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Gadget Lab Podcast: Climate Change and Cognitive Dissonance

Most people, at this point, believe that climate change is a real thing that will harm future generations of humans. And yet, a cognitive dissonance exists around that knowledge and our sense of responsibility: A much smaller percentage of people believe that climate change is impacting them personally, according to Yale’s climate survey program. It is indeed impacting humans right […]

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Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

Hanging on the wall of Postmates’ stealth R&D laboratory, there’s a framed photo of an iconic scene from Star Wars, Luke Skywalker bent down beside R2D2. Except someone has used Photoshop to replace Luke’s face with Ali Kashani, Postmates’ VP of Robotics. Nevermind that Kashani has never seen Star Wars (he considers this a point of pride). Kashani recognizes the […]

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An Intel Breakthrough Rethinks How Chips Are Made

The companies that make processors have a long-held obsession with getting smaller. The famous—and increasingly obsolete—Moore’s Law dictated the regular shrinking of chips for decades. But what happens when downsizing no longer does the trick like it once did? Rather than simply narrowing in, Intel has found a way to build up. On Wednesday, the chip giant demonstrated its new […]

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Best Wireless Gaming Headsets (2018): PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

07 Best for Nintendo Switch SteelSeries Arctis 3 (with Bluetooth) (Wired Headset with Mobile Bluetooth) The Nintendo Switch is problematic for gaming headsets. You have to use a 3.5mm wired headset, some annoying dongles, or play while docked into your TV. Chatting is often done through a mobile app on an iOS or Android device—except in some games, like Fortnite. […]

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Best Noise-Canceling Headphones (2018): Bose, Sony, Plantronics, and More

The Nuraphones isolate noise and actively cancel it, but that’s the least interesting thing about them (8/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re over-ear headphones with earbuds inside them. The strange design allows them to custom tune to your ears. The earbuds send tones into your ear and use a NASA-grade microphone to listen to the echo to determine which frequencies your ears […]

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