Watch This Man Try to Break the Record for Paper Airplane Flight

This Friday, an attempt to make history takes flight: John Collins, otherwise known as The Paper Airplane Guy, will try to fly a paper airplane further than any paper airplane has flown before.

Collins set the standing world record for paper airplane flight—226 feet and 10 inches—in February of 2012. But now, Collins has even higher hopes. “In terms of breaking the record, our worst practice day of that year was world record day,” he says. “We’d routinely thrown beyond 230 feet, and sometimes beyond 240 feet. Adding a couple of meters to the record is likely if conditions are good.”

With a moniker like The Paper Airplane Guy, it should come as no surprise that Collins takes the business of paper airplanes seriously. Besides the world record, his vigorous studies of aerodynamics and origami have led to the creation of a “boomerang” paper airplane that flies back to him and a “bat plane” that can flap its wings in mid air by itself. Earlier this year, Collins showed WIRED exactly how he made the world-record breaking plane.

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What’s Really Behind Apple’s New MacBook Pro Keyboard

When Apple introduced its new MacBook Pro last week, it didn’t just infuse it with faster processor and more RAM. It also introduced a new keyboard design, purportedly to make things quieter. But a detailed teardown completed by repair site iFixit Thursday shows a much more likely catalyst: keeping out dust and other particles, so that the keyboard won’t break.

Apple’s previous keyboard design (found on MacBooks dating back to 2015 and MacBook Pros from 2016 until this most recent version) has been prone to key failure. Debris gets under the keyboard and has no way to get out again, resulting in unresponsive keys. While Apple has previously downplayed the extent of the problem, it’s pervasive enough to have inspired three class action lawsuits, and prompted a rare acknowledgement from Cupertino last month that something is amiss.

While Apple has offered to fix any affected keyboards for free for the next several years, the new MacBook Pro appears to be its first read more

Gorilla Glass 6 Is More Durable and Built For the Future

There’s no shame in cracking your smartphone’s screen. It happens, especially to the bold and the caseless. Better to focus on all the times it doesn’t happen, those fumbles where the phone hits the floor and bounces back unscathed. For that, you can thank Gorilla Glass, the miracle material found in every iPhone and Android flagship display for over a decade. And Gorilla Glass 6, announced this week, isn’t just tougher—it’s built for the future of phones.

Start with what Gorilla Glass 6 can do. Corning, the company that makes it, says it has focused here on durability over time. In its own testing, the next generation of Gorilla Glass held up over 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on rough surfaces. That’s up to twice what Gorilla Glass 5, released two years ago, could manage.

“That’s what we were trying to solve, that kind of competitive, continuous drop,” says Corning division vice president Scott Forester. By contrast, Gorilla Glass 5 prioritized read more

The Best Post-Prime Day Deals From Apple, Walmart, Fitbit, Dell

Other online retailers don’t like Amazon’s big Prime Day event very much. And so, each year, the competition tries to steal attention away from Jeff Bezos and his summer shopping holiday by putting on sales of their own. This is good news for you, dear readers, because it means more competition, which leads to lower prices.

Most of these non-Amazon deals are from Walmart because it has the largest rival sale going, but we’ve also included highlights from Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, eBay, Dell, Newegg, and others. You can find a list of sales at the bottom, if you’d like to go searching on your own.

Updated July 18: Prime Day is over, and most of Google’s deals have gone with it, but many deals are still active. We’ve updated this entire article and added a few fresh deals. Most of these deals will end by July 20.

TV Deals

These are all decent 4K TVs, and most probably have smart features and apps like Netflix built in. We don’t think you read more

Prime Day 2018 Is Over: But Deals Remain From Bose, Fitbit, and More

Despite a rough start filled with downtime, glitches, and boycotts, Prime Day 2018 looks like it was a success for Amazon. The online retailer says it sold “more than 100 million products” during the 36-hour “day” of deals in a press release July 18.

Amazon’s own Fire TV stick and Echo Dot were the top sellers, which is no surprise given their extremely low $30 or less price points. The Instant Pot and LifeStraw (still on sale, see below) were also top sellers.

Prime Day officially ended as of 3 a.m. ET July 18, but after doing an audit of all the deals we recommended, we noticed that quite a few are still on sale for at or near their Prime Day prices. Below are the very best sales from all of our Prime Day articles, spanning many tech and entertainment categories. Up top, we’ve hand-picked deals we really love—because they’re products we’ve written about or already have experience with, so you’ll be sure to not accidentally read more

Reddit Reinvents the Chat Room With Subreddit Chat

A few months into Jason Lee’s new job at Reddit, the office was buzzing with excitement. It was April 2017 and Reddit had just launched r/place, a collaborative project that invited more than 100,000 communities on Reddit to contribute to a great mosaic of the internet. Redditors would land on a random tile on the canvas, which they could then change to any color they wanted.

Lee, a product manager who hadn’t used Reddit much before joining its staff, watched in awe. The mosaic morphed from a scattering of weird blobs (and, OK, a distinctly phallic shape) to a patchwork of everything Redditors loved: a pixelated rendition of the Mona Lisa, the logo for Stranger Things, the Swedish flag, and hundreds of other symbols, smashed into one great digital quilt. “It all clicked for me,” says Lee, “what strangers can do when they band together.”

But Lee and other Reddit staffers also noticed something else. As communities fought to colonize the canvas, they started read more

Prime Day Alternatives: Best Deals From Google, Walmart, Dell

Other online retailers don’t like Amazon’s big Prime Day event very much. And so, each year, the competition tries to steal attention away from Jeff Bezos and his summer shopping holiday by putting on sales of their own. This is good news for you, dear readers, because it means lower prices and more competition.

If you’re an Amazon shopper, we have a full list of the Best Amazon Prime Day deals for 2018 and Deals on Amazon Devices like the Echo. If you’re not, peruse below. Most of these non-Amazon deals are from Walmart because it has the largest rival sale going, but we’ve also included highlights from Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, eBay, Dell, Newegg, and more. You can find a list of sales at the bottom, if you’d like to go searching on your own.

Updated: Added a few new products, and some more sales from eBay, Best Buy, Target, and Newegg.

Google Deals

Google Home Mini

Google

Amazon refuses to sell some of Google’s products because they compete with its Echo read more

Best Prime Day Gaming Deals (2018): Xbox, Nintendo, PC, Headset Deals

There is no escaping Amazon Prime Day today. It’s the biggest sale day of the year for the biggest online retailer. We’ve already named our picks for the Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals, along with some Home Deals and the Best Amazon Device Deals. But if you’re a gamer (no matter if you prefer the PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or a Nintendo console), be sure to peruse the deals below. We’ve sifted through about 58,000 Prime Day deals, and there are a few you might be interested in.

We’ve separated the deals into console and PC categories. We’ll add new deals throughout Prime Day, as we find them.

Updated late on July 17: We’ve continued to add and delete deals throughout the day. Be sure to check out our guide to great Gaming Deals not on Amazon.

Console Deals

New Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo

Be sure to check out our Best Switch Bundles, Xbox Bundles, and PS4 Bundles if you’re searching for a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, or something particular.

Console Accessory Deals

SanDisk 128 GB microSD Card

Sandisk

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6 Weird and Awesome Amazon Prime Day Deals

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, it’s likely that you’ve had a shopping list ready for weeks. But if you’re just browsing today through July 18, we have a few Prime Day deals on weird or quirky items that you might not have even considered. From robots you can keep in your home to Japanese-style toilet seats, here are the strangest, coolest discounted items we’ve seen this Prime Day.

Jibo, The Social Robot

JIBO

Jibo is kind of like an Alexa speaker… if Alexa had a body, face, and could dance. When we reviewed Jibo a year ago he brought us joy and creeped us out in almost equal order, but we kept him around. In the year since, he’s learned how to play a couple games, give you a daily report, play the radio, tell slightly better jokes, and communicate back and forth just a little.

He’s nowhere near perfect, but for $500, it’s a lot easier to give Jibo a try if you’d like to be one of the first homes with an actual robot. He’s the read more

The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit

It’s here, it’s here! Amazon Prime Day, our unofficial national summer shopping holiday, can be a little overwhelming. We’ve winnowed down our picks in a few niche categories to help you get the best prices on some of the most expensive gear around. For your shopping pleasure, we’ve selected some of the best home, outdoors, and lifestyle gear that you’ll find on Amazon for Prime Day. Take a look at all of our best Prime Day deals here.

Browse our full list of Prime Day Deals here, and check out the discounts you can find on Amazon Devices here.

Save 60 Percent on A KitchenAid Stand MixerA sturdy stand mixer is an indispensable kitchen item, useful for everything from mixing meatballs to whipping up pizza dough from scratch. KitchenAid’s iconic mixers are usually expensive, but right now, they’re 60 percent off. If you already have one, this is a perfect graduation gift or wedding present for someone else.Buy A Professional 6-Quart Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer for $220 (was $390).

More Home Goods Deals

Vitamix 7500 64-Ounce Blender for $370 (was $529). One of the priciest blenders around is also a perennial WIRED favorite, renowned for its ability to reduce the toughest kale leaf to microscopic particles. This is a great time to grab a blender whose blades spin fast enough to heat soup through friction alone. Instant Pot Duo for $65 (was $100). We’ve recommended an Instant Pot in multiple gift guides for new parents. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to get some cooked calories into your mouth. If you can’t find a good recipe, we’ve also tested Instant Pot cookbooks here.

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