Why red wine is good for your microbiome

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Tim Spector Carsten Windhorst After experiencing a “major health event” at the top of a mountain, Tim Spector decided to…

3D-printing dentists are recreating entire jaws

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Andrew Dawood Carsten Windhorst 3D-printing has been used for basic dental procedures for years – and the technology is now…

Robot doctors will ‘absolutely’ replace surgeons

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. PA It’s only a matter of time before robots replace surgeons in the operating theatre, according to cancer specialist virtual reality surgery…

How big data is improving mental healthcare

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Jen Hyatt Carsten Windhorst Three things get Jen Hyatt out of bed in the morning – her teenage daughter, big…

How art and chaos can help businesses innovate

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Lucy McRae Carsten Windhorst Lucy McRae’s art might make you uncomfortable, but that’s okay – it’s meant to. It might…

Want to test new drugs? Put a fake lung on a chip

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Geraldine Hamilton Carsten Windhorst Emulate is developing tiny “organs-on-chips” that can recreate the exact conditions within your body. This…

Why medical devices should be more like bicycles

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. iStock When you look at a bicycle, says MIT’s José Gómez-Márquez, you immediately understand how it works. Whether it costs £10 or £10,000,…

How neurotechnology could help treat dyslexia

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. John Donoghue Carsten Windhorst John Donoghue wants to fix your brain. As director at the Wyss Center, Donoghue works in…

Hackers hit Minecraft community site

Hackers steal millions of Minecraft passwords 29 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Millions of people regularly play the block-building game Minecraft Hackers have stolen login data for more than seven million members of the Minecraft site Lifeboat. Lifeboat lets members run servers for customised, multiplayer maps for the smartphone…

How optogenetics could help you sleep better

From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here. Jay Brooks Gero Miesenböck is controlling sleep by activating and deactivating neurons in the brain. The professor of physiology at…

Microsoft banishes Google from Cortana

Microsoft stops Google being used for Cortana searches 29 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft is tying Cortana more closely to Bing and Edge Microsoft is forcing people to use its Bing search engine with the Cortana digital assistant in Windows 10. Every search done this way will…

Court expands FBI hacking powers

US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers 29 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that would allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US. Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 29 April

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Facebook’s latest transparency report reveals that 60 per cent of US government data requests come with a gagging order, Amazon has reported record profits in the first quarter of 2016, Japanese space agency JAXA has confirmed that software error was behind the break-up of its Hitomi X-ray satellite and more.…

Billionaire investor dumps Apple shares

Billionaire investor dumps Apple shares 29 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold his holding in Apple, over concerns about the tech firm’s prospects in China. “We no longer have a position with Apple,” he said in a TV interview. Reports say Mr Icahn made $2bn…

Amazon rapped for illegal app charges

Amazon rapped over unauthorised in-app purchases 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Amazon illegally charged parents for children’s in-app purchases between 2011 and 2014, a US judge has ruled. In 2014, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Amazon over its handling of in-app purchases on its app store for Kindle…

E-cigarettes should be given to smokers, say doctors

Sean Gallup/Getty Images E-cigarettes should be offered to patients trying to give up smoking, doctors have said. A report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) stated that “in the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK”.  As such, doctors…

The best iPhone and iPad apps of 2017

Bumble Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT WIRED’s pick of the best free and paid-for iPhone and iPad apps. Creativity and photography Snow This South Korean Snapchat clone is finding fans among western teens, who use its huge array of animated filters to augment photos. The results self-destruct like its rival’s – albeit after 24 hours. [iOS…

Man jailed for failing to decrypt data

Man jailed for failing to decrypt hard drives 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The man’s hard drives were encrypted A man has been held in prison for seven months after failing to decrypt two hard drives that investigators suspect contain indecent images of children. A court order says…

Doom creators seek cash for game

Doom creators seek cash for ‘classic’ shooter 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Night Work Games Image caption So far, only concept art for the game has been shown Two gaming veterans who helped create iconic title Doom are seeking cash to make a “classic” first-person shooter. John Romero and Adrian Carmack…

Instagram orders litter app to dump name

Instagram insists littergram app is renamed 28 April 2016 From the section Kent Image copyright PA Image caption No filter: Instagram said the app’s name was “not acceptable” Instagram has ordered the owner of a British anti-litter app to change its name. Littergram invites people to share pictures of rubbish and report the location to…

Computer viruses infect nuclear plant

German nuclear plant hit by computer viruses 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption Viruses were found on USB sticks used at the German plant and on computer systems Computer viruses have infected PCs used at a German nuclear power plant. The viruses were found on office computers and in…

Superfast broadband take-up ‘slow’

Many urban areas ‘fail superfast broadband test’ By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hull has its own broadband provider, rolling out ultrafast services Tests on 42 towns and cities across the UK suggest almost half have average broadband speeds below 24Mbps. Hull, with…

Hackers compete in university challenge

University challenge: Hackers compete for top prize By Chris Vallance BBC Radio 4’s PM programme 28 April 2016 From the section Technology Image caption “If you are not skilled at the attack you will not be able to defend.” Computer hackers are constantly exploiting security flaws and accessing private information. For the participants at a…

Facebook triples quarterly profits

Getty Images Facebook tripled its quarterly profits in the first three months of 2016, making $1.51 billion (£1.03 billion) on sales of $5.38 billion. The main reason behind Facebook’s rapid growth has been an increase in advertising sales. More than 80 per cent of its overall revenue came from mobile advertising, up from 73 per cent for…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 28 April

Virgin Media Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, Facebook has tripled its earnings in the first quarter of 2016, Virgin Media has begun rolling out fibre-to-the-premises broadband to a million UK homes and businesses, new findings indicate that climate change will cause noticeable deoxygenation of our oceans by 2030 and more. Get WIRED Awake sent straight to…

Facebook triples quarterly profits

Facebook triples quarterly profits 27 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Facebook reported a 195% jump in first quarter profit as the company continued to generate new advertising income. Facebook reported $1.51bn (£1.03bn) in earnings for the period between January and March compared to $512m last year. As well as attracting…

What should Apple do next?

What should Apple do next? By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 27 April 2016 From the section Technology Media captionApple: Downhill from here? Apple reported its first fall in sales in 13 years on Tuesday. Sales were down around $8bn (£5.5bn) compared with this time last year and its shares have fallen nearly 20%…

Nintendo announces date for NX console

Nintendo announces date for NX console 27 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Popular game Animal Crossing will be launched as a smartphone app in the autumn Nintendo’s much-anticipated next-generation console will launch in March 2017, the company has said. Codenamed NX, the console had been expected to launch in…

Warcraft considers compromise for fans

World of Warcraft considers compromise for fans 27 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Blizzard Entertainment Image caption The original game was released in 2004 The studio behind World of Warcraft has responded to a petition asking it to run a server for the original version of the video game. Blizzard Entertainment no…

Kindle Oasis review: is it better than a book?

Matthew Reynolds 8/10 Wired rating Wired Screen works well in all light conditions; excellent design; great selection of ebooks in Kindle Store Tired expensive; cover slightly ruins the e-reader’s balance; not waterproof Price £270 Amazon’s latest flagship ereader, the Kindle Oasis, oozes sophistication. With each new version of the Kindle, Amazon has taken a step…

Volvo to test self-drive cars in UK

Volvo to test self-drive cars in UK 27 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Volvo Image caption Adapted versions of Volvo’s XC90 vehicle will be used in the trials Swedish carmaker Volvo plans to run driverless car trials on public roads around London from next year. Initially the cars will be semi-autonomous, with…

Getty accuses Google in competition row

Getty Images accuses Google in competition row 27 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Photo agency Getty Images says it will file a competition lawsuit with the EU against Google, adding to a long list of European cases against the company. US-based Getty argues that changes to Google’s picture search promote…

Buildings that are smarter by design

Tomorrow’s buildings: Smarter by design By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 27 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Design ideas are increasingly putting the human first The smartest buildings of the future will be those designed with people in mind, according to a new breed of architects trying to put the…

Twitter shares plunge on weak earnings

Twitter shares plunge on weak earnings 27 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Twitter’s latest earnings results have disappointed investors, coming in below expectations as the firm struggles with weak growth in users and advertising. Shares in Twitter plunged 13.6% after the results were out. Twitter had 310 million monthly users…

Apple reports falling sales

Apple revenue falls for first time since 2003 26 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Apple reported a 13% drop in its second quarter revenue on Tuesday as sales of iPhones slipped. It’s the first fall in quarterly sales for the company since 2003. The technology giant reported quarterly earnings of…

Indian mobiles ‘must have panic button’

All Indian mobile phones ‘must have panic button’ 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption The recent cases of rapes have prompted public displays of anger and grief India’s telecommunications ministry has said all mobile phones sold in the country from 2017 must include a panic button. It is part…

Google partners Uber on driverless cars

Google partners Uber on driverless cars By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Google wants self-drive cars with no steering wheels or pedals Google has formed a coalition with carmakers and taxi-hailing companies to help steer the regulations needed to make self-drive cars a reality.…

Steam signs film rental deal

Gaming platform Steam strikes film deal with Lionsgate 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Steam, the digital gaming platform, has started offering Hollywood film rentals to users after signing a deal with production studio Lionsgate. It will add more than 100 titles to Steam’s online store and streaming service, including The Hunger Games, Twilight,…

Beautiful People data sold online

Beautiful People dating site data sold online By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright BeautifulPeople.com Data stolen from a dating website aimed at “beautiful people only” has been traded online. The details of more than a million members including their weight, height, job, and phone numbers…

US government drops another iPhone case

US government drops another iPhone case against Apple 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple says it has received 5,000 requests for help gain access to iPhone data in 2015 The US government has dropped a case against Apple that sought to compel the company to provide access to…

Mitsubishi admits rigging since 1991

Mitsubishi Motors admits cheating fuel tests since 1991 26 April 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Mitsubishi Motors has admitted to falsifying some fuel consumption tests since 1991. The admission follows last week’s revelation that it had falsified fuel economy data for more than 600,000 vehicles sold in Japan. Tetsuro Aikawa, its…

Ugly data breach hits ‘exclusive’ Beautiful People dating site

Beautiful People has previously courted controversy after it dumped 30,000 members who it said weren’t attractive enough BeautifulPeople.com The personal data of 1.2 million members of BeautifulPeople.com, an “exclusive” online dating website, is being sold online, security researchers have found. The website, which only allows members who are “voted in” by those of the opposite sex, was…

Email ‘most popular phishing tool’

Email ‘most popular phishing tool’ 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Phishing mails get opened about 30% of the time, suggests the report Cyber-thieves are sticking to email as their preferred way to trick victims into falling for scams, suggests a report. The online crime groups were shunning…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 26 April

Shutterstock Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, the ESA has launched the Sentinel-1B radar satellite to help monitor the Earth through its cloud layer, Facebook is reported to be working on its own camera and video app, Paramount Pictures has offered to lift restrictions preventing Sky subscribers from watching its content when they travel and more. Get…

Fullscreen launches YouTube Red rival

Fullscreen launches YouTube subscription video rival By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 26 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Jack and Dean Image caption Dean Dobbs and Jack Howard are two of the popular YouTube stars on the new service Online talent firm Fullscreen has launched its own subscription video platform to rival YouTube’s…