Facebook bans private gun adverts

Facebook and Instagram ban private gun adverts 30 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption One group said guns bought on Facebook had been used in crimes Private individuals will no longer be allowed to advertise guns on Facebook and Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. Facebook had already banned…

Three defends mobile ‘price hike’

Three defends mobile tariff ‘price hike’ By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 29 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption Three’s price hike will affect “hundreds of thousands” of customers Mobile network Three has defended its decision to end a popular “all you can eat” phone contract. Thousands of customers…

Council hit by £1m malware demand

Lincolnshire County Council hit by £1m malware demand 29 January 2016 From the section Lincolnshire Image copyright BleepingComputer Image caption An example of a ransomware demand Lincolnshire County Council’s computer systems have been closed for four days after being hit by computer “malware” demanding a £1m ransom. Ransomware encrypts data on infected machines and only…

Drones in near misses at UK airports

Drones involved in near misses at UK airports 29 January 2016 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Drones were recently involved in four serious near misses at UK airports, the UK Air Proximity Board has said. The board, which investigates near-miss incidents in UK airspace, said a drone had come very close to…

Facebook decision angers developers

Facebook’s decision to close Parse angers developers 29 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parse is a popular toolkit among developers. Facebook is to close its mobile app development platform Parse, to the disappointment of many developers. Parse is a toolkit for creating and running mobile apps. Facebook acquired…

Spam text programmer spared jail

Spam text programmer spared jail 29 January 2016 From the section Technology Image caption Text messages similar to these were sent en-masse A computer expert has avoided jail after being convicted of helping to send millions of spam messages. Naveed Ahmed, 27, of Tampa, US, wrote a programme that helped a group of scammers bombard…

HSBC online banking is ‘attacked’

HSBC online banking is ‘attacked’ By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 29 January 2016 From the section Business HSBC says it “successfully defended” an attack on its online banking service but services are disrupted on a key day for many people’s personal finances. The bank is apologising to customers trying to log on to its…

Lucy McRae: the body architect

Future Day Spa By Lucy McRae Lucy McRae Body architect and artist Lucy McRae is fascinated by the reciprocal relationship between humans and technology. Combining science and imagination, McRae has translated the future potential of this relationship in different artistic mediums, creating visually arresting and intriguing multimedia art pieces. Inspired by the artist’s diverse background in classical…

London’s first driverless cars revealed

London’s first driverless cars revealed 29 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright GATEway project Image caption The trial of driverless vehicles in Greenwich will use adapted pods currently used at Heathrow Airport The design for the first driverless cars to be tested on the streets of London has been revealed. The consortium behind…

Microsoft boosted by cloud services

Microsoft shares boosted by growth in cloud services 28 January 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has been focusing on cloud computing services Microsoft shares rose in after-hours trading as it reported strong growth in its cloud computing and mobile applications divisions. Chief executive Satya…

Amazon shares slide on sales miss

Amazon shares slide on sales miss 28 January 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Amazon missed analysts’ estimates for the fourth quarter despite posting a 21.8% rise in sales and record profits. Net sales rose to $35.75bn, which was about $200m short of Wall Street predictions. That was enough to send shares…

Apple plug recall over safety concerns

Apple plug recall over safety concerns 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Apple Image caption Apple offered help to identify which plugs were affected Apple has issued a voluntary recall of millions of its two-prong AC wall plugs after incidents of them breaking and causing electric shocks. Apple said it knew of…

US parents warned on hacked baby webcams

US parents warned on hacked baby webcams 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Increasingly parents are choosing baby monitors with screens that can keep an eye on babies as they move around the house American parents are being warned about the dangers of hackable baby monitors. It follows numerous…

Java browser plug-in to be retired

Java browser plug-in to be retired, says Oracle 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Oracle Image caption Java has been used for two decades The technology company Oracle is retiring its Java browser plug-in. The software is widely used to write programs that run in web browsers. But Oracle said modern browsers…

Will you like Facebook’s new Reactions?

Will you like Facebook’s new Reactions? Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent 28 January 2016 From the section Technology comments Media captionSee the new Reaction options Do you ever “like” something on Facebook? If so, life is about to get a bit more complex. The social networking giant is about to roll out something called Reactions, which…

BT ‘failing’ on new home broadband

BT Openreach ‘failing’ on new home broadband By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Barratt Homes Image caption People moving into a new home might assume excellent communication as standard but often this is not the case according to a new investigation Many residents moving into newly-built homes…

Netflix suffers block in Indonesia

Netflix blocked by Indonesia in censorship row By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Netflix expanded its service to more than 100 additional countries earlier this month Netflix has been blocked by Indonesia’s biggest internet service provider, upsetting its move into the country.…

Wikipedia editors make trustee resign

Wikipedia editors make trustee resign By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News 28 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Wikimedia Foundation Image caption Arnnon Geshuri was appointed this month Arnnon Geshuri has stepped down as a trustee of Wikipedia’s governing body, under pressure from the site’s editors. Nearly 300 backed a vote of no confidence…

Keeping football tough but safe

Keeping football tough but safe by spotting concussion Dave Lee North America technology reporter 28 January 2016 From the section Technology comments Media captionWATCH: Could tech make American football safer? Many sports are dangerous, but few are dangerous by design. For years the powers-that-be behind American Football tried to hide it, but it became too…

Samsung hit by slowing smartphone sales

Slowing smartphone sales hit Samsung profits 28 January 2016 From the section Business Image copyright AFP Samsung Electronics has been hit by falling sales for its smartphones and semiconductors. The “difficult business environment and slowing IT demand” sent net profit for the fourth quarter to December down by 40% to 3.2tn won ($2.7bn, £1.9bn). The…

Facebook doubles fourth quarter profits

Facebook doubles fourth quarter profits to $1.56bn 27 January 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg Social media giant Facebook said that profits more than doubled in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net profit for the three months to December rose to $1.56bn (£1.09bn), up from…

TalkTalk call centre workers arrested

TalkTalk call centre workers arrested in India 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption TalkTalk suffered one of the UK’s biggest data breaches in October TalkTalk has confirmed that three of its India-based call centre workers have been arrested. The London-based telecoms provider said that it alerted police after carrying…

Yahoo under pressure over ivory sale

Yahoo under pressure over ivory sale on its auction site 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Yahoo’s Japanese arm was put under pressure by the petition Yahoo Japan has said it will strengthen its policies to remove illegal ivory from its online marketplace. Some 1.1 million people have…

Google achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ at Go

Google achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ by beating Go champion 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Media captionGoogle’s DeepMind division has achieved a landmark in AI A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because…

Five Nights at Freddy’s game pulled

Latest Five Nights at Freddy’s game pulled from Steam By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Nights at Freddy’s was withdrawn from the Steam gaming platform The developer of the horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNaF) has withdrawn the latest…

US health insurer loses 950,000 records

US health insurer Centene loses 950,000 people’s records By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Centene Corporation Image caption Centene said it was searching for the missing hard drives The medical records of nearly a million people have gone missing, a US health insurance company has admitted. Centene…

Apple Safari users suffer crashes

Apple Safari users suffer crashes 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Apple Image caption The Safari fault appears to be affecting a range of Apple’s devices There are widespread reports that Apple’s Safari web browser is crashing for many users when they carry out a search via its address bar. Users are…

This pen can detect cancer

University of Washington A miniature microscope that can “see” cancerous cells and tell surgeons where to stop cutting tissue has been developed by researchers at the University of Washington. The microscope, as small as a pen, could help brain surgeons more accurately remove cancerous cells, preventing further neurological damaging. The device would allow surgeons to quickly check…

The best Norwegian design for your home

Mitch Payne This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.  WIRED’s guide to functional and beautiful products from the finest in new Norwegian design. KNEIP WEATHERED…

Virtual reality will transform cinema in 2016

Giacomo Gambineri This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 — our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers and influencers predicts what’s coming next. Be the first to read WIRED’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. So far,…

The rise of website-crippling attacks

DDoS: Website-crippling cyber-attacks to rise in 2016 By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 27 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption DDoS attacks are on the rise – again Cyber-attacks that bring down websites and online services have been getting bigger every year. But how will businesses cope in 2016? Distributed denial…

Apple iPhone sales slowest ever

Apple reports slowest ever iPhone sales in first quarter 26 January 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Apple has reported the slowest iPhone sales growth since the product’s 2007 launch. The US tech giant sold 74.8 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter, compared with 74.5 million a year ago. Apple said…

Wikipedia editors in no confidence vote

Wikipedia editors sign vote of no confidence 26 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some editors criticised Jimmy Wales over the appointment More than 200 Wikipedia editors have backed a vote of no confidence in a trustee of the site’s governing body. Arnnon Geshuri, a former human resources manager…

Davos or Not Davos? Take the quiz

Warner Bros, Pete Marovich/Getty Images The World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this month played host to some of the most powerful people from economic, business, politics and entertainment. Speakers at the event included chancellor George Osborne, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. There were also some more surprising attendees and speakers on…

Your phone’s GPS can predict crime

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Areas with the fewest visitors suffer the most incidents of crime Matt Harrison Clough MIT Media Lab professor…

Sony unifies PlayStation businesses as ‘Sony Interactive Entertainment’

Sony Over the last 22 years, PlayStation has been arguably Sony’s biggest success story. It’s also one that the electronics company is now restructuring its businesses to better support. Sony Computer Entertainment, the identity most recognisable to gamers, having fronted games consoles for decades, is being merged with Sony Network Entertainment International, which oversees online…

AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies aged 88

AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies aged 88 26 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Marvin Minsky was one of the driving forces behind AI developments Marvin Minsky, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, has died of a cerebral haemorrhage, aged 88. The mathematician and computer scientist was…

Technologists now need to be psychologists

Sam Chivers This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 — our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers and influencers predicts what’s coming next. Be the first to read WIRED’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. One of…

‘Autistic’ monkeys created in Chinese lab

Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences Scientists in China have genetically modified monkeys to give them autism in an experiment they hope will allow them to find better treatment for human sufferers of the disease.  The Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences has generated more than twelve macaque monkeys with the genetic error that causes autistic features in humans,…

Online ‘overtakes TV’ for youngsters

Time spent online ‘overtakes TV’ among youngsters By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent 26 January 2016 From the section Education & Family Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Generation gap: Young people are switching off conventional television channels Young people are spending more time online than watching television for the first time, according to an annual survey…