HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty
The fans won’t want to hear it, but HTC has made a misstep with the HTC U Ultra. Flagship follow-up to last year’s HTC 10, it promises high-style and plenty of functionality to go with its premium $749 price tag, and there’s no denying that its high-gloss glass body caught my magpie-like eye. All the same, some questionable hardware decisions … 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...
Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced
It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has been talking up this update for months now, unleashing the first significant details about the Creators Update way back in October. Now, after six solid months of hearing all about it, it’s almost time for it to launch. The … Continue reading...
ChefSteps Joule Review: If Apple cooked sous-vide
ChefSteps’ Joule wants to be the iPod of home sous-vide. The Internet of Things has reached the kitchen, and few gadgets please ambitious home chefs like a sous-vide cooker. Distilling what once was limited to professional kitchens into a one-two punch of sleek hardware and user-friendly software, if Joule was any more helpful it’d be eating your dinner for you. … Continue reading...
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country First Drive: A wagon America can love
When is a wagon not a wagon? Why, when it’s a Volvo Cross Country, of course. The nameplate has graced several cars since it first appeared – in abbreviated “XC” form – back in 1997, building up no small fanbase along the way. Fast forward to today, and you’re looking at the 2017 V90 Cross Country, the car Volvo is … Continue reading...
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review – The grandest adventure yet
I’m just going to admit it right off the bat: I haven’t been on board the Breath of the Wild hype train this entire time. When Nintendo first started showing the game off, alongside the promises it made about a truly open world and a reinvention for the Zelda franchise, I was skeptical. I didn’t think Nintendo could deliver on … Continue reading...
Galaxy S8 Plus photos leak, new details on S8 accessories
As the tech world holds its breath in anticipation of the official debut of Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 smartphone, more details and images continue to make their way to the public. While we’ve known things like the phone’s specs and international release dates for a while now, we’ve now got our first look at the larger Galaxy S8 Plus model, along … Continue reading...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the Galaxy Note Tablet that never was. In the best way possible, Samsung has created an Android answer for the iPad Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has some of the qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note series – save a couple of the most important features. Where the Galaxy Tab S3 could have … Continue reading...
Apple’s new 9.7 iPad cuts the price to coax tablet upgrades
Apple’s iPad is the current crown-holder in tablet sales, and now there’s a new, cheaper version of the 9.7-inch iPad in an attempt to hold onto that record. Priced from $329, the new iPad 9.7 is partly Apple‘s attempt to coax long-time owners of its older tablets to upgrade, something tablet users in general have proved more reluctant to do … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock
I have something of a love/hate relationship with Nintendo consoles, especially in recent years. While I grew up with consoles like the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube, in the time since then my preference has shifted to Nintendo’s handhelds like the DS and the 3DS. Now that the Nintendo Switch is on the scene, Nintendo is looking to bounce … Continue reading...
EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams
Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That’s the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to … Continue reading...
IRS number filed a lawsuit against you? That’s a scam
Phone calls are being made this week – and for the next several week – by robots pretending to be the IRS. This is part of a scam that’s been going on for at least a couple of years in this exact format. The phone call will come to any number – I just got a call on my mobile … 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...
D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw
Apple’s HomeKit makes a simple promise: take the disparate parts of the connected home, and bring them together under one straightforward umbrella. Still, the stringent requirements around things like security and ease of setup has meant partner devices have been slower to trickle down to the market than for rival platforms: this D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD has the title … Continue reading...
Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400
There’s more than one way to get to Las Vegas from downtown Los Angeles. You could hop on a jet at LAX and be there before you’re half-way through your in-flight movie. There’s always I-15, that shimmering ribbon of sun-baked asphalt that takes you through Barstow and Baker before spitting you out across the Nevada line within spitting distance of … Continue reading...
A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later
It’s been 5 months since I started using a Google Pixel XL and, like no other phone before it, I can’t imagine switching to any other device. While it’s quite possible the newest wave of smartphones from brands like Samsung and LG will out-style and out-display the Pixel with their newest devices this year, there’s little real reason why I’d … Continue reading...
A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later
It’s been 5 months since I started using a Google Pixel XL and, like no other phone before it, I can’t imagine switching to any other device. While it’s quite possible the newest wave of smartphones from brands like Samsung and LG will out-style and out-display the Pixel with their newest devices this year, there’s little real reason why I’d … Continue reading...
I said Nintendo should quit consoles: Can Switch change my mind?
Way back in September, when the Nintendo Switch was still known as the NX and we had no idea what Nintendo was plotting, I wrote that the company should call it quits when it comes to consoles. I remembered this article when I was standing in line on the morning of March 3, waiting to pick up my Switch, which … Continue reading...
WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more
Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks’ claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it … Continue reading...