The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

This year the stars aligned and I was finally free to spend Valentine’s Day exactly the way I’ve always wanted: playing Super Mario 3D World for 12 hours straight through online co-op.

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

That’s not to say that the intention of the studio or developer doesn’t matter if they want to create a very difficult game—just that it’s one piece of a larger puzzle.

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

Oxford releases new data on vaccine efficacy against UK strain, Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval, and the US Senate passes a key resolution for coronavirus aid.The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine protects against the UK variant, while the FDA drafts new plans for dealing with mutations.

'Fake Famous' Review: A Fun Window Into Instagram Influencers

'Fake Famous' Review: A Fun Window Into Instagram Influencers

But his debut film, Fake Famous (on HBO, starting February 2), brings slightly more apprehension—specifically to Instagram, the photo darling of social media.

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

Instead, I thought of the democracy protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, which began almost exactly 10 years to the date before the GameStop hijinks, January 25, 2011.These protests, part of a regional movement to overthrow autocratic governments known as the Arab Spring, were a high-water mark for the idea that the internet would free the world.

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

The iPhone maker’s relatively new subscription exercise service, which requires the use of an Apple Watch , is expanding to include outdoor walking exercises led by celebrities, one of whom is country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

A timeline cleanse is meant to interrupt that cycle with a reprieve from the chaos.“I think kawaii, or cute feelings, reminds us of human connection that we sometimes forget,” says Hiroshi Nittono, director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory at Osaka University.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

“When I read some of your tweets, my jaw dropped,” the host told Jodi Doering, referring to her account of gravely ill patients who “scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA.

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Thanks to their work with fMRI imaging, Vestergaard and Schultz are also able to suggest some of the mechanical underpinnings of this preference by showing that different parts of the brain preserve and process different pieces of information from the same experience.

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google has updated the service to create a more fluid listening experience, so that sitting through an entire session doesn’t feel like you’re just working your way through a hodgepodge of disparate stories.

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

The downside is that it looks like the basketball game is being haunted by spectral, legless beings from another realm, or Oz. Watching another NBA game a few weeks ago, I wondered what the players thought of the virtual fans.

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Consider the visualization created by information designer Will Burtin in 1951 to summarize the effectiveness of three antibiotics—penicillin, neomycin, and streptomycin—in treating 13 bacteria.This understanding of visualization design as a form of model selection, and one that highlights certain comparisons, can be very useful.

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

Attempting to teach and learn from home has put a tremendous strain on all parents, teachers, and students, but for families without access to high-speed broadband or the (proper number of) devices for kids to work off of, the upcoming school year poses the possibility that those children will fall even farther behind .

In a Touch-Free World, the QR Code Is Having Its Moment

In a Touch-Free World, the QR Code Is Having Its Moment

“I’d never really thought of using them.” Now, visitors to Eat Drink Sleep hotels can access the food menu, drinks list, and details on room bookings via QR code (QR stands for quick response).Nils Engelking, cofounder of Egoditor, a mobile marketing company that runs an online QR code generator and works with companies to implement them, says the coronavirus pandemic was something of a roller coaster for the business.

Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

"One-on-one services and lessons allow for complete customization and personalized attention," says Jackie Zupsic, a spokesperson for Glamsquad, an Uber-like service that offers on-demand beauty services with a focus on makeup, nail, and hair care.

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

I think especially now, when we’re feeling in some ways estranged from our own bodies and disconnected, having that visceral experience of hearing the music and language is just compelling.

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

Cassiopea's far-flung adventure feels less grounded, both literally and in the written details, which come off somewhat more cartoonish than Kasio's more personal narrative in a way that doesn't necessarily do the game a service.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Partners in work and life, the two have been self-isolating in their New York City apartment since the pandemic first began wrecking their native Italy.Our first project together was a blog called 01mathery that we started in 2010 to which we posted one idea a day.

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train

Now all the freight cars were filled to the top with sooty iron ore, giving Guerin no choice but to climb on top for the ride home.

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

I built a PC back in college (with the help of some friends), and ever since then I've continued perfecting my home office setup—switching desks, keyboards, monitors, and more.For more details check out our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends ).

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

The dreams remind Gravely of reports she’s read about dreamers in Nazi Germany, who wove “bureaucratic fairy tales” about nose-shape-verification departments and regulations prohibiting “residual bourgeois tendencies.” As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, more and more people are experiencing nightmares about the new laws of social distancing—other people coughing on them, crowding too close in elevators, not wearing masks—and, of course, chicken part numbers and other improbable grocery store complexities.

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

Now, though, the Oscar-winning composer has turned his talents away from the silver screen and toward the windscreen, where he’s found a new vehicle that could use a touch of emotional direction: the electric car .Along with more than 500 horsepower and a range of 370 miles, BMW’s all-electric Concept i4 comes with music by Zimmer.

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

The best music is built on community, and what truly gives any particular song staying power is how it’s regarded among the masses.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security.John Strand, Black Hills Information Security.