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Top MP3s of the Week (10/11)

Even though this week surfaced the newest tracks from pop sensation Lady Gaga, seductive R&B superstar R. Kelly, and hyper-clever MC Childish …

Dork Tower Thursday

Find the Dork Tower webcomic archives, DT printed collections, more cool comics, awesome games and a whole lot more at the Dork Tower Website.

A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 29

Author: Ken Denmead. Ken Denmead<p>Date of Publication: 03.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:01 am. 12:01 am<p>Our good friends at Google run a daily puzzle …

Review: Motorola Droid Maxx

The modern smartphone arms race of late has mostly been a pissing contest over screen resolution, processor speed, megapixels, thinness, and …

Review: Samsung ATIV Book 6

Earlier this year, Samsung announced it would be rebranding its entire PC and Windows-based tablet lineup. Formerly categorized under a collection of …

Review: Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

Author: Maurizio Pesce. Maurizio Pesce Gear<p>Date of Publication: 10.03.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Sub Title: Don't Judge a Tablet by Its …

Review: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Individual hardware specs no longer hold the sway they once did. In order for those CPU, GPU, and RAM numbers to be worth anything, you need an …

101 Signals: These are the best reporters, writers, and thinkers on the Internet—the people who understand what’s happening. Compiled and annotated by WIRED staff. | WIRED

Business<p>These are our favorite sources of news covering the world of business and finance. From macroeconomics to microlending, these folks are all …

WWDC Liveblog: New Operating Systems, New Hardware, and … One More Thing?

Author: Christina Bonnington. Christina Bonnington Gear<p>Date of Publication: 06.10.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Live blog automatically …

What 802.11ac Networking Is, And Why You Want It

Amid the heated chatter surrounding Apple’s big releases at WWDC, something smaller — but nonetheless significant — managed to sneak through.<p>With …

Split Screen: Get Organized | WIRED

Your life is a mess. Bring order to the chaos with the most powerful organizational tool available: your phone. Load the right apps to handle to-do …

Your Smartphone Gains a Mind of Its Own

Heath Whaley was running late to the airport, as usual. Zipping through nudie scanners at airport security with minutes to spare, he made a quick …

Fetish: The HTC One Mini

The general rule among Android phones the last few years has been, "bigger is better."<p>But the winds are changing. Today, HTC announced the HTC One …

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Smartphone Upgrade Plans Compared | WIRED

• T-Mobile Jump<br>• AT&T Next<br>• Verizon Edge<br>• Standard Two-Year Contract<p>Availability<br>• Now<br>• July 26<br>• August 25<br>• Now<p>Cost of Phone (iPhone 5, 16GB)<br>• $21/month, $156 up …

Fetish: SanDisk Connect

Smartphones and tablets are great for so many things, but file-sharing is not one of them. Transferring things to and from mobile devices is painful …

Turn Off Your Smartphone Camera's GPS to Protect Your Privacy

If you don't like to broadcast your whereabouts, you've likely got it under control: No Foursquare for you, no "adding to your Photo Map" on …

Review: LG Optimus G Pro

Remember when mobile phones looked like military-grade tools and required satchel-sized battery cases? It's easy to scoff at them now, but Android …

Unlocking Bill Passes Committee, But There's Still a Treacherous Road Ahead

The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.<p>But wait: we still aren’t allowed …

Indelible Ink: 6 Popular Fountain Pens Tested and Rated | WIRED

Fountain pens seem hopelessly geeky to the uninitiated. Why bother with an expensive, finicky pen when most of us do all of our writing on keyboards …

That's Not How You Use That: Coiling a Cable

Keeping your cables neat and tidy is a matter of nerd pride, with a side of OCD thrown in there just for fun. But, if you're man-handling your cables …

101 Signals: You Only Need to Listen to 16 People to Know What's Up in the Tech World

When you want to know whether or not to buy that phone, install that software update, or join yet another social network, these are the feeds you …

Vanish from the Internet With This One-Stop Website

Even if you're not Edward Snowden, there are times when excising your social media presence is necessary. Companies usually don't make it easy, …

Review: Sony Vaio Pro

I dare say Sony's Vaio Pro 13 is everything you could want in an ultrabook. Until the MacBook Air gets a much-needed screen upgrade (when's that …

Plan an Epic Night on the Town With These Adventurous Apps | WIRED

Enchanted evenings don’t just happen. Good times take some serious planning. Optimize your playtime with these free smartphone apps.<p><b>Friends</b><p>iOS<p><b>GroupMe</b> …

Weekend Project: Build a False TV Wall | WIRED

Just because you rent, that doesn’t mean you can’t own the living room. It does, however, mean you can’t punch a trillion holes in the wall to mount …

Power Gamer: A Peek Inside the Exquisite Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop | WIRED

In a former life, Razer was a humble peripherals company known for making keyboards and mouses for gamers’ twitchy hands. But then, in 2011, the …

Keep Your Computer From Destroying Your Eyesight

Staring at the computer all day is horrible on your eyes. All those brightly colored pixels clashing with the lighting around you is a recipe for eye …

Smartwatches, Bed-Cleaning Robots, 4K TVs, and Other New Tech From IFA Berlin

Author: Maurizio Pesce<p>06:30 am<p><i>All photos by Maurizio Pesce/WIRED ITALIA</i>

Send Texts in the Dark Without Infuriating Everyone Around You

Taking out your phone to text or answer emails during a movie won't just earn you dirty looks by theater goers. Some vigilantes are starting to take …

Keep Your Overworked Laptop Processor Cool With This Colorful Silicone Strip

If your laptop is having a bad case of the hots, this triangular piece of silicone might be the perfect solution.<p>Anyone who's opened a few too many …