The 30 best YouTube channels you’ve never heard of (2017)
YouTube has been around a long while, so long, in fact, that you’ve probably developed an impression of it that’s a bit obsolete. Once the bastion of cat videos and fail compilations, YouTube has developed into a platform with some seriously great content — including series and shows with production and writing quality that’ll rival anything you see on TV. … Continue reading...
Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in
At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I’m already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google’s most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real … Continue reading...
Find your inner zen with these meditation apps for Android and iOS
An increasing number of professionals are extolling the value of meditation; it is relaxing, helps lower blood pressure, and more. Getting started, though, can seem daunting and that’s where guided instruction comes in. If you’re not keen to visit an actual meditation center and get in-person instruction, your preferred app store has the second-best option: high-quality meditation apps with guided … Continue reading...
Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know
Microsoft just made an aggressive and rather daring attempt to reclaim its spot in the education sector. A new class of laptops, with prices ranging from $189 to $2,199, was born, and at the heart of it is Windows 10 S. Call it Secure, Streamlined, or Stunted, this new flavor of Windows 10 S is designed to sing to educators … Continue reading...
Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?
By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a barnstorming success. Indeed, there are only really two phones that could overshadow it: Apple’s iPhone 8 and, ironically, Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8. Expected to make its big debut at the end of the year, the new phablet has some fiery shoes to fill. MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review It’s … Continue reading...
Top 4 inexpensive data-only smartphone plans in the U.S. (2017)
While many people still use their phone plan’s voice minutes and texts, an increasing number of people are leaving behind these two seemingly archaic communication options in favor of Internet-based communications. Most of the major messaging apps support free voice and video calls between users, for example, and those times you have to call someone you’re not connected to via … Continue reading...
What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers
Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it’s also self-service, meaning you don’t need to go through customer support to get your … Continue reading...
Where is Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console?
The honeymoon is beginning to feel like it’s over. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Nintendo Switch and I’m excited for its future, but with my time in Zelda winding down, it’s becoming more obvious that there just isn’t that much to play on the console. I have a few Switch games and I’ve been enjoying my time with … Continue reading...
Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung has finally shown its hand with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and, quite honestly, there’s quite a lot to take in. From the nearly all-screen front to the desktop-like experience, the Galaxy S8 is jam-packed with features and promises, some of which might have gotten lost in marketing speak, bullet points, and specs sheets. Here are 8 of Galaxy … Continue reading...
Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind
Three months in, has the reality distortion field around the AirPods faded, or are Apple’s Bluetooth headphones still my pick of iPhone accessories? They may have met with some ridicule when Apple revealed them, but the ongoing stock shortages would suggest that the mass market doesn’t care: they want their AirPods, and they’re willing to pay $159 for them. Having … Continue reading...
Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017
It’s fair to say the LG G6 looked pretty odd in the first leaked photos. By the time the Android smartphone hit the stands at Mobile World Congress last month we were pretty much inured – both from leaks and LG’s own near-constant drip-drip-drip of announcements – to its tall & skinny design. Still, when you first pick it up … Continue reading...
Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio
With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is … Continue reading...
Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio
With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is … Continue reading...
Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)
Ask anyone for photo editing software recommendations, and you’re likely to hear “Adobe Lightroom” as the first suggestion. That’s because the app is, by and large, a great piece of software, though it’s not without its downsides. Competing companies have made great strides in developing their own Lightroom alternatives, though, and there are several options on the market that are … Continue reading...
Lenovo Yoga Book a month later: Android at work
At IFA 2016 back in September, Lenovo revealed what is, to date, the most curious Android tablet in existence. Officially marketed as the ultimate productivity device, the Lenovo Yoga Book is often billed as a glimpse of the future. Of course, a tablet of the future would be of little value if it didn’t prove to be of use today. … Continue reading...
Learning to love Apple CarPlay
If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple’s aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you’re driving, it’s taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has … Continue reading...
Learning to love Apple CarPlay
If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple’s aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you’re driving, it’s taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost
Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it. Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly
In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch’s release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I’d been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I’d … Continue reading...
Eight things AI assistants need to improve on
HTC’s announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC’s spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when … Continue reading...