‘Plastitar’ Is the Unholy Spawn of Oil Spills and Microplastics

‘Plastitar’ Is the Unholy Spawn of Oil Spills and Microplastics

“We saw that the tar was completely full of mainly plastics,” says Javier Hernández-Borges, an analytical chemist at the University of La Laguna and coauthor of a new paper in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Five Weeknight Dishes started in late 2018 as a newsletter run by Emily Weinstein, deputy food editor at The New York Times and editor of NYT Cooking.

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

The DoJ this week took action against one of the many groups responsible for that scourge, arresting a Canadian man it alleges used Netwalker ransomware to shake down victims for a combined $27.6 million.

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

The researchers behind Monday’s report, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, found that Facebook Messenger and Instagram were the worst offenders.As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

The malware the Kaspersky researchers discovered uses its UEFI foothold to plant a second, more traditional piece of spyware on the computer's hard drive, a unique piece of code Kaspersky has called MosaicRegressor.

Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19

Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19

If our Covid tests were only cheap enough to make, and prompt enough in delivering results, according to Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina, then we could “quickly contain and end this terrible plague.” Let’s call it the Theory of the Magic Testing Cure: Give the masses inexpensive, instant, at-home diagnostics, and everyone who is infectious will know to put themselves in quarantine.

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

(The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast).With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless , web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018.Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies.

Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New

Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 14, is now available for download, and you'll notice several visual tweaks when you first install it.Notably, your home screen looks very different, with an app library, widgets everywhere, and a new look for Siri.

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.

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Written by marine biologist Kareen Schnabel, the 350-page treatise presents everything we currently know about the different kinds of squat lobster living in New Zealand’s waters.Kareen’s memoir gives detailed information about 87 species of squat lobster in the New Zealand region.

Zynn, the Hot New Video App, Is Full of Stolen Content

Zynn, the Hot New Video App, Is Full of Stolen Content

The account also began posting videos taken from her official social media profiles on February 19, months before Zynn became available for download.

Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

That means a super-duper missile would have a velocity of 137 kilometers per second.So if we want a super-duper fast missile, it's going to have to be in space.If you want a missile to go faster, you need more fuel, which will increase the mass.

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements to Teams, the office productivity tool that competes with and Slack.

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

Nokia's network analytics business Deepfield told WIRED earlier this month that it has seen internet traffic peaks at 20 percent to 40 percent higher than usual over the past four weeks in areas highly impacted by Covid-19.

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Before I get to the calculations, let's look at the details of the system and the physics involved.

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.

The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs

The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs

But given that over 100 million people use macOS, and it hits at least 10 percent of those with Kaspersky installed, it’s reasonable to assume that millions of Mac users deal with it every year.

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

The right browser extensions are able to add useful functionality and features to your daily window on the web, but these add-ons need to be vetted like any other piece of software—after all, they have the privilege of being able to see everything you're doing online, if they want to.

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Log in to your Twitter, go into your account settings, then scroll to the bottom and click “Deactivate my account.” After that, you’ll be prompted to enter your password, and once you do so your account will be deactivated.

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

However, two complementary approaches, transit-oriented development (TOD) and public space management – or placemaking – can combine both effectively to transform cities.

Verizon’s 5G Network Is Here—If You Can Get a Signal

Verizon’s 5G Network Is Here—If You Can Get a Signal

Verizon launched its mobile 5G network last week in "select areas" of Minneapolis and Chicago, and a speed test shared by a Verizon spokesperson showed an impressive download speed of 762Mbps.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

He agrees that there are always potential downsides to sending data unencrypted, but notes that an attacker who wants to track what a target is downloading might still be able to do it even with TLS encryption, based on an app's size.For its part, the Google Play Store seems to have found a way around this caching mechanism, which is not totally surprising since Google specifically staked out its support for ubiquitous HTTPS years ago.

Firefox's New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

Firefox's New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

Today, Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox browser, said it will take more aggressive measures to protect users' privacy.Future versions of Firefox will automatically block tracking codes placed by so-called third parties, advertisers or other firms that are not the website publisher; users won’t need to take any additional action.