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The best technology magazine out there

  • Aug 3, 2009
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Wired magazine is probably the best US magazine that covers the latest trends in technology and the way that they impact the society. It was started in 1993 during the early days of the internet revolution, and unlike many other technology trends from the 90s it has proven to have a staying power. In terms of both the content and design it is one of the most interesting magazines out there. It regularly features reviews and comparisons of new products, and that feature alone is worth the cover price. Wired is also well known for its in-depth coverage of major new technological trends, oftentimes well before they reach the perception of the general public. It critically evaluates those trends, and it is far less susceptible to hype and grandiose overstatements than many other technological news sources. You are not very likely to find a corporate fluff-piece in Wired, and you know that its journalists are professionals with integrity. The articles that deal with the impact of technology on society are written mostly from a left-leaning perspective, but they are overall well written and argued. In fact, Wired is not beyond being a contrarian in many of its analyses, even when they challenge some of the most cherished presumptions of whatever ideology. The case I point is the issue of a few years ago where they debunked many of the environmentalists' favorite dogmas. (For instance, it is more environmentally friendly to run an AC than a heater; housing in Arizona is better for the environment than the housing in Vermont.)

If you want to know what are the best and the coolest new technological trends, and how they may impact your life, there is probably no better magazine out there than Wired.

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Who Reads Wired?
Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they’re interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds. Wired readers are generally familiar with computers and the Internet, but this is definitely not a computer magazine—Wired won’t teach you how to upgrade your RAM. Instead, it’s a magazine about science, art, adventure, online culture, business, philosophy … and bright shiny beautiful gadgets. Each month, more than 2 million smart, savvy readers come to Wired for clean, clear writing with a wry twist.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Start: In Start, readers are treated to quick bites of information on everything from provocative innovations (in-flight Wi-Fi, anyone?) and new technologies (who won the DVD format wars?) to cultural shifts (why are Korean schoolgirls buying mini refrigerators?). Looking for tips on touching up your digital pictures or resetting a dislocated shoulder? Start has those, too. The stories are presented in smart, irreverent language with Wired’s signature visual flair.
  • Test: Wired has covered gear and gadgets since its very first issue. Every month, Test gives readers the definitive take on the hottest products on the market, from the newest HDTVs to the slimmest notebook computers. The best tech writers in the business put the gear through a rigorous review and rate it from 1 to 10. Mix in Wired's trademark ...
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