Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

But Facebook reported that the compensation of its median employee declined almost 5 percent last year, to $228,651—the biggest decline among the companies in WIRED’s analysis. A spokesperson says median pay for Amazon’s US employees last year was $35,096; on November 1, the company lifted its minimum US wage to $15 an hour.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

The Basic Physics of the Kilogram's Fancy New Definition

The Basic Physics of the Kilogram's Fancy New Definition

Yes, the ΔE is the change in energy levels, f is the jiggle-frequency and h is Planck's constant. The easiest way to perturb a system to get the electron to change energy levels is to use light.

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives

Amos, the 8-year-old, explained that “the daily challenges reeeeally make you want to play it.” The kids at school are always talking about them, he said, and if you don't know what they are, you're not just not in on the joke—you're a fraud.

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

Then this spring, the Health Evidence Review Commission, which guides reimbursement decisions, considered new limits: Patients with certain chronic pain conditions would gain coverage for alternative treatments under Medicaid but would have to taper off opioids, even if they have been stable on their doses for many years.

Cannondale's New Fitness Bike Can Track All Your Rides

Cannondale's New Fitness Bike Can Track All Your Rides

The new bike, announced today, comes with a sensor on the front wheel that tracks your rides and displays live ride data on your phone. If you want to study your ride data, you just download Cannondale's app, pair your phone to your bike, then spin the wheel to activate the sensor.

Can Tech 'Objectively' Assess Pain?

Can Tech 'Objectively' Assess Pain?

Some of those biases are personal: what the individual doctor considers to be painful, what specific cues they’re expecting from the patient.

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

General Motors is upgrading the soul of its lineup, our political parties are still vulnerable to cyberhacking, and Game of Thrones has reached the finish line. A new report details political parties in both the US and EU still have obvious and ongoing security flaws that are leaving them vulnerable to attack.

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.In the US, both the DNC and the RNC have worked to fortify their technical infrastructure since 2016, and, based on SecurityScorecard's findings from 2016, it shows, Casey says.

James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! Greatness, in Charts

James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! Greatness, in Charts

In addition to hitting 97 percent of buzz-ins overall, Holzhauer has correctly answered 49 out of 53 Daily Doubles and whiffed on only one of his 22 Final Jeopardy clues.

FCC Chair Backs T-Mobile and Sprint Deal, Clearing Hurdle for Merger

FCC Chair Backs T-Mobile and Sprint Deal, Clearing Hurdle for Merger

T-Mobile's proposed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint just cleared its first legal hurdle, as Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai says he will recommend that the agency approve the deal. The companies also agreed to spin off Boost Mobile, the prepaid phone service owned by Sprint.

Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

While Game of Thrones ultimately rejects the might-makes-right philosophy of Dany, the conclusion it offers is far less radical than you might expect from a show that relied so heavily on subverting expectations: that the best and perhaps only way to advance the cause of justice is not to break the wheel but to slightly rearrange the spokes.

'Game of Thrones': The Fans Were the Biggest Losers

'Game of Thrones': The Fans Were the Biggest Losers

To help put the show to rest, WIRED gathered our biggest Thrones fans—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and editors Brian Barrett and Angela Watercutter—one last time to talk about everything that happened in the series finale, and what it all means now that it's over.

John Wick Shot Down Avengers at the Box Office

John Wick Shot Down Avengers at the Box Office

The third John Wick movie topped the US box office this weekend. There’s also another movie based on Mortal Kombat coming and a new trailer for Westworld . It was bound to happen sometime, and this past weekend Avengers: Endgame was finally bested at the box office.

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

If NASA hoped to keep its moon-based instruments working on future Apollo missions, O'Brien concluded, it would need to study the matter of dust-spraying thoroughly.

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The spillway is 7000 feet long (2134 meters for non-Imperials).There are 350 "bays" that can be opened with each bay 20 feet wide (6.1 meters).The maximum flow capacity is 250,000 cubic feet per second of water flow (you can convert this to m3/s as a homework question).The floodway (the part of land that becomes a temporary river) is 5.7 miles long.

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

It’s the infrastructure that will let GM compete in an industry increasingly ruled by software—and give its customers all the high-tech goodies they’ve come to expect, from high-res screens to booty-shaking safety features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.“It’s the brain and nervous system of the vehicle,” says Al Adams, GM’s director of electrical components and subsystems, who led its development.

Star Wars News: The 'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Are Helming the Next Movie

Star Wars News: The 'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Are Helming the Next Movie

The Real Deal: The Benioff and Weiss announcement wasn't the only thing Iger confirmed while speaking at the Sixth Annual Moffett Nathanson Media & Communications Summit last week; he also revealed the (only logical, if you think about it) news that Lucasfilm was at work on a previously-unknown third live action Star Wars series for Disney+, although no further details were revealed.

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

But while tech giants like Google and Amazon and Facebook have pushed major advances in the development of AI in purely digital contexts—getting computers to recognize objects in images, for example, by having humans label those objects first—robots have remained fairly dumb as researchers have focused on getting the things to move without falling on their faces.

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes.

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

And so, when a new company called Baze pitched me that it was offering a bespoke vitamin service based on an at-home blood test, I was immediately onboard. After my time was up, I took the suggested follow-up blood test to see whether Baze’s vitamin advice had been on the mark.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Eargo's product comes with a pocketable charging case and two tiny hearing aids that nestle into the ear canal. But its latest product, Livio AI , includes sensors that, combined with a mobile app, turn it into a full-fledged activity tracker.

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

Even after a discovery in 2006 showing 400 piping plovers wintering in the Bahamas, researchers likely only know where half the population spends much of its year, says Jeffery.

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Senator Ted Cruz voiced support for President Trump's proposed Space Force last week. What Really Happened: There's no way to sugarcoat this: The war over abortion has intensified beyond what most would have expected in the past couple of weeks, with new bills being signed into law that significantly limit the freedom of those with wombs in certain states.

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

What to look for in the series finale: Many fans now point to George R.R. Martin's series title, A Song of Ice and Fire , as proof that Jon Snow, the physical manifestation of the wintery Stark clan and the dragon-rearing Targaryen family, is the prince that was promised.

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

"One major reason Bluetooth is involved in so many cases is just how complex this protocol is," says Ben Seri, one of the researchers who discovered BlueBorne and vice president of research at the embedded device security firm Armis.

The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

Dragomir said the radius gap points to possible rules both about how planets are formed, and what happens to them early on. Though some kind of atmosphere loss is a reasonable guess, it is just one of three general ideas, said Sara Seager, an astronomer at MIT who is deputy science director for the TESS mission.

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