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The big selloff of Tesla shares the day after CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new all-wheel-drive version of the company’s Model S electric car prompted some to argue that investors were underwhelmed by the vehicle. But this conclusion ignores a common pattern that attends the “big reveals” that have become the tech industry norm for launching new products. The post The Real Reason Investors Dump Stocks After Big Gadget Announcements appeared first on WIRED.

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Sony latest version of the RX100 takes one of the best pocket cameras in the world and makes it even better. The post Pocketful of Miracles appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Ann Leckie talks about creating a plausible future free of any incongruous modern trappings for her award-winning book Ancillary Justice. The post Sci-Fi’s Hottest New Writer Won’t Tell You the Sex of Her Characters appeared first on WIRED.

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As a much-anticipated documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden premiers in New York this evening, new revelations are being published simultaneously that expose more information about the NSA’s work to compromise computer networks and devices. Newly-brought-to-light documents leaked by Snowden discuss operations by the NSA working inside China, Germany and South Korea to help physically […] The post NSA May Have Undercover Operatives in Foreign Companies appeared first on WIRED.

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The rise of technologies like the beacon, heat mapping and information kiosks have painted a high-tech picture for the future for retail. Major brands such as Lord and Taylor are already taking advantage of these technologies to create a unique in-store experience, send personalized marketing messages to customers, and design floor displays that maximize sales. […] The post It May Be the ‘Now’ Economy, But Is Main Street Retail Ready for iBeacon? appeared first on WIRED.

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The judge argues that even if the FBI did hack the Silk Road server, Ross Ulbricht hadn't sufficiently demonstrated that it belonged to him, and thus can't claim that his privacy rights were violated by its search. The post Judge Rejects Defense That FBI Illegally Hacked Silk Road—On a Technicality appeared first on WIRED.

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Snapchat has long been one of the favorite piñatas of the privacy crowd, criticized for encouraging teens to send nude pictures with dubious promises of ephemerality. But as the seedier corners of the Internet buzzed Friday over news of a 13 gigabyte leak of Snapchat messages, the service has pointed the finger instead at an […] The post Snapchat Can’t Stop the Parasite Apps That Screw Its Users appeared first on WIRED.

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Yes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put a bit of damper on things, with his, shall we say, ill-advised comments on the gender pay gap. But that’s just the side show. Until Nadella put his foot in his month, this week’s Grace Hopper conference was what it’s supposed to be: a celebration of women in technology. […] The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Grace Hopper, the Queen of Software, Crack Jokes With Letterman appeared first on WIRED.

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WIRED editors discuss new technologies and gaming Kickstarters on this episode of the Game|Life podcast. The post Game|Life Podcast: Why Videogame Kickstarters Are Such a Mess appeared first on WIRED.

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On this week's show, Mat and Mike ride the wave of nostalgia currently sweeping across the social web. Also, new devices from HTC. And Mat tells us what he really likes about his Motorola 360 smart watch. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Life Is a Series of Awful Experiences appeared first on WIRED.

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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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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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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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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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