In Parched California, Firefighters Prep for Epic Blazes

Every year, California’s smokejumpers parachute into the jaws of massive conflagrations. The post In Parched California, Firefighters Prep for Epic Blazes appeared first on WIRED. Go to Source Author: Danielle Venton Powered by WPeMatico...

These Sci-Fi Earbuds Put a Volume Knob on the Real World

The smartest earbuds in the world want to customize sound for you, and only you. The post These Sci-Fi Earbuds Put a Volume Knob on the Real World appeared first on WIRED. Go to Source Author: David Pierce Powered by WPeMatico...

First Click: Google can ‘surprise and delight' just like Apple

As unofficial corporate mottos go, “Surprise & Delight” is to Apple as “Don’t be Evil” is to Google. Apple cites the phrase regularly at earnings calls, company emails, and most prominently in Steve Jobs’ “antennagate” address to the press. I guess that’s why I’m surprised that Google Photos is...

The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout

The inside story of Minecraft’s acquisition by Microsoft, an excerpt from an updated history of the mega-popular game. The post The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout appeared first on WIRED. Go to Source Author: Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson Powered by WPeMatico...

SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive

SanDisk has found a way to squeeze 128GB of flash storage into an external drive that’s smaller than our smallest coin. The post SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive appeared first on WIRED. Go to Source Author: Brian Barrett Powered by WPeMatico...

The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, took a long two years to get its first smartphone to market after first detailing its plans in 2013. Its next phone won’t take anywhere near that long. Canonical today announced that the second Ubuntu phone — the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition...

Can Khan Academy’s Free SAT Prep Level the Playing Field?

It’s a radically democratic reboot of the test-prep industry, which up until now reserved its advantages for people who could afford their pricey tutorials. The post Can Khan Academy’s Free SAT Prep Level the Playing Field? appeared first on WIRED. Go to Source Author: Jason Tanz Powered by WPeMatico...

Pentagon accidentally shipped live anthrax to Canada and Australia in addition to the US

Two defense officials today confirmed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples of anthrax to 28 government and private facilities across the US and army base in South Korea, the Pentagon also shipped the deadly spores to three laboratories in Canada. Investigations into anthrax shipments spurred by the recent discovery...