Presenting our September cover: Edward Snowden, photographed by Platon. Read our exclusive profile of Snowden here.

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After last week’s deluge of playlists from Questlove and KCRW, we turned our attention back to you guys—and you didn’t disappoint. Things got a little more upbeat this week, thanks in no small part to new albums from St. Vincent and Kendrick Lamar’s compatriot Schoolboy Q. (Also, in Beyonce-like fashion, Kid Cudi dropped a surprise iTunes bomb on everyone the other night, so you know we had to throw something from that in.) As usual, we’ve added the tracks to our ongoing Spotify playlist of great new music, as well as creating a standalone YouTube playlist for this week. Keep the recommendations coming, people.

So listen up: we’ve got your sensational weekend playlist right here.

Great maps were everywhere in 2013. Some seemed destined to go viral. Some were stunning to see. Others had noble intentions and interesting stories to tell. Lots were made by people who aren’t professional mappers.

Click here to see some our favorites - and let us know what we missed!

Above: The million-plus amateur cartographers who volunteer their time to plot roads, streets, and even shrubbery for Open Street Map were busier than ever this year. The beautiful map above, created by MapBox, shows how the database has grown since its inception in 2004. Hot pink areas are newly mapped, blue and green areas are older. (There’s a zoomable version on Mapbox’s website). OSM’s database of more than 21 million miles of roads and 78 million buildings, keeps finding new uses, such as helping first responders to disasters like this year’s typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Image: MapBox/OpenStreetMap contributors


You want a world-class conversation about the future of global health, the vanguard of philanthropy, and the divide between ignorance and data-driven knowledge? Bring in the Bills. Gates and Clinton, that is.

They share much more than a first name. Both pivoted from spectacular first acts to second careers devoted to tackling some of the biggest problems on the planet. To do this, they have capitalized on their previous roles, their connections, and their brainpower.

[MORE: Bill, Squared - Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism]

Photos: Nadav Kander

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Want to know business? These are the only people you need to follow.

These are the best reporters, writers, and thinkers on the Internet – the people who understand what’s happening.

Here are our favorite sources of news covering the world of business and finance. From macroeconomics to microlending, these folks are all money when it comes to delivering high-value information.

If you’re drowning in noise, let WIRED’s 101 Signals be your lifeline. These are the core nutrients of a good data diet.

Download the OPML file to import our signals into your preferred news reader, or automatically add them to Digg Reader.


We all have hobbies, and a lucky few have a passion. Within that group, there are some for whom passion borders on obsession.

Such people are the subject of Living the Wired Life, a series of profiles about people who use technology to pursue their passion and excel at their endeavors, whether it’s riding hundreds of miles through the desert, crossing the Pacific in record time or putting yourself in the studio with Mick and Keith as they laid down the tracks for Exile on Main Street.

These are serious (and potentially dangerous) undertakings, but that’s part of the appeal. You don’t become obsessed with the Wired Life if you don’t love it. Here’s a rundown of people living that life (including - above - Emile Rosales, aka Chuggaaconroy!).


WIRED brought a 400-pound, 9.5-foot-tall mech to Comic-Con. It’s seriously a mind-blowing work of genius and beauty. Check out our photo gallery showing the making-of #WIREDMech. It took 2,000 man-hours to make. And it was worth it!

[MORE: The Making of WIRED’s Enormous Comic-Con Mech]

Wired has put a smorgasbord of images on its cover since issue 1.1 hit the stands in May 1993. They’ve run the gamut from Stephen Colbert to Lego figures and deep thoughts on the end of the web. The one thing they’ve shared in common is innovative, eye-catching design — from the loud neon hues of the 1990s to the quiet minimalism of our 20th anniversary issue. To commemorate that anniversary, community editor Brian Mossop worked with Wired’s video team to compile every cover — nearly 250 of them — in a 30-second video celebrating our first two decades. Enjoy!

This week on the Gadget Lab Show: reviews editor Michael Calore and staff writer Roberto Baldwin check out the tentpole phones from Samsung and BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry Q10 is a return to physical keyboards for the Canadian company. It’s a great phone if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool BlackBerry power user that needs a keyboard made of physical buttons. It probably won’t get too many coverts from iOS and Android. But if you do get your hands on one, expect a rather startling transformation as illustrated by Mr. Calore.

Now if you’re not worried about your stock portfolio, the Samsung Galaxy S4 might be more of your speed. It has a larger five-inch screen, faster processor, and has more battery life than its predecessor the Galaxy S3. It’s a better phone. But it’s filled with wacky features like eye tracking and above-phone hand movements to help navigate. Unfortunately, these gimmicky features only work with Samsung’s default apps.

Weird features aside, the Galaxy S4 is an awesome phone and a worthy upgrade from the Galaxy S3.

Imagine a time before smartphones. Before iBooks. Before Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and even the mighty Google. A world without web browsers, when the Internet belonged to universities and going online meant logging onto an electronic bulletin board. Now imagine being able to smell it all coming—not the details but the impact of a networked world on culture, business, politics, daily life. These were the preconditions that spawned Wired.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we’re taking you back to the beginning!

More: Step Behind the Scenes of the Frantic, Madcap Birth of Wired

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