The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter

And then he said, “If you really want to get fancy and play with photography, you can dye your prints with toner.” We had to compensate for that not-so-nice camera by taking a uniquely shaped photo and applying unique colorations to it and making an art statement out of it rather than trying to keep it as its own thing, which is trying to represent reality.

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Some callers have preexisting mental health conditions and reached out because of concerns about accessing medication or treatment during a pandemic, she writes; others did not have anxiety or depression diagnoses but were beginning to experience symptoms.

RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart

RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart

The film doesn’t have footage of Laika suffering in space (thank God) but it does have plenty of clips of scientists putting Laika and a few other research dogs through a barrage of exercises—they spin in a centrifuge, dazed—and subjecting them to invasive, gruesome surgeries in order to rig them up with the necessary sensors to see how long they’d last alone above the planet’s atmosphere.

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

However, it’s worth stressing that the content of the messages you send isn’t shared, as Facebook doesn’t have access to them due to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption .WhatsApp collects more information about you than it shares with Facebook.

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

Qualcomm’s Founder On Why the US Doesn’t Have Its Own Huawei

At the time, the existing contenders for a wireless standard had limits on how many conversations they could handle, and Jacobs was considering a better alternative called Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA.Jacobs says he thought that other US companies, like Motorola, would stay in the business.

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

Hackers are actively exploiting a vulnerability that allows them to execute commands and malicious scripts on websites running File Manager, a WordPress plugin with more than 700,000 active installations, researchers said on Tuesday.

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

This year’s result also means seven of the 10 warmest winters on record in New Zealand have occurred since the year 2000.This was the highest temperature recorded there during winter since records began in 1885 and the equal-4th warmest winter temperature on record for New Zealand as a whole.

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

Data Visualization: Zoë Hitzig and Puja OhlhaverIn quadratic funding, the more states that participate in supplying $100 million, the more federal bonus funds their compact receives.Mathematically, this is accomplished by taking the square root of each state contribution as a first step.

Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes

Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes

Deepfake videos hosted on three of the biggest porn websites, XVideos, Xnxx, and xHamster, have been viewed millions of times.Deepfake upload figures seen by WIRED did not include Pornhub, which is the second-biggest porn website and despite banning deepfakes in 2018 still has problems with the videos.

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

It’s part of a broader category of caloric effects, in which some external trigger—a force, pressure, a magnetic or electric field—induces a change in a material’s temperature.If the rubber is stretched quickly enough, the latent heat stays in the material and its temperature goes up.

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

Durandal is one of three AIs aboard the Marathon, a giant space ship built out of a hollowed-out Martian moon (Deimos, if I remember correctly).

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

Screenshot: David Nield via Access DotsiOS 14 adds a new feature to iPhones that shows an on-screen alert if an app is trying to use your device's camera or mic—just like the 'active' light that might be next to your laptop's webcam.

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

Download the drivers from the links above after making sure your specific camera model is supported.The Hard Way. If your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work.First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers.

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

Essentials is the best choice for most people with big families, but the Magenta and Magenta Plus plans are also great value if you are connecting only a few lines and you use features like tethering with a hot spot, you watch videos on the go, or if you travel abroad a lot.

The Pixel 4 Is One of Our Fave Phones, and It's $250 Off

The Pixel 4 Is One of Our Fave Phones, and It's $250 Off

Please also consider subscribing to WIRED .Is the Pixel 4 Right for You. Google has plenty of awesome smart software features too, like Call Screen, which scans calls from unknown numbers to prevent robocalls and spam.

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Writing today in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international team of scientists calculates that the coronavirus lockdown may only cool the planet by about 0.01 degree Celsius by the year 2030.

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

In what appears to be a massive coordinated strike against Reddit , hackers took over dozens of pages on Friday afternoon, using their access to plaster pro-Donald Trump imagery across subreddits with huge followings.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

At its second annual Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung has announced a spate of new devices, including new flagship smartphones, a foldable phone, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds.Photograph: SamsungSamsung's flagship phones have always hogged the limelight at its Unpacked events, and this year is no different.

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok may very well be the future of the image.Sign up for our Longreads newsletter for the best features, ideas, and investigations from WIRED.And they're built, by design, on a kind of appropriation—the original lip-syncing app required users to mime existing audio.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

Anderson says that over the course of the eight-week conference, even skeptics came around to the idea that the event was TED-like, and even worth the hefty tariff to attend.

Iranian Spies Accidentally Leaked Videos of Themselves Hacking

Iranian Spies Accidentally Leaked Videos of Themselves Hacking

They show the hackers accessing compromised Gmail and Yahoo Mail accounts to download their contents, as well as exfiltrating other Google-hosted data from victims.A screenshot from a leaked video of Iranian hackers demonstrating how to exfiltrate emails from a Yahoo account using the email management tool Zimbra.

Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug

Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug

On top of all of that, says Check Point's head of vulnerability research Omri Herscovici, the Windows DNS bug can in some cases be exploited with no action on the part of the target user, creating a seamless and powerful attack.

Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Your beverage might not taste very good, though, which is why it's important to pay attention to a few key things.Making good booze can take time, and it’s important to not rush things.

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

When she’s not hunting for ancient life on other planets, Bosak studies the earliest life on our own, a process she says is analogous to what Perseverance will be doing on Mars.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things Crispr can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA.It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn.

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

The agencies recommended security professionals immediately implement a patch to protect the devices from hacking techniques that could fully take control of the networking equipment, offering access to all the traffic they touch and a foothold for deeper exploitation of any corporate network that uses them.