The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online

WIRED's Gear team has tested hundreds of products across nearly every category, and we're hunting all weekend long for truly impressive deals on the gadgets and gizmos we think are worthwhile.Pandemic Gear Deals.

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Discovered by Natalie Silvanovich of Google's Project Zero bug hunting team , the vulnerability, which is now patched, could have been exploited on Messenger for Android if an attacker simultaneously called a target and sent them a specially crafted, invisible message to trigger the attack.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

Finding previously undiscovered software bugs and motivating developers to patch them quickly is core to the group’s mission: “Make zero-day hard.” But in 2019, the team broadened its focus beyond just disclosing unique zero-days the researchers found themselves to tracking and studying those that hackers actively exploit in the wild—the exact types of flaws Stone had been stamping out on Android.“The key thing to remember is that the problem we’re working on is not theoretical.

Prime Day 2020: The 65 Absolute Best Deals (Updated)

Prime Day 2020: The 65 Absolute Best Deals (Updated)

But don't fret, WIRED's Gear team has been wading through the 80,000+ items on sale around the clock, searching for the best deals on products we actually like, as well as those from competitors like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. Whether you're looking to get some early holiday shopping done, or just aiming to treat yourself to some discounted knick-knack or other, we've got you covered.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Illustration: Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine, Virgo/Frank Elavsky, Aaron Geller/NorthwesternAlas, the flirtation with primordial black holes soured in 2017, after a paper by Yacine Ali-Haïmoud, an astrophysicist at New York University who had previously been on the optimistic Kamionkowski team, examined how this type of black hole should affect LIGO’s detection rate.

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

But I’ll be honest, I did not see this one coming: A robot named Curly just mastered the sport of curling , beating two Korean national teams.

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

Vizio 5.1 Channel Soundbar System With Wireless Subwoofer for $200 ($50 off): Vizio soundbars are a favorite among WIRED's gear team because they're affordable and still sound good.This system includes two surround speakers, a soundbar, and a 5-inch subwoofer for booming bass.

The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Mattresses, and More

The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Mattresses, and More

Hunting through deals has been one of the few ways the WIRED Gear team has been staying sane during quarantine , specifically finding discounts on tech devices that help us work from home better or sales on home goods that improve our living spaces.

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

These days, Al-Amiri is quarantining near the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, where Hope is expected to depart on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet next week.“Thankfully, the most critical tests were done before the pandemic started, because two days after the team flew in, Japan imposed a two-week quarantine.”.

Coronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home

Coronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home

The WIRED Gear team has talked to experts (and among ourselves) to come up with this master guide to everything you might need right now—and a few things you should avoid buying for the sake of the greater good.

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

The release of genetic data has also spurred a flurry of new research findings in recent days, including one paper published by a team of Chinese researchers last night in the Journal of Medical Virology that claims to have used the viral sequence to find the most likely source of the emerging outbreak.

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

The Rosetta mission, which collected this photo, discovered a lot of water on 67/P.Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS TeamThe European Space Agency dispatched a spacecraft called Rosetta to orbit this celestial snowball, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, for many years.

Physicists Get Close to Knowing the Mass of the Neutrino

Physicists Get Close to Knowing the Mass of the Neutrino

Its measured mass would also serve as a check on cosmologists’ theories for how the universe evolved.“Depending on what the mass of the neutrino turns out to be, it may lead to very exciting times in cosmology,” said Diana Parno, a physicist at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the KATRIN team.

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the globe have entered Pioneer’s eponymous tournament—a convoluted, semi-anonymous online competition that uses software and game mechanics like points, quests, and leaderboards to quantify participants’ real-world productivity and incentivize behaviors Gross and his team believe are key to success.

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration. The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. Catherine Ivill’s photograph of US women’s soccer team forward Alex Morgan is one such moment.

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test

Over the course of 55 experiments, Tajmar and his colleagues registered an average of 3.4 micro-Newtons of force from the EmDrive, which was very similar to what the NASA team found.

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Back in the Minecraft offices in Redmond, Washington, where they shared a building with Halo studio 343 Industries, the team would put people in the HoloLens and then send AR sheep walking down the hallway toward them—“slowly, certainly not threateningly,” Persson says now, sitting in a conference room right next to that hallway.

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed and cared for without laying waste to the rest of Westeros—or so determined a trio of Maryland high school students on their way to outdueling thousands of other teams in the prestigious Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Facebook’s last creative gasp was an effort called Creative Labs, which launched long-forgotten apps like Slingshot and Rooms, and was shuttered in 2015.Or consider the team I worked on while at Facebook, ads.

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now

Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now. Here on the WIRED Gear team, one of the questions that we field the most often is: Which smart speaker should I choose?

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

LockerGoga, which was named for a file path in its source code by security research group MalwareHunterTeam, remains relatively rare and targeted compared to older forms of ransomware like SamSam and Ryuk, says Charles Carmakal, who leads a team of incident responders at FireEye who have dealt with multiple infestations.

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

"In the past no one was aware of these issues, so they weren’t willing to sacrifice any performance for security." Jon Masters, Red Hat At the center of these efforts for Intel is STORM, the company's strategic offensive research and mitigation group, a team of hackers from around the world tasked with heading off next-generation security threats.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Unsatisfied with the pace of progress toward improving working conditions, the group rallied a few hundred people, including local teamster chapters, to the Shakopee facility parking lot Friday afternoon to demand that Amazon reduce productivity rates to safe levels, respect the cultural differences of Muslim East Africans, and invest in a community fund to aid in affordable housing for workers.At 4 pm, as the winter sun was setting on the Shakopee business park, about 30 workers walked out of the fulfillment center to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the edge of the property.

US Biotech Firms Made China's Gene-Edited Babies Possible

US Biotech Firms Made China's Gene-Edited Babies Possible

By adding in some slick software and artificially intelligent design, Synthego made ordering Crispr constructs to target any human gene a matter of a few clicks, a few hundred dollars, and waiting for the FedEx driver to show up at your door.When Doudna joined Synthego’s advisory board earlier this year, she described it as an essential company, one that was "poised to transform the industry by making the application of Crispr simpler, faster, and more valuable to innovators previously unable to realize its full potential,” she said in a press release at the time.Of course, He’s team could have obtained Crispr components elsewhere or made them from scratch in his lab at Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen.

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

Looking Inside the Mind of Vladimir PutinUnlike her husband Philip (Matthew Rhys), whose loyalty to the Soviet Union sours and complicates over the show’s five seasons, Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) remains a staunch statist like Putin.FX NetworksAll week, WIRED's Culture team will be writing endorsement letters for various Emmy nominees in advance of next Monday's awards ceremony.