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.”.

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 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 .

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

Last year, Samsung and Motorola made clamshell-shaped flip phones that opened up to look like normal smartphones .The week at CES 2021 , TCL and LG both unveiled concepts for new phones with rolling screens.TCL's prototype phone with a rolling screen.

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

Tuesday the company unveiled the first Macs built on a processor, the M1, designed by Apple’s own chip engineers, abandoning the industry’s dominant supplier, Intel.

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

WIRED senior writer Adrienne So has been using it for Zoom these past few months, and it's her new favorite way of joining into our WIRED zoom calls.Nintendo Switch for $299: Whether you realize it or not, your mom and dad played probably video games at some point.

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

If you’re going to head out to protest these and other injustices, and take photos while you do so—as is your First Amendment right—there are some things you should keep in mind.

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

A smartphone broadcasts all sorts of identifying information; law enforcement can force your mobile carrier to cough up data about what cell towers your phone connected to and when.If you do need a mobile device, consider bringing only a secondary cell phone you don’t use often, or a burner.

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

On Friday, the two companies announced a rare joint project to create the groundwork for Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps that can work across both iOS and Android phones.

Today's Cartoon: Canceled

Today's Cartoon: Canceled

Tuesday, January 7, 2020.Problem (partly) solved: outsource your passwords to another app, which can keep your login data synced and secure across all devices.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

OnePlus Shows Off a Phone With a Disappearing Rear Camera

OnePlus Shows Off a Phone With a Disappearing Rear Camera

The difference is in the electrochromic glass on the Concept One. It effectively shrouds the camera from plain sight, so that the phone appears lens-less when the camera app isn’t open.

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

In the early years co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton charged a $1 annual fee to use the service, but that didn’t stop WhatsApp from spreading, particularly in developing nations like Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa.

Today's Cartoon: Christmas Clippy

Today's Cartoon: Christmas Clippy

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

This allows it to fold closed like an OG Razr, then unfold to become a touchscreen smartphone with a 6.2-inch diagonal.The new Motorola Razr, all folded up.When the Razr is closed, you can use the 16-megapixel rear camera as a selfie camera through this 2.7-inch “Quick View” display.

USB-C Has Finally Come Into Its Own

USB-C Has Finally Come Into Its Own

While the body that governs USB protocol, the USB Implementers Forum, sets a Power Delivery standard, manufacturers have come up with their own unique implementations as well.To know exactly what you’re getting, you’re best off sticking with the USB-C cable that comes in the box.

Apple's 3 New iPhones Are All About the Cameras

Apple's 3 New iPhones Are All About the Cameras

The standard 64 GB iPhone 11 starts at $699 and the 64 GB Pro models start at $999, with a $100 extra charge for the Max version.The iPhone Pro models will have three cameras in that square and the standard iPhone 11 will have just two, both 12-megapixel.

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

The second-quarter slowdown in international sales was “to be expected, because if the most powerful country in the world declares war on you, your company is going to be affected,” said Elliott Zaagman, a China tech watcher who recently visited Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, in an interview.

The Galaxy Fold Has Been Fixed, Samsung Says

The Galaxy Fold Has Been Fixed, Samsung Says

After a launch that was a non-starter for smartphone behemoth Samsung, the company says it has now made a series of fixes to its $1,980 Galaxy Fold and will make the folding phone available to consumers in the fall.

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

The point of a Pixel device has never been how it looks, but the features it packs in.“What they’re doing is leaking a design,” says Tuong Nguyen, a tech industry analyst for the research firm Gartner.

Judge Finds Qualcomm's Pricing Policy Violates Antitrust Law

Judge Finds Qualcomm's Pricing Policy Violates Antitrust Law

But Apple and other customers say they were unable to renegotiate patent licensing prices because Qualcomm threatened to cut off supplies of chips.

How One Lab Builds Very Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters

How One Lab Builds Very Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters

We're measuring how film responds to light and making a physical model of that," says Zach Hodges, whose real-ish title at VSCO is "image science-ish."

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

Should I Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

Should I Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

The question to ask, if you’re going to rationalize a big smartphone spend, is whether your reasoning holds up in the age of Pretty Darn Good Non-Flagship phones.

Samsung Puts the Galaxy Fold on Hold

Samsung Puts the Galaxy Fold on Hold

Almost as soon as Samsung’s new foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold , made its way into the hands of early reviewers and analysts, things started falling apart.

Facebook's Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

Facebook's Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

In the past 24 hours, the company’s services, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, froze for most of a day and a newspaper revealed that a new crop of prosecutors is investigating the company for criminal behavior related to a slew of data partnerships.

Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass

Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass

“In a glass solution, you’re really challenging the laws of physics, in that to get a very tight bend radius you want to go thinner and thinner, but you also have to be able to survive a drop event and resist damage.” Instead, the early folding phone manufacturers are leaning on plastic polymers.

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

In every other country there’s no difference,” says Brendan Gill, CEO of OpenSignal, a company that collects independent data on carrier signal quality.

Galaxy S10 Shows Samsung’s Big, Flashy Smartphone Future

Galaxy S10 Shows Samsung’s Big, Flashy Smartphone Future

And regarding other new features like the in-display fingerprint scanner, NPU, and improved camera, Llamas said they “keep Samsung in the conversation for high-end smartphones, but I don’t see them as the driving force for people to upgrade.” Annette Zimmerman, a research vice president at Gartner, agrees.

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When Samsung first teased its foldable smartphone in November, it mostly left the details to the imagination.

Watch Samsung Unveil Its Next Galaxy Smartphones

Watch Samsung Unveil Its Next Galaxy Smartphones

Watch Samsung Unveil Its Next Galaxy Smartphones Joan Cros/NurPhoto/Getty Images If you’ve been following tech news over the past several weeks, then you’re probably already up to speed on what Samsung’s planning to announce at its Galaxy Unpacked event today.