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Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

The Five Basic Pieces of Equipment That Make Landscape Shoots Go Smoothly

Landscape photography is both great fun, inspiring and hard work. It can be both physically and mentally demanding, carrying your gear to the ideal …

CNN announces partnership with Twitter to 'revolutionize' news gathering

Taking the flood of public information on Twitter and mining it for breaking news insights<p>Twitter's new head of news, Vivian Schiller, announced her first project today: a partnership with CNN and the New York startup Dataminr. The initiative will help journalists cover breaking news by making …

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Tips for Getting Started in Infrared Photography

Glancing at this surreal landscape, you might think that it required hours of editing. But you would be wrong. Conjuring the magic of infrared …

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Reports of bricked PlayStation 4s surface after launch

After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death" syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots …

The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it’s not from Microsoft

A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo.<p>The Campbell, Calif.-based HopTo …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies.<p>This …

The Extreme Measures One Man Took To Learn About Online Tracking

Curtis Wallen spent 10 Bitcoin and six months scouring the deep Web for enough details to create an entire new person. His project raises questions about anonymity, identity, and privacy.<p>Aaron Brown has scruffy brown hair, a thin mustache-goatee combo, and one of those mouths that rests in a frown. …

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Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

Today Microsoft took the wraps off its holiday hardware lineup, unveiling two new tablets, and a number of new and updated accessories. It’s a lot of information to process, so let’s go through each piece in order.<p>I spent time in Redmond last week with the new hardware, and the team behind the …

Guy Lodge's home viewing round-up

Superheroes show their mettle as our new columnist Guy Lodge looks at the latest DVDs and downloads<p>If video killed the radio star, DVD killed the video store… and then things get a bit messy. DVD is far from dead, of course, but it's the most analogue of home entertainment options in an on-demand …

California's 'Pillowcase Rapist' to be released in Los Angeles County

An admitted serial rapist who attacked 38 women in California could be a free man within weeks after the state’s Supreme Court denied prosecutors’ requests to block his release from a state mental hospital.<p>Christopher Hubbart, a sexually violent predator dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist,” has spent …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

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Apple's cheaper and not so cheap iPhone explained (FAQ)

The release date of a cheaper iPhone and of the iPhone 5S is all but certain. So what's the big deal? And a champagne color? Really?! CNET explains.<p>For all its talk of doubling down on secrecy, Apple's efforts to keep its upcoming iPhones under wraps seems all for naught. Over the past few weeks …

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6 Freaky Things Your Body Does (Explained by Science)

The human body is a strange and mysterious place filled with gross guts and gurgling magic potions. There are all sorts of confusing or nonsensical …

Carbyne could upset graphene as the strongest material in existence

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Rice University<p>Graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, has been the recent wunderkind of the material …

Inside the Hyperloop: the pneumatic travel system faster than the speed of sound

It is called “The Hyperloop” and, according to the designer, it will be a revolutionary “fifth mode” of transport, eclipsing trains, planes, boats and automobiles.<p>The “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table” will deliver passengers between US cities faster than the speed of …

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Ready for some news? Here. We. Go.<p><b>Apple is expected to launch its iWatch in late 2014 and the company is "aggressively" hiring for it.</b>• <b><br>Major retailers are beginning to track and collect data on in-store shoppers via cell phones.</b>• <b><br>Is there a number Facebook is trying to hide from users when it comes to</b> …

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Forrester: $2.1 Trillion Will Go Into IT Spend In 2013; Apps And The U.S. Lead The Charge

Forrester Research has now released its annual look at the state of IT spend globally, and the analysts project that there will be $2.06 trillion invested across software, hardware, and IT services by enterprises and governments in 2013. Within that, U.S. will be the biggest-spending country by a …

A New Record: The Largest Baby Star, Ever?

Stellar birth cloud 500 times the mass of the sun, study says.<p><b>Astronomers announced this week that they may have discovered the largest baby star ever detected, nestled within a stellar nursery 10,000 light-years away.</b><p>The embryonic stellar monster, known as a protostar, sits at the center of a …

How Instagram Can Become Bigger Than Facebook

With Instagram rocketing in popularity, will it matter to Facebook if its subsidiary grows larger than itself?<p>Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, hit 100 million users earlier this year, triple its user base since Facebook acquired the startup for $1 billion in 2012. With such unprecedented …

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What We Learned About Technology From the 1999 Tom Clancy Film NetForce

Here at <i>Wired</i>, we talk a lot about the evolving relationship between technology and culture. In order to help our readers keep up with the fast-paced …