You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

"I remember it was 2017 and we started talking about what if instead of improving multifactor authentication we change course to just eliminate passwords," says Microsoft chief information security officer Bret Arsenault.

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

Time spent traveling, such as commuting to work or driving to a store, declined by 26 minutes from an average of 1.2 hours per day in 2019 to 47 minutes per day in 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

If your television is wall-mounted, and you hate those dangling HDMI cables running up from your Nintendo Switch, you might want to get some paint to match the cable raceway color to your wall’s.

Help! My Colleague Is Taking Credit for My Work

Help! My Colleague Is Taking Credit for My Work

Ask OOO at [email protected] .A small but appreciable tragedy of our remote-work age is the loss of petty workplace dramas that used to add intrigue to the sameness of the day.

Help! What if My New Job Sucks Too?

Help! What if My New Job Sucks Too?

If you find any current or former employees, get on the phone with them for 20 minutes and ask all the questions you don’t think you can ask the hiring manager.

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

For people binging Netflix, that’s useful context—but for the streaming giant, it provides crucial data to help it reduce its vast carbon footprint.

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

Early on, Olgin and Sinha decided to see how much they could improve outcomes by getting patients to measure blood pressure at home.As he thought about how he might use a phone instead, Sinha started wondering whether a camera and flash might extract information from the fingertip.

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

I channeled visions of Steve Jobs, who liked to take his meetings while strolling around Apple’s campus in Cupertino, and Joanna Coles, who famously ran Cosmopolitan from the treadmill desk in her office, further intimidating colleagues by walked on it in heels.

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

In 1991, an article in The New York Times quoted an economist who pointed out that although companies continue to spend heavily on technology, “white-collar productivity has stagnated.” He concludes: “No longer are chief executives confident that throwing computers at their office staffs will result in greater efficiency.”.

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

In a time when a lot of people are dealing with more distractions during the work day, the first question should be, Does this even need to be a meeting?.If you don’t have a dedicated desk and office chair, it’s time.

The Rot of Riot Games Culture Starts at the Top

The Rot of Riot Games Culture Starts at the Top

Women were generally brought on as assistants, she said in a 2018 civil complaint alleging widespread gender discrimination at the League of Legends publisher.McCracken is one of eight women named in a potential class action suit brought against Riot Games alleging widespread gender discrimination.

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

Under the existing standard, some veteran astronauts might have been excluded from longer-term space missions because they are bumping up against lifetime radiation limits.But NASA doesn’t have much data on the health effects of radiation from space on its astronauts.

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

Other versions of white nationalism function like parasitic infections (e.g., the disease caused by tapeworms), spreading less quickly, but involve machinery more intimately linked with human biology.This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations.

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

With the stroke of a pen from his new desk in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden pulled the US back into the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, an international agreement that experts say is vital to getting the world’s nations to slow the emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Moderna’s Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, talked about the cybersecurity issues that pose the biggest threat to our democracy; and Slack's Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce's Bret Taylor told us about how digital-first workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office.

Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

Some of the remediation will involve steps that congressional security already performs as a matter of course, like extensively reviewing security camera footage from the House and Senate floor, in hallways, and other spaces to see what intruders did, including what interactions they may have had with electronics.

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

While The Assistant received great reviews nearly across the board, the film didn’t get much of a theatrical release (and made just $1 million).While Annihilation was fairly well received by critics, it was pretty polarizing among audiences, and it’s almost easy to see why.

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

The health care and mental health services provider Vastaamo says it first began investigating a possible breach at the end of September, when a hacker contacted three of the organization's employees with extortion demands.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Ocasio-Cortez was playing Among Us, a recently viral game with Mafia-like mechanics.By the time Ocasio-Cortez went live at 9 pm ET Tuesday night, over 260,000 people had hit “Follow” on her Twitch channel.

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

That day, the fire appeared likely to reach the floor of the Sacramento Valley at a subdivision called Land Park, about a mile northwest of Derksen’s house.

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Shows can have a dedicated fan base, like Altered Carbon and The OA, but they might not have been successful enough to have amassed a Netflix-wide viewership.

Is Lightning-Fast Plasma the Key to a Cleaner Car Engine?

Is Lightning-Fast Plasma the Key to a Cleaner Car Engine?

For years, the Vehicle Technology Office has been focused on swapping out conventional gasoline with more environmentally friendly biofuels .“An internal combustion engine can utilize a wide range of fuels, and some of those can be partially renewable,” says Howell.

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

Even as senior government officials continue to raise alarms about foreign actors seeking to attack the election, the major entities of federal government that share responsibility for election security—the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees and coordinates the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies—have taken steps that appear to undermine or compromise the nation’s ability to conduct a fair and free election in November and combat foreign interference.

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

So, using funds it had previously earmarked to build a bigger headquarters, Olive started leasing vacation rentals for its employees to reserve, free of charge, whenever they need a getaway.With the pandemic forcing employees to work from home, however, startups like Olive are shifting their workplace incentives out of the office too.

A Standing Desk Changed My Life—It Can Save Yours Too

A Standing Desk Changed My Life—It Can Save Yours Too

Then, I bought something that has all but vanquished my pain: an adjustable standing desk.I was spending hours in an old office chair, hunched over a battered desk every day.Could I justify an expensive standing desk?

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

But they quickly sent an update when they arrived on the scene: “Boss, we found some energetic material,” an agent on the ground reported by phone to William Sweeney, the FBI assistant director in charge of the New York office.

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Last October, during a long day of closed-door sessions and windowless-lab meetings with executives and product managers, the kind of closeness that would now make me shudder in the context of a pandemic, Microsoft revealed its dual-screened phone.

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

For West Yorkshire, 74 people from 100 were predicted to commit serious violence with a gun or knife.For serious violence with a gun or knife, the accuracy dropped to between 14 and 19 percent for West Midlands Police and nine to 18 percent for West Yorkshire.