Google’s Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News


Google is taking preorders for its wireless gaming service, a new report shows our elections could be in trouble, and Dark Phoenix apparently sucks. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Google’s wireless gaming service is coming

Google announced details about Stadia—their streaming videogame service—that will arrive this fall. Gamers can now preorder a package called Stadia Founder’s Edition which will come with a Wi-Fi enabled Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra to stream the game to your television. While the service will eventually work with much more, the Chromecast-TV version will be all it will launch with in November.

Election security is still a huge problem

While steps have been taken to protect elections from the problems of 2016, a new report outlines the security threats facing the 2020 election and beyond, and proposes paths for managing them. The problem is a lot of those necessary steps won’t be completed by 2020. Still there are steps officials can take by then, and some are better than none.

The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix is apparently terrible

Rolling Stone called it “The worst movie ever in the X-Men series.” WIRED call it trash. But our reviewer did reveal one cool thing about the movie: the hand gestures (which are apparently pretty awesome). If you’re into handiwork, this movie could be for you, but it’s usually not a great thing when the best thing about a movie is its gestures.

Cocktail Conversation

Maybe you’ve noticed, but all the major digital assistants—think Alexa, Siri, and Cortana—have female-sounding voices. But a new study outlines the social cost of having digital assistants drawn up by teams dominated by men. Until recently, Siri responded to things like “You are a slut,” with “I’d blush if I could,” further permeating the digital space with the objectification of women. Is it time for digital assistants to clap back?

WIRED Recommends: Toothbrush Subscription Services

Is your toothbrush head splayed out like you just scrubbed your shower with it? A toothbrush service might be for you! They’ll send you regular replacements, and it’s actually fairly inexpensive (usually between $30 and $80). We put together a list of the best ones in ranking order.

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