Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

On this episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED science writer Matt Simon joins Mike, Lauren, and Arielle to talk about where microplastic comes from, how it gets into our bodies, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

A new report by researchers at Northeastern University confirms that the nation’s four major wireless carriers throttle at least some video content on their networks, and suggests a few workarounds for those who want the best possible video quality on their mobile devices.

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Researchers from the security firm Pen Test Partners published findings this week that an attacker would just need a person's username to track them.A new vulnerability and corresponding exploit of Bluetooth could allow an attacker to determine the encryption keys used during device pairing and let themselves in on the party.

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

It was purpose-built for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to give digital artists a fully-featured desktop-grade art creation app nestled in with their existing desktop apps, with a couple tricks up its sleeve.

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream.Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

And finally, folks can finally get a glimpse of the new Apple TV+ show from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.Universal, meanwhile, said the reason for canceling the release was that "now is not the right time to release this film."

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

Based on a scan of MyCar's exposed database—and Jmaxxz says he was careful not to access anyone else's private data—he estimates that there were roughly 60,000 cars left open to theft by those security bugs, with enough exposed data for a hacker to even choose the make and model of the car they wanted to steal.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China.#Huawei #android #China #operating systems #smartphones.

How Apple Pay Buttons Can Make Websites Less Safe

How Apple Pay Buttons Can Make Websites Less Safe

Maddux has since noticed that Apple has revised its documentation for adding an Apple Pay button to make it less likely that sites will integrate it in this potentially vulnerable way.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Lily Hay Newman covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking for WIRED.Silvanovich, who worked on the research with fellow Project Zero member Samuel Groß, got interested in interaction-less bugs because of a recent, dramatic WhatsApp vulnerability that allowed nation-state spies to compromise a phone just by calling it—even if the recipient didn’t answer the call.

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You. Ever since Apple slipped a digital wallet onto your iPhone in 2012, the company has been vying for control of your financial life.

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

More notably, Samsung says this update includes more advanced health- and fitness-tracking options, taking aim at the biggest selling points of the fitness-forward Apple Watch.Samsung has taken a very different approach to smartwatch releases than Apple, which has introduced one new marquee wearable every fall for the past four years.

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

There’s been growing support from both consumers and retailers to move away from cash in favor of digital payment options .It’s one thing for luxury brands to self-select their customers on the basis of price point, but it’s another for a retailer to deny access to a person trying to buy a pack of gum.

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

The second-quarter slowdown in international sales was “to be expected, because if the most powerful country in the world declares war on you, your company is going to be affected,” said Elliott Zaagman, a China tech watcher who recently visited Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, in an interview.

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Security News This Week: Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now. Justin Sullivan. After a report in The Guardian detailed Apple's use of contractors to "grade" the recordings of Siri users, the company has said it will suspend the program.

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Also, much as WhatsApp and Instagram employees and users might not like it, merging the three brands also allows Zuckerberg to say that he’s doing what the world is asking of him.

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News. An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED transportation writer Alex Davies joins Mike, Arielle, and Lauren to talk about why it’s so difficult to program a fully autonomous vehicle, and how the companies making them have adjusted to the challenge.

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

The company has also been teasing Project Athena, a new set of laptop specifications and performance expectations that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers.

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them.

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

“When you invite this technology to mediate your care relations of whatever kind, you’re also inviting it to do so through its own limited bandwidth, it’s own limited algorithms,” says Natasha Schüll, a professor of media culture and communication at NYU and author of the book Addiction by Design .

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s business that makes modems for smart­phones—the crucial chips that connect devices to cell net­works and Wi-Fi. The deal gives the iPhone maker new power to customize and control the technology inside its mobile devices at a time when the industry is moving to new and faster 5G cellular connections .Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

Comic-Con's Unexpectedly Great Cosplay Moments

Comic-Con's Unexpectedly Great Cosplay Moments

"I wanted to photograph it with my own eye," Shannon says, "to find the weird, wacky moments that maybe aren't classic Comic-Con beauty shots.". "I felt so bad for those security guys," Shannon says, "Every five minutes they're like, 'Sorry, you can't stand there.

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The new app that creeps on your Instagram location, Jakarta is sinking, and all things Comic Con. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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