Behind the numbers with Opta and Audi

As with many sports, superstition can be rife among footballers — John Terry never changed his parking spot, Gary Lineker always changed his shirt in half time and ex-England goalkeeper David James would, disgustingly, spit against the walls of the urinals — but now, as big data emerges as a new way of approaching match…

The spirit of microadventure with Alastair Humphreys

Small risks often deliver big rewards. Glenfiddich’s openness to continual experimentation has made it the world’s most-awarded single malt. Yet that spirit of innovation and a willingness to create is attainable for everyone says Alastair Humphreys, a man who sees experimentation as integral to adventures – both massive and micro. Alastair Humphreys describes himself as…

Fighting back against the cyber threat

Marcus Marritt Cybersecurity, according to Gary Sorrentino, is everyone’s problem now. “It used to be a technology issue, and it was specifically down to technology teams to fight it,” explains the managing director and chief information security officer of J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. “Now, it’s a whole business problem.” Not just a problem, but…

This simple USB key protects everyone from phishing

Yubico’s security keys DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images Stina Ehrensvärd has one mission: to keep people safe online. Her Silicon Valley-based company, Yubico, produces the Yubikey, which is designed to stop people being terrible with their passwords. Advertisement Plug the key into a device’s USB port and press a button. This enters an encrypted password to your…

WIRED UK

WIRED UKWIRED UKMicrosoft makeover, Twitter trolls: Podcast 338Waste-generated biogas is turning homes into power plantsBenjamin Clementine: ‘If someone calls me a soul artist, I get pissed’The best startups in EdinburghWho cares if Kazuo Ishiguro is a sci-fi genre writer or not?This ICO for an AI blockchain is the most tech-hype idea of the yearFriday briefing:…

The best startups in Edinburgh

David Galletly “Edinburgh saw an influx of intellectuals in the 18th century,” says Kenny Kemp from investment service The City Partnership UK. “This helped establish the city’s universities, which form the basis for so many of our startups. It means innovation is in everything we do.” Advertisement The city is also home to several angel…

WIRED Energy 2017: The Showcase Stage

WIRED’s showcase stage at WIRED Energy offers a look at some of the hottest companies in the energy sector. Meet the founders and co-founders of companies specially chosen by the WIRED editorial team to share the latest technology, solutions and ideas in smart home, AI, connectivity, transport and more. ADVERTISEMENT Meet the 2017 Companies Showcasing…

Amazon has been ordered to pay €250m in back taxes by the EU

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has ordered Amazon to pay back around €250 million (£221.5m) in back taxes, plus interest, after ruling that Luxembourg gave the e-commerce giant illegal tax benefits for eight years. ADVERTISEMENT “Amazon’s tax benefits are illegal under EU state aid rules,”…

How to make even a boring work meeting more memorable

akindo/iStock Chip and Dan Heath think they’ve found the secret to busting boring meetings and creating a positive workplace environment. In their new book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, the brothers argue that it’s all about engineering meaningful experiences. ADVERTISEMENT “In a lot of organisations, employees go five years, maybe…

WIRED Energy 2017: Agenda

The WIRED Energy conference puts a sharp focus on future of the energy sector – from AI to new storage technologies to the smart home. ADVERTISEMENT The Keynote Stage will host top-level talks and present big ideas to the audience; the Showcase Stage will feature eight exciting startups changing the industry plus a partner session…

The best bike helmets tested

roger stillman WIRED tested these helmets over a winter period on a 20km daily commute into London, and at weekends, riding both on- and off-road. ADVERTISEMENT Lumos WIRED first spotted the Lumos (pictured, above) at the London Design Museum, where it was on display as a Beazley Transport Design of the Year winner. It integrates…

Uber’s UK boss has quit

Britain’s top boss for ride hailing app Uber has quit as the company faces being stripped of its licence in London. ADVERTISEMENT In an internal email, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern Europe Jo Bertram, who counts Britain among her responsibilities, says she has made the decision to “move on to something new and exciting”…

The hottest startups in Helsinki

Pip Pell After a lean few years following Nokia’s decline and economic recession, Finland’s capital is feeling confident. “The maturity of the scene has developed,” says Miki Kuusi, co-founder and CEO of food-delivery startup Wolt. ADVERTISEMENT Signs of growth are everywhere, from IPOs for game firms Remedy and Next Games to a 2016 increase in…

The inside story of the Xbox One X

In the former document archives of a Seattle-based insurance firm lurks the quietest room in the world. The human ear can hear down to zero decibels. Here, the sound of silence has been measured down to negative 20. “Welcome to the world of quiet,” whispers Gopal Gopal, a diminutive, middle-aged psychoacoustician working for Microsoft’s Devices…

Remembering Si Newhouse

Ron Galella/Getty Images Samuel I. Newhouse Jr., the man who built and ran Condé Nast for half a century, who grew the company from a publishing boutique bearing just a handful of titles into an international media powerhouse with a portfolio that now includes 128 publications across 27 global markets, died on 1st of October…

Si Newhouse dies at the age of 89

It is a sad day for readers of this magazine and the staff of the company which publishes it, Condé Nast. Si Newhouse, the man who built the company and directed it for more than 50 years, has died in New York after a long illness. ADVERTISEMENT The company Condé Nast was named after its…

Get some gift inspiration with our tip-top picks for the best of design

Complements Chocolate The brainchild of Australian design team Universal Favourite and Bakedown Cakery, in each box of Complements you’ll find a selection of flavoured chocolates, which were created in a 3D-printed mould. Each chunk stacks neatly on to each other, allowing you to create your own fanciful taste and pattern combinations. Flavours include shortbread, blackcurrant,…

Stay stylish with our pick of the best watches, shoes, bags and more

Stella McCartney for Adidas Parley Ultraboost X This collaboration features Primeknit uppers made from Parley Ocean Plastic, which is manufactured by replacing synthetic fibres made from recycled waste plastic from the sea. The female-specific Stella McCartney design offers a free-floating arch for sock-like comfort and has Adidas’s ultra-cushioned Boost midsole. Full-width laces provide improved foot…

Creating the perfect storm

Winter Storm may sound more like a superhero than a drink – and coming from a man also known as the Malt Master, that might be expected – but it is, in fact, a new whisky, albeit one with a twist. “We did have other names in mind, but we settled on Winter Storm pretty…

Caring for our future with IBM Watson

UK government departments have enlisted the help of cognitive computing system, IBM Watson, to tap into this treasure trove of untapped data across the public sector, helping to solve societal problems, mitigate risks, and support the well-being of individuals and families in more effective, efficient, and personalised ways. Cognitive computing has the unique capability to…

How to fix Uber

Mint / Contributor / Getty The year is 2030 and the CEO of Uber has just stepped off the stage at Davos following her keynote speech on how to effectively transform a business whilst simultaneously having a positive impact on the world. Uber is celebrated as a global success story by both shareholders and stakeholders,…

Tech is helping the blind to see

iStock / ryccio As soon as Robin Spinks picks up the phone, he tells me to stop speaking. In the silence, he connects his wireless AirPod headphones to his iPhone for the first time. So far, nothing unusual. But Spinks, who has a visual impairment, has trouble seeing. ADVERTISEMENT The use of technology by the…

The best gadgets for your home

Hey Duggee Minimalist, Flash-based animation chronicles the titular dog’s Squirrel Club, which encourages qualities such as teamwork and taking acceptable risks. Devised by Oscar-nominated director Grant Orchard, Hey Duggee has earned UK-based Studio AKA a Bafta and an Emmy and is shown in more than 80 territories. Available on BBC iPlayer and YouTube. Raybaby As…

The hottest startups in Amsterdam

Pip Pell Amsterdam’s English-speaking community and convenient location makes it an ideal place for startups to flourish. “The city is seen as a gateway to Europe and used as a launching pad for EU test markets,” says Keadyn investor and partner Ton van ‘t Noordende. An increase in specialised tech events – from AI to…

UpVote 15: sex robots, robot sex

Could we have sex with robots? Should we? And what about the robots – how would they feel about all this? To discuss these questions, we’re joined this week by Kate Devlin, Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, one of the world’s leading experts on sex robots. Devlin researches sex robots of every kind,…