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Best Latte and Cappuccino Machines (2018): Keurig, Mr. Coffee, Nespresso, Breville

A good latte or cappuccino is like a rich milky mug of heaven. They’re simply delicious drinks, and just writing about them makes me want one. Sadly, creating these drinks at home can be a big hassle. Making a barista-worthy espresso is tough enough, but getting the right amount of milk and foam, perfectly heated and combined, is surprisingly daunting. […]

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Hear Music Clearly With Sennheiser's $2,400 Glass-Capped HD 820 Headphones

Sennheiser’s new HD 820 headphones solve the one imperfection of the German company’s coveted HD 800s. See, the previous model has an open-back design, which gooses the audio but lets ambient noise leak in—and all of Bowie’s histrionic sighs leak out. This year, Sennheiser put a lid on the 800s. Two lids, actually: The high-definition dynamic drivers in the HD […]

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Tired of Twitter? Join Me on Mastodon

Twitter, the platform I once loved, has turned into a terrible place. It’s become a way to pervert the political discourse, to enable trolls, and to fuel the spread of conspiracy theories. And that’s just lately. Seeing people I generally like and agree with subtweeting and attacking others—on top of the world’s perpetually bleak news—has begun to gnaw away at […]

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Will Elon Musk Really Take Tesla Private?

It all started a week ago, when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Am considering taking Tesla private at 420. Funding secured.” But did it *really* all start a week ago? Or were Musk’s increasingly controversial tweets all leading to some kind of inevitable crescendo, one that has resulted in subpoenas from the SEC and further questions about Musk’s leadership? WIRED […]

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Bugs Will Actually Make Your Next Phone Better

The recipe for the phone of tomorrow may call for some unlikely biological bits: the eyeball of a beetle, the fine hairs of a cricket, the scales of a butterfly wing. In everything from cameras to batteries, researchers are pursuing biomimicry—basically, copping nature’s secrets. A deft synthesis of engineering and entomology, the resulting breakthroughs could make the next generation of […]

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Back-to-School Sales on Laptops, Google Pixelbook, and other College Essentials

Back-to-school shopping might evoke memories of wandering through big box store sales and throwing Trapper Keepers and pencils into a shopping cart. But nowadays, you’re more likely to hunch over a laptop to hunt for great prices than you are to fight for a parking spot at the local mall. If you’re looking for college essentials, or a great laptop […]

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