The iPhone X demands faith
The “ten” in iPhone X isn’t a reference to the last decade of Apple smartphones. It’s a reboot: the start of ten years more. For Apple fans, that’s unsurprisingly prompted no small amount of excitement. For those less swayed by the Cupertino vision, things like the $999 price tag that comes along with the iPhone X have triggered skepticism. Turns … Continue reading...
Nintendo should just make NES Classic stock unlimited
This morning we were all greeted with some happy news: Nintendo is bringing back the NES Classic! After an initial production run that was abysmal in every sense of the word, Nintendo has decided to give eager gamers another chance to own an NES Classic Edition. This is good news for anyone who missed out on it the first time … Continue reading...
HomeKit security device experiments with the D-Link Omna
If you want connected home security, Apple’s HomeKit framework is pretty sparse. It’s one of the weak-points of the platform. The only officially listed ‘security’ device for HomeKit is Honeywell’s Lyric Controller, but it’s not available yet. There are plenty of other options available for DIY home security, but they don’t work with HomeKit. It’s a conundrum, but there’s (sort … Continue reading...
ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit
Google’s ARCore literally loads to an Android device with the name “Tango Core”. In other words, Tango is dead. Tango Core is available separately, and requires a Tango-compatible device to work. This is only one part of a grand scheme that is Google’s future in augmented reality. Whether Google planned this before Apple’s ARKit was revealed is irrelevant – because … Continue reading...
After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority
Like many people, I was a bit apprehensive when Sega first revealed Sonic Mania. I was just as excited for a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title as the next guy, but Sega’s talent for screwing up Sonic games is not an easy thing to forget. Now that it’s been here for around two weeks – except for the PC version, … Continue reading...
Why the iPhone 8 excites this Android user
The expected $1000 iPhone 8 with tiny bezels, a new camera, and a new way to charge should excite every Android user in the world. Not because this iPhone 8 will be a device to switch to iOS for – not at all. This device should be exciting to Android users because it signifies an industry expansion. While Apple’s last … Continue reading...
Why the iPhone 8 excites this Android user
The expected $1000 iPhone 8 with tiny bezels, a new camera, and a new way to charge should excite every Android user in the world. Not because this iPhone 8 will be a device to switch to iOS for – not at all. This device should be exciting to Android users because it signifies an industry expansion. While Apple’s last … Continue reading...
$1,000 Note 8: Should you preorder now, or wait
Nobody expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be inexpensive, but are you ready to splash out almost a thousand dollars on a cutting-edge smartphone? That’s the question many would-be Note 8 buyers find themselves asking today, as the carriers weigh in with just how much the brand new phablet will cost you. While promotions, preorder deals, and fine print … Continue reading...
Jurassic World Evolution is the game I’ve always wanted (so please don’t screw it up)
Jurassic World Evolution is a game I’ve been waiting years to play. To understand why, we need to go all the way back to 2003, when a long-forgotten game called Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis launched on Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC. Operation Genesis, like Jurassic World Evolution, tasked you with creating your own Jurassic Park, and it was a sublime … Continue reading...
The Essential Phone is a huge work-in-progress
You have to give the Essential Phone credit for managing to carve out a spot in our attention, given what a phone-heavy year 2017 is turning out to be. On the one hand, Samsung is about to make its play for phablet redemption with the Galaxy Note 8, successor to the ill-fated (and fiery) Note 7. Shortly after, we’ll get … Continue reading...
Android OEM customizations are never going away, and that’s OK
There was some small amount of rejoicing within the Android community when Lenovo revealed that it would be putting its custom “Pure Vibe” skin to rest, starting with the K8 Note that was launched last week. As if in juxtaposition, Xiaomi is about to start the rollout of the latest version of its own custom experience, the MIUI 9. As … Continue reading...
Laptops for back-to-school students: best budget to top-tier models
Later this month, thousands of students will return to college, and thousands more will be heading out for their first semester. Just as necessary as dorm room mini-fridges and a comfortable backpack is a laptop, the tool through which you will complete seemingly endless course work and Netflix binging. Whether you’re in the market for a top-tier laptop that’ll last … Continue reading...
Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know
Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their “recommended” status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn’t be among your top … Continue reading...
Pixel XL 2: Is no headphone jack a deal-breaker?
We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, but one of the most persistent revolves around the headphone jack. More specifically, these rumors concern the lack of a headphone jack on either phone, continuing a rather unpopular trend we’ve seen taking hold in the smartphone industry for a few years now. Today yet another … Continue reading...
Comcast Version merger would truly be the darkest timeline
These days, you hear a lot of jokes on the internet about the citizens of the world (or at least the US) heading down the “darkest timeline.” It’s easy to believe it, too, with important things like healthcare and net neutrality potentially at risk through new legislation. Now, Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet has penned an opinion that Comcast should purchase … Continue reading...
Trump’s Advocate: 5 reasons you should FIGHT Net Neutrality [SATIRE]
There’s a good number of reasons why a company should support Net Neutrality, and a couple why an individual like yourself should, too. Over the past several years, I’ve come to realize that the Internet is not an essential element in day-to-day life, and because of this, it should not be treated like the other basic utilities like electricity or … Continue reading...
Net Neutrality: an ugly debate where nobody wins
Lines have once again been drawn. Posters and signs once again put up. Voices and arms raised once more on both sides. Yes, it’s time again for the great Net Neutrality debates as tech companies call supporters to arms. What was presumed to be a done deal is in danger of being overturned with the turning of the guard. While … Continue reading...
OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands
The OnePlus 5 has finally broken cover and, with that, we are almost through this year’s expected roster of flagship smartphones. While still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, the Moto Z2, and, of course, the iPhone 8, we can take stock of what we have so far and see how they measure against the smartphone … Continue reading...
Surface Pro 2017 vs iPad Pro with iOS 11 : Productivity Showdown
The two premium tablets of the year have been revealed and all gloves are off in the fight between Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro and the new iPad Pros, especially when they get the iOS 11 update later this year. Both have pit themselves against the other and the two are neck in neck in the battle for mobile computing supremacy, … Continue reading...
How to get rid of the ‘soap opera’ effect on your new TV
If you recently purchased a new high-end TV, only to turn it on and feel disappointment and confusion about the weird video motion, you’re not alone. Some call it the ‘BBC effect,’ referring to the similarity between motion on new televisions and the motion effect on older BBC shows that used to bother so many American viewers. In recent times, … Continue reading...