Category: Gear / Trends

November 24, 2020

From Podcasts to Book Deals, Friendship Is Big Business

Across the internet, pairs of best friends are parlaying their friendships into creative—and lucrative—business partnerships.


by Flora Tsapovsky in Besties
November 20, 2020

The US Could Soon Ban the Selling of Carrier-Locked Phones

Carrier lock-in was recently prohibited in the UK. If it finally happens here next year too, consumer advocates say the move would give users more flexibility and choice.


by Boone Ashworth in Gear
November 16, 2020

Far Cry 5 Helped Me Escape Real Life, Until It Didn’t

What started as just another game quickly became a soothing window to home—and all the ugliness that comes with it.


by Boone Ashworth in Gear
November 12, 2020

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

I installed a solar power system in my home in an attempt at “energy resilience.” The constraints—and the headaches—were greater than I anticipated.


by Christopher Null in Fortunate Sun
November 11, 2020

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

As of June 1, 2021, all uploads to the cloud-based storage service will count against your 15-GB data cap.


by Brian Barrett in Gear
November 10, 2020

It’s Time to Try PC Gaming From Your Couch

Yes, you could spend a few hundred dollars on a new console. Or you could could hook your PC up to your TV with an HDMI cable.


by Cecilia DAnastasio in comfort
November 7, 2020

The Best Shoes I’ve Ever Worn Are Hardly Shoes at All

Xero’s Z-Trail sandals are the shoes I’ve been seeking—literally—for my entire life.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear
November 1, 2020

Bundle Up! This Winter’s Best Tech Might Be a Good Coat

In a banner year for digital products, tools made of fabric have become essential for battling Covid-19.


by Katie Day Good in Essay
October 24, 2020

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

Motorola’s Moto Mods failed to pull off a long-lasting smartphone trend. But Apple’s MagSafe series looks like it might actually stick.


by Alex Lee WIRED UK in Gear
October 16, 2020

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

Lora DiCarlo said her company’s robotic vibrator, the Osé, would redefine the market. But her hyped-up personal brand would be the real master stroke.


by Lux Alptraum in Backchannel