Jean-Claude Juncker: I don’t own a smartphone

Jean-Claude Juncker: I don’t own a smartphone 30 June 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (L) spoke to the press alongside Estonia’s Prime Minister Jueri Ratas Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has admitted that he does not own a smartphone. “I shouldn’t…

WIRED Awake June 30: This month’s heatwave shows clear evidence of climate change

Facebook Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, June’s European heat wave has been strongly linked to climate change, Facebook’s solar drone has made a successful second test flight, new international studies confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides can cause great harm to bee populations, and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning…

Government data site user details leak

Government data site user details leak 29 June 2017 From the section Technology The government digital service is to make users of its data.gov.uk website change their passwords, following a security breach. It said a database of usernames and email addresses had been discovered on a publicly accessible system during a routine security review. The…

Gearhead episode two: Apple’s iPhone turns 10

Welcome to Gearhead, WIRED and Ars Technica’s monthly gear-focused podcast where we explore the newest products, tech and designs that are shaping our lives, hosted by WIRED’s product editor Jeremy White and Ars Technica’s consumer editor Mark Walton. In the second episode, Jeremy and Mark are joined by WIRED’s Liat Clark and Leander Kahney from…

Telegram registers with Russian regulator

Telegram registers with Russian regulator 29 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Telegram was founded by Russian businessman Pavel Durov The founder of encrypted messaging app Telegram has agreed to register the company in Russia, following pressure from local authorities. Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor had warned that Telegram would…

Why victims of Facebook’s bizarre hate speech policy have trouble leaving the network

Mark Zuckerberg Paul Marotta / Getty On Wednesday, one day after Facebook announced that two billion people use its service every month, ProPublica released a bombshell investigation into the company’s hate-speech censorship guidelines. The report included documents revealing that Facebook’s rules often end up protecting the rights of those in power over those who are…

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 29 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could robots harm humans? The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote about controlling intelligent machines with the three laws of robotics: A robot may not injure a human…

WIRED Energy 2017: Partners

At all WIRED events we aim to work closely with our partners to create tailored solutions to the specific marketing objectives of each company. The WIRED Energy event represents an excellent commercial opportunity – a remarkable coming together of the worlds of money, banking and finance, as well as the wider WIRED world. HEADLINE PARTNER…

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread 28 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft has published some of the ransomware code A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of…

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls 28 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many victims of such IT support scams are elderly Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from fraudsters pretending to be IT support staff. It follows two…

WIRED Awake June 28: Airbus and OneWeb are bringing satellite broadband to the entire planet

OneWeb and Airbus have begun production of a global broadband satellite network Airbus Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Airbus and OneWeb have begun work on a vast satellite broadband constellation, one of Waymo’s self-driving trucks has been photographed on the road, a destructive new ransomware attack is spreading quickly around the globe and more. ADVERTISEMENT…

Facebook hits two billion users

Facebook hits two billion users 27 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for not doing enough to remove terror-related content More than a quarter of the world’s population now uses Facebook every month, the social network says. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is…

Google’s giant penalty: the internet reacts

Google’s giant penalty: the internet reacts 27 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Google faces having to pay a huge fine for giving its Shopping service such prominence The EU’s Competition Commissioner said her team analysed a gigantic 5.2 terabytes of search results before determining that Google had indeed abused…

There’s another ‘worldwide’ ransomware attack and it’s spreading quickly

Petrwrap/Petya ransomware variant with contact wowsmith123456@posteo.net spreading worldwide, large number of countries affected. — Costin Raiu (@craiu) June 27, 2017 ADVERTISEMENT In May, the WannaCry ransomware virus quickly spread around the world infecting hundreds of thousands of computers and locking their owners out of their files. Now, it appears another piece of malware is infecting…

Google’s fine will hit more than its coffers. It could shake up every part of your online life

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Olaf Blecker The fine is gigantic: €2.4 billion, (£2.1 billion) by far the biggest ever in this type of antitrust case. But, strange as it may seem, Margrethe Vestager’s decision in the European Commission’s competition case against Google isn’t about money. It’s much more than important than that. ADVERTISEMENT For…

Many firms hit by major cyber-attacks

Many firms hit by global cyber-attacks 27 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting this message, indicating a ransomware attack is to blame. Firms around the globe are reporting that they have been hit by a major cyber-attack. British advertising agency…

Volvo’s driverless cars ‘confused’ by kangaroos

Volvo’s driverless cars ‘confused’ by kangaroos 27 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are more than 20,000 kangaroo strikes each year in Australia Volvo’s self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker’s 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system…

Google hit with record-breaking €2.42 billion fine by the EU over its antitrust case

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Europe vs Silicon Valley: behind enemy lines with the woman deciding Google’s fate Europe vs Silicon Valley: behind enemy lines with the woman deciding Google’s fate ADVERTISEMENT In an official statement, commissioner Margrethe Vestager claims that Google has abused its market dominance…

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft have teamed up to fight online terrorism

Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell After facing multiple accusations of allowing terrorists a “safe space” online, the world’s biggest tech companies are set to work together to fight extremism online. ADVERTISEMENT Joining forces, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a new group that will make the platforms “hostile” to terrorists and extremists. Dubbed…

Why you should care about net neutrality

Doug Chakya Imagine: it’s 2025 and you are an engineer managing traffic in and out of a major city. You watch the roads fill up at rush hour as people in autonomous cars, trucks and buses buzz alongside pedestrians and cyclists guided by their internet-connected eyewear. Your job is to plan efficient, safe and environmentally…