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.

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

The US Department of Justice on Monday unsealed a 13-count indictment against Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, alleging the company misled banking partners about violations of US sanctions against Iran.

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Rhett Allain Using this relay, you don't have to have a huge current going through both your low-power thingy and your high-power lightbulb. Also, if I wanted to use some microcontroller (like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi) to turn this light on and off, the controller only needs a small output current rather than almost 2 amps.

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

Nota bene : WIRED favorite REI is also having a clearance sale through January 21, so if you are planning a trip this winter, now is a good time to stock up on ski socks, helmets, and more.

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC.

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Harley-Davidson's Electric LiveWire Motorcycle Debuts at CES

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Harley-Davidson announced it has started taking pre-orders for the LiveWire, the all-electric motorcycle it first showed off in 2014.

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC will continue to auction off rights to use the wireless spectrum during the shutdown because those auctions are funded by the auctions themselves.

AT&T Says It Will (Kinda Sorta) Start Offering a 5G Network

AT&T Says It Will (Kinda Sorta) Start Offering a 5G Network

For now, though, AT&T's new network, dubbed 5G+, and a 5G home wireless network launched by Verizon in five cities in October, will be nowhere near that fast, and only be available in limited areas.AT&T says it will first offer its service in parts of Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio; and Waco, Texas.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

That's the premise of the book How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North.Without getting into the nitty-gritty details, it gives you the general idea of how things like an electric motor or wifi work. If you can build a radio transmitter, you won't need a clock.

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.

5G Lands in Hawaii, and Soon, on Your Next Smartphone

5G Lands in Hawaii, and Soon, on Your Next Smartphone

While the rollout of 4G greatly impacted component makers, network operators, and technology companies, Amon said, with 5G “basically every other industry understands that this technology will modify their business.”Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager for mobile Alex Katouzian shows off the new Snapdragon 855 at a media event in Hawaii.

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

"The forest stands its ground, fights back, and survives," he says.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeThe 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up ChernobylLaura MalloneeHow That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo HappenedLaura MalloneeA Cross-Country Road Trip, Courtesy of Google Street ViewFrance lost 60,000 acres to wildfires last year, most in the southern Mediterranean rim.

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

The four-day WIRED Festival, happening all over San Francisco on October 12–15, celebrates everything that makes today's world fascinating, inspiring, and, yes, sometimes a little unsettling.Our updated speaker and event lineup includes a robot petting zoo (where the robots pet you back!), a punning contest, an art studio tour, some kid-friendly science fun with Adam Savage's Mythbusters Jr., behind-the-scenes tours of SFMOMA, a DJ set with Questlove, and screenings of WIRED-approved films at Alamo Drafthouse.The four-day celebration will start with WIRED25 WORK, a day of insider office tours, and culminate at the WIRED25 SUMMIT at SF Jazz.

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

By helpfully suggesting talking points to resellers—or MVNOs, for Mobile Virtual Network Operators—including Mint Mobile, Republic Wireless, and Ting, all of which lease access from the Big Four network operators (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) in order to sell phone and data services to customers, T-Mobile is following the usual "air of inevitability" merger playbook.Susan Crawford (@scrawford is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, a professor at Harvard Law School, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.What's so troubling about T-Mobile's get-out-the-vote campaign is who is aiding the company’s lobbying.