What Is a Coronavirus?

What Is a Coronavirus?

Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology.Q: What is a coronavirus?Coronaviruses are a family of hundreds of viruses that can cause fever, respiratory problems, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms too. The 2019 novel coronavirus, which is probably why you’re reading this right now, is one of seven members of this family known to…

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Facebook’s Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Facebook’s Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Despite its best damage-control efforts, Facebook is still dogged by its checkered past on data privacy. But at least some of the security mechanisms the company has put in place are catching problems—and helping them get fixed. Facebook said on Friday that in 2019 its bug bounty saw its largest number of accepted bugs since…

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The 7 Best Drones (2020): DJI, Parrot, Syma

The 7 Best Drones (2020): DJI, Parrot, Syma

It’s no exaggeration to say that drones have changed the way we view the world. They’ve taken once difficult and expensive moviemaking techniques and made them accessible to anyone. Videos that once required a camera crew, expensive cranes, and hours of filming can now be done in minutes by the best drones with the tap…

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‘Birds of Prey’: 5 Essential Comics

‘Birds of Prey’: 5 Essential Comics

The colorful tornado of violence, chaos, and glitter that is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is arriving in theaters this weekend after a devastatingly long period of anticipation, leaving audiences shaken, stirred, and wanting more. While everyone waits to see if Margot Robbie’s Harley will return to the big…

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Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

We’re all feeling it, the massive and crushing daily reminder that climate change is already tearing apart ecosystems and flooding coastal cities and killing humans with extreme heat, among other ills. You’d be forgiven for feeling hopeless right now.But all is not lost. Take it from economist Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University in Canada,…

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Gadget Lab Podcast: The Virus and the Vote

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Virus and the Vote

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED digital director Brian Barrett joins us to talk about the app that derailed the Iowa caucus—and what it means for elections to come. Then, a conversation with WIRED staff writer Megan Molteni about how the spread of the coronavirus is claiming lives, disrupting the economy, and creating chaos in…

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The Digital Colonialism Behind.tv and.ly

The Digital Colonialism Behind.tv and.ly

In late 2018, the tiny South Pacific island of Niue filed a lawsuit worth more than its entire economy. The case, which is under litigation in Stockholm, hinges on the rights to .nu, one of those country-specific extensions that appends a URL. Since 2013, that extension has been owned not by the Niuean government or…

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