This beetle-computer hybrid is controlled by humans

Nanyang Technological University A living beetle-computer hybrid with legs that can be fully controlled by humans has been created by researchers in Singapore. A paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface compares the living beetle-computer hybrid with man-made robots, concluding that insects are “nature’s ready-made robot platforms.” The beetle joins a long list of…

Cyber criminals ‘hacked law firms’

Cyber criminals ‘hacked law firms’ By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 31 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption A number of law firms have been targeted by hackers, according to the Wall Street Journal Cyber criminals have been targeting major law firms in what may have been an attempt to gather…

There may be a ‘vegetarian gene’

Photo by G.L. Kohuth A “vegetarian” gene may have evolved amongst groups of people who have historically eaten less meat.  A team at Cornell University describes the genetic variation in a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution — a variation that they say has “evolved in populations that have eaten a plant-based diet over hundreds of…

EE top in mobile internet speed test

EE top in mobile internet speed test 31 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Video streaming speed was put to the test Mobile network EE came top in a test of internet speed conducted by telecoms regulator Ofcom of four major UK operators late last year. The test looked at…

FBI agrees to unlock another iPhone

FBI agrees to unlock another iPhone in homicide case 31 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple’s refusal to help the FBI unlock Syed Farook’s iPhone sparked widespread debate and even protests The FBI has offered to unlock another iPhone for police after revealing it could access the handset…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 31 March

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Microsoft is betting that bots will be the next big thing, a new study indicates that warming ocean currents could lead to the collapse of the Antarctic ice shelf if the global average temperature increase exceeds two degrees, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence has expanded its…

Will tomorrow’s office be friend or foe?

Will tomorrow’s smart office be a saviour or a spy? By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 31 March 2016 From the section Technology Media captionSix things in the offices of the future Over the next six weeks the BBC will examine how our built environment is changing. Tomorrow’s Buildings will look at how technology is making…

‘The bots are coming’ – Microsoft

Build 2016: Microsoft proposes helper bot boom By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Satya Nadella said Microsoft was hoping to “infuse” technology with intelligence Microsoft has unveiled a new system of bots that can represent businesses and interact with users via Skype. Social bots…

China is no longer a nation of tech copycats

Sensor startup Zepp Labs Zachary Bako This article was first published in the April 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. For more stories from WIRED’s China issue, click here. The young programmer had…

Complaints about Vodafone rocket in UK

Complaints about Vodafone rocket in UK 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vodafone saw customer complaints jump after it rolled out a new billing system Customer complaints about Vodafone soared towards the end of last year, according to the latest report from UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom. The regulator…

Pele sues Samsung for $30m over image

Pele sues Samsung for $30m over lookalike use in ad 30 March 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pele played in two victorious World Cup finals for Brazil Brazilian football legend Pele is suing South Korean electronics giant Samsung, after claiming the firm improperly used a lookalike in an advertisement.…

Nest chief attacked by Dropcam founder

Nest chief Tony Fadell attacked by Dropcam’s founder 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tony Fadell is accused of acting like a tyrant The chief of Nest – the internet-connected home tech specialist – has been attacked in a blog by the founder of Dropcam, the video camera…

Amazon tightens US rogue cable rules

Amazon tightens US rules over non-compliant USB-C cables 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image caption USB-C cables are reversible, but poor quality models have caused problems for some users Amazon has updated its rules governing the sale of USB-C cables in the US, saying only fully compliant products will be stocked on the…

FBI shuns call to reveal hacking tools

FBI resists call to reveal Tor hacking secrets 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption People use Tor to browse the internet and communicate in private The FBI is resisting calls to reveal how it identified people who used a child pornography site on the Tor anonymising network. The agency…

Spotify raises $1billion in ‘debt financing’

Getty Images Music streaming company Spotify has raised $1 billion (£695 million) in debt financing to take on rivals Apple, Tidal and Google. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the deal was later confirmed by Spotify according to Techcrunch. Unlike equity, debt financing allows Spotify to add to its resources without potentially accepting a lower valuation in…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 30 March

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, the World Health Organisation has downgraded the risk of the West African Ebola outbreak and recommended the lifting of travel suspensions, US authorities insist that Apple help unlock an iPhone in a second encryption case, Twitter has added photo description support for the visually impaired and more. Get WIRED Awake…

Anatomy of a nation-state hack attack

The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Chinese man faces years in jail after admitting helping hackers get at the computer systems of aviation firms such as Boeing Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves.…

Three electric car recalls in a month

Volkswagen recall is third electric car call-back in a month By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearly 5,600 e-Golf cars based in the US are being recalled Volkswagen has recalled thousands of its e-Golf cars in the US citing a problem that…

SoundCloud launches ‘Go’ subscription service

SoundCloud Music website SoundCloud is launching its own paid streaming service.  Soundcloud Go, which will be subscription only and available on both iOS and Android — though currently only in the United States — will provide users with “an additional layer of music and supporting features”, the company says.  “SoundCloud Go represents our vision of the future…

Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried?

Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried? By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FBI’s breakthrough means it avoids having to face Apple’s lawyers in court The US government’s declaration that it has “successfully accessed the data stored on [San Bernardino gunman] Farook’s…

Warning over ‘nasty’ ransomware strain

Warning over ‘nasty’ ransomware strain 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image caption The Petya ransomware makes a computer unusable until a ransom is paid The FBI is seeking help from US firms as it investigates a nasty strain of ransomware, Reuters reports. Ransomware encrypts data on infected machines and then asks for money…

Deadpool officially the most successful ‘R-rated’ movie ever

20th Century Fox Anarchic superhero caper Deadpool is now the most successful R-rated movie ever released, with a significant $746m (£525m) haul at the box office. Even as another critically-panned superhero film mystifyingly dominated the contemporary box office, 20th Century Fox celebrated its own landmark financial record. Deadpool’s success eclipsing previous R-rated title holder The Matrix, which earned $742m…

Backlash grows against Instagram change

Instagram changes cause growing backlash among posters 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Instagram is changing – but don’t panic yet Changes to how Instagram content will appear in the app’s feed have sparked a backlash among some of its users. The app plans to switch to “algorithmic…

Samsung Pay launches in China

Samsung becomes latest firm to launch mobile wallet in China 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Samsung Pay works with more types of payment terminals than rival services from Apple and Google, the company says Samsung has officially launched its mobile wallet service in China, in co-operation with…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 29 March

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, the FBI has successfully broken the encryption on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and dropped its court order demanding Apple’s assistance, a new survey shows that the Great Barrier Reef’s corals have suffered the ‘worst bleaching ever’, the maximum extent of this year’s Arctic sea ice is a new record…

Can Micro Bit match BBC Micro success?

Can Micro Bit replicate BBC Micro success? By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 29 March 2016 From the section Technology Image caption The Micro Bit comes with a wealth of material to help children The BBC’s Micro Bit finally launched last week just as the children headed off for the Easter holidays. Many won’t get their…

FBI breaks into dead gunman’s iPhone

FBI-Apple case: Investigators break into dead San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone 29 March 2016 From the section US & Canada Image copyright AP Image caption Rizwan Farook, right, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at an office party on 2 December The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman…

Oculus founder delivers first headset

Oculus founder delivers first Rift headset in person 28 March 2016 From the section Technology Image caption Mr Martin posted a picture of the handover on his Twitter account The founder of VR (virtual reality) firm Oculus has hand delivered the first Rift headset to a customer. Palmer Luckey handed over the headset a couple…

Japan’s NTT to buy Dell unit for $3bn

Japan’s NTT Data to buy Dell Systems unit for $3bn 28 March 2016 From the section Business Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Dell was taken private in 2013 by its founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Japan’s NTT Data is buying Dell’s technology services business for more than $3bn (£2.1bn) as it…

Facebook apology after Lahore attack

Facebook apology after Lahore attack 28 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Safety Check system was used in the aftermath of terror attacks after events in Paris in November 215 Facebook has apologised after its Safety Check system wrongly asked people if they were caught in a bomb…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 28 March

Microsoft Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Facebook has apologised for a Safety Check error that led to people around the world being texted in the wake of the Sunday’s bombing in Lahore, Japan’s Hitomi X-ray satellite has lost communication with Earth, Microsoft has issued a formal explanation for the actions of its short-lived machine learning chatbot,…

Raspberry Pi makes DIY Amazon assistant

Amazon’s Raspberry Pi guide lets coders use Alexa 25 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Amazon Image caption Hobbyists will need access to a Raspberry Pi computer and an add-on microphone Amazon has published an online guide explaining how to access its virtual assistant Alexa via a Raspberry Pi. The technique presents a…

US man arrested over old video rental

North Carolina man arrested after failing to return old video rental 25 March 2016 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Twentieth Century Fox Image caption Tom Green starred in Freddie Got Fingered in 2001 A North Carolina man has been arrested after he failed to return a movie he rented 14 years ago.…

Netflix throttles data to some networks

Netflix throttles data to some mobile networks 25 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Netflix Image caption This is the first time Netflix has detailed its mobile data limits Netflix has acknowledged that it restricts the quality of its video streams when it sends them over some mobile data networks. The firm blogged…

Apple tackles iOS update glitch

Apple tackles iOS 9.3 update glitch 25 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Apple Image caption The lock-out problem only affects older versions of Apple’s devices iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices because of a problem with Apple’s latest mobile operating system have been provided with a solution. The iOS…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 25 March

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, scientists have created a synthetic microbe with just 473 genes, researchers have analysed Zika’s DNA to find that it didn’t come to Brazil with the World Cup, the first Oculus Rift consumer VR headsets have shipped and more. Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click…

The Moon used to spin on a different axis

Nasa The Moon used to “spin on a different axis” that was subject to “polar wander,” a new study into the satellite’s early history has said.  The Planetary Science Institute study, published in Nature, highlights two regions full of hydrogen deposits near the Moon’s two poles. This, it says, suggests the presence of ice — ice…