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Amazon first started shipping video streaming devices four years ago. Since then, the company has updated its Fire TV products to match the larger trends of consumer gadgetry. The flat Fire TV boxes were shrunk down to HDMI sticks and dongles that weren’t much larger than a thumb drive; to this day, the cheap streaming …

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The Sonos Beam is a new $399 soundbar, but to Sonos, it’s a heck of a lot more than just a speaker that sits under your television. It’s a fabric-wrapped representation of how Sonos sees the future—one in which all the voice assistants from Apple and Google and Amazon can live next to one another. …

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When I first started skateboarding, a friend brought me out to Strawberry Canyon in the Berkeley Hills. Like the first time you try anything, it was pure magic—the afternoon sun, the breeze gently ruffling my hair as I coasted gently down a smooth paved trail on the perfect slope. It was like surfing, but in …

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On Monday, June 4, Apple will lift the lid on its Worldwide Developers Conference, the annual showcase for all the shiny things being churned out in Cupertino. The WWDC 2018 keynote address kicks off at 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern). We expect to hear news about macOS, iOS, watchOS, cloud services, and some new …

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There are bigger and badder Bluetooth speakers, but none match the fun and convenience of the Ultimate Ears Boom 2, WIRED’s top Bluetooth speaker for several years running. It comes in every color of the rainbow, has a 2-year warranty, is waterproof for up to 30 minutes, has 15 hours of battery life, and you …

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In recent years, women have increasingly turned to personal technology to provide insight into their own fertility. The women’s health market is awash with wristbands, sleep tracking devices, and sensor-laden wearables that can track the myriad factors that indicate imminent ovulation. These technological solutions can not only help women trying to get pregnant, but also …

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A few years ago, Afton Vechery visited a clinic to estimate the number of eggs left in her ovaries. She wasn’t infertile; she wasn’t even trying to get pregnant. But Vechery knew she wanted to have kids eventually, and even though she was still in her 20s, she was curious about what her timeline might …

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When Apple launched the HomePod in February of this year, early users squawked in equal measures about its unbelievable audio capabilities and the fact that it was a WiFi-connected smart speaker that didn’t “talk” to other speakers. Its limits, not just around stereo pairing and multi-room audio but also around some basic voice commands, established …

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Music can remedy most ailments in life. But turn the volume up too loud and you’ve got a problem: loss of hearing. The World Health Organization reports that 1.1 billion people are at risk of hearing loss due to damaging levels of sound exposure from personal devices and loud settings, like rock ‘n’ roll concerts. …

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A rich ecosystem of Switch add-ons makes Nintendo’s compact console even more fun. 1. Nintendo Joy-ConNobody prefers watching everyone else have all the fun. Get an extra set of Joy-Con controllers and invite more friends to join you in games like Overcooked, or line up for a four-way race in Mario Kart 8. These have …

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