Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

One challenge in seeing Wikipedia clearly is that the favored point of comparison for the site is still, in 2020, Encyclopedia Britannica.If you encountered the words Encyclopedia Britannica recently, they were likely in a discussion about Wikipedia.

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

He plunges into dangerously cold waters to see—and photograph—it for himself.“I want to show people how beautiful it is down there,” Friedrich says.So Friedrich returned a third time last March, when the fjord was frozen over, immobilizing hundreds of icebergs.

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator, by developer Affable Games, puts the player in the head of a robot that has to puzzle out, syllable by syllable, how to talk.Simulator games aren't supposed to make you think, really.

Dashlane's Super Bowl Ad Proves Password Managers Have Arrived

Dashlane's Super Bowl Ad Proves Password Managers Have Arrived

But among the companies coughing up a reported $5.6 million for 30 seconds of Big Game glory is one name most people have never heard of, selling a product that many don’t know exists: Dashlane, an app that manages your passwords.

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

After nearly two years, Facebook is almost done setting up its Oversight Board, an independent panel with the power to override Facebook’s most contentious decisions on controversial content.

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

A Handy Chrome Feature, a Sonos Update Warning, and More News

Chrome is protecting and Sonos is disconnecting, but first: a cartoon about the new big screen .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

If you're not sure how to find these settings, check the documentation that came with the router, or run a quick web search using your router's make and model.You should be using WPA2 security to guard access to your router, which essentially requires every new device to submit a password to connect.

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Google figures that since it has a big (encrypted) database of all your passwords, it might as well compare them against a 4-billion-strong public list of compromised usernames and passwords that have been exposed in innumerable security breaches over the years.

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

But then the press conference took a turn, as the president began reading from his notes and waving his arms, giving a clear view of the black lettering.“I quickly noticed that the pad contained large handwritten notes in Sharpie and focused my camera to capture what was on the page,” Wilson said.

Trump’s Notes Exposed, a Disney+ ‘Hack,’ and More News

Trump’s Notes Exposed, a Disney+ ‘Hack,’ and More News

The president is scribbling and hackers are crippling, but first: a cartoon about open-source romance .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Rudy Giuliani Butt-Dialed a Reporter (Twice!)

Rudy Giuliani Butt-Dialed a Reporter (Twice!)

Because it relates the tale of how Rudy Giuliani—lawyer to an embattled president, unlikely proprietor of a cybersecurity firm—managed to butt-dial NBC News reporter Rich Shapiro not once, but twice in the last several weeks.

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

Features like Travel Mode, which automatically deletes sensitive data from devices before you go on a trip, and Watchtower, which identifies weak or reused passwords, help justify the cost: $36 a year for one user, $60 for the whole family.

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

The 150-plus members of the Coalition for College (which includes Harvard and Vanderbilt) requires a single 500-word essay selected from prompts such as "Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus.

The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

You no longer have to put up with emails from unwanted contacts, because Mail in macOS Catalina has been upgraded to let you block senders.

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension.

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services .The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the nation's second-biggest cable company struck a new distribution agreement involving Disney's Hulu , ESPN+, and the forthcoming Disney+ .

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

He writes about science and miscellaneous geekery for WIRED.Importantly, the people being tested, upwards of 2,000 of them, were all native speakers of Swedish, an old language that has learned a new trick.

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

That, of course, also makes Tumblr the antithesis of other social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit.

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

It’s called a solid-state greenhouse effect—light penetrates the surface, passes through the translucent ice, and then hits darker regolith, which warms up. Could an insulating material create a solid-state greenhouse effect warm enough to make Mars habitable?

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars. Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a lifeforce bequeathed to humanity by the gods. At one point Thompson's agent inquired about the actress getting a part in the current Star Wars saga, but they were rebuffed.

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

While CBP says "none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet,” the dump of hacked Perceptics data just a few short weeks ago doesn’t give much confidence that this breach is contained, or will stay that way.

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married. The truth is they're not, but Turner understands why people think that. "People do think that we're a couple, sometimes," Turner says in the WIRED Autocomplete Interview above. But even so, Turner still thinks Williams is "that bitch."

The Tricky Shenanigans Behind a Stealthy Apple Keychain Attack

The Tricky Shenanigans Behind a Stealthy Apple Keychain Attack

In early February, an 18-year-old German security researcher named Linus Henze demonstrated a macOS attack that would allow a malicious application to grab passwords from Apple's protected keychain.

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

It happened again: Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. But a bug in G Suite's password recovery feature for administrators caused unprotected passwords to be stored in the infrastructure of a control panel, called the admin console.

Don’t See Yourself on Your Emoji Keyboard? She Can Help

Don’t See Yourself on Your Emoji Keyboard? She Can Help

Until then, Lee will be on Slack with her people and in the Unicode meetings with the bureaucrats, shepherding new emoji proposals through committee and onto keyboards.

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

“This is a legally binding order that’s issued when we want to prevent the increased risk of infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, at a press conference on Friday.

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

The ideal(istic) future of the word troll is this: If “troll” is a term so meaningless and expansive that people like the perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre can hide within it under cover of a million teenage pranksters, let’s strike it.

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Ekeland also points out that to expand the statute of limitations for the CFAA from the normal five years to the necessary eight in this case, given the indictment's date of March 2018, the Justice Department is charging Assange under a statute that labels his alleged hacking an "act of terrorism."

How Do You Pronounce Buttigieg? The Internet Counts the Ways

How Do You Pronounce Buttigieg? The Internet Counts the Ways

For that reason, Munro says people who speak Arabic and Hebrew won't have any easier of a time understanding how to pronounce Buttigieg. When people Google "How to Pronounce Buttigieg" and then actually take the time to learn it, they're doing the right thing, say Munro and Derwing.