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WeWork’s Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

This week, we talked to Edward Snowden about his years in exile—and reviewed Permanent Record, his new book about the same. And that’s just for starters! The Air Force has made it official: It’s bringing a satellite to the Defcon hacking conference next year for

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

If you’re not careful, most of what you do online and in mobile apps will wind up fueling targeted advertising, all that data feeding into a composite profile of your likes, dislikes, and demographic information. But increasingly, even careful web users can’t avoid being swept

Hackers Hit Click2Gov Bill-Paying Portals in 8 Cities

In 2017 and 2018, hackers compromised systems running the Click2Gov self-service bill-payment portal in dozens of cities across the United States, a feat that compromised 300,000 payment cards and generated nearly $2 million of revenue. Now, Click2Gov systems have been hit by a second wave

Garmin 6S Pro Review: A Sports Party for Your Wrist

I spend a lot of time outside, but I’m not a real outdoors person. Real outdoors people are competent and resourceful. They pay attention to their surroundings. They don’t get lost while trail running because they started crying when Taylor Swift’s “Soon You’ll Get Better”

It’s a Great Time to Buy a Kindle (and 10 More Tech Deals)

Today marks the start of autumn in the northern hemisphere, and we’ve already pulled out jeans for the first time since spring. This time also marks the giddy lead-up to the holidays, when the biggest device makers trot out their latest updates. Apple got things

Amazon and the All-Electric Future of Fleet Vehicles

Let’s put Amazon’s order for 100,000 electric delivery vans by 2030 into perspective. Today, FedEx uses 85,000 “motorized vehicles” to deliver packages around the world. UPS has around 123,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles, including about 10,000 the company says use “alternative fuel and

Apple Arcade Makes You Ask, What Is a Videogame Worth?

It’s hard to look at Apple Arcade and not be enticed. For just five bucks a month, a subscription to the service will give you access to nearly a hundred games, bringing everything from small time-wasters to indie-game darlings to all of your Apple devices.

This Week In History News, Sept. 15 – 21

“Spanish Stonehenge” revealed by drought, remains of Russian city sacked by Mongols uncovered, Civil War cannonballs found washed up on beach. Drought Uncovers ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ Hidden Underwater For Decades Ruben Ortega Martin/Raices de PeraledaThe Dolmen de Guadalperal, also known as the “Spanish Stonehenge,” has been

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Computer server management software is usually pretty boring. But when that software is sold to a federal agency that separates families and detains children, even esoteric technology can become the center of controversy. On Monday, activist Shanley Kane highlighted a contract between Seattle-based software company

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

They don’t speak to or interact with you until you break the rules; in fact, they often cover their faces as they pass oncoming cars. Their function, for the most part, seems to be to act so scary that you don’t consider breaking the rules.

Why It Matters That YouTube Changed Its Verification System

Under the new system, YouTube maintains that verification is still not an endorsement of content but simply a reflection of notoriety and the strength of a brand, which is the squishiest bit of squishy subjectivity. After some mild badgering, YouTube clarified that the determination of

A Major Legal Battle May Change How Digital Game Sales Work

Welcome to a special legal-eagle edition of Replay, where we’re running down the biggest (and most interesting) stories in games from the past week that don’t involve Apple Arcade, which we’ve covered elsewhere. Cue the Law & Order transition sound effect … now. A Major

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of workers from Amazon, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Square, and other tech companies are expected to walk out today as part of a worldwide climate change strike led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg. After Amazon workers announced they were joining the demonstration last week,

A Global Climate Strike, a Dangerous Huawei Move, and More News

Teens are leading an unprecedented worldwide climate strike, a slap at Huawei could put us all in danger, and Amazon is supercharging an electric vehicle startup. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as

The Feds Need to ‘Grow a Set and Do Their Jobs’

The House antitrust subcommittee investigating Silicon Valley has already received plenty of tips from workers at tech firms, large and small, according to its chair, Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island). “There’s a lot of information that we’ve been gathering that people have shared with the

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

But there was also … the young woman. Mostly silent, close at Searle’s side, she’d been brought to the conference by Searle. He identified her as a student. She told me she was working on a project on fear and anxiety. She was in her

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

Illustration: Rhett Allain As you can see, each of these objects has three forces acting on it—two vertical forces and one horizontal force. The vertical forces aren’t that important here. For the dog, there is its downward weight (Wd) and the upward “normal” force from

How to Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud or Mac

Apple gives users 5 GB of iCloud storage for free, but that’s probably not enough to cover all of your data. You can buy more storage, but it adds up pretty fast. For data-heavy users, there’s a better way, and you can do it for

Best iPhone for 2019: Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

Apple has completed its annual refresh of the iPhone lineup. Its iPhone 11 models look the same as last year’s iPhones, but they do have some camera upgrades, and they can perform a few new tricks. The WIRED Gear team is here to help you

Gadget Lab Podcast: Your DNA Belongs on the Blockchain

You may not realize it, but when you send a spit-filled tube off to a lab that’s going to analyze your DNA, you’re linking the most unique identifier possible (your gene sequence) to other sensitive personal information, like your name, home address, and credit card