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Anker, the China-based accessory maker, blew up on Amazon with a simple plan: make decent-quality versions of everyday gadgets lots of people want, and sell them for less than Apple or Samsung. They don’t have fancy TV ads or cool packaging, but they do have a pile of good reviews and Prime shipping. The company …

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You sit on the bench, as one does. Across from you hangs what appears to be a mirror. Before you can fix your cowlick, a pygmy elephant saunters over, plops down next to you, and hands you a glowing, golden orb. You’re not dreaming, hallucinating, or having a bad (good?) trip. You happened to take …

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The perfect city bike would be comfy and safe to ride and it would look sharp. Bonus points if it’s super-low maintenance and doesn’t require you to constantly fiddle with the chain and the shifters. Such bikes exist, but not if you’re on a budget. Bikes quickly get pricey once you start adding features that …

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Taking Instagram-worthy photos is one thing, editing them is another. Most of us just upload a pic, tap a filter, tweak the saturation, and post. If you want to make a photo look good without the instant gratification of the Reyes filter, enlist a professional. Or a really smart algorithm. Researchers from MIT and Google …

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Here are a few of the places I’ve played Mario Kart in the last two weeks: On the couch. In bed. On the train. In an Uber. On a plane. In a Vegas hotel. At the dog park. In a weirdly long line at Trader Joe’s. And, of course, on the toilet, more times than …

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When you think of Leatherman, you probably think of its nifty multitools packed with pliers, knives, bottle openers, and other things you might need while camping, soldering, or drinking (or all three). In 2015, Leatherman announced its Tread line of products that put its famous multitool implements into a band that wraps around your wrist. …

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Got a grand burning a hole in your pocket? We’ve got two ideas for you. You could drop it on a pre-order for the Tesla Model 3, the affordable electric car Elon Musk’s been building for a decade. Or you could buy the new iPhone Apple’s (probably) going to (likely) announce (reportedly) this fall. Michael …

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A few days ago, in the middle of a field, Dawn Woodward and Jeff Yankellow presented me with a whole-wheat croissant, the thought of which would normally make me wretch. That pastry carried a pedigree, though. I was in Washington’s fertile Skagit Valley at the Grain Gathering, a conclave of 250 of the best bakers, …

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A gadget’s only as good as its internet connection. Few things drive you crazier than a stuttery PUBG session or an episode of Game of Thrones streaming one. Halting. Word. At. A. Time. You probably don’t think much about your router, though. And yet, by the time you’ve connected a family’s worth of phones and …

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For about three minutes on August 21, if you’re lucky, you can watch the moon cross in front of the sun and block out its light in a total solar eclipse. Afterward, you can expect your Instagram feed to fill with pictures of the big event. If you want to get in on the action, …

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