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Windows 11’s First Big(ish) Update Is Now Available

Plus: Framework has a new ultra-repairable Chromebook, there's a cheaper Google Chromecast, and Amazon refreshes its Fire HD tablets.

The Best Coffee Subscriptions We’ve Savored

These services deliver freshly roasted, delicious coffee right to your door—each with its own twist.

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How to Get a Covid-19 Booster Shot

Here's everything you need to know about finding and receiving the booster shot in the age of Omicron.

Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Tests—and Where to Find Them

How accurate are rapid at-home tests? Does your insurance cover them? We have answers.

These Are the Best Portable Storage Drives

Need an ultrafast drive for video editing or a rugged option to back up your photos in the field? We’ve got a solution for every situation.

The Latest Kitty Litter Robot Is Smarter, Quieter—and Pricier

You might not be scooping poop anymore, but Whisker's app can still give you vital information on your cat's health.

The Elk Live Bridge Lets You Jam Together Online

Plug in this bright yellow audio interface, and you can play live music with anyone within 620 miles.

Apple Made the Right Upgrades in the New AirPods Pro

This is a good example of how you make already-great wireless earbuds even better. 

In 2022, This Samsung Is the One TV to Rule Them All

You won’t need all the pixels, but Samsung’s 8K flagship TV will be the prettiest screen in your neighborhood.

12 Great Deals on Apple Gadgets, TVs, and Bluetooth Speakers

Now’s a great time to upgrade your home entertainment solutions for the months to come.

The Best Video Game Deals This September

Games for every console, plus DLC and freebies—all in one spot. 

Our Favorite Xero Barefoot Shoes Are on Sale Right Now

Snag a pair of zero-drop, minimalist shoes and rediscover the ground beneath your feet.

10 Great Deals on Garmins, Wireless Chargers, and Sleep Tech

You can rest easy knowing you’re saving money on some top-notch gadgets.

How to Find Your Vaccine History—and Store It Safely

Worries about polio, monkeypox, and Covid-19 are rising. Here’s how to gather your health information, even if you’ve lost the paper records.

How to Set Up Your New iPhone

Welcome to your new Apple smartphone. Here's how to get the most out of it right out of the box.

How My Daughter and I Learned to Speak the Same Language

Duolingo's gamification made Spanish lessons fun—and helped bridge the gap with my tween.

How to Unsend and Edit Messages in iOS 16

With one long press, you can finally unsend that ill-considered rant—as long as both you and your contact have iOS 16. 

Could Slack Finally Fix the 'Away' Status?

The workplace messaging platform is working on new ways of telling our coworkers that we’re really, really not available.

Apple’s New ‘Ultra’ Watch Goes Toe-to-Toe With Garmin

Saddled by still-mediocre battery life, the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t a true competitor to the reigning king of premium wearables. But it’s getting much closer.

Apple’s Self-Repair Program Has a Long Way to Go

The company added support for MacBooks this week, but critics say that the repair manuals and processes are unnecessarily complicated.

Email Doesn't Suck. It's Email Clients That Need Improving

Don't hate the technology, hate the implementation.

Peloton’s New Rowing Machine Is Here. Get Ready to Pay Up

Peloton Row is the company’s latest high-priced piece of workout equipment—and a holdover from a previous Peloton era.

Amazon Makes the Cheapest Kindle Even Better

Plus: Alexa will soon give branded answers, ByteDance has its own VR headset in the works, and TikTok pushes a new BeReal knockoff.

PlayStation VR2: A First Look at the Next-Gen Headset

Sony’s first virtual reality device in six years arrives in 2023. Here’s a preview of the PSVR2, and the games that will run on it.

Apple Messages Won’t Play Nice With Android Anytime Soon

Plus: Brazil and Apple face off, Google expands its eco-friendly Maps directions, and social sites start prepping for the US midterm elections.

Peloton Row and the Future of At-Home Workouts

This week, we talk about Peloton’s growing product lineup, and whether our days of sweating along to streamed exercise classes at home are over.

VR Is Struggling to Grow Out of Its Awkward Phase

This week, we talk about the Sony PSVR2, the still-secret next Meta headset, and how virtual reality technology needs to improve to earn mainstream acceptance.

Welcome to Apple’s Dynamic Island

This week, we round up all the biggest announcements from Apple’s iPhone (and Watch) launch event.

How YouTube’s Tumultuous Past Will Shape Its Future

This week on Gadget Lab, we examine YouTube’s history and its role in shaping internet culture. Mark Bergen, author of a new book about the platform, joins us.
Gadget Lab Podcast

Peloton Row and the Future of At-Home Workouts

This week, we talk about Peloton’s growing product lineup, and whether our days of sweating along to streamed exercise classes at home are over.
Product Review

The Apple Watch Series 8 Wants to Be Your Lifeline

With Crash Detection and longer battery life in Low Power mode, the wearables seem to be designed for an increasingly terrifying world.
Dialed Down

The Best Budget Phone Plans to Ditch the Big Carriers

Don’t overpay for Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T. It might make sense for you to go with one of these smaller providers instead.
Product Review

Acer Nitro 5 Is Our Top Pick for Laptop Gamers on a Budget

Finding a portable PC with enough gaming power at a reasonable price can be tough. This low-cost machine fits the bill.
Product Review

Asus’ First Foldable PC Is Here. But It’s Half-Baked

The brand’s attempt at a foldable PC is a showcase for the new form factor, but even Asus admits it’s “not a mass-market product.” We agree.
Layer It On

How to Create an Augmented Reality Filter for TikTok

From Paris to Dubai, I spoke with designers around the world about the process of creating AR effects for social media.
Red Alert

Android’s New Notification Feature Is a Decade Overdue

In Android 13, apps have to ask permission before they send any kind of alerts. Finally. 
Wi-Fi Wizard

Shopping for a Router Sucks. Here’s What You Need to Know

How much speed do you need? And what’s a MU-MIMO? We decipher the jargon and explain what to look for.
Shazam

The Haikubox Brings High-Tech Birding to the Masses

This AI-enabled device can identify the species around your home by their songs and alert you when new ones arrive.
Less Chaos

How to See Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Posts Chronologically

Yes, you can take some control back from the algorithms in these and other social media accounts.
You Can Do Better

How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers

It took a few bad dates to remind me to embody the confidence that I knew I had, but also sought in a partner.