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Gadget Lab Podcast: We Love Star Wars, but We Really Love Star Wars Toys

It’s a special Force Friday II edition of the show this week, with guest Brendan Nystedt. Brendan is WIRED’s market editor, which means he spends his days here testing and recommending cool products. Also, he’s really into Star Wars; fortuitous considering this week is when all the toys for the next Star Wars film are released. Brendan tells Arielle and […]

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Review: Nintendo New 2DS XL

In his book Console Wars, Blake Harris reveals a mantra that video game industry insiders spouted in the ’80s: “the name of the game is the game.” Translation: If you don’t have awesome games on offer, there’s no point in trying. Early adopters know the struggle. It’s the reason why I haven’t bought a Nintendo Switch yet—I don’t think it […]

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An Insane Collection of Hollywood Props Is Up for Auction, From Conan's Sword to Indy's Whip

Later this month, an exemplary collection of screen-used film props, costumes, castings, and behind-the-scenes Hollywood memorabilia goes up for auction in London. I asked Brandon Alinger, one of the collectibles experts at Prop Store, which is running the auction, where all these goodies come from. “This is what we call our ‘multi-consignor’ sale,” Alinger said in an email. “The pieces […]

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An Alexa and Cortana Team-Up Won't Get Far Without a Phone

In an unlikely union of voice assistants, Amazon and Microsoft have married up Alexa and Cortana. The partnership helps each company fill in important gaps in their “tech you can yell at” offerings, just as Apple and Google encroach on the Alexa-powered Echo’s home-speaker domain. But whatever comfort Alexa and Cortana find in each other’s code won’t mean much unless […]

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Stream Your Favorite Tunes With These Connected Radios: Revo Superconnect and Tivoli Model One

These connected radios hook into an entire universe of audio content and look great doing it. 1. Revo SuperConnect Best for: Multicultural dabblers It may look like a ’60s relic, but the Revo’s performance is anything but retro. An excellent wireless speaker packaged with the usual streaming goodies (Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, DLNA), the SuperConnect can also quickly access more than […]

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