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Going cloud-native costs more than you think
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There is a bit of sticker shock out there. No, it’s not the big IaaS public cloud bill that will make you gasp, it’s the price of changing applications to take advantage of cloud-native features as they move to the cloud. There are three basic ways to deal with application migration to the cloud: Lift […]

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American Airlines Blames Customers Finding Out the Truth For Having to Make Fares More Attractive
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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  Over the last few weeks, many airlines have been crowing about how well they’re doing. And then there’s American Airlines. It suddenly encountered difficulties, despite being huge and enjoying an extended network in a buoyant economy. One […]

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Why You Can't Trust More Cryptocurrency White Papers
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In 2008, a mysterious figure named Satoshi Nakamoto uploaded a PDF to the internet outlining a digital framework for spending money without centralized banks. He sent the paper to a cryptography mailing list, and thus bitcoin—and the blockchain—were born. Ten years later, an entire cryptocurrency industry valued at $300 billion has bloomed from those nine […]

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America's Loneliness Epidemic Is More Lethal Than Smoking. Here's What You Can Do to Combat Isolation
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As a social work graduate student, I worked in a medical hospital. One of my projects included studying the “revolving door” patients–those individuals who came into the emergency room on a regular basis. Some of these patients came into the hospital for chronic issues, such as back pain and breathing difficulties. I identified the patients […]

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Using Tinder Doesn’t Lead to More Casual Sex, a New Study Says
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A new study has found that Tinder and other picture-based dating apps don’t increase users’ success in pursuing casual romantic connections. That’s not because the app doesn’t work, but because people inclined to have casual sex do so at similar rates whether they’re using an app, or more old-fashioned methods. The study, conducted by researchers […]

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DDoS For Hire, a CIA Card Game, and More Security News This Week
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WIRED tackled the big questions in security this week, starting with maybe the biggest: Why do so many people use “dragon” as their password? The answer actually says a lot about the psychology of passwords, and how those popular password lists are made in the first place. And there’s a whole lot more. Another surprising […]

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Parents Get More Control Over Facebook’s Messenger Kids With New Sleep Mode
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Facebook’s recently introduced Messenger Kids app is getting an upgrade that lets parents set “off times” that blocks their children from using the service. The new Sleep Mode, which debuted on Friday, also lets parents set different times for the app to shut off depending on the day of the week. During “off times,” the […]

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Lithium-Silicon Batteries Could Give Your Phone 30% More Power
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A new battery technology could increase the power packed into phones, cars, and smartwatches by 30% or more within the next few years. The new lithium-silicon batteries, nearing production-ready status thanks to startups including Sila Technologies and Angstron Materials, will leapfrog marginal improvements in existing lithium-ion batteries. Recent promises of breakthrough battery technology have often […]

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Meltdown, Spectre, Malicious Apps, and More of This Week's Security News
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The fallout of the widespread Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities continued this week. WIRED took an in-depth look at the parallel sagas that caused four research teams to independently discover the bugs within months of each other. Dozens of patches are now floating around to try to defend devices against attacks that might exploit the […]

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