Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Don't you think a giant political investment in the 2016 election that might have resulted in a different outcome would have helped the climate more than any of the things in your book?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

If games are big iterations of cause and effect, then elemental reactions give very clear and logical feedback to players about exactly what their footprint on the world is.

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

I’m easily distracted by noise from multiple directions and because I was in Mexico to work on a book, stepping away from the noise of constant connectivity felt like freedom.

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Not putting drug users in jail for possession, Seaman says, will reduce their likelihood of going through withdrawal and then overdosing when they get out.

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

“It is what it is, some platforms just disappear,” says Townsend, citing now-defunct sites like the short-form video app Vine.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wields Brevity as a Superpower

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wields Brevity as a Superpower

That is just another way of saying young people have learned to make the most of what they were apportioned.On Tuesday, during night two of the first all-virtual Democratic National Convention, Ocasio-Cortez was given just 90 seconds to address the nation.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

They’re options to “share computer sound” and “optimize screen sharing for video clip.” Make sure both boxes are checked.It’s a third-party browser extension that allows up to 50 people to watch anything on Netflix together.

In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

“I talk to some of my Chinese friends, and they’re like, ‘Oh, my parents went to Xinjiang for the first time last year,’” Wack says.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

But climate change may turn up the volume on this liquid symphony as warmer sea temperatures boost the volume of noise produced by the small but incredibly loud percussionist in this orchestra: the snapping shrimp.

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.

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

“Patreon has definitely been aware of yiff.party since 2015, but that's the only instance of them directly contacting me,” Dozes says.Patreon says it also appealed to the company that hosts Yiff.

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

In the first part, Americans who scored high on an empathy scale showed higher levels of “affective polarization”—defined as the difference between the favorability rating they gave their political party and the rating they gave the opposing party.

Facebook Sweetens Deal for Hackers to Catch Security Bugs

Facebook Sweetens Deal for Hackers to Catch Security Bugs

Last year, the company began paying bounties for certain bugs researchers might find in third-party services that integrate with Facebook.“Reports submitted to us thanks to security researchers allow us to learn from their insights," says Dan Gurfinkel, who heads Facebook's bug bounty program.

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

The White House then tried to email those talking points to all Republicans on the Hill, only to accidentally send them to Democrats as well.

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

Yes, that is the President of the United States, days before the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, revealing a previously unknown plan to host the Taliban at Camp David.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

It’s a shrewd move that allows Atwood to return to themes of subjugation, sexual crimes, and sisterhood without getting boxed in by her original protagonist Offred, the Handmaids, and all the protests and parodies stored within those red robes and white bonnets.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled Thursday that the highest court doesn’t have the power to address partisan gerrymandering , the practice in which politicians redraw district maps to help their own party win more elections.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.In the US, both the DNC and the RNC have worked to fortify their technical infrastructure since 2016, and, based on SecurityScorecard's findings from 2016, it shows, Casey says.

A 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Menu for Your Sunday Viewing Party

A 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Menu for Your Sunday Viewing Party

Why the Writing in Game of Thrones ' Season 8 Feels Off. Like sex, food in George R.R. Martin's universe is a way to laugh at the Many-Faced God. Yes, winter is always coming, but there is cheese to eat, and oranges, and fish stew to sop up with crusty bread.

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

On the few occasions she was able to speak with relatives, she said “it sounded like their soul had been taken out of them.” A string of pomegranate images were a common theme: the Party’s symbol of ethnic cohesion, the idea that all minorities and Han Chinese people should live harmoniously alongside one another, “like the seeds of a pomegranate.” By late 2017, most Uyghurs in Turkey had lost contact with their families completely.

Fortnite Now Has Reboot Vans to Respawn Your Dead Teammates

Fortnite Now Has Reboot Vans to Respawn Your Dead Teammates

Fortnite got a new respawn update this week. This week we've got news about Fortnite , PlayStation IDs, and the coolest fighting game moment ever. A New Perspective on One of the Greatest Fighting Game Moments of All Time.

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect.