Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Currently 56 percent of malware threats against Gmail users come from Microsoft Office documents, and 2 percent come from PDFs. In the months that it's been active, the new scanner has increased its daily malicious Office document detection by 10 percent.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80 percent decline in abundance.

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Data compiled by Camden council reveals that of the 7,100 whole properties listed on platforms such as Airbnb and in 2019, a staggering 48 percent exceeded the 90-day legal limit.

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.

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

Gene-editing trials are optimistic and Tesla stocks are going ballistic, but first: a cartoon about meme cinema .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Hackable Cisco Phones, a Locust Invasion, and More News

Hackable Cisco Phones, a Locust Invasion, and More News

New estimates show that the locust population in East Africa—already numbered in the hundreds of billions—could increase 500-fold by June, causing massive food shortages across the continent.WIRED Recommends: Best Sunrise Alarms.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

As millions of Chinese remain in lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a new global problem has arisen: a shortage of surgical masks.And that isn't just a problem for China: The US gets 95 percent of its surgical masks from overseas, and China is the world's largest supplier.

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

Last week, the World Health Organization decided against declaring the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency in part because the disease seemed to only be spreading through people who had been to Wuhan, China.

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.

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Washington effectively bans carriers from using the company’s equipment in US networks and has long warned that Huawei could build backdoors into its products that could be accessed by the Chinese government, something the company denies it has done or would do.

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

That is a bizarrely low threshold for entry into, say, a 10-part fantasy drama featuring a character that could best be described as “Legolas with an Equinox membership” with episodes that run between 47 and 67 minutes.

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

Chrome is protecting and Sonos is disconnecting, but first: a cartoon about the new big screen .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

In a 2013 poll by Spiceworks, 26 percent of respondents projected that they wouldn't migrate away from Windows XP before Microsoft ended support for that operating system in 2014.

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.

A Strange New Decade, Tesla's Strong Sales, and More Car News This Week

A Strange New Decade, Tesla's Strong Sales, and More Car News This Week

On the other, it’s business as usual, with Tesla reporting this week its quarterly delivery results.Cities’ efforts to use ride-hail services like Uber to replace public transit hit some speed bumps .City officials move forward with ambitious plans to combat climate change —and 2020 looks to be a pivotal year.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

These mayors are members of C40, a network of 94 large cities—Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Lagos, to name a few—committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.That declaration didn’t just reaffirm these cities’ efforts to fight climate change .

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

Acidifying Oceans Could Eat Away at Sharks' Skin and Teeth

Acidifying Oceans Could Eat Away at Sharks' Skin and Teeth

They found that on average, a quarter of the denticles on the sharks in acidic water were damaged, compared to 9.2 percent on the controls.

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Yet when faced with declining sales and overall economic weakness in the years following the Great Recession of 2008–2009, Best Buy and other chains buckled under the pressure and lost sight of what they could do that pointing and clicking could not.

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Hackers are surging and cloud providers are splurging, but first: a cartoon about eyewear from the future .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

More than 3,000 people reported sexual assaults related to Uber rides in the US last year, the ride-hail company said Thursday in a long-awaited report on violence and safety—an average of eight per day.

FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

The report, which includes large amounts of data on global and regional land use and forest cover, represents FAO's delivery of a promised "collective product" on the status of drylands around the world.

146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News

146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News

Android users are groaning and websites are moaning, but first: a cartoon about what to do with a broken laptop .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.146 new vulnerabilities all come preinstalled on Android phones.

The Future of Banking Is … You're Broke

The Future of Banking Is … You're Broke

These neo-banks have been trying to make money in the usual ways: By taking a cut of credit or debit card transactions, collecting interest on consumer deposits, and making loans.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

During a Q&A with actor Chris Evans following a screening of their new film Knives Out at the WIRED25 conference Saturday night in San Francisco, Johnson said that while he’s mostly had positive interactions with Star Wars fans, “if someone is responding to diversity negatively, fuck ‘em.”.

Want to Plant More Trees? Just Use a Different Search Engine

Want to Plant More Trees? Just Use a Different Search Engine

Kroll says Ecosia was on pace to generate 200 percent of its total energy use from new sustainable sources (“Why stop at one hundred?”) but that progress was slowed by Ecosia’s own growth.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.