A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news?

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

"The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and contact information of sexual assault survivors without their consent," Uber said in a statement on Monday.

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

“This is not a simple case of going to a market and picking up samples and testing,” says Peter Daszak, the president of the nonprofit research organization EcoHealth Alliance, who leads the Lancet commission task force.

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election.

Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

So, of course, they thought about the possibility that one day someone might use such tools to alter human genes, even human germlines—making changes to people’s DNA that they’d pass on to future generations.

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

His prediction that the US will need a second 9/11 Commission to examine its failed pandemic response is getting a second look as well—because health experts are coming to the realization that, as devastating as Covid-19 has been, it could have been far worse.

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash

And on Tuesday morning, the day after the Hey email app update was rejected, the European Commission opened antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay service.If we change it, Apple takes 30 percent of our business,” Hansson says about the Hey app.

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

Ricoh's latest entoughened camera has special modes for optimizing colorful foliage and pristine snowy vistas, but it loves getting up close too.

Sony's Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds Are on Sale

Sony's Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds Are on Sale

But if that pair is too big and bulky, the discounted WF-1000XM3 are our top travel pick in our guide to the Best Wirefree Earbuds .The earbuds automatically adjust to ambient sounds and offer an easy, touch-based On/Off controls for when you need to hear the world around you.

Moment's Lenses and Gear Are On Sale Right Now

Moment's Lenses and Gear Are On Sale Right Now

Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L for $120 ($30 off): Moment sells a bevy of its own bags and some from other companies.Peak Designs makes one of our favorite messenger bags , and it doesn't go on sale frequently.

Essential Gear For Keeping Your Workspace Tidy

Essential Gear For Keeping Your Workspace Tidy

Oxo Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner.If you eat lunch alone at your desk, use it to sweep away the evidence.Olde-timey wire-charged gadgets can be juiced at the same time through an extra USB port on the back of the pad.

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

The party speakers, subs, and LED spotlights in Ikea and Teenage Engineering's new Frekvens collection already put other speaker systems to shame.

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Attendees: Come visit WIRED HQ, located at the Yardbird in the Venetian.Samsung T7 TouchPhotograph: SamsungIt's not easy to get excited about hard drives, but if you're a proponent of security—and happen to need extra storage space—then you'll be happy to learn that Samsung's new portable solid-state drive (called the T7 Touch Portable SSD), comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

CES 2020 Liveblog (Tuesday): Photos and News of All the CES Gadget Madness

CES 2020 Liveblog (Tuesday): Photos and News of All the CES Gadget Madness

The WIRED crew is on the ground here in Las Vegas to touch, test, prod, and fondle all of the latest rolling robots, folding phones, and talking fridges.CES Attendees: Come visit WIRED HQ, located at the Yardbird in the Venetian.

Gamers, Heads Up: There Are Some Great Holiday Deals This Week

Gamers, Heads Up: There Are Some Great Holiday Deals This Week

The ever-popular Nintendo Switch doesn't often see discounts, but with some of this bundle you can get a great deal.Nintendo Switch Game deals.Nintendo is running a holiday sale with a ton of deep discounts on some of its most popular games.

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

We will update it as prices change or as gear goes out of stock, and we'll add new deals through the weekend as well.Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Amazon Walmart Best Buy Target Dell Home Depot (Starts at 5 am) Kohl's Newegg Staples B&H Macy's Read our early Black Friday coverage below for some of our favorite deals.WIRED's Black Friday Coverage, So Far. Early Black Friday Deals Midnight Sales Launches (You are here!

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

Read on for more discounts on some of our favorite gear.Photograph: Best Buy. TV Deals.LG 65-Inch 4K TV for $500 ($100 off): This extra-large TV is pretty basic, but a good deal given its size.

A Brief History of Russian Hackers' Evolving False Flags

A Brief History of Russian Hackers' Evolving False Flags

Cyber Berkut was later revealed to be a front for the Russian military intelligence hacker group known as APT28 or Fancy Bear .Over the following years, the GRU would repeat those false flag "hacktivist" attacks again and again.

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

Chris Herwig rode the rails for his new book Soviet Metro Stations, a whirlwind spin through 15 subway systems in seven countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that’s just 15 inches deep—small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry.

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

Now, the United States Federal Election Commission may apply the same laws to block a cybersecurity firm from offering free or low-cost defense services to campaigns, at a time when those protections are badly needed .During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers not only threatened election networks and voting systems, but wreaked havoc by targeting campaigns and political parties, particularly the Democratic National Committee, and leaking troves of sensitive data.

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today. The site is packed with oddball toys and gear from the most popular series around, from Star Trek to Game of Thrones to Fortnite . Putting all the math aside, if you're shopping for geeky gifts, ThinkGeek is worth a look today.

How to Watch Game of Thrones Online

How to Watch Game of Thrones Online

With only four episodes left in the final season, it’s worth a quick refresher on how and when to watch Game of Thrones live, no matter what coast you’re on. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO, at 9 pm in each respective time zone.

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

The Federal Trade Commission says that if influencers have received money, gifts, or anything else that could affect how users view their mention of a brand or product, they should disclose it prominently in the post.

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now. Here on the WIRED Gear team, one of the questions that we field the most often is: Which smart speaker should I choose?