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Starting something new with @Awl. Contributing Editor @WIRED. Former EIC @Gizmodo. I eat more cheese than is probably healthy. brianrbarrett at gmail

Watch Out, Siri: Amazon Echo Is All Growed Up

wired.com — When Amazon Echo first launched in late 2014, its purpose wasn't entirely clear. It was a Bluetooth speaker you could talk to, but... why? And what then? At the time, we called it " weird." (We weren't wrong!)
Feb 06, 2016

I lamented when Apple TV's refresh didn't take on Amazon Echo. Now I have two Echos and it's the platform to beat. lnkd.in/eZVwx43

Feb 06, 2016

RT @johncabell: I lamented when Apple TV's refresh didn't take on Amazon Echo. Now I have two Echos and it's the platform to beat. lnkd.in/eZVwx43

Feb 06, 2016

RT @johncabell: I lamented when Apple TV's refresh didn't take on Amazon Echo. Now I have two Echos and it's the platform to beat. lnkd.in/eZVwx43

Twitter Wants You to Know That It Is Fighting Terrorists

wired.com — Twitter wants you to know that it is just as horrified as you are about the tweets on its platform promoting terrorism-and that, yes, the company is trying to combat it. In recent months, Twitter has come under fire as ISIS propagandists used the platform to promote their cause and recruit would-be militants.

Why US LTE Speeds Just Can’t Keep Up With the World’s

wired.com — Think your smartphone is fast? That it loads pages and refreshes Instagram in a blink? If you're reading this somewhere outside of the United States, you may well be right. Otherwise, please brace yourself for a disheartening dose of perspective. In Singapore, the average speed of a 4G connection clocks in at a 37 Mbps.

Ultimate Simpsons Search Engine Pairs Quotes With Stills

wired.com — One site. Fifteen seasons. Three million searchable screengrabs. This is the wonder that is Frinkiac, a compendium of Simpsons moments frozen in time, and the latest, best, most perfectly cromulent way to waste time on the Internet. Frinkiac, named after Springfield's favorite eccentric scientist, Professor Frink, landed on the Internet yesterday with all the subtlety of a Lard Lad Donuts mascot.
Feb 03, 2016

RT @WIRED: The ultimate Simpsons search engine pairs quotes with stills wrd.cm/1SH7rYy pic.twitter.com/4kiL9kh15l

Feb 03, 2016

Epic ‘Frinkiac’ Search Engine Matches Any Simpsons Quote With Its Still wired.com/2016/02/ultima… via @WIRED

Feb 03, 2016

RT @radiocolin: Someone finally did something worthwhile on the internet wired.com/2016/02/ultima…

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Yahoo Plans to Lay Off 15 Percent of Its Workforce

wired.com — Last year was a rough one for Yahoo. Now the company, still without a clear business strategy and beset by investors who want to see results, is trying to regain its footing. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer today announced a slew of changes at the company in order to prove to investors that it still has a real future as a tech giant.
Feb 02, 2016

RT @WIRED: Yahoo plans to lay off 15% of its workforce wrd.cm/1SDDU1P

Feb 02, 2016

RT @WIRED: Yahoo plans to lay off 15% of its workforce wrd.cm/1SDDU1P

Feb 03, 2016

RT @WIRED: ICYMI, Yahoo plans to lay off 15% of its workforce wrd.cm/1PeXTzu

T-Mobile's Finally Good Enough to Put Pressure on Verizon

wired.com — For years, T-Mobile has been known mostly for its relative affordability, and a CEO who's not afraid to wear leather. A new report on the state of US mobile carriers, though, shows its recent investments in infrastructure are finally paying off. Verizon and AT&T officially have some real competition.
Feb 02, 2016

T-Mobile's coverage is finally good enough to put pressure on Verizon bit.ly/1JWyxcO

One Billion People Now Use WhatsApp

wired.com — One billion people are now using WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service that Facebook acquired little more than two years ago in a deal valued at $19 billion. WhatsApp and Facebook announced their one-billion-user milestone this afternoon in a blog post.

So, Dutch Cops Are Teaching Majestic Eagles to Hunt Drones

wired.com — As consumer-focused quadcopter drones become increasingly capable, available, and affordable, the potential that they may be used by bad actors grows in kind. There are a variety of effective drone countermeasures, like radio jammers or nets, with which you may already be familiar. There are also, apparently majestic eagles.

China's Biggest Phone Maker Comes to the US ... With a Caveat

wired.com — One of the most popular smartphone manufacturers in the world is Xiaomi, a Chinese company whose devices draw frequent comparisons to the iPhone. Xiaomi's phones are well-designed, affordable, and unavailable to the US market, at least until now.

When Walmart Leaves Town

newyorker.com — On the day the Walmart in Fairfield, Alabama, closed, the parking lot was very nearly full. The same couldn't be said of the shelves inside. A week of steep discounts had emptied most of the store's merchandise; entire aisles were left barren, some cordoned off, like a crime scene, with yellow caution tape.
Jan 30, 2016

When Walmart Leaves Town: On the day the Walmart in Fairfield, Alabama, closed, the parking lo... bit.ly/1KN4LC9 from @NewYorker

Jan 30, 2016

I wrote about Walmart's last day in Fairfield, AL (and what happens now) for @NewYorker newyorker.com/business/curre…

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Feb 05, 2016

@megklaassen So sorry! There are more Megan Klaassens out there than I thought!

Feb 04, 2016

Yes this is for sure a company that invented futuristic medical tech that definitely works wired.com/2016/02/theran… pic.twitter.com/XbnQ2Nrf9Y


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