An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

It was expensive ($599 at the time), required a high-powered PC to run it (another $1,000 or more), lacked hand controllers (the Oculus Touch would come out later that year), and delivered immersion at the price of external sensors that needed to be set up just so around the room.

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

Grady High School senior Esme Bella Rice photographed the strike in front of the Georgia State Capitol building; and in San Francisco, 18-year-old Ruth Asawa School of the Arts senior Max Buenviaje-Boyd photographed the large march from the Federal Building, through downtown, to Union Square.

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant.

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.

The Internet Made Dumbledore Gay

The Internet Made Dumbledore Gay

It’s the kind of thing people write on social media after a tense scene between two heavily “ shipped ” characters, or when fan-favorite actors get cozy off set.

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

In Atlantic City, Rose says, "you know that you’re going to lose, that the game is rigged, but there’s always the possibility.” Like many people, photographer and New York City resident Brian Rose was blindsided by Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The 2018 Korn Ferry research forecasts that by 2030 the global technology, media, and telecommunications labor-skills shortage will reach 4.3 million positions and an unrealized output of nearly $450 billion.

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Enter the Explore tab and you’ll find, in addition to personalized interests like “Food” or “Travel,” a section for “Shopping.” It’s filled with shoppable posts from brands or accounts you follow, plus ones Instagram thinks you’ll like based on your browsing behavior.

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

In his book Life at the Speed of Light , Craig Venter himself—the brash, iconoclastic scientist and entrepreneur, and the institute’s founder—described his project as the first “synthetic cell”; it was named Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, but it acquired the nickname “Synthia.” You can tell a lot about a biotech application about the way it’s named (“noninvasive,” “de-extinction”), and Venter’s new cell is no different: its formal name highlights the merging of the biological and digital.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

Mueller—or the Southern District, or one of the other 18-plus investigations targeting the president—could dramatically alter the impeachment narrative in Washington in at least three ways: (1) by outlining clear evidence of a specific presidential crime, (2) a demonstrable, smoking-gun-included pattern of obstruction, or (3) demonstrable action taken to compromise American interests at the expense of advancing a foreign power’s goals, including actively conspiring with Russia in the 2016 campaign.

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

Cow 401 and her herdmates were the product of two and a half years of research, Van Eenennaam’s attempt to create a strain of gene-edited cattle specially suited to the needs of the beef industry.

Beyond Cas9: 4 Ways to Edit DNA

Beyond Cas9: 4 Ways to Edit DNA

Seven years ago, the bug that causes strep throat, toxic shock syndrome, and flesh-­eating disease supplied researchers with their first gene-snipping nuclease, Cas9.

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

The following year, Charpentier teamed up with biochemist Jennifer Doudna, and the pair asked what proved to be the multibillion-dollar question: Could they exploit this system and use it to edit genes?

Need an Ohm's Law Party Trick? Take a Light Bulb's Temperature

Need an Ohm's Law Party Trick? Take a Light Bulb's Temperature

Finally, the resistance is really just a proportionality constant between the voltage and the current measured in units of ohms (often using the symbol Ω). Let's measure current and voltage to determine the temperature of a light bulb.

Here's What It's Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

Here's What It's Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

"As you can imagine," Hardigree says, "I went into panic mode." The day before that scrum, WIRED had revealed that Exactis exposed a database of 340 million records on the open internet, as first spotted by an independent security researcher named Vinny Troia.

'The Inventor,' Theranos, and Multiplatform Schadenfreude

'The Inventor,' Theranos, and Multiplatform Schadenfreude

HBO Over the course of 119 minutes in The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley , Alex Gibney's new documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, very little is made of Holmes' speaking voice.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

"I think every person ended up licking the glass or just smearing their entire face against it to get really interesting color fields with the makeup and sweat mixing," Whitmore says.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa has focused the aviation world's attention on the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX jets.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

And the already-ambiguous situation is further complicated by the fact that most gig workers are independent contractors who need good reviews from the client and who don’t have access to an open-door human resources department or colleagues they can complain to.

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

It’s as Rafe expresses to Gabriel at one point: “You gotta pick a side.” The great trick of Captive State , however, is that allegiances are not entirely what they appear to be.

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

(Astronauts pounded a “drive tube” into the lunar ground to pull a core of material, weighing about 800 grams.) Astronauts on Apollo-era moon-landing missions brought many rock samples down to Earth; these were vacuum-sealed and have never been exposed to our atmosphere.

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