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Pinterest wants to calm you down, Equifax gets hit with a record fine, and facial recognition is still struggling with darker faces. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s Headlines Feeling stressed? Pinterest wants to …

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The 1995 movie Congo may be most noteworthy for Tim Curry’s over-the-top line readings (“A diamond mine of incredible bounty!”). However, I’ll personally remember it for an otherwise throwaway moment in which our jungle-bound diamond hunters are asked by Laura Linney’s character whether they’d like a portable air-conditioner for their tents. (“Well, I suppose it …

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I appreciate a good cup of coffee, but I love a reliable and easy coffee machine. This past year, I’ve taken shot after shot of caffeine from dozens of cold brew coffee makers, French presses, and cappuccino machines—all in the name of WIRED. I’ve even popped a few Nespresso capsules on lazy days. Despite having …

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The best camera, the old adage goes, is the one you have with you. These days, that means your smartphone. Smartphone makers are well aware of your photography needs and are locked in a never-ending game of photography one-upsmanship—one camera, then two, then three, now five? This optical arms race presents a problem for point-and-shoot …

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On Monday, Twitter began rolling out its first desktop redesign in seven years. It was a mostly aesthetic makeover, with changes like a new layout, dark mode, and a more prominent search bar. As with anything Twitter, the reaction has been polarizing, with many users criticizing the platform for not doing enough to address its …

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I take my espresso seriously. I put myself through college making espresso for others and I even married my favorite barista. It’s been a while now since either my wife or I had access to the kind of expensive Italian-made espresso machines you find in nice coffee shops, but thanks to the world of portable …

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Every time you sign up for a free trial of any kind, you’re forced to take stock of your outlook on life. Realists accept that they’ll eventually wind up paying for this thing that is currently free. Pessimists understand this too, but are prematurely embittered even as they plug in their credit card numbers. Optimists …

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If you wanted to send a tweet using Mayan hieroglyphics, or call upon the Phaistos disc symbols to craft the perfect email reply, you would have the Unicode Consortium to thank. The non-profit encodes languages for the digital age, preserving them in amber for their afterlife on-screen. They have rescued, for the internet, Meroitic cursive, …

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In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become. So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, …

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Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s Headlines Amazon Prime Day is here …

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