The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

Hi, all. With Labor Day behind us, we are now facing treacherous autumn. At least you will have Plaintext by your side, though only if you subscribe to WIRED. But laggards take heart. We recently promised (threatened?) to limit this newsletter to paying customers, beginning with this edition. But some technical changes have temporarily delayed…

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

For years, the lidar business has had a lot of hype but not a lot of hard numbers. Dozens of lidar startups have touted their impressive technology, but until recently it wasn’t clear who, if anyone, was actually gaining traction with customers.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news,…

How to Watch WIRED25

How to Watch WIRED25

So far, 2020 has made the future seem scary, if not unimaginable. But it’s still possible to feel excited about what comes next, and this year’s WIRED25 honorees are here to pave the way. During a normal WIRED25 celebration of our annual list, we would gather in San Francisco to hear from CEOs, activists, scientists,…

Blood Centers Are Barely Meeting Convalescent Plasma Demand

Blood Centers Are Barely Meeting Convalescent Plasma Demand

In August, the Food and Drug Administration broadened its emergency use authorization (EUA) for convalescent plasma, which uses the antibodies in recovered Covid-19 patients’ blood to treat those still suffering from the disease. In a press release, agency officials called the blood product a “potential and promising Covid-19 treatment,” expanding access so any doctor can…

Gaming rockstar Ninja returns to Amazon’s Twitch

Gaming rockstar Ninja returns to Amazon’s Twitch

The world’s top Fortnite streamer — Ninja — is returning to Amazon’s Twitch platform in an exclusive multiyear deal.If the gaming industry were the music industry, the 29-year-old, whose legal name is Tyler Blevins, would be comparable to a top-earning artist like Drake.VIDEO GAMING IS THRIVING UNDER CORONAVIRUS CONDITIONSUp in the ranks with YouTube-popular OG…