. A big, sharp LCD viewfinder? Che… Nope. This crazy-expensive camera doesn’t have an LCD viewfinder. The post This $19K Leica Has No Screen, But the Separate $11K Lens Is Legendary appeared first on WIRED.

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Let me detail here what I mean by cargo drones and why I think hoisting time-dependent goods into the sky and moving them about with a flying robot is, like the mobile phone before it, a good idea in Africa—and beyond. The post A Radical But Possible Plan to Connect African Nations With Cargo Drones appeared first on WIRED.

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World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.

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The first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was certainly one that built to a big finish. After a year of smaller stories about the mysterious resurrection of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the origins of well-meaning-hacker-turned-government-stooge Skye (Chloe Bennett), the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters pushed the season's final episodes into an all-new direction. Need a refresher course on everything that went down before tomorrow's Season 2 premiere? We've got you covered. The post Everything You Need to Know to Catch Up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared first on WIRED.

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The Batman origin-story show Gotham premieres tonight on Fox. Here are the comics you should read to ensure you're up on all of your Bat-knowledge before you watch. The post 5 Comics You Need to Read Before Watching Gotham appeared first on WIRED.

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The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east. The 1,000-mile-long chain of coastal mountains is dense with lush rainforest and grasslands, and each year, clouds bearing monsoon rains blow in from the southwest and break against the mountains’ flanks, unloading water […] The post How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature appeared first on WIRED.

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At first glance, photojournalist Colin Finlay’s aerial photos appear to be beautiful landscapes. Read their captions, though, and it becomes clear many of the scenes he captures are quite ugly, depicting environments scarred by industry and climate change. The post Sublime Yet Troubling Aerial Photos of Humanity’s Environmental Destruction appeared first on WIRED.

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BMW motorcycles have long been considered chariots for gray-haired commuters and intrepid adventure riders. Yes, the company makes the occasional insane superbike and even built a cruiser for awhile, but the quintessential Beemer (the cars are “Bimmers”) is a globe-trotting workhorse like the R 1200 GS. There’s nothing wrong with that. But we’re still thrilled […] The post BMW Has Finally Made a Gorgeous Bike That’ll Appeal to Young Riders appeared first on WIRED.

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Four MIT students behind an award-winning Bitcoin mining tool will face off against New Jersey state authorities in court today when they attempt to fight back against a subpoena demanding their source code. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing 19-year-old MIT student Jeremy Rubin and three classmates in a remarkable case that stands out for […] The post MIT Students Battle State’s Demand for Their Bitcoin Miner’s Source Code appeared first on WIRED.

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Oracle founder and all-around Silicon Valley legend Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the world’s most frighteningly powerful database company after 37 years at the helm. And though this is largely ceremonial—he will no doubt continue to run Oracle for the rest of his life and from beyond the grave—it provides a good […] The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: A Look Back at Larry Ellison’s Most Outrageous Moments as a CEO appeared first on WIRED.

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WIRED's game guys discuss Destiny, Hyrule Warriors, the Super Smash Bros. demo, and a bit about Microsoft buying Minecraft. The post Game|Life Podcast: Destiny, Hyrule Warriors, Smash Bros, Minecraft appeared first on WIRED.

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CHIBA, Japan -- Resident Evil games used to be scary. The post New Resident Evil Aims To Bring Back the Horror appeared first on WIRED.

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unlike any of this country's biggest tech companies, Alibaba has mastered the Chinese economy. And it's more likely to achieve the same results elsewhere in the world before U.S. companies do the same in China. The post Alibaba Is Already Bigger Than Facebook, Amazon, and IBM appeared first on WIRED.

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The Hellcat Speedster is the latest in Confederate's Hellcat series, which it's been building since the early 2000s. The post This Burly, $65K Motorcycle Is Inspired by a Fighter Plane appeared first on WIRED.

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Documenting the launch of a new stadium is a once in a lifetime experience, let alone a stadium in the heart of Silicon Valley. On Sunday Scott Kegley, Senior Manager of Digital and Social Media for the San Francisco 49ers, and his team pulled out all the stops, leveraging a host of innovative digital technologies […] The post Launching Levi’s Stadium: A Day in Digital Content appeared first on WIRED.

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