Bitcoin rebels risk ‘currency chaos’

Bitcoin rebels risk ‘currency trading chaos’ By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 31 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin Cash’s creators plan to offer the new currency to owners of existing bitcoins A split in the Bitcoin community is set to create a new incompatible version of the…

The best Android apps of 2017

WIRED Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT WIRED’s pick of the best free and paid-for Android apps. Looking for iPhone apps? Check out our guide to the best downloads. The best iPhone and iPad apps of 2017 The best iPhone and iPad apps of 2017 Creativity and photography Sprayscape This app lets you create abstract panoramic landscapes…

China’s supercomputer simulated the Universe with 10 trillion digital particles

Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest computer JACK DONGARRA, SUNWAY TAIHULIGHT SYSTEM REPORT China is already building a supercomputer that’s capable of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second and hopes a prototype will be completed this year. Despite this computing prowess, the nation is trying to do more. ADVERTISEMENT Why isn’t IBM’s Watson supercomputer making money? Why isn’t…

BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020

BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 30 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some remote homes have struggled to get decent broadband connections BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds…

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution 29 July 2017 From the section Technology Image caption Mr Kasparov’s message got a warm reception from the tech-savvy crowd at DefCon Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov. In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the…

West Highlands worst for UK broadband

West Highlands worst in UK for broadband, MPs find 29 July 2017 From the section Highlands & Islands Image caption The parliamentary constituency that covers Skye was the worst in the UK for broadband The parliamentary constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber is the worst area in the UK for broadband, new figures show. A…

Brompton Electric Bike: WIRED takes new battery-powered folding bike for a test ride

Folding-bike owners: it’s time to wreak revenge on the Lycra-clad racers who leave you for dust on your morning commute. After five years’ development in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, and even more years of speculation, Brompton has finally announced its arrival in the e-bike market. It’s called the Brompton Electric, and the company wants…

Brompton’s gone electric: WIRED takes new battery-powered folding bike for a test ride

Folding-bike owners: it’s time to wreak revenge on the Lycra-clad racers who leave you for dust on your morning commute. After five years’ development in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, and even more years of speculation, Brompton has finally announced its arrival in the e-bike market. It’s called the Brompton Electric, and the company wants…

There are 3 types of smile – reward, affiliation, dominance

iStock/CSA Images There are three distinct types of smile, a new study has revealed. People switch between ‘reward’, ‘affiliation’ and ‘dominance’ smiles, using different facial muscle combinations to make them, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ADVERTISEMENT How scientists are manipulating the mind with VR How scientists are manipulating the mind with VR…

WIRED2017: Next Generation Speakers

From the polar scientist preparing humans to live in outer space to the real-life Iron Man, we’re excited to present the speakers for WIRED Next Generation, taking place in London on November 4, 2017. ADVERTISEMENT Maggie Aderin-Pocock Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE is a space scientist who has worked on many out-of-this-world projects. She is…

New 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom features ‘satellite-aided transmission’

Rolls-Royce has unveiled its new 2018 Phantom – and called it, somewhat unsurprisingly, the New Phantom. What’s more, it’s apparently most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever. It has an “all-new” 563bhp 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that can do 0-60mph in 5.3secs; an “all-new” all-aluminium spaceframe architecture bringing a “whole new level” of comfort evident in its…

How tardigrades come back from the dead

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Tardigrades — aka water bears or moss piglets — are perhaps the most resilient creatures on the planet, able to survive complete dehydration, space vacuum and being frozen. However, only recently have scientists begun to unravel the genes that underpin the tardigrade’s biological superpowers. “They’re 0.2mm to 1mm in length and despite…

How to catch a tardigrade

1. Tardigrades live in the sea, fresh water and on land. However, they are difficult to detect: not only are they small — on average, they measure less than 0.5mm in length and the biggest are still less than 2mm — but they are also transparent. “You can just see them with the naked eye,”…

WIRED2017: Next Generation Partners

Headline Sponsor Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of…

Amazon Prime launches in SE Asia

Amazon Prime makes first foray into South East Asia 27 July 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon Prime Now is a two-hour delivery service offered seven days a week Amazon has launched its Prime Now delivery service in Singapore – the first time it has gone head-to-head with Chinese…

Premier League wins anti-piracy court order

Premier League wins anti-piracy court order By Bill Wilson Business reporter, BBC News 26 July 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images The Premier League has been awarded a High Court order for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, which will help it combat the illegal streaming of games. The blocking order will require UK…

Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment

Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment 26 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than $1bn has been invested in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) this year already A US regulator has said firms looking for backing via crypto-currencies should be more strictly regulated. Such investments should be registered in…

Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties

Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties 26 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Activision Blizzard Image caption Overwatch is an online multiplayer game in which skilled heroes work as a team Overwatch players will face harsher penalties if they abuse or harass others, developer Blizzard has announced. The company said “verified reports” of “bad…