By Peter james

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller

After missing out on the mobile revolution, Microsoft is determined to play a role in whatever comes next. One of the most common guesses holds that what comes next is augmented reality, or virtual reality, or some combination. So Microsoft is covering all its reality bases, developing a system it...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Makes Windows Play Nice With All Your Other Gadgets

Windows 10 might be "the last version of Windows," but Microsoft's not done updating the thing. This week, two months after the big so-called Creators Update, Windows chief Terry Myerson announced another set of upgrades, coming this fall. It's also called the Creators Update, for some reason. This...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Doppler's Wireless Earbuds Now Detect and Destroy the Clamor Around You

When you put on a pair of headphones, you do more than bring music into your head. You decide how you want to experience the world: Do you want to tune it out completely, exchanging city sounds for Beethoven's Fifth? Are you spicing up a grocery run with an S-Town binge? Maybe you just need an extr...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Build 2017: Watch the Livestream Right Here

On Thursday morning, Microsoft will be offering a video livestream from its Build developer conference taking place in Seattle. The player above will show the keynote address on Thursday beginning at 8:30 am Pacific (11:30 am Eastern). The keynote should last 90 minutes. After the keynote, the pla...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Build 2017: Expect Announcements on AI, Windows, and HoloLens

It's been a few years since Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer danced across the stage screaming "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS," but those are still the three words you'd use to explain this week's Build conference. Like Google's I/O or Apple's WWDC, the annual event is partly a state of the un...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Amazon's 'Echo Show' Gives Alexa the Touchscreen It Needed

The Amazon Echo is a stupendously powerful device. It can control your lights, play Ed Sheeran jams, keep a to-do list, check the weather, order pizza, tell guests your Wi-Fi password, and so much more. But as you embrace this chatty-computer future, you begin to see its limitations. Sure, you can...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

The Rokoko Smartsuit Brings Motion Capture to the Masses

Motion capture technology is the stuff of magic. I learned this firsthand when I put on a black onesie interspersed with sensors, waved my hands in the air, and watched a frog on the screen next to me do the same. Everything I did the frog did too, with the accuracy of my own shadow. Then Jakob Bal...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

iPad Review: Price, Specs,

A few minutes after the Eurostar train pulled out of King’s Cross station in London and began its two-hour journey to Brussels, I grabbed my iPad out of my bag. I opened the Kindle app and read a few chapters of Call for the Dead, John le Carré’s first novel. Then I switched to Netflix and watched t...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

HiFiMan HE400s Review: Audiophile sound without the cost (or hassle)

Go to CES and throw a rock. It’s better than even-money that the guy who gets hit is wearing headphones. The odds are much higher that the cans attached to this unfortunate noggin are of the “dynamic” variety. Ninety-nine percent of today’s audio headgear—the Skullcandys, EarPods, and Beats Solos—ha...