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WIREDWIRED

WIRED May 2017

The Wired mission is to tell the world something they've never heard before in a way they've never seen before. It's about turning new ideas into everyday reality. It's about seeding our community of influencers with the ideas that will shape and transform our collective future. Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they're interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Conde Nast US
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snapped shots

Senior photo editor Maria Lokke (upper right) looked to old-school photography motifs for this issue’s Gadget Lab.WHEN SENIOR PHOTO EDITOR Maria Lokke heard about this month’s Gadget Lab theme—photography—she decided to go meta. “I thought we could reference the history of the art form in a playful way.” She tapped New York–based photographer Caroline Tompkins and a pair of Bay Area models to concoct a photo-shoot-themed photo shoot. “There are little Easter eggs in the pictures that you’ll pick up on if you’ve worked on a set,” Lokke says. These range from the conspicuous (clamps securing a muslin backdrop) to the insider-y (that’s Tompkins on page 48). Lokke didn’t simply nod to tradition, though; she shook it up. “Because gear is something that is traditionally a male space in the…

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fit to print

BETWEEN FAKE-NEWS-PROPAGATING Macedonians who might have stolen the election and news-writing robots that might steal our jobs, journalists have a lot to worry about these days. wired scribes are no exception, and our March cover package explored today’s treacherous media landscape, with pieces on the new New York Times and Edward Snowden’s tools for improving security for reporters (“The News in Crisis”). Readers are just as concerned about journalism and, well, the truth; some see an optimistic future, while others foresee dystopia. (We oscillate between those states ourselves.) A few even accused us of publishing fake news. Harsh! Our fact checkers declare that allegation provably false.Re: “Keeping Up With the Times”: The Gray Lady claws its way into the digital future“TERRIFIC READ FOR THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT SUSTAINING HIGH-QUALITY JOURNALISM.”…

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tech crunch build cities that won’t trash the working class

IIN 2013 protests broke out in Oakland, California, directed against the private buses that shuttle tech workers from pricey homes in the city’s gentrifying areas to jobs in Silicon Valley. “You live your comfortable lives,” read a flyer that protesters handed out to passengers, “surrounded by poverty, homelessness, and death, seemingly oblivious to everything around you, lost in the big bucks and success.” ¶ That moment of backlash was an outgrowth of what I call the New Urban Crisis: the decline of middle-class neighborhoods, the gentrification of the downtowns of certain cities, and the reshaping of America’s metropolitan regions into islands of advantage surrounded by larger swaths of disadvantage.ALPHA CITIESTechnology is one of the country’s biggest growth industries, but it comes at a price—just ask any teacher looking for housing…

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a damn fine reboot david lynch returns to twin peaks

IN 1990, AMERICAN TV viewers were introduced to the bucolic town of Twin Peaks, Washington—and to creator David Lynch’s creepy-campy propensity for distorting the mundane. In its short two-season run, the neonoir series netted a pile of awards, earned a cult following, and reset expectations for what a TV show could be, from the cinematography and music to the pervasive sense of dread. (The Killing, Top of the Lake, and Bates Motel all float on an undercurrent of Lynch ian sordidness.) On May 21—a quarter century after it went off the air—Twin Peaks returns, on Showtime, with Lynch directing and Kyle MacLachlan reprising his role as coffee-slurping, pie-noshing FBI special agent Dale Cooper. Though the auteur remains tight-lipped about the plot of the 18-part series, he dished about casting, cars,…

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jargon watch

Skype seatsn. pl. / 'sk?p 's?ts / New videoscreens in the White House briefing room that let four invited out-oftowners participate in press sessions. They’re supposed to make for a more “diverse” group of journalists; so far that means alt-right bloggers, radio talkshow hosts, and local Fox affiliates.electrogeneticsn. / i-'lek-tr?-j -'ne-tiks / A way of toggling genes on and off with electricity to control a cell’s behavior. Ordinarily, biological and electronic systems can’t talk to each other—cells communicate with molecules, circuits with electrons. This new tech bridges the gap, opening up a sci-fi realm of hybrid bionic devices.thubbern. / 'thu-b r / Thermally conductive rubber. Permeated with liquid metal, it’s the first highly elastic material that can dissipate heat, making it ideal for flexible circuitry or even artificial muscles— researchers…

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drone responsibly 7 lessons learned the hard way

ALPHA SAFETY FIRSTIT’S THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM—a drone in every home. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts annual sales of recreational drones will reach 4.3 million by 2020. But as the skies darken with fleets of Phantoms and Typhoons, the ERs are filling up—a reminder that while tech becomes smarter, humans do not. Take it from the pros: There’s a right way to drone.1. Try Before You FlyGet a drone that comes with a simulator app for virtual test runs, or invest in DroneSim Pro or RealFlight software.Why: A New York science teacher was arrested after his drone crashed into empty seats at the 2015 US Open.2. Cover UpAs with iPhone cases, you buy drone accessories separately. Propeller guards are a must for protecting your fingers from inevitable blade run-ins.Why: Trevor…

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