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…

Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown

Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown 31 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The law banning VPNs will come into force later this year Vladimir Putin has banned virtual private networks (VPNs) and Tor in a crackdown on apps that allow access to websites prohibited in Russia. The…

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…

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios 30 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers Power firms around the world are being warned about how to spot if they are being targeted by hackers who shutdown parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid. The…

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’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,”…

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars over emissions software

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars over emissions software 27 July 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Porsche Image caption The German government believes Porsche will quickly address the software problem Germany’s transport minister has announced a recall of 22,000 Porsche cars to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software. He said that luxury…

UK mobile coverage winners revealed in study

UK mobile coverage winners revealed in study 27 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mobile coverage varies from region to region, the report indicates The provider of best mobile coverage in the UK is influenced by geography as well as the operator, a study suggests. No one provider dominated,…

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…

Google tests auto-play videos in search results

Google tests auto-play videos in search results 26 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Some Google Search users are seeing video clips auto-play in the right-hand side of search results Google has confirmed that it is trialling videos that automatically start playing when they appear in its search results. The…

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…

Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout

Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout 26 July 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple is accused of infringing a chip technology patent that dates back to 1998 A US judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed…

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…

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 25 July 2017 From the section Technology Image caption Adobe’s Flash software is regularly updated to remove flaws that cyber-thieves exploit Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. The technology…