By Peter james

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: All About Breast Pumps

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 - 1 year ago

Insta360 Nano and Air Review: 360 Cameras You Can Snap on Your Phone

360 cameras can be daunting. They look weird, they're difficult to use, and most are really expensive. But they don't have to be, as Insta360 proves with two 360 cameras you can snap onto your phone. Insta360 makes the Nano, for iOS (Rating: 6 out of 10), and the more recently introduced Air, for A...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Hulu Live TV Service: Price, Features, Release Date

It always felt like if Hulu ever launched a live-TV service, it might have a real shot at killing cable. After all, Hulu's owners—21st Century Fox, Disney, Comcast, and Time Warner—own and operate every channel that matters. Now, months after Hulu first showed off its live service, and many more mo...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist

Starley Hope thought she was done with the music biz after writing "Call on Me." The song felt like her last shot at success after spending years trying to make it as a songwriter. "I decided I was going to give it up and get a 'real job,'" she told the website Music Love. She released the track as...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Surface Laptop Is an Answer to Chromebooks, Sorta

Google is winning in education, and everyone's fighting back. Chromebooks account for well over 50 percent of devices shipped to K-12 schools in the US, taking over a market that iOS dominated a few years ago after taking it from Windows a few before. Not only do schools represent a huge market—Goo...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

How to Prep Your Phone for International Travel

You’ve bought your plane tickets, booked your Airbnb, stocked up on tiny shampoo bottles. The only thing separating you from that summer jaunt to Mexico or the Bahamas or the south of France is the plane ride, and setting up your phone to come along with you. Sure, vacation should be the time to po...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Best Desk Chairs: 5 Super-Fancy Seats to Upgrade Your Workday

Let’s be real: Unless you’re one of those kooks who uses a standing desk, you’re probably on your butt all day at work. Never mind all those reports that sitting down will ultimately kill you. I spend more time in my desk chair than I do in my bed, and chances are you do too. So it’s important to ha...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Fly-Curious

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 - 1 year ago

Oh Great, Now Alexa Will Judge Your Outfits, Too

I was 16 years old when I moved from Idaho to New York. I was chubby and insecure and hoping no one would notice me. But as I rode the subway downtown after the first day of school, a few girls from class sat down across from me. The leader of the group looked me up and down and said, "You know, yo...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Transcribing Audio Sucks—So Make Machines Like Trint Do It

An unprecedented voice-transcription technology can tell you not only what's being said, but who is saying it. The web app, named Trint, can listen to an audio recording or a video of two or more speakers (or just one) engaged in natural speech, then provide a written transcript of what was said. U...