5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Screenshot: David Nield via GoogleIf someone's clogging your inbox but Gmail's Report spam feature isn't catching it, Gmail lets you block individual senders easily.Instead of choosing Block or Report spam from the menu, pick Filter messages like this .

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

For the past couple of decades, we’ve had a shorthand to describe the speed of our wacky wired world: internet time.In internet time, generations were measured not in human life spans but in years—and then months, and then weeks—as new ideas and disruptions pulsed into the digital mindstream.

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Last week, a Belgian-Dutch research team self-published a report advising runners and cyclists that they should take extra care while passing others on the road, warning them that respiratory droplets that could potentially contain the novel coronavirus might spread further than the 6 feet buffer recommended by public health officials.

Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty

Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty

The reason why is no mystery: As people are practicing social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19 , many have come to the conclusion that now is the perfect time to bring a pet into their homes.

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

When Donna Kinville, the city clerk in South Burlington, Vermont, was approached by a startup that wanted to put the city’s land records on a blockchain, she was willing to listen.

The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

You no longer have to put up with emails from unwanted contacts, because Mail in macOS Catalina has been upgraded to let you block senders.

Facebook Is Losing Its Cover for Libra As More Members Flee

Facebook Is Losing Its Cover for Libra As More Members Flee

Last week, PayPal became the first to defect from the 28-member Libra Association, declining to participate in Facebook’s vision for global payments—a vision it helped seed .

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

For example, zero-knowledge proofs can be used to validate cryptocurrency transactions managed on a blockchain and combat fraud without revealing data about which wallet a payment came from, where it was sent, or how much currency changed hands.

Wouldn’t It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?

Wouldn’t It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?

Mobile voting could indeed increase voter participation, but it’s plagued by security issues in search of a solution.But it depends on people, with all their flaws, and on connections to older, not totally secure technologies, like the internet.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

For his series The Gold of Gondo , Cerasoli juxtaposes photographs of blockchain computing with images of abandoned gold mines, prompting viewers to wonder what, in a hundred years, will remain of Alpine Tech's bitcoin boom.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

For me, this is an opportunity to take some action on a public issue that I think is really important," says David Gelernter of his new blockchain venture.

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

Mission: “a simple global currency and infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” It begins with a new cryptocurrency designed for payments ranging from micropayments to remittances without fees (“as easy to send money as an email”) as well as enabling more exotic “smart money” use cases like dynamic contracts, which could enable blockchain-based loans or insurance.

The Newest Haven for Cryptocurrency Companies? Wyoming

The Newest Haven for Cryptocurrency Companies? Wyoming

Jesse Powell, CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, says his company, which has been dropped by US banks in the past, could use such a banking license to hold crypto assets.

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Arthur hadn’t thought it was such a bad idea; the intention was to make the foundation more nimble and efficient, and the Breitmans’ major concern about Gevers was that his responsibilities at Monetas would leave little time for Tezos Foundation work.

Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Joule, his team takes a closer look at the energy consumption of bitcoin mining, based on where miners are located and the types of machines they are using.

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Tuesday, the SEC rang the bell for the first round of the fight, filing a civil complaint alleging that Kik’s ICO was an illegal sale of securities.

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, left, has announced a new proposal to combat robocalls. Still, carriers have argued the FCC does need to clarify whether they can legally implement robocall blocking on an opt-out basis, after a legal challenge to Wheeler’s rule left that in doubt.

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Instead, Microsoft is tackling the challenges of making a truly decentralized solution for a large number of users. His group at Cornell is working on some problems, such as issuing credentials in a way that preserves privacy, and how people will take care of their security keys—the “Achilles heel” of any decentralized system, he says.

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

The company also invested last year in Dapper Labs, the makers of CryptoKitties, which CEO Roham Gharegozlou says is focused on building new experiences for your cat, like racing games, directly on Ethereum.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

As the Journal notes, Facebook’s foray into blockchain could look a bit like a loyalty-points system—tokens that can be earned through and spent on Facebook services, or cashed out elsewhere though partner merchants.

How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online

How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online

From there, go to Muted words , click Add , and start entering Endgame -related phrases one at a time. There are some tools, like Twitter's mute or Facebook's relatively new Keyword Snooze, that can help you traipse through the minefields, but in general, try to stay off your phone as much as possible.

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

Ether Comb, Ether Go. Bednarek tried putting a dollar's worth of Ethereum into a weak key address that the thief had previously emptied.

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

The new Symfonisk range of products from Ikea and Sonos includes a traditional speaker and a hybrid speaker-lamp combo.

This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

It comes in advance of a resolution that would commit the Missoula area to 100 percent clean electricity by 2030.“We looked at the potential for new bitcoin mining and saw that we’re never going to meet these goals if mining happens in the way it’s been happening,” says Josh Slotnick, who sits on the board of commissioners.