- Secret Revamps Itself in Escalating Battle Between Anonymity Apps @ WIRED - 8 hours ago
Secret 2.0, available on iOS and Android, has added several tools to facilitate more frequent anonymous connections among its users.
- Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC @ WIRED - 12 hours ago
Amazon on Thursday introduced a new service called Prime Now, which lets Prime members in New York City get a range of more than 25,000 "daily essentials" delivered to them within an hour for ...
- This Company Is Paying Nigerians to Learn Computer Programming @ WIRED - 14 hours ago
Andela pays people in Africa to learn to code, then puts them to work for U.S. companies.
- After $90M Funding Round, Hampton Creek Aims Its Simulated Egg at Asia @ WIRED - 15 hours ago
Inside a small building on the edge of San Francisco's South-of-Market district---the old industrial area that's now home to so many new-age startups---Hampton Creek is rebuilding the chicken egg using natural plant proteins. CEO and Founder Josh Tetrick says Hampton Creek is now planning to sell its "scrambled egg" mixture …
- Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web @ WIRED - 16 hours ago
Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations. The script would periodically scan the popular online reservation service, OpenTable, and drop him an email anytime something interesting opened up---a choice Friday night spot at the House of …
- OnDeck IPO Proves Online Lending Is Red-Hot @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:43 AM EST
Life is good for online lenders.
- Leaked Emails From Sony Hack Reveal Snapchat's Big Ambitions @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:27 AM EST
The fallout from the Sony Pictures hack continues as the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, also a Snapchat board member, has been exposed—and the leaked emails are telling of Snapchat's ambitions ...
- How Skype Used AI to Build Its Amazing New Language Translator @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 8:19 AM EST
Very soon now, a select group of Skype beta testers will have a new Microsoft technology that seems borrowed from the world of Star Trek . It's called the Skype Translator---a Skype add-on that listens ...
- Newest Roomba Gets Us One Step Closer to 3-D Printable Robots @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 1:30 AM EST
iRobot -- the company behind the iconic vacuum cleaning robot the Roomba -- is taking its first steps towards enabling 3-D printed robots.
- The Sharing-Economy PR Stunt That Turned Into a Real Business @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Peers was never really grassroots, and its high-minded founders never intended for it to shill for the startups either. Peers is its own startup, a company intent on boosting the prospects of sharing economy---and ...
- Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia as the Ruble Plummets @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:47 PM EST
Apple has suspended online sales in Russia, blaming extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble.
- Spain's Google News Shutdown Is a Silly Victory for Publishers @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:47 AM EST
Trying to stick it to Google is an understandable impulse, a resentment fed by the company's monolithic influence over the web. But all the Google News shutdown in Spain really shows is how powerless traditional ...
- Sci-Fi Author Neal Stephenson Joins Mystery Startup Magic Leap as 'Chief Futurist' @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:25 AM EST
American science fiction writer and game designer Neal Stephenson has just joined the stealthy augmented reality startup that's been getting a lot of buzz lately, Magic Leap.
- Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:17 AM EST
WeWork, the New York City-based startup that rents out office space to entrepreneurs across the country, has just raised a $355 million round of funding, a deal that values the company at a whopping $5 ...
- The Next Big Thing You Missed: 'Rise' App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 7:00 AM EST
Fitness and diet tracking technologies are great for collecting data about your health. But what should you do with all that data? Rise is here to help.
- Apple Pay Recruits Dozens of New Banks and Stores @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 6:58 AM EST
Just two months after its launch, dozens more banks, retailers, and even an NBA arena now work with Apple Pay, the company's mobile payments system that uses NFC to let users send money from their iPhones ...
- Why Uber Isn't the Only Future for the Business of Other People's Cars @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 6:00 AM EST
As Uber gets all the attention, the basic rationale for renting other people's cars still seems worth considering. For so many of us, our cars spend most of their time parked, empty, going nowhere. And ...
- This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 5:00 AM EST
Digit is like a digital piggybank. It connects to a user's checking account, analyzes the user's spending habits and income history, and uses an algorithm to automatically set aside small amounts of money ...
- The FBI Used the Web's Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST
The FBI relied on Flash code from an abandoned Metasploit project called "Decloak" to identify suspects hiding behind the Tor anonymity network.
- Web Commenters Claim They Use Pseudonyms for Privacy, Not Trolling @ WIRED - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:55 PM EST
Most internet users polled by blog commenting service Disqus say they use pseudonyms to protect their privacy online.
- What Uber's Sydney Surge Pricing Debacle Says About Its Public Image @ WIRED - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST
Uber's surge pricing is automated. Let's get that out of the way before discussing what just happened in Sydney.
- Indiegogo Life Is a New Charitable Crowdfunding Platform @ WIRED - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 6:20 AM EST
On Monday, Indiegogo launched Indiegogo Life, a standalone service that lets people raise money for emergencies, medical expenses, celebrations and other important life events.
- The Guerrilla Tactics of The Racket, and How It Almost Upended Journalism @ WIRED - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:30 AM EST
The plan was to make an Internet magazine that mixed hard-hitting reporting and in-depth features with wicked, Spy magazine-style satire. And the occasional kitten video. But The Racket is dead now.
- To Compete With Fancy Brewers, Starbucks Opens a Shrine to Coffee @ WIRED - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:00 AM EST
Over the next five years the company will roll out over 100 new outposts dedicated to their line of Reserve coffees.
- Two Silicon Valley Startups Enjoy Strong Debuts on Wall Street @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:25 PM EST
It's a big day on Wall Street for hardcore tech.
- Apple 1 That Steve Jobs Programmed Sells for $365,000 @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:12 PM EST
A rare Apple-1 computer that Steve Jobs himself worked on has sold at auction for $365,000.
- Tech Time Warp of the Week: Before Oculus Rift, There Was Nintendo's Disastrous Virtual Boy @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 9:07 AM EST
The voice is talking from a conventional TV, so that's a particularly tantalizing pitch. Released by Japanese game giant Nintendo in 1995, it promised to provide a virtual reality unlike anything that came before. No, it couldn't be viewed on conventional TV. Virtual Boy's graphics evoked old-fashioned 3-D movies---the …
- Chinese Tech Giant Baidu to Invest $600M in Uber, Report Says @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 6:12 AM EST
Mo' problems? Mo' money! That seems to be Uber's motto.
- Jesse Jackson Demands Better Wages for Apple's Contract Workers @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 5:13 AM EST
Jesse Jackson and a group of 100 protesters battled the rain in Silicon Valley Thursday, as they led a protest on Apple's Cupertino campus, calling for better working conditions for Apple's service workers....
- Instead of Fighting Bitcoin, the US Could Make Its Own Digital Currency @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:30 AM EST
A Georgetown University professor thinks that the US Government should issue its own crypto currency.
- Facebook's First Female Engineer Speaks Out on Tech's Gender Gap @ WIRED - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:30 AM EST
As the first female engineer at Facebook, Sanghvi helped develop two of the company's more important creations: the iconic Newsfeed and the Facebook Platform. But despite the obvious success of her approach ...
- Yahoo Big-Data Spinoff Hortonworks Reveals Its IPO Price @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 2:43 PM EST
Hortonworks -- the big data company spun-off from Yahoo -- seeks to raise $100 million with its IPO.
- Netflix and Amazon Will Battle at the Golden Globes @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 1:22 PM EST
It was all but inevitable. Shows from two opposing streaming services, Amazon's Transparent and Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, are competing for the best musical/comedy at The 72nd Annual Golden Globes ...
- Instagram Is Getting So Good at News, It Should Scare Twitter @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:40 PM EST
Instagram has become a visual version of the real-time news stream that Twitter invented. And with 300 million monthly active users, it's beating out the little blue bird to become the dominant mass messaging ...
- Delhi Cops May Get a Squadron of Night-Vision Spy Drones @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST
Drones with night vision cameras may soon patrol the streets of India's capital city.
- Iowa Drivers Will Soon Be Using Their Phones as IDs @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:02 AM EST
Iowans will be able to show off a mobile app installed on their smartphones that acts as their official license sometime in 2015, according to The Des Moines Register.
- Dating App Hinge Raises $12 Million to Be the Anti-Tinder @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 4:00 AM EST
The way Justin McLeod sees it, Tinder is the MySpace of the mobile dating world. Hinge, the app McLeod started, is the Facebook. At least, that's the dream. Now, McLeod has a fresh round of funding to ...
- Stock Trading for the Touch-ID Era Has Finally Arrived @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 4:00 AM EST
Robinhood uses swipes, and taps to make trading stocks feel more like checking your email as it re-imagines the brokerage as a mobile-only enterprise that fits in your pocket.
- How Facebook Knows When Its Ads Influence Your Offline Purchases @ WIRED - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Chances are, you've bought a hat or a scarf or a Christmas ornament at a department store or a boutique retailer or a roadside stand, and after you swiped your credit card, the clerk or the little card reader on the counter or the card-reading iPad asked for your phone number or your email address. Facebook recently launched …
- In a First, Square Tops $100M in US Sales in One Day @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:22 PM EST
Square just hit a new milestone: Its merchants recently processed more than $100 million in sales in a single day.
- Apple and IBM Launch First Wave of iOS Apps for Businesses @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:18 AM EST
Apple and IBM reveal IBM MobileFirst for iOS, the first wave of enterprise apps borne out of its partnership announced back in July.
- Hackers Trick Keurigs Into Making Uncopyrighted Coffee @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 9:15 AM EST
Critics have compared Keurig's restrictions on other brands' coffee to DRM. And like DRM, Keurigs now appear to have been hacked.
- Facebook's Latest Update Shows It Wants to Beat Twitter at News @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 7:08 AM EST
Twitter has become one of the easiest, fastest ways to get and disseminate the news. Facebook wants to change that.
- The Anonymous App That Lets You Whisper Sweet Nothings @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 7:00 AM EST
Outpour is a new app that lets you leave anonymous notes telling people how much you appreciate them.
- Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 3:00 AM EST
Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed ...
- Russia's Creeping Descent Into Internet Censorship @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:00 AM EST
Today, the Russian government is trying censor individual pages served from overseas, but a recently passed law could eventually prevent foreign internet companies from reaching Russia unless they set ...
- Falling Gas Prices Are Fantastic. Unless You're Tesla @ WIRED - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Tesla is facing a question with which it really hasn't had to contend with since becoming a public company in 2010: If gas is cheap, why would anyone need to own an electric car?
- Google's Eric Schmidt: Don't Fear the Artificially Intelligent Future @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:54 PM EST
Eric Schmidt wants you to know that robots are your friend.
- Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 5:30 AM EST
Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it's applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic ...
- Facebook Envisions AI That Keeps You From Uploading Embarrassing Pics @ WIRED - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Let's say you're out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook. He wants to build a kind of Facebook digital assistant that will, …