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Amazon Now Owns Eero, and It Promises It Won't Snoop on You

Amazon says it has officially closed its acquisition of Eero, that independent maker of stupendously easy-to-use internet routers. Amazon purchased the company for an undisclosed sum in a deal that was first announced a month ago. And with that, Eero is no longer just a Wi-Fi hardware startup, but a …

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Fitbit Inspire HR Review: Just the Basics

You have to give Fitbit some credit. The fitness tracker maker manages to regularly repackage its technology into a slightly differentiated version of the same wristband or smartwatch, slap a new name on it, and ship something that’s made for the masses. That’s true for the Inspire HR, the Fitbit …

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Somewear Global Hotspot Review: A Good Hiking Companion

Last week, I read a story about a man who survived five days stuck in the snowy Oregon woods by sucking down Taco Bell hot sauce packets. There was a shudder of recognition—not because I love hot sauce packets, but because I, too, have been that man. You don’t have …

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How to Use Twitter's New In-App Camera Feature

It’s a famous origin story, and one you probably already know. The hot app at SXSW in 2007 was Twitter. Even WIRED was on board. So it’s only fitting that SXSW is where the company is unveiling a new camera feature. Starting today and rolling out over the next week …

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Freitag's Latest Bags Have a Funky New Ingredient: Plastic

Not long ago, upcycling became ultra hip. It’s now common in consumer soft goods to find apparel, tote bags, backpacks, and laptop sleeves made of material that was used for something entirely different in a previous life. You can get shoulder bags made of discarded sailcloth and pillows sewn from …

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Fitbit Versa Lite Review: More for Less

I’ve tried a lot of fitness trackers. It’s part of my job. Every few weeks, I put a new one on, take it running, hiking, and swimming, and then ship it back to the manufacturer. I like them a lot and have devoted serious thought to buying one of my …

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For Avalanche Safety, Data Is as Important as Proper Gear

On a crystalline blue morning in the Chugach Mountains southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Mike Welch skis about 70 yards through untouched powder before stopping abruptly. The helicopter that delivered him and three other skiers into the mountains has since disappeared, leaving the group to commune with the quiet. The Chugach …

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How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

On October 27, 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote an email to his then-director of product development. For years, Facebook had allowed third-party apps to access data on their users’ unwitting friends, and Zuckerberg was considering whether giving away all that information was risky. In his email, he suggested it …

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AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

No human, or team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day—and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in …

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While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

It’s been a seven-day seesaw that has seen Fox News host Tucker Carlson complain of bullying, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted in a college bribery scandal, North Korea threaten to suspend talks with the US, climate change officially claim the Arctic, a terrible mass shooting in New Zealand, …

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