Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Lawmakers Seek Review of Pentagon Contract Thought to Favor Amazon

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Lawmakers Seek Review of Pentagon Contract Thought to Favor Amazon

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended his company’s work with the Pentagon at the Wired25 conference earlier this month.Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended his company’s work with the Pentagon at the Wired25 conference earlier this month.Alex Wong/Getty ImagesTwo members of Congress are seeking a formal investigation into claims that the bidding process for a…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘First Man’ Review: Houston, We Have an Indie Blockbuster

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘First Man’ Review: Houston, We Have an Indie Blockbuster

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Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in First Man.Universal StudiosRyan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in First Man.Universal StudiosFirst Man is a rare bird. It’s a big, adventure movie that goes from the flats of the Mojave Desert to the surface of the moon; and it’s a deft, thoughtful film about overcoming grief. It’s got…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Venom’ Review: A Bad Movie With Great Cult-Movie Potential

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Venom’ Review: A Bad Movie With Great Cult-Movie Potential

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Venom appears to have been on a quest to bring back the slightly campy comic-book films of a bygone era, but ended up looking like a collection of Spawn outtakes that were wrapped in brand-new CGI for a 14-year-old kid who just time-traveled here from 1997.Sony PicturesThis is a list of things that happen in…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Review: GoPro Hero7 Black

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Review: GoPro Hero7 Black

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Smell that pumpkin spice in the air? That means the fall is coming, and with it, new action cameras.GoPro—aka the Band-Aid/Kleenex/Q-Tips of action cameras—is here with the latest entry in its category-defining camera platform, the Hero7 Black. I’ve spent the last few weeks banging around (and getting banged up) with it, and while it feels…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Review: Coravin Model Eleven

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Review: Coravin Model Eleven

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Five years ago, Wired published the first ever review of a little gizmo called the Coravin, a device that inserts a needle into a bottle of wine, letting you draw its contents without removing the cork—or spoiling the remaining liquid.This oddball device has since become a worldwide phenomenon in the wine world. With four different…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Review: Samsung Q8FN 4K TV

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Review: Samsung Q8FN 4K TV

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One of the best perks of the job is that I get to try some tech toys that are simply out of my price range. From high-end cameras to bonkers-expensive pro laptops, I realize I’m pretty spoiled. That’s why when I had the chance to try one of the newest Samsung 4K TVs in my…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Instant Pot Max Review: Not Quite Instant Success

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Instant Pot Max Review: Not Quite Instant Success

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Electric pressure cookers hit it big in American home kitchens a few years back because, along with the perceived lower risk of dinner on the ceiling, they cook food fast. Something like beef stew, which takes all day in a slow cooker, needs as little as 25 minutes under pressure. With an extra hit of…

Meater Review: The Wireless Meat Thermometer Is a Recipe for Mediocrity

Meater Review: The Wireless Meat Thermometer Is a Recipe for Mediocrity

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If it was up to me, my ideal grill would be one that could capably cook low and slow and and also be able to turn on the jets for a hard, fast sear. There’d be a nice-sized table next to it and space for my tools. The icing on the cake would be temperature…

‘Vampyr’ Review: A Game Whose Messiness Doesn’t Weaken Its Bite

‘Vampyr’ Review: A Game Whose Messiness Doesn’t Weaken Its Bite

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Dontnod Entertainment, the development studio behind the newly released Vampyr, has a habit of creating messy games. But don’t let that stop you from playing them. Dr. Jonathan E. Reid’s office, which he only leaves when the sun sets, has two doors. One opens to Pembroke Hospital, where he works as a surgeon and blood…

Review: Sony Xperia XZ2

Review: Sony Xperia XZ2

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Have you ever owned a Sony phone? Statistically, the answer is probably no. Sony has dug into the U.S. market with dozens of decent phones as far back as 2002, but it’s never struck gold. Its latest flagship, the new Xperia XZ2, is a perfect example why. The XZ2 will likely be a blip on…