RE:WIRED 2021: Neal Stephenson on Building and Fixing Worlds

RE:WIRED 2021: Neal Stephenson on Building and Fixing Worlds

“The idea that we could have a pandemic that by this point has killed going on twice as many Americans as died in World War II, and in a much shorter span of time, and yet there's still a sizable number of people in this country who don't even think it's real,” Stephenson told senior correspondent Adam Rogers today at RE:WIRED.

Island Nations Unable to Attend UN Climate Talks May Vanish

Island Nations Unable to Attend UN Climate Talks May Vanish

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Last week, it emerged that a third of Pacific small island states and territories do not have any government figures attending COP26, largely due to the quarantine periods they would face on their return to mostly Covid-free nations.

The Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

The Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

Best Overall: Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8Runner-Up: TP-Link Deco X20 AX1800Best for Simplicity: Eero 6Best for Large Homes: Netgear Orbi AX4200 RBK753Best Budget Option: Vilo Mesh RouterThings to Consider: Shopping TipsSpecial offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

WIRED : Climate change is no longer really this kind of nebulous idea that a lot of people didn't think affected their lives personally.Susan Clayton : There's very good evidence about impacts on mental health of extreme weather events—obviously big storms, wildfires, floods, that kind of thing.

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

Scott Brodie, founder of Heart Shaped Games and lead developer on the game, told WIRED, “I look at Afrofuturism as a way to center stories around Black people and the broader diaspora and not being so Western-centric.

Spice World: WIRED Traces the Dune Legacy

Spice World: WIRED Traces the Dune Legacy

What people mean when they say it’s unfilmable is less, perhaps, that it can’t be filmed and more that it’s begging not to be.The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man How to Make a Stillsuit Dune Foresaw Modern WarfareThe Military Lessons of the Spice Wars

This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

This Magnetic Desk Is a Neat Freak’s Dream

I once nearly drilled a hole in my desk just to run the wire from my old mechanical keyboard to my desktop PC underneath instead of strewn over the top like a layabout.The cable management features run on top of the desk and below it.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Has the Best Cameras.Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has been our favorite high-end camera phone for the better part of a year, largely because its camera system is unrivaled in the US.

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max , and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don't judge).Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

(Giaia Rener, Ray-Ban's global brand director, even describes them as "the first smart glasses you're going to want to wear.")If you ignore the fact that they have cameras and wireless connectivity, Ray-Ban Stories are just a pair of Wayfarers.

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with WIRED senior writer Lily Hay Newman about what caused the power problems in New Orleans, and how humanity can prepare for unexpected disasters (like solar flares) that might come in the near future.

The Stealthy iPhone Hacks That Apple Still Can't Stop

The Stealthy iPhone Hacks That Apple Still Can't Stop

Apple hasn't issued a fix for this particular vulnerability and corresponding attack, dubbed “Megalodon” by Amnesty International and “ForcedEntry” by Citizen Lab. An Apple spokesperson told WIRED that it intends to harden iMessage security beyond BlastDoor, and that new defenses are coming with iOS 15, which will likely come out next month.

This WIRED-Approved Heated Massage Gun Is on Sale Now

This WIRED-Approved Heated Massage Gun Is on Sale Now

One of our favorite alternatives, the SKG F5 Massage Gun, is much more affordable, even more so now that it's on sale for almost half the price (with code SKG40SKG , which you can add at checkout).

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

New York–based, fashion-forward company Master & Dynamic makes headphones that make audiophiles drool.Master & Dynamic MW07 Go. Photograph: Master & DynamicWIRED audio reviewer Parker Hall and I have tried these beautiful wireless workout buds (9/10, WIRED Recommends ).

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

Photograph: Motorola Make sure to check out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Headphones guides for more.Motorola One 5G for $350 ($50 off) : This Android phone will give you not only four rear cameras but also two days of battery life on a single charge.

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

In the course of investigating those problem users, Twitch COO Sara Clemens tells WIRED, Twitch’s moderation and law enforcement teams learned how challenging it is to review and make decisions based on users’ behavior IRL or on other platforms like Discord.

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

Inequalities persist, but three senior-level women at the National Security Agency and Cyber Command offered WIRED rare insights into how those organizations have evolved—and the hard work that remains to be done.

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

An early draft of the report, seen by WIRED, says that increased usage of end-to-end encryption would protect adults’ privacy at the expense of children’s safety, and that any strategy adopted by technology companies to mitigate the effect of end-to-end encryption will “almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content.”.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Geared toward professionals whose own careers have been upended by these forces, the Resilience Residency offers a unique opportunity for non-journalists to report powerful stories from their changing fields and start new conversations about the future.

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wired Headset for $35 ($15 off): One of our favorite affordable picks, the Cloud Stinger is a great choice for desktop PCs, especially if you're playing a lot of team games and need a mic and headset but don't want to break the bank.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Use Any Phone as a Webcam for a Windows PC.If you're on a PC running Windows and you use an Android phone or iPhone, one of the easiest (and wireless) methods is to use an app called DroidCam .

Watch Us Sing Sea Chanteys on Twitch With The Longest Johns

Watch Us Sing Sea Chanteys on Twitch With The Longest Johns

Like a lot of people, we here at WIRED have spent a good portion of these early weeks of 2021 obsessed with sea chanteys .

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED.

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Smartwatches, and More

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Smartwatches, and More

WIRED writer Matt Jancer says it's his pick for most people in his Best Webcams guide .The T7, Samsung's latest, includes USB-C and USB-C-to-USB-A cables so you can connect them to your laptop or computer.

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

The flour shortages that plagued us in the early months of the pandemic are probably over where you live, but it's worth hitting up local bakeries, pizza shops, or other bread-baking restaurants for their favorite flours.Photograph: Alex Lau/Conde Nast/Getty Images Now that you've got the ingredients and tools, find a great recipe and get to baking.

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Silicon Valley sees the creation of virtual worlds as the ultimate free-market solution to a political problem.To play Alyx, those headsets need to be wired to a high-end gaming PC.

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

On your computer, you should see Wireless Controller pop up in the Add a device list, and you can click on it to pair.

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