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What Is Technics Doing? What Is Technics Doing?

The new, modular Technics SP-10R turntable plays records just like any other turntable. But, according to Technics, it plays records really, really, really well. It better since it’s priced at $10,000 and up depending on just how you configure it. But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or…

What It's Like to Play Ping-Pong With a Robot What It's Like to Play Ping-Pong With a Robot

The first thing that I should say about FORPHEUS is that it’s gentle. The artificially intelligent Ping-Pong tutor built by Omron is not trying to beat you. It’s not trying to take over the world. FORPHEUS is trying to make you a better Ping-Pong player. I played Ping-Pong with this incredibly futuristic being, and…

I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly

The first thing you notice about Sophia, a robot, is the sound she makes. Like a late-90s Pentium processor struggling to load a video, she makes a whirring squeal that fills the room. Sophia talks, too. But what I’ll always remember about my recent conversation with a robot is her stare.

Sennheiser's First Home Audio Product Is a 3D Sound Bar That Blew My Mind Sennheiser's First Home Audio Product Is a 3D Sound Bar That Blew My Mind

If you’re like me, you know Sennheiser as that sleek German company that makes dependably terrific headphones and microphones. That’s about to change.

Peloton's New Treadmill Costs $4,000 and Oh Crap I Want One Peloton's New Treadmill Costs $4,000 and Oh Crap I Want One

With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in everyone’s minds, Peloton announced its second major product on Tuesday: a treadmill. Except, as Peloton CEO John Foley explained to me at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new Peloton Tread is more than a running machine. It’s being billed as a private…

Why Samsung's Home of the Future Concept Scares the Hell Out of Me Why Samsung's Home of the Future Concept Scares the Hell Out of Me

Picture this: you live in the future. Your gadgets are voice-controlled. You’re lazy, so you don’t want to walk over to a smart speaker to bark your commands. But one of the world’s largest electronics companies has saved you from that slightly inconvenient fate by installing microphones in everything you own.

Uhh, Panasonic, I Think You Forgot to Bring the Gadgets Uhh, Panasonic, I Think You Forgot to Bring the Gadgets

Plenty of people have preconceived notions about the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. “It’s where you can play with cool gadgets!” say the hopeful. “It’s where you can get good schwag!” say the greedy. “It’s where you can establish a vague but thought-provoking imagination of a connected…

Samsung Put a Big AKG Speaker Into a Refrigerator and It's Oddly Awesome Samsung Put a Big AKG Speaker Into a Refrigerator and It's Oddly Awesome

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your refrigerator were also a goshdang boombox? I haven’t. That’s why it was so exciting when I saw a new Samsung refrigerator at CES that contained a stocky AKG speaker in the front door. It bumps tunes, and it keeps your eggs cold.

This Roku Sound Bar Is Part Smart Speaker and Part Remote Control This Roku Sound Bar Is Part Smart Speaker and Part Remote Control

If the term “smart sound bar” seems unusual, that’s because it’s brand new. TCL just announced the first in a new class of gadgets that act a little bit like a smart speaker and a little bit like a remote control that’s powered by your voice. As the name implies, the new TCL Roku Smart Sound Bar is powered by the…

Samsung's New TV Is Just a Giant Wall Samsung's New TV Is Just a Giant Wall

Anyone who’s read Fahrenheit 451 appreciates the awesome possible future where the walls of our homes are just televisions and we get to live in TV land. Well, Samsung just made that possibility a reality with a 146-inch MicroLED screen. It’s called The Wall, and it is breathtaking.

Alexa, Burn My House Down Alexa, Burn My House Down

If you thought Echos were only good for invading your privacy and enticing hackers, then boy do I have some news for you. Amazon just introduced a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API for Alexa: cooking. Your voice-controlled assistant could potentially be burning down your house in no time!

White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly just did something he should’ve done the day he took his job. He banned the use of personal devices by staff and guests in the White House. The ban will go into effect in the coming days, and the reason is obvious: security. But, c’mon, how is the Trump administration just now…

North Korea Reopens Phone Line With South Korea, and the Phones Sure Are Weird North Korea Reopens Phone Line With South Korea, and the Phones Sure Are Weird

Just in case you had trouble sleeping after Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump traded threats about each ruler’s “nuclear button,” the North Korean supreme leader also said something uncharacteristically optimistic in his New Year’s Day speech. Kim expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution” to the half-century-old conflict…

The Video Where a Woman Cooks With Her Mouth: Some Questions and Answers The Video Where a Woman Cooks With Her Mouth: Some Questions and Answers

It’s not what you think. The YouTube video “Cooking With Your Mouth | Christmas Turkey” sounds like some crazy science experiment where some brave chef heats up ingredients in her cheeks and then swallows them. In fact, it’s much more disgusting than that. I can’t stop watching it, but I also have some questions.

Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads.

Less Internet, Please Less Internet, Please

Remember when surfing the web was a treat? A delicacy almost. You’d fire up the whatever-kilobaud modem and start the pay-per-minute meter running and read about politics on Salon or whatever. A fun time. That’s no longer the case, and I’m honestly rotting from overexposure to the online.

The Google Home Max Almost Made My House Go Boom The Google Home Max Almost Made My House Go Boom

The weird thing about picking up the Google Home Max is the weight. It’s only 11 pounds, but it feels heavy, the way speakers used to feel. So I feel like I smirked when I plugged it in, thinking, “This thing’s gonna be loud.” At top volume, the Google Home Max did not blow me away. I could, however, have a…

The Future of Wireless Everything The Future of Wireless Everything

Almost 15 years ago, I bought an issue of Wired in an airport and read it on an airplane bound for San Francisco. In the magazine, a bright-eyed Chris Anderson described an emerging technology called wireless fidelity (or wi-fi, for short), and I simply didn’t believe it. The internet, in the air? Maybe in 15 years, I…

The 6 Best Gifts I've Ever Gotten My Mom The 6 Best Gifts I've Ever Gotten My Mom

My mom’s hard to shop for before the holidays. A lot of parents are, I’m sure. But with mom, you get no clues beyond the classic, “Oh I have plenty of stuff.” When pressed, she might offer, “I liked that candle you got me for my birthday that one time.” Any other suggestions are met with the simple, “You know spending…

Sam Altman Is an Idiot Sam Altman Is an Idiot

It’s not news that Sam Altman likes to say controversial things. The 32-year-old president of the very successful startup incubator Y Combinator attracted disdain for supporting Peter Thiel even after the billionaire’s donations to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign won widespread criticism. Now, Altman is pitching…

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