Want to become a top-level football referee? You’ll need ‘super vision,’ study finds

Monday 31 October 2016 Mark Clattenburg is a professional referee who has officiated on high-profile matches including the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Euro 2016 Final Biser Todorov/Wikimedia Commons Many managers, players and fans accuse football referees for being blind when they seemingly miss obvious decisions that can change the course of…

Lincolnshire operations cancelled after network attack

Lincolnshire operations cancelled after network attack 31 October 2016 From the section Humberside Image caption Hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole, Boston and Lincoln among those hit by the virus Hundreds of planned operations and outpatient appointments have been cancelled across Lincolnshire after an NHS computer network was attacked. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation…

‘Bionic’ plants can detect explosives

‘Bionic’ plants can detect explosives By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 31 October 2016 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector. By embedding tiny tubes in the plants’ leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics,…

Teen hacker ‘accidentally’ causes 911 attack

Teen hacker ‘accidentally’ causes 911 attack 31 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Desai said 911 services had been hit while he sought bugs in Apple’s iOS software An 18-year-old has been charged with three counts of computer tampering after “accidentally” swamping Arizona’s emergency services with thousands of bogus…

Quantum computing is poised to transform our lives. Meet the man leading Google’s charge

Monday 31 October 2016 Ray Orange Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT John Martinis, University of Santa Barbara physics professor and head of Google‘s quantum computing lab, is less concerned with the well-being of Schrödinger’s infamous cat than with how he can train it to solve complex maths problems. Last year, Martinis achieved the first step towards…

A real-life David and Goliath: the Indian ‘web warrior’ who took on Facebook and won

Monday 31 October 2016 Pahwa’s Internet Freedom Foundation informed the public about the restrictions Facebook was attempting to impose on the internet through its Free basics programme Vikas Vasudev Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Facebook launched its Free basics programme in India in February 2015, promising to give millions of people free access to the internet.…

Bringing up baby: how can we teach children to become productive members of society?

Sunday 30 October 2016 “Wired from the crib, future citizens speak technology by default” dolgachov/iStock Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Laura McInerney Editor, Schools Week “The truth is, we don’t know what tomorrow’s society will involve. We only know that some skills – speaking, listening, compromising – have been useful to help us cope with changing…

Bethesda accused of gamer ‘favouritism’

Bethesda accused of gamer ‘favouritism’ 28 October 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Bethesda Image caption Bethesda’s Doom was sent to reviewers a day early Video game publisher Bethesda has been criticised for letting gamers with big online followings review new software before gaming journalists. News site Eurogamer suggested popular gamers on sites such…

WhatsApp warned over Facebook data share deal

WhatsApp warned over Facebook data share deal 28 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AP Image caption The data-sharing involved passing phone numbers of WhatsApp users to Facebook WhatsApp has been warned by European privacy watchdogs about sharing user data with parent company Facebook. The regulators said they had “serious concerns” about the…

Uber drivers win key employment case

Uber drivers win key employment case 28 October 2016 From the section Business Media captionTwo Uber drivers take opposing views on how the company should treat them Uber drivers have won the right to be classed as workers rather than self-employed. The ruling by a London employment tribunal means drivers for the ride-hailing app will…

Apple raises computer prices in UK

Apple raises computer prices in UK 28 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Apple has increased the prices of its laptop and desktop computers in the UK by hundreds of pounds. On Thursday, the company unveiled new Macbook Pro laptops, with prices similar to the US after currency conversion and addition…

Europe expresses ‘serious concerns’ about WhatsApp giving Facebook your number

Friday 28 October 2016 [image id=”rOb2ZPrWbkj”] Europe is becoming a thorn in the side of Silicon Valley’s biggest technology companies. Concerns have been raised about major companies’ tax arrangements and now the commission is raising problems with privacy problems. ADVERTISEMENT Data protection officials across Europe have “serious concerns” with the way WhatsApp told its users…

Facebook Reactions can now be used in comments. Here’s how to use them

Facebook No longer the preserve of Facebook statuses and Messenger messages, Facebook’s Reactions are coming to comments. Facebook’s Dislike button has arrived! How to use Messenger’s new Reactions and Mentions Facebook’s Dislike button has arrived! How to use Messenger’s new Reactions and Mentions ADVERTISEMENT From today, you will be able to add “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,”…

Twitter axes Vine video service

Twitter axes Vine video service By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 27 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Twitter Twitter has announced it is to close its video sharing service Vine about four years after it launched. Vine let people share six-second-long video clips that played on a loop. Twitter did not give a…

Paypal fixes ‘worrying’ security bug

Paypal fixes ‘worrying’ security bug 27 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption Many two-factor authentication systems send codes via text messages to phones A security researcher has found a simple way round one of the systems Paypal uses to protect users’ accounts. Deleting a few characters in the data which…

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops 27 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Life Laser Fence Image caption Laser light could scare unwanted visitors High-powered laser light will be used to protect crops from pests in a trial funded by the European Commission. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University hope a “fence” of…

Amazon Echo review: Human-like AI is worth the money even if it does have teething problems

Thursday 27 October 2016 Wired Intuitive control, easy third-party connections Tired Sometimes Alexa mis-hears and can’t answer challenging questions Price £149.99 It took Amazon almost two years to bring its flagship hardware to the United Kingdom. Since the launch of the Amazon Echo, the firm has already followed it with the smaller, hockey puck-sized Echo…

Killer sought via text message broadcast

Killer sought via text message broadcast 27 October 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Ontario Provincial Police Image caption Text messages, rewards and billboards have been used in the hunt for John Hatch’s killer Ontario police are broadcasting thousands of text messages to phones used close to the site of a murder. Police hope…

Gut instinct drives battery boost

Gut instinct drives battery boost 27 October 2016 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Zhao et al Image caption A thin layer mimics the structure of the intestines Scientists have designed a new prototype battery that mimics the structure of the human intestines. It’s a type of battery called lithium-sulphur, which – in…

Tesla is in the money: Elon Musk’s firm announces its first quarterly profit since 2013

Thursday 27 October 2016 Getty Images / Paul Marotta / Contributor After 13 consecutive quarters, Tesla is making money. ADVERTISEMENT Financial documents for the three months to September show Elon Musk’s company made $22 million (£18m). When put in the context of Apple’s or Microsoft’s vastly more profitable quarters, the figure sounds relatively insignificant, but…

How the Pirate Party rose from obscurity to become poised to take power in Iceland

Thursday 27 October 2016 Pirate Party Iceland’s Pirate Party looks set to win the country’s election this weekend, or at least form a coalition. ADVERTISEMENT Founded in 2012 by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, six years after Richard Falkvinge founded the original Pirate Party in Sweden, the Iceland branch believes in direct democracy, government transparency and public access…

WIRED2016: Next Generation partners

Tobacco Dock, London 5 Nov 2016 BOOK TICKETS WIRED2016: Next Generation home ADVERTISEMENT Find out how you can get involved. Apps for Good is an education technology movement that is transforming the way technology is taught in schools, turning young tech consumers into tech creators. Working alongside educators Apps for Good has developed a free,…

WIRED2016: Next Generation workshops

Tobacco Dock, London 5 Nov 2016 BOOK TICKETS WIRED2016: Next Generation home ADVERTISEMENT Want to learn about 3D printing? Or how you can launch the next billion-pound app? WIRED2016: Next Generation – WIRED’s inspiring event for 12- to 18-year-olds who want to change the world – is excited to announce this year’s hands-on workshops. Whether…

Grand Theft Auto maker targets cheats

Rockstar Games is cracking down on people who cheat on GTA 5, by draining money from their in-game accounts. The publisher is targeting gamers who use cheats, glitches or “mods” to boost their bank balance. In a statement the company said: “We have removed illegitimately gained in-game money from player accounts. “If you received an…

The Beatles, migrants, and sexism: the shortlist for Kantar’s Information is Beautiful Awards

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Guardian US Making data accessible to the masses has become an art form, one that the Kantar’s Information is Beautiful Awards have been celebrating since 2012. ADVERTISEMENT Over the past four years, the awards have rewarded “excellence and beauty” in data visualisations, infographics, interactive websites and information art. They were set up in…

Giant glowing halos around a distant quasar challenge what we know about the Universe

Wednesday 26 October 2016 A staggering number of giant glowing halos spotted around distant quasars not only showcase the advances made in astronomical telescopy, the discovery could challenge current models of how galaxies formed in the early Universe Eso/Borisova et al A staggering number of giant glowing halos spotted around distant quasars not only showcase…