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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google announced a range of new devices at its biggest product launch event of the year.</b> Devices include the Pixel smartphones, a Home speaker, and a virtual reality headset called Daydream View.<p><b>2. Facebook says a "technical issue" caused illegal listings to flood its new Craigslist competitor.</b> …

Google Daydream View is a VR Headset You'll Actually Want to Wear

The Google Daydream View headset is here, and it looks a lot different than Samsung's Gear VR. As in a lot less geeky. It's also cheaper, as it will …

11 Beady-Eyed Facts About Rats

Rats are up there with snakes and spiders when it comes scaring the pants off people. One glimpse of a beady-eyed, yellow-toothed rat scuttling …

Google's New Phones Target Apple But They Could Hurt Samsung More

Google’s product launch on Tuesday was as much a jab at Apple’s iPhone as a sales pitch for its new Pixel phones, with executives from the Mountain …

Google launches Pixel phone in direct bid to take on Apple's iPhone

Search company unveils first own-brand phone with 12 megapixel cameras and unlimited photo storage, pitting it directly against Apple<p>Google has launched two own-brand smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, in a bid to take on Apple and its iPhone 7 head on.<p>The two Android smartphones are the first to …

11 Hidden Gems on the Ultimate Road Trip Through the Northeast

A road trip is only as good as the pit stops you make along the way. Here are 11 under-the-radar destinations that are worth a detour on your next …

New England

11 Beautiful Stops on a Tour of America's Most Incredible Ferry Rides

Ferries are more than just valuable tools for commuters. If you have time to stop and look around, you’ll notice they can also offer some of the …

Could an Astronaut Steal a Rocket and Lift Off, Without Mission Control?

What do <i>Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Toy Story, Reservoir Dogs, Titanic,</i> …

Star Wars

14 Facts About Anne of Green Gables Author L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery, the author of <i>Anne of Green Gables,</i> was born 140 years ago on November 30. The Canadian writer published 20 novels, many of which are …

11 Innovative Gifts for Artistic Friends

Looking for the perfect holiday present for your friend the artist? Help the aesthetically inclined upgrade his or her artistic toolbox with these 11 …

Amazing 70-Year-Old Color Photos

Sometimes looking at old photographs makes me think of this exchange between comic-strip hero Calvin and his dad:<p><b>Calvin</b>: <i>Dad, how come old photographs</i> …

What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?

For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young …

10 Common Words We Don't Pronounce Like We Used To

<b>Vocabulary.com, posted by Arika Okrent</b><p>As languages change, so do pronunciations. This list from our friends at Vocabulary.com contains 10 words that …

25 Things to Look for While Watching the 24-Hour A Christmas Story Marathon

You’ve probably seen <i>A Christmas Story</i> enough times that you never really <i>need</i> to watch it again. But watch it you will. And enjoy it, too—even though …

Pop Culture

Who has the best geek-stashe in the land? Submit your entry for GeekWire’s Movember Competition

<i>Updated with new deadline</i><p>Calling all mustachioed men of GeekWire — lend us your ears — and upper lips. The month of Movember is now over. What do you …

Meet the World's Best Paper Airplane Maker

Boeing can build a 777 in 50 days. Luca Iaconi-Stewart can build one too—in five years. True, Iaconi- Stewart made his 1:60-scale jetliner out of …

For the Love of God, Stop Wearing Your Bike Helmet the Wrong Way

Many of us at WIRED ride bikes as a part of our daily commute, or for sport. So do a lot of other people in the Bay Area. And every few weeks (or …

How Zappos' CEO Turned Las Vegas Into a Startup Fantasyland

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, owns a party bus, a party house, and what could be termed a party insect—a 40-foot-long praying mantis that shoots fire …

Can Black + Decker's New Brand Mend Its Tarnished Reputation?

Why would anyone buy a Black + Decker power tool? Serious carpenters select Festool and worksite warriors default to DeWalt, but among the sea of …

From Sundance: A Biting Comedy Whose Voiceovers Come Via Twitter

PARK CITY, Utah – For years films have used voiceovers to clue the audience in about backstory and secrets that aren't directly revealed on-screen. …

A Bottle That Ingeniously Stacks 9 Cooking Tools

The rent is too damn high. The kitchen space is too damn limited.<p>The Akebono All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set packs all sorts of space-hogging hardware …

Kickstarter Has Changed Indie Moviemaking for Good

While Hollywood insiders talk about which big-budget studio movies made and lost the most money in 2013, there's a far more interesting number to …

A Slick Electronics Kit Turns You Into a Hardware Whiz

If your knowledge of engineering stops with putting batteries in a TV remote, you might try fiddling around with a littleBits kit for a day. Senior …

A Smart Movie That Questions Evolution (Yes, It's Possible!)

The words "molecular biology thriller" don't come up a lot when describing movies, but director Mike Cahill's <i>I Origins</i> aims to be different. The …

Nexus cases are 25% off from Google Play for a limited time

Grab some protection for your tablet or phone at a discount<p>Google Play is running a promotion to offer 25 percent off select Nexus 5 and 7 …

Samsung Galaxy S5 could have the look of Windows Phone

Samsung wants ours to be a world full of widgets, if what we saw at CES and the latest leaks of the purported Galaxy S5 home screen are any indication.<p>Prolific leaker Evleaks initially posted the above images earlier this month, and then later shared the below shots on Twitter of an apparent new …

Unique wearable Taptool accessory arrives to Kickstarter, 2 Taptools for pledge of $10

It was just last month that we first reported on the Taptool, a unique tablet/smartphone accessory that essentially works as a wearable stylus. At the time the project was still in the earlier conceptual phases, though a working prototype did exist. Now the Taptool’s creator Matt Weiner is taking …

Wearable Tech