UK seeks future cyber-security stars

18 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Matt Crypto Image caption Bletchley Park is host to a centre developing cyber-based lessons for school pupils A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online…

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple first unveiled its HomePod smart speaker in June Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It…

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It can be hard for consumers to work out if sites they are visiting are legitimate A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad…

Germany bans children’s smartwatches

By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright NCC Image caption The German telecoms regulator urged parents to destroy children’s smartwatches A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla,…

Gear of the Year 2017: The best of sound and vision

Sony PXW-FS7 Possibly the world’s most versatile Super 35mm camcorder, Sony’s device has been engineered with documentary-makers in mind. It features a redesigned viewfinder, grip and controls, so you can adjust settings without taking it off your shoulder. Slow & Quick motion, meanwhile, lets you adjust speed in single frame-per-second increments from one to 180.…

Unilad Facebook account blocked

17 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Unilad/Facebook Facebook appears to have blocked an account for the hugely popular viral news website Unilad. The account which has 34 million followers and posts viral videos and news stories, appears to be inaccessible with any attempt to load the site’s Facebook page generating an error…

Achieving the impossible with Lily Cole

Lily Cole is no stranger to new ideas. In business as in art, experimentation is a component of success. Yet since 2013, Cole has been working on a larger mechanism of distilled experimentation; one which asks two potent questions. First, what if people coming together can bring meaningful change? And second, what if collective skill…

This is what the WIRED world will look like in 2018

Rami Niemi The WIRED team spends its day talking to innovators – the thinkers, entrepreneurs, designers and scientists who are driving meaningful change in the world. The result is a growing multi-platform portfolio of reporting, storytelling and analysis that enables our readers to understand what’s coming next. Advertisement Over the past six years, we’ve embarked…

Wednesday briefing: US intelligence issues North Korea cyber-espionage warning

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, US intelligence agencies say that North Korea has penetrated networks in government, aerospace and telecoms sectors, Russian trolls live-tweeted Manchester and London attacks, crystalline phase-change memory outspeeds standard DRAM and more. Advertisement Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign up…

Handy app bans cleaner for being ill

Cleaner ‘blocked’ and fined £25 for being ill By Rebecca Marston & Rory Cellan-Jones BBC News 14 November 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images When Polly Mackenzie heard her cleaner was ill and unable to work her normal day, she was hoping to reschedule through the Handy site that supplied her. But…

Using AI to tackle big small screen problems

Mobile commerce is proving problematic and Qubit knows it. Founded in 2010, the SaaS company – which personalises approximately four billion shopping experiences each month across 300 brands – has been tracking the advent of mobile traffic and a linked disparity. “We’ve reached this inflection point,” says CEO Graham Cooke, “where mobile traffic is as…

HTC shows off all-in-one VR headset called Focus

HTC shows off all-in-one VR headset called Focus 14 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wires connecting current VR headsets could soon disappear HTC has officially unveiled a standalone virtual reality headset called the Vive Focus. The all-in-one gadget does not need to be connected to a computer…

Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

14 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China disrupted use of WhatsApp prior to official government conferences, the report says Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots…

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

14 November 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Getty Images US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A…

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues 14 November 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The security services have warned about the dangers of toys being exploited by malicious hackers Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have “proven” security issues. Those toys include…