Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Yet when faced with declining sales and overall economic weakness in the years following the Great Recession of 2008–2009, Best Buy and other chains buckled under the pressure and lost sight of what they could do that pointing and clicking could not.

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

11 December, Madrid - The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative today announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to accelerate climate change action in developing countries' agricultural and land use sectors.

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Across the South Island, substantial rainfall during the past week led to soil moisture increases along the lower West coast, Fiordland, parts of Otago, lower Canterbury along with northern Tasman and Marlborough.

How the Mandalorian Might See Through Walls

How the Mandalorian Might See Through Walls

As you race for the exit, think about what just happened: Light traveled outward from your flashlight, bounced off the bear, and traveled back to your retina.

Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

The biggest deal, most likely, is that a fake-news-slamming, deep-state-truthing member of Congress pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds for, among many other things, videogames.Destiny 2 and Snoop Dogg are also making the gaming news rounds this week.

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are now found in southern Northland, northern Auckland, much of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Hauraki District, and coastal Wairarapa.

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon is defending and Amazon is offending, but first: a cartoon about a voice assistant betrayal .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

We will update it as prices change or as gear goes out of stock, and we'll add new deals through the weekend as well.Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Hotspot Watch 28 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 28 November 2019

The driest soils compared to normal for this time of the year are found in coastal Wairarapa, where the drying trend continued during the past week.

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Amazon Walmart Best Buy Target Dell Home Depot (Starts at 5 am) Kohl's Newegg Staples B&H Macy's Read our early Black Friday coverage below for some of our favorite deals.WIRED's Black Friday Coverage, So Far. Early Black Friday Deals Midnight Sales Launches (You are here!

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

A light edit for coherence: Trump believes—and by all indications this is true belief, not posturing —that after the Democratic National Committee was hacked in 2016, the DNC gave a physical server to Ukrainian cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and refused to let the FBI see the evidence.

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Soil moisture levels are likely to increase along the West Coast and in parts of the lower South Island during the next week, while most other areas will see little change.

The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

For their part, Janeites riffed off Jane Austen's written work, which they made supremely accessible to Austen readers without advanced degrees by creating indices, committing passages to memory, reenacting scenes, anatomizing the film adaptations, and extending the novels with fan fiction in which they, real people, interact with Darcy and Bingley and Knightley and all the rest.

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

Hotspot Watch 14 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 14 November 2019

Across the North Island, moderate to large increases in soil moisture levels were observed in most locations due to substantial rainfall in the past week.

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Moving radio observatories to the moon wouldn’t require turning the entire lunar farside into a radio quiet zone, but it would guarantee that at least some portions of the moon are preserved for radio astronomy and the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

WIRED's Arielle Pardes talked to Mosseri and actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series Black-ish, about why it’s important for social media platforms to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the people who frequent them.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

Hotspot Watch 6 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 6 November 2019

In the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased in most locations during the past week as rainfall was generally below normal and above to well above average temperatures were commonplace.

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

Read on for more discounts on some of our favorite gear.Photograph: Best Buy. TV Deals.LG 65-Inch 4K TV for $500 ($100 off): This extra-large TV is pretty basic, but a good deal given its size.

Hotspot Watch 1 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 1 November 2019

Due to the anticipated below normal rainfall and above average temperatures in the next week, soil moisture levels are expected to decrease farther in many locations across the North Island.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, where he faced deep criticism from lawmakers who worry that the social network now wields a difficult kind of influence—it's become too big even for itself.

A Brief History of Russian Hackers' Evolving False Flags

A Brief History of Russian Hackers' Evolving False Flags

Cyber Berkut was later revealed to be a front for the Russian military intelligence hacker group known as APT28 or Fancy Bear .Over the following years, the GRU would repeat those false flag "hacktivist" attacks again and again.

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

Reuters reported this week that the US carried out cyberattacks against Iran in response to the September attack against Saudi Arabian oil production.The latest: Thieves tricking people into thinking they're updating their Tor browser, when in fact it downloads malware that changes the victim's browser settings, enabling thieves to steal from their payment service accounts.

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

“I just think he felt this was the correct way to think about mathematics,” said Michael Hopkins, a mathematician at Harvard and Lurie’s graduate school adviser.

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

REI is one of our favorite retailers here at WIRED, and every autumn the company throws its End of Season sale , which is the best time to grab all the sweet gear you've been eying all summer.Buy the Noso Puffy Patch Lil' Bits Gear Repair Kit for $7 ($3 off).

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

This year’s award goes to a Canadian physicist, James Peebles, whose theoretical work underpins the current understanding of the universe’s beginnings, and to two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who discovered the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star .

Smart Summons from Tesla, Drones from UPS, and More Car News

Smart Summons from Tesla, Drones from UPS, and More Car News

Last week, the electric carmaker rolled out a couple of very fun new updates, like “caraoke,” a sharper Automatic Lane Change feature, and in-car app upgrades.