Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control

He founded Locast, which provides broadcast television over the internet for a monthly donation, because he wanted to “preserve the social contract in the streaming age.” Goodfriend isn’t alone.The cable companies, content providers, and broadcasters aren’t making it easy.

How to Layer Clothes for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

How to Layer Clothes for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Sweat too much and you'll dampen your clothes, and wet fabric will chill and rub your skin raw.Despite the preconceptions, thin merino wool base layers are fine and popular for warm-weather use.For high-intensity activities, such as climbing or backpacking, choose very thin base layers and short underwear.

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Rolling around on a wheeled base, it’s basically a large robotic arm that grabs boxes using vacuum power, and it’s designed for tasks like unloading trucks or stacking pallets.

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

Today, though, unveiled a new service: Camera to Cloud, which allows multiple people to start working on a shot the second the director films it, greatly reducing the number of people on set and increasing the number who can contribute from a safe, socially (very) distant place.

Carolina Wrens Will Nest in Just About Anything

Carolina Wrens Will Nest in Just About Anything

Sometimes, we might even wonder if our efforts to provide nest boxes and brush piles somehow fail to meet the Carolina wren’s creative standards.Along with nest boxes, wrens seem to favor what brush piles have to offer.

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process.Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry.

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

On your new Xbox, go to Settings > System > Backup and Transfer > Network Transfer, then check the option, select your old console, choose what you want to copy over, and then click Copy Selected to start the process.

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

If you have an HDMI port on your laptop, it'll be the easiest way to connect the two together, since you won't need to buy a new cable or adapter.You can just borrow the HDMI cable from your streaming box, game console, or other device for your laptop.

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

WIRED senior writer Adrienne So has been using it for Zoom these past few months, and it's her new favorite way of joining into our WIRED zoom calls.Nintendo Switch for $299: Whether you realize it or not, your mom and dad played probably video games at some point.

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Target has dangled its Deal Days sales event for weeks, but it remained tight-lipped about the details until this morning.These are our favorite deals on smart home devices, audiophile gear, computer accessories, and more.You'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to get most of these deals.

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Black Box opens with handsome, skittish widower Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) dealing with memory loss six months after a car crash kills his wife and leaves him with a severe brain injury.Early on, Black Box suffers from showing its “monster” too frequently and not making it horrifying at all.

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Cyberbullying is hard to define and even harder to measure; even Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, can’t estimate how prevalent the behavior is on its platform, or whether it’s worsened as Instagram replaces school cafeterias and shopping malls as the main place where teenagers interact.

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

The Xbox Series X is $500, which is about what most next-gen consoles start at.There's no Blu-ray disc drive, so you can only play digital games from the Microsoft Store.

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

After WIRED flagged them to the company, Google said Friday it had blocked those suggestions for breaking its new election-related policies for autocomplete.Typing "donate bid" on Thursday suggested searches related to the Biden campaign.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

‘DiceKeys’ Creates a Master Password for Life With One Roll

‘DiceKeys’ Creates a Master Password for Life With One Roll

Schechter is also building a separate app that will integrate with DiceKeys to allow users to write a DiceKeys-generated key to their U2F two-factor authentication token.

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

While Gmail doesn’t scan the content of your emails to collect information for its advertising machines, data from your Google account is used to serve ads in your Gmail inbox.

New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch

New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch

The upcoming version for the Nintendo Switch, succinctly titled New Pokémon Snap, has no release date yet.

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

(Once, in 2017, when Sony accidentally turned on Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Spencer tweeted, “I would have liked to see them leave it on.”) You were a PlayStation person and you meandered around their walled garden, where you played the games exclusive to the PlayStation console.

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

It can't actually send and receive emails without an internet connection, but it will let you search through old messages and compose new ones (which can then be sent as soon as connectivity returns).In your web browser, click the cog icon (on the right), then Settings and Offline —check the box marked Enable offline mail , and choose how many days of messages you want to sync to your computer (7, 30 or 90).Screenshot: Wired Staff via Google.

4 Cocktail Subscription Kits for Every Taste

4 Cocktail Subscription Kits for Every Taste

You’ll get better value from the company’s a la carte kits, which are available as one-off purchases for $83 to $95, each including a full bottle of booze along with all the fixins needed for 12 servings of a single cocktail.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

Silicon Valley Rethinks the (Home) Office

Silicon Valley Rethinks the (Home) Office

The tech industry was full of early adopters, but a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management in March found that two-thirds of US companies were “taking steps to allow employees to work from home who don't normally do so.” The mass exodus from the office is likely to change the way teams operate in the long-term.

Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts—All of Them

Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts—All of Them

In those intervening years, the Mouse House also launched its own streaming service, Disney+, which now offers fans new 4K restorations of the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels.

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

While a router upgrade doesn't make any difference to the speed of the internet coming into your home, it can certainly have an impact on the speeds and stability you see on your devices.

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

It’s hard to say right now how the Xbox Series X compares to the upcoming PlayStation 5 .We don’t yet know the PlayStation 5’s major specs for sure, but we do know that both consoles deliver 4K gaming, have solid state drives, and support ray tracing .

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

The party speakers, subs, and LED spotlights in Ikea and Teenage Engineering's new Frekvens collection already put other speaker systems to shame.

A Tiny Glass Bead Goes as Still as Nature Allows

A Tiny Glass Bead Goes as Still as Nature Allows

It is as still as it could possibly be, as permitted by the laws of physics: It’s reached what physicists call the bead’s “motional ground state.” “The ground state is the limit where you cannot extract any more energy from an object,” says Aspelmeyer, who works at the University of Vienna.