2016’s most important news, remembered in haikus

Saturday 31 December 2016 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This year wasn’t greatSo here are some dumb haikusTo help ease the pain ADVERTISEMENT January Ziggy played guitarAnd two days after BlackstarThe whole world mourned him February Einstein was totes rightGravitational waves foundRippling in space-time March In South KoreaGoogle’s DeepMind shocked the worldBy winning a game April Apple’s…

Soldiers of the future will be augmented and indestructible

Thursday 29 December 2016 alessandroguerriero / iStock Read more from The WIRED World 2017 ADVERTISEMENT In 2017, the United States Department of Defense will launch the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos), a futuristic piece of military hardware that encloses soldiers within a bullet-bouncing, internally cooled, computerised exoskeleton. Inside the suit, soldiers will be shielded…

Amazon files patent for flying warehouse

Amazon files patent for flying warehouse 29 December 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright USPTO Image caption The patent envisages fleets of airships forming the air-borne delivery network Amazon has filed a patent for massive flying warehouses equipped with fleets of drones that deliver goods to key locations. Carried by an airship, the warehouses…

Robocop designer’s real world robot

Media playback is unsupported on your device Robocop designer’s real world robot 28 December 2016 Last updated at 07:29 GMT A South Korean company has unveiled a prototype for the world’s first manned, two-legged robot. The four-metre high machine is reminiscent of the military robots found in the movie Avatar. And it is designed by…

Why I want my home to watch me

Why I want my home to watch me By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 28 December 2016 From the section Technology Media captionWATCH: Simon Daykin’s house keep a close eye over him As I step into the hallway in Simon Daykin’s New Forest home, his smartwatch goes into overdrive. He is receiving messages from…

The garden shed full of helping hands

The garden shed full of helping hands By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 27 December 2016 From the section Technology Media captionWATCH: Team Unlimbited’s 3D-printed limbs are changing lives At first glance, the shed, in a back garden in Swansea, doesn’t look remarkable. Step closer and you’ll hear the whirring of a hard-working machine.…

2017 predictions, emoji edition: the answers

Monday 26 December 2016 iStock/yayayoyo Taken WIRED’s 2017 emoji quiz? Here are the answers… ADVERTISEMENT January: Winter weather, New Year’s, CES 2017, Donald Trump’s inauguration February: Superbowl 51, Milan Fashion Week, Oscars, Grammys, Valentine’s Day, Mobile World Congress 2017 March: Easter, St Patrick’s Day, clocks go forward (UK), Brexit, Nintendo Switch launch April: April Fool’s,…

The farmer who built her own broadband

The farmer who built her own broadband By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 26 December 2016 From the section Technology Media captionWATCH: Chris Conder explains how she created a local superfast broadband network “I’m just a farmer’s wife,” says Christine Conder, modestly. But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is…

Big Picture: Moore’s Law in action

Sunday 25 December 2016 Subscribe to WIRED To see Moore’s law in action, you have get extra close to the central processing unit (CPU). This tiny 32-bit Motorola 68030, with 273,000 transistors – each with data caches of 256 bytes – was captured by Miami-based photographer Christoph Morlinghaus for his Computerwelt series. ADVERTISEMENT What is…

Handheld ZX Spectrum ‘pain in buttons’

Handheld ZX Spectrum ‘pain in buttons’ 23 December 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Retro Computers Ltd The makers of a handheld ZX Spectrum console which has the support of Sir Clive Sinclair have blamed issues with the device’s buttons for its delayed launch. The retro gaming console received almost £500,000 ($0.6m) in crowdfunding…

Fake goods sold on social media are seized

Fake goods sold on social media are seized By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 23 December 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Trading Standards Counterfeit goods being sold by traders using Facebook and Instagram have been seized during a series of raids. Thousands of items including dangerous cosmetics, electrical products and chargers were seized.…

Ebola vaccine gives 100% protection, trial shows

Friday 23 December 2016 Shutterstock After four decades of research, scientists have finally developed an effective vaccine in the fight against Ebola. ADVERTISEMENT Ebola’s ghost: the mystery after the outbreak Ebola’s ghost: the mystery after the outbreak Research, published in The Lancet, describes a vaccine that provides complete protection against the disease. The trial was…

Lighting up London: Illuminated River wants to transform the Thames into a dazzling display

The winning team: Current Artist Leo Villareal teamed up with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and curators Future/Pace to enliven the Thames using dynamic light Credit Illuminated River The winning team: Current Light and colour would be integrated on the 17 bridges, including Westminster Bridge (pictured here) to create an interactive and site-specific interplay with the…

Tom Cruise’s screams become a ringtone

Tom Cruise’s screams become a ringtone 22 December 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Universal Pictures Image caption Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise have their real life screams heard after the wrong trailer was released Tom Cruise’s screams in the latest remake of The Mummy have been captured as a ringtone. Universal Pictures’ trailer…

Groupon accounts hacked and thousands of pounds stolen from customers

Thursday 22 December 2016 Several Groupon users have reported their accounts being hacked seewhatmitchsee/iStock In the latest hacking scandal to take place this year, numerous Groupon users have reported that their accounts have been hacked, and thousands of pounds have been stolen from their bank accounts. ADVERTISEMENT According to MoneySavingExpert, reports began circling at the…

Nokia sues Apple for patent infringement

Thursday 22 December 2016 iStock Nokia has filed multiple complaints against Apple in Germany and Texas claiming the tech giant’s iPhone infringes a series of the Finnish firm’s patents. ADVERTISEMENT The actions have been filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich and the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and…

Uber halts California self-driving cars test

Uber halts California self-driving cars test 22 December 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Volvo Image caption Uber had started to pick up passengers in specially-modified Volvo self-driving cars Ride-sharing firm Uber has suspended its test of self-driving cars in San Francisco after regulators revoked the registration for the cars. Authorities had threatened legal…

UK rural broadband gets £440m boost

UK rural broadband gets £440m boost 22 December 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright BT Image caption BT has been criticised for its rural broadband roll-out The government has said £440m has been found so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to superfast broadband. The cash comes from “efficiency savings” and money returned…

Nokia sues Apple in patent dispute

Nokia sues Apple in patent dispute 21 December 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Image caption A new Nokia 150 phone Finland’s Nokia says it is suing Apple for breaching 32 technology patents. Nokia’s law suits have been filed in three courts in Germany and one in Texas. The claims cover patents for…

Most-edited Wikipedia pages of 2016 revealed

Most-edited Wikipedia pages of 2016 revealed 21 December 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Van Gogh’s Wikipedia page underwent thousands of changes The most-edited Wikipedia pages of the year have been revealed and the top 20 includes “Deaths in 2016”, “Vincent Van Gogh” and “Donald Trump”. Other pages related to the…

Netflix US Twitter account hacked

Netflix US Twitter account hacked 21 December 2016 From the section Technology Image caption OurMine is notorious for hacking high-profile Twitter accounts The Netflix US Twitter account – with 2.5m followers – has been compromised by a hacker group. The group, OurMine, posted tweets promoting its own website and services. However, the tweets were removed…

Overwatch reveals first queer character

Wednesday 21 December 2016 Activision Blizzard Blizzard has revealed that one of its major Overwatch characters is in a same-sex relationship. Spoilers ahead! ADVERTISEMENT The holiday surprise came in the latest digital comic, which was announced without fanfare on the official Overwatch Twitter account. The online series tells canonical side-stories with the cast of Blizzard’s…

Cocaine, tug boats and tip offs: the inside story of the largest drug bust in UK history

Wednesday 21 December 2016 Subscribe to WIRED John McGowa, a burly, fast-talking senior investigator for the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), was at work one Tuesday afternoon in April 2015 when a colleague passed on a piece of intriguing information. ADVERTISEMENT The French customs agency, La Direction Nationale du Renseignement et des Enquêtes Douanières (DNRED),…

EU court deals major blow to UK’s controversial snooper’s charter

Wednesday 21 December 2016 The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg JOHN THYS / Stringer / Getty The widespread collection and retention of electronic communications allowed by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act is illegal, Europe’s highest court has ruled, dealing a major blow to the government’s so-called snooper’s charter. ADVERTISEMENT The court said the “general…