The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

Just Rent Your Clothes

Just Rent Your Clothes

I was partly inspired to do this after reading a late-2017 New York Times column about the author's " no-shopping year ." If I was going to curb my consumerism, clothes seemed like a good place to start.

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

"I just wish we could have created it without some of the business model characteristics that are causing the harm." Nicola Gell/Getty Images Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when the Facebook CEO was just 22 and his two-year-old company still only catered to university students.

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can Alyssa Foote This week, Google announced that it had patched a wicked vulnerability in Chrome, by far the most popular browser in the world.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

This week's videogame news includes a, um, battle royale between Fortnite and Apex Legends , another weird gaffe by Steam, and Nintendo sneaking a big surprise into an unassuming package.

Star Wars News: Here Is the Entire Saga in Just 5 Minutes

Star Wars News: Here Is the Entire Saga in Just 5 Minutes

The Real Deal: Star Wars took over social media last week with the release of Star Wars: Always , a fan-edited trailer for the entire series of live-action movies to date.

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8 ArenaNet, the company behind Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns , suffered layoffs this week. Fortnite 's new season is here, y'all. It is a new season of Fortnite , and I'm ready to build.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

Regina King, making her way onstage to accept an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk , was struggling with her long white dress, so Chris Evans offered her his forearm for stability.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: A little over a week ago, just as President Trump was signing a spending bill that would keep the government open, he declared a national emergency to fund his border wall.

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week Smartphone season started early this year. Samsung showed off five new Galaxy phones, including three Galaxy S10 models available for preorder right now.

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

More specifically as "an immersive experience" offering "the best in food, art, music, and adventure" on an island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" that is somehow "on the boundaries of the impossible." As one social media strategist in Fyre Fraud put it, "what Fyre Festival did prove is that the power of influence is real." If that all sounds like gobbledygook marketing, it's because it is.

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of the Breast: Pumping Tech Is Better than Ever Amy Lombard The big buzz in "baby tech"—the cottage industry of gadgets to aid fertility, pregnancy, and the first six months of infancy—looks like a simple black bra.

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

But Shannon wanted to know if she should switch to a fancier and more expensive new model—specifically one of those from Magimix, Cuisinart, or [Breville], the latter two having built-in mini processors, which, thanks to a bowl insert, helps you process smaller quantities of food.

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

But earlier this month came news of a potential game changer, from no less a tech luminary than Bill Joy. A long-time investor in clean tech—for years he was involved in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins’ ill-fated foray into “green” funding—Joy is now serving on the board of Ionic Materials , a battery-tech company in which he has invested.

Cantina Talk: Star Wars Will Return in Full Force in 2019

Cantina Talk: Star Wars Will Return in Full Force in 2019

The Real Deal: Here's one more thing about Episode IX : According to Carrie Fisher's brother, there will be a lot more of Leia Skywalker in J.J. Abrams' next Star Wars movie than people expected, and it'll be all-new footage.

Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit Goes Poof, But Buyers May Benefit

Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit Goes Poof, But Buyers May Benefit

Elon Musk's company just became the first automaker to lose access to the full $7,500 federal tax credit designed to spur the adoption of electric cars. Tesla sold that magic milestone car in July last year, and got another two quarters of full credit for its buyers.

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

(That last one was probably just a lightsaber, to be fair.) It may be stale by now, but it always gets a laugh—and now it's time to add Jude Law to the list of performatively paranoid castmembers.In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, the actor revealed the very well known fact that Brie Larson is playing the titular character in next year's Captain Marvel, and almost immediately went into joke autopilot mode.

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

It got him and his group off the ground.Engelbart: I got the money to do a research project on trying to test the different kind of display selection devices and that’s when I came up with the idea of mouse.Bill English: (chief engineer at SRI) That happened in ’63.

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

For the three-week mission this past February, a team of six analog astronauts and nine support crew traveled to the desert of the country's Dhofar region, settling in a stretch between a tangle of oil pipelines and the Arabian Sea.“Hands-down, my favorite part was day zero of the simulation,” says Voggeneder, recalling his first EVA (extravehicular activity) simulation.

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

Giving in to the gripper felt like an admission of my addiction to my phone, that my device is constantly in my hand or within reach. Since I’ve had a Popsocket gripper attached to my phone, I’m not as reluctant to use my device on the train.

A Must-Have Debate About Thanksgiving Meal Essentials

A Must-Have Debate About Thanksgiving Meal Essentials

It's sweet and sour and perfect and brings the whole meal together.Round 2: Mashed Potatoes or Potato Casserole?Watercutter: I'm going to be the pro-carb advocate here and say "both." I love mashed potatoes, especially with whatever gravy can be made from the turkey.

When the Baby in Family Photos Is Actually Made of Silicone

When the Baby in Family Photos Is Actually Made of Silicone

Kunz has seen posts on eBay or Facebook from women trying to sell their doll, saying “they aren’t getting along with their babies." But mostly, people buy Reborns because they make them feel good.On the web, they're everywhere.

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

This is the basis of science.Science Is Not About the Truth; It's About Building ModelsWhen you think of the word "model," do you think of a small plastic thing that looks like a car or a plane?

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

But tell that to those around the president.https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1040629257398046720The Takeaway: There’s really only one way to end this, isn’t there?https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1040623817280954370Ringo Starr Would Be AppalledWhat Happened: Just in case you thought that Thomas and Friends was a jolly series about happy trains and overweight controllers, the National Rifle Association has a shocking piece of information for you.

An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

I’m thinking, “This is going to be a disaster.” But she sat down and started talking with Steve and she had all these great ideas.In February 2001, Apple moved the industrial design studio from across the street to Infinite Loop 2.Rubinstein: I didn’t like the idea—I thought they should be further away from Steve, so it’s a little more difficult for him to drop in any time he wanted.

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

As of this month, the multi-level streets of Chicago are studded with Waze Beacons, hockey puck-sized squares that stick to the sides of tunnel walls and broadcast an open standard signal via Bluetooth so Waze and other navigation apps can triangulate a position.

'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Is Ryan Murphy’s 'Infinity War'—Here's a Primer

'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Is Ryan Murphy’s 'Infinity War'—Here's a Primer

It’s impossible to know for sure, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you sit down to watch Apocalypse.Character ConnectionsSince the latest season of AHS is a crossover, there are a few faces definitely returning.