Best iPhone for 2018: Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

Unlike most iPhones, Apple discontinued the iPhone X after a year. Not because it’s bad. No, because it’s too good. Keeping the X on sale would have hurt sales of the XS and XR. The X has a slightly slower processor than the new models, but everything else is top of the line. If you can find it for $800 or less (refurbished or not), it’s worth a look. Currently, it’s $900. At that price, you should just buy an XR. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon still sell it. Hopefully the price will drop.
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Apple MacBook Air 2018: A Worthy Upgrade

What’s old is new again, and what’s new is old. Apple has just released a new version of the old MacBook Air, a beloved laptop that hasn’t received any real love in years. I’ve been using it for the past four days—traveling with it, typing on it, editing photos, wearing its battery down. Staring at its gorgeous new Retina display, which is not unlike the display on my own personal MacBook Pro.

That’s the thing: A lot of the components in the brand new MacBook Air are not actually new. Like the display—I have stared at some version of this Retina display for a long time now. But for true MacBook Air lovers, that won’t matter. This is a machine that grew stale and cruised solely on its reputation for a long time. Now, it’s ready for reinvention. Well, sort of. It’s more accurate to say that it has caught up with the times.

Apple has heard the calls for a newer, better MacBook Air, and it has answered.

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Luxuriate in This Mechanic’s Teardown of a 1974 Harley Davidson

If you want to get to know something, tear it down. Not in the bullying, find-their-weakness sense. In the careful, solvent-soaked sense. That’s the approach Canadian-born motorcycle mechanic Matt Dawe took with the 1974 Harley Davidson “Shovelhead” motorcycle he recently bought in upstate New York and hauled back to his Brooklyn shop in the back of a friend’s van.

In this premiere episode of WIRED’s new original series, [De]constructed, Dawe takes apart the 44-year-old bike piece by piece, starting with the seat. He washes each bit with kerosene to wipe away the grease and gunk, battles with stripped bolts, and only once resorts to the blunt force of the deadbolt hammer. By the end, the only thing sitting on his bench is the Harley’s naked frame.

The result is a 34-minute journey into the heart of the hog, at the end of which you’ll know a whole bunch more about motorcycles than you when the Shovelhead was intact. And don’t worry if you’re not into bikes or can’t keep up with such poetic jargon as “I’m moving the top nuts of the fork tubes so they can slide out of the triple-tree.” The true joy in this video is the lesson that modern machines are terrifically complex things, stuffed with compensator nuts, clutch baskets, derby covers, and more. And after you’ve finished this one—it’s ok to watch it twice—check [...]  read more

Trump’s ‘Racist’ Midterms Ad Backs Facebook Into a Corner

The day before the midterm elections, Facebook took down a virulently anti-immigrant ad paid for by President Donald Trump, which mischaracterizes refugees walking through Mexico toward the US as violent criminals. “America’s future depends on you,” the voiceover says, ending with a plea to “vote Republican.” NBC also took the ad off air on Monday after criticism from stars of NBC shows. And even Fox News stopped airing it on Monday, too. CNN rejected it from the start, on the grounds that it was racist.

Facebook says the ad violated its policy against “sensational content,” which prohibits ads that contain “shocking, sensational, disrespectful or excessively violent content.” Facebook did not specify what aspects of Trump’s ad it found to be sensational.

Immigration has become a major talking point for Republican campaigns across the country this election season as politicians try to rally their base in what is expected to be a number of close races. [...]  read more

How Right-Wing Social Media Site Gab Got Back Online

After it was revealed that the suspect in the shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue had threatened on the social media network Gab to kill Jews, multiple technology providers dropped Gab, including domain registrar GoDaddy, web hosting provider Joyent, and payment processors PayPal and Stripe. The moves knocked Gab offline for nearly a week, during which the company painted itself as a martyr for free speech and milked the media for attention. On Sunday, however, Gab returned to the web. The extremist-friendly social media site’s reappearance was made possible by two companies and the men behind them: digital security company Cloudflare, helmed by self-described “free speech absolutist” Matthew Prince, and domain registrar Epik, led by Rob Monster.

Cloudflare, which protects websites from denial-of-service attacks, is best known for dropping neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer as a customer, effectively exiling the Stormer from the web, following the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, [...]  read more

Is Our Love of True Crime Shows Really About Social Justice?

Robert Durst. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong. Adnan Syed. Michael Peterson. Brendan Dassey. Steven Avery. Any self-professed true crime fan worth their weight in luminol is undoubtedly familiar with not just these names but with the minute details of the crimes of which those individuals have been accused (wrongly or otherwise). While the genre is not new—its roots in pop culture can be traced to writer Edmund Pearson’s 1924 Lizzie Borden book Studies in Murder—there’s no denying that true crime is having a major moment, one fueled by streaming services and all-crime-all-the-time networks that feed an ever-growing audience hungry for whodunit docs.

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“I have been working in nonfiction film and television for a very long time, and there’s never been a better time to be a nonfiction storyteller,” [...]  read more

*The Walking Dead*’s Rick Grimes Gets a New Movie Series

Trailers. Casting announcements. Development snarls. Box-office battles. Now that the entertainment world has a news churn to rival cable news, it’s impossible to keep tabs on everything. May we introduce, then, The Monitor, Wired’s new twice-weekly round-up of what you might have missed in the hyper-drive-fast world of popular culture. (Yes, we’ve used the name before—for both a video series and a podcast—but we just can’t stay away. It works on two levels!) In today’s inaugural edition: The Walking Dead says goodbye to Rick (sort of), Bohemian Rhapsody is the savior of the box-office universe, and AMC’s anti-MoviePass plan expands–but at a cost. Come for the terrible puns, stay for the stuff that makes you a more informed fan. Or vice versa.

Grimes is Going Out With Elan

The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln may have made his exit from the long-running (and recently ratings-challenged [...]  read more

Can I Vote Online? Your Voting Questions, Answered

Our in-house experts answer questions about your interactions with technology.

Q: Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

A: You can use the internet to post a tweet that loses you billions of dollars, if you are Elon Musk. Or that nearly starts a war, if you are the president of the United States. But, unless you are serving overseas in the military, you cannot vote from your phone, or online at all. Sorry.

The reason is simple: there’s no existing technology that can ensure your vote wouldn’t be tampered with if sent electronically over the internet or a cellular network. Voting security experts say that even the apps and websites that overseas military are permitted to use to vote are not secure.

And given that elections are prime targets for hackers and meddlers, it’s simply too risky to prioritize your convenience over electoral security. In fact, any voting machine that relies on the internet [...]  read more

Star Wars News: Boba Fett Is Dead (Again)

Normally this time of year, fans are eagerly awaiting the December release of a new Star Wars movie. But with Episode IX not hitting theaters until the end of 2019, things are relatively quiet in the galaxy far, far away. But at least the news that is coming out is good: Composter John Williams is recovering from the illness that caused him to be hospitalized without warning a few weeks ago. What happened is still unknown, but he’s doing better, and is expected to return to Los Angeles shortly. What else is happening out there? Glad you asked.

Boba Fett Is Dead (Again)

The Source: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, via reports

Probability of Accuracy: It appears to be entirely genuine, sadly.

The Real Deal: As first revealed on Twitter, and then confirmed by multiple outlets, the Boba Fett movie that was being developed by Logan director James Mangold is no more, with Lucasfilm [...]  read more

How Antivax PACs Helped Shape Midterm Ballots

In early 2015, Sen. Ervin Yen, an anaesthesiologist who became Oklahoma’s first Asian American state legislator, introduced a bill to require all schoolchildren to be vaccinated, unless they had a medical reason not to. California had recently debuted similar legislation after an outbreak of measles in Disneyland sickened 147 people and led to the quarantine of more than 500 others. At the time, California’s vaccination rates were below the 94 percent threshold needed to establish community immunity for measles. Oklahoma’s vaccination rates were even lower than California’s. Yen, a moderate Republican, felt like he had to do something.

But his bill never made it out of committee. The next year, he tried again, modifying the language to allow for religious objections. It failed too. So did the one Yen introduced in 2017. In 2018 he tried yet again, along with a resolution that would have placed the elimination of all non-medical vaccine exemptions on the general election ballot [...]  read more