The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

The latest high-stakes standoff between Apple and the FBI has come to an end. After claiming for months that Apple alone could unlock the two iPhones of Pensacola, Florida shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the agency announced today that it had managed to do so without Cupertino’s help—and without undermining the encryption that protects over 1…

Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked, Too

Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked, Too

Whether you think cryptocurrency is a scam or a salvation, those digital coins can store real-world value. The safest place to keep them is in what’s known as a “hardware wallet,” a device like a USB drive that stores your currency and private keys locally, without connecting to the internet. But “safest” doesn’t mean “perfect,”…

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people. In the aftermath of the storm, an estimated 372,000 children were displaced from their homes. More than 100 public schools were destroyed, and those that weren’t remained shut for weeks. After the floodwaters receded, those displaced students eventually found new schools,…

This Robot Can Guess How You’re Feeling by the Way You Walk

This Robot Can Guess How You’re Feeling by the Way You Walk

Maybe you’re sad, plodding along with your head slumped and shoulders sagging. Maybe you’re angry and alert, hurrying along upright. Or maybe you’re annoyingly happy, skipping down the street. Whatever your gait, that combined with your facial expression is nonverbally signaling to other people how much space they should give you—and being able to accurately…

Today’s Cartoon: Netflix Finale

Today’s Cartoon: Netflix Finale

Monday, May 18, 2020. By Andrew Hamm, with cartooncollections.com. If you’ve finished Netflix, here are the films and TV series WIRED staffers come back to when they need to feel a little better. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the…

How Smart City Planning Could Slow Future Pandemics

How Smart City Planning Could Slow Future Pandemics

The cities of the world are sick. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people living in metropolitan areas have been among the worst hit, unable to socially distance effectively and sometimes plagued with preexisting conditions that their cities helped create. Many municipalities weren’t built with highly transmissible infectious disease—or human health—in front of mind, and the…