The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users…

In May 2018, The New York Times reported that a company called Securus had sold law enforcement agencies access to the locations of people’s cellphones. Police were supposed to provide a warrant or other documentation…

Covid-19 Is Traveling Along the New Silk Road

Nearly 750 years ago, Marco Polo famously undertook several voyages from Venice across the Mediterranean Sea, overland through Persia and Central Asia to the court of the great Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan and…

The MicroGravity Jacket Keeps You Dry, Warm, and…

When it comes to outdoor expeditions, layering properly isn’t fashion—it’s a matter of life or death, or at least of avoiding extreme discomfort. Traditionally, you’d select an impermeable hard-shell jacket for rain or snow, while…

This Weeks Cartoons: Shopping Apps, Vlogging Myths, and…

Friday, February 28, 2020. By Drew Dernavich, with cartooncollections.com. WIRED rounded up the best Alexa-enabled speakers, if that’s what you’re into. Thursday, February 27, 2020. By Andrew Hamm, with cartooncollections.com. Forget about the license—here’s why…

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp…

The ocean is normally a fairly noisy place, with the sounds of happy dolphins, lonely whales and diesel-chugging ships saturating the undersea world. But climate change may turn up the volume on this liquid symphony…

Please, Please, Please Dont Mock Conspiracy Theories

The second shared characteristic of conspiracy theories is a preoccupation with them. They (whomever “they” might be) stand for everything that we (whomever “we” might be) despise. They are actively trying to dismantle our way…

Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More

While my dog isn’t very vocal (perhaps me working from home has something to do with that), the Bites 2 also has a surprisingly extensive 4-microphone array and speaker bar that means that it sounds…

I Used Minecraft to Cope with My Apocalypse…

Minecraft has always been a lonely place. This opinion, understandably, is at odds with its popular image as a game about creativity with friends. Each player's world is an infinite, procedurally generated wilderness, and the…