Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

14 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, Smartwatches, and More

14 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, Smartwatches, and More

We on the Gear team have put together several guides that might help, from ways you can ace an online job interview to tips on how to protest safely .Every Saturday, we round up our favorite deals on tech, games, home goods, and more.

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Liveblog Day 3: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More

CES Attendees: Come visit WIRED HQ, located at the Yardbird in the Venetian.Samsung T7 TouchPhotograph: SamsungIt's not easy to get excited about hard drives, but if you're a proponent of security—and happen to need extra storage space—then you'll be happy to learn that Samsung's new portable solid-state drive (called the T7 Touch Portable SSD), comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

The bunnies, and the digital files that described them, remained identical over many months.“This is a very initial foray into one of the more promising applications of DNA data storage: ubiquitous storage,” says Sriram Kosuri, a biochemist at UCLA who was not involved in the work.

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

“These offshore CO2 storage facilities are probably a reasonable idea because the benefits of storing 1 million tons per year of carbon are larger than the effects of the leakage that may occur,” says Klaus Wallmann, professor of marine biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, and an author of the report.

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

The Quest facility, which sequesters emissions from the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta, started up in November 2015 and has since run ahead of its target of capturing 1 million tons of carbon a year, said Anne Halladay, a geophysicist who has been an adviser on the project since it was in construction in 2014.

3 of Our Favorite iPads Are on Sale Right Now

3 of Our Favorite iPads Are on Sale Right Now

If you want a nicer iPad, the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro is also on sale for $499 ($150 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. It's even cheaper at Walmart ($479).

In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

Then, when the battery is topped off, the unit’s digital control system automatically redirects any excess energy into Berlin’s power grid, for which the Parises will be compensated by the local grid operator.“They convinced me it would pay off in ten years,” explains Paris, referring to Enerix, a Bavaria-based retailer offering solar systems and installation services.

Hackers Listen In on What Synthetic DNA Machines Are Printing

Hackers Listen In on What Synthetic DNA Machines Are Printing

In new work they presented at last week’s Network & Distributed System Security Symposium, a team of researchers from UC Irvine and UC Riverside unveiled a so-called acoustic side-channel attack on a popular DNA-making machine, a vulnerability they say could imperil the up-and-coming synthetic biology and DNA-based data storage industries.

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

A Crypto Exchange CEO Dies—With the Only Key to $137 Million

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia last week, Jennifer Robertson, widow of QuadrigaCX CEO Gerry Cotten, wrote that the company owes its customers $190 million, but can’t access the funds to pay them back.

How to Save Money Just By Going Into Your Phone’s Settings

How to Save Money Just By Going Into Your Phone’s Settings

But Apple has also made it ridiculously difficult to find a list of apps you’re subscribed to if you’d like to unsubscribe.If you’ve decided that the coloring book app you subscribed to a while ago is no longer worth $5 per week or $10 per month, here’s what to do: Go into your iPhone’s settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store.

8 Best Cheap iPhones and Android Smartphones ($180-$550)

8 Best Cheap iPhones and Android Smartphones ($180-$550)

This phone already has Android Pie and should get bimonthly security updates.Our only real complaints were that the camera has a few quirks, it lacks a headphone jack (like many phones), and the snazzy glass-backed design makes this phone more delicate—though it comes with a case in the box.

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Our research on Australian coal transition – based on contributions by researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne – looks into the prospects for coal use in Australia and for exports, and the experiences with local transition in the case of the Hazelwood power station closure.

20+ Awesome Labor Day Sales (2018) on TVs, Laptops, Switch, Roomba, and More

20+ Awesome Labor Day Sales (2018) on TVs, Laptops, Switch, Roomba, and More

This laptop can only do light gaming, but is a powerful system for most other things with an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and 128GB fast SSD storage, as well.17-Inch Dell Inspiron Laptop for $600 (Was $800).