Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

10 December 2017 Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than…

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’ 9 December 2017 Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl…

Katherine Hayhoe: ‘The true threat is the delusion that our opinion of science somehow alters its reality’

In her 2009 book, co-authored with husband Andrew Farley, Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, Katharine Hayhoe wrote: “Most Christians are not scientists, and it’s hard to say how many scientists are Christians. In our family, we are both.” The Texas Tech atmospheric physicist, who’s also an Evangelical Christian, has long been…

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

By Lucy Hooker & Josh Cheetham Business reporters, BBC News 8 December 2017 Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool…

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards – BBC Newsbeat ]]> This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer ‘; $(‘.headerBar’).prepend(notify); } Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards at the 2017 Game Awards in Los Angeles. It…

Highlights from WIRED security: Post-Show Roundup

Charlie Winter, senior research fellow at ICSR Leon Csernohlavek Advertisement At the second annual WIRED Security conference the people keeping you safe online gathered to discuss the changing face of online security. Terrorism researchers, AI developers, government scientists, threat-intelligence specialists, investors and startups discussed the rise of new forms of online attacks, how to protect…

Friday briefing: CRISPR can correct disease-causing mutations using epigenetic switches

Vertigo3d/iStock Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, CRISPR/Cas9 has been adapted to trigger epigenetic switches that reverse the effects of disease, Iranian hackers are thought to have infiltrated critical infrastructure across the Middle East, accidental gun deaths in the USA increase following mass shootings and more. Advertisement Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every…

Uber’s licence suspended in Sheffield

7 December 2017 Image copyright EPA Uber has had its licence suspended in Sheffield after it failed to respond to official requests about its management, the city council has said. The firm, also fighting a ban in London, can still operate in Sheffield until 18 December and can appeal against the decision, the council said.…

Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins

Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins 7 December 2017 Image caption Steam is a massively popular way of getting hold of video games Online game service Steam has stopped accepting payments made with the Bitcoin virtual currency. In a statement, development studio Valve, which runs Steam, said “high fees and volatility” had driven it to…

Bitcoin surges above $13,000 to new high

6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the start of the year Bitcoin was valued at $1,000 Bitcoin has surged above $13,000 (£9,710; €11,020) to a new record high despite warnings the digital currency’s rapid rise could be a dangerous bubble. The coin has seen its value double in the last month…

Nintendo games to appear on rival console

6 December 2017 Image copyright Nintendo Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield console in China. Historically, Nintendo has rarely licensed its original games and…

Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

6 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Plans to introduce a “frowning pile of poo” emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols. The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was “embarrassing” to…

Highlights from WIRED Energy: Post-Show Roundup

Wired Energy Demos Leon Csernohlavek Barely a week goes by without the UK setting new standards in the renewables sector: electric cars are becoming affordable as well as desirable; and emerging technologies – from innovative generation products to artificial intelligence and the blockchain – are shifting the balance of power. At WIRED’s annual Energy conference…

Reykjavik’s startup scene is powered by equality

Yukai Du A small population, tight investment laws and high living costs pose potential obstacles for would-be founders in Reykjavik. But tough conditions can spark opportunity. The fallout of Iceland’s banking collapse led to unemployment in the country hitting nine per cent, but it also kindled an entrepreneurial spark. “Everybody was employed in well-paying jobs……

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum 5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright www.cryptokitties.co A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed “crypto-pets” on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network. The game’s developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties…

Electric black cabs hit London’s roads

5 December 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright LEVC Electric black taxis have hit London’s roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put drivers off “going green”. The cab costs £55,599 up from £45,000 for the newest petrol equivalent. Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric…

Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan

5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Nissan Image caption Nissan’s Easy Ride could launch in Japan in early 2020s Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive…

Gear of the Year 2017: The best toys and games

Vincross HEXA HEXA is a six-legged mechanical insect that’s designed to be hacked. Would-be developers can teach the app-controlled, open-source droid new tricks and then make them available online. It is hugely manoeuvrable and can climb over obstacles with ease. A 720p camera with night vision and infrared transmitter helps it boost its skills. $949…

Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

5 December 2017 From the section Technology Image caption This simulated image shows – on the right-hand side – the advantage of using high dynamic range The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer…

Beyonce ‘unlikely’ to use burner email

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Experts say it is “unlikely” that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran. “I have an email address that I email – that actually changes every week,” he said during an interview about working with her on a…

UK government mulls bitcoin regulation

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London. The government’s aim is part of a broader update to the…

Regulator warns MPs over shared passwords

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption The MP Nadine Dorries wrote on Twitter that all her staff had her login details The UK’s data privacy regulator has cautioned MPs about sharing work computer passwords. It follows tweets by two Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they…

Apple Mac security issue may reoccur

4 December 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple released the software fix twice as an early version broke existing features for some users A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with…