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Showing posts from July, 2020

AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All

Synthetic video and audio seemed pretty bad. Synthetic writing—ubiquitous and undetectable—will be far worse.

What the Science of Animal Networks Reveals About Protests

The movement of demonstrators echoes the fluid collective responses of the animal world, as groups respond to threats and signal across large spaces.

13 Amazon Prime Perks You Might Not Be Using

Your membership gets you more than free two-day shipping. Here's what you may be missing.

2021 Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser and Tundra arrive with tiny price increases - Roadshow

And the latest 4Runner and Tundra arrive with some new special edition trims.

Pixar's upcoming movie Luca looks like the Italian Riviera vacation we all need - CNET

It follows a young boy on a summer adventure and comes out next June.

Trump on Twitter suggests delaying November election - CNET

Changing the date of the election would require an act of Congress.

Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media

The legislation extends control over platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Critics worry it will be used to stifle dissent and criticism of the government.

Universal’s Theatrical Releases Will Quickly Be Available in Homes

The studio agreed to a deal with AMC, the world’s biggest theater chain, to shorten the exclusive window for new movies to 17 days from 90, likely changing the way Hollywood does business.

Misleading Hydroxychloroquine Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Spreads Online

Social media companies took down the video within hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.

Congress' Big Tech CEO Hearing: What to Watch

Bezos, Cook, Pichai, and Zuck will all be in the Zoom where it happens.

How to Plan and Cook Family Meals When You're in Lockdown

Have you poured 1800 bowls of cereal in the past five months? You are not alone.

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

A ransomware hit and subsequent outage caused problems in the company's aviation services, including flight planning and mapping.

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

This week's Get WIRED podcast traces how innovators' biases helped design slave ships, the panopticon, and facial recognition.

Facebook’s ‘Red Team’ Hacks Its Own AI Programs

Attackers increasingly try to confuse and bypass machine-learning systems. So the companies that deploy them are getting creative.

OnePlus Nord Review: An Affordable Phone with 6 Good Cameras

OnePlus' new phone, the Nord, isn't available in the US at the moment, but its value is hard to beat. You get a 90-Hz screen, a big battery, great performance, and 5G for 399 euros.

Looking for Gravitons? Check for the ‘Buzz’

The hypothetical particles are a cornerstone of quantum gravity theories, but they’re famously hard to observe. Yet maybe they create detectable ‘noise.’

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

A proposal would require 60 percent of ride-hail miles to be in electric vehicles by 2030. And the companies are on board.

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

Make sure that your Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive data is protected—while still being easy for you to access.

The Hobbies and Products Getting Us Through Quarantine

Here’s what WIRED staff has fallen for thanks to all of the extra time on our hands.

15 Best Tech Deals This Weekend: Games, Amazon Devices, and More

Smarten up your home and upgrade your audio with these discounts.

'The Rental' Is a Perfect Movie for Sleepy Summer Nights

Dave Franco’s directorial debut is a lean thriller about a home share from hell.

Russia's GRU Hackers Hit US Government and Energy Targets

A previously unreported Fancy Bear campaign persisted for well over a year—and indicates that the notorious group has broadened its focus.

Is It Too Soon for Covid-19 TV Shows?

This week, the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy revealed that the show would tackle the pandemic “for sure.” Are we even ready for that?

A Crispr Cow Is Born. It's Definitely a Boy

UC Davis scientists spent years editing a sex-determining gene into bovine embryos using Crispr. In April, Cosmo arrived—and his DNA reveals how far the field has to go.

How Equity Is Lost When Companies Hire Only Workers With Disabilities

Employment remains an elusive goal for many. A recent hiring strategy may win pats on the back, but advocates fear it may pigeonhole people with disabilities.

Google Takes Aim at Amazon. Again.

The company is unveiling another initiative to compete more effectively with Amazon’s sprawling e-commerce business.

Army Pauses Twitch Game Streaming After First Amendment Claim

Army and Navy channels banned viewers from their live streams when they asked about war crimes. Accused of censorship, now the Army says it will pause streaming.

Halo Infinite art hits you with nostalgia for 2001 original - CNET

It comes a day before Microsoft's Xbox Series X games showcase.

MIT engineers design a reusable face mask that could be as effective as an N95 - CNET

Researchers aim to make the design as effective as an N95 mask when it comes to stopping coronavirus spread.

Asus ROG Phone 3: Hands-on with the most powerful Android phone ever - CNET

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is built for gaming and its performance simply blew us away.

A Summer Without Blockbusters

This year, there are no great movies uniting film fanatics. Maybe that's not such a bad thing.

Covid Is Pushing Some Mass Transit Systems to the Brink

Riders are skittish. Cleaning costs are soaring. Some, like the Bay Area's Caltrain system, face an existential crisis.

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Minutes and hours? That's old thinking. Artist Scott Thrift wants you to see the bigger picture.

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

From its need to make money to its ever-changing relationship with law enforcement, the hyperlocal news reporting app faces growing pains.

What Does It Mean to Say a New Drug ‘Works’?

Covid-19 is a new disease. Remdesivir is an experimental drug. How can scientists tell if it’s successful while the world shifts around them?

For the New Get WIRED Podcast, We Take a Close Look at Citizen

Is the mission of the app really to make the world better? Or does it thrive on chaos? We went behind the scenes to find out.

How to Check Your Devices for Stalkerware

You deserve privacy. Here's how to check your phone, laptop, and online accounts to make sure no one's looking over your shoulder.

Even the Best AI Models Are No Match for the Coronavirus

Many so-called “quantitative funds” that mine historical data to make trading decisions fared poorly in March, when stocks fell sharply amid coronavirus fears.

Stuck at Home, Playing the Guitar Again Has Helped Me Escape

The instrument was supposed to accompany my family on a road trip. Now it’s helping us make music together.

Where Does 'Castlevania' Go From Here?

The Netflix animated series has been pretty solid for three seasons now. But does it have anything left to say?

The Best Amazon Fire Tablet (2020): Which Model Should You Buy?

Do you need a tablet for around the house? For your kids? Should you buy the Fire HD 8 or the Fire HD 10? We've got the answers.

Can Comic-Con Work From Home?

The annual confab is going online this year—and there's a chance it will never recover.

EU court ruling puts pressure on US to reform surveillance laws - CNET

A ruling against the Privacy Shield data transfer standard argues that EU data shuttled to the United States isn't adequately protected.

Uber aims to become a more 'actively anti-racist' company - CNET

The ride-hailing company unveils plans to increase Black representation in leadership and support Black-owned businesses.

DoorDash now delivers over-the-counter medicine from Walgreens - CNET

Walgreens products are also available on Postmates.

Airbnb Says Its I.P.O. Plans Are Back on Track

After a financial hit from the pandemic, the San Francisco company said business was starting to return from its nose-dive.

Hollywood Stays Away From Facebook Ad Boycott

The entertainment business is a big advertiser but has been noticeably silent as other industries protest the social network’s handling of hate speech.

Just Collect Less Data, Period.

Every company wants the biggest data stockpile possible. We need unilateral data disarmament.

Will the Hydrogen Revolution Start in a Garbage Dump?

American companies are racing to commercialize technologies that can turn almost any kind of waste into clean hydrogen fuel.

Llamas—Yes, Llamas—Could Help Us Fight Covid-19

These creatures have evolved special "nanobodies" that may have an edge over human antibodies when it comes to developing a new treatment.