Google self-driving car hits a bus

Google self-driving car hits a bus Dave Lee North America technology reporter 29 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption Google cars have clocked up over one million miles on public roads One of Google’s self-driving cars crashed into a bus in California last month. There were no injuries. It is…

First Hololens kit to cost $3,000

First Hololens kit to cost $3,000 29 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption The developers’ edition of Hololens will cost $3,000 Microsoft has started taking orders for a developers’ edition of its Hololens augmented reality headset. The test kit will cost $3,000 (£2,160) and will be sent to buyers in…

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Dell wins EU approval for $67bn EMC deal

Dell wins European approval for $67bn EMC takeover 29 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dell chief executive Michael Dell European regulators approve Dell’s $67bn (£48bn) bid to take over EMC, the world’s largest data storage company. Approval from the European Commission was the last big regulatory hurdle Dell…

Inside the world’s largest vertical farm

Aerofarms’ Newark headquartersFloto Warner This article was taken from the March 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. AeroFarms’ headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, is a former steel factory that’s been converted into…

Ukraine hacks ‘could happen to UK’

Ukraine cyber-attacks ‘could happen to UK’ By Chris Vallance World at One, BBC Radio 4 29 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Experts warn that several countries’ power supplies could be susceptible to cyber-attacks A recent cyber-attack on Ukraine’s electricity network could be replicated in the UK, according to a…

WhatsApp to end Blackberry support

WhatsApp to end Blackberry OS support 29 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images WhatsApp is to end support for a number of operating systems including Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Windows Phone 7.1. The company said it wanted to focus development “on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people…

Morrisons to sell food through Amazon

Morrisons signs deal to sell food to Amazon customers 29 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Morrisons will supply groceries to Amazon customers in the UK under a new deal with the US online giant. The supermarket said it will supply products for the Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry services.…

Raspberry Pi 3 is the first with built-in WiFi

Photos by https://www.flickr.com/photos/120586634@N05/ Gareth Halfacree The Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed its latest leap-forward, introducing a WiFi-enabled Pi 3 computer with twice the performance of the previous generation The Raspberry Pi 3 will cost the same as its predecessor, but feature much more powerful hardware. Bluetooth will be built into the board for the first…

Firms call for faster UK broadband

Businesses call for faster UK broadband speeds 29 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Thinkstock Business leaders’ group the Institute of Directors (IoD) has accused the UK government of a “poverty of ambition” on broadband speeds. An IoD report, Ultrafast Britain, says the UK is lagging behind many European nations when installing fibre…

Hampton Creek is taking on Big Food

Josh Tetrick tucks into pancakes made using plant-based egg-substitute Just Scramble Gregg Segal “The food system is degrading to our planet and to our bodies. How can we change that?” Josh Tetrick, founder of Hampton Creek This article was taken from the March 2016 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired’s articles…

The best pro-style chef knives

Tsuki Japanese Chef’s Knife (above) and Damascus 20cm Chef’s Knife Mitch Payne This article was taken from the March 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.  With the help of chef Richard Bainbridge…

Pokémon Sun and Moon announced for 2016

The Pokémon Company / Nintendo New entries in the Pokémon saga have been announced as part of the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast. Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, took advantage of an incredibly short — six minute! — Nintendo Direct to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, and announce the newest entries in…

Marvel’s Iron Fist will be ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Finn Jones

Finn JonesAaron Davidson / Getty Images Marvel has found its final Defender, announcing Game of Thrones alumnus Finn Jones as the actor who will play kung-fu superhero Iron Fist in the fourth of Netflix’s comic book-inspired series. Jones plays Ser Loras Tyrell in HBO’s epic, brother of Margaery Tyrell and former lover of the late would-be-king Renly Baratheon. Entertainment…

Baidu apps are ‘leaking’ personal data

Baidu apps found to be ‘leaking’ personal data 26 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many apps built with a Baidu created software kit do a poor job of protecting personal data, researchers have found Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from…

Hackers were behind Ukraine power outage

A worker repairs power lines in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images More than 225,000 people in Ukraine were plunged into blackout after a devastating cyber attack on a power station, the US Department of Homeland Security has said. The announcement is the first time the American government has recognised that the widespread…

Is Wikimedia building a search engine?

Wikimedia head resigns over ‘search engine’ row By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 26 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lila Tretikov told the Wikimedia community it was time for her to move on after two years in post The executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs…

Alphabet’s ‘captain of moonshots’ isn’t afraid to shut down failures

Astro TellerJemal Countess/Getty Images X’s (formerly Google X) new logo Google’s secret research lab has quietly shut down projects building lighter-than-air floating cargo ships and automatic vertical farms, according to its director Astro Teller.  Teller, 45, whose business card calls him “Captain of Moonshots” at X, formerly Google [x], told the TED conference in Vancouver…

Nintendo halves profit forecast

Nintendo halves profit forecast after yen strengthens 26 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Video game giant Nintendo has halved its full-year profit forecast, blaming slow sales and the strong yen. It said net profits for the financial year to the end of March were likely to come in at 17bn…

Surge in contactless card payments

Surge in contactless card payments By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 26 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright PA Nearly one in eight purchases made on UK cards last year used contactless technology, marking a surge in the use of the alternative to loose change. Just over one billion contactless transactions were completed…

‘The Forest’ turns humans into ‘cogs’ for a vast, theatrical AI machine

Rose Innes [embedded content] X-NN Systems’ introduction to the world of cross neural networks, simulated reality programming and data processing RUNHORATIO “Hello, Node 27. Welcome to The Forest.” Audience members swap their name for a number as they enter the humid tunnels beneath Waterloo station for Runhoratio’s latest immersive theatre experience X-NN Systems: The Forest. Once…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 26 February

Apple Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Apple has filed its official response to the FBI’s request for help cracking the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, Chinese scientists have created functional sperm from stem cells, a leaked announcement shows that Mark Zuckerberg has asked Facebook staff to stop crossing out “Black Lives Matter” on the company’s ‘signature walls’…

‘Hard questions’ in Apple phone row

‘Hard questions’ in Apple phone row 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are costs associated with moving to a world of strong encryption, said FBI boss James Comey The FBI director has said the row over access to a dead murderer’s iPhone was the “hardest question” he had…

Google backs down in ad switch-off row

Google backs down in ad switch-off row 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Like many sites, 9to5Google relies on Google to pipe adverts to it to generate revenue Google has backed down in a dispute that deprived tech news site 9to5Google of adverts. The search giant abruptly turned off…

Why DeepMind wants to bring AI to the NHS

[embedded content] DeepMind Health – Clinician-led Technology Google-owned artificial intelligence pioneer DeepMind has announced it will build a medical technology division to research how AI could improve our health. The London-based company, whose AI is currently being used to tackle the world (human) champion at the ancient Chinese game of Go, said it would work…

This farm is hidden 33 metres below London

Growing Underground will produce 20,000kg of greens every year from an area measuring just 550 square-metres Christoffer Rudquist This article was taken from the March 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. Forget…

US court case reveals Tor attack deal

US court case reveals Tor attack deal 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image caption Many drug-selling sites hide on the dark web The FBI made security researchers hand over data that helped identify people suspected of using the Tor anonymising network, a court case has revealed. It used a court order to access…

What is the future of food?

This article was taken from the March 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 asks six food writers, researchers and podcasters about the food trends we’ll see more of in 2016 and…

Kids’ data breach firm defends response

uKnowKids defends response to data breach alert By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright uKnowKids Image caption uKnowKids provices a way for parents to monitor their children’s online activities A company that monitors children’s online activity has defended its response to the discovery that one of…

What future for BT and broadband?

What future for BT and the UK’s broadband? By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright PA The UK regulator Ofcom has published its review of the telecoms industry, looking at how to ensure homes and businesses get the best possible phone and broadband services. It comes at a…

Seven essential baking accessories

KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing BowlMitch Payne, Dave Lidwell This article was taken from the March 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. Prepare to get messy in the kitchen with these baking accessories…

Sharp accepts $4.3bn Foxconn takeover bid

Japan’s Sharp accepts $4.3bn takeover bid from Taiwan’s Foxconn 25 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright AP Image caption Sharp has struggled with heavy debts and has been through two major bailouts Struggling Japanese electronics giant Sharp says it has accepted a $4.3bn (£3.08bn) takeover bid by Taiwanese multinational Foxconn. The announcement came…

Regulator tells BT to open up network

Regulator tells BT to open up cable network 25 February 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Communications regulator, Ofcom has told BT to open up its cable network, so competitors can better connect the internet to homes and offices. It says that BT’s Openreach operation needs to change, take its own decisions…

How to hack the average home

How easy is it to hack a home network? By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News 25 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright LuckyBusiness Image caption Modern thieves are much more likely to go after your data than break in to your home My home is under attack. Right now, skilled adversaries are…

Apple boss hits back at FBI conduct

Apple boss Tim Cook hits back at FBI investigation Dave Lee North America technology reporter 24 February 2016 From the section Technology Media captionApple CEO Tim Cook said there should have been more dialogue with the Obama administration Apple boss Tim Cook has hit back at the FBI over the handling of a court order…

Nissan Leaf electric cars vulnerable to hacking

[embedded content] Nissan’s Leaf car, the world’s best selling electric car, can be remotely hacked, according to security experts. Troy Hunt, who has detailed his findings on his blog, along with fellow security researcher Scott Helme found they were able to remotely turn on the car’s heated seating, heated steering wheel, fans and air conditioning. Hunt discovered…

Google promotes fast-loading news

Google promotes fast-loading AMP news articles 24 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Many of the world’s best known news publishers are taking part in the AMP initiative Google has begun promoting web-based news articles that comply with its effort to make pages load more quickly on mobile devices. Stories…

The best outdoor cooking equipment

Eva Solo To Go GrillMitch Payne This article was taken from the March 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.  Take your cuisine out of the kitchen with WIRED’s pick of outdoor accoutrements. Eva…

Nissan Leaf electric car hack revealed

Nissan Leaf electric cars hack vulnerability disclosed By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 24 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car Some of Nissan’s Leaf cars can be easily hacked, allowing their heating and air-conditioning systems to be hijacked, according to…

Xiaomi unveils ceramic-backed phone

MWC 2016: Xiaomi unveils ceramic-backed Mi5 smartphone By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 24 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Xiaomi Image caption Xiaomi’s Mi5 uses a customised version of Android, which promotes the company’s own Miui store China’s Xiaomi has unveiled the ceramic-cased Mi5 Android smartphone, highlighting the top-end version of the…

Remarkable robot puts up with bullying

Remarkable Boston Dynamics robot puts up with bullying Dave Lee North America technology reporter 24 February 2016 From the section Technology comments Media captionGoogle has unveiled a revamped version of its Atlas robot Boston Dynamics – the robotics firm owned by Google – has created a humanoid that is able to withstand all manner of…