Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Ubisoft This week, we've got four big stories for you, from Steam's weaknesses and challenges to Facebook's weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans.

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

When your item is received, you’ll receive a refund in the form of an Amazon gift card. Tech Retailers: Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, Target Apple will only accept returns from items that have been purchased at the Apple Store or from Apple’s website.

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

This month, it's a bogus Apple App Store email that convinces its victims to cough up all kinds of personal information.First reported by Bleeping Computer, the phishing campaign doesn't contain any especially novel elements, but it executes the basics well enough that it's easy to be fooled."They're able to bypass email filters more effectively, since there are no malicious links in the email itself."Crane Hassold, AgariIf you do so, a prompt tells you that your account has been locked for security reasons, and offers an Unlock Account button.

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

“I still haven’t dealt with removing all of them yet—I just sort of heavy sighed and closed the tab.”Safe SpaceIn interviews and messages with WIRED, more than 30 sex workers, porn consumers, and creators on Tumblr lamented the loss of what they described as a unique, safe space for curated sexually themed GIFs, photos, and videos.

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

He agrees that there are always potential downsides to sending data unencrypted, but notes that an attacker who wants to track what a target is downloading might still be able to do it even with TLS encryption, based on an app's size.For its part, the Google Play Store seems to have found a way around this caching mechanism, which is not totally surprising since Google specifically staked out its support for ubiquitous HTTPS years ago.

Another Net Neutrality Day of Action Draws Fewer Big Names

Another Net Neutrality Day of Action Draws Fewer Big Names

Even if they succeed, they'll need to get President Donald Trump to sign it.Then again, every part of the fight for net neutrality has been a long shot, from efforts in 2014 and 2015 to pass rules at the FCC, to the recent push to approve the legislation in the Senate.

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

“Get Big Fast” gave way to “Minimum Viable Product.”The Latest Shopping TechStock BotsWalmart partnered with Bossa Nova Robotics to deploy inventory-tracking droids in 50 stores this year.Virtual ShowroomsHardware giant Lowe’s debuted its “Holoroom” last year, which guides headset-clad DIYers through home improvement projects in VR.Face TimeGourmet confectioner Lolli & Pops recently installed facial recognition cameras in stores to flag regulars and compile customized shopping recommendations.Mirror, MirrorFashion retailer Farfetch unveiled touchscreen mirrors and clothing racks that sense when an item is removed—then beam a virtual version to the shopper's smartphone.Cinderella ScannersNew Balance and Fleet Feet Sports recently introduced scanners by Volumental that generate a 3D virtual model of your feet in five seconds.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

Particularly, Wardle says the program tries different tactics to get information about the other software running on a user's computer.'This app is horrible, it just blatantly violates so many Apple App Store guidelines.'Patrick Wardle, Digita SecuritySome programs, like trustworthy antivirus scanners, use this capability safely and legitimately, but App Store apps aren't supposed to be able to access it from inside their sandboxes.