When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping.

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

Photograph: Amazon★ Fire HD 10 for $100 ($50 off)Amazon's latest Fire HD 10 arrived earlier this year with more RAM and a brighter screen, reaffirming it as a more capable tablet than the 8-inch version.

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

Could ideas like GENESIS.JSON be the future of original music, where composers use AI and the blockchain to create entirely new art forms?

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Courtesy of Annapurna InteractiveThis opening to Last Stop, a new narrative-adventure game by British studio Variable State, is kind of a feint.

The Weird, Sustainable Booze of the Future Tastes … Good?

The Weird, Sustainable Booze of the Future Tastes … Good?

Today Empirical makes a half-dozen spirits, and only one of them fits the classic dozen or so categories you’d see on signs above the aisles in a BevMo. Their newest, Ehime, is definitely bourbon-like—brown, made from grain, aged in a barrel.

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

A wildfire that would once chew through a few dozen acres of underbrush, making way for new plant growth, now burns with extreme ferocity, producing so much heat and smoke that it can generate its own thunderclouds , which light more fires.

It’s Hard to Play a Character Who’s a Dick—but It’s Worth It

It’s Hard to Play a Character Who’s a Dick—but It’s Worth It

It’s clear from the start that Kratos’ wife was the nurturer, and Kratos himself was the sullen, withholding, and emotionally distant father, because when the game begins, he’s downright cruel to Atreus.

Slack Now Lets You DM Anyone. So Long, Work-Life Balance

Slack Now Lets You DM Anyone. So Long, Work-Life Balance

A new feature would soon let anyone from outside your company send you a Slack DM (that’s a direct message).Slack Connect allows two Slack users to directly message each other, even if they work at different companies.

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

When a white man murdered six Asian women and two other people because he had a “bad day,” I knew I had gaslighted myself—a revolting feeling of both vindication that I was not crazy and horror that my worst suspicions had been confirmed.

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

After dancing around and drinking punch, I’m touched when I get voted king of the ball, a prize that comes with a bouquet of flowers and 500 diamonds.“Developing Royale High has been a constant balancing act between making fun games to earn currency and creating fun shop items to spend that currency on (giving players a goal to work towards),” Callmehbob says.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19

So there are a lot of opportunities for the virus to make mutations and try new things,” says Adam Lauring, a virologist at the University of Michigan who studies viral evolution.So one hypothesis says that these successful mutations are mostly changes in the way the virus infects.

Movies of This Era Will Be as Unbalanced as the Pandemic Itself

Movies of This Era Will Be as Unbalanced as the Pandemic Itself

So far, the movies that have come out of lockdown—either those inspired by the pandemic or filmed under its restrictive conditions (or both)—have been, shall we say, uneven.

Amazon’s Greatest Gadget Hits in the Bezos Era: Kindle, Echo, and More

Amazon’s Greatest Gadget Hits in the Bezos Era: Kindle, Echo, and More

Amazon rarely shares how many devices it has sold, but the numbers are big.In January of this year, Amazon and five big publishers now face a class-action lawsuit for a price fixing scandal of their own (filed by the same law firm as the Apple case, no less).

'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.

Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

You kind of have to work on them, brainstorming different ideas, doing research, and taking notes before you can really get started.Both writers stressed that what tool you use for taking notes doesn’t matter as much as the act of doing it.

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be

But as this week wore on, as I watched online keynote sessions and marketing videos promising sharp visions of the future, the value of an all-virtual CES actually became less clear.

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

A WIRED reader sent a note to my tip line: The body of a hiker had been found in a tent in Florida in the summer of 2018, but scores of amateur detectives, and a few professional ones too, couldn’t figure out who he was.

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

In the name of “voter protection,” this team was working with a balky spreadsheet that was supposed to estimate the capacity of a given polling place based on data like how many check-in stations and voting machines it had, and how many people were likely to vote there—the numbers county election workers use to plan for what each station needs so everyone can vote fast.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

To that end, TNC is working with partners, including the USFWS, to derive lessons and best practices to maximize Palmyra’s resilience in the face of climate change by eradicating black rats, realigning the native rainforest, and reintroducing endangered bird species.

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

Satellites have been capturing all the ways we’ve been transforming this planet, images that authors Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty have compiled into the fascinating new book Overview Timelapse: How We Change the Earth.

This Sony OLED Is the Best Prime Day TV Deal (2020)

This Sony OLED Is the Best Prime Day TV Deal (2020)

Just a few years ago, a 55-inch version of a TV like the Sony A8H OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends) would have cost a few thousand dollars, and I would have told you not to bother.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 38 Absolute Best Tech Deals

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 38 Absolute Best Tech Deals

Photograph: Amazon As usual, Amazon has slashed prices on many of its own house-made products and services, including smart speakers and screens, and even discounted memberships to premium services like Kindle Unlimited.

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

To hear that in his own voice, I think, was one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to science.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

What to Expect From Tuesday's Apple Event

What to Expect From Tuesday's Apple Event

Apple executives have already warned that this year’s new iPhone would be delayed by a few weeks, into October.Bloomberg has also reported that new Apple Watches are in the works.

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

A good wireless charger should have some kind of grips, so it stays on the surface it sits on, and so it holds onto your phone.