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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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We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Here's what we thought. The post Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices appeared first on WIRED.

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Folding bikes are a compromise. They’re a breeze to store in a studio apartment or at an office. They’re easy to take on public transportation, and you don’t have to leave them outside and trust your U-lock will deter thieves. For all that versatility, the ride quality typically suffers—tiny wheels and uneven weight distribution make […] The post The Urban Bike You Fold Up With a Kick of Your Leg appeared first on WIRED.

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Since Apple unveiled Apple Pay, the response suggests that it may represent a quantum leap towards the tipping point in the adoption of mobile wallets. The common expectation is that Apple will move the needle in getting a wide swath of consumers to TRY mobile payments. But is it a fool’s errand to expect that […] The post Apple Pay and the Mobile Wallet Tipping Point: It Will Come Down to the Retail Experience appeared first on WIRED.

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Twitter's new software development kit, Fabric, is the company's foundation for transforming a business based purely on a single product—Tweets!—into a diversified service aimed at every person and company that makes mobile apps. The post Twitter’s Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps appeared first on WIRED.

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Infinite Socket brings modern technology and thoughtful design to bear on a long-ignored pain point. The post Forget Cheetah Blades. This Prosthetic Socket Is a Real Breakthrough appeared first on WIRED.

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Email is awful. It's a mess. It's overwhelming. That's why today, Google's Gmail team is releasing a new email personal assistant app to help you manage it all. The post Gmail’s New Inbox App Is Your New Personal Email Assistant appeared first on WIRED.

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“It’s all about the cloud.”  We hear or see that phrase in meetings, presentations, email pitches, articles — constantly. Aside from the trend, cloud in the federal government is fueled by three essential trends: Agencies are seeking a Cloud First approach in their new technology investments;  They need to do more with existing or fewer resources; and, Government leaders have a desire […] The post How the Cloud Can Help Our Government Innovate appeared first on WIRED.

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Do you have math homework? Are you in a hurry to finish that page of 30 algebra problems? Worry no more, check out this app – PhotoMath. Basically, it just uses your phone’s camera to look at your math problem and BOOM. Problem sovled. It’s a really cool idea – even if it doesn’t always […] The post Where Is Your Homework Grade Now? appeared first on WIRED.

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The Ebola epidemic in Africa looks likely to continue for months more, and it's possible that another traveler might make it to the United States, either covertly or innocently. If so, let's try to keep our Ebolanoia under control. The post Ebolanoia: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Ebola Fear Itself appeared first on WIRED.

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Imagine your city’s mayor has just called you up and tasked you with creating and running a new department of city government. You can do whatever you want, really, but it’s got to be new, innovative, interdisciplinary – like nothing ever attempted before. Now imagine your city is the 6th largest on the planet, home […] The post Re-imagining a Megalopolis appeared first on WIRED.

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Steve Herrod was there for the rise of Nicira, the Silicon Valley startup that reinvented the way we build computer networks and then sold itself to tech giant VMware for $1.26 billion. He was VMware’s chief technology officer at the time, one of the driving forces behind this massive deal, and after leaving VMware for […] The post Startup Aims To Remake Computer Security For the Cloud Age appeared first on WIRED.

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This new design could help revitalize a major area of Washington, D.C. The post An Elevated Park That Makes NYC’s High Line Look Tiny appeared first on WIRED.

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Nintendo's new 3DS is certainly an upgrade. But we won't really know for a while how much of an upgrade it is. The post Nintendo’s New 3DS XL Isn’t a Huge Upgrade, But It Will Be Eventually appeared first on WIRED.

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If a home is a reflection of its dweller, make sure yours says something good about you. We know, we know—that’s easier said than done. Outfitting your pad can be a daunting task, but lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it. For our Design|Life special issue, we rounded up 31 of the most stylish goods you need in […] The post The Most Beautiful Products for Unwinding After Your Work Is Done appeared first on WIRED.

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Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.” This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the spheroidal maelstrom seems to curve over the top and below the bottom simultaneously. The post How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery appeared first on WIRED.

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Dyson introduced its first bladeless fan five years ago. At the time, its “Air Multiplier” technology was a little bit mind-boggling. The fan replaced blades with a smartly-designed air loop that used aerodynamics to turn a thin stream of air into a full-blown breeze. Since then, that same technology has been applied to heaters, hand […] The post Dyson Unveils a Humidifier That Also Kills Bacteria appeared first on WIRED.

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Bowers & Wilkins has released a few AirPlay and dock-style speakers for Apple’s iDevices in the past, but the new Bluetooth T7 will be the first platform-agnostic wireless speaker in its lineup. The post A Bluetooth Speaker for People Who Hate Bluetooth Speakers appeared first on WIRED.

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Traffic in Bacoor, one of the Manila suburbs where low-wage workers have moderated Internet comments for US firms. Moises Saman/MAGNUM I haven't watched any of the ISIS beheading videos, and I don't plan to. At this writing there have been four, depicting the decapitations of two journalists, an aid worker, and a tourist. As The […] The post Letter From the Editor: Confronting a New Breed of Internet Horror appeared first on WIRED.

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What can you tell from a jump? Quite a bit, according to Sparta Performance Science, the Menlo Park, California, athletics-lab-meets-software-startup that developed the tech. The post Software That Can Measure Your Athleticism Just by Watching You Jump appeared first on WIRED.

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Anyone who's ever owned a used car knows the peculiar joy of cracking open a Haynes Guides, that familiar book of design schematics and technical information that was available for just about every auto model you can think of. Insight Editions must know that joy as well, because they've just published what might be the greatest Haynes Guide of all time: Alex Irvine's Marvel Vehicles Owner's Workshop Manual. The post Drool Over the Workshop Manuals for 7 Classic Marvel Vehicles appeared first on WIRED.

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The Super Bowl isn’t just a game, it’s a cinematic experience. Minutes before kickoff, trumpets blare, as though armies were charging towards each other for a clash. During the game, sounds herald the appearance of onscreen statistics and instant replays. Depending on your reason for watching the game, the signature tune that segues to a commercial break […] The post How Everything from the Super Bowl to Sizzling Fajitas Manipulates You With Sound appeared first on WIRED.

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This velvet worm is so cute it's named for Totoro. Too bad it's a slime-spewing killer. The post A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro appeared first on WIRED.

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Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line. “If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you […] The post Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase appeared first on WIRED.

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The newspapers love using neuroscience findings to make us feel bad about our less salubrious habits. Earlier this year they had a field day with a study that purported to show time spent watching online porn shrinks the brain. Even more recently, we were warned about multi-tasking with our digital devices: “Multi-tasking makes your brain smaller,” exclaimed […] The post Beware, Playing Lots of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain! appeared first on WIRED.

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