Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

FREDERICK FLORIN/Getty Images European lawmakers took a swing at Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants Thursday, endorsing new rules to crack down on unfair practices that stifle competition by online platforms and app stores.

The Entire Galaxy of Hardware Samsung Announced Today

The Entire Galaxy of Hardware Samsung Announced Today

The vision includes 5G, folding displays, and a brand new line of Galaxy phones filled with flashy features. Samsung wants you to buy its latest hardware, but it also needs you to buy into its vision for the future, so you'll keep returning to the ecosystem of Galaxy products for years to come.

Manufacturing Advocacy Group Says Green New Deal Could Cost Consumers $244 Billion in Replacement Costs

Manufacturing Advocacy Group Says Green New Deal Could Cost Consumers $244 Billion in Replacement Costs

On Feb. 14, its president, David Holt, issued the following statement: The Green New Deal is not a practical solution for American consumers. This segment of the population lacks the financial resources to replace the most essential appliances the Green New Deal would require.

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

Gaze Upon the Black Magic of Electrical Discharge Machining

Gaze Upon the Black Magic of Electrical Discharge Machining

Gaze Upon the Black Magic of Electrical Discharge Machining Reliable EDM It’s not every day that industrial machining sends you into a fit of joy.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

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.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

Gillette's Ad Proves the Definition of a Good Man Has Changed

Gillette's Ad Proves the Definition of a Good Man Has Changed

Titled “We Believe,” the nearly two-minute video features a diverse cast of boys getting bullied, of teens watching media representatives of macho guys objectifying women, and of men looking into the mirror while news reports of #MeToo and toxic masculinity play in the background.

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

Explaining its full shutdown plan in 2016, the MTA said the tunnel’s bench walls “must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of the two tubes [east and west] that carry trains through the tunnel.” Replacing these things involves jackhammering away concrete, removing the rubble, replacing the cabling inside, setting new concrete, and having it dry.

We Need to Not Freak Out About the Robot Revolution

We Need to Not Freak Out About the Robot Revolution

"Because building things is great and important, but let's not have nostalgia for the days where my great grandfather would be on an assembly line losing a finger every four years." Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg/Getty Images You, like me, may sometimes (or all the time!) feel that the world is spiraling out of control—trade wars and political strife.

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

Ticket Masters The box office reached an all-time high in 2018 , earning nearly $12 billion in revenue in the United States alone—and eclipsing a previous record set in 2016.

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

The camera data is used to calculate the moment when a robot should stop moving, depending on what it’s doing and its distance to a human, says Patrick Sobalvarro, CEO and co-founder of Veo.

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

By way of Galileo’s simple observation so length and time were seen to be linked—a linkage that made it possible that a length could be derived not simply from the dimensions of limbs and knuckles and strides, but by the hitherto quite unanticipated observation of the passage of time.From the book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.HarperA century later an English divine, John Wilkins, proposed employing Galileo’s discovery to create an entirely new fundamental unit, one that had nothing to do with the then-traditional standard in England, which was a rod that was more or less officially declared to be the length of a yard.

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

Still, it's energy from food.Burning StuffLet's say you want to heat up some water. Is it possible to use energy from food to heat the water? Changing the nucleus is what happens in a nuclear reaction.OK, so take an atom like Uranium-235.

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

The Best (Free) Streaming Service You've Never Heard OfDirector Josephine Decker’s experimental drama Madeline’s Madeline is one of many films available on Kanopy.Oscilloscope PicturesWhen the classic-movie streaming service FilmStruck shuttered last month, it caused a palpable panic among cineastes.

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

What you need, in other words, is your local zoning code, the body of all the laws and regulations related to land use in your area.Codification services like American Legal Publishing or Municode typically post legal codes online, but Glassmeyer says they're sometimes not searchable, making it harder for people to find what they're looking for.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

This New Liquid Ski Wax Gives You a Lifetime Speed Boost

This New Liquid Ski Wax Gives You a Lifetime Speed Boost

I've spent many nights in my own basement or a hotel room waxing and polishing skis to gain a bit of speed on the hill, and took a certain pride in my labor (even if the results were fleeting).I tested Phantom-treated demo skis last March in high-mountain Utah, and again for two days on Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont.

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

The efficiency of the delivery depends on a whole host of factors, like the density of where you live, whether trucks stopping in your neighborhood have places to pull over out of traffic, and how many people near you are also ordering products.

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in Peter Jackson's New Movie“We thought it was worth making a little comment,” says Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Mortal Engines.UniversalEarly on in Mortal Engines, the forthcoming movie based on Philip Reeve's book, a small Bavarian population gets consumed by the moving metropolis of "London." (The movie, like the book, is set in a future where roving "predator cities" ingest smaller towns for their resources.) As its citizens are forced to resettle in their new home, voices on loudspeakers tell them where to go and what to do.

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

It comes in the form of a new outwear collection called ReNew which has rescued some three million plastic water bottles (so far) from landfills and beaches, repurposing them as synthetic fabrics.EverlaneThe line of plastic parkas and puffer jackets follows a trend from companies big (Adidas), small (Rothy's), niche (Girlfriend Collective), and mainstream (H&M), all of which have recently incorporated recycled plastic into their wares.

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.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like CultsMaddie McGarvey/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIn recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world.In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was arrested the next month occupying a Cemex cement factory, claiming that he had knowledge that Cemex was secretly assisting in child trafficking—a theory discussed in Facebook groups, in an attempt to push it into Twitter trending topics.Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, the director of research at New Knowledge, and a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation, and trust.

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA are the only companies among the 10 biggest oil and gas producers in the world which disclose how their carbon emissions will decline over time, according to the first analysis of its kind by managers overseeing more than $9 trillion of funds.

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

You should probably just bring it.In some states you can bring your phone into the voting booth with you, and even post a “ballot selfie,” but in others you can’t, so again, check your local election sites.

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

As such, this week we've got a (sort of) breakup, hot news about yet another videogame making its way to TV, and some dirt on Nintendo's long-awaited online service.

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin ColorCasey Chin/Getty ImagesTech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner.

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