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All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 07:00
From turntables to smart water bottles, here are the things that brought the WIRED gear team irrational delight in this most atypical year.
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What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 11:00
David Silver of DeepMind, who helped create the program that defeated a Go champion, thinks rewards are central to how machines—and humans—acquire knowledge.
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The F-14 and the Secret History of the First Microprocessor

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 10:00
In a weird way, I’ve known Ray Holt all my life, but I never knew what he had accomplished—or how his inventions wove their way into my own family.
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The Race for a Covid Vaccine Was More About Luck Than Tech

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:29
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's mRNA platforms are amazing—but they could easily have been overtaken by more conventional rivals.
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Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:00
Gear can make or break your home office setup. Here's our ultimate list of the best monitors, desks, webcams, headphones, and more.
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How Would Deadpool Jump Into a Moving Vehicle?

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:00
Our sardonic superhero needs to get the timing just right to crash through the sunroof and beat up the bad guys.
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The Death of FOMO As We Knew It

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:00
During a global pandemic, the fear of missing out was replaced by something else: dread over not experiencing what could have been.
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The Biden Administration Needs a VP of Engineering, Not a CTO

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:00
If our government wants to implement a tech-forward agenda, it needs someone who looks at broken infrastructure with a debugger’s eye.
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A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 08:00
In Washington state, scientists, coastal communities, and state agencies are banding together to manage the growing threat of harmful algal blooms.
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The Best Indie Games You May Have Missed This Year

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 08:00
2020 wasn't just a year for big-budget blockbusters. Here are the best debuts from smaller shops—that are all worth playing into 2021.
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Amazon’s Fourth-Gen Echo Looks—and Sounds—Even Better

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 08:00
Thanks to a rounded design and improved drivers, the company’s newest smart speaker outshines the competition.
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2020 Shows the Danger of a Decapitated Cyber Regime

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 07:00
Trump's White House has long been AWOL on cybersecurity. That lack of oversight almost seemed to be working—until the SolarWinds hack.
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Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 07:00
People misunderstand why I dislike the game. It's not the bugs—it’s that everyone in it sucks.
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Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 11:00
A team at Oxford University has reverse engineered fuel from the greenhouse gas—but so far just in the lab.
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5 Ways to Monitor Your Blood Pressure Wherever You Are

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 10:00
These portable devices can send results to your phone—and help you keep track of your health.
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The Best Kindles to Take Your Library Anywhere

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 09:00
Amazon has four different ebook readers. Here's how they stack up—and which may be right for you.
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My Year Watching Submarine Movies

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 09:00
To cope with Covid-19 lockdowns, many folks watched older films at home. Some tackled the AFI 100, or picked a favorite director. I picked a theme.
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How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 09:00
Spoiler: Not too much, but watch your wallet before signing up for anyone's “unlimited” plan.
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Test Positivity Is a Bad Way to Measure Covid’s Spread

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 08:00
So why do policymakers keep using it?
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Uber and Lyft’s Gig Work Law Could Expand Beyond California

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 08:00
The companies are backing proposals in other states that would give workers the ability to form unions—but still consider them contractors, not employees.
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