UN Secretary-General: US-China Tech Divide Could Cause More Havoc Than the Cold War

WIRED recently spoke with António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, about a topic of increasingly grave concern to him: the fracturing of the internet and the possibility that a technology meant to bring nations together might drive them apart. A condensed version of this interview is featured in issue 28.02. The full interview, which originally was published on November 25, 2019, is below. The conversation has been lightly edited for clarity. Nicholas Thompson: It's an honor to get the opportunity to conduct this interview. Recently you gave Sustainable Development Goals or our blueprint for a fair globalization to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, lack of education, lack of health in the world, it's clear that the digital …

‘It’s killing us’: midwestern workers savaged by Trump’s trade wars

Layoffs are common, shifts have been cut and workers in Americas manufacturing and farming heartlands are losing hope Winter has come to Davenport, Iowa. Temperatures, at 14F (-10C), are well below freezing. But its the cold winds of Donald Trumps trade wars that worry Shaun Buckles. Buckles, 40, worked at the John Deere construction and forestry manufacturing plant in Davenport for three years until he lost his job last month. He was one of announced another 57 workers at the Davenport plant would be laid off, effective 6 January. According to a company spokesperson, 23 workers in Des Moines were terminated as well, effective 15 December. The job cuts have come as demand for farming equipment shrinks in the midst …

With Rising Violence, China Pushes Hong Kong Toward Civil War

A traffic police officer in a man was set on fire after defending Beijing in an argument. Both individuals were listed in critical condition. Over the weekend, wide-scale disturbances scarred the territory, a semi-autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China. There is essentially the first fatality linked to police action during a protest, but many believe the police have killed others. Demonstrators called protesters the enemy of the people. Her provocative Cultural Revolution-speak comment came on the heels of her November 4 meeting with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping. China is apparently controlling events, and either out of obliviousness or maliciousness, it is making the situation worse. Beijing has been doing that by forcing Lam to take a hard line. …

This Week in Apps: Photoshop for iPad bombs, Google Plays new rewards program, iOS bug fixes

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are the developers talking about? What Do app publishers and marketers need to know? How is international politics playing out in the App Store? What apps is everyone using? As November kicks off, we’re looking at a number of big apps launches from Microsoft and Adobe — as well as what went wrong. We’re also looking at the iOS bug-squashing release, a bunch of data about app install trends around the world, Google Play’s new loyalty program and what it means for developers, the continued scrutiny of Chinese apps by …