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How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery

The battery is the most important component in your smartphone, because if the battery isn’t working, nothing else can. With the right sort of care and attention, you can make sure your battery stays charged for longer—and lasts longer overall, as well. There is good news, which is the lithium-ion …

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Why the NFL's Field Goal Record Is Waiting to Be Smashed

A northeasterly breeze blows across the football field at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. To me the wind provides some glorious relief: It’s the middle of the day in the middle of July, and a heat wave has just descended on the region. But to Harrison Butker, who is standing with …

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What Is Cyberwar? The Complete WIRED Guide

Not so long ago, stories about cyberwar started with scary hypotheticals: What if state-sponsored hackers were to launch widespread attacks that blacked out entire cities? Crippled banks and froze ATMs across a country? Shut down shipping firms, oil refineries, and factories? Paralyzed airports and hospitals? Today, these scenarios are no …

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You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

Henry the sex robot is the “mind” of a “woman” trapped in the “body” of a “man.” When you talk to Henry, you’re really talking to the artificial intelligence database Realbotix developed for its female predecessor, Harmony. To masculinize Henry, Realbotix founder and CEO Matt McMullen and five other “robot …

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Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

Plastic is everywhere. No, really, it is everywhere. Tiny bits of plastic waste, called microplastic, have come to permeate nearly every part of the planet. We drink it in our water. We breathe it in the air. It is inescapable. On this episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED science …

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The Consumer Bureau's Reckless Plan for Debt Collection

We learn in email 101 that hyperlinks from unfamiliar senders are breeding grounds for scams. Microsoft has warned against clicking on foreign links for decades. The Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly cautioned Americans to be wary of malware and phishing expeditions. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission alerted consumers to …

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Sony Buys Studio Behind Its Awesome *Spider-Man* Game

Welcome to Replay, where we endeavor to recap all the most important videogame news of the week in just a couple of minutes! This week was Gamescom, one of the year’s biggest videogame conferences—which means, naturally, a ton of news dropped. Here, let’s cut through the news and take a …

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Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored

At the beginning of 2016, Twitter announced some good news: the formation of the Trust and Safety Council, made up of more than 40 outside groups and experts tapped for advice “to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.” By that point, the company had already spent years …

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REI Labor Day Sale: 26 Best Outdoor Deals for 2019

For many newbies, the first outdoor gear store they set foot in will probably be an REI. One of WIRED’s favorite retailers, the venerable customer collective has been around since 1938. Because its shareholders are members, it’s able to prioritize environmental stewardship over quarterly profits. In fact, REI donated 70 …

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