The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

No easy trip, sure, but far quicker than most: Over the course of 2019, on average, congestion increased drive times by 71 percent.And that while Angelenos have the right to gripe about America’s worst traffic, the city’s 42 percent congestion level looks peachy compared to the megacities of India and southeast Asia.

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

The complaint goes to some lengths to emphasize that Greenwald was not initially a subject of the investigation into this alleged hacking group, but that an audio recording uncovered during a lawful search pointed to "direct participation of the journalist in criminal conduct."

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

I can't tell you how many games I've played in the last decade that are clearly riffing on Thirty Flights of Loving.A whole generation of independent games has used this trick, with fantastic results, but Thirty Flights of Loving is still thrilling.

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site .You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures.

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Google figures that since it has a big (encrypted) database of all your passwords, it might as well compare them against a 4-billion-strong public list of compromised usernames and passwords that have been exposed in innumerable security breaches over the years.

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

While I continue to use Google at work (more out of necessity, as my employer runs on G-Suite), on my phone I’m all about DuckDuckGo. I had, based on zero evidence, convinced myself that finding things on the internet was hard and, inevitably, involved a fair amount of tracking.

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

Security researcher Oliver Hough found a database with information related to 51,000 customer service interactions, which included some personally identifiable information and full online chats.

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Weddings are bizarre in this sense, as they suddenly place an expectation on people who likely have no previous event-planning experience to organize what society pressures them into believing is the most important day of their lives.

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Late last year Google’s cloud division announced that it would not offer a facial-recognition service that customers could adapt for their own uses due to concerns about its potential for abuse.

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

After it encoded the original set of emoji from Japanese cellphone carriers, Unicode started looking to search results: If you submit a proposal for a new emoji, you need to provide screenshots showing how many webpages are found when you search for its associated word or phrase in Google Search, Bing Search, and Google Video Search, plus Google Trends.

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

The Equifax settlement has a provision through which victims can claim a cash payment for "time spent."If you spent hours researching what to do about the breach, setting up credit freezes, hopping on the phone with your bank, or doing anything else remotely relevant, you can claim up to $250 for that time without needing to show any specific evidence.

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them.

The Extinct Birds Project

The Extinct Birds Project

Artwork © Alberto Rey, The Extinct Birds Project Even in crowded museums, I can usually count on having the bird specimen displays to myself. Rey began pursuing the project in 2015, when he gazed at a drawer of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News. Jony Ive—designer of the iPhone—is leaving Apple; Twitter is finally cracking down on politicians; and WIRED has a list of the best biking cities in the world.

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.

10 Productivity Tips and Tricks From WIRED Staff

10 Productivity Tips and Tricks From WIRED Staff

I use Death Clock, a Chrome extension that calculates your life expectancy and then displays your waning days, hours, and minutes every time you open a new tab.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

As I move through the day building out my top scope, I keep crossing off each item in turn, and as the list of checkboxes starts to color in, I can see, in a physical, graphical form, how I’m doing.

Facebook Wants to Connect You With Your 'Secret Crush'

Facebook Wants to Connect You With Your 'Secret Crush'

The feature will be available only in countries where Facebook has rolled out its Dating service , including Colombia, Canada, Thailand, Argentina, and Mexico, as well as 14 new countries in Asia and South America introduced today.

Money Management Tips From a Formerly Manic Spender

Money Management Tips From a Formerly Manic Spender

That was six years of impulse shopping, spending money I didn’t have, and racking up credit card debt. Between mobile payments, fewer stores having a card minimum, and some places not even accepting cash, it's easier than ever to spend money in practically invisible ways.

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

He suggested that Amy could be killed at home and agreed that her house could be burned to the ground—for an additional 10 bitcoin, or $4,100.“Not my wife,” Stephen replied, “but I was thinking the same thing.” The next day he scraped together the money.

Lasers Highlight Ketamine's Depression-Fighting Secrets

Lasers Highlight Ketamine's Depression-Fighting Secrets

And mice don’t have anywhere near our behavioral complexity.“It's important to recognize here the mouse doesn't really have depression per se,” says Yale psychiatrist Alex Kwan, who has studied the effects of ketamine on mouse brains.

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

If you’re looking for playlists you’ve carefully crafted or saved, you’ll want to navigate out of Search and go to the Your Library tab on the bottom right.

How to Check Your Computer for Hacked Asus Software Update

How to Check Your Computer for Hacked Asus Software Update

Attackers compromised Asus’s Live Update tool to distribute malware to almost 1 million customers last year, according to initial findings researchers at the threat intelligence firm Kaspersky Lab disclosed Monday.

Knock Around a Goat Carcass With These Buzkashi Players

Knock Around a Goat Carcass With These Buzkashi Players

Buzkashi, the centuries-old Central Asian sport in which men on horses fight over a decapitated, disemboweled goat or calf carcass, is surely one of the world’s strangest spectacles. “I’m fascinated by traditions, and buzkashi is a very old tradition,” Huix says.

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

The Best Xbox One Deals, Bundles, and Essentials Online Microsoft With its impressive performance and support for the latest television tech, the Xbox One X is the go-to console for enthusiasts.

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

"As long as you dress warmly outside, you're not in danger." The series also documents the creative ways Yakutsk residents manage the cold, including building their houses on stilts so the central heating doesn't melt the permafrost—in Russia, Yakutsk is known as "the city on legs"—and placing all sewage, water, and utility lines above ground to keep them from freezing.

The Russian Sleuth Who Outs Moscow's Elite Hackers and Assassins

The Russian Sleuth Who Outs Moscow's Elite Hackers and Assassins

"To do that work from Russia takes a remarkable amount of courage." John Hultquist, FireEye These are just the latest in an ongoing series of reve­lations the Insider and Bellingcat have made about the GRU, an agency now believed to be respon­sible for everything from the Skripal assassination attempt to the hacking and leaking operation targeting US and French elections.