Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

In the first quarter of 2020, just 4.2 percent of all smartwatches sold were running Google's Wear OS platform, according to Vincent Thielke, an analyst at Canalys.

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

On top of its analysis of sales data, the EMCDDA also trawled dark web markets and forums to see what drug dealers were saying about the pandemic's effects on their business, and found mixed messages.

The FDA Tightens the Rules for Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests

The FDA Tightens the Rules for Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests

In mid-March, the agency loosened its rules, declaring via an update to its emergency use guidance that antibody tests could be sold without seeking the agency’s approval, provided that manufacturers did their own validation.

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Our new program, Agility Prime, leverages unique Air Force assets—test ranges, safety certifications, and military missions capable of logging steady flight hours—to build confidence in the technology, attract investors, and hopefully expedite domestic commercialization.Flying cars aren’t the only commercial technology the military can help accelerate.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

Jesseca Dupart started as a simple hair salon in this northeastern section of New Orleans, called Little Woods, back in 2012, when she was 30 years old, and by the time I visited her six years later, Kaleidoscope was a rapidly growing brand in the African American beauty market.

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

Like many influencers, she tags her clothes and beauty products on LikeToKnowIt, a platform that connects her followers to the online retailers where they can shop her lifestyle.Affiliate commissions give influencers like Elyce a way to suggest products more organically than, say, writing #sponsored captions for something they wouldn’t actually use.

Rivian Wants to Bring Electric Trucks to the Masses

Rivian Wants to Bring Electric Trucks to the Masses

Jokes abounded last fall when Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new “Blade Runner pickup,” but the Cybertruck can drive up to 500 miles on a single charge and is available with one, two, or three motors.Like Musk, Scaringe does not think his company alone can solve the problem.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.

With So Many Streaming Services, What Really Sets Them Apart?

With So Many Streaming Services, What Really Sets Them Apart?

With HBO—and its forthcoming HBO Max service, which will offer additional originals and, well, Friends—the content has always been a part of its branding: It was an alternative to what you’d find on the rest of television, with more sex, more violence, more complicated characters who barely resembled the one-note protagonists on network TV (and they could say “fuck”).

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Soto was right, NYC’s short-term rental market was booming—but what he failed to mention was that it was also largely illegal .On Monday, just four days after Soto’s presentation, the mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement formally announced it had opened an investigation into Guesty, saying that the bulk of the company’s business in New York has likely been unlawful.

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

Dashlane's Super Bowl Ad Proves Password Managers Have Arrived

Dashlane's Super Bowl Ad Proves Password Managers Have Arrived

But among the companies coughing up a reported $5.6 million for 30 seconds of Big Game glory is one name most people have never heard of, selling a product that many don’t know exists: Dashlane, an app that manages your passwords.

Success Kid's Mom Won't Stand for Steve King's 'Meme' Ad

Success Kid's Mom Won't Stand for Steve King's 'Meme' Ad

The real legal questions are two: Did he violate the Griners’ right of publicity, and can King prove that his campaign’s version of the meme is a fair use of Griner’s copyrighted material?

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

The release of genetic data has also spurred a flurry of new research findings in recent days, including one paper published by a team of Chinese researchers last night in the Journal of Medical Virology that claims to have used the viral sequence to find the most likely source of the emerging outbreak.

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

“There is no longer a good time to release a game,” said Michael Douse, the director of publishing at Larian Studios, which in October announced the indefinite delay of Divinity: Fallen Heroes.

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 500.

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

The future is in sight and water bears face a plight, but first: a cartoon about a Duolingo inheritance .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

New figures released this week show that the average price tag for a death after funeral costs and probate in the UK rose to £9,493 ($12,300) in 2019, an increase of over 70 percent since 2014.

Personal Data Is Valuable. Give Pricing Power to the People

Personal Data Is Valuable. Give Pricing Power to the People

So, for a data market to succeed, individual data creators—whether enterprises or consumers—will need tools to set their own privacy terms and conditions.

The New Version of Bluetooth Is Here to Fix Your Headphones

The New Version of Bluetooth Is Here to Fix Your Headphones

That LE stands for “low energy,” and the goal for the update is to allow a standard Bluetooth signal to better manage and share wireless audio streams between devices without overworking the batteries in your phone, your smartwatch, or your headphones.

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

CES 2020, then, will be an opportunity for tech makers to demonstrate that 5G will be an actual thing this year, and they’re not going to hold back.

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

One of the founders of DeepMind cofounded the Partnership on AI, which aims to direct “attention and effort on harnessing AI to contribute to solutions for some of humanity’s most challenging problems.” On December 4, PAI announced the release of SafeLife, a proof-of-concept reinforcement-learning model that can avoid unintended side effects of its optimization activity in a simple game.

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

It’s the same graffiti font used by many of the Cybertruck swag sellers on Amazon and Etsy, both of which forbid trademark infringement on their platforms but have sometimes struggled to remove it .

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

“We’d pop in sketches on a Monday, choose the one we wanted on Tuesday, build the CAD model on Wednesday, mill it on Thursday, then present it on Friday,” says design manager Chris Walter.

How to Opt Out of the Sites That Sell Your Personal Data

How to Opt Out of the Sites That Sell Your Personal Data

Your personal data is valuable to marketers, which is why so many companies have details about you on their books—all of which can be used to target you with advertising, or to find out where you live and work, or even to steal your identity for fraudulent purposes.

Google Buys Fitbit to Fulfill Its Own Bigger Ambitions

Google Buys Fitbit to Fulfill Its Own Bigger Ambitions

The mountains of data produced by Fitbit's 28 million users doesn't hurt either.“By working closely with Fitbit’s team of experts, and bringing together the best AI, software and hardware, we can help spur innovation in wearables and build products to benefit even more people around the world,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services, said in a statement announcing the acquisition.

Inside Apple’s High-Flying Bid to Become a Streaming Giant

Inside Apple’s High-Flying Bid to Become a Streaming Giant

The show is one of the first series appearing on the (now named) Apple TV+ streaming service, a multibillion-dollar push that includes projects from Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.