The Gear That's Getting Us Through Quarantine
by WIRED Staff on July 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm
As the necessary shelter in place restrictions continue, we’re joined by WIRED’s Alan Henry and Adrienne So to talk about the technologies helping us pass the time.
The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far
by Lily Hay Newman on July 3, 2020 at 11:00 am
Iran, China, Russia—the gang was all here in the first half of this year. Oh, and also an unprecedented pandemic that’s been a boon for hackers.
‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing
by Gilad Edelman on July 2, 2020 at 8:54 pm
No, Alabama frat boys aren’t doing snot shots and betting on who can get sick first. Why does the media keep suggesting otherwise?
How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have During the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Megan Molteni, Adam Rogers on July 2, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Public health messaging and science have to work hard to stay in sync during a crisis. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they haven’t always succeeded.
5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It’s Tearing Us Apart
by Will Knight on July 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm
Divisions over technical standards and the role of China’s Huawei are jeopardizing the rollout of superfast connections.
QuestDB nabs $2.3M seed to build open source time series database
by Ron Miller on July 2, 2020 at 2:08 pm
QuestDB, a member of the Y Combinator summer 2020 cohort, is building an open source time series database with speed top of mind. Today the startup announced a $2.3 million seed round. Episode1 Ventures led the round with assistance from Seedcamp, 7percent Ventures, YCombinator, Kima Ventures and […]
What Trump's Twitter and Clinton's Sax Have in Common
by Philip M. Napoli on July 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm
In some ways, Trump's use of social media follows a history of politicians sidestepping media gatekeepers that dates back to FDR. In others, he's a complete anomaly.
HiMirror Slide Review: A Smart Mirror for Your Makeup or Beauty Routine
by Medea Giordano on July 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
This tablet-mirror hybrid can analyze your skin, keep track of your skincare products, and is a handy way to follow makeup tutorials on YouTube.
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass
by Christie Aschwanden on July 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
While baseball, basketball, and other sports struggle to adapt, an international team of skater-experts has figured out a safer way to play.
SEC filing indicates big data provider Palantir is raising $961M, $550M of it already secured
by Ingrid Lunden on July 2, 2020 at 11:39 am
Palantir, the sometimes controversial, but always secretive, big data and analytics provider that works with governments and other public and private organizations to power national security, health and a variety of other services, has reportedly been eyeing a public listing this autumn. But in the […]
Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead
by Matt Simon on July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am
It may be the most unpatriotic toxicology study ever, but so be it: Metals give fireworks their color, but some manufacturers are slipping in toxins.
WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List
by WIRED Staff on July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am
Summer is as much a season as a mindset—a sunny thing to escape to. Here are some weird, wild books to help get you there.
4th of July Sales (2020): 25 Best Mattress and Tech Deals This Weekend
by Adrienne So on July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am
From mattresses to laptops, we'll meet all of your stay-at-home holiday tech needs here.
New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears
by Lily Hay Newman on July 1, 2020 at 8:45 pm
The malware known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest also has spyware capabilities that allow it to grab passwords and credit card numbers.
What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey
by Sidney Fussell on July 1, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Since the city overhauled its force in 2012, reported crimes fell, but electronic surveillance increased. Some community activists are unhappy.
Unpacking how Dell’s debt load and VMware stake could come together
by Ron Miller on July 1, 2020 at 6:52 pm
If we were betting folk, we’d reckon that Dell carves off a piece of its VMware shares to cover some of its debts next year.
Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok
by Louise Matsakis on July 1, 2020 at 6:10 pm
The lives of incarcerated people are usually hidden from society. On prison TikTok, they’re going viral.
Minneapolis-based VC shop Bread & Butter focuses on its own backyard
by Natasha Mascarenhas on July 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm
While many investors say sheltering in place has broadened their appetite for funding companies located outside major hubs, one firm is doubling down on backing startups in America’s heartland. Launched in 2016 by Brett Brohl, The Syndicate Fund rebranded to Bread & Butter Ventures […]
Vendia raises $5.1M for its multicloud serverless platform
by Frederic Lardinois on July 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm
When the inventor of AWS Lambda, Tim Wagner, and the former head of blockchain at AWS, Shruthi Rao, co-found a startup, it’s probably worth paying attention. Vendia, as the new venture is called, combines the best of serverless and blockchain to help build a truly multicloud serverless […]
How to Take Photos of Fireworks With Your Phone
by WIRED Staff on July 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Use these battle-tested tips and camera settings to capture dramatic photos of those explosions in the sky.
Fauna raises an additional $27M to turn databases into a simple API call
by Ron Miller on July 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm
Databases have always been a complex part of the equation for developers requiring a delicate balance to manage inside the application, but Fauna wants to make adding a database a simple API call, and today it announced $27 million in new funding. The round, which is technically an extension of the […]
Virtual Criminal Justice May Make the System More Equitable
by Lucy Lang on July 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Courtrooms can't afford to go back to their inefficient, inaccessible "normal." The innovative practices that arose from this pandemic need to be implemented now.
The Best Smartphones That Still Have a Headphone Jack (2020)
by Julian Chokkattu, Brian Barrett on July 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
3.5-millimeter audio jacks are endangered, but they’re not extinct yet. Here are some of our favorite smartphones that still let you plug in.
One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack - July 2020
by WIRED Staff on July 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
This month’s focus is on Maria Ressa, editor of the news website Rappler, who was convicted of cyber libel in the Philippines last month.
What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic
by Hilda Bastian on July 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Two new research papers try to shed some light on a popular theory, but the evidence is still very weak—and could point to confirmation bias.
Pivo Pod Review: A Camera Assistant for Aspiring Social Media Stars
by Medea Giordano on July 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Bored in the house and you're in the house bored? This rotating gadget takes the effort out of capturing fun, quirky videos.
Apple device management company Jamf files S-1 as it prepares to go public
by Ron Miller on June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Jamf, the Apple device management company, filed to go public today. Jamf might not be a household name, but the Minnesota company has been around since 2002 helping companies manage their Apple equipment. In the early days, that was Apple computers. Later it expanded to also manage iPhones and […]
Fivetran snares $100M Series C on $1.2B valuation for data connectivity solution
by Ron Miller on June 30, 2020 at 2:31 pm
A big problem for companies these days is finding ways to connect various data sources to their data repositories, and Fivetran is a startup with a solution to solve that very problem. No surprise then that even during a pandemic, the company announced today that it has raised a $100 million Series […]
Hunters raises $15M Series A for its threat-hunting platform
by Frederic Lardinois on June 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Hunters, a Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup that helps enterprises defend themselves from intruders and analyze attacks, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round from Microsoft’s M12 and U.S. Venture Partners. Seed investors YL Ventures and Blumberg Captial […]
Kong donates its Kuma control plane to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
by Frederic Lardinois on June 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm
API management platform Kong today announced that it is donating its open-source Kuma control plane technology to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Since Kong built Kuma on top of the Envoy service mesh — and Envoy is part of the CNCF’s stable of open-source projects — […]
Upsolver announces $13M Series A to ease management of cloud data lakes
by Ron Miller on June 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm
There’s a lot of complexity around managing data lakes in the cloud that often requires expensive engineering expertise. Upsolver, an early-stage startup, wants to simplify all of that, so that a database administrator could handle it. Today the startup announced a $13 million Series A. […]
CodeGuru, AWS’s AI code reviewer and performance profiler, is now generally available
by Frederic Lardinois on June 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm
AWS today announced that CodeGuru, a set of tools that use machine learning to automatically review code for bugs and suggest potential optimizations, is now generally available. The tool launched into preview at AWS re:Invent last December. CodeGuru consists of two tools, Reviewer and Profiler, […]
Fleetsmith customers unhappy with loss of third-party app support after Apple acquisition
by Ron Miller on June 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm
When Apple confirmed it had acquired Fleetsmith, a mobile device management vendor, on Wednesday, it seemed like a straightforward purchase, but Fleetsmith customers quickly learned a key piece of functionality had stopped working — and many weren’t happy about it. Apple systems […]
CIO Cynthia Stoddard explains Adobe’s journey from boxes to the cloud
by Ron Miller on June 26, 2020 at 5:16 pm
Up until 2013, Adobe sold its software in cardboard boxes that were distributed mostly by third party vendors.
Salesforce announces a new mobile collaboration tool for sales called Anywhere
by Ron Miller on June 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm
Even before the pandemic pushed most employees to work from home, sales people often worked outside of the office. Salesforce introduced a new tool today at the Trailheadx Conference called Salesforce Anywhere that’s designed to let teams collaborate and share data wherever they happen to be. […]
Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan will speak at Disrupt 2020
by Jordan Crook on June 25, 2020 at 1:45 pm
The coronavirus pandemic has bruised and battered many technology startups, but it has also boosted a small few. One such company is Zoom, which has shouldered the task of keeping us connected to one another in the midst of remote work and social distancing. So, of course, we’re absolutely […]
Why AWS built a no-code tool
by Frederic Lardinois on June 24, 2020 at 11:36 pm
AWS today launched Amazon Honeycode, a no-code environment built around a spreadsheet-like interface that is a bit of a detour for Amazon’s cloud service. Typically, after all, AWS is all about giving developers all of the tools to build their applications — but they then have to put […]
AWS launches Amazon Honeycode, a no-code mobile and web app builder
by Frederic Lardinois on June 24, 2020 at 8:12 pm
AWS today announced the beta launch of Amazon Honeycode, a new, fully managed low-code/no-code development tool that aims to make it easy for anybody in a company to build their own applications. All of this, of course, is backed by a database in AWS and a web-based, drag-and-drop interface […]
Dell’s debt hangover from $67B EMC deal could put VMware stock in play
by Ron Miller on June 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm
When Dell bought EMC in 2016 for $67 billion it was one of the biggest acquisitions in tech history, and it brought with it a boatload of debt. Since then Dell has been working on ways to mitigate that debt by selling off various pieces of the corporate empire and going public again, but one
Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT manage Apple devices remotely
by Ron Miller on June 24, 2020 at 4:05 pm
At a time when IT has to help employees set up and manage devices remotely, a service that simplifies those processes could certainly come in handy. Apple recognized that, and acquired Fleetsmith today, a startup that helps companies do precisely that with Apple devices. While Apple didn’t […]
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