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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point

Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point

Two years ago, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts discovered disturbing vulnerabilities in Medtronic's popular MiniMed and MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump lines. Both Medtronic and regulators acknowledge that there is no way to patch the flaws on the affected insulin pump models, or to completely disable the remote feature.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone

How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone

Many phones let you record HD video (1080p) at even higher frame rates: 240 fps slo-mo has become pretty common among premium devices, like the Pixel 3, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the Galaxy S9.

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

It’s a framework that allows developers to easily port iOS apps over to the Mac, which means mobile apps like Twitter—and many others once app makers have time to tool around with this—can now run as MacOS apps.

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

Though they are developed by well-known companies and the location sharing is advertised for accepted uses, these apps also have the potential to be exploited by attackers who have access to victim devices.

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News. Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos.

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

With a few seconds of physical access to a phone, even apps as common as Google Maps and Apple's Find My Friends can be tweaked to persistently share a user's location with another contact while offering the phone's owner no notification or warning, the researchers told me.

An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone

An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone

Seriously, it’s my favorite update in iOS 13 so far, and brings the iPhone’s camera roll much closer to the experience we’ve all come to expect with Google Photos .The same four tabs still exist at the bottom of the home screen—Photos, For You, Albums, and Search—but in iOS 13 there’s an additional layer above that with four new filtering options: Years, Months, Days, and All Photos.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is currently the most downloaded free game on both Android and iOS. It’s not even the best-performing Harry Potter game in recent memory: A decidedly non-AR entry called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery racked up seven times as much revenue as Wizards Unite in its first four days after launch, when you compare the same markets.

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

The more interesting reason to take a look at the Roku Channel is that it also offers free live streaming, including news reports from ABC and indie movies and classic TV from Filmrise.

App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’

App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’

That’s the message Apple tried to get across when it announced its new feature this month at WWDC.During the keynote address at Apple’s annual developer conference, the company flashed onto the screen the standard login buttons from Facebook and Google—the same buttons you can use to sign into apps or websites today.

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

App Expose, the macOS feature which shows you all of your open apps, will soon work on the iPad. The Files app will have a column view, with a preview window, similar to the way Finder works on the Mac. The iPadOS demo at WWDC reached a kind of crescendo when a virtual thumb drive appeared on the giant screen behind Federighi, illustrating that the Files app on iPad will now recognize external drives and devices.

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Many of the updates focused on health , including Noise app, which will monitor, well, noise surrounding the device and alert its user when a cacophony reaches potentially harmful levels.

More Trouble for Huawei: No More Facebook on New Phones

More Trouble for Huawei: No More Facebook on New Phones

Facebook's decision is the latest fallout from the US government's decision last month to add Huawei to a list of companies that, due to national security concerns, must get permission to buy US-made technology, including software.

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

For anyone still looking to interact with a fellow human being while wearing AirPods, Apple announced a sound-sharing feature, which allows multiple users to connect to the same audio source.

ITunes Is Dead. Let's Pay Our Respects

ITunes Is Dead. Let's Pay Our Respects

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple executive Craig Federhigi made it official: iTunes is dead on the Mac, split in the upcoming version of macOS into separate Music, Podcast, and TV apps.

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

Marzipan is the code name for Apple’s years-long project of porting iOS apps to the Mac. The company doesn’t like to say it is unifying or “merging” its mobile and desktop operating systems.

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News

Call of Duty Is Here, Apple Updates Are Coming, and More News. We could also see an update to Watch OS and the release of "Marzipan," the codename for Apple's years-long project of porting iOS apps to the Mac. New York is ready to ditch the MetroCard.

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