For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

And the already-ambiguous situation is further complicated by the fact that most gig workers are independent contractors who need good reviews from the client and who don’t have access to an open-door human resources department or colleagues they can complain to.

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube The comments sections are the most knowledgeable I’ve ever encountered: If a YouTuber is doing something wrong, there’s always some sheep or peach tree or rainwater collection expert there to troubleshoot and offer advice.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Amazon Alexa or Google speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day. SQN Venture Partners, the company that purchased Jibo's assets, has kept the robot's servers running since taking ownership in November, perhaps out of kindness or obligation.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Alexa or Google Speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day.

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

It’s approaching midnight as hundreds of anarchists gather at the edge of the surf at a beach in Acapulco, Mexico. Berwick's wife, Kena, is an Acapulco native with deep ties in a city of 800,000 people that locals say feels like a small town.

The Best Photo of Birds Fighting Over Food You'll Ever See

The Best Photo of Birds Fighting Over Food You'll Ever See

Dive-bombing from heights up to 300 feet and speeds as fast as 60 miles per hour, these sharp-beaked birds don't bother with etiquette—as Tracey Lund captures in this amazing image, taken near the Shetland Islands last summer.

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

Buy MSR's Lightning Ascent Snowshoes for $225 ($75 off) Gaming, Laptop, and Tech Deals Aukey Portable Battery Charger Aukey Apple Deals Apple iPad (2018) Apple Outdoor Apparel Deals 686 GLCR Hydrostash Jacket with built-in water pack 686 Amazon Device Deals Amazon Fire TV Cube streams movies and television shows, and brings Alexa into your living room.

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

The company's roster of smart home devices now includes multiple speakers, TV streaming boxes and sticks, connected television sets, countertop displays, a wall clock, and a DVR, not to mention oddball gadgets like a scanning wand that aids your grocery shopping and a camera that judges your outfits.

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia last week, Jennifer Robertson, widow of QuadrigaCX CEO Gerry Cotten, wrote that the company owes its customers $190 million, but can’t access the funds to pay them back.

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

Read on for a few tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint this year.

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

“We’ve learned a lot from Sonos, how they’re set up in terms of helping customers when they’re dealing with network issues, or products that are related to a Sonos speaker,” says Block.

Which Sonos Speaker Should You Buy?

Which Sonos Speaker Should You Buy?

Buy the Playbar bundle for $1,678 on Amazon or Sonos.com Or Try a Beam Bundle: The Playbar still sounds better, but the Sonos Beam works great as the center of a home theater, too.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Raises Some Questions

The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Raises Some Questions

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Early this morning, Tom Holland, aka Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in Marvel's movies, to reveal the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home . No, the plot revealed in the Far From Home trailer doesn't necessarily mean that Peter Parker will be revived after Thanos' dastardly deed.

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence Cheryl Chenet/Corbis/Getty Images When the US government shut down on December 21st there was an overlooked victim: the Violence Against Women Act, which expired the same day.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread

The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread

Mighty AI’s weekly operations meeting would be getting started at 10:15, so I had a lot of calls to make.I phoned our board members one at a time, sharing the news with those I reached.

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa Amazon; Casey Chin I love to scream at robots. Morril had a tendency to scream at Alexa whenever she got things wrong, like thinking he was in Calgary instead of Brooklyn when he asked the weather.

Gear of the Year: All the Best Stuff From 2018

Gear of the Year: All the Best Stuff From 2018

And really, that's the thing that lead us to name the iPhone XR our mobile device of the year. —MC Best Audio Device: Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones Sony After years of trying, Sony’s third-generation WH-1000XM finally matched the noise canceling abilities of Bose top cans, the QC35 II.

Which Amazon Echo Should You Buy?

Which Amazon Echo Should You Buy?

If music and audio quality are your jam, the Sonos One is still the speaker to own, but the Echo Plus isn't bad, especially if you pair it with an Echo Sub ($130).It’s also the best version to buy if you own smart home devices, thanks to its Zigbee support.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The FCC regulates who can use which ranges, or bands, of frequencies to prevent users from interfering with each other’s signals.Low-Band FrequenciesBands below 1 GHz traditionally used by broadcast radio and television as well as mobile networks; they easily cover large distances and travel through walls, but those are now so crowded that carriers are turning to the higher range of the spectrum.Mid-Band SpectrumThe range of the wireless spectrum from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, used by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and many other applications.

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

Airport security regulations might mean you can no longer reasonably expect that you’re not being recorded in a terminal or on an airplane.And it’s not just government surveillance that has changed over the years — we ourselves are inviting devices into our homes and lives that could fundamentally alter what we can expect when it comes to privacy.

How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind

How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind

If you order the same coffee every day from the Philz Coffee app, Siri will suggest turning that routine into a simple, one-tap shortcut.No Shortcut to SuccessKeep in mind that some apps’ functions are more integrated with Shortcuts’ API than others.

17 Tech and Outdoors Deals, From Chargers to Hiking Boots

17 Tech and Outdoors Deals, From Chargers to Hiking Boots

If you want to support our work, get an ad-free unlimited browsing experience, and the monthly magazine, a year of WIRED is only $10.The Ring Doorbell and New Echo Dot Are $79 OffAre you traveling for the holidays?

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

8 Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

You can easily connect two other Sonos speakers for surround sound, or add a Sonos Sub to the mix to deepen those explosions.The Beam isn't the absolute best soundbar on the market, but it's good enough for most living rooms and its compact size makes it usable for many size TVs. If you own a Fire TV, the Beam can play movies and TV shows with voice requests, and will likely gain new abilities when Google Assistant is added.Buy the Beam for $399 from Amazon or Sonos(The Polk Command Bar ($250) is a workable, cheaper alternative)4.

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

NASA Lands Its InSight SpacecraftNASA/JPL-CaltechAfter a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft—a mission nearly ten years and close to $1 billion in the making—landed successfully on the surface of Mars on Monday, touching down on the planet's surface just a few minutes before 12:00 pm PT.In the final moments of the spacecraft’s descent, the mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was silent as updates on InSight's status blared over the PA system: "Altitude 300 meters… 200 meters… 80 meters… 60 meters … 50 meters, constant velocity 37 meters… 30 meters … 20 meters… 17 meters… standing by for touchdown… Touchdown confirmed!

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

He was there to introduce a movie, of which he is begrudgingly but indisputably the star.“The film has my name, but it’s less about me, and more about my chief concerns,” the 86-year-old said with characteristic self-effacing charm.Rams, who is famous for his clean-lined designs for home goods companies like Braun and Vitsoe, has many concerns—the state of the world, the state of design, the way our appetite for shiny, new things is leading us down a gluttonous path of destruction—and he voices all of them in the new documentary Rams.The film is the newest from Gary Hustwit, who serves as the design world’s de-facto documentarian having made the lauded Urbanized, Objectified, and Helvetica.

Cities Have Turned Into Fire Bait—But We Can Fix Them

Cities Have Turned Into Fire Bait—But We Can Fix Them

High winds blow embers perhaps miles in advance of a blaze, firebrands that land on clusters of pine needles or leaves on roofs, quickly triggering hundreds if not thousands of house fires, as appears to have happened in Paradise.Part of what makes the destruction of Paradise so shocking is that we tend to assume that cities just don’t burn anymore.

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in your own home, under your own blankets, with all the glory, and none of the freezing wind.

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

“Get Big Fast” gave way to “Minimum Viable Product.”The Latest Shopping TechStock BotsWalmart partnered with Bossa Nova Robotics to deploy inventory-tracking droids in 50 stores this year.Virtual ShowroomsHardware giant Lowe’s debuted its “Holoroom” last year, which guides headset-clad DIYers through home improvement projects in VR.Face TimeGourmet confectioner Lolli & Pops recently installed facial recognition cameras in stores to flag regulars and compile customized shopping recommendations.Mirror, MirrorFashion retailer Farfetch unveiled touchscreen mirrors and clothing racks that sense when an item is removed—then beam a virtual version to the shopper's smartphone.Cinderella ScannersNew Balance and Fleet Feet Sports recently introduced scanners by Volumental that generate a 3D virtual model of your feet in five seconds.

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