A Holiday Season Covid Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More

Coronavirus cases rise dramatically, drugmakers prepare for distribution, and the pandemic collides with the upcoming election. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines Coronavirus cases surge across the...

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Mark Pelczarski was ready to retire. This was 2011; he was teaching computer science in Chicago by then, but that was really just the capstone on a legendary career in software. In 1979, Pelczarski wrote Magic Paintbrush, an artmaking program...

It’s Hard to Escape Facebook’s Vortex of Polarization

Facebook’s ability to create filter bubbles, promote divisive content, and accelerate political polarization is no surprise to users who’ve kept up with the platform's many scandals. But two new studies point to pitfalls with commonly proposed solutions and point to...

Match Game: Season Five Ratings

Published: October 30, 2020 Game shows like Match Game have become a staple of the ABC summer schedule, despite slowly declining ratings, in part because they’re relatively inexpensive to produce. Will the numbers keep falling this year? Will Match Game...

Celebrity Family Feud: Season Six Ratings

Published: October 30, 2020 (ABC) The original Family Feud game show has been around since 1976 and still airs daily in first-run syndication. How long will the celebrity version last on ABC in primetime? Will Celebrity Family Feud be cancelled...

Press Your Luck: Season Two Ratings

Published: October 30, 2020 It’s very difficult to make it on network television these days. Most TV shows draw low ratings and end up getting “whammied” by the programmers. How will Press Your Luck perform this time around? Will it...

Superstore: Season Six Ratings

Published: October 30, 2020 (NBCUniversal) After five seasons, America Ferrara has left the Superstore TV series. How will her departure affect this NBC comedy’s ratings and future? Will Superstore be cancelled or renewed for season seven? Stay tuned. A workplace...

What’s Worse Than Foreign Election Interference? QAnon

Last week, US officials determined that a threatening letter sent to a voter from a fake Proud Boys email address was the work of the Iranian government, adding more emphasis to US intelligence reports that countries like Iran and Russia...

Dinosaurs Are Even Scarier When They’re Zombies

In his short story “Hell Creek,” horror author C. Robert Cargill tackles one of the scariest ideas ever—zombie dinosaurs. The idea came to Cargill after he started wondering about regular extinction events that have occurred throughout Earth’s history.“I was on...

Which Tablet Should I Get for My Kids?

As a WIRED reviewer, there is no shortage of screens in my house. When it comes to my 3- and 5-year-old, I try to set reasonable screen time limits. But as months of pandemic isolation wear on, I've had to...

The 9 Best TVs (and Helpful Buying Tips)

Saving up for a new screen? To help you navigate the dozens of seemingly identical TV models from Samsung, LG, Vizio, TCL, Sony, and other manufacturers, we've watched hundreds of hours of content on them and picked a few of...

The New Kim Kardashian Meme Lives on the Darkest Timeline

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Even the few people who don’t follow Kim Kardashian West’s wildly popular social media accounts often get...

The Robot Ships Are Coming … Eventually

AI-driven tugboats and tenders are parking cargo ships, ferries that dock by themselves are moving cars and people across waterways, and soon small cargo ships will be hauling fertilizer and groceries around Scandinavian fjords with little or no crew. This...

Quantum Computing Is Bigger Than Donald Trump

Just this week the Senate had a hearing, ostensibly about speech on internet platforms. But what the hearing was really about was our continuing inability to figure out what to do with a technological infrastructure that gives every single person...

Halloween Kills Trailer Is Here, Michael Myers Lives

We have a brand new trailer for Halloween Kills. The trailer was released as part of the first ever BlumFest, put on by Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind the slasher sequel. Even though Blumhouse and Universal Pictures were forced to...

Netflix Raises Prices for Standard and Premium Subscribers

Netflix has officially raised the prices on their standard and premium subscription tiers. A standard Netflix subscription will cost $14 a month, while a premium subscription will cost $18. This is the first time since May 2019 that the streaming...

TikTok Witches Are Hexing the Election This Halloween

On Halloween, the moon will be full, and blue. Thousands of witches and other magic practitioners will gather—on social media and in person—to cast spells under its glow. They will bring candles, the justice tarot card, a map of the...

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