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Netflix will never have everything you want, and neither will anyone else

Stop waiting for the Spotify of movies<p>This past weekend Netflix announced that it was not renewing its streaming deal with cable channel Epix, and as a result, movies like <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i>, <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>, and <i>Transformers: Age of Extinction</i> will be disappearing from the …

Why We Laugh—Or Do We?

(LET’S GET THIS THING SETTLED, MR. EASTMAN)<p>In order to laugh at something, it is necessary (1) to know <i>what</i> you are laughing at, (2) to know <i>why</i> you are laughing, (3) to ask some people why <i>they</i> think you are laughing, (4) to jot down a few notes, (5) to laugh. Even then, the thing may not be cleared …

Central America

'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

New global database shows human activity has led to increased spread of invasive species<p>Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>…

North America

New Apple TV will reportedly run iOS 9 and launch in September

Will come with Siri, a new remote, and dedicated App Store<p><b>Read next:</b> The Apple TV review.<p>The world is expecting Apple to show off its next round of iPhones next month, but as reported in July, we could also be seeing something else on stage in September — the new Apple TV set-top box. According to …

More U.S. companies moving away from traditional performance reviews

Lately a small but growing number of major U.S. companies, including Accenture, Adobe and Gap, have been saying goodbye to an annual rite of corporate life that employees and managers both love to hate: the traditional performance review.<p>Now General Electric, long considered Corporate America’s …

Samsung G9198 announced: New Snapdragon 808-powered, dual screen flip phone

Android-powered flip-phones are all the rage now with Korean manufacturers. LG announced its ‘Wine Smart’ clamshell smartphone just a couple of weeks ago and today, Samsung has unveiled its latest dual screen flip phone, the G9198. It’s the follow up to its G9098 launched in China last year and if …

Mobile Technology

There's one big problem with Google renaming itself Alphabet

Among the puzzlement and surprise are also a few sighs of indignation. That's because Alphabet, besides simply being a common word that trips up search engines, is also already the name or theme of many brands around the world.<p>Here's how Google co-founder Larry Page explains the new name: "We liked …

ICYMI: Google’s face-policing API, Rage Rooms and more

Oxygen OS 2.0 Hands-On: Check out the new features!

The Week in Review: Google Announces Company Restructuring

What began as the world’s most popular search engine is now—officially—much more than that. On Monday, Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page announced a new parent company named Alphabet to oversee all of its ventures. Google, whose new CEO will be current Product Chief Sundar Pichai, will …

Google Fiber

Forecasters warn this winter's El Nino could be historically strong

The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say.<p>But California and other drought struck areas better not count on El Nino rescuing them …

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 14 August

Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, no UK Note 5 launch, police investigate 'cyber flashers', iOS update and more.<p><i>Get WIRED Awake sent straight</i> …

Turn Your TV Into A Huge Smart Touch Display With The $99 Touchjet WAVE

Innovations on the good ol’ family television have moved from 3D to 4K to curved panel over the years. But what all of those evolutions have shared are a heightened price tag for a whole new device. An Indiegogo campaign that launched yesterday is hoping to bring some crazy new functionality to …

Sure Hang (The Laser Level … REIMAGINED!)

Editor's Rating<p>4.7?<p>Discovered on 2015-08-12<p>We all know how frustrating laying out, positioning and hanging anything on the wall can be! Making the …

Samsung just fit 16 terabytes into a 2.5-inch SSD

Samsung’s big news today may have mostly involved huge phones, but that’s not all the hardware giant is unveiling today: The company today announced a <i>16 terabyte</i> flash memory drive.<p>The announcement is particularly significant because though flash memory is known for its speed, it doesn’t generally …

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Is Samsung’s Answer To The iPhone 6 Plus

Today at a big press conference, Samsung announced two new flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and its new sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. While a Note update was highly anticipated, the S6 Edge+ is a new beast. And the best way to describe it is that it’s a direct iPhone 6 Plus …

Phones

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ And Note 5 Bring New Software Innovations To Stand Out In A Crowded Market

Hoping to get ahead of Apple’s new hardware launch next month on September 9, Samsung announced on Thursday its next generation phone hardware: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5. The upgrades bring a few hardware overhauls, but also offer a number of software tweaks to try to get Samsung to stand out …