Sony RX 100 VI Review: It Does What Your Phone Camera Can’t

The best camera, the old adage goes, is the one you have with you. These days, that means your smartphone. Smartphone makers are well aware of your photography needs and are locked in a never-ending game of photography one-upsmanship—one camera, then two, then three, now five?

This optical arms race presents a problem for point-and-shoot cameras. After all, why bother buying one when your next smartphone could very well outperform it? Point-and-shoot manufacturers are in a tough spot here. Sometimes the only way to win is to play a different game.

That’s where Sony’s RX 100 VI comes in. It feels custom-engineered to do everything your smartphone camera can’t—and won’t be likely to do in the future. I’ve found myself reaching for the RX 100 VI more often than my smartphone, and occasionally more often than a more powerful full-frame camera like the Sony Alpha 7III. At $1,200 it’s [...]  read more

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

On Monday, Twitter began rolling out its first desktop redesign in seven years. It was a mostly aesthetic makeover, with changes like a new layout, dark mode, and a more prominent search bar. As with anything Twitter, the reaction has been polarizing, with many users criticizing the platform for not doing enough to address its major problems. Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

Also in the news: The latest eruption of FaceApp paranoia and the nuances of Amazon’s Prime Day. Oh, and Elon Musk wants to drill a computer into your brain.

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Read Arielle’s story about the Twitter redesign here. Read Brian Barrett’s story about FaceApp here. Read Adam Rogers’s story about Elon’s latest sc-fi machinations here. Read about Amazon’s labor woes here, or follow WIRED’s coverage of Amazon here.

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High tech bikes that could win the Tour de France

A bike is a bike, right? Wrong. Especially if you’re a professional bike team. With margins for the winner of a stage of the Tour de France often down to less than a hundredth of a second (a tire width), and with the overall winning divide being under two minutes on last year’s Tour de France across the entire 3,351 kilometers, every marginal gain the teams can eke out of their riders and bikes is absolutely essential.

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Design innovation and material science in bike design is on a par with sports such as F1, and Grand Tour bikes are built with pure performance in mind. But a bike that excels at “climbing” on steep mountain stages will lose valuable time in a time-trial where aerodynamics are everything and even bike handling is compromised for pure speed. Take that same time-trial bike on a mountain or a flat stage with a big group of riders jostling for position and its twitchy handling would make it at best [...]  read more

DoNotPay’s New Service Automatically Cancels Your Free Trials

Every time you sign up for a free trial of any kind, you’re forced to take stock of your outlook on life. Realists accept that they’ll eventually wind up paying for this thing that is currently free. Pessimists understand this too, but are prematurely embittered even as they plug in their credit card numbers. Optimists assure themselves that they’ll keep track of when the trial ends and they’ll cancel before they are ever charged, if it turns out they don’t want to continue.

Oh, the naivete. It’s not until these sunny, positive thinkers are digging through their transaction history in their banking app months later that they see it: $89 a year for a mobile VPN membership? What on earth? And then they remember: It was April, Game of Thrones was finally returning for the last season, and they were in Canada, a place where HBO inexplicably doesn’t exist, and so they signed up for a free trial of a mobile VPN to try to stream it on their phone. Only it didn’t work [...]  read more

33 Best Deals From Walmart and Other Amazon Prime Day Rivals

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become. So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

But the best part about not being an official part of Prime Day? You don’t have to adhere to Prime Day’s rules! Amazon’s sale has ended and many of these retailer’s flash sales have expired, but many of the discounts remain. Below are our top picks. You can also find any remaining deals on our post-Prime Day page.

Updated at 3 pm ET July 17: We corrected some pricing now that Prime Day is over. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we [...]  read more

33 Best Amazon Prime Day Alternative Deals From Walmart, eBay, Etc

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become.

So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

To help you find some good products in the endless fields of discounts, we’ve spent days combing through sales pages. Below are our top picks. We’ll update this list through the end of Prime Day at midnight Pacific time, July 16.

Updated at 9:20 pm ET July 16: We corrected prices, cut a few sold out items, and added two Lenovo Google Assistant speakers and The Allswell mattress. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts [...]  read more

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The 29 Best Home and Outdoors Deals

As befits a website known as “the everything store,” Amazon’s Prime Day offerings really run the gamut. You may already have a few big-ticket electronics items in mind, but don’t sleep on any kitchen gadgets, high-tech toys, or even pet cameras that you may have been eying. Amazon will release new deals throughout the entire 48 hours of Prime Day (yes, it’s two days long), and we will update this article throughout the sale, so if you don’t see something you like now, be sure to check back later.

Updated 10:35 pm ET July 16: Updated pricing and availability, cut nearly a dozen products, and added a few new products like the BioLite Bundle. If an item has sold out or is no longer at its deal price, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works.

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Home Deals

iRobot Roomba 690

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Sonicare Smart Toothbrush for $280 ($50 off): We thought that a drinking glass was a pretty classy way to charge and store your electric toothbrush. Black+Decker Cordless Vacuum for $28 ($7 off): Fun fact: Black+Decker partnered with NASA to build dustbusters on the onboard shuttles for the Apollo missions! iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum for $230 ($145 off): iRobot’s mid-tier robot vacuum hasn’t been updated for a while, but its navigation software is still tops. At this price, it’s a no-brainer if you want an autonomous vacuum. August Smart Lock Pro for $161 ($69 off): We found August’s smart lock to be an easy way to ditch our keys, but it’s better with the Wi-Fi bridge. TP-Link Kasa Mini Smart Plug for $15 ($7 off): Smart plugs are an easy, affordable way to

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Google and Nest Device Deals: 11 Prime Day Sales

The discount fest that is Amazon Prime Day is chugging along until Tuesday, July 16, ends on the West Coast, and a lot of people will probably pick up a discounted Amazon Device, like the retailer’s Echo speakers, equipped with its Alexa Voice Assistant.

Google isn’t thrilled with that. It would rather you purchase one of its Google Assistant devices instead. To sway you, Google is hosting its own mini Prime Day.

We here at WIRED wish you the best, no matter which smart home ecosystem you choose. (And honestly, you’re fine if you choose none at all!) But from a usability standpoint, we prefer Google Assistant to Alexa. Google answers common questions more capably, and its setup process is simpler and friendlier for any third-party devices you may want to add to your smart home. Many Google devices are on sale, but these are our favorites.

Updated at 9:30 pm ET July 16: We’ve added some Lenovo Google Smart Device deals to the list. If an item is no longer at its [...]  read more

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best Deals on Travel Gear

The word that best follows “summer” is “vacation.” If you’re planning to pair those two words for a classic American road trip this summer, take advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day to grab these travel essentials before you leave.

Even if you don’t have epic plans to Kerouac your way around the nation, we all need more memory for our devices and can never have too many charging cables. Most of us have also wrestled with slow hotel Wi-Fi enough to appreciate the value of a good Ethernet dongle.

If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works.

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Chargers, Adapters, and Smart Plugs

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Life on the road sometimes means spotty access to power and networks. These power packs help you stock up on energy when it’s available so you have it when it’s not.

Memory to Store Memories

SanDisk 400 GB MicroSD card

Memory isn’t all that exciting, but admit it, you can never have enough. This year’s Prime Day has some good deals on SD cards of all shapes and sizes, hard drives, and dual USB sticks. Expand [...]  read more

32 Best Amazon Prime Day Alternative Deals From Walmart, eBay, Etc

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become.

So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

To help you find some good products in the endless fields of discounts, we’ve spent days combing through sales pages. Below are our top picks. We’ll update this list through the end of Prime Day at midnight Pacific time, July 16.

Updated at 12:30 pm ET July 16: We added some of Google’s sales to this list along with a few other small updates. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Note: When you buy [...]  read more