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4 Best Password Managers of 2019 (Paid, Family, and Free)

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] Password managers are the vegetables of the internet. We know they’re good for us, but most of us are happier snacking on the password equivalent of junk food. For seven years running that’s been “123456” and “password”—the two most commonly used passwords on the web. The problem is, most of us don’t know […]

These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] A little over half a century ago, chaos started spilling out of a famous experiment. It came not from a petri dish, a beaker or an astronomical observatory, but from the vacuum tubes and diodes of a Royal McBee LGP-30. This “desk” computer—it was the size of a desk—weighed some 800 pounds and […]

Trump and Pelosi's War of Words Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] Man, it’s been a long week. Does anyone even remember it started with former White House counsel Don McGahn defying a Congressional subpoena at this point? Or that New York State had effectively closed a legal loophole that would allow them to charge people President Trump pardoned on a federal level? Does anyone […]

Elon Musk Gets a Boring Customer and More This Week in Car News

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] This week, WIRED Transpo checked out a few bits of tech that might not sound alluring—but oh, magic lives in the details. General Motors’ new electronic platform should unlock a whole new world of in-car software, at exactly the moment when customers begin to expect their vehicles’ gizmos run even more smoothly than […]

7 Best Cheap Smartphones (2019): Budget iPhones and Android

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] US wireless carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon go out of their way to make expensive smartphones seem affordable. Why not buy a $1,000 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus if you only have to pay $0 down and $30 a month for it? Whether you pay it at once or in 24 installments, you’re still […]

Deepfakes Are Getting Better. But They're Still Easy to Spot

By Wired | May 26, 2019
[Original Post] Last week, Mona Lisa smiled. A big, wide smile, followed by what appeared to be a laugh and the silent mouthing of words that could only be an answer to the mystery that had beguiled her viewers for centuries. A great many people were unnerved. Mona’s “living portrait,” along with likenesses of Marilyn […]

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By Wired | May 25, 2019
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Space Photos of the Week: Bumper-Car Galactica

By Wired | May 25, 2019
[Original Post] This week we’re putting galaxies at center stage. There’s plenty of room; by now you may have heard that our universe is expanding, and will continue to move outward for all of time, until there isn’t any more time. But: In its early days, before the universe began expanding, it was much more […]

Snapchat Employees Reportedly Spied on Private Snaps

By Wired | May 25, 2019
[Original Post] The Memorial Day weekend begins on a dire note for constitutional protections. On Thursday, the US government indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for violating the Espionage Act. This is the first time in modern history that the US has charged the publisher of sensitive materials rather than the person who leaked it. The […]

We Need More Thrillers About the Videogame Industry

By Wired | May 25, 2019
[Original Post] Jeffery Deaver’s new novel The Never Game finds master tracker Colter Shaw in pursuit of a kidnapper who seems to be re-enacting a popular videogame. The idea came to Deaver after his niece unexpectedly murdered him during a round of Minecraft. “We had a lot of fun playing, but in the back of […]