NIKOLA If you love kicking up mud and bombing around off-road but feel guilty spewing all that carbon dioxide, Nikola Powersports has you covered—assuming you’ve got $35,000 (£27,000) to spend on an electric off-roader with more torque than a tank. ADVERTISEMENT I’ll pause while you let that settle in. Range Rover Velar review: a huge…Details
iStock / art-sonik In less than a year, Europe’s data protection rules will undergo their biggest changes in two decades. Since they were created in the 90s, the amount of digital information we create, capture, and store has vastly increased. Simply put, the old regime was no longer fit for purpose. ADVERTISEMENT The solution is…Details
Google’s stance on neo-Nazis ‘dangerous’, says EFF 18 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Events in Charlottesville have spurred a national conversation in the US about far-right groups, free speech and censorship Decisions by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to eject a neo-Nazi site from their services were “dangerous”, a…Details
Kit Kat accused of copying Atari game Breakout 18 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Kit Kat’s maker Nestle has been accused of copying Breakout, the 1970s computer game, in a marketing campaign. Atari, the company behind some of the most popular early video games, has filed a suit alleging Nestle knowingly…Details
BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories.
By: Eleanor Peake
Prototypo Graphic designer Yannick Mathey’s big idea came to him seven years ago as a university project. “I wanted to draw some typefaces, but it’s very complicated and it’s a long task. I thought: ‘Maybe we can shorten the time it takes to make it,’” he says. So he started work on a simple, browser-based…Details
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When Facebook vice president of growth Javier Olivan started working at the company in 2007, it was a small startup in Palo Alto with “only” 50 million people active on the network. Fast forward ten years and it now has two billion users per month. ADVERTISEMENT But Olivan isn’t content to rest…Details
Fracking taking place in Balcombe, West Sussex Getty Images / WPA Pool Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, geological research indicates that fracking firms may have overestimated British shale gas reserves, Reddit has launched its own video platform, Google has removed far-right social network Gab from the Play Store and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent…Details
Vishal Sikka was appointed in June 2014 and tasked with turning around the struggling business.
Weak defences are leaving cargo vessels vulnerable to cyber-attacks, say experts.
Can contactless technologies help charities raise more money?
Leon Neal/Getty Images The results are in, and the UK is seeing the first increase in top A-level grades in six years. At the same time, 13 subjects have seen a drop in the highest grades possible, and more university places are sitting empty than in previous years. ADVERTISEMENT It’s a mixed bag for the…Details
Roaming downtime hits customers on Three in Europe 17 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Three Image caption Some holidaymakers have been hit by the downtime Roaming services are currently down for all customers on the Three mobile network in France, Portugal and Luxembourg, the operator has said. On Twitter, several customers reported…Details
Very few girls took computing A-level By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The problem begins at primary school, according to the BCS A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data – only 9.8% of those completing a computing…Details
Chinese media ‘racist’ video on India clash sparks anger 17 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright Xinhua Image caption The video features a Chinese actor in costume mimicking an Indian accent Chinese state media have released a propaganda video that lambasts India over a border dispute, sparking accusations of racism. The English-language clip,…Details
Netflix When the first season of Daredevil landed on Netflix, the show didn’t only establish Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear, it began a new branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along with three other shows – Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – Daredevil would lead to The Defenders, an eight-episode ‘event’…Details
Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” Jeff Bezos exclaimed, sitting in the cockpit of Method-2. In March 2017, the Amazon founder and CEO appeared piloting the gigantic robot prototype at the company’s MARS conference in Palm Springs. Method-2 was a fitting symbol for the event; MARS stands for Machine-learning, home Automation, Robotics…Details
A chatbot at Leeds Beckett University is helping A-level students find the right university course.
Imagine you’re sitting in the fuselage of an A320, there are sounds of the engine rumbling and maybe some rain on the windows. Then you turn to look outside and see a giant speaker rotating around the plane. Beyond that, soundproofing foam panels instead of clouds. The best way to test out a plane’s in-flight…Details
Five websites, including Alibaba, have been asked to remove vendors that sell virtual private networks.
Cloudflare no longer protects the Daily Stormer from distributed denial of service attacks.
Nokia / HMD Almost everyone is partial to an occasional selfie but getting the perfect shot can take a vast amount of care and precision. Yet, in all the postulating and pondering around the selfie’s composition, have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a photo with your phone’s front and rear…Details
A number of bands are taken off the streaming service while more are being “reviewed”.
amtitus / iStock The white supremacist site The Daily Stormer has taken a nomadic journey around the web this week, searching for a permanent home after being booted by the hosting and domain registry company GoDaddy. Throughout its bizarre odyssey, though, the infrastructure and web services company Cloudflare has defended the site against cyber attacks,…Details
Tim Cook slams the President’s response to Charlottesville as Apple plans human rights donations.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images More than 20,000 phone boxes across the UK are to be scrapped or repurposed by BT, including some of the 7,000 iconic red phone boxes that have been around since the 1920s. ADVERTISEMENT Even though 33,000 phone calls a day are still made from phone boxes – including from children, the elderly,…Details
Abigail Beall On Monday, August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun treating everyone in North America to a total solar eclipse, while parts of South America, Africa and Europe will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. ADVERTISEMENT Of course, we all know you should never look directly at…Details
Sony / Naughty Dog Nathan Drake may have retired following Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but that doesn’t mean developer Naughty Dog – or publisher Sony – is done with the series. Now come the spin-offs, and while Lost Legacy is the only one announced so far, it’s hard to believe it will be the…Details
Apple CEO Tim Cook Andrew Burton / Getty Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, companies including CloudFlare and Apple are taking action against white supremacist groups, conservationists are trying to reintroduce and protect the critically endangered European mink, Apple reportedly plans to spend $1 billion on original TV content in 2018 and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…Details
Entertainment firm HBO is facing another cyber breach, as it social media accounts are compromised.
The Nokia 8 streams video from its front and rear cameras simultaneously to Facebook or YouTube .
Science Museum / Heritage Lottery Fund Roboticists have designed soft robots that can heal themselves. ADVERTISEMENT Cutting your hand or tearing a muscle are both injuries that heal over time for living organisms. But what if robots could heal too? New research published in the Science Robotics Journal suggests this may be the case in…Details
Amazon launches Instant Pickup service targeting students 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon is offering certain “essential” items for pickup from self-service lockers within two minutes Amazon has launched a service in the US offering daily “essentials” for collection within two minutes of ordering. The items available in…Details
WIRED They say that, on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. ADVERTISEMENT Technology is making it easier to trust strangers Technology is making it easier to trust strangers Or, at least, they used to. As memes go, that image macro of a pup propped up with its paws on a keyboard, masquerading nominally as…Details
The fashion industry is an oxymoron. On the one hand, it influences every single person but on the other hand, adherents are immersed in a segregated industry. Curated by Zalando, the Bread && Butter weekend festival is looking to change that. ADVERTISEMENT The festival is a feast of fashion, food, culture and digital innovation punctuated…Details
Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright HBO Image caption HBO’s Spanish and Nordic offshoots streamed the episode early Game of Thrones’s next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series.…Details
App iTrump wins trademark fight against Trump Organization 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Apple Image caption iTrump was a follow-up app to iBone, a trombone simulator An app developer appears to have prevailed in a long-running trademark war against the US president’s business operation. The creator of iTrump first clashed with…Details
JakeOlimb / iStock Take it from the father of a five-week old newborn: when you have a baby, you’ll be spending a lot more time on your phone. Frantic Googling of breathing symptoms. One-handed WhatsApp-ing your NCT group, during late night feeds. And inevitably, a whole lot of Instagram. As such, it helps to be…Details
Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uber has agreed to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges over how it handles customer and driver data Uber has been ordered to introduce tougher measures to protect…Details
Drew Angerer/Getty Images The schedule for Donald Trump’s first full day back in New York since the start of his presidency entailed walking into the Trump Tower lobby, talking about infrastructure for a few minutes, and immediately re-boarding his golden elevator without taking any questions. Much to Chief of Staff John Kelly’s apparent chagrin, that…Details
22 Bishopsgate The right work environment offers more than just desk space; it can actually boost productivity, says Despina Katsikakis, an expert on how design impacts business performance. ADVERTISEMENT “The majority of office design focuses on reducing the cost of the space rather than on inspiring people to do better work,” she says. But a…Details
Vershinin-M/iStock In order to rely on renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, the world is going to have to find efficient ways to store electricity, saving it up for times when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. ADVERTISEMENT One of the leading contenders for large-scale storage at the…Details
Avy Search and Rescue Drone This drone was specifically designed to help find refugee boats. Designers Paul Vastert, David Wielemaker, Christian McCabe and Patrique Zaman built it to be capable of flying long distances, detecting vessels, dropping life jackets, life buoys, food supplies, medication and communication equipment. Credit Avy Meet Graham: The only person designed…Details
Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images On Saturday, a car drove into anti-fascism protesters in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was killed and more than 30 people were left injured following the incident. During the weekend’s protests, white supremacists walked through the city’s streets, proudly performing Nazi salutes and shouting “Hail…Details
Matthew Savoca Fish are chemically attracted to the smell of plastic waste in the sea, a study has suggested. ADVERTISEMENT Climate change is affecting when floods hit the UK Climate change is affecting when floods hit the UK The extensive investigation shows that odours from discarded plastic induce food search behaviours in fish, confusing plastic…Details
The US president also apparently accidentally retweeted a post by someone calling him “a fascist”.
Scottish Parliament targeted in ‘brute force’ cyber attack 15 August 2017 From the section Scotland politics Image caption MSPs have discussed cyber security on several occasions recently The Scottish Parliament has been targeted by a “brute force” cyber attack, officials have said. Chief executive Sir Paul Grice said the attack, from “external sources”, was similar…Details
AI seeks fantasy football challengers By Mary-Ann Russon Technology Reporter, BBC News 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A UK university is challenging fantasy football fans to beat its AI at predicting Premier League results Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for…Details
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Bill Gates, the world’s richest person and biggest philanthropists has made his largest donation in 17 years, and the largest share donation by anyone so far this year. ADVERTISEMENT The Microsoft co-founder donated 64 million of the company’s shares, valued at $4.6 billion on June 6, to an…Details
Although 33,000 calls are made each day, one third of phone boxes don’t handle any calls at all.
The Resomator stands monolithic in the corner of a room in the bowels of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It’s as sterile as a hospital here, but every patient is already dead. This is the penultimate stage of their time under the care of Dean Fisher, director of the Donated Body Program at…Details
DJI drones to gain privacy mode after US Army ban 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright DJI Image caption DJI’s Go app is set to gain a privacy mode before the end of September The world’s best-selling drone-maker is adding a privacy mode to its aircraft to prevent flight data being shared…Details
Leon Csernohlavek Placing targeted drugs in microbubbles, attempts to map human consciousness, and leveraging 3D printing in crisis-hit areas – just three areas of expertise of the eight newly confirmed speakers at November’s WIRED Live. ADVERTISEMENT Aimed at executives, innovators, strategists and entrepreneurs looking to keep up on technology driven business and design, WIRED Live…Details
GoFundMe removes campaigns for Charlottesville suspect 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption James Alex Fields Jr was arrested after a car rammed into protesters in Charlottesville GoFundMe and other crowd-funding sites have taken a tough stance on campaigns for a man arrested following violence at a far-right rally in…Details
Davide Bonazzi It’s been a tumultuous year for Uber with a seemingly endless stream of scandals resulting in departure after departure of key executives including the CEO, Travis Kalanick. ADVERTISEMENT For us drivers on the streets of London, the corporate drift illustrates just how out of touch Uber’s management has become from the people who…Details
Web firm fights DOJ on Trump protesters 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters linked arms in the street on Inauguration Day A US service provider is fighting government demands for it to hand over details of millions of activists. The Department of Justice (DOJ) wants the IP…Details
Marcus Hutchins (right) attends court with his lawyers Marcia Homann and Brian Klein Getty Images / JOSHUA LOTT / Contributor MalwareTech, the UK security researcher who stopped the NHS-crippling WannaCry ransomware, has been allowed back online following his arrest for allegedly creating malware that targeted banks. ADVERTISEMENT Marcus Hutchins, 23, took to Twitter to thank…Details
Day One and Doppler The pair of 36-story towers were opened in 2016 and are the centrepiece of the newly designed Amazon campus. Doppler refers to the original code name for the Amazon Echo, while Day One is a reference to founder Jeff Bezos’ mantra, laid out in his original 1997 shareholder’s letter: “This is…Details
More executives resign from Trump council 15 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Image caption Intel chief Brian Krzanich said there should be “no hesitation in condemning hate speech” Two more chief executives have resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council following Charlottesville. Intel’s Brian Krzanich and Under Armour head Kevin Plank…Details
iStock / sasar Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, British security researcher Marcus Hutchins is back online following a not guilty plea on malware charges, service providers are shutting down right-wing extremist sites and chat servers following a weekend of white supremacist rallies in the USA, DJI is developing a private ‘local data mode’ for its…Details
Indian police arrest four for Game of Thrones leak 15 August 2017 From the section India Image copyright HBO Indian police have arrested four people suspected of leaking an episode of the hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones before it was aired. Three of the accused are current employees of Prime Focus Technology, while…Details
Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Kolos Image caption The facility would be surrounded by water on three sides, which could aid security Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set…Details
Why hi-resolution sites are music to the ears of fans who want the best possible sound.
It’s digital blackface, according to this writer – see if her arguments change your emoji habits.
Facebook launches China-only version of Moments photo app 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook secretly launched Moments in China under the name Colourful Balloons Facebook has quietly launched a photo-editing app exclusively for China. The app, called Colourful Balloons, was launched in May and is almost identical to…Details
Sega Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a gamer who went into a coma in 1994, and have only just woken up now. Aside from confusion over the general state of the world and why people everywhere are clutching glowing rectangles at all times, you might find it hard to believe 23 years had passed…Details
Marco Rosario Venturini Autieri / iStock So long, LoveFilm. Amazon’s postal DVD rental service will cease operating in the UK on October 31. Launched in 2002, it harks back to an era when the internet was still painfully slow and Mark Zuckerberg was a fresh-faced prep school graduate. ADVERTISEMENT Progress, of course, is a killer.…Details
Deep Dream cookies WIRED / Deep Dream Generator Google’s computer scientists have created an AI to tweak the company’s other AIs. The advanced machine learning system, which goes by the faintly sinister name of Google Vizier, automatically tunes algorithms right across Google’s parent company Alphabet. But to test it, the researchers used an old-fashioned metric:…Details
NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty in US 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image caption Marcus Hutchins was arrested by the FBI on 2 August A British cyber-security researcher has pleaded “not guilty” to charges of creating and selling malware that snooped on victims’ banking logins. Marcus Hutchins, 23, appeared in court…Details
Uber allows in-app tips for UK drivers 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uber drivers will receive 100% of tips offered by passengers via the app Ride-sharing company Uber is to allow its drivers in the UK to receive tips from passengers via its app. Uber said the…Details
Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service to close 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lovefilm offered DVDs and Blu-rays to rent via post The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said. Amazon cited a “decreasing…Details
Getty Images / Bobby Bank / Contributor HBO’s hacker woes are continuing. Since the company confirmed it had been hit by a “cyber incident” at the end of July, details surrounding its upcoming shows have been made online. These have included entire episodes, scripts, and financial documents. ADVERTISEMENT In the latest ‘leak’ the unknown person(s)…Details
Ding-Dong! The bridge is dead. Construction of London’s Garden Bridge, originally slated for completion in 2018, has officially been cancelled. The move was expected, following years of uncertainty over who would ultimately foot the bill for the project’s costly upkeep. ADVERTISEMENT The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity created to oversee the planning and building of…Details
This weekend you may have missed the yearly Perseid meteor shower that sprinkled the night sky. The show peaked on Saturday night with a rate of around 80 meteors per hour. If the weather got in the way of the show, here are some highlights from across Europe.
Cassini’s increasingly complex orbit of Saturn and its moons Nasa On October 15, 1997, Nasa launched one of its most ambitious space missions to date. Blasting off from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 40, the Titan IVB/Centaur rocket set the space agency’s Cassini orbiter and Huygens probe on a daredevil flight across the Solar System. ADVERTISEMENT…Details
HBO hackers leak Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure shows 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright HBO Image caption Hackers have leaked unaired episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm scheduled for broadcast in October Hackers have continued to plague HBO by leaking unaired episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm over the weekend. The data dump…Details
GoDaddy expels neo-Nazi site over article on Charlottesville victim 14 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web hosting giant GoDaddy has given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move Web hosting company GoDaddy has given a US neo-Nazi site 24 hours to find another provider after it disparaged a…Details
Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger 14 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some internet addiction “boot camps” employ military-style discipline in treating patients A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions.…Details
Armed Met Police officers to wear head-mounted cameras 14 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters Image caption Trials are under way on how cameras can be used in undercover operations Armed officers are to be issued with head-mounted cameras in a effort to provide “greater transparency” in police shootings, the Met Police…Details
Japanese inventor Kentaro Yoshifuji built his Orihime robot to address the loneliness he felt as a child.
US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air By Mary-Ann Russon Technology Reporter, BBC News 11 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Duke Robotics Image caption A US firm has armed a drone with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher in order to fight terrorism A US technology firm has developed…Details
Snapchat registered with Russian regulator ‘unknowingly’ 11 August 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat has been registered with a Russian regulator Snapchat’s parent company says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia’s technology regulator without its knowledge. Snap told the BBC that the Roskomnadzor agency had unilaterally put…Details
By: Eleanor Peake
The company behind games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch has started a drive to recruit more women and ethnic minorities. The information is in a leaked internal email from Blizzard’s CEO, seen by the website Kotako. It claims 21% of Blizzard’s employees are women, and although that’s similar to the rest of the gaming…Details
We love documentaries at WIRED and, as this list proves, there are dozens of great ones worthy of your attention. Here we’ve collected some of the best documentaries on Netflix UK, YouTube and elsewhere, including BBC iPlayer. ADVERTISEMENT If you decide you’re not in a documentary kind of mood after all, try our lists of…Details
US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards 11 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents are advised to be careful when charging fidget spinners, and to warn children not to put them in their mouths A US government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners,…Details
Clive Rose/Getty Images Put emotional attachments and club loyalties aside: what does the data tell us about the new Premier League season? And we’re not talking simple stats, we’re talking big data and bayesian artificial intelligence algorithms. ADVERTISEMENT “Much information is input to our model, from at what point goals were scored in the game…Details
The alkaline hydrolysis Resomator at the University of California is the latest in crematory technology. The high-pressured chamber, pictured above, is more environmentally friendly than your average cremation, with potassium hydroxide being mixed with water and heated to 150°C, dissolving the body and avoiding CO2 emissions. This, is the future of death. For WIRED photographer…Details
Inspiration Despite your first impressions, the design inspiration for this building wasn’t Jenga. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron got its inspiration from a different source: looking at individual homes as pixels, then placing them on top of one another. Still, senior partner Ascan Mergenthaler doesn’t mind the Jenga label: “It’s totally OK. It’s easy…Details
BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories.
Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting 11 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Google has cancelled an all-staff meeting to discuss a controversial memo about diversity written by former engineer James Damore. It is reported that some staff members were concerned about being singled out online if they were identified while they spoke…Details
When biologists synthesise DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease. But one group of biohackers has demonstrated how DNA can carry a less expected threat—one designed to infect not humans nor animals but computers.…Details
By day, Gavin Strange is a senior designer at Bristol-based Aardman Animations, the award-winning studio behind Wallace and Gromit. But outside of work hours, he’s mastered the art of the creative side project. He’s made BÖIKZMÖIND, a documentary about fixed gear bikes, opened the Strange Bristol design store with his wife Jane, and written a…Details
iStock / c8501089 Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, China’s biggest social media platforms are under investigation for allowing users to spread terrorism-related material, Google has cancelled an internal diversity meeting following online harassment of staff, Android creator Andy Rubin has shared production images of the delayed Essential smartphone and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent…Details
WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation 11 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright Reuters China’s largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – are under investigation for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The Office for Cyberspace Administration said the three platforms had failed to police content on their sites.…Details