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Illustrated experiment: bioengineering’s ray of hope

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From flop to fame: how the ridiculed Roland TR-808 came to define modern music

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Roland/Wikimedia Commons In 1982, Marvin Gaye found himself in the small Belgian city of Ostend, trying to escape his drug, money and family problems. The soul star needed to create his music in complete isolation. He was surrounded by synthesisers and drum machines, pushing buttons, setting levels and cueing rhythms. He pushed ‘play’ to a…

Earth Day 2017: what is it and why is it important?

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On January 28, 1969, a drilling-induced crack in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million tonnes of crude oil into the water. It formed black waves that struck the Southern California coastline and washed upon beaches in an eerie silence, carrying with them seabirds and animals drowning in oil. Across America, an outpouring…

These images of alien worlds are not as they seem

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Adam Makarenko wants to change the way we look at space – so he creates miniature exoplanets in his living room in Toronto, Canada. Makarenko, 43, has been creating models since 2006 and began building exoplanets in 2016. Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT “There’s so much discovery [of exoplanets] going on at the moment, and this…

Speech therapist: poet Hussain Manawer is setting his sights on space

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Poetry can move the soul – but can it change minds? Hussain Manawer thinks so. The east London-based poet and campaigner uses the spoken word to campaign on issues from mental health to climate change. “I try to write poetry for the betterment of human life,” says Manawer, 26. Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT A former…

WIRED Security 2017: Partners

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WIRED’s partners don’t just sponsor our events they actively participate in them with breakout discussions, competitions and startup sessions. We work closely with each of our partners to create tailored experiences. Learn about the organisations specialising in cybersecurity, security intelligence and international security you can meet at WIRED Security. ADVERTISEMENT Request Sponsorship Info Event Media…

Ugo Ehiogu’s tragic death is a reminder of the risks faced by former athletes

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Getty Images / Julian Finney / Staff Ugo Ehiogu, Tottenham Hotspur’s under-23 coach and former England and Aston Villa defender, passed away yesterday from cardiac arrest at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Spurs training ground in Enfield at 11:30am on April 20, where he received immediate medical treatment before being transferred to the…

YouTube is going to teach teens how to spot fake news by running workshops

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Youtube Google has today launched a series of day-long workshops for 13 to 18-year-olds in the UK, as part of Youtube’s ‘Creators for Change’ programme. The programme aims at tackling various social issues online, as well as promoting “awareness”, “tolerance and empathy”. The sessions come in the wake of recent backlash over Youtube’s restricted mode,…

To stop the relentless march of climate change we must empower those most at risk

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Armando Veve These are dark days for anyone who cares about the environment. Climate change is doing irreparable harm to ecosystems and livelihoods. Humans have caused the largest mass extinction since an asteroid hit the earth 66 million years ago. We are on course to lose 20-50 per cent of all living species within this…

When does a car become truly autonomous? Levels of self-driving technology explained

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Volkswagen’s ‘Cedric’ self-driving automobile Getty Images / Harold Cunningham / Stringer Ford, Google, Tesla, and Apple are just a handful of the firms developing technology and vehicles for the ongoing push towards autonomous cars. The most realistic deadline, according to research by consulting firm Navigant, is 2021 when Ford predicts its autonomous ride-sharing platforms will…

Life, Connected with TAG Heuer

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From our toasters to our heaters, our refrigerators to our cars, the world we live in is becoming increasingly interconnected. The common link between these devices? The internet of things (IoT): a network of physical, smart devices that can communicate and work with each other by sharing information over the internet. Our entertainment, transport and…

The life, death and rebirth of instant film: a short history to celebrate Polaroid week

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Instant film Getty Images To celebrate the conclusion of Polaroid week (April 16 – 21) WIRED takes a look at the rise, near death, and revival of this enduring piece of nostalgia. ADVERTISEMENT The Impossible Project: Bringing back Polaroid The Impossible Project: Bringing back Polaroid In 1932, American scientist and inventor Edwin Land co-founded a…

One simple change has made Google Home much more personalised

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Google Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo personal speakers and AI bots are able to provide updates about your day, details on your commute and information that’s specific to you. The problem comes when someone else who lives in the same space as the devices wants information personalised to them. ADVERTISEMENT With its latest…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 21

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Getty Images / Carl Court Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, the US Department of Justice is considering charges against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Uber may have to pay £2.1 million to operate in London, Google Home can now tell people apart by their voices, and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every…

Lilium’s jet-powered taxi completes its first test flights over Germany

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT The on-demand economy is booming and transport is one of its biggest winners. Prepare for vertical landing with the next-gen F-35B jet Prepare for vertical landing with the next-gen F-35B jet Uber, Lyft, Grab and Hailo have conquered the on-ground, app-based, taxi service. Lilium wants to command the sky. The aviation startup,…

Facebook’s future: first destroy Snapchat, then own reality

Getty Images / Justin Sulivan It was the most unintentionally depressing moment of Facebook’s F8 conference: Mark Zuckerberg, talking excitedly about the functionality of the social network’snew Camera Effects platform: “you can add a second coffee mug, so it looks like you’re not having breakfast alone!” ADVERTISEMENT In case Charlie Brooker wants inspiration for the…

RIP Wunderlist: Microsoft is killing off the task manager in favour of its own To-Do app

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Tragedy. Microsoft has announced plans to shut down one of WIRED’s favourite to-do list apps two years after acquiring the company. Best mobile organiser apps Best mobile organiser apps Berlin-based 6Wunderkinder, the operator of Wunderlist, was in fact wunderbar. From today, however, it is being replaced with the less wunderbar-named “To-Do” app…

Scientists ‘breed’ terrifying red-eyed mutant wasps…because they can

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Two Nasonia vitripennis wasps: the one on the right has had its genes edited to create a red eye colour Akbari lab There are more than 75,000 species of wasp in the world but this man-made mutant may be one of the most terrifying. ADVERTISEMENT The red-eyed jewel wasp (on the right in the photo…

Mastercard trials biometric bank card with built-in fingerprint sensor

Mastercard Although Apple is credited with making the technology go mainstream, the first mobile to include a fingerprint scanner was released 10 years ago. Since the Toshiba Portégé G500, things have advanced considerably and it is almost commonplace for all new devices to feature biometric technology. ADVERTISEMENT As well as phones, buildings, schools, and airports…

Liz Parrish: Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the cure

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After her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva, began researching gene therapy treatments. She then started testing them on herself. At this year’s WIRED Health, Parrish discussed the importance of making gene therapy more widely available and how it could ‘cure’ the most prevalent disease of all; ageing.

Advertising giant Google is working on an ad-blocker

G?nay Mutlu / iStock Google’s Chrome browser might be on the verge of launching an ad-blocking tool that could see the search giant take control of a market that threatens a large portion of its revenue. ADVERTISEMENT Google finally kills off Flash as the default player in Chrome Google finally kills off Flash as the…

There’s still investment in tech in London – despite the spectre of Brexit

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Daniel Chapma Investors haven’t stopped putting money into London startups, despite the looming threat of Brexit. Since the turn of the year, venture capitalists have invested £395 million in firms based in the capital, up from £245 million in the preceding three months. ADVERTISEMENT Europe’s hottest startups 2016: London Europe’s hottest startups 2016: London Since…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 20

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Alfred Anwander, MPI-CBS Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Facebook has revealed its secret project for implant-free brain/computer control, Google is reported to be developing an ad blocker for Chrome, Antarctica is crossed by a huge network of rivers and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click…

Starblood Arena PSVR review: VR’s best answer to Overwatch

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Sony On the surface, it’s easy to mistake Sony’s Starblood Arena as PlayStation VR’s format-exclusive answer to EVE Valkyrie. It’s actually something more important. It’s virtual reality’s Overwatch. ADVERTISEMENT Comparison to the former can be forgiven. Both are fully immersive space shooters demanding lightning-fast reflexes and total spatial awareness from players as they pilot small,…

Instagram now works offline…but only on Android

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iStock / Wachiwit Sometimes it just isn’t possible to snap an Instagram post and upload it straight away. It may be because you’re in a rush, or because the idyllic scenery you’re shooting is so remote there isn’t a data connection. ADVERTISEMENT The Facebook-owned company is looking to address this problem across the platform by…

Glimpse at the future of racing with Renault’s RS 2027 F1 concept car

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Behold Renault’s vision for the future of racing. At the Shanghai Motor Show, the Hertfordshire car giant unveiled its RS 2027 vision for Formula 1 with a greater focus on drivers. At the heart of this is Renault’s “more spectacular, more electric,” safer RS 2027 F1 concept. Fitted with a transparent cockpit and helmet, active…

Register to vote online for the 2017 general election

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Getty Images / DANIEL SORABJI / Staff Amid the UK’s burgeoning Brexit negotiations with the European Union, there will be a general election in the UK. ADVERTISEMENT Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election that will take place on June 8. Appearing outside Number 10 Downing Street on April 18, May announced the…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 19

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Ariel Zambelich/Wired Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Baidu has announced that it will be open-sourcing its self-driving car tech, Mark Zuckerberg thinks the future is augmented reality, Samsung’s beautifully designed Galaxy S8 could be impressive enough to make us forgive its predecessor’s explosive tendencies and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox…

Facebook launches features to get more people using Messenger bots

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Bakal / iStock Facebook is launching new Messenger features today, to encourage users to make the most of bots built by third parties. ADVERTISEMENT One year on from the Messenger platform being released to developers, VP of Messenger David Marcus announced the features of version 2.0 at Facebook’s annual developer conference F8, from public QR…

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy review: familiar, fun but ultimately predictable

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Telltale has proven itself not only the master of episodic gaming, but possesses a knack for adapting diverse licenses with a flexibility not seen outside of the Lego games. However, like the majority of Lego titles, the mechanics of play rarely shift between each property, and that remains the case for Marvel’s space-faring heroes, the…

Gallery: meet the Samsung Galaxy S8

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With the Galaxy S8, Samsung has made an Android phone more desirable than an iPhone. For all its faults, for all the ways Samsung could spend less time and money on gimmicks and more on on-going software support, for all the cheaper options out there, there’s no other phone we’d rather have right now. It’s…

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: this simply irresistible phone is the best on the market

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As dramatically as it fell from grace with the exploding Note 7, a phoenix-like Samsung has risen from battery-induced flames with a phone that rewrites the rulebook on smartphone design. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: everything you need to know about the new phones Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: everything you need to know about…

Snapchat launches 3D Lenses. Here’s how to use them

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Since Snapchat launched in 2011 its features have been copied by tech companies around the world; Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and more have introduced their own versions of disappearing stories. ADVERTISEMENT Other companies have also introduced lenses and filters to their products, allowing you to alter your appearance Snapchat-style. Now, the ephemeral app is hitting back…

Relive the early days of Apple by playing original Macintosh games online

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WIRED / Apple Released in 1984, the first Apple Macintosh revolutionised personal computing – despite its staggering $2,495 price tag. If you weren’t old enough to experience it the first time round, or couldn’t afford to, it is now possible to play with the computer’s software online using the Internet Archive‘s software emulators for Mac….

‘Unexpected’ LHC discovery could rewrite our understanding of particle physics

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CERN Our set of rules describing particle physics may be under threat, according to results published by CERN. Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles ADVERTISEMENT The Standard Model of particle physics is a set of laws that describes everything we currently know about the most…

Curing, preventing and managing all diseases by 2100

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Jeremy Freeman is a neuroscientist and computational biologist working in collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg team to cure, prevent and manage all disease by the end of the 21st century. Continue reading…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 18

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Uber Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, endangered animal and plant species are being poached from World Heritage Sites, Uber’s head of self-driving has left, Microsoft patched against Shadow Brokers vulnerabilities before they were even published and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign…

Why telling the truth ‘warts and all’ could help you find love

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Doug John Miller Imagine you are filling out a job application and you encounter a question that to answer truthfully would require divulging something unsavoury about yourself. For example, if you were asked to reveal your less-than-stellar college grades, would you answer the question? ADVERTISEMENT When in the awkward position of being asked to reveal…

This futuristic battery is powered by nitrogen

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Zhang et. al. Despite various breakthroughs in battery technology, we still rely on tried-and-tested Li-ion, mainly because it’s cheap. In the hunt for an alternative that won’t break the bank, is more environmentally friendly and sustainable, researchers from China have discovered a way to generate power from nitrogen gas – one the most abundant gases…

Kevin Esvelt could kill malaria – but he’s not sure if he should

Kevin Esvelt directs the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT Media Lab Maciek Jasik Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT To kill malaria, you need to think dangerously. Illustrated experiment: modifying mosquitoes to save millions of lives Illustrated experiment: modifying mosquitoes to save millions of lives “I’m not aware of any other technology where one person can affect…

Forget Google, Uber, Amazon and Spotify. In Russia, Yandex rules

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Arkady Volozh, Yandex founder and CEO, photographed by WIRED in London Levon Biss In Russia, Google isn’t king. Neither is Uber, Spotify or Amazon. In Russia, Yandex rules. The company commands 64 per cent of all online search in the country and claims 61 per cent of the online advertising market. Shopping service Yandex.Market is…

Topographic towers: the Chinese mountain village that blends into the landscape

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Buildings designed by Ma Yansong blend into nature. The Beijing-based architect calls his philosophy “shan shui city”, which translates as “mountain and water city”. Grow your own hotel: this tropical high-rise in Singapore has its own ecosystem Grow your own hotel: this tropical high-rise in Singapore has its own ecosystem MAD, his Beijing-, New York-…

How AI is transforming the future of fintech

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WIRED Money takes place in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit wiredevent.co.uk At 13:07 on April 23rd, 2013, the official Associated Press Twitter account tweeted the following news item: ADVERTISEMENT “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” At the time…

Mat Collishaw’s room-sized zoetrope offers a dazzling new spin on art’s history

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“I’m not really a tech person at all,” says artist Mat Collishaw, creator of a giant 3D-printed zoetrope and a virtual-reality recreation of the world’s first major photography exhibition. “I’m fumbling my way through in the dark, so I need a lot of advice.” Collishaw, 51, whose breakthrough piece, Bullet Hole, appeared in Damien Hirst’s…

These Glowee lamps run on bioluminescent squid-power

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Glowee Sandra Rey has seen the light – and it comes from the sea. How Lumiere London uses light to create spectacular sculptures How Lumiere London uses light to create spectacular sculptures ADVERTISEMENT “Many marine organisms have the ability to create light without electricity,” she says. “Jellyfish, squid…even algae.” To get that natural resource out…

WIRED Easter Weekender: 15 must-read stories for your long weekend

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Bolkins The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we’ve published during the previous seven days. ADVERTISEMENT Get the weekly digest in your inbox every Friday by signing up here. Subscribe to WIRED Weekender Europe vs Silicon Valley: behind enemy lines with the woman deciding…

Keeping the banks honest: meet the regtech rule-obeyers

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janne iivonen You’ve heard of fintech – now meet its successor. Under mounting pressure to become more transparent and accountable, banks and financial institutions are turning to regtech: technology that automates regulatory compliance. It’s an ugly word, but it could be significant: if fintech is going to flourish, then regtech could be its enabler. “I…

Forget solar panels, your home could one day be heated using hot sand

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Subscribe to WIRED Anyone who’s ever walked on a hot beach will know how quickly sand heats up in the Sun. 2017 could be the tipping point for super efficient solar panels 2017 could be the tipping point for super efficient solar panels ADVERTISEMENT Italian company Magaldi is exploiting that fact to harvest solar rays…

LG G6 review: this superfast handset may be ahead of its time

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LG has spent the past few years releasing handsets with gimmicks; technologies deliberately designed to set it apart from the competition and prove how innovative it can be. The LG G4 had an impressive manual camera and quality craftsmanship, while the LG G5 was modular. Yet, beyond showcasing pioneering spirit, these phones haven’t threatened the…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 14

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Vector drawings produced by sketch-rnn. Google Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Enceladus could support life, Tesla plans to reveal an electric lorry in September, Google has trained an AI to doodle like a human and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign up…

Just like humans, artificial intelligence can be sexist and racist

iStock / bamlou Machine learning is one of the biggest drivers of artificial intelligence technology at present. Algorithms within machine learning applications have been able to write code, play poker, and are being used in attempts to solve cancer. Yet, there is a bias problem. ADVERTISEMENT Rise of the machines: are algorithms sprawling out of…

A dark matter ‘bridge’ holding galaxies together has been captured for the first time

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University of Waterloo The first image of a dark matter “bridge”, believed to form the links between galaxies, has been captured by astrophysicists in Canada. ADVERTISEMENT Researchers at the University of Waterloo used a technique known as weak gravitational lensing to create a composite image of the bridge. Gravitational lensing is an effect that causes…

Nasa is putting parts of Earth up for adoption – and we got ourselves a piece

Nasa Our Earth is a vast and complex place. The diameter of the planet is around 7,917 miles, with oceans covering 70 per cent of its surface. Climate change has pushed Earth into ‘uncharted territory’ Climate change has pushed Earth into ‘uncharted territory’ ADVERTISEMENT From the Arctic to the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara, the…

Developing drug therapies for cancer

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Jasmin Fisher is trying to solve the problem of how to effectively use the huge amounts of data machine learning has allowed us to acquire. Her research focuses on new technologies for modelling the molecular mechanisms of cancer and the development of novel drug therapies.

Europe’s battle with Silicon Valley is just beginning – here’s why it matters

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager ordered Apple to pay back €13 billion. Now she looks set to restrict Google search Olaf Blecker In the era of British colonialism, imperial administrators boasted that they ruled an empire on which the sun never set. Today, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon might make a similar…

Josh Brolin signs up as Cable for Deadpool 2

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Gage Skidmore Josh Brolin has joined the cast of Deadpool 2, taking on the role of Cable alongside lead Ryan Reynolds. The biggest movie releases coming out in April The biggest movie releases coming out in April ADVERTISEMENT In an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, the production team behind the upcoming movie was said…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for April 13

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, a group of Tesla shareholders has criticised the company’s board for being too close to CEO Elon Musk, Google has retired the Octane smartphone benchmark due to cheating, Qualcomm has been ordered to pay BlackBerry $814 million after losing a royalty battle and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake…

Splatoon 2, Arms and Zelda Amiibo: all the highlights from the Nintendo Direct event

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Nintendo More than a month since the Nintendo Switch went on sale, the firm has revealed its next wave of games, and confirmed when previously announced titles will be getting a release. ADVERTISEMENT The highlights from last night’s Nintendo Direct event (watch the full announcement here) included Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft, new…

Listen to the ancient sounds of Stonehenge: app transports you back to 3,000BC

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rest / iStock The secrets of Stonehenge may have just been uncovered – by a music technologist. ADVERTISEMENT Archaeology’s future lies in 3D scanning the past Archaeology’s future lies in 3D scanning the past Rupert Till from the University of Huddersfield has released an app that recreates the soundscape of the ancient temple as it…

The hidden cost of Instagram Stories

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Instagram Analysis of more than 100,000 global accounts has revealed how Instagram could be costing its users more than they realise. ADVERTISEMENT Over the past 12 months, experts at enterprise security and data management firm Wandera, discovered that since the introduction of Instagram Stories in August last year, users consume an average of 71.5 per…

Nasa teases announcement about mysterious ocean worlds in our Solar System

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NASA Tomorrow, Nasa will be making an announcement about the presence of oceans in our Solar System. As Saturn’s Cassini prepares for its suicide mission, we look back at its greatest discoveries As Saturn’s Cassini prepares for its suicide mission, we look back at its greatest discoveries ADVERTISEMENT While little detail has been given, Nasa…

AI and robots will take our jobs – but better ones will emerge for us

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An increasingly popular concern is that robots will eat up labour’s share of income at an accelerating rate, leaving ordinary workers impoverished and unemployed. A common dinner conversation topic in Silicon Valley is universal basic income, and the typical argument advanced for UBI is that we are destined to indefinitely continue losing jobs faster than…

Stimulating brain cells could stop people cheating, study finds

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malerapaso / iStock What keeps us honest? And, if we understand the neural mechanisms behind it, can we make people more honest? Those were the questions posed by a team from the University of Zurich who wanted to see if the desire to cheat was linked to the brain. ADVERTISEMENT By stimulating an area of…

Draw like a pro! Google’s AI transforms your awful line drawings into works of art

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WIRED / Google Sadly, not everyone can say they have an artistic flair. It’s predicted that around 10,000 hours of practice are needed to be able to become proficient with a pencil and paper and most of us don’t have the time (or the patience). ADVERTISEMENT Thankfully, Google is taking its artificial intelligence systems and…