Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

With so much of our lives lived online, people have often assumed that the pictures, financial documents, and other sensitive information we store on our password-protected phones and computers are kept private. But every day, it seems there’s a new data breach, or another story about our information being passed around in ways we couldn’t imagine.



Molly Davis is a policy analyst at Libertas Institute, a policy think tank in Utah. She’s a writer for Young Voices, and her work has previously appeared in The Hill, the Washington Examiner, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

As a result, there’s been an emerging public distrust in the platforms that hold so much of this information, and increased interest by federal and state legislators on how to protect the public’s privacy. So far, government  [...]  read more

7 Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online (2019)

There are some budget models I’d avoid. Many of these beds are extremely affordable, and if you aren’t picky, they may feel fine. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. The $237 AmazonBasics and $259 Zinus mattresses were made of cheap foam that wasn’t dense enough, causing too much sinkage. (I had to return a Zinus of my own for this reason.) The $250 Linenspa mattress is also certainly affordable, but it has coils that aren’t individually wrapped and felt uncomfortable, with an uneven, mushy feel to it. It also didn’t fully inflate near the edges, so they drooped. Some Amazon buyers have also complained about this. Finally, the $1,899 Parachute Mattress didn’t have enough proper padding above its coils, given the extravagant price.
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Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Volvo has had it up to här with drivers. The Swedish carmaker has spent decades building a reputation based on safety (and low-key luxury), but humanity’s taste for speeding, distraction, and impaired driving remains a threat no airbag, semi-autonomous system or moose-detection system can neutralize. So this week, Volvo announced a raft of potentially controversial initiatives that will help deliver on its Vision 2020 goal—no more deaths or serious injuries in its new cars—by making its customers behave.

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

Improving driver behavior hinges on knowing how the driver is behaving, so Volvo—at an event also marking 60 years since it introduced [...]  read more

How Do You Pronounce Buttigieg? The Internet Counts the Ways

The trick to pronouncing presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg’s last name is to keep your lips almost totally puckered through all three syllables. At least, that’s the only way I’m able to do it. If I can get my lips halfway between a pout and a whistle, and say it in one quick exhale, I can get it. Bood-eh-jedge, bood-eh-jedge, bood-eh-jedge.

I learned this a few days ago from watching video after YouTube video of Buttigieg saying his own name. Until then, whenever I’d read the name Buttigieg—which wasn’t that often, until very recently—I’d read over the weird spelling, make the sound “boojig” in my mind, and move on. I was sure I’d never say the name aloud, and let’s be real, who has time to learn new things anyway.

Then, starting in early March, Buttigieg started popping up everywhere. A trickle of weird and unforgettable facts began seeping into the news cycle, each one more [...]  read more

Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

Nothing much happened this week except, oh yeah, special counsel Robert Mueller filed his report on Friday night. Though attorney general William Barr now has the report in hand, the American people will still have to wait to see how much of it he decides to make public.

In anticipation of the report, Mueller expert Garrett Graff laid out what information it could contain that would get Trump impeached.

Beyond Mueller, it was actually already a news-packed week. In fact, as the Mueller news was breaking, the Office of the Inspector General also dropped a bombshell report revealing that FEMA failed to safeguard the personal data of 2.3 million disaster survivors.

The week started with the lesson that most Android antivirus apps are garbage. Then we gave you an in-depth look into fallout from the massive Exactis [...]  read more

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

The Cat’s Paw Nebula, located in our Milky Way some 4,200 light years from Earth, sparks serious curiosity among astronomers. It’s extremely active: Radiation from hot stars interacts with large molecules and bits of dust, setting off that neon green fluorescence. In addition, stars forming inside the nebula heat up gas, which expands and appears as red “bubbles.” Then there’s the mind-bending scale of the thing: This entire star factory is estimated to be 80 to 90 light years across.

Hubble-icious: A composite of several exposures captured years apart yields one of the most colorful deep-space pictures made by Hubble in its 20-some years in orbit. Each speck, smudge, and swirl is an entire galaxy; some sit closer than others and are easily identified, while others further out are faintly tinted and hazy blobs.

NASA’s Juno has opened our eyes to a whole new Jupiter. Consider this image, with its cluster [...]  read more

19 Best Tech Deals on PC Gaming, Camping Gear, and More

This week was a great week in Gadget Land. Not only did Apple release a new desktop and new AirPods, it released the latest version of its beloved iPad Mini and iPad Air. Amazon also issued its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it costs less than $100. But while we wait for our credit cards to clear and our shipping boxes to arrive, we found 19 of our favorite deals on a great drone, a very affordable backpacking bundle, and much more.

If you’re gearing up for your spring adventures, REI’s member rewards sale is going on through April 8. Members can get 20 percent off one full-priced item, and 20 percent off one item at REI Outlet, with the code MEMPERKS2019.

We’re also continuing last week’s flash sale of $5 for a 1-year WIRED subscription. Again, the $5 gives you unlimited, ad-free access to articles on Wired.com and a year of monthly print issues (if desired). Subscriptions directly help fund the great journalism the WIRED team puts out every day.

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The GoPro Hero7 Is $100 Off

Our reviewer Brent Rose refers to the GoPro as “the Band-Aid of action cameras,” but that’s for a good reason. The latest iteration has truly impressive in-camera image stabilization, a waterproof mic, [...]  read more

Review: ‘Us’ Is About Ascending From Your Own Personal Hell

The prowess of a Jordan Peele film reveals itself in the dive. With Get Out—his Oscar-winning 2017 social thriller about brain-swapping white liberals and their obsession with black bodies—Peele explored what it meant to descend into, and ultimately be trapped by, the dark vista of the mind. What unfurled was a cerebral madhouse of tangled racial horrors. It felt true. Especially true if, like Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris Washington, you are forced to live in the world merely as a consequence to mischievous white purveyors. Peele is likewise consumed by the crescendo, the ascent. He is just as eager to detail the rise from psychological or physical terror to a place of safety. What the writer-director-producer ultimately privileged in Get Out—was it the fall or the climb?—is much harder to parse; the project lends itself to a dense canniness.

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The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

Continuing a now time-honored tradition of creating explosive news late on a Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to attorney general William Barr. The Mueller probe, which began not quite two years ago, has come to its conclusion. Time for the fallout—in whatever form that takes.

There are certain basic procedural facts that govern what happens next. The report that Mueller submitted to Barr is confidential; there’s no guarantee that the public will ever lay eyes on it. After reading Mueller’s findings, Barr will submit his own report to Congress, which could contain as much or as little information as he chooses. The only disclosure he’s required to make at this point: whether the Justice Department stopped the special counsel from taking “inappropriate or unwarranted” action during the course of the investigation. Barr says that didn’t happen.

Beyond that, it’s still anybody’s guess what happens next.

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FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

After being displaced by a natural disaster, survivors have a lot of pressing concerns. They may be dealing with health impacts, displacement, loss of property, and even grieving the deaths of loved ones. Through all of this, though, one worry that is probably not in their minds is the question of whether their personal data is safe with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Unfortunately, what should be a given is apparently another burden to add to an already painfully long list.

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor. In doing so, the agency violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and Department of Homeland Security policy, and exposed survivors to identity theft.

The Hack

Just to clarify, it’s not a hack per se. No one had to. The data, collected for the Transitional [...]  read more