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5 New Year’s Resolutions and Apps to Help You Accomplish Them


The new year marks a fresh start and another opportunity to set goals for what is ahead. Developing a plan is simple, but holding yourself accountable and tracking progress can make it difficult to stick with your objectives for the entire year. Make 2024 different by utilizing apps to stay on track.

Hot Tech Tips to Prepare for Cold Weather


As winter vibes roll in and freezing temperatures take over many parts of the country, it’s important to ensure your tech stays resilient and frost-free.

Cut Costs, Not Your Connection: How to Get Home Internet for Less


If you’re struggling with access to reliable and affordable wireless home internet, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 20% of Americans living in rural areas and nearly 30% of Americans living in Tribal lands lack internet access, compared to only 1.5% of those living in urban areas. To make matters worse, the average American shells out about $75 each month for internet service, with over a third saying that cost is one of the biggest hurdles in getting their hands on home internet.

Best New Tech Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything


Most of us have at least one loved one who’s hard to shop for. Maybe it’s because they insist that they have everything they need already or perhaps they simply have discerning taste. To get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, consider these five, functional and fun gift ideas that promise to impress even the most challenging gift recipients:

Would Your Pricey New Smartphone Survive a 6-Foot Drop?


Despite space age materials and hefty price tags, today’s top-of-the-line smartphones are still prone to damage, and consumers without protection plans are facing sticker shock at repair shops.

Little iPod Wonders


It is no wonder that ipods are getting fun poked at them by movies this year. It seems as if the ipod is taking over the world. Everywhere you go you see them, they are attached to adults and children alike and they are all over the television and in the movies, it is getting a little insane.

IP Addresses: Finding, Understanding and Using


IP addresses are like real-world addresses, they are identifiers for computers or devices connected to TCP/IP networks. The entire TCP/IP networking protocol is based on the concept of a unique IP address for every object connected to the network. Messages sent via TCP/IP networks are routed to their destination based on the IP address.

A Hurricane of Personal Technologies in the Near Future


Personal technologies are very interesting and if you read the personal Tech Newsletters and magazines they are quite popular with the techie crowd and more and more the mainstream reader. There always seems to be something new and something to write about in personal Tech.

Animated Wallpaper


Animated wallpapers are applications that place special animations, screen savers and media files directly on the desktop. This makes them different from a typical desktop wallpaper, which is just an image in the background. These applications allow full-fledged 3 dimensional animations, screen savers and media files to be displayed directly in the background.

Digital Cameras


But perhaps no product has been more affected by digital technology than the camera.

Portable DVD Players Versus Laptops


For some the big discussion is...should we get a 'portable dvd player" or just spend more money a get a laptop that will play our dvd movies?

Computer Training - Building a PC, Piece By Piece


Building a computer from piece by piece is the best way to get the computer you really want, in addition to being an entertaining process. There are many different parts that make up a computer but it doesn't take long to learn.


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05/26/2024
How to Pick the Right Roku for Your TV
The company has a dizzying array of streaming sticks, boxes, and soundbars to choose from, but don’t worry—these are the ones to buy.


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05/26/2024
Spotify Hates Albums. Here’s How to Fix That
Spotify favors serving up algorithmically curated playlists instead of complete albums. If you love a long-player, here are some tips to regain control of your listening sessions.


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05/26/2024
The Best Google Assistant Speakers for Your Home
From smart displays to soundbars, Google’s voice assistant comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are our favorites.


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05/26/2024
Does String Theory Actually Describe the World? AI May Be Able to Tell
Using machine learning, string theorists are finally showing how microscopic configurations of extra dimensions translate into sets of elementary particles—though not yet those of our universe.


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05/26/2024
Shockbuster Season: Why the Death of the Summer Movie Is a Good Thing
It’s been nearly 50 years since "Jaws" and "Star Wars" turned summer moviegoing into an endless parade of family-friendly fandom flicks. This year promises something blessedly more bleak.


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05/26/2024
US Offshore Wind Farms Are Being Strangled With Red Tape
This year has seen wind farm costs rise and many projects canceled as developers struggle with opaque regulations and determined opposition—but the industry is far from dead.


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05/26/2024
The Sea Is Swallowing This Mexican Town
Las Barrancas, in the state of Veracruz, has struggled for 10 years against the rising Gulf of Mexico waters. Its best hope may lie in mangrove trees.


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05/25/2024
The Best Smart Speakers With Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri
Chatty assistants from Amazon, Apple, and Google are popular. But which one is right for you?


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05/25/2024
Everything You Can Do to Keep an Old Computer Running
You have options that don’t involve saying goodbye to your hardware.


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05/25/2024
These Are the Android Phones Worth Buying
Shopping for a new phone can be an ordeal. Let us take some of the pain out of it with these WIRED-tested picks and tips.


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05/25/2024
Your Bike Tires Are Too Skinny. Riding on Fat, Supple Tires Is Just Better
I used to ride thin, high-pressure tires everywhere. But adhering to “the supple life” and cycling on wider, lower-pressure tires boosted my comfort and stability without slowing me down.


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05/25/2024
What Exactly Is Lyocell Fabric, and Is It Really Eco-Friendly?
The man-made fiber isn’t as harmful to the environment as similar fabrics, but it’s still not the perfect solution.


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05/25/2024
Autocomplete Interview
Autocomplete Interview - Is Ice Cube a nice guy? Do astronauts really drink their own pee? Does Gerard Butler still surf? The internet searches for answers and WIRED goes right to the source for the answer.


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05/25/2024
Spotify Will Brick Every ‘Car Thing’ It Ever Sold
No refunds or trade-ins for customers. No plans to open source it. The weird little car gadget is going to die on December 9, and there’s nothing you can do about it.


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05/25/2024
Only the Hardiest Trees Can Survive Today’s Urban Inferno
In a rapidly warming world, cities need more tree cover to stay cool—but only certain species can handle soaring temperatures, and often they aren’t native species.


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05/25/2024
Microsoft’s New Recall AI Tool May Be a ‘Privacy Nightmare’
Plus: US surveillance reportedly targets pro-Palestinian protesters, the FBI arrests a man for AI-generated CSAM, and stalkerware targets hotel computers.


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05/25/2024
Mexico Is So, Hot Monkeys Are Falling to Their Death From Trees
Authorities and conservation groups are investigating the deaths of dozens of howler monkeys in Tabasco, where extreme heat and land-use change appear to be threatening the vulnerable species.


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05/24/2024
The 34 Best Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now
“Outer Range,” “Fallout,” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” are just a few of the things you should be watching on Amazon Prime Video this week.


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05/24/2024
The 18 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now
“The Idea of You,” “Road House,” and “Bottoms” are just a few of the movies you should be watching Amazon Prime Video this week.


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05/24/2024
What’s Up With These Crazy Northern Lights?
The aurora borealis is usually seen near the Arctic, but solar winds and magnetic turbulence are sparking some of the best light shows in centuries throughout the US.


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05/24/2024
The 33 Best Outdoor Summer Deals From the REI Anniversary Sale
It’s the best time of the year to pick up all the tents, stoves, sleeping bags, and gear you’ll need for summer fun. Just remember the deals end on Memorial Day.


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05/24/2024
The Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers
The stats say most people prefer to snooze on their sides. If that’s you, then you might want to check out these WIRED-tested beds.


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05/24/2024
Our 13 Favorite Electric Kettles to Get the Water Going
We made tons of coffee, tea, and ramen to test these gadgets—and boiled it down to these top picks.


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05/24/2024
A Warp Drive Breakthrough Inches a Tiny Bit Closer to 'Star Trek'
Physicists have figured out how a warp drive could work—even if it's more useful for our understanding of gravity than interstellar travel.


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05/24/2024
Scarlett Johansson’s OpenAI Feud Makes Her an Uncanny Folk Hero
Scarlett Johansson’s talents once made her the ideal person to voice an AI. Now, she’s the perfect human to face off against it.


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