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Amazon Is Raising Prime Prices Again—But Only for Monthly Subscribers Amazon Is Raising Prime Prices Again—But Only for Monthly Subscribers

There’s another Amazon Prime price hike coming, but it will only affect certain people. Monthly Prime members will soon see their fee jump from $11 to $13, though they can still cancel at any time without penalties. Meanwhile, students paying for monthly Prime will see an increase from $5.50 to $6.50. That might not…

It's Fatally Windy in Europe Right Now It's Fatally Windy in Europe Right Now

A brutal storm crashed into the Dutch coast on Thursday causing gusts of wind up to 90 miles per hour. This might not have been so destructive in a place with some relief, like mountains and hills, but the Netherlands is famously flat. That led to many bad things happening to buildings and people.

Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome

After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities are about as predictable as you’d think. Basically, all the big ones.

Maybe There's Hope for Apple's Hollywood Dreams After All Maybe There's Hope for Apple's Hollywood Dreams After All

It looks like Kristin Wiig will soon star in a half-hour comedy series. Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s company and inspired by the upcoming Curtis Sittenfeld short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, the new project actually sounds like it might be kind of great. And guess what: it’s an Apple series.

A First Look at the Incredible Future of 8K TVs A First Look at the Incredible Future of 8K TVs

Do you remember back in the 90s, when high-definition TVs first started to become popular? Seeing that HD for the first time, the sharpness seemed almost impossible compared to existing technology. But this year, several top tech companies showed off 8K screens with 16-times as many pixels as those old 1080p HD TVs.…

What Is Technics Doing? What Is Technics Doing?

The new, modular Technics SP-10R turntable plays records just like any other turntable. But, according to Technics, it plays records really, really, really well. It better since it’s priced at $10,000 and up depending on just how you configure it. But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or…

What It's Like to Play Ping-Pong With a Robot What It's Like to Play Ping-Pong With a Robot

The first thing that I should say about FORPHEUS is that it’s gentle. The artificially intelligent Ping-Pong tutor built by Omron is not trying to beat you. It’s not trying to take over the world. FORPHEUS is trying to make you a better Ping-Pong player. I played Ping-Pong with this incredibly futuristic being, and…

I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly

The first thing you notice about Sophia, a robot, is the sound she makes. Like a late-90s Pentium processor struggling to load a video, she makes a whirring squeal that fills the room. Sophia talks, too. But what I’ll always remember about my recent conversation with a robot is her stare.

Sennheiser's First Home Audio Product Is a 3D Sound Bar That Blew My Mind Sennheiser's First Home Audio Product Is a 3D Sound Bar That Blew My Mind

If you’re like me, you know Sennheiser as that sleek German company that makes dependably terrific headphones and microphones. That’s about to change.

Peloton's New Treadmill Costs $4,000 and Oh Crap I Want One Peloton's New Treadmill Costs $4,000 and Oh Crap I Want One

With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in everyone’s minds, Peloton announced its second major product on Tuesday: a treadmill. Except, as Peloton CEO John Foley explained to me at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new Peloton Tread is more than a running machine. It’s being billed as a private…

Why Samsung's Home of the Future Concept Scares the Hell Out of Me Why Samsung's Home of the Future Concept Scares the Hell Out of Me

Picture this: you live in the future. Your gadgets are voice-controlled. You’re lazy, so you don’t want to walk over to a smart speaker to bark your commands. But one of the world’s largest electronics companies has saved you from that slightly inconvenient fate by installing microphones in everything you own.

Uhh, Panasonic, I Think You Forgot to Bring the Gadgets Uhh, Panasonic, I Think You Forgot to Bring the Gadgets

Plenty of people have preconceived notions about the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. “It’s where you can play with cool gadgets!” say the hopeful. “It’s where you can get good schwag!” say the greedy. “It’s where you can establish a vague but thought-provoking imagination of a connected…

Samsung Put a Big AKG Speaker Into a Refrigerator and It's Oddly Awesome Samsung Put a Big AKG Speaker Into a Refrigerator and It's Oddly Awesome

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your refrigerator were also a goshdang boombox? I haven’t. That’s why it was so exciting when I saw a new Samsung refrigerator at CES that contained a stocky AKG speaker in the front door. It bumps tunes, and it keeps your eggs cold.

This Roku Sound Bar Is Part Smart Speaker and Part Remote Control This Roku Sound Bar Is Part Smart Speaker and Part Remote Control

If the term “smart sound bar” seems unusual, that’s because it’s brand new. TCL just announced the first in a new class of gadgets that act a little bit like a smart speaker and a little bit like a remote control that’s powered by your voice. As the name implies, the new TCL Roku Smart Sound Bar is powered by the…

Samsung's New TV Is Just a Giant Wall Samsung's New TV Is Just a Giant Wall

Anyone who’s read Fahrenheit 451 appreciates the awesome possible future where the walls of our homes are just televisions and we get to live in TV land. Well, Samsung just made that possibility a reality with a 146-inch MicroLED screen. It’s called The Wall, and it is breathtaking.

Alexa, Burn My House Down Alexa, Burn My House Down

If you thought Echos were only good for invading your privacy and enticing hackers, then boy do I have some news for you. Amazon just introduced a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API for Alexa: cooking. Your voice-controlled assistant could potentially be burning down your house in no time!

White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly just did something he should’ve done the day he took his job. He banned the use of personal devices by staff and guests in the White House. The ban will go into effect in the coming days, and the reason is obvious: security. But, c’mon, how is the Trump administration just now…

North Korea Reopens Phone Line With South Korea, and the Phones Sure Are Weird North Korea Reopens Phone Line With South Korea, and the Phones Sure Are Weird

Just in case you had trouble sleeping after Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump traded threats about each ruler’s “nuclear button,” the North Korean supreme leader also said something uncharacteristically optimistic in his New Year’s Day speech. Kim expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution” to the half-century-old conflict…

The Video Where a Woman Cooks With Her Mouth: Some Questions and Answers The Video Where a Woman Cooks With Her Mouth: Some Questions and Answers

It’s not what you think. The YouTube video “Cooking With Your Mouth | Christmas Turkey” sounds like some crazy science experiment where some brave chef heats up ingredients in her cheeks and then swallows them. In fact, it’s much more disgusting than that. I can’t stop watching it, but I also have some questions.

Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads.

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