Watch President-Elect Trump’s First Press Conference in 6 Months
WIRED is at Trump Tower for Donald Trump's first press conference since being elected.
Apple adds end-to-end encryption to CareKit data
The addition of end-to-end encryption means that hospitals can use CareKit without running afoul of HIPAA laws, re
What to expect from Nintendo’s Switch event
After this week we’ll know a whole lot more about Nintendo’s next console. The company is holding a pair of events — one in Tokyo, one in New York — where it plans to unveil some important new...
The iPhone could have been very different
The scroll-wheel iPhone interface was a thing.
Verizon's reason for cracking down on unlimited data users is bullshit
Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it's forcing customers on older unlimited data plans to switch to capped plans next month. All for a few extra bucks.
GTA V + Universe
The Universe integration with Grand Theft Auto V, built and maintained by Craig Quiter's DeepDrive project, is now open-source. To use it, you'll just need a purchased copy of GTA V, and then your Universe agent will be able to start driving a car around the streets of a high-fidelity virtual world.
Instagram Stories will soon show ads
The Facebook-owned social media platform is testing ad placements that would help monetize its highly popular, Snapchat-like feature.
How BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing salacious ‘dossier’ on Trump
I don’t fault BuzzFeed for lack of skepticism here. Smith was clear with readers that the information he was publishing couldn’t be verified and, indeed, there was no reason to believe that much of it was true. What I fault him for was plunging down a slippery ethical slope from which there is no return.
Prime payback: Amazon amps up rewards with new credit card
The new card, announced Wednesday, is an upgrade on that Visa card, offering a bumped-up 5 percent cash back on Amazon.com purchases. The card is only available for Amazon Prime members. As a nice little perk, the new card is metal, not plastic.
Google’s Cloud Platform gets a new key management service
Google is launching a new key management service for its Cloud Platform today that will help enterprises — especially in regulated industries like healthcare and banking — create, use, rotate and destroy their encryption keys in the cloud. The aptly named Google Cloud Key Management Service (Cloud KMS) is now available as a beta in select countries .
Nokia teases new Android phone for February 26th
In a Facebook post , Nokia Mobile simply says “more announcements to follow on February 26th,” a date that lines up perfectly with the start of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. It’s not clear exactly what we’ll see on the 26th, but the Nokia 6 smartphone is a fairly mid-range device that’s unlikely to appeal to those who are waiting to see if HMD Global can recreate Nokia’s classic hardware design and pair it well with Android. We’ll find out a lot more next month, and The Verge will be live from Mobile World Congress to bring you the latest news from Nokia, Samsung, and many more.
Woody Harrelson Has Officially Joined the Han Solo Film
Guessing who Harrelson is playing is kind of pointless. Could he be an Expanded Universe character? Maybe, but it’s not likely. Only in very, very rare cases has the current Star Wars canon gone back to the well of the EU. Odds are Harrelson is playing someone new. Maybe Han’s father? Maybe an old smuggler or bounty hunter that Han hangs out with and learns from? Either way, it seems pretty likely Han will deal with losing this character during the movie since a mentor figure is not referenced in the canon movies or comics after. What’s more Han Solo than putting your feelings down deep and hiding them?
Mossberg: Streaming TV is beginning to look a lot like cable
Streaming TV shows, movies, and other types of video over the internet to all manner of devices, once a fringe habit, is now a squarely mainstream practice. Even people still paying for cable or satellite service often also have Netflix or Hulu accounts. Nearly every traditional TV network, sports league, or video service — even those still primarily grounded in cable or satellite — has a channel or app for playing video on everything from set-top boxes and “smart” TVs to mobile phones.
Airlines can now stop making those pre-flight warnings about the Galaxy Note 7
News for those getting tired of hearing Galaxy Note 7 warnings before every flight they take, not to mention the staff who are tired of making them, those pre-flight announcements can now cease of today.
Nintendo Switch Accessories Leak Suggests Zelda Is a Launch Title
These are all accessories you'd expect to be offered for a new piece of hardware. But there's one extra detail that potentially reveals more than Nintendo would have liked. Among the accessories is a Zelda Breath of the Wild kit (including a Switch pouch, microfiber cloth, Joy-Con protector, and game cartridge case), a Breath of the Wild sticker set for the Joy-Con Grip controller and Switch stand, and a larger Breath of the Wild-themed game cartridge case. The sticker set clearly lists its availability as "March 2017."
Bitcoin slides as China's central bank launches checks on exchanges
SHANGHAI/LONDON China's central bank launched spot checks on leading bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai, ratcheting up pressure on potential capital outflows and knocking the price of the cryptocurrency down more than 12 percent against the dollar.
Verizon takes aim at its unlimited data plan customers once more
A couple things to note here -- while the statement says it applies to customers who use more than 200GB a month, it's not clear whether you'd find yourself on the wrong end of a disconnect notice if you had one particularly crazy month. Rather, Verizon spokesperson Kelly Crummey indicated to Engadget that the carrier is specifically looking at users whose usage works out to "an average of more than 200GB a month" -- in other words, Verizon is targeting for people with a pattern of seriously heavy data use. The company also wouldn't confirm how many people would be affected by these changes, though Crummey did note that the customers in question "are using between 200 and 500 GB of data a month, so it is really a small fraction of [their] grandfathered unlimited plan customers."
The Most and Least Expensive Cities to Find Short-Term Vacation Rentals
Unsurprisingly, New York ranks among the most expensive, though California is towards the middle. At the city level, Orlando ranks among the cheapest, which makes it an even more convenient tourist destination. Other cities like Detroit, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee round out the list. You can check out the full report below for a ton more data to help you plan your next vacation.
Bible Verses Are Easy to Guess, So Don't Use Them As Your Password
Basing a password on a Bible verse—like using john316 or psalm23, for example—is a popular way to create a memorable password. An analysis of the 2009 Rockyou hack that revealed 32 million usernames and passwords found that various Bible verses accounted for a large number of passwords. As news site Boing Boing points out, these may be easy to memorize, but they’re also fairly easy to crack. Even if you’re not using a popular verse as your password, using the Bible as a template still gives hackers a way to guess what you’re doing:
VW pleads guilty in US emissions scandal, will pay $4.3 billion
Volkswagen admitted in late 2015 that it installed secret software designed to cheat emissions tests on as many as 11 million of its diesel vehicles. The defeat device made some of Volkswagen's 2.0- and 3.0-liter vehicles emit fewer harmful gases during testing, but in reality, the cars produced up to 35 times the legal level of nitrogen oxide, which is known to cause respiratory problems.
4Chan Claim About Inventing Trump Pissgate Report Is Complete Bullshit [Update]
Yesterday evening Buzzfeed published an incendiary document alluded to in an earlier CNN scoop . The 35-page report, supposedly written by an ex-intelligence agent, alleged among other things, that President-elect Trump had hired “a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him” and that Trump had engaged in “sex parties” in Russia. The fallout of this publication is now being referred to as pissgate, and of course, Trump’s ardent imageboard supporters are spinning elaborate yarns about its origin.
Renault-Nissan Want Self-Driving Owners To Have Some Control
Nissan is behind some automakers in the self-driving race, but the focus on Japan may allow them to carve out a market where others are focused on the U.S. and Europe. The company did not say when it plans to have self-driving cars, or a ride-sharing app, available in Japan for consumers.
Trump pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, signals support for private innovation
The innovation and creativity of our country is unsurpassed in the world, and so we have a responsibility to ensure that that creativity and that innovation remains. Obviously, with these new emerging technologies, there has now surfaced a number of key issues, privacy among them, that are very worrisome to a whole host of people. Safety is another. As these emerging technologies are coming up, they’re faced with state-by-state regulations, which also present a new challenge as well. Yet there are many benefits, for senior citizens who may not want to drive, autonomous vehicles are a way to give them back their freedom. So there are pros and cons, and we need to have a national dialogue about all of this. And as I said, the regulations at the federal level are in their infancy, and we need to work with members of the congress and all of you on this committee to make sure that we’re not dampening this creativity, and yet we’re also assuaging the real deep-seated concerns that so much of our public — many of our public — on some of the issues that these new emerging technologies bring.
New Facebook project aims to strengthen ties with media
“Increasingly, the data suggest that the impact these technology companies are having on the business of journalism goes far beyond the financial side, to the very core elements of the news industry itself,” the Pew Research Center said in its State of the Media report. “In the predigital era, journalism organizations largely controlled the news products and services from beginning to end, including original reporting; writing and production; packaging and delivery; audience experience; and editorial selection. Over time, technology companies like Facebook and Apple have become an integral, if not dominant player in most of these arenas, supplanting the choices and aims of news outlets with their own choices and goals.”
Adorable Kitchen Tool Turns Radishes Into Super Mario Power-ups
Radishes may not be the best food option to help a picky eater expand their palette. But if your kid loves playing Super Mario Bros., this neat little kitchen tool can turn red radishes into snack-sized power-ups that will also help your small human grow—just not as fast as Mario does.
Nintendo hid a secret message in the Famicom Mini
It's a cute, tongue-in-cheek message that calls back to Nintendo's history and acknowledges the passion that went into building the Classic consoles. "This is the hanafuda captain speaking," it reads, referncing Nintendo's original business of selling Hanafuda game cards. "Launching emulation in 3.. 2.. 1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don't break everything!"
Sorry, Chicago, George Lucas' museum is headed to Los Angeles
The board wishes to extend a special thanks to Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for their tremendous efforts and engagement. While each location offers many unique and wonderful attributes, South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship. Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.
Windows 10 will automatically lock your PC anytime you walk away from it
Microsoft wants you to be extra secure so it plans to lock your PC anytime you walk away from it. Windows Central reports the company is building a new feature for Windows 10 that will automatically lock your screen whenever you step away from your device.
Mathew Ingram on Twitter
In this post, I tried to summarize the ethical debate I've been having for about the last 18 hours or so http://fortune.com/2017/01/11/buzzfeed-trump-russia/ …
Jack Ma Bets He Can Revamp China’s Retail Industry
But by teaming up with retailers, billionaire founder Jack Ma hopes to develop a new model of online and offline retail. The idea is that Alibaba’s superior computing power, a decade of experience moving billions of dollars of goods and strong ties with government and big brands will help it succeed where others like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and even Amazon.com Inc. have failed. If it works, the tie-up may open the door to still more, helping Alibaba both extend its logistics network and gain invaluable consumer data.
Putting Together Rogue One's Ending Was an Epic Balancing Act
Jyn and Cassian facing off with Krennic. Bodhi working communications. Chirrut and Baze fighting on the beach. The space battle. The Imperials. And finally, Darth Vader and the ending. Trying to put the many, many pieces that are part of Rogue One ’s third act together wasn’t quite as hard as stealing the Death Star plans, but it sure wasn’t easy
How John Legend Gets His Creative Juices Flowing
The singer-songwriter shares his tactics for writing, collaborating, and growing as an artist.
Monkeys Grieve When Their Robot Friend Dies
BBC One’s Spy in the Wild series embeds animatronic spy animals out in nature with their real life animal counterparts to see what life is really like in the wild. The robot creatures can look a little bit creepy with their eyeball cameras, but the animals often embrace them as one of their own. Sometimes the relationship can turn emotional, like when these Langur monkeys grieved for a robotic spy monkey that fell to the ground and “died.”
A Pew Research Center telephone survey of 1,601 Americans ages 16 and older conducted from March 7 to April 4, 2016, finds that Americans continue to express largely positive views about the current state of their local public libraries. For instance, around three-quarters (77%) say that public libraries provide them with the resources they need. And 66% say the closing of their local public library would have a major impact on their community although notably, just 33% say this would have a major impact on them personally or on their family.
How to connect your Google Calendar to Amazon Echo
Out of the box the Amazon Echo (and the smaller, cheaper Amazon Echo Dot ) is a fantastically useful device, with its voice-activated virtual assistant Alexa giving you all sorts of information (such as weather and traffic updates) to help you plan your day, but by allowing the Amazon Echo to access your Google Calendar, you can make it even more useful.
Penthouse Offers $1 Million For a Trump Piss Tape
Yesterday, Buzzfeed published a 35-page document that’s been swirling around Washington for months. It alleges that the Russians have a lot of leverage over President-elect Trump, including some blackmail material. Like a tape of several sex workers hired by Trump to urinate in a bed at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow. President Obama and the First Lady once slept in the bed and the goal was to allegedly defile the president’s honor. Or something.
Get ready for the rise of spymail, the hottest trend in email hacking - TechRepublic
A dramatic spike in malicious email code that monitors user behavior used in phishing attacks has cost business over $3 billion in recent years. Learn how to discover who's snooping on your email.
3 tips from a Google pioneer
I learned this from my dear friend and mentor, Norman Fischer, whom we jokingly call the “Zen Abbot of Google.” We use the gym analogy. Going to the gym alone is hard, but if you have a “gym buddy” whom you commit to going with, you’re much more likely to go regularly. Partly because you have company, and partly because this arrangement helps you encourage each other and hold each other accountable (what I jokingly call “mutual harassment”).
Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
What's Up With This Mysterious New Scifi Movie Trailer?
Whatever this clip is promoting, it’s going to look beautiful at the very least.
FBI withdrew national security letter after Cloudflare lawsuit | ZDNet
Cloudflare, served with a national security letter at the beginning of 2013, managed to get the FBI to withdraw its request but has been under a gag order preventing it from speaking about the matter since.
FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business
Vollmar grew up in a farming community and working for the family business, an organic corn farm. His company has focused on row crops, including corn and soybeans, which make up the bulk of agricultural production in the U.S. Vollmar said farmers like the company’s mobile app and website because it gives them access to data science without having to buy and install a bunch of new high-tech gear in their fields. FarmLogs works with all matter of data gathered from the farm equipment that agronomists do use, however, including tractors and other heavy equipment built by John Deere, Holland, Case Corporation and others.
How Spy Agency Vets Read That Bombshell Trump Report: With Caution
“I imagine a lot more will come out, and much will be nothing and perhaps some of it will be meaningful, and perhaps even devastating,” says Skinner, who now works for the Soufan Group, an intelligence consultancy. But he warns that raw intelligence—information which hasn’t been corroborated or confirmed—like this shouldn’t be released to the public, and is impossible to assess on its own. “One of the reasons why the intelligence community doesn’t release raw or even finished intelligence, to say nothing of a privately funded, untrained…source like in this case, is that people would freak out with the day-to-day drip that might not be anything once it’s placed in context and vetted with multiple sources.”
Coffee, Sandwich, And A Side Of Edgy: How Joe & The Juice Aims To Take Over The U.S.
That's exactly what Joe & The Juice is going for. Founded in 2002 by Kaspar Basse, a former professional karate champion from Denmark, the company is establishing itself as the go-to place for health-conscious people who like their fresh-pressed juice served with a side of edgy. The locations usually offer a spacious communal area outfitted with slick midcentury furniture, bright art, book-lined shelves, and a free photo booth. Joe & The Juice sells coffee, tea, sandwiches, fresh juices, smoothies, and veggie shots made with organic ingredients and prepared on the premises. You have your pick of juices like Hangover Heaven (apple, elderflower, mint), Go Away Doc (carrot, apple, ginger), and Sex Me Up (passion fruit, apple, ginger).
How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want
Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of these AI-powered hubs and get them to do your bidding. Here’s how to set up your own custom voice commands on Google Home or the Amazon Echo .
VW pleads guilty to 3 felonies and will pay $4.3 billion relating to emissions scandal
"...Participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United
States and VW’s U.S. customers and to violate the Clean Air Act
by lying and misleading the EPA and U.S. customers about whether
certain VW, Audi and Porsche branded diesel vehicles complied
with U.S. emissions standards, using cheating software to
circumvent the U.S. testing process and concealing material facts
about its cheating from U.S. regulators. VW is also charged with
obstruction of justice for destroying documents related to the
scheme, and with a separate crime of importing these cars into
the U.S. by means of false statements about the vehicles’
compliance with emissions limits."
Snapchat hires senior state department official Rick Stengel to deepen its ties with Washington
As the company's most high-profile government hire to date,
Stengel could help Los Angeles-based Snap deepen its ties with
Washington. Snap is preparing for a hotly-anticipated initial
public offering that could
value its business at around $20 billion .
The 2017 North American International Auto Show: Cars of the future, in photos - TechRepublic
With major announcements from Ford , Tesla , Google's Waymo , and other car and tech companies, it is clear that the future looks autonomous and electric. Want to see what the cars of the future look like? Check out TechRepublic's photos.
Infiniti just unveiled a gorgeous SUV packed with new self-driving tech
Infiniti officially unveiled its luxury SUV concept at the Detroit Auto Show — and it's a nice glimpse of what we can expect from the automaker in the future.
Trump calls CNN ‘fake news’ and BuzzFeed ‘garbage’ during press conference
Because of this report, the highlight of today’s conference was the idea of “fake news,” a phrase uttered several times over the course of an hour by Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer, incoming VP Mike Pence, and Trump himself. “Fake news” is a vague term that has evolved into a catch-all phrase for conspiracy theories, satire, factually inaccurate reports, and statements Trump and other politicians disagree with.
This Unbreakable Racing Drone Is Perfect For Terrible Pilots
Even the propellers on the Nimbus 195 look like they can take a beating, since they’re made from malleable plastic that bends on impact, instead of shattering, so they can simply be bent pack into place for the next flight. But propellers are cheap to replace, drones aren’t, so in addition to being able to survive a punishment as extreme as being run over by a car, the Nimbus 195 is even IP 54-rated which means that the drone getting a little wet when landing in a puddle isn’t going to fry its electronics.
Donald Trump just gave a surprising response to lurid sexual acts allegations
During the president elect's press conference at Trump Tower on Wednesday, Trump responded to BuzzFeed's publishing of an unverified intelligence dossier on Tuesday. The document made several shocking allegations about his close ties to the Russian government, along with one very disturbing claim that he hired prostitutes to participate in a sex act on a hotel bed.
Tesla nabs another Apple employee — this time, it's one of the key designers on the Mac team
One of the key designers behind some of Apple's most daring Mac
products in the past few years has moved to Tesla to work on
Global smart cities market to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026
“Owing to growing inclination toward eco-friendly construction technology, smart building is estimated to register over 15% market value share in 2026, crossing $520 billion,” said the report. “In terms of Y-o-Y growth, smart security and smart building segments will dominate over others, with the respective Y-o-Y growth rates of over 23% and over 20% in 2017 over 2016.”