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Not Satire: Facebook Experiments with a “Satire” Tag

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As if you needed even more reasons to be skeptical on Facebook, the social media site has recently announced it is experimenting with a "satire" tag to label links in newsfeeds that come from fake news or comedy websites.

I’m skeptical that this will even work. If the problem is that people aren’t smart enough to read an article and realize its fake, I don’t think putting more words, in the form of tags, is going to help. Also, I’ve got a bridge to sell you guys.

What do you think about a potential Facebook “satire” tag? Tell us at @WIREDInsider.

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|  August 26th, 2014

Google Map’s Newest Feature: The Drunk Train

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For many city dwellers, a night out on the town is like Cinderella: you’ve got to be home before the trains stop running. But the question remains — just when IS the last train out of this popsicle stand?

Well, now we know. Google Maps has recently added a “last" feature, telling you when the very final train to your destination is, thus allowing you to sneak in one more beer before heading back to Brooklyn or wherever it is you’re from. Sure, it’s not officially called "the drunk train" feature, but for some reason, I’m not imagining a lot of sober people will be clicking on it.

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 26th, 2014

NYC Slow Mo

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New York is supposed to be one of those places that flash before your eyes, what with the freneticism and the never sleeping and all. But if you take a moment to look around, you’ll see a lot of beauty in between those piles of garbage and noisy cars. 

Tim Hessler captured some of that beauty using a slow motion camera and a lot of patience. There’s some great shots of classic New York City visions: hasidim in Brooklyn, handball players in LES, even pigeons. If you can make pigeons look good, that’s saying something.

Reminds me a lot of James Nares “Streets" piece, which captures more of the day-to-day street scene. Makes me want to go out for a walk in the smelliest, prettiest town in the whole world.

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|  August 19th, 2014

NOOKRONO Chronograph Taps Space Age Cool

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Nooka’s new collection is giving me some serious 60’s Space Race nostalgia right now.

Nooka is a New York-based design firm specializing in timepieces. Their latest project, the Nokrono, takes 60’s space age instrumentation to heart. The time pieces feature bold faces and minimalist sensibilities and definitely look like something a test pilot might strap to himself to explore the coldness of space. The watches also have space age prices: the limited edition NOOKRONO Lux features 18 karat gold and costs $5,000. 

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|  August 19th, 2014

Merge into Urban Cycling with The Merge

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Cycling around Manhattan can sometimes be a practice in futility. There are tight spaces, unpredictable weather, and the need to stow and carry cargo. 

Fortunately, Pensa and Horse Cycles came together to create Merge. The name could possibly reference the way the bicycle has been merged with a lot of other functions essential to solid urban riding. The top tube of the bike, beyond just looking cool, provides housing for a number of hidden features, including a USB charger, back fender, and even a rack. And a dynamo generates power for built-in lighting. 

But the most urban-friendly feature: a kickstand.

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|  August 12th, 2014

Driving Towards A Friendlier Parking Sign

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You wouldn’t really think that parking signs would be all that exciting. That is, until you live in a city where they’re literally a joke

Leave it to some Brooklyn designhead to tackle the issue. Nikki Sylianteng took the labyrinthine parking sign, which on a typical street could stretch to several pages, and re-imagined them as user-friendly, visually-based infographics. Now instead of text, Sylvianteng’s signs show a Google Calendar-esque layout of when it’s permissible to park on a given street.

It’s not perfect, but the signs speak for themselves. Which, in parking lingo, is saying something. 

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|  August 5th, 2014

Brooks Multi Tool

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Ask any bicycle geek what they’d prefer to rest their cheeks on, and nine of ten will mention Brooks. The storied English bicycle saddle (don’t you dare call it a bicycle “seat”) maker has turned their attention away from our delicate rumps and towards the nitty gritty of bicycle maintenance, developing a multi-tool that’s fresh out of some steampunk fantasy. The tools got all the requisite functions, including allen keys, flathead screw drivers, a chain tool, even a bottle opener. 

All you need to provide is a tweed jacket and a stiff upper lip.

Digital Gentleman

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|  August 5th, 2014

Wearable tech? What about tattoo-able tech?

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When you’re client-facing like I am, you tend to eschew body art. Still, never say never, especially when a new wave of digital tattoos promise to hack your very body. Motorola and Vivalnk’s new digital tattoo, for example, can unlock your phone. The tatt, which is essentially a geeky temporary tattoo, comes in a pack of 10 and lasts about five days per tattoo. Adhere the tattoo some some furtive place on your body, tap your phone to the ink, and off you go. 

One glaring problem already: the tattoo is ugly. What, no barbed wire?

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|  July 29th, 2014

World Chat Clock

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If you’re like me, you’ll find this whole globalization thing has one huge drawback: people have to sleep. So just how do you coordinate a call when you’ve got a consultant in Singapore, a lawyer in Seattle, and your main team in New York?

Use World Chat Clock to figure out when is the best time to tackle that gnarly global conference call. Enter in up to five cities from around the globe and the Chat Clock gives you times of overlap, breaking out time into office hours, “stretch hours”. Nifty.

By the way, the best time for a call between New York, Singapore, and Seattle? There isn’t one. Start brewing that coffee.

Digital Gentleman

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|  July 22nd, 2014

A Day in the Life of an NYC Cabbie

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There’s an amazing data visualization of a day in the life of a NYC cabbie. The visualization takes data from Taxi and Limousine Service and picks a handful of cab rides out of literally millions to produce the graphic you can see here.

You can watch the cabbie wonder around in the middle of the night, barely picking up anyone, before he grinds it out in the morning, completes several grueling airport runs in the middle the day, then rushes back to Queens for a shift change just to do it all again. Really gives you some respect for these guys. 

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|  July 22nd, 2014