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The New Kindle Isn't Innovative at All. That's a Good Thing

10/16/2018
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Amazon has a new Kindle with an old name. It’s an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite, which is Amazon’s best-selling Kindle e-reader—likely by a large margin, though we’ll never know because Amazon doesn’t share Kindle sales numbers. The Paperwhite is a good Kindle. This new one, which you can now preorder for $130, is a little bit better. It has the same six-inch, high-resolution display as the last Kindle Paperwhite.

Duration:00:05:18

Google Wants Its New Home Hub to Live in Every Room of Your House

10/16/2018
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Smart displays are the new smart speakers. A day after Facebook revealed Portal, a WiFi-connected video-chatting device for your home, Google has announced Home Hub, a new 7-inch smart screen that acts as a voice-controlled conduit for the Google Assistant. It's Google's first smart home gadget that's comprised largely of a touchscreen display, after having launched three different display-free smart speakers over the past couple years.

Duration:00:06:30

Movie Commentary Tracks Are Back—and They're a Trivia Goldmine

10/15/2018
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Like most people, you’ve probably watched Get Out at least once. Maybe twice. But the best way to see Get Out is with Jordan Peele sitting right next to you. Last spring, long before Get Out's eventual Oscar win, the movie was released on home video with a commentary track from its writer-director. A decade ago, in the pre-streaming era, this wouldn’t have been news: Back then, seemingly every movie got a commentary track, even Good Luck Chuck.

Duration:00:05:32

Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones

10/15/2018
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Yesterday Facebook took down 559 domestic political pages and 251 accounts for violating its terms of service on coordinated inauthentic behavior—“networks of accounts or Pages working to mislead others about who they are, and what they are doing.” While Facebook has been frequently critiqued for hosting and inadvertently aiding foreign disinformation campaigns, this is the first time a collection of domestic political pages have raised flags.

Duration:00:07:29

Why Diving Down Internet Rabbit Holes Won't Teach You Anything

10/12/2018
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You want the real windows into someone's soul? Look at their Reddit subscriptions. It's all there: their passions, their hobbies, their ideological leanings, their love of terrible haircuts and sublime anonymized cringe. And if they're anything like me, those subscriptions also tell the tale of a life spent diving down rabbit holes. Origami. Board games. Trail running. Pens. Cycling. Mechanical keyboards. Scrabble. (I know. God, I know. There are jokes to be made here.

Duration:00:05:06

Soyuz Rocket Failure Jeopardizes Future ISS Missions

10/12/2018
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A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut were forced to make a dramatic landing after their ride to space, a Russian Soyuz rocket, failed minutes after takeoff. The incident caused the crew to initiate emergency abort procedures, landing a few hundred miles away from the launch site. Both Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin are safe. The crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 am ET and was scheduled to dock at the ISS six hours later.

Duration:00:05:37

A Drone-Flinging Cannon Proves UAVs Can Mangle Passenger Planes

10/11/2018
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The man flying the drone didn’t know he was violating a temporary restriction on flights around New York City (the president was in town for the 2017 United Nations General Assembly). He didn’t know he had just two minutes to land before he violated the prohibition on nighttime flights. And he didn’t know his DJI Phantom 4—300 feet up, 2.5 miles away from him, and well beyond his line of sight—was flying dangerously close to an Army Black Hawk helicopter.

Duration:00:04:59

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

10/11/2018
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After gathering strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight, Hurricane Michael blasted across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, pummeling the area with winds up to 155 miles per hour. That makes the Category 4 hurricane one of the all-time strongest landfalls in US history.

Duration:00:04:28

Hankook's New Tire Uses Tree Resin to Keep Electric Cars Rolling

10/10/2018
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An electric car is a demanding thing. Sure, it doesn’t need gasoline or oil or nearly as much maintenance as a machine propelled by explosions, but dumping the internal combustion engine in favor of a battery and motors brings up a slew of fresh issues. Key among them, of course, is efficiency—the more miles you can squeeze from each kilowatt-hour, the better.

Duration:00:04:10

How We Learn: A WIRED Investigation

10/10/2018
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That Johannes Gutenberg guy was on to something. He may not have been the first person to print texts on paper using movable type—systems in China and Korea predated his—but his printing press made it faster, and cheaper, to create a record of a thought. One by one, those thoughts spread across Europe, philosophy and science and poetry. They might have been a cause of the Renaissance, or simply a symptom, but ideas grew legs they'd never had before.

Duration:00:02:17

What Are Shorts and Why Does Elon Hate Them?

10/9/2018
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It was a rough week for Tesla’s share price. After bouncing back from a major dip it took when the Securities and Exchange Commission threatened to sue CEO Elon Musk, and him then agreeing to settle, it’s been on a new downward slide. And it seems to be because of Musk’s tweets, as usual. This time he appears to attack the SEC (calling it the Shortseller Enrichment Commision), and reserves his real ire for short sellers of Telsa stock themselves, as usual. https://twitter.

Duration:00:07:04

These Magical Sunglasses Block All the Screens Around You

10/9/2018
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Early last year, Scott Blew was standing in line at a food truck in Los Angeles when he caught the glare of Fox News on a television out of the corner of his eye. This is ridiculous, he thought. He couldn’t even escape the deluge of the news, or the ubiquity of screens, on a jaunt outdoors to get lunch. You could consciously choose to put your phone away, to step away from your laptop, but then some other screen would pop up elsewhere, whether you liked it or not.

Duration:00:04:55

Want to Drive Like a Pro Racer? Hope You Like Numbers

10/8/2018
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Approaching an 85-mph corner at 150 mph, I’m glad my stomach is calm and my bladder is empty. The Audi R8 GT4 race car has a surprising number of nooks and crannies to hold and hide any substances that may escape my body, and my brain has enough to think about already without working a hefty cleaning bill into my finances. I need all the mental bandwidth I can get because I’m tearing around the 24 turns of Southern California’s Thermal Club circuit.

Duration:00:07:34

Uber Writes an Equation to Help Cities Measure—and Manage—the Curb

10/8/2018
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Not sure what your curb has done for you lately? Not to worry. Your answer is arriving now, in the form of an equation devised by Uber and meant to help cities evaluate how efficiently they’re using this increasingly contested space. After years of neglect and scorn, this strip of urban infrastructure, long the sole domain of the meter maid, has gotten incredibly crowded. Bike- and scooter-share companies would love to park their wares there.

Duration:00:06:30

The DOT Says ‘Drivers’ Don’t Have to Be Human

10/5/2018
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The Department of Transportation is getting a little more creative about how it defines “driver,” Secretary Elaine Chao announced Thursday. In the third version of the department’s official stance on self-driving, the department said it would “adapt the definitions of ‘driver’ and ‘operator’ to recognize that such terms to not refer exclusively to a human, but may in fact include an automated system.

Duration:00:05:26

We Need to Change How We Talk About Game Studios Closing

10/5/2018
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We need to change the way we talk about videogame studios. But even more than that, we need to change the way we talk about them when they close. In the past year, according to PC Gamer, 10 major game studios have closed, each employing anywhere from a dozen employees to hundreds. From Capcom Vancouver, the developers of the Dead Rising series, to Visceral, an EA subsidiary responsible for the Dead Space games and working on a highly anticipated Star Wars open-world game, studios keep...

Duration:00:06:15

California Says ‘Nope’ to the EPA’s Car Emissions Rules

10/4/2018
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The slow motion legal showdown between the feds, the state of California, and its climate-minded allies is on. While President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency works to roll back clean car regulations, California’s Air Resources Board convened late last week to pass a series of measures that confirm its determination to reduce vehicle emissions in the state, and its willingness to lead the fight—no matter what the federal government says.

Duration:00:05:36

Honda's Helping GM on Its Quest to Deliver Self-Driving Cars

10/4/2018
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Cruise, the self-driving car arm of General Motors, has an unexpected new ally in its bid to keep its corporate master at the forefront of an industry enduring its greatest period of change in generations: Honda. In a deal announced today, the Japanese automaker will help San Francisco-based Cruise and its Detroit owner develop and mass produce a new sort vehicle for a world in which human drivers are no longer needed.

Duration:00:04:10

How to Use Snapchat: Critical Tips for New Users

10/3/2018
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When Snapchat launched in 2011, the app seemed like a flash-in-the-pan teen messaging fad. Its signature function—sending photo and video messages that would self-destruct after viewed—echoed the fugitive thrill of passing notes. Correspondences vanish before meddling grown-ups have time to intervene. That's changed in the past few years.

Duration:00:10:28

Say Goodbye to @sweden, the Last Good Thing on Twitter

10/3/2018
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When @sweden began its grand experiment in 2011, Twitter had never seemed more full of possibilities. In New York, Twitter served as a digital bulletin board to organize protesters at Occupy Wall Street. In the Middle East, tweets served as the roots of the Arab Spring. Companies signed on to engage with customers; celebrities made accounts to grow their fanbases.

Duration:00:08:02