Sony’s 4K Projector Offers More Than Meets the Eye

The magic in Sony’s new entertainment system is that it doesn’t resemble a TV at all. The 4K HDR laser projector casts gleaming, lifelike video onto any surface above it. Pushed up against the wall, the coffee-­table-sized unit projects an 85-inch image. Slide it out a foot, and the picture blooms to 120 inches. The speaker system stays fully concealed: a pair of glass tube tweeters in the aluminum legs, three midrange speakers hidden behind the front panel, a subwoofer on the bottom, and a rear driver that deepens the immersive effect. The projector’s eye is tucked just below the marble tabletop while the wooden shelf below provides ample space for your art books.

$30,000

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Gadget Lab Podcast: The Very Human Element of Self-Driving Cars

One of the greatest ironies in this still-nascent era of self-driving cars is that humans are the backup safety drivers for these autonomous systems, while the systems themselves are supposed to replace human drivers and all our follies. Earlier this week, a preliminary report from the NTSB indicated that the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman in Arizona earlier this year, did in fact “see” the woman in the seconds before the crash occurred. Transportation writer Aarian Marshall and editor Alex Davies join the Gadget Lab podcast this week to discuss the issues that surround “software that’s not yet ready to replace humans, and humans that are ill-equipped to keep their would-be replacements from doing harm.” And of course, we couldn’t have a conversation about the future of transportation without talking about Elon Musk.

Show notes: Here’s Aarian’s and Alex’s story on the preliminary read more

What to Think About Before Buying a Used Smartphone

The companies that make smartphones would like you to believe that you that a brand new phone is the best kind of phone; that your life will somehow be lacking if you don’t have the updated camera/processor/emoji/virtual assistant button, all packaged in polished glass (the better kind of glass). But there are plenty of good, slightly older, used smartphones out there, and the used phone market has been growing right along with the overall smartphone market.

Plus, there are now legitimate ways to buy used or refurbished phones. Not long ago it felt like your best option was taking a chance on an unknown seller who used aLtRnAtInG cApS and excessive asterisks on Craigslist; or that there was a high likelihood the “refurbished” phone you were buying was an old phone with a bum battery. All of those things can still happen, but now, e-commerce and trade-in sites are starting read more

3 Laptops Powerful Enough to Take Your Gaming On the Go

Don’t leave your latest gaming obsession at your desk. With these powerful laptops, you can level up wherever, whenever.

1. Razer Blade

The newest Blade laptop comes with top-tier Nvidia graphics, a quad-core Intel processor, and an optional 14-inch, 4K touchscreen. Razer’s customizable Chroma LED system lets you choose the color and animation style of your keyboard backlighting, so the Blade looks as good as it games.
$1,899 and up

2. Alienware 13

The chunky black ­Alienware is one of the only laptops with a 13-inch OLED touchscreen. Like the Blade, Nvidia graphics and quad-core Intel power mean it’s no slouch for gaming, VR, or multi­media. It’s not the slimmest machine, but the 5-pound body is stacked with every port you need for connecting your ­myriad peripherals.
$1,150 and up

3. Asus ROG Zephyrus M

This transforming Asus laptop comes straight from Cybertron. When you flip up the 15.6-inch screen, the back of the case eases open 6 millimeters to help vent all the hot air pumped out by that brawny Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070p graphics chip and a new eighth-gen Intel processor.
$2,199 and up

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What Is GDPR and Why Should You Care?

Starting tomorrow, a new framework for consumer data protection goes into effect in Europe. The European General Data Protection Regulation—better known by its acronym, GDPR—sets a new standard for data collection, storage, and usage among all companies that operate in Europe. It will change how companies handle consumer privacy, and will give people new rights to access and control their own data on the internet.

That is, if you live in Europe. On its face, GDPR only affects the European Union, meaning the rights outlined within it don’t translate to other countries. (The UK will get similar rules, despite Brexit.) People in the United States aren’t entitled to the same rights or protections—but that doesn’t mean people outside of the EU should ignore GDPR completely. There will be some residual benefits for them, and understanding how the law changes data privacy for Europeans could throw into focus the digital rights people still lack elsewhere.

What Is GDPR?

GDPR is a read more

35 Best Memorial Day Sales (2018): Laptops, TVs, Appliances

Memorial Day may be a sacred holiday to honor our fallen veterans, but somehow it’s also become a major weekend for tech and appliance sales because it unofficially kicks off the summer season. We’ve already rounded up our favorite Memorial Day Camping Gear and below are a bunch of PC, TV, audio, mobile, and home tech sales that caught our eye. And hey, if you’re looking for a true bargain, you can still nab a full year of WIRED Magazine and Web access for $5. Did I mention you’ll get a YubiKey for free? We’re biased, but it seems like an incredibly good deal to us.

Mobile and Wearable Sales

This weekend, you won’t find many smartphones and gadgets on markdown, but we did find a couple sales you might want to consider.

Audio Sales

Several of our favorite smart speakers and Bluetooth speakers are on sale during Memorial Day weekend. The Boom 2 has been our favorite Bluetooth speaker for a couple years read more

Europe’s New Data Protections Will Affect You Too. Here’s How.

Starting tomorrow, a new framework for consumer data protection goes into effect in Europe. The European General Data Protection Regulation—better known by its acronym, GDPR—sets a new standard for data collection, storage, and usage among all companies that operate in Europe. It will change how companies handle consumer privacy, and will give people new rights to access and control their own data on the internet.

That is, if you live in Europe. On its face, GDPR only affects the European Union, meaning the rights outlined within it don’t translate to other countries. (The UK will get similar rules, despite Brexit.) People in the United States aren’t entitled to the same rights or protections—but that doesn’t mean people outside of the EU should ignore GDPR completely. There will be some residual benefits for them, and understanding how the law changes data privacy for Europeans could throw into focus the digital rights people still lack elsewhere.

What Is GDPR?

GDPR is a read more

So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren’t Science Projects Anymore

Thad Starner had been wearing a computer for a few years—an LED readout over his left eye, wired to a processor in a shoulder bag and a one-handed keyboard—when he came to Silicon Valley for a conference in 1998. His kludgy, cyberpunk rig was fascinating; two young techies walked up to ask him about it.

“I said, ‘It’s a wearable computer,’ ” Starner recalls. “I gave them a demo.” He asked them for their business cards so he could demonstrate how he could enter their information into his computer’s address book. They handed them over. Guy Number One: Larry Page. Phone number at Stanford. Guy Number Two: Sergey Brin. They were working on some kind of web search project, they said.

A decade later, Starner—by then a researcher at Georgia Tech—looked into his head-up display and realized he still had Brin’s email address. He clicked out a note: You haven’t seen wearable stuff in a few years. Come have a look. “Next thing I knew, I was read more

Tinder Wants to Match You With People Who Go to the Same Places

One of the hardest parts of dating has always been getting up the nerve to hit on someone you see often, but don’t know—like the guy on the other side of the bar. Tinder says it might soon have a fix for that specific issue: The dating app is testing a new feature aimed at connecting people who like to hang out in the same bars, restaurants, and other public places. The new product, aptly named “Places,” will begin testing in cities in Australia and Chile today.

The announcement comes a month after Facebook announced it too was testing a new dating product, which will allow users to connect with people who attend the same events. The move feels like a marked change for Tinder, which has been best-known for facilitating hookups since it launched in 2012. Before, the app was a game of hot-or-not. Now, it’s attempting to offer new ways to connect based on shared interests.

Places will be entirely opt-in, and uses location data partially gleamed from read more

Amazon Kindle Ebook Readers Are $30 Off Right Now

There are plenty of reasons to love Amazon Prime, but even if you aren’t one of the 100 million people on Amazon’s 2-Day shipping and perks plan, there are still deals to be had. Right now, Amazon is giving everyone, not just Prime members, the opportunity to get $30 off the Kindle Paperwhite and standard Kindle. The sale appears to be today only.

Kindle Paperwhite for $90 ($30 Off)

The Best All-Around Kindle: If you want a Kindle, but haven’t gotten further than that, the Paperwhite has long been the best place to start. It has most of the luxury Kindle features, including an easy-on-the-eyes backlit screen and 30-day battery life, but at a price that won’t destroy you. This week, you can grab the normal 6-inch Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi ebook reader for $90 (Regularly $120).

Kindle for $50 ($30 Off)

The standard 6-inch Kindle also works great, just not in the dark. Its resolution is a little lower, but honestly it probably won’t bother you a bit. The lack of a backlight might bum you out, but at read more