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How Reggaetón Exploded All Over Cuba Without the Internet
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Three million people download music from hard drives delivered by hand. The post How Reggaetón Exploded All Over Cuba Without the Internet appeared first on...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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Questlove and the Art of the Subversive Musical Dig
Comedy

The Roots—the house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—are known for sneaking flyby jabs into 10-­second snippets of walk­-on music. We compiled the best of band­leader Questlove’s cleverly subversive ditties for recent...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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Inside Cheddar, the Would-Be CNBC of the Internet
cheddar

As a dozen members of the production team at Cheddar, a startup internet TV company, settle into their cramped control room at a co-working space in downtown Manhattan, Donald J. Trump looms large. Literally: One of the room’s largest screens, named RS2-DON, is...

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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The Stream Dream
Gadget Lab Podcasts

Is it too late for the legacy music service to succeed in the current streaming landscape? The post The Stream Dream appeared first on...

Friday, 17 March 2017
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Enter the SoundBox: How the SF Symphony Turned a Dreadful Room Into Sonic Paradise
Architecture

San Francisco’s world-renowned symphony has transformed an acoustically dreadful space into the city’s hottest classical music venue. The post Enter the SoundBox: How the SF Symphony Turned a Dreadful Room Into Sonic Paradise appeared first on...

Monday, 13 March 2017
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Tour the Factory That Cranks Out 90 Million Tennis Balls a Year
documentary photography

Take two strips of fluorescent yellow felt, wrap them around a rubber sphere, and—voila!—you have a tennis ball. Easy, right? Wrong. Every one of the 90 million balls Wilson produces each year requires 24 steps and six days to complete. “When you get...

Monday, 27 February 2017
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How Tech Campuses Hinder Diversity and Help Gentrification
Business

Silicon Valley tech companies love to build super awesome campuses that their employees will never want to leave. Those college-like idylls are surefire crucibles for disruption. In-house catering, coffee shops, laundry services, nap rooms, and a slew of other perks...

Saturday, 18 February 2017
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Beoplay’s H4 Wireless Cans Bring Primo Sound at a Bargain. Kinda
Bang and Olufsen

A couple of years ago, the luxurious leather-wrapped Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7s were our favorite Bluetooth headphones. The over-ear H7s sounded as gorgeous as they looked, and they even smelled great. The problem, if anything, was the price. At $400, the H7s...

Friday, 10 February 2017
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Meet the People Who Pick Up When You Call Customer Service
documentary photography

To you, a customer service rep is a voice on the phone, someone to sort out a billing error or missed delivery. To José Sarmento Matos, it’s a person, and he wants you to meet them. “We tend to forget that they’re people,” he says....

Monday, 30 January 2017
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9 Movies You Must Watch Before They Leave Hulu in February
Culture

Come February, the thing on most people’s minds is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a chance to treat their most beloved to something special. For others, it’s an opportunity to hide away from all those happy couples and have a date with their...

Thursday, 26 January 2017
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Review: Thalia Capo 200
Accessories

If you’re a guitarist, you’ve probably heard your instrument go slightly out of tune every time you clamp a capo onto the fretboard. A capo is the simple spring-loaded mechanism that raises the pitch of a guitar by pushing down on the strings wherever you...

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
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Remarkable Photos Capture the Light That Plants Emit
fine art photography

The plants in Craig Burrows’ photos look like something plucked from an alien planet, sprouting wild shades of violet, pink and green. But the plants, and the colors are real. It’s the result of a cool trick of nature. All plants reflect light. Leaves...

Monday, 23 January 2017
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A New Series About the Visionary Designers Who Shape Our World
Culture

We never take Shakespeare’s (and Star Trek’s) notion about the future being an undiscovered country as a scary proposition. “Undiscovered” just means you’re supposed to go find it. That has always been one of WIRED’s central...

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
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Eerie Photos Take You Down China’s Neon-Lit Alleyways
fine art photography

Marilyn Mugot’s Instagram feed teems with cinematic images of cluttered streets, slumbering high-rises, and empty shopping malls illuminated by the neon glow of city lights. Her photographs make mundane cityscapes look magical. Mugot, a fashion...

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
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George Lucas’ Museum Finally (Maybe!) Lands in Los Angeles
Chicago

The Force, it seems, is with Los Angeles. After playing one of the greatest games of architectural musical chairs in US history, the board of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative art yesterday announced that it has decided to locate its MAD...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017
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Meet LG’s Adorable Voice-Activated Robot for Your Home
Alexa

One clear trend that’s emerged from CES this year is that many, many smart home products are using Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistance platform. Most of these devices are just spins on Amazon’s Echo, a static speaker that sits on a shelf. But a few of the...

Friday, 06 January 2017
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Alexa Just Conquered CES. The World Is Next
Alexa

You can’t walk the sprawling floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center without tripping over a speaker, an appliance, or even a robot or two that supports Alexa. Amazon’s voice assistant is clearly the darling of CES 2017. This may well be the year...

Friday, 06 January 2017
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Forget Rose Gold. In 2016, Tech’s Big Color Trend Was Ombré
color

Think pieces the internet over (ahem) would have you believe that rose gold—a.k.a. “millennium pink,” “pale dogwood,” and “rose quartz”—was the definitive color trend of 2016. This writer respectfully disagrees. The...

Tuesday, 27 December 2016
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How Science Uncovered $80 Million of Fine Art Forgeries
Art

Something was wrong with the Jackson Pollock. For one thing, 3-D images from a stereomicroscope revealed that the signature was traced with a needle—forged. And, working with a hyper-precise Raman microscope, a tool capable of analyzing sample areas as small as a...

Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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Review: Vifa Copenhagen
bluetooth speakers

The Vifa Copenhagen wireless speaker ($600) is somewhat large for a wireless, portable speaker. Its squareish size and long top handle are reminiscent of a boom box, brief case, or big lunch box. But unlike those everyday products, the Copenhagen is almost entirely...

Tuesday, 13 December 2016
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