August 21, 2017

These Speakers Create a Beautiful Wall of Sound

Don’t gunk up your artfully appointed living room with artlessly boxy speakers. The Danes at Bang & Olufsen have designed a sonic solution for you. The wall-mounted BeoSound Shape is assembled from three flavors of hexagonal tiles: speakers, amplifiers, and echo-­absorbing noise dampers. Mix and match the modules to build a unique array that’s ideal […]

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August 21, 2017

Gadget Lab Podcast: New Phone, Who Dis?

A new Android phone hits the market in a couple of weeks. Normally that’s unexciting news—Android phones are basically always raining from the sky. But this is the Essential phone, the first consumer product from the company co-founded by Andy Rubin, the man largely responsible for the Android operating system. So yeah, Essential’s debut hardware […]

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August 21, 2017

The Essential Phone Is Almost Essential

When I met Andy Rubin, the founder of Android, earlier this year to talk about his new company, he showed me a PowerPoint deck from 2009. His team put it together just before the debut of the Motorola Droid, Android’s first real chance to take on the iPhone. The campaign slogan was “Droid Does,” and […]

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August 14, 2017

Gadget Lab Podcast: Mickey’s Out

Disney says it’s going to pull most of its properties out of Netflix in 2019 and launch its own streaming platform. What that means for consumers (and their kids) is currently an unknown, but we have some guesses about what it means for Disney. WIRED’s news editor Brian Barrett joins the podcast this week to […]

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August 14, 2017

Score Some Sweet Deals With Your Student Email

College isn’t cheap, and we’re not just talking about tuition. Between the cost of books, living expenses, food, and going out, your budget’s probably pretty tight. Good news, though: All you need is your school-provided .edu email address to take advantage of plenty of sweet student discounts. We hunted down the best deals for you […]

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