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Can you work at an Amazon, Uber or Google and have a life?

A focus on data to wring out the most possible efficiency from employees. An ulcer-inducing work pace. A ceaseless pressure to perform even after …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google has revealed the name of the next version of Android - Marshmallow.</b> The mobile operating system follows a candy-centric naming system, and Android 6.0 will be no exception.<p><b>2. Facebook has revamped its "Notes" tool in an attempt to be your next blogging platform.</b> It now looks a lot more …

Jeff Bezos

Why music video age ratings are practically pointless online

Online music videos will now display age ratings, as part of Conservative-backed efforts to protect the nation's children.<p>There are a few caveats …

Galaxy Note 5 fares better than S6 in drop tests, but worse than iPhone 6 & HTC One M9 (Video)

If you’re eagerly awaiting the chance to get your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5, a new <i>PhoneBuff</i> drop test suggests that – like the Galaxy S6 – you’ll either want to be confident you won’t drop it, or start looking for cases …<p>Like the Galaxy S6, the back of the device hitting concrete …

Phones

IBM has built a digital rat brain that could power tomorrow’s smartphones

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In August 2014, IBM announced that it had built a “brain-inspired” computer chip—essentially a computer that was wired like an organic brain, rather than a traditional computer. These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells. Wired reported on …

Singularity
Gaming

Samsung is deflating its own hype bubble

Here's a quick summary of Samsung's accomplishments over the past week: it launched two high-spec smartphones with their own distinct features and design; it opened preorders immediately; it delivered some of the phones early, ahead of a full release this Friday. All great successes — except then …

Electronics Industry

The robot takeover lacks empathy

<i>This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Rovio reveals the key to Angry Birds’ success: brand partners

<b>UPDATE (12 am, Pacific Time):</b> Corrected misspelling of Charactopia Licensing Ltd.<p>World domination is a tricky business.<p>But if anyone is up to the task, it would be Rovio and its aviary of Angry Birds. The Finnish mobile developer created a new intellectual property in 2009, and in less than three …

Angry Birds
Phones

'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

Square today announced that its money transferring app "Square Cash" is making the leap to Apple Watch, allowing users to make and receive money transfers on Apple's new wearable device (via <i>TechCrunch</i>). The original iOS and Android app allows users to send money to family and friends for free …

Smartwatches

Confide, The Self-Destructing Messenger, Goes Live On Desktop

Confide, the app that lets you send self-destructing messages, is now transitioning to the desktop.<p>Confide launched 18 months ago as a mobile app on iOS and Android, offering users the chance to send messages to each other that are only readable a few words at a time. When the user tapped on …

How the iPhone's camera compares with that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 come with top-of-the-line cameras, though they use different sensors. The camera in the iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel sensor, for instance, while the Galaxy Note 5 has a 16-megapixel sensor.<p>There has been some debate as to whether more megapixels …

Phones

Britain brings age ratings to online music videos: could other countries follow?

Britain is officially bringing age ratings to online music videos, in a move designed to inform parents of whether the content their kids are watching is suitable.<p>First announced by Prime Minister David Cameron last year, the pilot program constituted a partnership between the British Board of Film …

Music Industry

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ now up for pre-order in the UK

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 may never come to the UK, but if you're a phablet fan that doesn't mean you're out of options. The company is also pushing its monstrous 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 Edge+, which is available to pre-order today ahead of its full debut on September 4th. You can buy the 32GB model from …

Xbox One August update starts rolling out with 1080p 60fps game streaming, achievement comparing, and more

Microsoft began rolling out the Xbox One August 2015 update today. The latest version adds a slew of new social features to the console and also improves game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs.<p>In short, if you have the right network conditions (read: a wired connection or a very fast …

Streaming

Google's answer to spotty Wi-Fi is 'OnHub'

OnHub is a redesigned router from Google that promises a quick and stable WiFi connection built around an easy-to-use app. OnHub features 4GB of storage space for updates, 13 antennas (six 2.4GHz, six 5GHz and one to monitor congestion), and it provides WiFi speeds of up to 1900 Mbps. It also has …