By Peter james

Gear / News - 8 months ago

First Look at the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin's Anti-iPhone

Andy Rubin wasn't ready to retire when he left Google in 2014. He certainly could have: After an illustrious career developing some of the most innovative products in tech, he had all the wealth and accolades anyone could want. As an engineer at the Apple spinoff General Magic, he built some of the...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Audeze iSine 20 Review: Awesome Sound, But Comfort Lacks a Bit

The latest release from Audeze, the iSine 20, takes technology typically found only in over-ear headphones and squeezes it into a pair of ultra-portable earbuds. While that’s certainly commendable, people accustomed to regular earphones—which comfortably envelop the ears—must make some compromises....

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Why You Should Keep Funding Kickstarter Projects That Don't Deliver

Backing a crowdfunding project in 2017 is a terrible idea. You're more likely to lose your money than receive the thing you pledged to buy. Remember the Coolest Cooler, with $13.2 million raised? It was selling on Amazon before shipping to backers. Lily Camera's selfie-drone didn't ship, even with...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Google's Plans for AI on Our Phones

Facebook showed off some nutty new tech this week at its annual developer conference, including social VR experiences, skin-based interfaces, and augmented reality markup for the real world. Some of these ideas are here already, and some are years away. Taken together, they show that Facebook is thi...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Minutiae: the Curious App That Captures Your Unfiltered Life

Open your camera roll and give it a hard swipe, so your photos scroll past in a blur. What do you see when it stops? Your dog? A selfie? A perfectly timed shot of a beautiful sunset? It could be anything, but it's probably not a dull, ordinary moment. Camera rolls tend to look like Instagram outtak...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Let's All Ditch Our Cars and Start Riding Cargo Bikes

When I first climbed on the Yuba Supermarche cargo bike, it felt like an unwieldy beast compared to my light and agile commuter whip. But after a couple of weeks riding it all over San Francisco, I clearly see that it is the future of urban transport. Think of a cargo bike like this as a light-duty...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

DJI Spark: Price, Specs, Release Date

Isn't DJI's new drone just the cutest little thing? The new DJI Spark is much smaller than other quadcopters on the market; the body is about the size and weight of a can of La Croix. It arrives in mid-June for $500. It shoots HD video, has a 2-axis gimbal stabilizer on the camera, and comes with o...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Sphero’s New 'Cars' Toy Is the Fanciest RC Car You Ever Did See

In 2015, Sphero convinced you to fork over $200 for a tiny BB-8 that was—even for adults—pretty entertaining. Now it hopes you'll pay $299 for an app-controlled version of Lightning McQueen, the hero of the Pixar franchise Cars. The toy goes on sale online today, and will hit the shelves of stores...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Intel's Plan to Thunderbolt 3 All of the Things

Nearly two years ago, Intel gave a major boost to Thunderbolt, its zippy hardware interface, by embracing USB-C, the do-it-all port that will eventually eat the world. Now, the company’s attempting another kickstart, this time focusing on making Thunderbolt available to anyone who wants it. That ma...

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Garmin Virb 360: Price, Specs, Release Date

Last year Garmin made one of my favorite action cams, the Virb Ultra 30. It's a voice-controlled 4K shooter with great image quality and the ability to layer data like speed and location over your extreme human tricks. The Virb 360 shoots spherical, VR-compatible video at a resolution of 5.7K....

Gear / News - 8 months ago

Suck at Cooking? Pinterest’s Computer Vision Can Help

The kitchen of the tomorrow is so tantalizing that it seems everyone in tech wants to build it. In a way, it presents a perfect microcosm of how artificial intelligence and ambient computing could change every aspect of your life. Refrigerators that tell you when your eggs go bad. Augmented-reality...