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This Philosopher Dreams of Writing Low-Budget Sci-Fi
by Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on January 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm
Philosophy professor Peter Boghossian would much rather be working on screenplays.
At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane
by Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica on January 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Turns out, letting slower passengers—like travelers with small children, or who need extra assistance—board first really is faster.
Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse\!
by Shannon Stirone on January 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm
We're not sure when this star will go supernova, but one thing is certain: It'll be spectacular.
FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records
by Brian Barrett on January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Turkey gets Wikipedia back, Mayor Pete loses his cyberguy, and more of the week's top security news.
The 7 Best Portable Coffee Makers: Aeropress, Delter, And More
by Scott Gilbertson on January 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Whether it's Aeropress, French press, or faux espresso, we've found the best ways to make a great cup of Joe anywhere.
In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover
by Aarian Marshall on January 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Online ordering means more deliveries to more places. One Paris hub sports a data center, offices, sports facilities like tennis courts, and an urban farm.
14 Best Tech Deals on WIRED's Favorite Gear (Jan. 2020)
by WIRED Staff on January 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Great deals on gear our team has tested, and loves—TVs, Android phones, camera bags, cold-brew coffee makers, and more.
Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People
by Daniel Oberhaus on January 18, 2020 at 5:00 am
On Sunday, Elon Musk's space company will attempt its last big test before it can begin launching humans from US soil.
PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech
by Louise Matsakis on January 18, 2020 at 1:12 am
At a congressional hearing Friday, smaller companies including PopSockets, Tile, Sonos, and Basecamp criticized Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon for having power over them.
'Cyberpunk 2077' Is Being Delayed
by Julie Muncy on January 17, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Fans will have to wait a few more months for a videogame version of Keanu Reeves.
Harvestr gathers user feedback in one place
by Romain Dillet on January 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Meet Harvestr, a software-as-a-service startup that wants to help product managers centralize customer feedback from various places. Product managers can then prioritize outstanding issues and feature requests. Finally, the platform helps you get back to your customers once changes have been […]
Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows
by Kate Knibbs on January 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm
Is the new streaming service literally going to offer a TV show about Twitter?
Microsoft announces global Teams ad push as it combats Slack for the heart of enterprise comms
by Alex Wilhelm on January 17, 2020 at 4:05 pm
The long-running contest between Microsoft and its Teams service and Slack’s eponymous application continued this morning, with Redmond announcing what it describes as its first “global” advertising push for its enterprise communication service. Slack, a recent technology IPO, […]
Zendesk launches Sell Marketplace to bring app store to CRM product
by Ron Miller on January 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Zendesk acquired Base CRM in 2018 to give customers a CRM component to go with its core customer service software. After purchasing the company, it changed the name to Sell, and today the company announced the launch of the new Sell Marketplace. Officially called The Zendesk Marketplace for Sell, […]
How Much Superpower Does It Take to Bash a Bullet in Midair?
by Rhett Allain on January 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm
In the upcoming movie 'Wonder Woman 1984,' our hero is able to knock a bullet off to the side with just her arm. Let's look at the physics.
DigitalOcean is laying off staff, sources say 30-50 affected
by Ingrid Lunden on January 17, 2020 at 2:10 pm
After appointing a new CEO and CFO last summer, cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean is embarking on a wider reorganisation: the startup has announced a round of layoffs, with potentially between 30 and 50 people affected. DigitalOcean has confirmed the news with the following statement: […]
The Best Gaming Mouse for Every Kind of Player (2020)
by Jess Grey on January 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Whether you're into esports or casual fragging, these are the best corded and wireless gaming mice we've tested at a variety of price points.
The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story
by Emma Grey Ellis on January 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm
A young writer wrote a controversial bit of military science fiction about sexual politics. The fallout was nuclear.
Nature Will Triumph—and Reclaim All Our Gadgets
by Arielle Pardes on January 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm
A new art exhibit, “The World After Us,” shows the power and ingenuity of nature to make use of machines in a world without humans.
Gadget Lab Podcast: One Wheel, Zero Buttons
by WIRED Staff on January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
This week, the hosts debate whether one wheel is better than two, and whether having a few buttons on a smartphone is better than having none at all.
This Week’s Cartoons: Buggy Vows, Data Frontier, and Do Not Calls
by WIRED Cartoons on January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
You can’t choose your family, but you can ignore their calls.
Apple's Latest Deal Shows How AI Is Moving Right Onto Devices
by Will Knight on January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The iPhone maker's purchase of startup Xnor.ai is the latest move toward a trend of computing on the "edge," rather than in the cloud.
Seriously, It's Time to Lean Into Monowheels
by Boone Ashworth on January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Call them fanciful, or a faceplant waiting to happen. But one-wheeled vehicles are how we'll roll into the future.
A Windows 10 Vulnerability Was Used to Rickroll the NSA and Github
by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica on January 17, 2020 at 12:30 am
A researcher demonstrated the attack less than a day after Microsoft disclosed one of the most critical Windows vulnerabilities ever.
Visa’s Plaid acquisition shows a shifting financial services landscape
by Ron Miller on January 16, 2020 at 10:45 pm
When Visa bought Plaid this week for $5.3 billion, a figure that was twice its private valuation, it was a clear signal that traditional financial services companies are looking for ways to modernize their approach to business. With Plaid, Visa picks up a modern set of developer APIs that work […]
Epsagon scores $16M Series A to monitor modern development environments
by Ron Miller on January 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Epsagon, an Israeli startup that wants to help monitor modern development environments like serverless and containers, announced a $16 million Series A today. U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), a new investor, led the round. Previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and StageOne Ventures also […]
Cyral announces $11M Series A to help protect data in cloud
by Ron Miller on January 16, 2020 at 1:06 pm
Cyral, an early-stage startup that helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announced an $11 million Series A today. The company also revealed a previous undisclosed $4.1 million angel investment, making the total $15.1 million. The Series A was led by Redpoint Ventures. A.Capital Ventures, […]
Cloudinary passes $60M ARR without VC money
by Alex Wilhelm on January 15, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re continuing our exploration of companies that have reached material scale, usually viewed through the lens of annual recurring revenue (ARR). We’ve looked at […]
Google Cloud gets a premium support plan with 15-minute response times
by Frederic Lardinois on January 15, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Google Cloud today announced the launch of its premium support plans for enterprise and mission-critical needs. This new plan brings Google’s support offerings for the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in line with its premium G Suite support options. “Premium Support has been designed to […]
Kadena fulfills hybrid blockchain vision with launch of public chain
by Ron Miller on January 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm
For the last few years, blockchain startup Kadena has been working on a vision of bringing blockchain to the enterprise. Today it announced the final piece of that vision with the launch of the Kadena public blockchain. In earlier releases, the company offered the ability to build private […]
Former Docker CEO Steve Singh joins Madrona
by Ron Miller on January 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Madrona Venture Group announced today that it has hired former Docker CEO Steve Singh as a managing director at the firm. Singh stepped down as CEO of Docker last May and Seattle-based Madrona seems like a logical landing spot. He is a longtime resident of Seattle, and has been working behind the […]
Customer data platform ActionIQ raises $32M
by Anthony Ha on January 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm
ActionIQ co-founder and CEO Tasso Argyros knows there are plenty of companies promising to help businesses use their customer data to deliver personalized experiences — as he put it, “The space has gotten very, very hot over the last couple of years.” But in the face of growing […]
The crypto rich find security in Anchorage
by Josh Constine on January 15, 2020 at 11:57 am
Not the city, the $57 million-funded cryptocurrency custodian startup. When someone wants to keep safe tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoin, Ethereum or other coins, they put them in Anchorage’s vault. And now they can trade straight from custody so they never have to worry […]
Google acquires AppSheet to bring no-code development to Google Cloud
by Ron Miller on January 14, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Google announced today that it is buying AppSheet, an eight-year-old no-code mobile-application-building platform. The company had raised more than $17 million on a $60 million valuation, according to PitchBook data. The companies did not share the purchase price. With AppSheet, Google gets a […]
Equinix is acquiring bare metal cloud provider Packet
by Ron Miller on January 14, 2020 at 1:50 pm
Equinix announced today that it is acquiring bare metal cloud provider Packet, the New York City startup that had raised over $36 million on a $100 million valuation, according to PitchBook data. Equinix has a set of data centers and co-location facilities around the world. Companies that may want […]
Atrium lays off lawyers, explains pivot to legal tech
by Josh Constine on January 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm
Seventy-five-million-dollar-funded legal services startup Atrium doesn’t want to be the next company to implode as the tech industry tightens its belt and businesses chase margins instead of growth via unsustainable economics. That’s why Atrium is laying off most of its in-house […]
Google brings IBM Power Systems to its cloud
by Frederic Lardinois on January 13, 2020 at 6:55 pm
As Google Cloud looks to convince more enterprises to move to its platform, it needs to be able to give businesses an onramp for their existing legacy infrastructure and workloads that they can’t easily replace or move to the cloud. A lot of those workloads run on IBM Power Systems with their […]
Adobe Experience Manager now offered as cloud-native SaaS application
by Ron Miller on January 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm
Adobe announced today that Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) is now available as a cloud-native SaaS application. Prior to this, it was available on premises or as a managed service, but it wasn’t pure cloud-native. Obviously being available as a cloud service makes sense for customers, and […]
Zebra’s SmartSight inventory robot keeps an eye on store shelves
by Ron Miller on January 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm
How many times have you gone into a store and found the shelves need restocking of the very item you want? This is a frequent problem, and it’s difficult, especially in larger retail establishments, to keep on top of stocking requirements. Zebra Technologies has a solution: a robot that scans […]
Salesforce announces new tools to boost developer experience on Commerce Cloud
by Ron Miller on January 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm
Salesforce announced some new developer tools today, designed to make it easier for programmers to build applications on top of Commerce Cloud in what is known in industry parlance as a “headless” system. What that means is that developers can separate the content from the design and […]