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Facebook’s tactical assault on Snapchat is nearly complete. This morning, the big blue giant launched a trio of features: a fun new effects-filled camera that sits a swipe over from your News Feed; a place for disappearing stories; and a way to share straight from your camera to your friends. That’s a lot of words …

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The Swiss watch market exists within a blissful parallel universe. In this magical place, people celebrate the contemplative beauty of a perpetual calendar complication, and happily pay five or six figures for mechanical timepieces that don’t actually keep time accurately. This universe arose during the Renaissance, and changes slowly. The heritage, the history, the—ahem—timelessness of it all remains precisely the …

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Plenty of people know that leopards wander the streets of Mumbai, but few people ever see them. The elusive cats hunt at night, shrouded by darkness and the din of the city. That made Gordon Buchanan’s job tricky. The BBC sent Buchanan to Mumbai to film that cats for Planet Earth II, the epic nature documentary series …

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The first scene in “Cities,” the final episode of Planet Earth II, looks like a chase scene out of a James Bond movie. But instead of Daniel Craig, you’ve got a bunch of fighting langurs battling high above the city of Jodhpur, India. The music thumps, the camera soars, and if you watch on a big enough …

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In late 2010, Steve Jobs told New York Times journalist Nick Bilton that his children had never used the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use in the home.” Bilton discovered that other tech giants imposed similar restrictions. Chris Anderson, the former editor of WIRED, enforced strict time limits on every device in …

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Two big news events this week: The release of the Nintendo Switch and the heap of announcements out of Mobile World Congress. We start the show with a visit from WIRED’s culture editor Peter Rubin to talk about Nintendo’s new $300 handheld (but also a console) gaming device. Next, we have a segment from Paul …

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For all its virtues, Facebook Messenger works more like email than a group messaging app like GroupMe or Tango. If you want to talk with someone directly, no problem. But it hasn’t handled large groups effectively because it lacked some of the key elements that make group messaging fun. It was too simple. A pair of …

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When the trailer dropped for the BBC’s new Planet Earth II series, the most memeable moment was a small fox diving confidently and head-first into a pile of snow. It’s a perfect snippet for a good ol’ “It me,” or a “When it’s Monday,” or really just about anything else. But did you ever wonder …

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Lithium-ion batteries have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The latest marquee moment involved a pair of exploding headphones on a plane. That incendiary incident came hot on the heels of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 (double) recall and major issues with “hoverboard” batteries. You can’t chalk it all up to incompetence, either. Even …

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The world knows no deadlier assassin than heart disease. It accounts for one in four fatalities in the US. Early detection remains the key to saving lives, but catching problems at the right time too often relies upon dumb luck. The most effective way of identifying problems involves an EKG machine, a bulky device with electrodes and wires. …

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