- Microsoft Curtails Email Snooping After Leak Controversy @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 8:05 PM EDT
A week after being caught snooping through the hotmail account of an unnamed French journalist who published some company secrets, Microsoft says it will no longer search through customers emails and chat ...
- Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Intel Supercharge Homer Simpson's Brain @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Intel chips have run our desktop PCs and laptops for decades. They drive the hundreds of thousands of computer servers that underpin websites like Google and Facebook. And they're now heading towards the ...
- Choosing a Health Plan Is a Pain. Computers Can Do It for You @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Stride is among a handful of companies in the country capitalizing on what many consider a failing of the new federal and state health insurance marketplaces: a lack of quick recommendations tailored to ...
- Amazon's Bold Plan to Start a Last-Place TV Network @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a Hulu-like free streaming video service for its own shows, supported by ads. It sounds a lot like a traditional cable network, with one big difference: the Amazon ...
- Facebook Will Build Drones and Satellites to Beam Internet Around the World @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 8:14 PM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg is putting together a lab where a team of Facebook engineers will build flying drones, satellites, and infrared lasers capable of beaming internet connections to people down here on earth....
- With Office for iPad, Microsoft Kills Its Old Ideology @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT
Microsoft released Office for iPad, a clear sign that the company is liberalizing -- embracing platforms made by others and finally letting go of the Windows dominance it had struggled to conserve. Free ...
- Google and Facebook Team Up to Modernize Old-School Databases @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google have teamed up to create what they call WebScaleSQL, a custom version of MySQL designed just for large scale web companies. Their changes to the database will be ...
- Watch Bitcoin Become a Financial Battlefield in These Amazing Charts @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Two data nerds went to town on a big leak from the Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. What they came up with is not only beautiful, but historically fascinating.
- Kickstarter Rockets Into the Mainstream After Facebook's $2B Oculus Buy @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus is a huge gift to Kickstarter and the hardware companies it incubates. The deal lends credibility and attention to an entire ecosystem.
- New Malware Drains Your Phone's Battery in Search of Digital Currency @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Somewhere, there's a criminal genius who's cooked up a nasty way to enslave your Android phone as his personal money-making machine. Over the past month, he has infected hundreds of smartphones -- maybe ...
- As Amazon Mimics Google's Price Drop, Cloud Computing Grows Up @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
On Tuesday, at an event in downtown San Francisco, Google unveiled some enormous price reductions across its various services for running software applications and websites and storing large amounts of ...
- Why Netflix Wants to Keep Binge-Watching All to Itself @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
Netflix may have perfected the art and business of binge-watching, but it's not eager to share the smorgasbord with networks.
- Microsoft Finally Gave Away MS-DOS. Now It Should Open Source Everything Else @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 4:07 PM EDT
Microsoft just released the source code of one of its most important computer operating systems. The catch is that the software is over 30 years old. But the company shouldn’t stop at symbolic gestures....
- Why Facebook's $2 Billion Oculus Buy Is a Bet Too Far @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg is betting we'll live in a world where you strap on a pair of googles and, through the wonders of virtual reality, meet face-to-face with your doctor. That's a bet even he can't cover.
- How Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next President @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
The sudden GOP embrace of an electric car company once reviled as a symbol of Northern California enviro-weenies might seem ironic, but the political calculus isn’t hard to parse.
- The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
There's a fundamental rift over what bitcoin should become. Many of the currency’s original proponents—call them crypto-libertarians—see it as a step toward an entirely new economy, one that can’t be influenced ...
- New IRS Bitcoin Rules Pose a Problem Only an Army of Startups Can Solve @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 7:42 PM EDT
On Monday the Internal Revenue Service finally said what it thinks of Bitcoin, and on first blush, it looks like it could cause hassles for some bitcoin owners. But it will be a gold mine for companies ...
- Facebook Buys VR Startup Oculus for $2 Billion @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
Facebook is spending $2 billion to acquire Oculus, maker of Rift, a headset designed to immerse you in 3-D games and other virtual realities.
- Out in the Open: How to Run an Entire Data Center as Easily as a Cellphone @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 3:12 PM EDT
Flynn is an open source project that aims to make it easy to build and deploy apps across many servers -- whether they're virtual machines on public cloud services like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, ...
- Finally, Google Melds the Two Types of Cloud Computing Into One @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 2:11 PM EDT
There have always been two kinds of cloud computing. One was called an infrastructure cloud. The other was called a platform cloud. It was a distinction that frustrated and confused many software developers. ...
- Google Reinvents How Cloud Computing Is Priced @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
Many people complain that renting computer power from Amazon and other cloud companies is too expensive. But Google wants to change this. Today, the tech giant significantly reduced the prices attached ...
- The Next Big Thing You Missed: The World's Best Weight-Loss Technology Is Shame @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Online weight-loss system Retrofit shows that blending mobile technology with a human touch helps app users get health -- and stay that way.
- Why Apple and Comcast Need Each Other to Reinvent TV @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
Apple and Comcast are apparently in talks about how to win the future of television. They could really use each other's help.
- Google's Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Much like Amazon and Microsoft, Google has long offered cloud services that let outsiders run software on its infrastructure, so that they needn’t set up their own computer servers and other hardware. ...
- America Needs a Bunker to Store Its Mountain of Toxic TVs @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
The mountain of broken down televisions and computer screens caught fire at around 11 am, sending a thick plume of black smoke over a Utah town called Parowan. Soon, about ten fire trucks from neighboring ...
- Zuckerberg, Musk, and Kutcher Want to Build You a New Brain @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 6:57 PM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Ashton Kutcher want to build an artificial brain that thinks the way you think. As reported by Wall Street Journal, the Facebook CEO, the co-founder of Tesla, and the dude ...
- Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Steve Ballmer Nearly Implode While Hawking Windows 1.0 @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
We miss Steve Ballmer. Last month, Big Steve stepped down as Microsoft CEO, and although we have few qualms with his successor, Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella, no one could ever match the enthusiasm Ballmer ...
- Forget the NSA. Tech Companies May Be Reading Your Email Too @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
How often are the cloud companies snooping on their customers themselves? You can now read polished and detailed “transparency reports” that explain how often Google, Facebook, and Microsoft respond to ...
- A Tale of Two TEDs: Ideas Conference Triumphant on 30th Anniversary @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 2:29 AM EDT
VANCOUVER - It's a few hours before the official opening of this year's TED conference, and architect David Rockwell is showing me around the elaborate new theatre that houses the annual festival of ideas. ...
- NSA Deputy Director: 'Always Room' to Discuss Amnesty for Snowden @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett told the audience at TED there was "room for discussion."
- What It's Like to Design Something Used by a Billion People @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT
As product design director at Facebook, Margaret Gould Stewart knows that even the smallest changes will be seen billions of times in a day.
- Facebook Introduces 'Hack,' the Programming Language of the Future @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 1:00 PM EDT
Facebook engineers Bryan O’Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other. Working alongside a handful of others inside the social ...
- Augmented Reality Is About to Turn Football Into a Real-Life Videogame @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
Former NFL player Chris Kluwe says wearables will change sports -- both the game and the business.
- Why Workers Can Suffer in Bossless Companies Like GitHub @ WIRED - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
GitHub wanted to change the way businesses operate. But it may have gone a little too far.
- Larry Page Lays Out His Plan for Your Future @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 8:17 PM EDT
At TED, Google CEO Larry Page talked about how he'll use the resources of the world's third-largest company to build his techno-optimistic vision of the future.
- Amazon and Google Could Fix Everything Wrong With Game Consoles @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
Amazon and Google are said to be readying videogame-capable set-top boxes. Unlike the old generation of videogame consoles, these promise a bright and open future for indie games -- and a revival of the ...
- Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret? @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here's a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it's pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to ...
- Facebook Fights Back Against the NSA Spy Machine @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg was angry enough to phone the President when he read recent reports that the NSA was using fake Facebook websites to intercept the social network’s traffic and infect private computers ...
- Hacker Opens His Congressional Platform for Editing on GitHub @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
David Cole is treating his congressional campaign like a piece of software.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Aren't Leaving Their Kids Billions @ WIRED - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 5:21 AM EDT
Despite their vast fortune, Bill and Melinda Gates said they want their children to have a sense that their own work is meaningful.
- Father of the Web Meets a Robot Edward Snowden, Calls Him a Hero @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 18, 2014 4:49 PM EDT
Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance at TED today, sort of. The National Security Agency whistleblower took to the stage on the conference's second day via a wheeled video-chat bot he controlled from ...
- The Next Big Thing You Missed: 3-D Printing Promises Better Bionic Limbs for the War-Wounded @ WIRED - Tue, Mar 18, 2014 1:30 PM EDT
David Sengeh grew up during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Today at MIT, he's combining advanced math and 3-D printing to make better artificial limbs for amputees everywhere.
- Apple's Upcoming Health App Is the Start of Something Huge @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 8:15 PM EDT
Apple is reportedly poised to launch a health tracking app called Healthbook. That's fantastic news for all the app makers who have been struggling to get people to use fitness monitoring apps. Here's ...
- Drones on Leashes Shoot Aerial Photos Without the Creepiness @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 7:41 PM EDT
A Zurich-based roboticist has attached drones to leashes to make them easy to fly for anyone -- and to hold their pilots accountable.
- Out in the Open: Raise Your Own Edible Insects With This Free Kit @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
Daniel Imrie-Situnayake says that cockroaches taste pretty good. He also eats crickets and mealworms, and his favorite insect dish is something called silkworm patties. You can think of them as bug burgers....
- An Advocate for Women in the Valley Quits GitHub, Citing Harassment @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
A software engineer named Julie Ann Horvath sent shock waves across Silicon Valley over the weekend, after she left the high-profile tech startup GitHub, saying that she was the victim of sexism and a ...
- Amazon and Google Poised To Join TV Tech Renaissance @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
Amazon and Google are poised to battle Apple and Microsoft for control of television technology. But if you look past all the fighting there's a compelling technological renaissance going on.
- How Google Can Repel the Attack of the NSA Quantum Computer @ WIRED - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 7:30 AM EDT
The giants of the net are already working to encrypt data, not only as it moves across the public internet but as it travels through private lines that run between the massive data centers that drive their ...
- Uber Expands Its Insurance for a Future Where Private Cars Are Public Transit @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 14, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
A future in which private vehicles double as public transportation may seem inevitable. But arriving there won't be getting any less complex or emotional anytime soon.
- Google's Super-Speed Internet Gets the Fast Track in San Antonio @ WIRED - Fri, Mar 14, 2014 2:48 PM EDT
Google’s ultra-high-speed internet service is on the fast track in another American city.