Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How A Group of Imprisoned Hackers Introduced JPay to the World

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How A Group of Imprisoned Hackers Introduced JPay to the World

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Until yesterday, unless you had a family member or friend inside prison, you most likely had never heard of JPay. That’s because all of its services are directed towards people inside the nation’s prisons—and their family members. Since 2002, JPay has been quietly moving into prisons across the country, first by providing quicker (though pricier)…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The New MacBook Pro

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The New MacBook Pro

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Apple’s newest pro-grade laptop is out, and over the last week or so, our own Brendan Nystedt has had a chance to test it thoroughly. Brendan’s review of the 2018 MacBook Pro was published on WIRED on Friday morning, and he joins this week’s show as our special guest to run down the particulars. From…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets

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While I gave birth to my first child in 2015, my brother sat across the street from the hospital in a bar, live tweeting his experience of waiting to meet his nephew. As the hours of my long labor wore on, my brother got drunker and his jokes more off the wall. When my son…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Overwatch League Finals Aren’t the Only Thing Happening in Games

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Overwatch League Finals Aren’t the Only Thing Happening in Games

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This week was a quiet one in the world of videogames, but there’s always something to talk about. In this week’s roundup we dig into the Overwatch League Grand Finals, Steam’s newest update, and the odd specter of orphaned games that still get updates. Here we go! The Overwatch League Grand Finals are Heading to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Podcasters of ‘The Good Place’ Are Smart Motherforkers

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Podcasters of ‘The Good Place’ Are Smart Motherforkers

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After two seasons of comedy and philosophy, The Good Place remains a great joy. It’s the best science fiction show on television, with twists and intricate, earned reveals that hint at a watchmakers’ dream of a writers’ room. The show’s third season doesn’t start until late September, but in the hiatus, NBC and its creators…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Airstream’s $40,000 Basecamp Gets an Off-Road Upgrade

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Airstream’s $40,000 Basecamp Gets an Off-Road Upgrade

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If you’re considering adding some #vanlife to your Instagram feed but lack either (a) a van, or (b) a place outside your Bushwick walk-up to stash the 28-foot Airstream Land Yacht, consider the Airstream Basecamp. At 16 feet long and 2,635 pounds, the silver bullet’s baby brother is svelte enough to be towed with most…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Office-Messaging Wars Are Over. Slack Has Won.

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Office-Messaging Wars Are Over. Slack Has Won.

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Last September, the software company Atlassian launched a new workplace chat app called Stride, aimed squarely at taking on the similar app Slack. “We’ve been thrilled by the excitement we’ve seen from the tens of thousands of teams who have adopted it as their communication platform,” the company gushed in a March blog post. Now,…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

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On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening to call US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and telling one employee: “Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English … This…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Ten years left to redesign lithium-ion batteries

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Ten years left to redesign lithium-ion batteries

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An engineer inserts a lithium-ion battery from an electric vehicle into a testing system for recycling.Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Electric vehicles need powerful, light and affordable batteries. The best bet is commercial lithium-ion cells — they are relatively compact and stable. But they are still too bulky and expensive for widespread use. The performance of rechargeable…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How did Google get so big?—60 Minutes

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How did Google get so big?—60 Minutes

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This past week the Federal Trade Commission was asked to investigate the data collected by Google on its Android operating system, which powers most of the world’s smartphones. It was a tiny blip in the news cycle but another sign of Washington’s and Europe’s growing concerns about the enormous, largely unchecked power accumulated by tech…