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The Ring is a novel idea: a person rings your doorbell, your smartphone buzzes, and with a tap, you can initiate a videochat with the visitor. Better yet, it mostly works. The post Review: Ring Video Doorbell appeared first on WIRED.

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On Feb. 20, 2005 Robot Chicken aired its first episode and introduced the world to its skewed version of stop-motion comedy. TV hasn't been the same since. The post Here Are the 10 Best Bits From Robot Chicken’s First 10 Years appeared first on WIRED.

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Researchers at Stanford University and Israel's defense research group Rafael have created a technique they call PowerSpy, which they say can gather information about an Android phone's geolocation merely by tracking its power use over time through a surreptitious app. The post Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone’s Power Use appeared first on WIRED.

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When scientists sequenced the human genome a decade ago, they hoped to unlock the code of life, the sequence of molecules lined up in every cell that, summed together, made a person a person—and possibly reveal new ways to understand and treat diseases. But the results turned out to be opaque. Biologist Eric Lander, who helped […] The post Reading Our Genome Is Tough, But Epigenetics Is Giving Us Valuable Clues appeared first on WIRED.

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In its latest attempt to kick-start lady libidos with a pill, Sprout Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it will resubmit its female sex drug, flibanserin, for FDA approval. If it gets the okay, the drug would be the first prescription of its kind for women in the United States: a treatment for female hypoactive sexual disorder, or a low sex drive. More […] The post A Pill That Boosts a Woman’s Sex Drive Is Almost Here. But Do We Need It? appeared first on WIRED.

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Alien is coming back! Writer/director Neill Blomkamp announced via his Instagram yesterday that he will take on the 30-year-old franchise as his next movie, and we've got a lot of thoughts on the matter. Here are a few reasons why we can't wait for his take on the Alien franchise—and a couple reasons why we're just the slightest bit apprehensive. The post The Good, Bad, and Unknown About Neill Blomkamp’s New Alien Movie appeared first on WIRED.

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To be a professor is to belong to a select few—an insider’s club of vanishing tenured faculty positions. It’s no secret that a fancy diploma can help grads vying for those coveted spots. But while working on his PhD and contemplating his career prospects, computer scientist Aaron Clauset wanted to know just how much weight a […] The post Infoporn: College Faculties Have a Serious Diversity Problem appeared first on WIRED.

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Lenovo says that the Superfish adware it preinstalled on laptop computers isn't a security problem. That's not true. And guess what? It breaks Slack too. The post Lenovo’s Clueless Response to Its Dangerous Adware is Not Funny appeared first on WIRED.

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The novel approach could be instructive for the rest of the country, where public infrastructure is in a seriously troubling state of disrepair. The post An Innovative Congestion Charge That Could Help Fix Our Crumbling Infrastructure appeared first on WIRED.

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The clues that Apple may be building an electric vehicle are piling up. The latest: a battery-making startup is suing the gadget maker over alleged engineer poaching. The post Lawsuit Claims Apple Is Poaching Engineers To Build Out Car Battery Division appeared first on WIRED.

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If you enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure books or graphic adventure games in general, play through The Mysterious Shadows of Skullshadow Island. The post Take 15 Minutes and Play Clickhole’s Hilarious Text Adventure appeared first on WIRED.

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The hype surrounding the Apple Watch is swelling, as has become the norm with any new product from Apple. And why shouldn’t it be? In addition to providing Apple Watch with an extremely prolonged buildup (the Apple Watch was announced over five months ago,) Apple has just closed the highest grossing quarter for any company, […] The post 4 Reasons to Expect a Slow Start From the Apple Watch appeared first on WIRED.

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We’ve all been seeing hype and excitement around artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and deep learning. There’s also a lot of confusion about what they really mean and what’s actually possible today. These terms are used arbitrarily and sometimes interchangeably, which further perpetuates confusion. So, let’s break down these terms and offer some perspective. […] The post Myth Busting Artificial Intelligence appeared first on WIRED.

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Like book authors who hate Amazon’s policies, crafters who hate Etsy find it hard to leave because of the site’s immense traffic and generally positive public reputation. Just before the Christmas rush, I finally put my money where my mouth is and shut down my shop. The post How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul appeared first on WIRED.

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Last night's Twitter saga was about as entertainaing as the medium gets. The post Norm MacDonald’s Twitter Marathon Last Night Was a Fascinating Look Behind the SNL Curtain appeared first on WIRED.

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Pinterest may soon join Uber and Snapchat in the elite class of startups valued at more than $10 billion. The post Pinterest Eyes $11 Billion Valuation with New Round of Funding appeared first on WIRED.

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Google, Facebook, and Amazon don't sell networking switches. And they never will. But they've forever changed the way others sell them. The post Google, Facebook, and Amazon Have Forever Changed Computer Networking appeared first on WIRED.

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Using a new network-based method of ranking departments, you can see the bias and hierarchy of academia very clearly. The post Academic Hiring is an Uphill Battle appeared first on WIRED.

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CXC Simulations makes a racing simulator that costs as much as a real car. The post This Super-Intense Racing Simulator Costs as Much as a New Corvette appeared first on WIRED.

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IFTTT unveils a programmable button for your phone. The post IFTTT’s New Apps Offer a Button for Triggering Other Apps appeared first on WIRED.

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It has come to this. In San Francisco, where Uber was born, the city's self-described oldest and largest taxi company is renaming itself after a competing app. The post In the Land of Uber, A Taxi Company Renames Itself After An App appeared first on WIRED.

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Back in December I wrote about a chicken farmer who took the extraordinary step of inviting animal-welfare activists into his barns to document the conditions under which his contract compels him to raise his birds. The farmer, Craig Watts of North Carolina, has raised chicken for Perdue Farms for two decades and has often been […] The post A Factory Farmer Strikes Back at the Company He Farms For appeared first on WIRED.

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At first blush, Foster+Partners's new Apple store in Hangzhou, China, looks a lot like its others. But the details are crazy. The post Apple’s Newest Store Boasts 50-Foot Glass Walls and a Free-Floating Second Floor appeared first on WIRED.

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The best thing about the migration of music videos to the online space is that everyone's got full permission to get weird. Whether you're a Top 40 heavy-hitter like Ariana Grande or a Puerto Rican pop duo promoting your debut EP, you're all created equal in the eyes of the interwebz. Here are our top music video picks from the last week. The post This Week’s Best Music Video Is Three Minutes Long but Took 5 Seconds to Film appeared first on WIRED.

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The Cartoon Network series is one of the smartest things on TV, and it does something truly surprising: deploy sci-fi tropes from a child's perspective.   The post Steven Universe’s New Episode Proves It’s the Best Show You Don’t Watch appeared first on WIRED.

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