Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores.This seems to imply that in reviewing ToTok, Google didn't find anything about the app that violates Play Store policies.

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

“Although these can support local economies, plantations are much poorer at storing carbon than are natural forests, which develop with little or no disturbance from humans,” they wrote.

The Science of New Zealand's Eruption, Toy Store Surveillance, and More News

The Science of New Zealand's Eruption, Toy Store Surveillance, and More News

Toy stores are spying and nature is defying, but first: a cartoon about robot unhappy hour .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Which means it's officially game time for Best Buy, the store that has defied the ecommerce trend for years.

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

In fact, one of the leading reasons for removing obsolete dams is to improve community safety and the cultural benefits that come with restoring a river.Identifying and prioritizing removal of obsolete dams offers many benefits, including improving water quality and wildlife habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities, recharging aquifers and improving human safety.

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

I’m in an airboat gliding across the glassy surface of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve , a restored floodplain wetland located along the Illinois River.

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

Only 5.5 percent of games released in the App Store this August were paid, versus nearly 25 percent that same month five years ago.And revenue from paid games made up only 1.4 percent of overall App Store game revenue last month.

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Presumably not many people purchased ebooks from Microsoft; that’s why it’s pulling the plug in the first place. More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

To avoid future exploding bear repellent incidents, Amazon will now ship hazardous items out of specially engineered warehouses. In the future, Amazon plans to store bear repellent and similarly hazardous items in a new kind of warehouse designed specifically for that sort of merchandise.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Pepper, the Supreme Court ruled that App Store customers have standing to sue the company for antitrust violations. Apple argued that App Store customers technically buy apps from third-party developers and have no direct purchasing relationship with Apple, and therefore no standing to seek damages from the company.

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

The company estimates that 60 percent of people are in the wrong-sized shoes—so starting in July, the Nike Fit system will use computer vision and augmented reality to help figure out your perfect pair of kicks.

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.

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today

Absolutely Everything at ThinkGeek Is on Sale Today. The site is packed with oddball toys and gear from the most popular series around, from Star Trek to Game of Thrones to Fortnite . Putting all the math aside, if you're shopping for geeky gifts, ThinkGeek is worth a look today.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Michael Jost, Volkswagen's chief strategist, told German business weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche, that the Volkswagen group alone is responsible for around 2% of global carbon emissions -- roughly the same amount as Germany.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Ubisoft This week, we've got four big stories for you, from Steam's weaknesses and challenges to Facebook's weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans.

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

When your item is received, you’ll receive a refund in the form of an Amazon gift card. Tech Retailers: Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, Target Apple will only accept returns from items that have been purchased at the Apple Store or from Apple’s website.

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

This month, it's a bogus Apple App Store email that convinces its victims to cough up all kinds of personal information.First reported by Bleeping Computer, the phishing campaign doesn't contain any especially novel elements, but it executes the basics well enough that it's easy to be fooled."They're able to bypass email filters more effectively, since there are no malicious links in the email itself."Crane Hassold, AgariIf you do so, a prompt tells you that your account has been locked for security reasons, and offers an Unlock Account button.

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online

“I still haven’t dealt with removing all of them yet—I just sort of heavy sighed and closed the tab.”Safe SpaceIn interviews and messages with WIRED, more than 30 sex workers, porn consumers, and creators on Tumblr lamented the loss of what they described as a unique, safe space for curated sexually themed GIFs, photos, and videos.

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

He agrees that there are always potential downsides to sending data unencrypted, but notes that an attacker who wants to track what a target is downloading might still be able to do it even with TLS encryption, based on an app's size.For its part, the Google Play Store seems to have found a way around this caching mechanism, which is not totally surprising since Google specifically staked out its support for ubiquitous HTTPS years ago.

Another Net Neutrality Day of Action Draws Fewer Big Names

Another Net Neutrality Day of Action Draws Fewer Big Names

Even if they succeed, they'll need to get President Donald Trump to sign it.Then again, every part of the fight for net neutrality has been a long shot, from efforts in 2014 and 2015 to pass rules at the FCC, to the recent push to approve the legislation in the Senate.

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

The WIRED Guide to Online Shopping (and Digital Retail, Too)

“Get Big Fast” gave way to “Minimum Viable Product.”The Latest Shopping TechStock BotsWalmart partnered with Bossa Nova Robotics to deploy inventory-tracking droids in 50 stores this year.Virtual ShowroomsHardware giant Lowe’s debuted its “Holoroom” last year, which guides headset-clad DIYers through home improvement projects in VR.Face TimeGourmet confectioner Lolli & Pops recently installed facial recognition cameras in stores to flag regulars and compile customized shopping recommendations.Mirror, MirrorFashion retailer Farfetch unveiled touchscreen mirrors and clothing racks that sense when an item is removed—then beam a virtual version to the shopper's smartphone.Cinderella ScannersNew Balance and Fleet Feet Sports recently introduced scanners by Volumental that generate a 3D virtual model of your feet in five seconds.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

Particularly, Wardle says the program tries different tactics to get information about the other software running on a user's computer.'This app is horrible, it just blatantly violates so many Apple App Store guidelines.'Patrick Wardle, Digita SecuritySome programs, like trustworthy antivirus scanners, use this capability safely and legitimately, but App Store apps aren't supposed to be able to access it from inside their sandboxes.