Public asked to help build national flood photo database

Public asked to help build national flood photo database

NIWA is asking people in flood-affected areas to contribute photos to a national database to support understanding of flood hazard and flood risk.I am really excited by the development of NIWA’s citizen science app, as we look to gather more information to support our country’s flood management decision-making.”.

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

Why James Bond Doesn’t Use an iPhone

Why James Bond Doesn’t Use an iPhone

“Pegasus spyware would no doubt be used by adversaries to target James Bond if he were an iPhone user,” says Moore.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Two Octobers ago, Microsoft revealed its long-in-the-works dual-screened device, named the Surface Duo .When the Surface Duo 2 ships it will be running on Android 11 , and like the last time around, some key Microsoft Office apps have been optimized for the split screens.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Has the Best Cameras.Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has been our favorite high-end camera phone for the better part of a year, largely because its camera system is unrivaled in the US.

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max , and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don't judge).Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The 12 Mini suffered from poor battery life , but Apple says it'll now run an hour and a half longer, as will the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max last 2 and a half hours more than their respective predecessors.

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

It’s a Good Day to Update All Your Devices. Trust Us

It’s a Good Day to Update All Your Devices. Trust Us

But if you haven’t, today is an especially good day to be on top of it, because Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all pushed security fixes in the past two days for vulnerabilities that hackers are actively exploiting.

Watch Apple’s iPhone 13 Launch Event Right Here

Watch Apple’s iPhone 13 Launch Event Right Here

Apple is hosting its annual fall hardware event this morning, and, as usual, the entire tech industry (and anyone who’s been thinking it’s time to buy a new iPhone) will be watching—online—to get a sense of how Apple is both responding to and advancing trends in consumer tech.

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Phone or Laptop

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Phone or Laptop

How to Take a Screenshot on an iPhone or iPad. Illustration: AppleTo capture a screenshot on your iPhone or iPad , press the Sleep/Wake and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.Photograph: Simon HillTo capture a screenshot on an Android phone or tablet , press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with WIRED senior writer Lily Hay Newman about what caused the power problems in New Orleans, and how humanity can prepare for unexpected disasters (like solar flares) that might come in the near future.

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

Photograph: Motorola Make sure to check out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Headphones guides for more.Motorola One 5G for $350 ($50 off) : This Android phone will give you not only four rear cameras but also two days of battery life on a single charge.

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.

My Dream of the Great Unbundling

My Dream of the Great Unbundling

So you end up feeling as if you should somehow worship these giants and fear their power and size and ability to innovate—and sure, the Apple M1 rollout is for the ages—but at the same time there’s a cultural imperative to smash them, using any (digital) means necessary.

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

Or was it the 419 million Facebook user records, including hundreds of millions of phone numbers, names, and Facebook IDs, scraped from the social network by bad actors before a 2018 Facebook policy change, that were exposed publicly and reported by TechCrunch in September 2019?

How to Test Early Betas of Software You Use Every Day

How to Test Early Betas of Software You Use Every Day

Choose to download and install the update, and once your phone restarts again, it'll be running the beta version rather than the standard version of iOS.It's exactly the same if you're on an iPad, except you are of course following the iPadOS and Enroll your iPad links where applicable, instead of the ones related to iOS and iPhones.

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

Like your car, they might just need a new part every now and then, and the best repair you can do on your phone to make it last longer is a battery replacement.

You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

Each new model of the Apple Watch comes with added features and capabilities, and a thriving ecosystem of third-party apps makes your step-tracking, heart rate-monitoring timepiece all the more useful: Apps that help you get things done, get from A to B, get answers to your questions, and generally get on with life without having to constantly reach into your pocket for your phone.

People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything

People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything

In a control experiment in which no one was distracted, the researchers observed a previously described phenomenon known as lane formation: As the two groups made contact, people arranged themselves in two or three columns.

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.

How to Export Your Passwords From LastPass

How to Export Your Passwords From LastPass

Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will no longer be able to use the password manager on on their phone and laptop.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Use Any Phone as a Webcam for a Windows PC.If you're on a PC running Windows and you use an Android phone or iPhone, one of the easiest (and wireless) methods is to use an app called DroidCam .

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown

Sophie*, an American software developer, was at home with her young son and her husband Aung*, a union worker and Myanmar national, when Myanmar’s military took control in the early hours of February 1.

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

The reveal of the new Spider-Man 3 title.Zendaya proffered Spider-Man: Home Slice with the caption “So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title.“We’re so excited to share the TITLE of our new movie!

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

A few years ago, the company reportedly pulled back on an effort to develop an autonomous vehicle, but multiple sources are now reporting that Apple has put the project back in gear.

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

I used to talk to so many people on the phone; these days, I’m constantly moving my laptop from the surface of my desk to the stack of books that props it up for video calls.

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

Which means that you can usually find used versions of most gear you want on sites like eBay that still work great and are compatible with each other.If you’re recording from farther away, you might want a shotgun mic like the Audio-Technica AT875R.

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

Opensignal covers those bases if you tap Network Stats and swipe through its results for a given location, but you can also look at things like PCMag's yearly coverage of the fastest mobile networks for an idea of how speeds might vary from one city to another.