Joe Biden Answers Your Most Searched Questions About Him

Joe Biden Answers Your Most Searched Questions About Him

WIRED Autocomplete gathers the internet’s most searched questions about celebrities and goes right to the source for the answer. We’ve interviewed more than 150 actors, artists, YouTubers, and others, using Google’s autocomplete feature (hence the name!). As the presidential primaries got underway this year, WIRED asked Democratic candidates to participate in the series. Joe Biden,…

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

Many of those around Donald Trump have evinced a certain moral or political flexibility, but few have eclipsed the purely distilled, cynical hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo. As a Tea Party, Koch-backed member of Congress, he built his political reputation almost solely on two issues: lambasting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attack and…

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Here’s a future scenario. Soon after you get your jury summons in the mail, you receive a SurveyMonkey link. Under oath—a checkbox and e-signature sufficed—you answer several questions not just about your personal background but also your Wi-Fi connectivity. Do you solemnly swear that you have home broadband?Now you’ve been selected as a juror, and…

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

“There’s nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” snapped US coronavirus task-force leader Deborah Birx at a White House meeting earlier this month. According to news reports, Birx was frustrated at the agency’s tally of coronavirus deaths, as she and colleagues worried that reported numbers were up to 25 percent too high. However, if…

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

For the last year, governments around the world have pressured Facebook to abandon its plans for end-to-end encryption across its apps, arguing that the feature provides cover for criminals and, above all, child predators. Today Facebook is rolling out new abuse-detection and alert tools in Messenger that may help address that criticism—without weakening its protections.Facebook…

ShinyHunters Is a Hacking Group on a Data Breach Spree

ShinyHunters Is a Hacking Group on a Data Breach Spree

Data breaches have become an all too common threat in recent years, exposing personal information through attacks on companies and institutions. Some of these assaults are the result of sophisticated nation-state espionage operations, while others are fueled by online criminals hoping to sell the stolen data. Over the first two weeks of May, a hacking…

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

Climate scientists are predicting that as many as 20 named hurricanes will develop in the Atlantic basin during the six-month season that officially begins on Monday. The prediction of a super-busy season comes from separate teams at Colorado State University, Pennsylvania State University, and AccuWeather and is based on sea surface temperatures in both the…

A Virtual DJ, a Drone, and an All-Out Zoom Wedding

A Virtual DJ, a Drone, and an All-Out Zoom Wedding

It was supposed to be a magical destination wedding. Jenny Cooper and Sean Steuer, who live in Los Angeles, had invited 120 people to join them at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta in Mexico—an all-inclusive resort with five infinity pools, a swim-up bar, and entertainment that includes folkloric dancing and acrobatic performances. Cooper’s mother had…