FTC cracks down on tech support scams

“Your computer is damaged … we’ll help you fix it.” It’s the latest twist on tech support scams: Scammers sell software online that claims to increase your computer’s performance. They lure you to their websites with pop-up ads or web searches. Then, they tell you to call a phone number to activate or register the… Read More »

Square’s Plan to Exploit the Big Switch to Next-Gen Credit Cards

By next October, every checkout counter in the U.S. is supposed to look a little bit different. That’s the deadline set by the credit card industry for merchants to upgrade their point-of-sale systems to accept chip-based credit cards, a more secure upgrade to the magnetic-stripe version that much of the rest of the world has… Read More »

Could the Black Arrow Actually Kill a Dragon?

We get a quick glimpse of the Black Arrow in The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug. How fast is the arrow? Would it kill a dragon? Video analysis included. The post Could the Black Arrow Actually Kill a Dragon? appeared first on WIRED.

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate

Before the next big wave of internet arguing, I’m proposing we retire a few overused and underwhelming opinions in the bikes vs. cars debate. Though I drive and bike, my allegiances skew in the cyclist direction (feel free to scroll straight the comments and yell at me). But beyond my personal judgments, there are a… Read More »