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Today’s Cartoon: Smart Fridge Art

Tuesday, February 18, 2020. By Drew Dernavich, with cartooncollections.com. Learn everything you need to know about the promise (and peril) of networked lightbulbs, ovens, cameras, speakers, and more in WIRED’s Guide to the Internet of Things. ...

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited. At 7:07 am, a ride request came in for a trip to LAX that the app promised would earn ...

Passengers stunned as miniature horse travels in first class cabin

If you thought flying stallions were purely the stuff of Greek myths and legends, then it's time to think again. Like the divine winged steed Pegasus, a miniature service and support horse named Fred has taken to the skies. Fred was specially ...

Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware

That laptop on your desk or that server on a data center rack isn't so much a computer as a network of them. Its interconnected devices—from hard drives to webcams to trackpads, largely sourced from third parties—have their own dedicated chips and ...

Clean Up Your Act With a Bidet for Any Budget

Tushy Classic Photograph: John Bedell Even the least handy homeowner can install this simple spritzer in minutes. The Tushy fits under any existing toilet seat and works with the most basic plumbing connection and no electrical wiring. A ...

Streaming Music Doesn’t Flow, It Evaporates

Whether or not contemporary engineering might have some upsides, the loud all-about-that-bass bass that still largely dominates pop music is a far cry from the sonic experience audiophiles used to seek. In the early 1950s, writing in The New York ...

How Technology Explodes the Concept of ‘Generations’

Among the detritus to survive my late adolescence are a few cases of cassettes, dozens of paper books, a crate of vinyl albums, and many plastic albums filled with CDs. Typical Gen X ephemera. Today, scanning all of that and creating digital ...

Floating Farms Point the Way to Alternative Food Ecosystems

Karma, Courage, and Sustainabetty are special heifers. They have uninterrupted views of Rotterdam harbor, poop on a poop deck, and walk that gangplank to a pasture. They and 31 other Meuse-Rhine-Issel cows clomped aboard the world's first floating ...

AI, the Transcription Economy, and the Future of Work

Gabriel is a professional transcriber, and for years he earned a middle-class living. In the early 2000s he'd make up to $40 an hour transcribing corporate earnings calls. He'd sit at his desk, “knock it out” for hours using custom keystrokes, and ...

Deliver Us, Lord, From the Startup Life

If that sort of talk sounds a little elevated for a product that is, as Reynolds also acknowledges, basically “a focus group on your phone,” or if you're not used to metaphors that compare salvation to a software update, welcome to the worlds of ...

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