Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

It’s not every month that four marquee videogames get slapped with big delays. Offering explanations with sterile words like “polish” and “fine tuning,” the studios behind Cyberpunk 2077, Marvel’s Avengers, Dying Light 2, and Final Fantasy VII Remake have all announced that they’re pushing back their games—joining a the ranks of some of this year’s…

A ‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Is in the Works

A ‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Is in the Works

Good day! Welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of all the biggest pop culture news around. This week’s biggest news so far has been a bit of a grab-bag, spanning everything from Studio Ghibli to Radiohead and of course, streaming services, because in 2020, there’s always something happening with streaming services. Here we go.Marvel Is…

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

This autumn, after years of dropping view-amassing videos of Spot the robot dog fending off stick-wielding humans and opening doors for its pals, Boston Dynamics finally announced that the machine was hitting the market—for a select few early adopters, at least. BD’s people would be the first to tell you that they don’t fully know…

Hyundai’s Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

Hyundai’s Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

As far as highways go, this one in South Korea is relatively smooth. No serious potholes or pavement cracks, but plenty of little bumps and divots. The newly unveiled Genesis GV80 SUV easily absorbs these imperfections, and so the only disruption inside the minimalist, seven-seat cabin is a whisper of wind noise. Notably missing from…

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Bungee jumping has been around for ages. The land divers of Vanuatu tied vines around their ankles. The first modern-style jump with elastic cords was undertaken in Bristol, England, in 1979 by the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. The idea, of course, is that—if all goes well—the cord stretches and exerts an upward force to…

Don’t Break Up Big Tech

Don’t Break Up Big Tech

In the shadow of impeachment, the push to break up Big Tech continues to build. Last week, the House of Representatives held a hearing that saw the industry accused of bullying and oligopolistic practices. “They have come to use the scope of their platforms and their overwhelming dominance in certain markets to unfairly disadvantage competitors…

How to Buy Used on eBay: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Buy Used on eBay: A Beginner’s Guide

The post-holiday season is a great time to buy used electronics. Everyone has pulled the wrapping off the latest model and they’re ready to get rid of the older one. Whether you want to save things from the landfill or just want to score a deal, buying used is a great alternative.There are deals to…

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 500. As of 10 AM Thursday morning in Wuhan—9 PM EST—no flights were leaving the airport. High-speed rail won’t depart for Shanghai,…

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

A new report offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of the challenges to global electoral integrity posed by the onslaught of misinformation, online extremism, and social media manipulation campaigns, and calls for a series of reforms from platforms, politicians, and international governing bodies.In a report released Wednesday, the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and…