An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

The 'Eye Mouth Eye' Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues

The 'Eye Mouth Eye' Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues

“We were just fooling around online,” says Reggie James, the founder of the startup Eternal, who put the symbols in his bio after he saw friends Athena Kan and Tina Zheng, both young women in tech, do the same.

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

While Alphabet's Waymo is focusing on self-driving tech and leaving the car building to places like Detroit, Zoox has stuck to its plan to design a robotaxi from the ground up—and operate a ride-hail service.

How to Suspend Your Phone Service to Save Money

How to Suspend Your Phone Service to Save Money

In the My Verizon app, the one you use to check and pay your monthly bill, head to Devices > Manage > Controls > Suspend Device > Vacation or other reason, and choose Reduced Rate.

Glaciers continue to melt away

Glaciers continue to melt away

NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says that the volume lost from the Brewster Glacier in Mt Aspiring National Park is about equal to the basic drinking water requirements for all New Zealanders for those three years.

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

But those currents may be changing because more melting ice is injecting the Arctic Ocean with freshwater, which is less dense than saltwater, and therefore floats above it.

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous' loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member."It's the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies," Emma Best, cofounder of DDOSecrets, wrote in a series of text messages.

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will shut down on July 22 and is “teaming up” with Facebook Gaming to give partnered Mixer streams a new home, both companies announced on Monday.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

These people may or may not follow the creator already, but TikTok has determined they may be more likely to engage with the video, based on their past behavior.

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

He pestered Zur. He asked him personal questions—what kind of music do you like?Zur, who continues to compose for film, represents a new group of composers for blockbuster games, comfortable across mediums.

A Legion of Bugs Puts Hundreds of Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

A Legion of Bugs Puts Hundreds of Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

Israeli security firm JSOF revealed on Tuesday a collection of vulnerabilities it's calling Ripple20, a total of 19 hackable bugs it has identified in code sold by a little known Ohio-based software company called Treck, a provider of software used in internet-of-things devices.

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

We've compared some popular services for trading in an old device for cash or store credit.Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

As Bristol Bay fishermen gear up for this year’s salmon season—one beset by fears that Covid-19 could overwhelm this remote region as thousands of seasonal workers from across the world descend on fishing communities with scant medical resources—they must also contend with a slower-moving hazard: the warming temperatures that threaten a $1.5 billion industry and the people it supports.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release .Machine-learning algorithms are directed to analyze vast collections of text scraped from the web to discover the statistical patterns in language use.

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Announced this week by filmmaker Ava DuVernay , the Law Enforcement Accountability Project is an effort by DuVernay’s company Array to fund film, theater, literature, and other media focused on police violence.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

A Native Hawaiian, Kamai is one of the organizers of the June 10 “Shut Down STEM to Strike for Black Lives,” a call for researchers to stop their work and spend the day learning about how systemic racism functions in their fields and at their institutions, and then to draft plans for eradicating those inequalities.

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

“It may be years before academic research institutions reach a new normal,” the paper concludes.Scientists have redirected their energy toward fighting the novel coronavirus and have shared their data; already over 13,000 papers have been written on the topic, and over 3,000 preprints related to Covid-19 research have been shared on open-access preprint sites like bioRxiv and medRxiv.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

A Minnesota-based activist and community organizer, Mohammed wanted to hit the streets and march to demand justice for George Floyd and other black victims, but while the coronavirus is still rampant—and the possibility of unknowingly having it without any symptoms — the only option she had was to stay at home and stay safe from Covid-19.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

New York City officials stress that rideshare services are only offline for a few hours, from the 8 pm curfew until just after midnight, and the New York Police Department claims Citi Bikes and Revel scooters were shut down due to concerns people were using them for looting.

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

In early May, when Valorant was in closed beta, publisher Riot Games said it would make an effort to curb toxicity after several of the company’s female developers spoke out about harassment they’d received in-game.