Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

If sustained this may gradually wean the rural population even in disadvantaged regions like Brazil’s Northeast off their dependence on state support.One thing has not changed in my evaluation of the productive alliance concept three years after my first visit: the role of local leadership.

7 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers (2019)

7 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers (2019)

I've read many guides that recommend different makers, methods, coffee grounds, water ratios, brew times, and temperatures. In my tests, the County Line produced relatively smooth cold brew coffee, though it was somewhat gritty, likely because the steel filter is a bit too porous (use coarse grounds).

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Since December, Indian policymakers have taken a page from China’s playbook, enacting sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the power of ecommerce behemoths like Amazon, and pushing proposals that would require internet companies to censor “unlawful” content, break user encryption, and forbid Indian data from being stored on foreign soil.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

Soil moisture levels as of 13 February are below normal for the vast majority of the North Island, with the driest soil compared to normal for this time of year in the New Plymouth District, parts of western coastal Waikato and the Aupouri Peninsula.

Childish Gambino Made History at the Grammys

Childish Gambino Made History at the Grammys

Childish Gambino's History-Making Grammy Moment Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Atlanta 's Donald Glover, made history last night, becoming the first artist to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year for a hip-hop song, "This Is America." Glover wasn't on-hand to accept the awards.

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

The Fossil Q Men's Commuter Smartwatch Is 40 Percent Off If your loved one is in search of a fitness tracker that doesn't look like a fitness tracker, this Fossil men's smartwatch would be a good choice.

How to Watch the Grammys

How to Watch the Grammys

Don Emmert/Getty Images The bad news: The Grammy Awards show airing this Sunday has two things in common with the Super Bowl halftime show. The 61st annual Grammys airs on CBS, just like the Super Bowl.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Thus began the contentious career of the notion of “actuarial fairness,” an idea that would spread in time far beyond the insurance industry into policing and paroling, education, and eventually AI, igniting fierce debates along the way over the push by our increasingly market-oriented society to define fairness in statistical and individualistic terms rather than relying on the morals and community standards used historically.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

There may be a few TV deals during President's Day in a couple of weeks (like last year), but the prices below are worth a serious look. The Best 4K TV Deals Vizio These are some of the most stunning TVs you can buy.

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Poutama Hetaraka says he is not only looking forward to experiencing a completely different environment but also to seeing mātauranga Māori become more and more embedded in conversations about environmental management of the Earth and Antarctica in particular”.

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The record-setting project involved the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Lab. The machine captured that crown in June last year, reclaiming the title for the US after five years of China topping the list.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased in northern areas, although small improvements were observed in interior Otago, Southland, and Stewart Island.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR The New Frontier program at this year's Sundance Film Festival—typically a bellwether of what's to come in filmmaking—saw an influx of augmented and mixed reality projects this year.

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

But what the place lacked in creature comforts, it more than made up for in community: Michel never spent a day alone, as people regularly stopped by to chat over coffee, watch a storm roll in, or peer through binoculars at animals on the ice.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro

14 of This Week's Best Deals, From the Pixel 3 to iPad Pro Razer Has life become a little meh lately? There's also a 4-Day Best Buy Sale going on if you want to check it out.

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

This week, Sonos has put its soundbars and subs on sale, likely to capitalize on the TV deals happening through Super Bowl weekend. The Sonos Sub carries a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, buy it and stick it next to your couch.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

“Every town had an industrial center, and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories,” says photographer Ioana Cîrlig , who grew up in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the 1990s after the fall of Communism.

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

Nota bene : WIRED favorite REI is also having a clearance sale through January 21, so if you are planning a trip this winter, now is a good time to stock up on ski socks, helmets, and more.

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Attribution is a tricky business, and the DNC didn’t provide much specific evidence to back up their claims of Russian involvement, but it lines up with a previous wave of Russian spearphishing noted by security firm FireEye last fall. This one belongs to the Oklahoma Department of Securities, which left millions of files open to public access.

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Michael Short/Bloomberg/Getty Images Oracle allegedly paid some female employees more than $13,000 less per year, on average, than male employees in similar roles, according an analysis of Oracle’s own pay data revealed Friday as part of a gender bias lawsuit against the company.

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

Despite a flurry of stories in the media about people losing their insurance and leaving the area, Mark Sektnan, president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, told me, “We’re not seeing a trend.” Insurance prices are increasing in some places, but California doesn’t allow insurers to jack up premiums based on recent disasters, and nearly everyone can find home insurance if they want it, he said.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC.

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

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