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The Top 30 Vulnerabilities Include Plenty of Usual Suspects

Plus: A sneaky iOS app, a wiper attack in Iran, and more of the week’s top security news.

Published on 31 July 2021 | 2:00 pm


How the Jaguar, King of the Forest, Might Save Its Ecosystem

With a new train line threatening its habitat, the big cat may be the key to protecting this Mexican reserve—and everything else in it.

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


What’s the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

All the major US carriers have options that let you stream as much as you want. We’ve laid out how they work and which are best for individuals and families.

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


How to Get the Most Out of Your Meditation App

The brain's default mode is set to mind-wandering. Your meditation app can bring you back into the now.

Published on 31 July 2021 | 11:00 am


The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Smartphones, Laptops, and Audio

Hunker down at home and block out the real world with these deals on Chromebooks, headphones, and more.

Published on 31 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Neuromancer Is Still Mind-Blowing

William Gibson's classic 1984 novel is still the gold standard for cyberpunk.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 4:00 pm


The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Achin' Neck

Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


3D Imaging Shows How Shark Guts Work Like a Tesla Valve

Using CT scans and 3D modeling, researchers found the fish’s spiral digestive system is analogous to Nikola Tesla’s ingenious check valve design.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


Ted Lasso, the Olympics, and Talking About Mental Health

The confluence of the Apple TV+ comedy, the sports world, and social media is leading to a much needed dialog.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

Plus: Round one with Mark Zuckerberg, the appointment of Lina Khan, and a new type of weather nightmare.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting

California has begun enforcing a browser-level privacy setting, but you still can’t find that option in Safari or iOS.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Why the History of Black Twitter Needed to Be Told

This week, Jason Parham takes us inside one of the most influential communities on the internet and shares their stories in their own words.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


18 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear

Face coverings are back. Read our updated tips on how to pick an effective mask—whether you’re heading back to the office or just want to stay safe and stylish.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Dogs, Unlike Wolves, Are Born to Communicate With People

Wolf puppies can’t understand human gestures as well as their dog cousins. The difference could help explain what makes dogs so special.

Published on 30 July 2021 | 11:00 am


The Dam Is Breaking on Vaccine Mandates

Hopes for a “normal” fall have been dashed by variants and low vaccine uptake. Businesses and the White House think requiring shots can turn things around.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 9:30 pm


Simone Biles and the Unprecedented Olympic Pressure

The Tokyo Games have taken a unique psychological toll on all of the athletes.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 7:27 pm


How Gravity Turns Me Upside Down

My favorite force belittles me—literally—but also inspires new ways to get high.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


China Cracks Down On Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?

Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent were once regarded with national pride. Now they’re being slapped with fines and other penalties.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

The latest weapons in the global information war are fake vessels behaving badly.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Covid Is Pulling the Plug on Beloved Japanese Arcades

Once home to vibrant live competitions, gaming centers have been bleeding out since before the pandemic. Lockdowns could leave them KO'd for good.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 11:00 am


A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 10:00 am


The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon” and how much would have to be removed from the atmosphere to save a single life.

Published on 29 July 2021 | 9:00 am


Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out Over Sexism Complaints

“We love our jobs, but our jobs don’t love us back,” one worker told WIRED. “So we’re trying to change that.”

Published on 28 July 2021 | 10:49 pm


Toyota Whiffed on EVs. Now It’s Trying to Slow Their Rise

In a bid to protect its investments in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, the carmaker is lobbying against the transition to electric vehicles.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 7:00 pm


How Nothing Designed 'Ear 1s' to Beat Apple AirPods

The head of design at Nothing explains how their product could take on Apple's all-conquering wireless earbuds, at a fraction of the cost.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


The Best Cheap Phones for (Almost) Every Budget

There’s little reason to pay top dollar for a phone these days. These are our favorite Android devices and iPhones for $200 to $500.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Let’s Keep the Vaccine Misinformation Problem in Perspective

Social media is not the reason the pandemic hasn’t been conquered.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Samsung's Flagship Soundbar Brings Theater Audio to Your Home

The HW-Q950A is spendy, but the setup is dead simple, and it won't fail to immerse you in your favorite movies and shows.

Published on 28 July 2021 | 11:00 am


A Controversial Tool Calls Out Vulnerabilities Across the Web

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 4:12 pm


Power Up Anywhere With the Best Travel Adapters

When going abroad, these plugs are essential to keep your gadgets charged. These are our favorites.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


The Shapeshifting Cam Girl Rewriting the Rules of Porn

Face-morphing adult content creator Coconut Kitty is ushering in the unsettling future of the medium, one where nothing is as it seems.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


Virtual Reality Is the Rich White Kid of Technology

For decades, VR has failed to live up to expectations. Yet somehow, it keeps receiving more chances and more resources.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


TCL's New Android Phones Can't Keep Up With the Competition

The TCL 20 Pro 5G, 20S, and 20 SE are perfectly capable and affordable handsets, but you can do better.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Biden’s ‘Antitrust Revolution’ Overlooks AI—at Americans’ Peril

A handful of companies have outsize influence on the world’s artificial intelligence. Policymakers must act now to stem the rise of powerful monopolies.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Clubhouse Opens Its Doors. Is Anyone Rushing to Get In?

Just a few days after ditching its invite-only status, the audio chat app had fewer than 500,000 new downloads.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Huge pyrocumulonimbus clouds just formed over fires in the West. Here’s why they could become more common on a warmer planet.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Hundreds of Ways to Get S#!+ Done—and We Still Don’t

You want to be productive. Software wants to help. But even with a glut of tools claiming to make us all into taskmasters, we almost never master our tasks.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 10:00 am


Intel's Ambitious Plan to Regain Chipmaking Leadership

The company announced a strategy that involves new machinery and new technologies. It may get a boost from the US government.

Published on 27 July 2021 | 12:17 am


Our 10 Favorite Gaming Headsets for Every System

No matter which console or device you play on, these corded headsets will lend depth and drama to your gameplay.

Published on 26 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


Secretlab's Titan Evo Raises the Bar for Gaming Chairs

One of the best gaming chairs just got better, but it's not for everyone.

Published on 26 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Story and Street Style Converge in The World Ends With You

The iconic action RPG introduced a world of gamers to Japanese fashion. Now with a sequel on the way, its influence has only grown.

Published on 26 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


The Incredible Physics of Simone Biles' Yurchenko Double Pike

Calculating angular velocity and the moment of inertia isn’t quite as hard as competing in the Olympic gymnastics tournament—but it’s pretty darn tough.

Published on 26 July 2021 | 11:00 am


TikTok a Year After Trump’s Ban: No Change, but New Threats

The popular short-video app survived a plan to block it on US phones. Now, it’s mistrusted by both the US and Chinese governments.

Published on 26 July 2021 | 11:00 am


How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password

Help your guests connect to your network without typing a thing.

Published on 25 July 2021 | 1:00 pm


DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth

Dozens of viruses don't use the same four nucleotide bases found in all other life. New work shows how this is possible—and perhaps more common than we think.

Published on 25 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Adventure

Protect your eyes in style while you lounge, run, paddle, or work on your computer outside.

Published on 25 July 2021 | 12:00 pm


Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

Published on 25 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Hit the Road With These Travel-Planning Apps and Tricks

Let your phone be your guide. Even default map apps have handy features to help you plan an awesome itinerary.

Published on 25 July 2021 | 11:00 am


Porn Showed Up on Legit News Sites Thanks to Internet Rot

Plus: China's pipeline probing, a Chromebook debacle, and more of the week's top security news.

Published on 24 July 2021 | 1:37 pm