North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

ZecOps’ Avraham says that while the hackers hadn't fooled him in their brief DM chat, he did click on a link in one of the attackers' blog posts that purported to show some research-related code.

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon’s new health tracker, the Halo, is a small, display-free device fitted into a fabric band that you wear on your wrist.Also, the Halo's microphone records snippets of your conversations to interpret the emotions conveyed in the tone of your speaking voice.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Cyberbullying is hard to define and even harder to measure; even Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, can’t estimate how prevalent the behavior is on its platform, or whether it’s worsened as Instagram replaces school cafeterias and shopping malls as the main place where teenagers interact.

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Lorenz defended herself and called out what she characterized as previous harassment by Srinivasan and others on a variety of platforms, including Clubhouse.

This Pandemic Is Lonely. But Don't Call Loneliness an ‘Epidemic’

This Pandemic Is Lonely. But Don't Call Loneliness an ‘Epidemic’

“When the language of loneliness emerged around about 1800, before then people did use the word lonely, but they meant being alone,” Alberti says.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Today, Giphy and the peanut butter brand Jif released limited-edition jars of spread sure to reignite the discourse of how to pronounce GIF all over again.

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

But it’s not all about instinct: a paper published in PNAS this week suggests that parents can be trained to improve their parentese and that this training gives their babies’ language a boost.

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

Quote tweets are I think an important mechanic that’s distinct because me yelling in your movie theater is different than you hosting your own conversation.

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

“The philosophical approach we took here is, when you start a conversation, as the author of a tweet you should have a little more control over the replies to that tweet,” Beykpour said.

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

But for a brief moment, as 2009 turned into 2010, we had a glimpse of what a different social web might look like.Later, when the site became an international craze with over 30 million users, Ternovskiy would describe Chatroulette as “one hundred percent my window into the world.”.

Trump Still Doesn't Believe Russia Hacked the 2016 Election

Trump Still Doesn't Believe Russia Hacked the 2016 Election

Nearly three years since US intelligence agencies collectively stated that the Kremlin had hacked the Democratic National Committee, President Donald Trump still takes every opportunity to publicly downplay and dismiss the facts about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

How Trump’s Ukraine Mess Entangled CrowdStrike

How Trump’s Ukraine Mess Entangled CrowdStrike

Like other prominent companies of its kind, CrowdStrike conducts digital forensic investigations, and defends its clients in part by removing a hacker's access to compromised accounts and devices.But when CrowdStrike or another firm investigates an incident, they typically don't physically remove a client's devices.

Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

"Based on the data, people who have romantic intent use the words 'night' and 'dream' a lot more," says Lee. Other apps have used similar models to juice up sales pitches, advise employees on messaging the boss, or generate context-specific email replies.

How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

We're living longer than our grandparents or their grandparents, and we're going to need to think about our own futures and how we plan for them.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News. Iran shot down an American drone, Apple recalled a lot of MacBooks that were at risk of catching fire, and Avengers: EndGame is being rereleased.

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News. Korea has taken the top spot among quality cars, scientists have created a robot fish that runs on blood, and Taylor Swift is causing a stir.

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News. There's a new scam getting after your Google Calendar, you can now control TVs with your eyes, and it's time to get your smorgasbord of cell phone photos organized.

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Wednesday, Amazon demonstrated a new model, in which Alexa completes multiple tasks in a single conversation that combines services previously isolated in separate skills. The movie-night planning service will be limited to the US, and to English, but Prasad says Amazon will soon give Alexa the power to multitask in other, unspecified, ways.

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.

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News. Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over.

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News. Thousands of immigrant tech workers are being sent home under the Trump administration, GoDaddy is out to fight spam, and the Avengers are ready for their End Game.

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

President Donald Trump tweeted invective at Twitter again this morning, but this time Jack Dorsey took the conversation off-platform to the White House. In other news, a controversial US Census question creates some strange bedfellows, and a "blockchain bandit" is pilfering millions in cryptocurrency.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Two years in the works, the 55 Member organizations have agreed on a common vision for sustainable mobility articulated around four simple policy goals: universal access, efficiency, safety, and green mobility.

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

A new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, turns the virtual assistant into a real-time language translator between two people who are trying to chat in the same physical space.

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

Your Voice Assistant May Be Getting Smarter, But It's Still Awkward

In September of this year, a report published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research rang the warning bell on virtual assistants, saying that they frequently didn’t understand health-related queries and that nearly 30 percent of the answers provided by the assistants “could cause harm if acted on.” And of course, voice control getting good presents just as many ethical problems as it does moments of ease.