The Incredible Tech Behind This Year’s Tour de France Bikes

A bike is a bike, right? Wrong. Especially if you’re a professional bike team. With margins for the winner of a stage of the Tour de France often down to less than a hundredth of a second (a tire width), and with the overall winning divide being under two minutes on last year's Tour de France across the entire 3,351 kilometers, every marginal gain the teams can eke out of their riders and bikes is absolutely essential. Design innovation and material science in bike design is on a par with sports such as F1, and Grand Tour bikes are built with pure performance in mind. But a bike that excels at "climbing" on steep mountain stages will lose valuable time …

Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 31 Great Deals Remain

Note: Until July 18–20, there may still be some active deals here and in our Deals from Amazon Rivals, but we are no longer actively updating and monitoring these guides. As always, we hope we helped you sift through the sales madness and find great products. Check the WIRED Gear section for the latest news and reviews. Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying spreadsheets and combing the Internet until our screens blurred before our eyes, we found a considerable number of great deals this year. Hopefully you were able to grab the noise-canceling headphones or Instant Pot of your dreams at a much more reasonable price. If not, have no fear. Prime Day …

Amazon Prime Day Is Over. These 33 Great Deals Remain

Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, but some deals remain. After studying spreadsheets and combing the Internet until our screens blurred before our eyes, we found a considerable number of great deals this year. Hopefully you were able to grab the noise-canceling headphones or Instant Pot of your dreams at a much more reasonable price. If not, have no fear. Prime Day is officially over, but many of deals we found still exist. Rival sales from Walmart and other stores will continue through July 17, and we've rounded up all the remaining deals from all our 2019 Prime Day coverage below. In some cases the discounts are not quite as steep, but a surprising number of the (roughly) 167 …

The 33 Best Deals From Walmart and Other Amazon Rivals

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it's a two-day spending spree. We didn't need another shopping holiday, but that's what it has become. So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon's digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg. But the best part about not being an official part of Prime Day? You don't have to adhere to Prime Day's rules! Amazon's sale has ended and many of these retailer's flash sales have expired, but many of the discounts remain. Below are our top picks. You can also find any remaining deals on …

The 29 Best Home and Outdoor Deals for Prime Day

Note: Amazon Prime Day sales have ended. If you are still hunting, we recommend you check out our favorite rival deals from Walmart and others. Many of those sales last through July 17. As always, we hope our Gear coverage helped you sift through the online madness and find great products. As befits a website known as "the everything store," Amazon's Prime Day offerings really run the gamut. You may already have a few big-ticket electronics items in mind, but don't sleep on any kitchen gadgets, high-tech toys, or even pet cameras that you may have been eying. Amazon will release new deals throughout the entire 48 hours of Prime Day (yes, it's two days long), and we will update …

The 51 Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals

Amazon Prime Day is here, friends. As Amazon's grim deals carnival roars to life once again, its storefront is laden with deep discounts. The self-declared holiday has become something of a sensation in the five years since its creation. It can be tough to navigate on your own. But we're here to play guide you through Amazon's sales jungle, and help you make informed purchases until the sale ends at 12:59 pm July 16. We spent some time wading through more than 95,000 deals to find the very best and most interesting sales at Amazon. Our lists will be updated periodically as products sell out or get replaced with new or better deals, so keep an eye out—and if you …

New Balance’s Latest Shoes Come With 3D-Printed Soles

If you currently own a pair of running shoes, the odds are that the midsole—the shock-absorbing layer in between the inner and outer soles—is made from molded ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), which is squishy, resilient foam. As a cushioning material, EVA foam isn’t bad. It’s elastic, affordable, and can be dyed a variety of colors. But an EVA midsole offers the same degree of support throughout the shoe, and what you really want is different levels of support across different parts of the foot. Also, EVA breaks down and compresses with repeated use, and this degradation is the reason many runners replace their shoes every few hundred miles. For these reasons, shoe companies have been actively experimenting with materials to …

Why You Still Cant Buy Fireworks on Amazon

It may be known as the “everything store,” but there are some things, in fact, that Amazon does not sell. The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. And as you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, you should also know that list includes fireworks. It’s true that laws restricting fireworks sales have eased in recent years, and you can even buy them online from certain websites. But the US Postal Service and carriers like UPS won't ship most fireworks. And while Amazon is building out its own delivery network, the company …

The Tech Industry’s Latest Fitness Craze: Recovery

You know that brutal final climb in spin class, the one that seems to just not end? Don’t beat yourself up over loosening the resistance dial. And the planned six-mile run that ended after four and change? Not your fault. Your poor performance can be blamed on your underpowered clothes. Your tights, your shirts, your sports bras: all pathetic slackers! So implies Under Armour’s new line of workout gear, at least. UA Rush apparel is infused with a fiber that purportedly reflects your body heat back to you, penetrating your skin to increase “tissue oxygenation”—and in theory, your stamina. It’s a tall claim, certainly, but not in the hyper-jargonated world of fitness tech, where optimization matters as much as perspiration, …

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

The great irony in the sport of surfing is that the process of making a surfboard puts a great deal of strain on the environment. The various chemicals and materials used to assemble boards, leashes, and wetsuits end up polluting the waterways and defiling the very beaches that surfers rely on. A number of organizations and companies are dedicated to reversing this trend through something called the Ecoboard project. The certification program establishes manufacturing and sourcing guidelines that let people create boards that are gentler on the oceans and perform as well as traditional surfboards. One such company is Firewire Surfboards. We’re joined on today’s show by Firewire CEO Mark Price to talk about ecoboards, sustainability, and surfing in general. …

iTunes Is Dead. Let’s Pay Our Respects

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple executive Craig Federhigi made it official: iTunes is dead on the Mac, split in the upcoming version of macOS into separate Music, Podcast, and TV apps. In truth, the much-maligned media player had already been buried years ago, crushed by nearly two decades of cruft. But hating on iTunes at this point makes for cheap sport; WIRED’s been at it since at least 2008. It seems more fitting, at the time of its demise, to consider its powerful legacy. In January 2001, at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Steve Jobs described a tectonic shift in the types of devices people use and how they interact with them. “We think the PC is …