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Using Tinder Doesn’t Lead to More Casual Sex, a New Study Says
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A new study has found that Tinder and other picture-based dating apps don’t increase users’ success in pursuing casual romantic connections. That’s not because the app doesn’t work, but because people inclined to have casual sex do so at similar rates whether they’re using an app, or more old-fashioned methods. The study, conducted by researchers […]

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DDoS For Hire, a CIA Card Game, and More Security News This Week
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WIRED tackled the big questions in security this week, starting with maybe the biggest: Why do so many people use “dragon” as their password? The answer actually says a lot about the psychology of passwords, and how those popular password lists are made in the first place. And there’s a whole lot more. Another surprising […]

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Parents Get More Control Over Facebook’s Messenger Kids With New Sleep Mode
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Facebook’s recently introduced Messenger Kids app is getting an upgrade that lets parents set “off times” that blocks their children from using the service. The new Sleep Mode, which debuted on Friday, also lets parents set different times for the app to shut off depending on the day of the week. During “off times,” the […]

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Lithium-Silicon Batteries Could Give Your Phone 30% More Power
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A new battery technology could increase the power packed into phones, cars, and smartwatches by 30% or more within the next few years. The new lithium-silicon batteries, nearing production-ready status thanks to startups including Sila Technologies and Angstron Materials, will leapfrog marginal improvements in existing lithium-ion batteries. Recent promises of breakthrough battery technology have often […]

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Meltdown, Spectre, Malicious Apps, and More of This Week's Security News
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The fallout of the widespread Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities continued this week. WIRED took an in-depth look at the parallel sagas that caused four research teams to independently discover the bugs within months of each other. Dozens of patches are now floating around to try to defend devices against attacks that might exploit the […]

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Science Says Celebrating These Five Holidays In January Will Make You More Successful (Hint: They Probably Aren't On Your Calendar)
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The holiday season has come and gone. We’ve eaten too much, overspent, and grown tired of old Uncle Tim’s relentless rants about the good ‘ole days. But this doesn’t mean the time for celebrating has passed. There are five more holidays you should be celebrating in January.  None of them will cause you to gain […]

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