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Glass is back—not as a consumer product, but as an enterprise product. Backchannel editor and longtime WIRED contributor Steven Levy stops in to tell us how factory workers are taking advantage of Google’s “assisted reality” wearable to streamline their production and training. This marks Glass’s emergence from the cloud of controversy and confusion that defined …

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How many times a day do you look at your phone? Don’t count; it’ll just make you depressed. We all need to unplug more often. Disconnect, get away from Twitter and Snap and the endless churn of bad news. This week, the hosts explore the best methods for disconnecting from the big ol’ mobile internet. …

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As billion-dollar catamarans skim across the ocean vying to best each other in the world’s fastest sailing race, the win may not always go to the best sailors. Sometimes, a victory in the America’s Cup goes to the team with the best data. “This is as much a design race as a sailing race” says …

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People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift that goes sideways, slantways, and longways. “There …

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How do you turn a smartphone-photo devotee into a bona fide camera nerd? You give them smartphone-style touchscreen controls on an excellent camera that connects to their mobile for easy sharing. This strategy—compress the complexities of a high-end camera into a smartphone-style interface—has shaped Leica‘s playbook for its T-series cameras, the first of which arrived …

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Like many cyclists who consider themselves purists, I’ve had difficulty wrapping my brain around the increasing popularity of e-bikes: Worldwide sales tallied 36 million units in 2016. German postal workers use e-bikes on their routes, and in the US, major bike manufacturers like Specialized, Cannondale, and Trek have introduced a surprising array of motorized options, …

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Last fall, in an unlikely attempt at thoughtfulness, I created a photo book as a birthday present for my wife. It damn near killed me. The final result turned out beautifully, and I’d do it again. But in the process of creating it, I discovered what anyone who’s done so already knows: Piecing together a …

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Hubris, ego, greed. These are the human frailties that steer successful companies into the perilous waters of brand extension. Consider Richard Branson’s long list of flops. Remember Virgin Vodka, Virgin Cosmetics, and Virgin Bride? Nobody else does either. The audio industry is littered with such misfires. It invariably happens when amplifier companies redirect their R&D …

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Lenovo’s Yoga line has been my go-to choice as the top 2-in-1 convertible on the market for a while. Now, the second generation of the high-end X1 Yoga, following up on last year’s inaugural release, moves it even further up the food chain. recommends 2017 Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 2 8/10 Wired Great battery life. …

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So you got yourself a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. Congratulations! You’ll get along great with it. But before you start yelling at your shiny new toy, take a quick look at the full range of what it can do for you. It’s more than you might have imagined. The tips and tricks below also …

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