• Facebook, Instagram To Fight Election Meddling With Location Labels

    Sometimes it can be hard to find out where a post on social media could be coming from. In the recent years, we’ve seen how some foreign entities have attempted to disrupt elections in another country by spreading misinformation using fake accounts and pages to make it seem like the post originated from the country the election is taking place in.

    To help combat this problem, Facebook has announced that they will start testing out a new feature for both Facebook and Instagram to help better identify where posts are coming from.  This will come in the form of location labels where posts and pages that are not based in the US will have their location labeled.

    What this means is that if a viral post that is being widely-shared by US users but hasn’t originated from the US will have its location labeled. This means that users will have

  • Absurd Planet: WIRED’s Absurd Creatures Evolves Into a New Netflix Series

    It began, as many things do, with a 10-foot marine worm that wields jaws so sharp and powerful they can slice a fish in two. Then came the wasp with a sting so painful that an actual scientist’s actual advice for those who get stung by this thing is to just lie down and scream until the agony subsides. And then there were the foot-long snails that are eating their way through Florida.

    Those were just a few of the over 100 entries in my WIRED column Absurd Creature of the Week, which ran between 2013 and 2016. We made a web video series out of it too, called Absurd Creatures. And I’m happier than a giant earthworm in mud to announce that my baby is all grown up: Today Netflix is premiering their all-new docu-series Absurd Planet, produced by Condé Nast Entertainment. (Condé Nast owns

  • Apple’s 2020 iPhones Could Come With A 120Hz ‘Pro Motion’ Display

    Ever since Apple launched the iPad Pro with its 120Hz Pro Motion display, many have been wondering when that tech will trickle down to the iPhone. After all, we’re seeing more Android handset makers introduce similar features to their smartphones, so why not the iPhone too, right?

    If you were hoping to see an iPhone with a 120Hz refresh rate display, you could be in luck. This is because during a Periscope session, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman (who has proven to be very well-connected regarding unreleased Apple related information) said that it is a possibility that 2020’s iPhones could come with 120Hz Pro Motion displays.

    It should be noted that Gurman does not actually confirm if such a feature will indeed be arriving to the iPhones, but rather he believes it is possible, so maybe don’t get your hopes up just yet. He also suggests that if the feature

  • Japanese hot spring resorts let you soak in their baths in VR

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard, including in Japan — ninety percent of ryokan inns in the famous Arima hot spring resort town have been closed since the prefecture of Hyogo went under a state of emergency this month, according to The Mainichi Shimbun. In response to the situation, a group of ryokan owners have started to upload VR footage of their hot-spring baths to YouTube to help bring the onsen experience to people self-isolating at home.

    “Japanʼs hot springs can help healing people in quarantine around the world, as well as increase the efficacy of the quarantine,” the group says in a press release. “This way, we may, even if only slightly, help reduce infections and suffering from the new coronavirus.” So far, the project includes videos from five ryokan including Arima Sansoh Goshobessho, Takayamasou Hanano, Taketoritei Maruyama, Tocen Goshoboh, and Motoyu Ryuusenkaku.