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Long-form articles about the people, places, and things in tech. We go beyond the surface story to unearth technology’s more fascinating details.

Alan Truly is wearing his Quest Pro and holding a laptop with a message: M1 MacBook Air gets the week off.

I replaced my MacBook with a Quest Pro for a full work week. Here’s what happened

To put the Meta Quest Pro to the test as a VR headset designed for work, I left my MacBook Air untouched for a full week of virtual reality productivity.
Simon "Ghost" Riley holding weapon and aiming down for Modern Warfare II promo art.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 contains the series’ most uncomfortable mission yet

Zeke from Manifest looking sad, Cal in a hospital bed behind him.

Manifest season 4, part 1 ending explained

A hand holding the RTX 4090 GPU.

Why I refuse to buy The Callisto Protocol on PC, even with an RTX 4090

Most innovative products of 2022

The most innovative tech products of 2022

Steam Deck on purple background

The most innovative gaming tech of 2022

Alienware 34-inch QD-OLED monitor

The most innovative monitors of 2022

QD-OLED panel technology

The most innovative TV tech of 2022

Apple TV 4k (2022) on purple background

The most innovative streaming devices of 2022

Sony Linkbuds on purple background

The most innovative headphones of 2022

Chloe Grace Moretz wears a strange machine on her head in a scene from The Peripheral.

The Peripheral’s ending explained

The Lord of the Rings Return of the King Extended Edition

5 best movie threequels

The iPhone 8 with the iOS 16 lockscreen.

I thought iOS 16 would ruin my iPhone 8, but it shocked me

Apple's latest OS, iOS 16, is available for the iPhone 8. Using such old hardware with such new software surely can't be a good experience. Right?
House buried in snow by blizzard.

The truth about outdoor smart home gadgets and extreme cold

Has your smart camera or smart light frozen solid? It's frustrating, but is it normal and can it be prevented?
The back of the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro.

These 6 things could make the Pixel 7a the perfect Google phone

What does the Google Pixel 7a need to beat the already great Pixel 6a? We sat down and came up with six things it needs to have to be a winner.
Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

What are the top 5 highest-grossing MCU movies so far?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Find out which five MCU movies are at the top of the list.
Apple Watch Ultra, purple background

The most innovative smartwatches and wearables of 2022

We saw a lot of interesting smartwatches and wearables come out in 2022. Here are the most innovative ones for the year.
Nothing Phone 1

The most innovative smartphones of 2022

2022 has been a great year for smartphones, but which ones went above and beyond what we expected? Here are the most innovative phones of the year.
Samsung galaxy tab S8 ultra on purple background

The most innovative tablets of 2022

It's been an interesting year for tablets, but among so many powerful options, few stood out with anything really innovative. Here's what 2022 brought us.
asus ROG flow z13 laptop

The most innovative laptops of 2022

Of all the laptops that we tested in 2022, these three pushed the envelope the most by boasting an array of interesting and innovative features
Wednesday lies on the ground in Wednesday.

Wednesday’s ending explained

Wednesday is one of Netflix's biggest hits, and the ending leaves several unanswered questions for a potential season 2. We reveal what happened in the finale.
Tineco Toasty One on counter with fresh toast.

Toasting … for dummies? Who really needs a smart toaster

Is a smart toaster worth it? Find out what a smart toaster can do and how much it costs, as we take a look at whether this technology is worth it.
App store icon showing three notifications.

Don’t listen to billionaires like Elon Musk — app stores are fantastic

Billionaires tell us app stores are stifling choice and suppressing free speech, rallying us against them. Ignore it all, because app stores are great for us.
iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro camera modules.

How old phones became the cool, good phones in 2022

Old smartphones have gotten better and cheaper than ever, and the pattern's not likely to stop in 2023.
Deep Purple iPhone 14 Pro held in hand with a wooden gate in the background

I still love my iPhone 14 Pro, but not for the reason I expected

I originally bought the iPhone 14 Pro because of specific new features, but those aren't the reasons why I still love the device now.
Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a display of brand new redesigned MacBook Air laptop during the WWDC22

All the products that Apple didn’t announce in 2022

Despite the sheer number of new Apple products in 2022, there were still some that were rumored but never saw the light of day. Here’s what never launched.
Elden Ring character looking at the open-world of the game with a giant glowing tree in the background.

Grieving in Elden Ring: my quest for closure in The Lands Between

After the tragic death of a close friend, my time with Elden Ring became an impossible quest for closure.
The Apple Watch Ultra's heart rate sensor active.

We asked the experts if biological sex affects heart rate sensor accuracy

We asked the experts if biological sex affects the accuracy of heart rate sensors fitted to wearable devices like smartwatches, rings, and fitness bands.
Harrison Ford in Patriot Games

Where to watch all the Jack Ryan movies

Before Jack Ryan returns for its third season in December 2022, find out where to watch the films that made the character an international phenomenon.
LeBron James and the Looney Tunes in a scene from Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The 10 worst movie sequels of all time, ranked

The worst sequels of all time proved that sequels to these movies were always a bad idea.
A girl lays down and stares in a scene from Wednesday.

The 10 most popular TV shows on Netflix right now

Did Wednesday skyrocket to the top of the list? Check out Netflix's top 10 TV shows in the U.S. from the past week.
The cast of Friends in formal clothes.

The 6 most likable characters on Friends, ranked

Is it Monica or Joey? Chandler or Rachel? Ross or Phoebe? The core group on Friends are all entertaining, but some of them are far more likable than others.
A horde rushing at the player in Warhammer 40K Darktide.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will bring your PC to its knees (and you’ll love every minute)

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is here, so get ready to venture into Tertium and purge the heretics .. with the right settings and optimizations, that is.
iOS 16 lock screen on an iPhone 14 Pro

How Apple can fix iOS 16’s messy lock screen customization in iOS 17

Apple gave us some lock screen customization in iOS 16, and it's a good start. But Apple can go further with customization in iOS 17.