The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter.Sarah Cooper used to work at Google. Now, she’s about to work for Netflix. Well, sorta. In the kind of topsy-turvy story that could only happen in 2020, the UX designer turned comedian…

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Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

Makeup Classes Have Gone Virtual—and We Tried One Out

Brick-and-mortar stores have had to come up with creative ways to reach customers during the coronavirus pandemic. For beauty retailers, that means connecting with their customers virtually.Brands like Ashley Adams Beauty, Noleen Sliney, and Blushington, which offered in-studio and on-location makeup applications pre-pandemic, are now offering a variety of lessons over Zoom. I tried an…

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The Foldable Future

This week, Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo became available for sale. Like many other folding devices, the Duo has been marketed as a product for busy workers on the go. But now, months into a pandemic where many workers are still sheltering in place (if they’re lucky enough to have a job at all), the appeal…

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ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

The Covid-19 pandemic, and millions of people desperate for scarce protective equipment like masks and Tyvek suits, has presented a bonanza for scammers. Now, according to the US Department of Justice, it seems that even ISIS has gotten in on the game.In a series of civil and criminal complaints and forfeiture notices released today, the…

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