VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

The idea is to that, like the old Beetles enthusiasts turned into dune buggies, today’s electrics can become just about anything.“In the 1960s people took the Beetle and built onto it, including most famously dune buggies like the Meyers Manx.”.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

In a report Thursday, the Pew Research Center said that in the vast ecosystem of YouTube’s English-language videos, children’s content and content featuring kids under 13 are some of the most popular videos on the site.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

For me, this is an opportunity to take some action on a public issue that I think is really important," says David Gelernter of his new blockchain venture.

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News. Jony Ive—designer of the iPhone—is leaving Apple; Twitter is finally cracking down on politicians; and WIRED has a list of the best biking cities in the world.

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Public officials whose tweets are restricted for violating the platform’s rules will not be notified directly, nor will they have an opportunity to appeal the decision, Twitter confirmed.“There won't be any appeals and there won't be any communication to the user, however, it [the restriction] will be noticed very quickly,” the spokesperson said, chuckling.

Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry's Golf Show More Extreme

Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry's Golf Show More Extreme

The fake force allows a rotating reference frame to act like a stationary one. In the non-rotating frame, the ball just moved along with a constant velocity—just as it should with no net forces acting on it.

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform , and Microsoft announced pricing for using Xbox Game Pass on a PC.

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a "Mexican" "lispy queer," it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment.

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube is changing its hate speech policy to more effectively police extremist content, a move targeting the legions of neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and other bigots that long have used the platform to spread their toxic ideologies.

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Earlier this week, the company announced that it’s accepting applicants for a new position at the company, a Tweeter in Chief, a “master in the art of Twitter,” to take ownership of the official account. “FYI: there IS an edit button,” @Twitter tweeted.

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

When Rec Room launched in the summer of 2016, it didn't feel like a platform for social virtual reality as much as it did a collection of mini-games.

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

It’s the infrastructure that will let GM compete in an industry increasingly ruled by software—and give its customers all the high-tech goodies they’ve come to expect, from high-res screens to booty-shaking safety features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.“It’s the brain and nervous system of the vehicle,” says Al Adams, GM’s director of electrical components and subsystems, who led its development.

Lyft’s Loss Grows, but Execs Say the Bleeding Will Stop Soon

Lyft’s Loss Grows, but Execs Say the Bleeding Will Stop Soon

Lyft shares have fallen more than 20 percent since the IPO.A few business lines weighed down the company in the quarter, executives said. Lyft expects its revenue per active rider to stay flat through the coming summer months—peak scootin’ time, which might steal riders away from the company's higher-margin ride-hail services.

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Alex Jones evaded an earlier Facebook ban through a network of unofficial sites sharing Infowars content. Jones and his allies were able to evade an earlier ban through a network of ostensibly unofficial pages sharing Infowars content.

For Open Source, It's All About GitHub Now

For Open Source, It's All About GitHub Now

The most requested feature, Stein says, was probably "pull requests," which make it easy for developers to submit bug fixes and other changes to open source code.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.

How I Learned to Embrace Venmo's Ever-Evolving Vernacular

How I Learned to Embrace Venmo's Ever-Evolving Vernacular

It can seem odd—or it did to me, at least—to reduce the large sums of money people spend on rent or the shared experience of a first date or vacation with friends to just a few goofy illustrations placed in a public forum.

The 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-In on 'Fortnite' Lets You Be a Hero

The 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-In on 'Fortnite' Lets You Be a Hero

This time around we've got news about Fortnite 's latest Marvel tie-in, Epic Store exclusives, and Overwatch modding. This time, PC Gamer reports, Thanos is back, and you can take up the weapons of Marvel heroes to fight him in a new game mode.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde notified employees Tuesday that their boss was supposed to meet with Trump in a 30-minute, closed-door meeting later that afternoon, according to a company email reviewed by WIRED.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Make that at least $1 billion: According to the filing, Uber spent $457 million in 2018 on research and development for autonomous vehicles (and its other tech moonshots, like “flying taxis” )—a figure up 19 percent from 2017.So it was good news for Uber—not to mention the potential shareholders circling its IPO—when it announced a major investment into its Autonomous Technology Group from a Japanese consortium on Thursday.

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

She’s currently the director of a new group called Civic, the Coalition to Integrate Values Into the Information Commons—which she runs with former founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network, Alexios Mantzarlis—and she came to TED 2019 to lay out her vision for the coalition: to bring the power of crowdsourcing to the fight against misinformation online.

TED 2019: Jack Dorsey Is Captain of the Twittanic

TED 2019: Jack Dorsey Is Captain of the Twittanic

It’s been more than a year since Jack Dorsey publicly committed to “fixing” Twitter, which the CEO himself admits is toxic and full of problems he didn't anticipate.

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

And so simultaneously the company mounted a huge effort, led by CTO Mike Schroepfer, to create artificial intelligence systems that can, at scale, identify the content that Facebook wants to zap from its platform, including spam, nudes, hate speech, ISIS propaganda, and videos of children being put in washing machines.

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

This says that the farther you are from the center of the rotating merry-go-round, the greater the acceleration.