Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

This week saw the first known appearance of malware written specifically for Apple's M1 processors , in inevitable but still somewhat concerning development, especially given how little time it took the bad guys to adjust to the new ARM-based architecture.

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Manufacturers selling these devices in France must give their products a score, or “repairability index,” based on a range of criteria, including how easy it is to take the product apart and the availability of spare parts and technical documents.

L.L.Bean’s Extra-Warm Bean Boots Are $140 Off Right Now

L.L.Bean’s Extra-Warm Bean Boots Are $140 Off Right Now

In my experience, it helps to choose one full size up, because you'll likely wear thick socks inside these.The PrimaLoft/Gore-Tex Bean Boot costs $129 ($140 off).Even on cutting-edge, high-end technical boots, tents, and backpacks, it always helps to go over seams with seam sealer when new.

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.

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

The last thing I'm going to tell you to do is to buy a turntable and a pair of powered speakers, especially in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis when millions of Americans are facing eviction at the start of the new year.We recommend a record player as low as $150 in our Best Turntables guide .

Bike Hacking 101: Learn to Maintain and Upgrade Your Ride

Bike Hacking 101: Learn to Maintain and Upgrade Your Ride

The company’s new Home Mechanic Starter Kit ($160) offers 15 basic tools and products that beginners need to clean, maintain, and repair their bikes.Added bonus: The tools come in their own box and, best of all, it includes a copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair.

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

At Replay’d, Harwell’s Boston repair and game shop, one out of every 10 customers brings in a console with a broken optical drive.Next week, with the help of Public Knowledge and our fellow advocates for Right to Repair, iFixit will ask the US Copyright Office to make fixing consoles, along with other software-enabled devices, legal.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

It meant that early-stage embryos might have unique repair mechanisms other cells don’t that could be harnessed for gene editing.Last year, a Russian scientist made public his plans to use Crispr to help deaf parents have children who won’t inherit a gene mutation that causes hearing impairment.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch , had attracted several top players to the casino's card room, a gaudily lit space done up like an Old West saloon.

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Regardless, Athey and her colleagues landed on a startling figure: A single pair of jeans may release 56,000 microfibers per wash.This landed them at an even more startling figure: Those two plants alone could be unloading a billion indigo denim microfibers per day into the lake.

The Hobbies and Products Getting Us Through Quarantine

The Hobbies and Products Getting Us Through Quarantine

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Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Gill/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSNASA’s Cassini spacecraft spent 13 years orbiting Saturn and studying the planet and its moons in depth.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteDo you see a penguin?Photograph:NASA/JPL-CaltechOnce you're done, head over here to look at more space photos.

Leaving Star Wars Is the Smartest Thing Benioff and Weiss Ever Did

Leaving Star Wars Is the Smartest Thing Benioff and Weiss Ever Did

But considering the Benioff and Weiss contribution was slated to come next after this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker the timing does seem abrupt, especially when paired with the news about the panel and the fact that the duo made their deal with Netflix after they made one with Lucasfilm.

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

REI is one of our favorite retailers here at WIRED, and every autumn the company throws its End of Season sale , which is the best time to grab all the sweet gear you've been eying all summer.Buy the Noso Puffy Patch Lil' Bits Gear Repair Kit for $7 ($3 off).

Apple Will Give Indie Repair Shops the Tools to Fix iPhones

Apple Will Give Indie Repair Shops the Tools to Fix iPhones

For example, some type of certification is still required before Apple will provide the required tools, and the company is demanding that any broken parts collected by the indie repair shops are sent back to Apple.The new repair certification program won’t just provide the hardware parts necessary to fix iPhones, but also software and diagnostics tools.

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles.For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Manufacturers can’t void the warranty on product just because the consumer went and repaired it themselves, swapped parts, or had it fixed by a third party.

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

The batteries, according to Apple’s support page, “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The recall is said to affect 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and Apple is replacing batteries for free on eligible laptops.

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

Desperate farmers have taken to hanging out in shady internet forums, looking for software that will get around John Deere's locks, trying to assert their right to repair the tractors they ostensibly own.

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Eargo's product comes with a pocketable charging case and two tiny hearing aids that nestle into the ear canal. But its latest product, Livio AI , includes sensors that, combined with a mobile app, turn it into a full-fledged activity tracker.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Our guest this week, Nathan Proctor, is the national director of the Right to Repair Campaign for US PIRG. Also this week, Peter Rubin tells us about what to expect from the new PlayStation console Sony plans to release next year, and we discuss the problems with early review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Fiber optic cable being loaded onto a ship owned by SubCom, which is working with Google to build what's expected to be the world's fastest undersea data connection.

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News. Here are the best rain jackets on the internet right now , and how to pick the best one for you.

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Our work to help people fix their stuff reached a milestone last week, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called for Right to Repair to support farmers struggling with growing antitrust issues in agriculture.

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair Vadim Zhakupov/Getty Images "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.