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Complements Chocolate The brainchild of Australian design team Universal Favourite and Bakedown Cakery, in each box of Complements you’ll find a selection of flavoured chocolates, which were created in a 3D-printed mould. Each chunk stacks neatly on to each other, allowing you to create your own fanciful taste and pattern combinations. Flavours include shortbread, blackcurrant,…

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Stella McCartney for Adidas Parley Ultraboost X This collaboration features Primeknit uppers made from Parley Ocean Plastic, which is manufactured by replacing synthetic fibres made from recycled waste plastic from the sea. The female-specific Stella McCartney design offers a free-floating arch for sock-like comfort and has Adidas’s ultra-cushioned Boost midsole. Full-width laces provide improved foot…

Creating the perfect storm

Winter Storm may sound more like a superhero than a drink – and coming from a man also known as the Malt Master, that might be expected – but it is, in fact, a new whisky, albeit one with a twist. “We did have other names in mind, but we settled on Winter Storm pretty…

Caring for our future with IBM Watson

UK government departments have enlisted the help of cognitive computing system, IBM Watson, to tap into this treasure trove of untapped data across the public sector, helping to solve societal problems, mitigate risks, and support the well-being of individuals and families in more effective, efficient, and personalised ways. Cognitive computing has the unique capability to…

Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug

Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug 29 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Machines get help to start or “boot” via their EFI Apple Mac computers are being exposed to security risks because core software is outdated, research suggests. Duo Security found that 4.2% of the 74,000…

Net ‘not ready’ for vital security update

Net ‘not ready’ for vital security update 29 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright felixR Image caption The domain name system directs computers to the servers holding sites people want to visit A plan to update the security around some of the net’s core address books has been delayed. Net administrative body Icann…

Twitter’s Russia briefings ‘inadequate’ – US senators

Twitter’s Russia briefings ‘inadequate’ – US senators 29 September 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sen Mark Warner told reporters Twitter’s response was “inadequate on almost every level” The US Senate Intelligence Committee has criticised Twitter for offering an “inadequate” appearance in briefings on Russian interference in the…

Social media terms ‘jargon-busted’ for teens

Social media terms ‘jargon-busted’ for teens By Alli Shultes Technology reporter 29 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Instagram raised concerns over the simplified terms and conditions A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said…

Ikea buys odd jobs firm TaskRabbit

By Katie Hope Business reporter, BBC News 28 September 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Ikea Tired of having to build your Ikea Billy bookshelves yourself? The Swedish furniture giant’s latest purchase means it will be easier to get someone else to do it for you, as long as you are willing to pay.…

How an app could help stop a flu pandemic

By Danielle Peck Executive Producer, BBC Pandemic 28 September 2017 From the section Science & Environment Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHannah Fry needs your smartphone and your help to run the project We seem to be suffering from a global amnesia. Ask any passerby – as we did – “What was…

Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates

Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates 28 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright University of South Australia Image caption The drone could also be used to monitor patients in hospital Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates. Image-processing systems combined with specially…

How to fix Uber

Mint / Contributor / Getty The year is 2030 and the CEO of Uber has just stepped off the stage at Davos following her keynote speech on how to effectively transform a business whilst simultaneously having a positive impact on the world. Uber is celebrated as a global success story by both shareholders and stakeholders,…

Tech is helping the blind to see

iStock / ryccio As soon as Robin Spinks picks up the phone, he tells me to stop speaking. In the silence, he connects his wireless AirPod headphones to his iPhone for the first time. So far, nothing unusual. But Spinks, who has a visual impairment, has trouble seeing. ADVERTISEMENT The use of technology by the…

Software issue causes airport delays

28 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Twitter @PoorRobin Image caption Passengers tweeted photos of queues at check-in A software issue has caused check-in delays at several airports worldwide, and booking problems for many airlines. Passengers reported problems at Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Melbourne airports among others. Gatwick blamed a passenger…

The best gadgets for your home

Hey Duggee Minimalist, Flash-based animation chronicles the titular dog’s Squirrel Club, which encourages qualities such as teamwork and taking acceptable risks. Devised by Oscar-nominated director Grant Orchard, Hey Duggee has earned UK-based Studio AKA a Bafta and an Emmy and is shown in more than 80 territories. Available on BBC iPlayer and YouTube. Raybaby As…

The hottest startups in Amsterdam

Pip Pell Amsterdam’s English-speaking community and convenient location makes it an ideal place for startups to flourish. “The city is seen as a gateway to Europe and used as a launching pad for EU test markets,” says Keadyn investor and partner Ton van ‘t Noordende. An increase in specialised tech events – from AI to…

Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 27 September 2017 From the section Technology Image caption Amazon unveiled three new Echo speakers at its Seattle event Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition. The basic model also allows its shell to be changed to give it…

Uber’s London woes boost rival taxi apps

27 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uber has been downloaded millions of times in the UK The decision not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London has given rival apps a boost, research suggests. In the 48 hours following the decision, Addison Lee, Gett and MyTaxi all…

UpVote 15: sex robots, robot sex

Could we have sex with robots? Should we? And what about the robots – how would they feel about all this? To discuss these questions, we’re joined this week by Kate Devlin, Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, one of the world’s leading experts on sex robots. Devlin researches sex robots of every kind,…

BT tops broadband and pay-TV complaints again

BT tops broadband and pay-TV complaints again 27 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright BT Image caption BT attracted a high level of complaints despite promising users “faster wi-fi connections” than rivals BT has continued its run as the UK’s most complained about home broadband provider, according to data from the regulator Ofcom.…

Amazon and Google clash over YouTube access

Amazon and Google clash over YouTube access 27 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Amazon Image caption The Echo Show smart speaker has a screen to display video and images Amazon and Google have clashed publicly after access to YouTube was pulled from one of the online retailer’s devices. On Tuesday, YouTube stopped…

WIRED Retail 2017: Agenda

View the WIRED Retail Pre-Event Brochure ADVERTISEMENT WIRED Retail 2017 will cover core themes and topics including ecommerse, the use of VR and AR as oppose to brick-and-mortar stores, the future of retail, types of consumers and innovation within retail. The Main Stage will host top-level talks and present big ideas to the audience; the…

The hottest startups in Stockholm

Pip Pell When it comes to hosting billion-dollar startups, the Swedish capital is second only to Silicon Valley. Its secret? An international outlook and a thriving ecosystem that’s now home to a growing number of serial entrepreneurs. “Sweden is such a small country, we have to learn about the rest of the world fairly early…

Twitter trials 280-character tweet limit

26 September 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Social media site Twitter is trialling longer character limits to help users “easily express themselves”. Twitter currently limits tweets to 140 characters, but has doubled that to 280 characters for a small group of users. The current character limit was “a major cause of frustration”…

Search on for personal flying machine

By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 26 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Humans have long harboured a desire to fly, but few have conquered the conundrum The search is on for a mass market personal flying machine, with a $2m (£1.4m) competition to “make the dream of personal flight…

Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

26 September 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Heathcliff O’Malley Image caption Sir James Dyson accused the mainstream car industry of polluting the world with diesel emissions Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to make an electric car. Customers will have to wait until after 2020 when…

Dubai tests drone taxi service

By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 26 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drone taxi could be up and running within five years Dubai has conducted its first test of a drone taxi service that it hopes will become a viable transportation system in the city. The two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned…

Equifax boss leaves after data breach

26 September 2017 From the section Business Image copyright EPA Image caption Equifax’s share price has fallen by more than a third since the data breach US credit report giant Equifax has announced that its chairman and chief executive, Richard Smith, is stepping down with immediate effect. The move comes as Equifax struggles to rebuild…

Bill Gates switches to Android phone

26 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than a Windows one. “Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone,” he said, speaking on Fox News on Sunday. Microsoft’s own Windows-powered phones have failed to make a significant impact on…

Trump’s North Korea tweet ‘newsworthy’

26 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter said it would update its rules soon Twitter has been forced to clarify why it does not believe a tweet from President Donald Trump violated its terms and conditions. In the tweet in question, President Trump appeared to directly threaten North…

The hottest startups in Lisbon

Pip Pell Boosted by the arrival of the annual Web Summit conference (previously held in Dublin), Lisbon’s startup community is thriving – with healthy support from the Portuguese government. In June 2016, it created a national network of tech hubs and the StartUP Voucher initiative that gives more than 400 entrepreneurs a one-year fellowship to…

Deloitte hit by data breach

25 September 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Corporate finance giant Deloitte suffered a cyber-attack that compromised confidential data, including the private emails of some of its clients, the company has confirmed. Its system had been accessed via an email platform and “very few” clients had been affected, Deloitte said. The Guardian…

The hottest startups in Tel Aviv

Pip Pell Silicon Wadi – as the tech hub in Tel Aviv is known – remains the exit capital. Intel, Apple, Snapchat and Huawei have all made big-money Israeli acquisitions in the last year; most notably, Intel’s $15.3 billion (£12bn) acquisition of autonomous-driving startup Mobileye. However, the trend towards large IPOs has fallen in recent…

Monday briefing: UK could need 25 per cent more electricity to handle switch to electric cars

Scottish Power Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Scottish Power’s chief executive says that Britain’s power generation infrastructure needs upgrading to cope with future electricity needs, Russian hackers targeted almost half of US states during last year’s presidential election, a buried EU Commission report found that piracy typically doesn’t affect sales and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…

How to motivate a youthful team

david galletly When the average age of your staff is 21 – with many still at college – how do you keep them productive and motivated? ADVERTISEMENT At social media marketing firm Social Chain, 24-year-old CEO and cofounder Steven Bartlett says it’s about designing everything, from office space to communication tools, especially for that demographic.…