10 December 2017 Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than…Details
Amazon / WIRED Amazon’s home speaker, the Echo, was first released in the US three years ago. In the face of competition from Google, Microsoft and Apple, the online retailer has been forced to add extra features and change the Echo’s form factor to keep its advantage. Advertisement The last six months has seen Jeff…Details
BBC Sound travels five times faster through water than it does in air. And in the world’s oceans, the cacophony has become a manmade orchestra of jet-skis, explosions, sonar and ships. For marine animals, it’s a deafening crisis. Advertisement “You can hear shipping vessels in open oceans for hundreds of kilometres. A blue whale will…Details
Located in the Apuan Alps in northern Italy, the Carrara Marble Mines have been making marble for over 2,000 years and reach a height of 1500 metres above sea level. The quality of the creamy white marble has made it a popular resource for Italian art for thousands of years. First constructed by the Romans…Details
Experiencing a child’s traumatic past could help parents understand their behaviour.
An exclusive look at the visual effects behind the film Paddington 2.
Daniel Downey Standing in front of a camera in a white lab coat and thick-rimmed glasses, Adam reels off a list of what someone looking to trip on acid would need. “LSD, a testing kit, music, paper and pencil, a safe spot, 6-12 hours of time, a trip sitter,” he says. Advertisement The eight-minute video,…Details
Nasa You probably didn’t notice, but for the past 11 years, one person has been protecting the Earth from sci-fi Armageddon. Catharine Conley was hired by Nasa in 2006 to ensure that space journeys leaving and returning to Earth don’t bring back extraterrestrial bacteria, and with that, unknown consequences. “There are an increasing number of…Details
Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’ 9 December 2017 Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl…Details
Photographer Andrew Hall experiments with how liquids and gases interact with each other, using other influences such as sound waves and magnetic fields to produce abstract photographs. To create the effect he pours ferrofluid, which has nanoparticles of magnetic material suspended in it, into a container three millimetres deep. Then he applies a magnetic field…Details
Katherine Hayhoe: ‘The true threat is the delusion that our opinion of science somehow alters its reality’
In her 2009 book, co-authored with husband Andrew Farley, Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, Katharine Hayhoe wrote: “Most Christians are not scientists, and it’s hard to say how many scientists are Christians. In our family, we are both.” The Texas Tech atmospheric physicist, who’s also an Evangelical Christian, has long been…Details
Every part of McLaren’s new test facility at the IDIADA proving ground near Barcelona is aligned to a 300mm grid. “We wanted it to look and feel like an extension of the McLaren Technical Centre in Woking,” says head of vehicle development Ben Gulliver. The Woking MTC, as it’s known, conforms to the same template.…Details
Meet Kimberly Espinel – the blogger teaching people how to photograph food for Instagram.
By Lucy Hooker & Josh Cheetham Business reporters, BBC News 8 December 2017 Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool…Details
What is Animal Battle? Animals are awesome. But which is the ultimate champion? Over the next seven weeks, we’ll be pitting some of nature’s most remarkable creatures against one another in a series of virtual battles. Two animals per week, head-to-head, in a ruthless knockout tournament. And you get to decide who wins. Advertisement This…Details
The OnePlus 5T is proof that flagship phones don’t need to have eye-watering prices. The latest device from the Chinese smartphone manufacture includes almost all the things you’d expect to see in some of the best phones out there: dual cameras, face and fingerprint recognition, and fast charging. A slightly sub-par screen and some software…Details
Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other 8 December 2017 Image caption UK pop star Dua Lipa was one of Spotify’s most-streamed artists this year Two of the world’s most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another. Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment will buy minority stakes in each…Details
By Erinn Kerr BBC News NI 8 December 2017 Image copyright Strava Image caption Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK in 2017 A town in Northern Ireland with a population of just 21,000 has the fastest runners in the UK, according to data collected by a fitness app. Strava’s…Details
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Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable 8 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights. The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and…Details
Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards – BBC Newsbeat ]]> This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer ‘; $(‘.headerBar’).prepend(notify); } Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards at the 2017 Game Awards in Los Angeles. It…Details
Pupils design app to encourage children to go outdoors 8 December 2017 Image copyright Interface Image caption Ellora James and Mari-Ann Ganson are pupils at Wick High School Two high school pupils have created an app designed to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors more often. Mari-Ann Ganson and Ellora James, who are both 17,…Details
Robert Viglasky / Netflix Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was one of the BBC’s first major outside broadcasts. To recreate the event for Netflix’s The Crown, visual artists used a combination of VFX and archive footage – the result is a scene so realistic and detailed that even the periphery dukes are in the same places…Details
Why will.i.am, the award-winning musician and front-man for the Black Eyed Peas is collaborating with coders.
John Lewis futurologist, John Vary Leon Csernohlavek From the warehouse to the corner shop, retail is being rethought and reconfigured. At WIRED’s annual Retail conference, startups, thought leaders and investors discussed a new era of retail where technology and data are at the forefront. In the Test Lab, those new ideas could be seen in…Details
Charlie Winter, senior research fellow at ICSR Leon Csernohlavek Advertisement At the second annual WIRED Security conference the people keeping you safe online gathered to discuss the changing face of online security. Terrorism researchers, AI developers, government scientists, threat-intelligence specialists, investors and startups discussed the rise of new forms of online attacks, how to protect…Details
From string theory to brane universes, Lisa Randall has studied the most exotic properties of the cosmos. In 2016, she wrote Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, a theoretical tour de force which explored the possibility that a disc of dark matter, an elusive type of particle, might have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 66…Details
Vertigo3d/iStock Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, CRISPR/Cas9 has been adapted to trigger epigenetic switches that reverse the effects of disease, Iranian hackers are thought to have infiltrated critical infrastructure across the Middle East, accidental gun deaths in the USA increase following mass shootings and more. Advertisement Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every…Details
People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.
Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week’s technology stories.
7 December 2017 Image copyright EPA Uber has had its licence suspended in Sheffield after it failed to respond to official requests about its management, the city council has said. The firm, also fighting a ban in London, can still operate in Sheffield until 18 December and can appeal against the decision, the council said.…Details
Lawrence Jones at a trade show with his “UKFast girls” Lawrence Jones The organiser of a tech awards show in Manchester has offered a £50,000 fund to “promote equality” in the tech industry as an apology after his event was criticised for contributing to a culture of sexism. In response, at least 50 tech leaders…Details
Google Google’s Pixel Buds are a badly-designed solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Want a decent pair of wireless headphones? Move on. Want a smart voice assistant in your ear? Nope. Want Silicon Valley’s interpretation of a fictitious alien fish that performs instant translations between any languages? You’d be better off squishing a guppy…Details
DanTDM has been named the highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 – making £12.3m this year, according to Forbes magazine. The 26-year-old, from Aldershot, started off making videos of himself playing Minecraft and Pokemon. He’s got more than 16 million subscribers and has had more than 10 billion views of all his videos. The YouTuber, whose real…Details
iStock/Jane_Kelly With over two billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most ubiquitous online service in the world, but it’s also a time and data sink that wants to keep you hooked in the name of its advertising profits. Advertisement Our guide to permanently deleting or deactivating your Facebook account will take you through backing…Details
The long-running compilation series produced four of the biggest-selling albums of the year.
A photo of Bollywood star’s 250,000-plus unread emails sparks a search for the most bloated inbox online.
Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins 7 December 2017 Image caption Steam is a massively popular way of getting hold of video games Online game service Steam has stopped accepting payments made with the Bitcoin virtual currency. In a statement, development studio Valve, which runs Steam, said “high fees and volatility” had driven it to…Details
Quinn Rooney / Getty Amazon and Google are engaged in an all-too-public tiff. In the latest salvo, Google has announced it will pull YouTube support from Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices. But, as is so often the case in such corporate arguments, the only real losers are customers. Happy days. Advertisement The public nature of…Details
San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots 7 December 2017 Image copyright Marble Image caption The Marble robot is being tested in San Francisco but currently has a member of staff walking behind it San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning…Details
Yukai Du In Airbnb offices around the world, graduates parade about with their college logo splashed across shirts, hats and computers. But they haven’t come from your typical school – each is a graduate of Data University, a programme launched by Airbnb to increase the number of employees with data skills. “It’s fun to walk…Details
Getty Images Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, UNICEF reports on the devastating effects of polluted air on babies around the world, a California judge has dismissed a pay discrimination case against Google, DeepMind’s new AI champion rules at three different games and more. Advertisement Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning…Details
The Australian Securities Exchange says it is the first global market to switch to the technology.
Visual Effects Supervisor, Ben Turner, explains how they re-created drama about Queen Elizabeth II.
6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the start of the year Bitcoin was valued at $1,000 Bitcoin has surged above $13,000 (£9,710; €11,020) to a new record high despite warnings the digital currency’s rapid rise could be a dangerous bubble. The coin has seen its value double in the last month…Details
Luxury good-makers win fight over online sales bans 6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Europe’s top court has ruled that luxury brands can stop distributors selling their products online on websites such as Amazon and eBay. The European Court of Justice said in principle a ban was “appropriate to preserve the luxury image” of…Details
Google’s ‘superhuman’ DeepMind AI claims chess crown 6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alpha Go Zero was more successful at playing with white pieces than black Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch. The…Details
Scott Barbour/Getty Images) If you live south of London, chances are your train journey could soon be powered by solar energy. Well, sort of. Advertisement New research by Imperial College and green energy charity 10:10, has found that solar energy could supply ten per cent of the power needed to fuel the UK’s DC-powered rail…Details
PM’s internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing 6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Shields has advised password-sharing MPs to rethink their approach to cyber-security The prime minister’s special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff. Baroness Shields’s advice…Details
6 December 2017 Image copyright Nintendo Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield console in China. Historically, Nintendo has rarely licensed its original games and…Details
Google Amazon row leads to restricted YouTube access By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 6 December 2017 Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon’s Fire TV devices are advertised as providing access to YouTube Google plans to stop Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018. The search giant…Details
6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Plans to introduce a “frowning pile of poo” emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols. The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was “embarrassing” to…Details
Wired Energy Demos Leon Csernohlavek Barely a week goes by without the UK setting new standards in the renewables sector: electric cars are becoming affordable as well as desirable; and emerging technologies – from innovative generation products to artificial intelligence and the blockchain – are shifting the balance of power. At WIRED’s annual Energy conference…Details
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II approaches his maximum distance from the vehicle during a 1984 spacewalk, becoming the first astronaut to manoeuvre about in space untethered Nasa The International Space Station will operate until 2024, at least; but Nasa’s old space suits were never meant to be used on the ISS, let alone support an extended…Details
Yukai Du A small population, tight investment laws and high living costs pose potential obstacles for would-be founders in Reykjavik. But tough conditions can spark opportunity. The fallout of Iceland’s banking collapse led to unemployment in the country hitting nine per cent, but it also kindled an entrepreneurial spark. “Everybody was employed in well-paying jobs……Details
Kamal Ahmed and Tina Daheley are among BBC journalists who will take part in events targeted at pupils.
inov-8 Graphene is such a show-off. The atom-thin material is 200 times stronger than steel, but just a fraction of its weight. Pop it into a battery and it could massively speed up charging times. Feed it to silkworms and they end up producing conductive silk that’s twice as strong as a normal thread. Advertisement…Details
Eve The China trip was only supposed to last 10 days. For Konstantinos Karatsevidis, the 23-year-old CEO of a new gadget maker called Eve, it was just a quick check-in to make sure production was rolling smoothly on his latest product. Karatsevidis and the rest of the nine-person Eve team have spent the last few…Details
Jasmine Burton showcasing the SafiChoo toilet seat Wish for WASH For Jasmine Burton, there’s more to toilets than just poop: toilets save lives. Burton is the founder of Georgia-based charity Wish for WASH, an organisation that wants to tackle taboos surrounding sanitation. Advertisement “We don’t recognise toilets and all they do for us,” she says.…Details
Nightlife by the Lantern Company in Leicester Square Gardens Lead artist Jo Pocock and the UK-based Lantern Company will transform Leicester Square Gardens Lead into an illuminated world. Curious nocturnal creatures will take over a luminous secret garden where visitors can find a quiet space in an otherwise bustling urban environment. Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde,…Details
When you’ve spent 157 days, eight hours and 42 minutes in space, you get a rather different perspective on life back beneath the clouds. “I cannot watch the news because it’s highlighting all of the negative things that are going on because that’s what sells, right?” she says. In the coming years, she looks forward…Details
The Asus NovaGo hybrid laptop has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor Asus Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, new laptops built using smartphone components have a battery life of up to 20 hours, 22 wild crop species are threatened by extinction, Google will remove YouTube support from Amazon’s Fire TV in 2018 and more. Advertisement…Details
The case is the first of its kind since Singapore introduced new laws regulating home sharing in June.
Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet? By Robin Brant BBC News, Wuzhen 6 December 2017 Image copyright AFP Image caption Beijing has a distinctly Chinese vision of the internet Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When…Details
Dolby estate gives Cambridge University Cavendish lab £85m 6 December 2017 Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption Ray Dolby died in 2013 at the age of 80 The family of sound pioneer Ray Dolby has donated £85m from his estate to Cambridge University. The US-born engineer was best known for his work in developing noise…Details
Reporter Kat Hawkins tried out prosthetic feet designed for skiing and snowboarding.
‘One-third of teenage girls sexually harassed online’ 6 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of online sexual harassment Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests.…Details
Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.
Babbel, one of the world’s most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.
How going undercover as a 14-year-old revealed the dangers children using streaming apps can face.
5 December 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Jeremy Hunt has told Facebook to “stay away from my kids” after it launched a new messaging app aimed at children. The social network announced on Tuesday it was testing Messenger Kids in the US for those under 13 who cannot sign up…Details
Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AI.type Image caption An example of an Ai.type keyboard theme Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers…Details
CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright www.cryptokitties.co A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed “crypto-pets” on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network. The game’s developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties…Details
Drone collisions ‘worse than bird strikes for planes’ 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drones have been reported in close proximity to aircraft with two reported collisions A US study into drone safety has suggested that collisions with aircraft are more damaging than bird strikes. It said current…Details
Doncaster man, 71, sentenced in ‘revenge porn’ case 5 December 2017 Image caption Rikki Chew pleaded guilty to two offences of disclosing a private photo with intent to cause distress and a charge of harassment A 71-year-old man who shared intimate photos of his gay lover when he attempted to end their relationship has been…Details
5 December 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright LEVC Electric black taxis have hit London’s roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put drivers off “going green”. The cab costs £55,599 up from £45,000 for the newest petrol equivalent. Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric…Details
5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Nissan Image caption Nissan’s Easy Ride could launch in Japan in early 2020s Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive…Details
Vincross HEXA HEXA is a six-legged mechanical insect that’s designed to be hacked. Would-be developers can teach the app-controlled, open-source droid new tricks and then make them available online. It is hugely manoeuvrable and can climb over obstacles with ease. A 720p camera with night vision and infrared transmitter helps it boost its skills. $949…Details
Wipeter/CC BY-SA 3.0 Where does the future of energy lie? For Sofie Allert, it’s in the freezing depths of the Nordic oceans – where she harvests algae that can supercharge solar panels. Advertisement Allert is CEO and co-founder of The Swedish Algae Factory, a commercial research lab which farms a type of algae called diatoms.…Details
Radio telescopes might not the best way to listen out for alien communications Joe McNally / Getty Trying to communicate with aliens is a tricky business. The huge distances involved and the sheer number of solar systems out there makes it difficult to know where to start. Then there’s the problem of knowing what method…Details
When Neil deGrasse Tyson enters a room, you notice. The astrophysicist and author has spent the better part of thirty years using the strength of his personality (and silky voice) to become one of the most important and informed voices on science in America. He’s forthright and steadfast in his views, which are all hooked…Details
Getty Images / Hoberman Collection Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, ministers have demonstrated their lack of IT security awareness on Twitter, the UN has highlighted the critical risk posed to sea life by waste plastics, Facebook has launched a kids’ Messenger app and more. Advertisement Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday…Details
Google pledges 10,000 staff to tackle extremist content 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018, the video sharing website’s chief has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki said some users were exploiting YouTube…Details
Child exploitation: Live streaming an ‘urgent’ threat 5 December 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘He switched his webcam on and started groaning’ Sex offenders are increasingly using live online streaming platforms to exploit children, police have warned. Children need to be educated on the risks associated with…Details
The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.
5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image caption This simulated image shows – on the right-hand side – the advantage of using high dynamic range The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer…Details
Before and after: the BBC will release the entire of Blue Planet II in UHD, HDR, and use a wider colour gamut to bring footage if the natural world to life BBC The final episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet II airs this weekend. But, rather than wait years for the next series, fans can…Details
Newsbeat gets a tour of the new Facebook HQ as they launch their mentoring scheme for small businesses.
4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Experts say it is “unlikely” that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran. “I have an email address that I email – that actually changes every week,” he said during an interview about working with her on a…Details
Advances in voice recognition technology will give customers more fluid and intuitive access to brands than ever before Advances in voice recognition technology are slowly filling the world with talking machines. As the technology gets more and more sophisticated, we are going to get used to chatting with our devices, in increasingly seamless and connected…Details
Omar Abbosh on stage at WIRED Live, November 2017 When Amazon launched the Alexa smart speaker in 2014, the company acknowledged that the device had been modelled after the talking computer in Star Trek. Sci-fi was the unequivocal, vaunted inspiration. Although not all such debts are so explicit, a quick look at the headlines leaves…Details
Artificial intelligence is a powerful agent of change in our society. The debate around how AI will shape our future is ongoing, but one thing is certain: it is already affecting our present – altering the way we work, entertain ourselves and interact with others. As this technology catches on, changing the way we understand…Details
There has long been a paradox at the heart of the digital age. On the one hand, tech culture is deeply entrenched in the ideals of Bay Area utopians. Those early computer hobbyists and tinkerers saw technology as a way of sticking it to the Man and forging a new, better kind of society, perhaps…Details
4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London. The government’s aim is part of a broader update to the…Details
4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption The MP Nadine Dorries wrote on Twitter that all her staff had her login details The UK’s data privacy regulator has cautioned MPs about sharing work computer passwords. It follows tweets by two Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they…Details
Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images Perhaps the biggest surprise of the National Cyber Security Centre cautioning against UK governmental use of Kaspersky antivirus software is that it didn’t issue a similar warning years ago. Advertisement While Kaspersky has a UK regional unit and holding company, much of its malware analysis is carried out by staff in Russia,…Details
4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple released the software fix twice as an early version broke existing features for some users A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with…Details