Amazon’s party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

The holidays are almost here, and that means you may end up playing a lot of party games with visiting friends and relatives. Amazon might spare you from having to break out yet another board game, though: it just put its Echo Button accessory up for pre-order. Pay $20 and you’ll get two of the …

The rise of SPACs

Every few years efforts to redefine the IPO emerge, and as night follows day, investors get hurt and calls for tighter regulatory reform echo in legislative chambers and cable TV studios. The last significant “re-invention” emerged in the height of the dot-com boom when online brokers started selling newly issued shares directly to retail customers. …

Cyber Monday 2017: Best Tech Deals, from Playstations to Sonos Speakers

We put together a few different WIRED Black Friday Deals Guides to help you find the best deals at home over Thanksgiving weekend and avoid the horrible lines and madness at your local store or mall. Cyber Monday, which is November 27 this year, will likely have even better deals going on. There aren’t a …

YouTube tightens rules on kid-related content

YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money. The tendency of kids to watch a …

The Mars InSight lander is on track to launch in May

The lander was initially scheduled to launch in March of 2016, but due to a leak in InSight’s vacuum system, its launch was rescheduled for May of 2018 — the next time Mars and Earth would be close enough for the mission to take place. Once it reaches Mars, it will then send a probe …

Best gaming mouse pads 2017: the top mouse mats for gamers

Mouse pads are no longer simple fabric-covered foam squares, they are getting just as technologically advanced as internal computer components. Some include wireless charging while others are just standard pads with low-friction surfaces engineered for gaming. In today’s market of brand names and knockoffs, there’s plenty of gaming mouse pads from which to pick. No …