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13 Great Deals on Smartphones, Laptops, and Smart Speakers

WIRED

We're approaching the end of summer, which means it's time for back-to-school deals. This includes everything from laptops and phones to dorm furniture and desk accessories. These discounts are great for students of all ages, but they're also perfect for adults looking to upgrade their work-from-home setup. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you'd like).


The best game capture software

PCWorld

Sharing recordings of your gameplay is a relatively recent phenomenon, but believe it or not, watching someone play a video game is about as old as the pastime itself. When Q-bert and Ms. Pac-Man roamed the earth, it wasn't unusual to see a group of kids huddled around an arcade machine watching the neighborhood's best go all the way on a single quarter. In the 90s, the game in my neighborhood was Street Fighter II, and the aughts had young gamers clustered around living room televisions with the Grand Thefts Auto. Fast forward to today, where sharing or streaming video of your gameplay online is common, and almost any major game you can think of has a viewer base and star players. Unlike games of yesteryear, where Donkey Kong or Sonic the Hedgehog followed a pre-determined path and variation between game runs was relatively minor, video games today offer myriad different endings, outcomes, and middle games that can be as entertaining to watch as to play.


The 92 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals We've Found (Day 2)

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is winding down, ending in just a few hours (11:59 pm PT to be exact). Most of the deals are for Prime subscribers, but there are great discounts for non-members as well. We've spent hours combing through thousands of deals; these are our favorites on WIRED-tested gear, from Alexa-enabled speakers and robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. Updated July 13: We've added new deals, including the OnePlus 9 Pro, Logitech K380 Keyboard, and Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones. We've also removed expired deals and updated prices. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. We've got a separate roundup of more great home and kitchen deals right here. There are blenders, and then there are Vitamix blenders. I was skeptical, but like my fellow Gear reviewer Joe Ray, the Vitamix made me a blender person.


The 88 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals We've Found (Day 2)

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer's two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. Updated July 13: We've added five new deals, including JackRabbit eBike, Apollo City 2022 electric scooter, and more. We've also shifted a few sections around to highlight new deals, removed a number of expired deals, and updated prices and links throughout. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. We've got a separate roundup of more great home and kitchen deals right here. There are blenders, and then there are Vitamix blenders. I was skeptical, but like my fellow Gear reviewer Joe Ray, the Vitamix made me a blender person. A blender is, essentially, just a blade atop a motor.


The 85 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals (Day 2)

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer's two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. Updated July 13: We've added new deals, including the lowest price we've seen on a Covid-19 at-home test kit, removed several expired deals, and updated prices and links throughout. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Prime Day is the best time to pick up a new Amazon device, whether that's a Kindle, Fire tablet, or Echo speaker--they're unlikely to get cheaper than this. For a complete list, read our Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices roundup. Be sure to also read through our Best Kindles, Best Fire Tablets, and Best Alexa Speakers guides. The Paperwhite is the best overall Kindle.


The 84 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer's two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. Updated July 12: We've added 7 new deals and crossed out the offer of an Amazon credit with purchase of a $50 gift card, which is no longer available. We've also updated prices and links throughout. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Prime Day is the best time to pick up a new Amazon device, whether that's a Kindle, Fire tablet, or Echo speaker--they're unlikely to get cheaper than this. For a complete list, read our Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices roundup. Be sure to also read through our Best Kindles, Best Fire Tablets, and Best Alexa Speakers guides.


The 78 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer's two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. Updated July 12: We've added 7 new deals and crossed out any that are no longer available. We've also updated prices and link throughout. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Prime Day is the best time to pick up a new Amazon device, whether that's a Kindle, Fire tablet, or Echo speaker--they're unlikely to get cheaper than this.


The Morning After: Previewing macOS Ventura

Engadget

Apple is trying to reshape the way people work on Macs. Stage Manager in macOS Ventura might seem like a quick visual way to swap between your recently used applications, but according to Devindra Hardawar, who's been testing the first Ventura public beta over the past week, Apple may have solved the window management issues that have plagued Macs since OS X. I'm particularly intrigued by Stage Manager's ability to group apps together and, crucially, remember exactly where you position your windows. I'm sure Windows users are rolling their eyes as they read this. And if you're intrigued, Apple's iOS 16, macOS Ventura and watchOS 9 public betas are ready to download.


The 59 Absolute Best Prime Day Deals

WIRED

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer's two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets. The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Prime Day is the best time to pick up a new Amazon device, whether that's a Kindle, Fire tablet, or Echo speaker--they're unlikely to get cheaper than this.


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#artificialintelligence

Tech giant MetaAhas created a single artificial intelligence (AI)-based model capable of translating across 200 different languages, including many not supported by current commercial tools. According to The Verge, the company is open-sourcing the project in the hopes that others will build on its work. The AI model is part of an ambitious R&D project by Meta to create a so-called "universal speech translator," which the company sees as important for growth across its many platforms -- from Facebook and Instagram to developing domains like VR and AR. Machine translation not only allows Meta to better understand its users (and so improve the advertising systems that generate 97 per cent of its revenue) but could also be the foundation of a killer app for future projects like its augmented reality glasses. Experts in machine translation told the website that Meta's latest research was ambitious and thorough, but noted that the quality of some of the model's translations would likely be well below that of better-supported languages like Italian or German.