Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

“If people are going to choose to play games, we want to be as efficient as we possibly can in delivering that experience, either via a console or a data center in a streamed environment,” said Microsoft’s vice president of cloud gaming, Kareem Choudhry in a March interview with WIRED.

Become a Prime Day Pro With These Tips and Early Deals

Become a Prime Day Pro With These Tips and Early Deals

By year two, we at WIRED had changed our tune , and five years later, Prime Day is so big that Amazon makes more money from it than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Now Is a Great Time to Try These 5 Menstrual Products

Now Is a Great Time to Try These 5 Menstrual Products

They mostly feel just like any other pair of underwear.Even when I used the heaviest protection, I didn't feel like I was wearing thick underwear or pull-up diapers (or even a pad for that matter).

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.

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

Later, to help back up his claim, Kirk#5270 appears to have changed the email address tied to the Twitter account @foreign to an email address belonging to Rolex#0373.

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

More mundanely, the signal could come from contamination inside the experiment.“Despite being excited about this excess, we should be very patient,” said Luca Grandi, a physicist at the University of Chicago and one of the leaders of the 163-person experiment, which is called XENON1T.

11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)

11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)

Quality mattresses generally aren't cheap, even on sale, and bed-in-a-box makers are notorious at always having a sale going of some kind, but the Memorial Day discounts on all our favorite mattresses are slightly better than the other sales throughout the year.

An Alien War Took Over Grand Theft Auto V. It Could End Tonight

An Alien War Took Over Grand Theft Auto V. It Could End Tonight

Mimicking Long’s gang, a slew of players purchased green alien suits and baseball bats to menace GTA V innocents.In protest, players donned purple alien suits and rose up against the bully green gang members.

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

In 2003 security researcher Katie Moussouris was working at the enterprise security firm @stake —which would later be acquired by Symantec—when she spotted a bad flaw in an encrypted flash drive from Lexar.

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

As Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino clutched out the only goal of the club's December 21 FIFA Club World Cup match before a live audience of over 45,000, at least twice as many fans were tuned in somewhere better suited to FIFA 20, the video game: the streaming platform Twitch.

The New Version of Bluetooth Is Here to Fix Your Headphones

The New Version of Bluetooth Is Here to Fix Your Headphones

That LE stands for “low energy,” and the goal for the update is to allow a standard Bluetooth signal to better manage and share wireless audio streams between devices without overworking the batteries in your phone, your smartwatch, or your headphones.

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

Like many teenagers growing up in the early- to mid-aughts, Russian photographer Rus Khasanov spent an obscene amount of money on CDs. He displayed his favorites on a shelf—Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, assorted Harry Potter soundtracks—and protected the rest inside black faux-leather binders, handling the discs with utmost care.

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The disco clam is saved, and the mantis shrimp is not only out of a meal but is itself at risk of being eaten, by hanging out there like a punch-drunk prizefighter.

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We had canvassed thousands of the world's leading experts in technology and culture, and had begun the long task of interpreting the more than 700 responses to the final question in our survey:In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust.

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

It would seem, then, that the aye-aye (so named because of its cries) wanders the forests of Madagascar giving the world the highly elongated finger .But now, a discovery that really ruins that gag: While exploring the anatomy of the aye-aye’s forearm and hand, a group of researchers discovered the critter has tiny pseudothumbs that likely help it grip branches.

All Our Favorite Box Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day

All Our Favorite Box Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day

Earlier this year, I lounged around on 25 of the top memory foam and hybrid (individually wrapped springs + foam) mattresses you can order online.You can read all about it in WIRED's Best Mattress You Can Buy in a Box guide.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

“But the number of discoveries is increasing.” To qualify as new minerals, these materials must be never-before-seen natural combinations of one or more elements in solid form, arranged in a repeating structure.

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

New charges against Julian Assange threaten all of the press, scientists have figured out how to alter emotional memories, and Memorial Day is coming. New charges unveiled by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange paint a troublesome picture for him—and for all journalists.

A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe

A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe

Paradoxically—but just as physicists squinting at screens in an adjacent room had expected—the atoms froze solid, forming crystalline ice.“You hear the shot,” said Marius Millot of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and “right away you see that something interesting was happening.” Millot co-led the experiment with Federica Coppari, also of Lawrence Livermore.

Google Walkout Organizers Say They're Facing Retaliation

Google Walkout Organizers Say They're Facing Retaliation

Claire Stapleton, another walkout organizer and a 12-year veteran of the company, said in the email that two months after the protest she was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube and lose half her reports.

The Struggle of 'The Twilight Zone' in the Age of Streaming Services

The Struggle of 'The Twilight Zone' in the Age of Streaming Services

File this under "yet another sentence that wouldn't have made any sense in the year 2000": Tonight, the third episode of Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot will become available to stream on CBS All Access.

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

However, for chemistry simulations, the noise would be representative of the physical environment in which both the chemical system (e.g., a molecule) and the quantum device exist.

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

A new study from researchers at Northeastern University, University of Southern California, and the nonprofit Upturn finds ad delivery —the Facebook algorithms that decide exactly which users see those ads—may be just as important.

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

If MetaFilter was the best newsfeed you'd ever seen, painstakingly moderated and sincerely interested in unearthing interesting stories, AskMe was the message board you'd always wanted to read.

Microsoft Employees Protest Treatment of Women to CEO Nadella

Microsoft Employees Protest Treatment of Women to CEO Nadella

The protesters asked Nadella to address claims of discrimination against women in promotion and advancement, as well as claims of sexual harassment, raised as part of a widespread discussion that has been building steam on internal company forums for the past two weeks.