A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site

A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site

The more important question to ask when a major company like Barnes and Noble gets hacked—which it did, according to an email sent to customers this week—is how much the hackers actually got away with.

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

The object that Savić considers a particular masterpiece of unpleasant design is the Camden bench.One online critic called it the perfect “anti-object.” But perhaps the most common form of hostile seating is even subtler: the utter lack of it in some places.

Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine

Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine

And we took a closer look at the election threats that US intelligence officials are actually worried about .Hackers managed to break into Facebook accounts and steal $4 million dollars that they spent on ads.

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

Based on his tweet, it seems like Slater hasn’t forgotten what became of his script, and on Tuesday night, he blessedly made himself the butt of his own joke in an attempt to bring some levity to the debate.

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

But some scientists think phosphine—a humble pyramid of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a phosphorus—may be a useful biosignature: a sign, if you see it on a solid-surface terrestrial planet, that life might live there.

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.So for this episode of the Get WIRED podcast, we asked our listeners to share their back-to-school experiences and any solutions they’ve come up with so far.

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

However, it’s worth stressing that the content of the messages you send isn’t shared, as Facebook doesn’t have access to them due to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption .WhatsApp collects more information about you than it shares with Facebook.

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Here’s the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310

Given the Nokia 3310’s popularity during that stretch, particularly among a younger demographic, it’s safe to say it was a many people’s first introduction to mobile phones, full stop.If you miss the Nokia 3310, it’s not with the caveat that you wish you could log onto Facebook from it.

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

Belarus Reportedly Used Tech From a US Company to Shut Down the InternetBloomberg this week reports that to implement its days-long internet shutdown earlier this month, the country of Belarus used "deep packet inspection" equipment from Sandvine, a US company.

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Consider the visualization created by information designer Will Burtin in 1951 to summarize the effectiveness of three antibiotics—penicillin, neomycin, and streptomycin—in treating 13 bacteria.This understanding of visualization design as a form of model selection, and one that highlights certain comparisons, can be very useful.

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

While Gmail doesn’t scan the content of your emails to collect information for its advertising machines, data from your Google account is used to serve ads in your Gmail inbox.

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

I'll do the same for all the $20 Game Packs available, which add a mix of features and items.And last are the $10 Stuff Packs, which add themed items for your house and Sims.

Announcing the Get WIRED Podcast

Announcing the Get WIRED Podcast

But it became obvious that there was room for a flagship show, a program where WIRED's incredibly smart writers could pull back the curtain on the ways technology is changing our lives–from culture to business, science to design.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies and “do the hard work of making sure we are living up to our values.”.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs

Partners in work and life, the two have been self-isolating in their New York City apartment since the pandemic first began wrecking their native Italy.Our first project together was a blog called 01mathery that we started in 2010 to which we posted one idea a day.

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

Asus’ New Gaming Laptop Has Two Screens. We’re Not Sure Why

First, and this is the same one that makes Apple’s Touch Bar a misfire from a design perspective: It’s just not intuitive to look down from your main screen to check out the fun-sized second screen that’s at keyboard-height.

Could Staring Into a Stranger’s Eyes Cure Zoom Fatigue?

Could Staring Into a Stranger’s Eyes Cure Zoom Fatigue?

The main function of the website is the Human Minute: When you sign on, it hooks you up with a stranger somewhere in the world, and then you stare into their eyes without speaking for a full 60 seconds, kind of like if Marina Abramovic designed .

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes

Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes

The pandemic has fueled debate about contact-tracing apps, but researchers say that it is possible to design encryption schemes for such services in a way that would successfully protect user privacy.

Is Your Data Being Collected? These Signs Will Tell You Where

Is Your Data Being Collected? These Signs Will Tell You Where

Through a project called Digital Transparency in the Public Realm, or DTPR, the company is demonstrating a set of icons, to be displayed in public spaces, that shows where and what kinds of data are being collected.

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

Yang is the founder and CEO of Gantri, a San Francisco company that designs, fabricates, and sells 3D-printed lamps.The Signal desk light is one of the new lamps in Gantri's collection that was designed by the SF firm Ammunition, which is famous for some of Silicon Valley's most iconic designs.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus launched the design program in 2017, and the Maveric, which is 6.5 feet long with a 10.5-foot wingspan, first took flight last year.The interior of a Maveric-like plane would have fewer window seats but would allow for new seating configurations.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Hyundai’s partnership with Uber, announced formally at CES, will facilitate the carmaker’s transition to aircraft manufacturing, says Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product in its aviation efforts.