Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

August 11, 2019

In a relatively short period of time, Apple has become the clear leader in smartwatches. But Samsung isn’t going down without a fight, and the company has the numbers to prove it. According to two separate analyst’s reports, Samsung’s wearables business has grown by more than 100 percent over the past year. And now Samsung is introducing another wearable to the lineup, just a couple days ahead of the company's…

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To Compete With Startups, Old-School Mattress Makers Plug Into Data

August 5, 2019

For more than 130 years, Tempur Sealy has been in the business of sleep. In 1889, back when it was just the Sealy Corporation, the company patented an invention that pressed cotton to make mattresses. It trademarked a type of spring mattress designed for orthopedic support, called the “posturepedic.” Then in 1992, Sealy's main rival Tempur redefined luxury sleep with the Tempur-Pedic, the memory foam mattress that you could jump…

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Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 31 Great Deals Remain

July 24, 2019

Note: Until July 18–20, there may still be some active deals here and in our Deals from Amazon Rivals, but we are no longer actively updating and monitoring these guides. As always, we hope we helped you sift through the sales madness and find great products. Check the WIRED Gear section for the latest news and reviews. Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying…

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The 57 Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals

July 19, 2019

Note: Amazon Prime Day sales have ended. If you are still hunting, we recommend you check out our favorite rival deals from Walmart and others. Many of those sales last through July 17. As always, we hope our Gear coverage helped you sift through the online madness and find great products. Amazon Prime Day is here, friends. As Amazon's grim deals carnival roars to life once again, its storefront is…

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Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 33 Great Deals Remain

July 19, 2019

Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying spreadsheets and combing the Internet until our screens blurred before our eyes, we found a considerable number of great deals this year. Hopefully you were able to grab the noise-canceling headphones or Instant Pot of your dreams at a much more reasonable price. If not, have no fear. Prime Day is officially over, but many of deals…

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WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple’s Big Developer Show

June 4, 2019

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off with a keynote presentation on Monday, and for many people this annual shindig is even more exciting than the company’s much-hyped fall hardware events, where it shows off the newest iPhones. That’s because the software updates announced at WWDC will impact all Apple devices, ranging from iPhones to Macs to Apple Watches. And unlike a $1,000 phone, many of these newly revealed features will…

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Having Sleep Troubles? There’s a Gadget for That

March 23, 2019

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch, a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes—one at home, one in the office. But sleep? The time he spent between the sheets felt, to him, unquantified and underutilized. Looking to squeeze more out of his unconscious hours, Franceschetti created Eight Sleep, to “unlock the full potential” of slumberland….

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Withings Move ECG Watch Is Good for Your Ticker

March 23, 2019

I’ve long thought Withings wearables are the kind of smartwatches that most people actually want to wear. The French company eschews “wrist-­computer” designs, opting instead for devices that look and feel like analog watches and—hallelujah!—don’t need to be recharged every night. Withings’ first smartwatch that tracked your activity, the Activité from 2014, even had “swiss-made” emblazoned on it. Smartwatches have grown more sophisticated since then, thanks to an explosion in…

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Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Lookand MoveExactly Like You

March 16, 2019

"There's this big, ugly sucker at the door," the young woman says, her eyes twinkling, "and he said, 'Who do you think you are, Lena Horne?' I said no but that I knew Miss Horne like a sister." It's the beginning of a short soliloquy from Walton Jones' play The 1940's Radio Hour, and as she continues with the monologue it's easy to see that the young woman knows what…

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Fitbit’s New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

March 9, 2019

At one time not long ago, Fitbit was the clear leader in digital fitness trackers. That title began slipping from its grasp, however, after the Apple Watch came into existence four years ago. Now Fitbit is second to Apple in smartwatches, and only the fourth largest shipper of wearables worldwide. Fitbit's plan? Make more-affordable wares to lure in new customers. The company's new Versa Lite smartwatch, a simplified version of…

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