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Portland‘s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities‘

The first big US city to prohibit private businesses from using the technology reflects rising skepticism of new tools and concerns about fairness.

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The Fight Over the Fight Over California‘s Privacy Future

Prop. 24 is designed to make the California Consumer Privacy Act stronger. Why do so many privacy advocates oppose it?

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1More ColorBuds Review: The Comfiest Earbuds Around

The successor to WIRED‘s favorite earbuds, these comfortable, affordable wireless headphones are our new top pick.

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The 6 Best Kids Face Masks: Masks They May Actually Wear

Whether your kids are going to school or playing outside, you‘ll need comfortable face coverings. These are the ones my little monsters will tolerate.

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Could a Century-Old TB Shot Protect Against Other Respiratory Diseases?

A trial in Greece shows a long-used tuberculosis vaccine may cut respiratory infections, raising hopes for similar protection against Covid-19.

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How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole

Instead of optimizing work, technology has created a nonstop barrage of notifications and interactions. Six months into a pandemic, it‘s worse than ever.

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The Madness of Susanna Clarke, Fairy Princess

After more than a decade away, the author is back with ‘Piranesi,‘ a way to communicate the incommunicable.

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Get WIRED: Director Nia DaCosta on Horror and Black Trauma

On this week‘s podcast, the director of the upcoming ‘Candyman‘ talks to WIRED writer Jason Parham about genre, social justice, and the future of going to the movies.

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Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They‘re Coming Back

The return of non-Covid respiratory illnesses is putting a new strain on testing supplies around the world-and is a preview of what‘s in store for the US.

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Think Twice Before Using Facebook, Google, or Apple to Sign In Everywhere

So-called single sign-on options offer a lot of convenience. But they have downsides that a good old fashioned password manager doesn‘t.

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The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.

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Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Altering Earth‘s geophysical environment is a moon shot-and it will be the only way to reverse the damage done. It‘s time to take it more seriously.

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The 3 Best VR Headsets and Some Games to Play (2020)

Virtual reality is more accessible than ever and these headsets can take you there, whether you want a standalone, room-scale, or PC-based experience.

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Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus‘ Saved Particle Physics

Renormalization, a technique that helps bridge the big and the small, has become perhaps the single most important advance in theoretical physics in 50 years.

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As Trump Squeezes China, Alipay‘s Star Rises

Chinese consumers tap the fintech app to pay bills, order in restaurants, and book appointments. Now it‘s preparing for an IPO that could value it at 200 billion.

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The Best Creams and Tools for Removing Hair: Creams, Wax, and More

Shaving can cause razor burn and ingrown hairs. These alternative options might be better for your skin-and sanity.

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The iOS 14 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The latest update for your iPhone and iPad will make them safer than ever.

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Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests‘ Form

An NYU team thinks it‘s finally unlocked the secret to how these mysterious landforms get their interesting shape.

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The 6 Best Laptop Stands (2020): Adjustable, Portable, and More

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

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Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

The former chair of the Federal Election Commission argues that the integrity of the 2020 election is largely in the hands of Facebook and Twitter.

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A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

Indictments against Iranian hackers, a Veterans Affairs data breach, and more of the week‘s top security news.

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A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital

The outage resulted in a significant delay in treatment. German authorities are investigating the perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.

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What‘s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

Thousands of migrating birds have died, perhaps starved by drier conditions related to climate change or by having to fly inland to avoid wildfire smoke.

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19 Best Weekend Deals: Cameras, Apple Gear, and Games

The new 8th-generation iPad is already slightly discounted, alongside headphones, laptops, and PS4 titles like ‘Ghosts of Tsushima‘.

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