A $250 Weighted Blanket Won’t Cure All of Your Sleep Woes

February 7, 2018

For insomniacs, there is no shortage of gadgets promising a better night’s sleep. Here, try this hat that zaps your brainwaves into submission. Here, stick these electrodes just below your ribs. Here, try on this headset, or these goggles, or this wristband that promises, really, to help you fall asleep. Last year, one Kickstarter project suggested something different: Forget all of the high-tech sleep wearables. Bury yourself under this 25-pound…

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Google Flips the Switch on Its Pixel Visual Core

February 7, 2018

When Google launched its Pixel 2 flagship smartphone last year, it included something of a surprise: A co-processor called Pixel Visual Core, the company’s first homegrown, consumer-facing piece of silicon. And while that feels like a momentous foray, the co-processor has lain dormant for months. Monday, Pixel Visual Core goes to work. As it turns out—and as Google had nodded at previously—the hidden chip inside every Pixel serves a narrow…

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The Formula for Phone Addiction Might Double As a Cure

February 4, 2018

In September 2007, 7 5 students trod into a classroom at Stanford. Ten weeks later, they had collectively amassed 16 million users,$ 1 million dollars in publicizing income, and a formula that would charm a generation. The class–colloquially known as “The Facebook Class”–and its instructor, BJ Fogg, became Silicon Valley fictions. Graduates went on to work and blueprint concoctions at Uber, Facebook, and Google. Some even started fellowships with their…

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The Perfect Ski Gear for Those Nasty Weather Days

January 29, 2018

Some days are crushingly cold and sloppy. Bring the right equipment and you won’t suffer. 1 Columbia OutDry Ex Mogul Jacket When the snow is ripping sideways, you’ll need a sturdy shield to block the freeze. Constructed from a composite material with a waterproof exterior and a wicking inner fabric, Columbia’s jacket can keep you going long after your friends have bailed.$450 2 Line Soulmate 92 Versatile, do-it-all skis are…

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The Best Gear for Dazzling, Sunny Days on the Slopes

January 29, 2018

There’s nothing like skiing under dazzling blue skies. Don’t ruin it by dressing for a blizzard. 1. Trew Men’s Wander JacketA simple wind-blocking shell is all you need in epic weather. The trim cut of this one means it doesn’t feel like you are wearing a tent, and the lightweight construction makes it easy to pack or stuff in a backpack. If wind and clouds suddenly appear, no prob: You’re…

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Snapchat Stories Can Now Live Outside the App

January 24, 2018

If recent trends are any indication, the future of social media lives in Stories—those short bursts of customizable, compilable videos and images that stay online for just 24 hours—and every platform wants to make their version the one you use exclusively. Last week, Facebook announced a desktop upload tool for its Stories feature, hoping to entice Facebookers to create content on more than just their mobile. Today, Instagram rolls out…

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This Parka Keeps Olympians Toasty With Heat-Conducting Ink

January 23, 2018

When the American Olympic team flattens into PyeongChang for this year’s Winter Olympic tournaments, they’re not going to be cold. The team’s opening and closing liturgy dress, designed by Ralph Lauren , nod to iconic emblems of American fashion–jeans, woolen sweater, mountaineering boots, and chocolate-brown suede adventurer gloves–while prioritizing cordiality in the chill South Korean winter. There’s also another high-tech advantage: As part of the uniform, Ralph Lauren designed a…

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Review: Tasty One Top

January 22, 2018

My test kitchen tends to be a pretty happy place to work. Case in point? I got to make fried chicken the other day. For it, I put the bird parts in a salty buttermilk bath for the afternoon, then cooked them using the brand new One Top from Tasty. I'd tell you more about that first batch of chicken, but in the frenzy, my notes were obliterated by hot…

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Want to See the Future? Look at the Chips

January 22, 2018

Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm's vice president of product management, sticks his head into a Cadillac SUV and points up at a gaping rectangular hole in the ceiling. A hole in this ceiling is hardly remarkable: the whole car looks like a bomb went off inside. Seats face the wrong direction, and wires dangle from places you didn't even know there were wires. A few feet away, two more cars—a Ford and…

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How to Pre-Order the Nintendo Switch Cardboard Labo Kits

January 21, 2018

Nintendo has sold a lot of Switches in the last year thanks to the console's unique ability to play games on a TV and on the go, but also thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Though they came from 30+ year-old franchises, both games helped millions fall in love with them all over again. In 2018, Nintendo is setting its sights in…

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