At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

Commercial airlines often prioritize boarding for passengers traveling with small children, or for those who need extra assistance—in other words, those likely to be slower to stow their bags and take their seats—before starting to board the faster passengers. It’s counter-intuitive, but it turns out that letting slower passengers board first actually results in a…

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records

Storm clouds are gathering in the world of cybersecurity. Russian hackers likely targeted Burisma, the Ukrainian oil company at the center of Donald Trump’s various Biden conspiracies. If so, you can bet good money that they’ll selectively leak politically damaging documents ahead of the 2020 election. The Department of Justice is pressuring Apple to undermine…

The 7 Best Portable Coffee Makers: Aeropress, Delter, And More

The 7 Best Portable Coffee Makers: Aeropress, Delter, And More

There are three basic, vital coffee brewing tips I’ll impart.Find good, fresh beans: Great coffee starts with high-quality beans. Quality beans can make even cheap brewing equipment shine. And high quality means fresh. Find a local coffee roaster in your area.For testing, I used beans from Jittery Joe’s Roasting Company in Athens, Georgia, specifically the…

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

Paris is classy, so it calls the distribution centers “logistics hotels”—les hôtels logistiques.In France’s capital, as in other affluent cities around the globe, cheap or free “instant deliveries” from companies like Amazon, DPD, and Deliveroo have exploded in the last decade. French consumers make roughly 400 million internet purchases each year worth some $734 billion,…

14 Best Tech Deals on WIRED’s Favorite Gear (Jan. 2020)

14 Best Tech Deals on WIRED’s Favorite Gear (Jan. 2020)

Time is moving fast. It feels like New Year’s Eve was just yesterday, but it’s already the middle of January. Before we slide through the end of the month, we’ve got some discounts for you. Some of our favorites this week include affordable TVs from TCL—they might come in handy for the upcoming Super Bowl—and…

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

David Barnett, a former philosophy professor and the founder and CEO of PopSockets, says his interactions with Amazon have often amounted to “bullying with a smile.” Like many companies, PopSockets, which makes a popular plastic grip that can be attached to smartphones, discovered several years ago counterfeit versions of its products available for sale on…

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Is Being Delayed

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Is Being Delayed

The first few weeks of a new year always have a bit of upheaval. Release dates get shuffled around, rumors abound, and news seemingly drops at every turn. Lucky for you, this week’s Replay roundup is here to help. Below are some of the most important videogame news stories from the past week. Let’s go.Cyberpunk…

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

This July, NBCUniversal and Comcast will launch a new streaming service, Peacock. (Xfinity cable customers will get an advanced version in April.) It will house NBC classics like Parks and Recreation, Frasier, and Law and Order: SVU, as well as a wide array of movies, reality shows, and current programming, including live events from the…