Hajj pilgrims to be given e-bracelets

Hajj pilgrims to be given e-bracelets 30 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption The Hajj attracts huge crowds and has often been very difficult to control Saudi Arabia is to issue electronic bracelets to pilgrims travelling to Mecca for this year’s Hajj, the world’s largest Islamic gathering. It follows a…

Google finally reveals the official name for Android N

Thursday 30 June 2016 Credit Google Google has revealed the official name for its Android N operating system via Twitter. ADVERTISEMENT In a short video posted before the announcement, the company suggested the operating system could be called ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Nectarine’, ‘Nachos’ or ‘Noodles’. But, in keeping with previous dessert-themed names such as Ice Cream Sandwich…

Oculus chief latest social media hack victim

Oculus chief latest social media hack victim 30 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oculus boss is latest in long line of tech executives to fall victim to hack attack The chief executive of Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus, Brendan Iribe, has become the latest in a string of…

Symantec security software had ‘critical’ flaws

Symantec security software had ‘critical’ flaws 30 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Computer security company Symantec has patched eight security holes discovered in its own security software. Researchers at Google’s Project Zero informed Symantec of “multiple critical vulnerabilities”, which they said were “as bad as it gets”. The vulnerabilities were present…

Apple patents concert camera blocker

Apple patents concert camera blocker 30 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Theo Wargo/Getty Images Apple has been granted a patent for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts. The patent describes a smartphone camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters in public places. The handset could then offer…

Facebook wins appeal on Belgian tracking

Facebook wins appeal on Belgian tracking 30 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The company said it was looking forward to bringing all services back in Belgium Facebook has won a long-running legal battle with the Belgian data protection authority over how it tracks non-users. Originally, the regulator won…

RoboCup 2016 pits machines against each other in the ultimate battle of the bots

Wednesday 29 June 2016 Credit Robocup The 20th annual Robocup launches today, with 3,500 participants from 400 countries battling it out in a series of robotics competitions including a Fifa-sponsored football tournament. ADVERTISEMENT “The RoboCup Federation has been pursuing its objective of developing intelligent humanoid soccer-playing robots which by 2050 will be able to beat…

Richard Dawkins: David Cameron should be ‘ever-damned’ for letting the mob vote Leave

Wednesday 29 June 2016 Geneticist and author Richard Dawkins said leaving the European Union would be “very damaging” to science Credit Don Arnold/Getty Images Richard Dawkins has said outgoing prime minister David Cameron should be “ever-damned” for calling a referendum on EU membership. ADVERTISEMENT The geneticist and author labelled the Leave vote an economic and…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for June 30

Thursday 30 June 2016 Credit iStockPhoto / NeonJellyfish Your WIRED UK daily briefing. Today, the government is expected to announce strong new climate change goals, the lingering effects of El Niño’s heatwave have put the Amazon rainforest at high risk of fires, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10’s major Anniversary Update will arrive in August…

Evernote clampdown causes anger

Evernote clampdown causes anger 29 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Evernote Image caption Notes-in-the-cloud app Evernote is increasing its prices Evernote has restricted the use of the free version of its note-taking app and raised prices for the paid-for ones. The company said the moves would help it invest in new features.…

Facebook ‘hack’ victim exposes passport scam

Facebook ‘hack’ victim exposes passport scam 29 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Facebook user Aaron Thompson has exposed an online thief who gained access to his account simply by sending the support team a fake passport to unlock the account. It granted the “hacker” access to Mr Thompson’s personal and business…

World-Check terrorism database leaks online

World-Check terrorism database leaks online 29 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The World-Check database was created to help banks avoid helping terrorists A financial crime database used by banks has been leaked on to the net. World-Check Risk Screening contains details about people and organisations suspected of being involved…

What it’s really like to fly Solar Impulse 2: exclusive video reveals all about life on board

Monday 27 June 2016 [embedded content] In the coming weeks, Solar Impulse 2 is set to complete its round-the-world journey. The aircraft, being flown in shifts by Swiss entrepreneur Andre Borschberg and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, is an attempt to promote clean transport. ADVERTISEMENT In an exclusive video filmed for WIRED, pilot Bertrand Piccard talks of…

‘Old school’ synthesiser built 40 years on

‘Old school’ synthesiser built 40 years on 29 June 2016 From the section Technology Media captionWatch: How the Mini Oramics works An electronic sequencer and synthesiser has been built based on designs produced more than 40 years ago by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. Ms Oram who died in 2003, co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop…

Best diving watches reviewed

Tuesday 28 June 2016 Oris Divers Sixty-Five, Carl Brashear special edition Credit Andy Barter Diving watches are a staple of most Swiss-watch brands, regardless of whether they ever see more than a stray splash from the poolside. This year’s models look both forward, with new materials, and backward, with updates of much-loved classics. ADVERTISEMENT The…

‘Robot lawyer’ fights parking tickets

‘Robot lawyer’ fights parking tickets By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 28 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Joshua Browder Image caption Joshua Browder built the bot after receiving “countless” parking tickets himself A chatbot programmed by a British teenager has successfully challenged 160,000 parking tickets since its launch last year. About…

How dogs can sniff out diabetes

Monday 27 June 2016 Credit YouTube/Cambridge University A chemical found in our breath can be used as a warning sign for dangerously-low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes – and dogs can be trained to detect it. ADVERTISEMENT A golden Labrador called Magic, from Cambridge, has been trained by charity Medical Detection…

Google is adding song lyrics to search results

Tuesday 28 June 2016 If you’re always forgetting the lyrics to your favourite songs, Google has your back. It’s just introduced a new feature that shows song lyrics within search results. ADVERTISEMENT It’s the result of a partnership with Toronto based company LyricFind, a lyrics licensing company founded in 2004. This also means that artists…

AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation

AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 28 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Combat simulators are commonly used to evaluate new fighter jet software An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha,…

Teachers fired over offensive private messages

Teachers fired over offensive private messages 28 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Three US teachers have lost their jobs after a private chat between themselves on messaging service Slack, in which they insulted pupils, was leaked. Screenshots of the messages were emailed to students and staff at Blackstone Valley Prep High…

Ligo and its hunt for gravitational waves in monster black holes

Sunday 26 June 2016 Credit Ligo/A. Simonnet In just four years, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (Ligo) will be so sensitive it will be capable of detecting around 1,000 massive black hole collisions a year. ADVERTISEMENT Scientists have discovered gravitational waves, solving Einstein’s 100-year mystery Scientists have discovered gravitational waves, solving Einstein’s 100-year mystery…

Airbnb challenges San Francisco over rental law

Airbnb challenges San Francisco over rental law 28 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airbnb now has more than two million properties listed Accommodation website Airbnb has launched legal action against San Francisco over a new law that would require it to delist hosts who have not registered their…

The Minecraft movie will be released in 2019

Tuesday 28 June 2016 Credit Mojang The Minecraft movie finally has a release date. ADVERTISEMENT The cinematic adaptation of Mojang’s world-conquering sandbox game will be released on 24 May, 2019. It was first announced in 2014 and is being developed with Warner Bros. The release announcement came on the official Mojang blog. In the post,…

King launches Farm Heroes Super Saga

Tuesday 28 June 2016 Credit King Candy Crush developer King is heading back to the barnyard for its latest game, with a sequel to its 2013 puzzler Farm Heroes Saga. ADVERTISEMENT The new Farm Heroes Super Saga follows in the footsteps of Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, remixing the gameplay of…

Bravo for Sony’s new BRAVIA

Tuesday 21 June 2016 It’s time to forget everything you know about your TV. Discard the thought of that first-generation set blaring out second-rate pictures. Instead, consider a beautifully designed and pin-sharp 4K HDR intelligent widescreen television that hangs effortlessly on the wall with no visible cables – and a slim profile to boot. This…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for June 28

Tuesday 28 June 2016 Credit RoSonic/Shutterstock.com Your WIRED UK daily briefing. Today, Google Maps and Earth have received an upgrade to their satellite imagery, Microsoft has paid compensation in a court case over an unwanted Windows 10 installation, Lord Paddick warns that the Investigatory Powers bill includes unnecessary surveillance measures, and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…

Ancient Mars was more like Earth than first thought

Monday 27 June 2016 Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover is shown at a location called ‘Windjana,’ where the rover found rocks containing manganese-oxide minerals, which need water and strongly oxidising conditions to form Credit Nasa/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Chemicals found in Martian rocks suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now. ADVERTISEMENT…

Payout of $10,000 for Windows 10 update

Payout of $10,000 for Windows 10 update 27 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Microsoft has agreed to pay a Californian woman $10,000 (£7,500) after an automatic Windows 10 update left her computer unusable. Teri Goldstein said her Windows 7 computer had automatically tried to update itself to Windows 10 without her…

Rolls-Royce unveils concept fleet of self-driving drone ships – and it could launch by 2020

Monday 27 June 2016 Credit Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for autonomous and remote-controlled cargo ships that can transport goods without needing a single human on board. ADVERTISEMENT According to a white paper published by the transportation company, multiple ships could be controlled by crew from a land-based control hub. Without the requirement to house…

Google’s SpotMini robot loads the dishwasher

Media playback is unsupported on your device Google’s SpotMini robot loads the dishwasher 27 June 2016 Last updated at 15:31 BST Boston Dynamics’ latest robot appears to be designed to help in the kitchen. The robotics business – which is owned by Google’s parent Alphabet – has created a dog-themed machine that replaces the liquid-powered…

US Healthcare records offered for sale online

US Healthcare records offered for sale online 27 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Eyewire Image caption The stolen data includes detailed information about the ailments people suffered and the treatment they received Three US healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands…

Snowden: Russian data collection plans ‘dangerous’

Snowden: Russian data collection plans ‘dangerous’ 27 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright The Guardian/Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden fled to Russia in 2013 US whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticised new anti-terrorism legislation approved by Russia’s parliament. He wrote on Twitter that the “Big Brother law” was an “unworkable, unjustifiable violation of…

EU referendum petition hijacked by bots

EU referendum petition hijacked by bots 27 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP An online petition calling for a second EU referendum has been hijacked by automated bots adding false signatures. Posts on the 4chan message board indicated that some users had scripted programs to automatically sign the petition. Thousands of signatures…

Oculus lifts headset game restrictions

Oculus lifts headset game restrictions 27 June 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Oculus initially sought to stop owners of rival HTC Vive headsets trying out games made for the Rift Virtual reality pioneer Oculus has removed software locks that stopped people playing games made for its Rift headset on a…

Do humans have a ‘sixth sense’? Scientist claims we can detect Earth’s magnetic fields

Monday 27 June 2016 Credit shutterstock A US scientist has claimed to have found evidence of a “sixth sense” in humans that can detect the Earth’s magnetic fields. ADVERTISEMENT Joe Kirschvink, from the California Institute of Technology, says his experiment can also be “repeated and verified”, something research on magnetoreception has never been able to…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for June 27

Monday 27 June 2016 Credit Niall Kennedy/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0 Your WIRED UK daily briefing. Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account has been compromised by OurMine Team hackers, Intel is reported to be selling off its cybersecurity unit, Russia has introduced sweeping new anti-terror laws requiring internet providers to store all communications data and help…