Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Takes on Microsoft, Amazon in Gaming

Google’s Project Stream, first unveiled last October, gave gamers a taste of what it would be like to stream heavy games directly from the cloud—from a Chrome browser, even. That effort has now evolved into something much, much more ambitious. At the Game Developers...

The Haunting of Hacker House

Our bed-and-breakfast looked like it was out of a goth comic book: a shadowy, midsized Victorian on top of a steep hill, in forced perspective. A blood-red “vacancy” sign glowed overbright in the parlor window. My son and I had taken Amtrak to upstate New York for a...

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

When school began in Lockport, New York, this past fall, the halls were lined not just with posters and lockers, but cameras. Over the summer, a brand new $4 million facial recognition system was installed by the school district in the town’s eight schools from...

Apple AirPods 2019: Price, Specs, Release Date

Apple just revealed a new pair of wirefree AirPods, the first significant update to the product since its original introduction in late 2016. They include a new, Apple-designed chip made specifically for faster wireless connections that also promises 50 percent more...

Cannabis: The Complete WIRED Guide

Humanity just can’t make up its mind about cannabis. For thousands of years, humans have used the stuff as medicine or to travel on spiritual quests. That, though, didn’t quite suit the British, who banned cannabis in colonial India. Then in the 20th century, the...

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. The HP Windows MR Headset, which ran on Microsoft’s mixed reality platform, was designed to compete with products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But mixed and virtual reality headsets have evolved a lot...

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

Rock of ages: Here we see astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt collecting lunar samples during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. (Astronauts pounded a “drive tube” into the lunar ground to pull a core of material, weighing about 800 grams.) Astronauts on Apollo-era moon-landing...

Fitbit Versa Lite Review: More for Less

I’ve tried a lot of fitness trackers. It's part of my job. Every few weeks, I put a new one on, take it running, hiking, and swimming, and then ship it back to the manufacturer. I like them a lot and have devoted serious thought to buying one of my very own, to have...