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Stop Putting Pressure on Developers to Rush Games to Market

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If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past few days, you've likely heard there's a sequel coming for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo dropped a 1.5-minute trailer for the game during last week's E3, and as soon as it hit, everyone on Twitter seemed to be talking about exactly the same thing. Gamers immediately started picking apart each scene for clues and debating what they might mean. It was fun, and then it was done. Once it's over there's nothing to do but cool your heels until the game's release.


Google Launches a New Medical App--Outside the US

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Now, Google is preparing to launch an app that uses image recognition algorithms to provide more expert and personalized help. A brief demo at the company's developer conference last month showed the service suggesting several possible skin conditions based on uploaded photos. Machines have matched or outperformed expert dermatologists in studies in which algorithms and doctors scrutinize images from past patients. But there's little evidence from clinical trials deploying such technology, and no AI image analysis tools are approved for dermatologists to use in the US, says Roxana Daneshjou, a Stanford dermatologist and researcher in machine learning and health. "Many don't pan out in the real world setting," she says.


Amazon Prime Day 2021: 48 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals (Day 2)

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This year finds us in a much different place than last. Instead of hunkering down for a chilly, lonely winter, we're flinging aside our face masks and getting ready to return to the outside world. However, if you're having friends over for the first time in more than a year, you might still need help vacuuming the living room carpet. Or maybe you're styling your hair to appear in public for the first time in a loooong time and have forgotten how to do it! If that's the case, we can help! We perused all of Amazon's Prime Day deals for the second day to find the best ones for you, your kids, and your dusty corners and kitchen counters. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP.


19 Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices 2021: Kindle, Echo, Fire (Day 2)

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Fire Tablets and Echo speakers are some of the cheapest personal tech devices around. They're built to be affordable, and some of them are especially cheap for Prime Day. Kindles are a different story. They're more expensive and go on sale less often. We've compiled every decent Prime Day deal on the Amazon-branded devices we've tested (and like!).


This Agency Wants to Figure Out Exactly How Much You Trust AI

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The National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a federal agency best known for measuring things like time or the number of photons that pass through a chicken. Now NIST wants to put a number on a person's trust in artificial intelligence. Trust is part of how we judge the potential for danger, and it's an important factor in the adoption of AI. As AI takes on more and more complicated tasks, officials at NIST say, trust is an essential part of the evolving relationship between people and machines. In a research paper, creators of the attempt to quantify user trust in AI say they want to help businesses and developers who deploy AI systems make informed decisions and identify areas where people don't trust AI.


Walmart 'Deals for Days' 2021: The 20 Best Deals (Updated)

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Amazon's first Prime Day in 2015 was greeted with plenty of skepticism from other retailers. Outlandish success has a way of changing people's tunes though, and for Prime Day 2021 nearly every major store has a rival sale going on alongside Amazon. Walmart is one of those stores. Its "Deals for Days" sale lasts from June 20 to 23. To help you save on the stuff you need, we've gathered up the best deals on offer at Walmart.


The Joy and Liberation of Customizing Your Avatar

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Typically, I hate choosing--whether it's what restaurant to eat at or which song to play at a party. My indecisiveness stems from my irrational fear of choosing wrongly, or perhaps it's FOMO on other options. At the beginning of the pandemic, this hesitation ceased to exist: I swiftly chose the Horde. Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against social activities like bar-hopping with friends or meeting strangers in person who I'd met online, I returned to playing World of Warcraft to pass the time. I had stopped playing seven years ago, apparently trading one vice for another.


Prime Day 2021: The 66 Absolute Best Deals (Day 2)

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Amazon's Prime Day has grown into one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year, thanks to the tech and retail giant's massive commercial reach (which is also cause for concern). Rival sales from other retailers are plentiful now too. As we have for many years, members of the WIRED Gear Team are sorting through hundreds of thousands of deals, cross-checking our "Best of" guides, and debating what the absolute greatest Prime Day deals are right now. Below you'll find our top picks. If you're new to this shopping holiday, be sure to check our Prime Day shopping tips before you start clicking. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and we mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals. Updated Tuesday: We've updated pricing throughout, struck out or removed dead deals, and added new ones like the MacPook pro, Acer Swift 3, Dyson V8, Dyson Air Purifier, Traeger Grill, and more. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism.


Prime Day 2021: The 66 Absolute Best Deals (Updated)

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Amazon's Prime Day has grown into one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year, thanks to the tech and retail giant's massive commercial reach (which is also cause for concern). Rival sales from other retailers are plentiful now too. As we have for many years, members of the WIRED Gear Team are sorting through hundreds of thousands of deals, cross-checking our "Best of" guides, and debating what the absolute greatest Prime Day deals are right now. Below you'll find our top picks. If you're new to this shopping holiday, be sure to check our Prime Day shopping tips before you start clicking. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and we mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals. Updated: We've added deals for the Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer, Colgate Hum electric toothbrush, Native Union Dock Wireless Charger, and Moment phone lenses and cases. We've also updated pricing throughout.


Amazon Prime Day 2021: 42 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals

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This year finds us in a much different place than last year. Instead of hunkering down for a chilly, lonely winter, we're flinging aside our face masks and getting ready to return to the outside world. However, if you're having friends over for the first time in more than a year, you might still need help vacuuming the living room carpet. Or maybe you're styling your hair to appear in public for the first time in a loooong time and have forgotten how to do it! If that's the case, we can help! We perused all of Amazon's Prime Day deals to find the best ones for you, your kids, and your dusty corners and kitchen counters.