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Excellence in the delivery of any product or service is a house with two halves: design, and performance. The digital world has much to learn from its physical sibling. Choose from Apple, Costco, BMW, Louis Vuitton, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, or General Electric. Each delivers product coveted by large customer segments. These are champion brands, […] The post Digital Brand Quality: Design Is Improving, But Performance Lags Behind appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s no secret that technology has become a major part of the health and wellness conversation as seen by Apple’s recently announced iWatch, which tracks heart rate activity, and increased popularity of the Jawbone, a wearable device that monitors sleep patterns.  As technology continues to make advancements in the wellness movement, people are starting to […] The post No Longer a Pipe Dream: Innovation in Dreaming Tech Allows Us Inside Our Heads appeared first on WIRED.

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The mood in Sochi, Russia, is somber as Formula 1 prepares for what should have been an exciting weekend marking the inauguration of a new track. Instead, drivers, race officials and fans await any word on the condition of Jules Bianchi, who was critically injured in a horrific crash five days ago in Japan. The post After a Horrific Crash, F1 Ponders What More It Must Do to Protect Drivers appeared first on WIRED.

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I pay Weight Watchers $9.99 a month, just in case I decide to start dieting again. I haven’t used it in a year, but cancelling my subscription would mean admitting defeat. I pay Hulu $6.99 a month for Hulu Plus even though it forces me to watch ads between my favorite shows. I yell at […] The post Why I’m Giving Wikipedia 6 Bucks a Month appeared first on WIRED.

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Up here on terra firma, we’re treated to all kinds of wildly colorful wildlife: polychromatic parrots, iridescent green beetles, unicorns galloping on rainbows that one time I ate too many pot brownies. But in the depths of our oceans things are decidedly more drab—gaudy colors ain’t going to do you no good nohow in the […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Comb Jelly Puts on One Hell of a Laser Show, Man appeared first on WIRED.

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The Knick is about a lot of sexy things, but it's also full of real-world historical science. The discoveries and inventions are real—which is both fascinating and horrifying. The post Doctors Really Used Those Amazing Devices and Treatments on The Knick appeared first on WIRED.

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Locked Shields is among the world’s preeminent cyber attack simulations. For two days, international teams of hackers and system admins play both sides of a war game, simultaneously attacking and defending critical infrastructure. The details are realistic, and the exercises reflect real-world geopolitics. It is a training ground for front-line operators in a rapidly evolving form of warfare in which network administrators at banks, electrical plants and government offices are as crucial to a country's defense as uniformed troops. The post Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim appeared first on WIRED.

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A billionaire tycoon with a taste for publicity hardly needs more support, but the inescapable truth is Carl Icahn is right about the iPhone. In a widely anticipated open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted Thursday, the so-called “activist investor” argued Apple’s current share price significantly undervalues a company poised to capture the next […] The post Carl Icahn Is Right: iPhone Users Will Never Drop Apple appeared first on WIRED.

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In life, you've gotta take the good with the bad. Sometimes that means balancing out the terrifying reality of civil forfeiture with a Carol Burnett tour of late night comedy shows. Other times, like in the case of Key & Peele, that means battling the devil back to hell (with your prayers) for tempting your family with sins of the flesh. But sometimes, things aren't so black and white as good vs. evil, comedy legends vs. the abuse of power by police. Sometimes, you end up in a weird middle ground where Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotbe go on a primetime WWE broadcast and remind us how fragile our dignity can be, as we twist in emotional purgatory. So in other words, this week in TV was a messy affair, but as much as we cringed we also laughed—and then Jessica Lange sang to us. And we knew everything would be OK again. Here is this week's most memorable television. The post Week’s Best TV: SNL Roasts White People and Freak Show Covers Bowie appeared first on WIRED.

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The creator thinks of it as a poetic approach to communicating in the digital age. The post Forget a Message in a Bottle. Send a YouTube Video in a Giant Balloon appeared first on WIRED.

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A typical adult American works out 17 minutes a day. James Lawrence is not a typical adult American. The post How This Guy Is Training to Do 50 Ultradistance Triathlons in 50 Days appeared first on WIRED.

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Francis Bitonti is equal parts technologist and fashion designer, a rare blend that’s allowed him to make 3-D printed goods that look more Fashion Week than Maker Faire. The post 3-D Printed Shoes Generated Using Conway’s Game of Life appeared first on WIRED.

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As a rule, spiders are antisocial. They hunt alone, zealously defend their webs from other spiders, and sometimes even eat their mates. “Cannibalism and territoriality comes naturally to Arachnida, even during sex,” said Jonathan Pruitt, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Pittsburgh. But a handful of the more than 40,000 known arachnid species on the planet have learned to rein in that aggression. Like ants or bees, they cooperate for the good of the group. The post Elusive Form of Evolution Seen in Social Spiders appeared first on WIRED.

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Tesla’s next car, the P85D, will have two motors and all-wheel drive. It will match the 3.2 second 0 to 60 mph time of the McLaren F1, one of the fastest cars ever made. And it will be even more efficient than the current, already terrific, Model S. “This car is nuts. It’s like taking […] The post The Model D Is Tesla’s Most Powerful Car Ever, Plus Autopilot appeared first on WIRED.

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Ever since Amazon started selling more than books, the company has been trying to evolve itself in ways that extend beyond the online version of catalog retail. The post Amazon Is Opening a Store in NYC, But It’s Not Really for Shopping appeared first on WIRED.

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Once those leaks are made to the media and published, why shouldn't the public also be able to know when the information came from an authorized source or an unauthorized one? The post NSA Mind-Bender: We Won’t Tell You What Info We Already Leaked to the Media appeared first on WIRED.

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There are around 6,000 of iRobot’s defense and security robots deployed worldwide. Now, there's a new Android app to control them. The post New iRobot App Lets You Control a ‘Bot Army With an Android Tablet appeared first on WIRED.

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This beautiful image of Super Typhoon Vongfon over the Philippine Sea was taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite at 12:25 a.m. ET this morning. Below, another incredible view of the massive storm was taken by NASA astronaut Reid Weissman from the International Space Station around 7 a.m. ET this morning. Vongfang is the most powerful tropical […] The post 2 Incredible Views of Super Typhoon Vongfang From Space appeared first on WIRED.

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Announced this week, the estimated $4 billion trains are part of a bigger $25 billion upgrade. The post The Design Thinking Behind London’s $4B Subways appeared first on WIRED.

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If you’ve noticed your Facebook mobile messages zipping around a little more quickly over the past few months, you can thank a little-known open-source project called Apache Thrift. Facebook designed Thrift and has long used the tool to send data between computer servers inside the sprawling data centers that underpin its online empire. But in […] The post How Facebook Made Your Mobile Messages Move at Super Speed appeared first on WIRED.

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Data visualization has been a topic for a long time now, but it is only recently that this trend has started transforming the way we grasp the increasing amount of numbers, keywords, stats and indicators bombarding us. We will not be able to make sense of this endless ocean of information, unless we pay attention […] The post Lost in Visualization: Creating Pictures Worth a Billion Words appeared first on WIRED.

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Volvo wants to stop anyone from getting seriously injured or killed in its new cars by 2020, but advanced air bags and blind-spot warning systems can only go so far. It needs cars that can detect, predict, and avoid trouble, all on their own. The post Volvos Will Soon Plot ‘Escape Routes’ to Avoid Wrecks appeared first on WIRED.

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ALBANY, New York—Can an animal who possesses the essential qualities of personhood ever be considered, in the eyes of the law, a person? As of now, the answer is no. But a panel of New York state judges yesterday considered that question, which was posed by a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project on behalf […] The post New York State Court Hears Landmark Chimpanzee Personhood Case appeared first on WIRED.

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If you’ve been following the Ebola story, you may have noticed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a move yesterday to try to keep the disease off US soil. At the five US airports that receive most passengers from the three countries where Ebola is circulating, passengers will be singled out on […] The post US Will Screen Air Passengers for Signs of Ebola. Will It Work? appeared first on WIRED.

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Here we go again… It hasn’t taken much time between the early news of Apple’s plans for HealthKit and the raise of the fear mongers. Let’s take Nathan Cortez, a law professor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas as one of many examples. In a WIRED article talking about medical apps, […] The post Watching the Apple Watch: Huge Health Potential Outweighs First-Generation Concerns appeared first on WIRED.

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