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Google’s fall hardware events are typically more understated than some of its competitors, lacking the theatrics of Samsung events, the iHype of Apple launches, and the rapid-fire deluge of Amazon announcements. And this year, that was for good reason; we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and Google said it wanted to make its product …

After you send them the link, your friends will be able to join, provided they have also installed the browser extension and are logged into Netflix. During the playback, there will be a gray Netflix Party box for text chatting. You change your icon and username by clicking the circle at the top by the …

The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicks off Tuesday, September 29, from Cleveland. With only 36 days until Election Day, it’s the first chance to see the two nominees square off on a range of issues. The timing is auspicious: In the past few days, Trump nominated conservative judge Amy Coney …

Ever since I was little, when a family friend fired up their PlayStation and I played my first round of Tekken, I’ve loved video games—but I’ve never been particularly good at them. In a world of speed runners and min-maxxers, I’m the type of player that chooses the easiest difficulty level. I play games for …

Someday, there will be a reason to spend more than $1,000 on a TV. For now, save your money and buy the new TCL 6-Series. For the third year in a row, the $650, 55-inch model is our favorite TV—where beautiful picture quality and a usable Roku interface meet a reasonable price. It has better …

For a long while, if you wanted an aluminum suitcase, you were going to spend four figures. Away’s suitcase is not exactly affordable, but it is attainable (9/10, WIRED Recommends). The metal is thick, and the fixtures are solid; Away didn’t cheap out on the materials. Two organizer panels inside keep your stuff from shifting …

I have strong feelings about unboxing TVs. Before we even start to talk about Sony’s latest and greatest, let’s talk about unboxing. No matter who makes the TV, unboxing and setup is always a nightmare of unwieldy cardboard. Once you’re through that circle of hell, you’re faced with an ouroboros of plastic bags, nested together …

Tech product launches in the year of 2020 involve a kind of perspective whiplash that makes it more difficult than usual to decide whether or not you really need the thing. There’s the consideration of whether the gadget fits into your life right now, at a time when our needs have changed considerably. There’s also …

Albert Einstein kept a portrait of the 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday on his wall, alongside a picture of Isaac Newton. Genius recognizes genius: Faraday’s many discoveries led to electric motors, to electricity being put to practical use in technology, and to the concept of electromagnetic fields in physics. Faraday also figured out that an enclosure …

What if you gave a Zoom class and nobody came? That was my nightmare come true when I tried to teach my first online class in March. Many professors had taught online for years, by choice. Not me. I was forced. A Manhattan technophobe, I freaked out, worried that if I lost my students I’d …