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This startup wants to solve the social care crisis with AI

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The social care crisis – as demonstrated with the Conservative Party’s disastrous manifesto pledge – is one of the biggest issues facing the NHS. Spending squeezes have led to bed-blocking in hospitals; while low wages and poor working conditions are causing carers to leave the industry in droves. ADVERTISEMENT The NHS is trialling an AI chatbot…

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Guido Van Helten’s work is charting rural abandonment

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Guido van Helten is changing the face of the Australian outback. His murals, which chart the story of rural abandonment, are painted on 30- metre-high decommissioned grain silos in Brim, 360 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, Victoria. WIRED takes a look at some of the artist’s work across the world.

Australia’s forgotten outback is being transformed into remarkable works of art

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Subscribe to WIRED Guido van Helten is changing the face of the Australian outback. His murals, which chart the story of rural abandonment, are painted on 30- metre-high decommissioned grain silos in Brim, 360 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, Victoria. And since they appeared, the town’s population of about 200 people has welcomed thousands of visitors…

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WannaCry ransomware hit Windows 7 worse than Windows XP, analysis suggests

Getty Images / Oli Scarff / Staff When the WannaCry ransomware infected computers in the NHS and around the world its spread was partly blamed on computers running Windows XP. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself Two security companies, Kaspersky…

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How DJ Alan Walker went from YouTube to multi-platinum

Walker originally produced music as DJ Walkzz Rikkard Häggbom When DJ Alan Walker plays live, he conceals his face. “It’s to create unity – we can achieve amazing things,” he says. “Just put on a mask and you become a Walker.” ADVERTISEMENT Albums are dying. Singer MY wants musicians to think bigger Albums are dying….

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Bitcoin hits $2,000 trading high point

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Bitcoin hits $2,000 trading high point 22 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has fluctuated sharply over the last four years The value of Bitcoin has hit a new high with each individual coin now worth more than $2,100 (£1,615). The valuation caps a strong month for…

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Minimalist design meets marble quality in these stunning accessories

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Satellite Sun Lee These home accessories mimmic the allure of sculpted stone to bring natural elements to new technologies. ADVERTISEMENT Satellite This minimal light is a collaboration between industrial designer Quentin de Coster and Van Den Weghe, one of the world’s finest stonemasons. Satellite is an LED bulb slotted seamlessly inside a cylindrical tube of…

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Virtual rabbits ‘culled’ in Second Life

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Virtual rabbits ‘culled’ in Second Life 22 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Ozimals Thousands of rabbits have been “culled” in the Second Life virtual world. The web server sustaining them has been deactivated after a legal threat from a company claiming to have designed them. Added to Second Life in 2010, Ozimals…

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Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm

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Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm 22 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The WannaCry outbreak got started by infecting a small number of vulnerable machines The majority of machines hit by the WannaCry ransomware worm in the cyber-attack earlier this month were running Windows 7, security firms…

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How to boost productivity with noise

Rami Neimi Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT On the surface, managing background noise with more background noise seems counterproductive. But audio communications company Plantronics is doing just that at its Hoofddorp workspace – and it seems to be working. This is because not all sound is created equally, according to Plantronics CEO Joe Burton. The intelligibility…

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UK firm designs ‘world’s most affordable solar lamp’

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UK firm designs ‘world’s most affordable solar lamp’ By Bill Wilson Business reporter, BBC News 22 May 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Inventid A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world’s most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100…

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Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’

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Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’ 22 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidelines Facebook uses to decide what users see are ‘confusing’ say staff How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the…

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WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 22

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Nasa Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Facebook’s internal moderation documents have been published by The Guardian, telescopes have been trained on Tabby’s Star as it begins a new cycle of mysterious dimming, permafrost surrounding the Global Seed Vault has melted and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by…

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These headphones are always listening and can replay sounds from your past

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The earbud and Broadcaster concept developed by Fujitsu and Yamaha creates ‘audio histories’ for specific locations James Temperton / WIRED A new concept headphone technology could create a “sound version of Google Maps” with people able to replay conversations, music and ambient noise from their past. ADVERTISEMENT The technology, known only as Sound Innovation, is…

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This vibrating hair clip could help deaf people sense sounds

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Feedback from trials of the technology with deaf people found that attaching a wearable to the hair was the best place to receive haptic audial data James Temperton / WIRED This tiny clip lets deaf people sense sounds using their hair by using a microphone to turn sound into haptic feedback. ADVERTISEMENT The wearable, developed…

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Why London is the best place for fintech – even with Brexit

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If you’re in the fintech business right now, then London is the place to be – even with Brexit. ADVERTISEMENT Want job security? Try online security Want job security? Try online security That’s according to Eileen Burbidge, one of the country’s most influential VC investors and the Treasury’s special envoy for fintech. Burbidge moved to…

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General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat

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General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat 19 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Online companies could face fines or prosecution if they fail to remove illegal content, under Conservative plans for stricter internet regulation. The party has also proposed an industry-wide levy, dubbed a “Twitter tax”, to fund “preventative activity…

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This heat map shows how WannaCry spread around the world like an epidemic

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Last week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak infiltrated systems across the globe. From home computers, to NHS systems, news of the infection spread like that of an epidemic. Security companies originally claimed the breach was the result of a malicious spam campaign, but WannaCry was not distributed by email. New information suggests that…

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Tyrannosaurus rex’s bite was so powerful it would have caused bones to ‘explode’

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The jaw muscles in Tyrannosaurus rex that helped it generate its whopping 8,000-pound bite Florida State University/Oklahoma State University Tyrannosaurus rex was able to pulverise bones with nearly 8,000 pounds of force, according to new research. ADVERTISEMENT The enormous dinosaur‘s chomping ability was more than double the bite force of the largest crocodiles, which currently…

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Text-to-switch plan for mobile users

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Text-to-switch plan for mobile users By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 19 May 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Mobile phone users will be able to switch operators by sending a text to the provider they want to leave, under plans drawn up by the regulator. Ofcom said customers could avoid an awkward…

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Here’s what Twitter and Facebook know about you

Getty Images / Oli Scarff / Staff Social networks and internet firms amass huge amounts of data about their users. Based on each of your clicks (and taps) the services can build up a profile of what you’re likely to be interested in. ADVERTISEMENT This data can then used to sell to advertisers, who can…

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Create, collect and consume: the fundamentals of the internet of things

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The main aim of the internet of things (IoT) is to provide a benefit to people. These could be anything from saving money through energy savings and efficiencies around the home to providing the most efficient and stress-free route for your early morning commute. We live in an increasingly connected world, and the IoT is…

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FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules

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FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules 19 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption FCC chairman Ajit Pai said existing rules hampered the growth of the tech sector The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at…

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Matey the product-hunting robot wants to make shops smarter

James Temperton / WIRED Robots and automation are already commonplace in food warehouses, but they could soon be coming to supermarket aisles. Fujitsu’s Matey, shown at the company’s annual showcase in Tokyo, move autonomously through shops to monitor produce and help retailers stack shelves more effectively. ADVERTISEMENT The robot is about five-feet tall and moves…

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London City first in UK to get remote air traffic control

London City first in UK to get remote air traffic control 19 May 2017 From the section UK comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Westcott has visited London City Airport’s new control centre, 120 miles away from the landing strip London City is to become the first UK airport to replace…

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BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system

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BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system By Dan Simmons Click presenter 19 May 2017 From the section Technology Image caption The bank’s voice-based ID system was fooled by Dan and his twin Security software designed to prevent bank fraud has been fooled by a BBC reporter and his twin. BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons…

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Girl Guides could get badges for coding and science as part of massive overhaul

The revamped selection of badges for Brownies and Guides will be introduced from summer 2018 GirlGuiding The Girlguiding association is carrying out its biggest ever overhaul on badges to make them more relevant to digital life in the 21st century. ADVERTISEMENT The overhaul could see the introduction of a range of diverse badges for app…

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Ellen MacArthur launches $2 million prize to help solve plastic pollution

Food wrappers, crisp packets, coffee cup lids. Plastic packaging is ubiquitous in modern life, but most of it is only used once before being thrown away, causing waste and polluting the environment. Ellen MacArthur broke records sailing around the world. Now she wants to fix the economy Ellen MacArthur broke records sailing around the world….

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Electric cars could soon charge as you drive

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Electric cars shown charging while travelling on the test track Qualcomm Qualcomm has introduced a new system that can charge a car while it’s travelling at ‘highway speeds’. ADVERTISEMENT Called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), the technology is integrated into a specially-built track, cutting out the need for electric cars to stop at charging stations….

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App maker’s code stolen in malware attack

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App maker’s code stolen in malware attack 18 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images The Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. Panic founder Steven Frank admitted in a blog post that it happened after he downloaded an infected copy of…

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Gallery: do not gaze at these images, lest your eyes burn in your skull

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Reader, I beg you, turn away. Do not gaze upon what is presented here. There is still time to save your sanity and soul. It has come to pass that a group styling itself The Folio Society has released an illustrated edition of Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories onto the unsuspecting…

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Tremble, for out of the mists comes a new edition of Cthulhu

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Reader, if you have come this far, and have a fragile constitution, turn away, I beg you. What I have to relate is not for the faint of heart. It concerns the work of the late HP Lovecraft – a man I’m sure many of you will know. He is dead, thank God, lost to…

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Another large cyberattack is spreading and it could be worse than WannaCry

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Cat O’Neil Last week’s WannaCry ransomware attack hit thousands of computers worldwide; its largest impact being seen on the NHS where more than 40 healthcare institutions were impacted by the file-encrypting malware. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry has been linked to North Korean hackers but its spread is said to have emerged from a vulnerability published by a…

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Mice with 3D-printed ovaries just gave birth to healthy pups

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT We are a step closer to engineering replacement ovaries for humans, after mice with 3D printed ovaries have successfully given birth to healthy pups. The experiment, carried out by researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, implanted the mice with bioprosthetic ovaries made from gelatin. They published their results…

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EU fines Facebook over ‘misleading’ WhatsApp data claim

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EU fines Facebook over ‘misleading’ WhatsApp data claim 18 May 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Facebook has been fined 110m euros (£95m) by the EU for providing “incorrect or misleading” information during its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. The European Commission said Facebook had said it could not automatically match…

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India’s Zomato says data from 17 million users stolen

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India’s Zomato says data from 17 million users stolen 18 May 2017 From the section India Image copyright Zomato Image caption Zomato is active in 10,000 cities across 24 countries around the world Global restaurant guide Zomato says hackers have stolen data on about 17 million users. The Indian firm, which uses a digital platform…

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WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 18

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Getty Images / Justin Sullivan Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, 1,730 new plants were documented by scientists in 2016; Google has revealed AI chips, Android O beta and standalone VR at Google I/O conference; Wikileaks military whistleblower Chelsea Manning has left prison in the USA and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your…

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Why 2017 could be the year globalisation dies

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jun cen Until recently, globalisation was the only show in town. Whether wanted or not, higher levels of economic and social ties were seen as inevitable – a force that could not be stopped. As United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan put it in 1999: “Globalisation is an irreversible process, not an option.” ADVERTISEMENT The Chinese…

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Lemonade is the insurance company with a conscience

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT WIRED Money takes place in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit wiredevent.co.uk Here’s the situation: you arrive home from a hard day at work, open your front door and walk into the living room – already salivating at the thought of a…

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Electoral Commission wants powers to tackle election meddling from abroad

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Electoral Commission wants powers to tackle election meddling from abroad 17 May 2017 From the section Election 2017 Image copyright Getty Images A probe into the political use of private data has been opened by the information commissioner. Elizabeth Denham announced the review amid concerns over allegations involving an analytics firm linked to a Brexit…

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Google’s developer conference takes place tonight. Here’s what to expect

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Google Sandwiched between Microsoft’s Build and Apple’s WWDC, Google’s developer conference takes place this evening. The firm’s I/O event is due to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, in California and will see it unveil its latest technologies. ADVERTISEMENT Here’s what you need to know about the event. What is Google I/O? The…

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Net neutrality ‘bots’ spam US regulator

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Net neutrality ‘bots’ spam US regulator By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 17 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FCC is currently proposing to go back on rules that safeguard net neutrality Bots appear to be spamming a US regulator’s website over a proposed reversal of net neutrality rules,…

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Amazon refreshes its Fire tablet range by adding Alexa

Amazon is adding its digital assistant Alexa to Fire Tablets in the UK alongside some improved hardware. ADVERTISEMENT As well as an updated Fire 7, Fire HD 8 and Fire Kids Edition tablets coming on June 7, Amazon says it will enable it’s digital assistant Alexa on existing Fire Tablets via a software update, however…

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Election candidates warned about phishing attempts

Election candidates warned about phishing attempts By Chris Vallance World at One, BBC Radio 4 17 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Advice has been sent to general election candidates – including former MPs Candidates in the general election have been asked to look through their emails for signs…

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Twitter user numbers overtaken by China’s Sina Weibo

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Twitter user numbers overtaken by China’s Sina Weibo 17 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images There are now more people using Sina Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging platform, than there are using Twitter. According to the Chinese company’s first quarter results, it has 340 million active monthly users, 30% up on the…

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Cage director charged for failing to disclose passwords

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Cage director charged for failing to disclose passwords 17 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Cage The director of campaign group Cage has been charged under the Terrorism Act. Muhammad Rabbani faces a charge of failing to disclose his password after being detained at Heathrow Airport under counter-terrorism stop-and-search powers, the organisation has…

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How the rising tide of P2P loans could drown the big banks

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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 ADVERTISEMENT Question 4: What is the difference between a shock wave and a ripple? Depending on the AS-level exam hall you’ve just walked into, you could expect – broadly – the same answer…

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Two Britons arrested in Thailand over football streaming

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Two Britons arrested in Thailand over football streaming 17 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The men have been accused of running an online service that sold access to unlicensed football broadcasts Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly selling online access to streaming football broadcasts…

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Peter Piot on the fight against HIV/AIDS & Ebola

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Peter Piot has been on the frontline of the fight against HIV/AIDS and Ebola since co-discovering the latter in Zaire in 1976. He says HIV/AIDS is a ‘forgotten epidemic’ and while great progress has been made in fighting the disease, he says, it can’t yet be called a success story. Peter Piot is a microbiologist;…

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Russia’s next target? Follow the money

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We call it fake news, but Russians have for years used the term “aktivnye meropriyatiya” (“active measures”). Now that the west is conscious of these tactics, where else could Russia use its digital capabilities? Its next target could be the banks, says cyberintelligence expert and Neon Century managing director Cameron Colquhoun.

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 17

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How Chelsea Manning sees herself. Commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network, 23 April 2014. Chelsea Manning Support Network / Alicia Neal Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Chelsea Manning goes free, Labour’s manifesto reveals science and technology plans, DeepMind got access to NHS data on an ‘inappropriate legal basis’ and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake…

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What is ransomware and how can you avoid it?

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iStock The recent NHS computer hack put ransomware in the spotlight, but this isn’t a new or unusual kind of malware. ADVERTISEMENT All ransomware has one goal: to extort money. Most, including the WannaCry ransomware used in the NHS hack, encrypt files on the victim’s computer – what’s known as ‘encrypting ransomware’. They then demand…

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You can now send your loved one’s ashes into orbit on a SpaceX rocket

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SpaceX A company hoping to send people’s ashes into space has announced its next mission will be on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. ADVERTISEMENT Elysium Space is a San Francisco based startup self-proclaimed as a mix of funeral and space experts. In 2015, the company attempted to send a cubesat into orbit on the…

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It’s time to prepare yourself for ‘VR panic’

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Ever been tempted to get high with virtual reality? Well, you’re in luck: Microsoft is developing “hallucination experiences” – at least according to certain sections of the media. In late 2016, dozens of news outlets claimed Microsoft was either predicting, or developing, hallucinogenic VR. MailOnline declared that “Microsoft says virtual reality could make you HALLUCINATE…

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Farpoint PSVR review: VR gaming matures in this dazzling and terrifying FPS

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Sony has been on something of a roll with its PSVR titles this year, with the excellent Starblood Arena setting high standards for immersion and overall quality. Yet Farpoint, developed by San Francisco-based indie Impulse Gear, matches it on just about every level – and may even exceed it. The best PlayStation VR games you…

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Instagram moves ever closer to Snapchat with Face Filters and an eraser tool

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Instagram Instagram’s copy of Snapchat is almost complete. As part of its latest update, the Facebook-owned app has added selfie filters that look and act like its ephemeral rival’s iconic Lenses. The hidden cost of Instagram Stories The hidden cost of Instagram Stories ADVERTISEMENT Called Face Filters, the feature is “an easy way to turn…

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WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself

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WannaCry, Wanna Decryptor, WannaCrypt – whatever it’s referred to, the ransomware involved in the recent NHS computer hack is, by and large, the same bitcoin-demanding beast. Here we explain everything we know about the worm that caused global chaos. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry ransomware WannaCry is a so-called encryption-based ransomware also known as Wanna Decryptor or WCRY,…

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HTC wants you to squeeze its U11 smartphone to take selfies

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HTC Smartphones have evolved to be controlled by touch. With its latest flagship device, HTC is taking this a step further by allowing the phone to be operated with a squeeze. ADVERTISEMENT HTC Vive’s £200 wireless upgrade kit launches spring 2017 HTC Vive’s £200 wireless upgrade kit launches spring 2017 The Taiwanese firm has launched…

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