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Moto Z3 Play Review: Unlocked and Loaded

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When I travel, I like to spend the bulk of my time with my headphones on, doing pretty much nothing. The three-hour train trip to Seattle is lovely as a silent movie, accompanied by my own personal music. I stare out the window, occasionally play something on my Nintendo Switch, read something, or—if the Wi-Fi …

Amazon hasn’t divulged exact numbers for how many Echos, Fire TVs, Eeros, or Ring cameras it sells each year, but in January, it revealed that people have bought more than 100 million Alexa-equipped devices overall. At Wednesday’s event, Amazon hardware executive Dave Limp said there are “4 billion interactions” happening through the Ring home-security system …

I test a lot of phones here at WIRED. Smartphones incrementally change each year, and they’ve become more of an essential utility and less of a source of the tech world’s greatest innovations. I often appreciate their new features, but few of those enhancements spark actual joy. The OnePlus 7T, however, has done just that. …

The voice assistant that lives inside all of these products got some significant upgrades at Wednesday’s event. For example, it’s more sensitive to emotion—if you’re yelling at it, Alexa will understand and acknowledge your frustration with its imperfect responses. You’ll be able to add celebrity voices for $1 each, with actor Samuel L. Jackson as …

All of which matches up with the thought that Apple is planning a small, lightweight product—one that lives up to the term “wearable” by being more like smart glasses instead of an unwieldy Microsoft HoloLens. “Fifty-eight degrees doesn’t sound like much compared to an Oculus Rift, but compared to an nreal Light, which is 52 …

Long have I envied—and despised—the folks running the mixing board at live music venues. Slide the guitars up to max, drown out the vocals, and sit back with a beer while the audience strains to make sense of the music. Such has been my experience, anyway. With my hearing on the decline (a problem impacting …

Photography has always been sold as a way to preserve memories. But for most of us that’s probably no longer really true. Photography today is now less about saving memories and more about documenting the moment, moments that float by as we thumb through Instagram or Facebook. Photos as printable memories sometimes feels like an …

Connected cookbooks? Alexa-enabled microwaves? None of this stuff will make you a better home cook.

I spend a lot of time outside, but I’m not a real outdoors person. Real outdoors people are competent and resourceful. They pay attention to their surroundings. They don’t get lost while trail running because they started crying when Taylor Swift’s “Soon You’ll Get Better” came on. Wearing Garmin’s Fenix 6S Pro is like borrowing …

Apple gives users 5 GB of iCloud storage for free, but that’s probably not enough to cover all of your data. You can buy more storage, but it adds up pretty fast. For data-heavy users, there’s a better way, and you can do it for free. Backing Up to Your Mac … If your phone …