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Yesterday — October 27th 2021Wired

Blind People Have Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM—for Now

By Damon Beres
Advocates will once again be granted a DMCA exception to make accessible versions of texts. They argue that it's far past time to make it permanent.

Biden's FCC Picks Are a 'Dream Team' for Broadband Advocates

By Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
The president's long-awaited nominees are strong proponents of narrowing the digital divide and restoring net neutrality rules.

The Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

By Simon Hill
Forget about that patchy internet connection and dead spots with one of these WIRED-tested systems.

What Is Critical Race Theory? Start Here

By Christina Wyman
With CRT at the forefront of national debate, these free online resources will bring you up to speed.

Our 9 Favorite Gaming Headsets for Every System

By Jess Grey
A simple wired headset will lend depth and drama to your gameplay, no matter which console or device you have.

Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

By Eric Niiler
A first commercial test flight shows how fuel made from plants, not petroleum, could make flying cleaner.

How to Use Android Recovery Mode

By Simon Hill
Having problems with your Android phone or tablet? Recovery mode could be the answer.

The Grand Theft Auto III  Radio Commercials Are Still Awesome

By Ade D. Adeniji
It’s been 20 years since they first hit the digital airwaves. Here’s how they came to be part of the series’ legacy.
Before yesterdayWired

Dark Web Drug Busts Lead to 150 Arrests

By Brian Barrett
Operation Dark HunTor spanned eight countries—and put the focus on sellers more than marketplaces.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

By Ramin Skibba
Spacecraft help researchers monitor environmental problems on Earth, like the overgrowth of nonnative species and deforestation.

10 Video Game Series That Deserve to Be Resurrected

By Simon Hill
From Legacy of Kain to Silent Hill, these franchises were killed off too soon.

Age of Empires IV  Is a Solid Strategy Game Stuck in the Past

By Mark Hill
It’s the perfect introduction to Age for new players, but veterans may be underwhelmed by its campaign offerings.

This AI Resurrects Ancient Board Games—and Lets You Play Them

By Samantha HuiQi Yow
What tabletop games did our ancestors play in 1000 BC? A new research project wants to find out, and make them playable online too.

The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope

By Virginia Heffernan
In 200 million years, our far-flung continents may join up again. It reminds us of humans' tiny place in this intergalactic drama.

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

By Simon Hill
A year after launch, Sony's latest console is still difficult to find. We've got some tips on how to score one.

‘My Body Is Used to Design Military Tech’

By Britt H. Young
The prosthetics industry and military have a long history that doesn’t serve most people with limb difference. It’s time for a justice-oriented approach.

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

By Matt Simon
It’s a 32,000-gallon concrete tank with a wind tunnel grafted on top. With it, researchers can study the seas—and climate change—like never before.

China Targets Extreme Internet Fandoms in a New Crackdown

By Jennifer Conrad, Kyle Mullin
Measures aimed at influencer and celebrity culture will reach into the screens of young people.

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

By Adam Rogers
The renowned author says his genre should inspire solutions. In his new novel, he tackles our most existential crisis.