Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Disconnect from the U.S. Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it would disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal. This is a big deal. » 10/30/14 11:30am 23 minutes ago

Fireball Whisky contains an antifreeze ingredient

Fireball is a ragingly popular, sickly sweet elixir that's taken America by storm. Fireball is also made with propylene glycol, a common ingredient in some antifreezes. That's an unsettling fact, so unsettling that Norway, Sweden, and Finland just recalled the booze. But it's not necessarily as unsettling as it sounds. » 10/29/14 2:46pm Yesterday 2:46pm

Watch the Latest Prototype of Google's Modular Ara Phone in Action

Everybody from hardware startups to DARPA is pumped about Google's modular Ara phone—when it finally gets here. The device and its hot-swappable hardware is supposed to come out at some point next year, but so far, videos of the neat little thing in action are fairly rare. Luckily the geniuses at Phonebloks like to… » 10/29/14 12:57pm Yesterday 12:57pm

Boston's Thinking of Building Canals Like Venice Because Climate Change

Imagine taking a scenic gondola tour through Boston's historic Back Bay as Red Sox fans saunter towards Fenway over arched bridges. Not far away, the Charles River Basin is padded by wetlands that soak up the rising sea water. This surreal scene, a sort of Venice in New England, could be the reality in a few years. » 10/28/14 5:23pm Tuesday 5:23pm

My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk

As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things even the smartest machines have yet to master: tough judgment calls, advanced image recognition, making goofy faces, conducting psychological surveys. These are an assortment of tasks we humans can still claim as our own. Or at least, that… » 10/28/14 9:40am Tuesday 9:40am

How to Get Handoff to Actually Work in OS X Yosemite

If you're anything like me, you were really excited to try out the new Handoff feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. And you were equally disappointed when you updated all of your software, and the damn thing didn't work. Fear not, fellow computer user! With Apple's help, I managed to get Handoff working, and you can… » 10/28/14 9:12am Tuesday 9:12am

Would You Let This AI App Answer Your Email For You? 

Would you let a robot respond to your mail? Well Less.Mail just announced an artificially intelligent piece of software that will do just that. It comes in the form of an Android app called Less.Mail, and it's currently available by invite-only. It's an interesting idea, but it must be a nightmare to execute. » 10/27/14 2:17pm Monday 2:17pm

Whatever You Think of Edward Snowden, Go See Citizenfour Now

I have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw … » 10/24/14 12:47pm Friday 12:47pm

Google's Launching a Special Store Just for Project Ara Hardware

Everybody's favorite modular phone project, Google's Ara, is about to get little bit more interesting. Recently, the company quietly announced that it would be launching a hardware store for developers to sell their own Ara components. It'll be a little bit like the Play Store, except with hot-swappable hardware… » 10/24/14 9:28am 10/24/14 9:28am

Ford's Adding Another Self-Driving Feature to Its Cars Next Year

There's a lot of debate over when—and whether—self-driving cars will hit the road. Elon Musk says six years. Volvo says three. However, some of the features of self-driving cars are already in action. And with Ford's announcement that its sedans will sport pedestrian detection technology starting next year, there are… » 10/23/14 4:46pm 10/23/14 4:46pm

The Horrifying Job of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn't Facebook great? (It's not.) But isn't it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry.… » 10/23/14 3:56pm 10/23/14 3:56pm