By Peter james

Gear / News - 5 months ago

iPhone 8 Leak: How an iOS Developer Discovered Apple's Slip-Up

When developer Guilherme Rambo saw that Apple had released firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker, he thought it must have been a mistake. The HomePod doesn't come out until December, after all. Curiosity piqued, he started digging through the code, where he found perhaps the last thing he expec...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Our Favorite Gear This Month, From Cameras to Cookware

Perhaps you dream of being an S-pedelic commuter: sleeping late, zipping to the office, and arriving with time to spare, your freshly pressed Thomas Pink unsullied by pit stains. If so, get a Stromer e-bike. Like many fashionable e-bike brands, Stromer is not for bargain hunters—but its newest addi...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Let Your iPhone Tell You When to Go to Bed

If you're seeking a more restful and refreshing night's sleep, you could take your pick from dozens of products and apps designed to improve your slumber. There are alarm clocks that wake you with an artificial sunrise and apps that listen to you snore, not to mention an ocean of gadgets designed t...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

What to Do With Ashes? Grow a Tree

After Jay Junker’s father passed away from cancer in 2014, the 33-year-old took his cremated remains and planted them in a field outside the family’s farm house in Vermont. His father, who Junker recalls as outgoing and nature loving, is now a white oak sapling that’s grown from 5 inches to just ov...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Muzzle Phone Before It Eats You Alive

Ban notifications! Burn them with fire. So says David Pierce in a story this week urging readers to turn off all of their smartphone push notifications. It comes at a time when angst about attention is at an all-time high. The hosts discuss their experiences with silencing their notifications, and T...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Hiking and Camping Gear From REI, Danner, Big Agnes, and Osprey

With this lightweight yet rugged gear, you can hit the backwoods without breaking your back. 1. REI Co-Op Quarter Dome Air Hammock Ditch the unwieldy tent poles with REI’s combo hammock tent. A fine mesh top keeps the skeeters out, and the optional rain fly thwarts the elements. It sleeps only one,...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched into the stratosphere on its back, Apple quietly pulled the iPod Nano and Shuffle out of its virtual stores today. The iPod Touch still lives on: In fact...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

This BuzzFeed Kitchen Gadget Makes You the Best Chef Ever

Even if you don't know Tasty, BuzzFeed's food vertical, you've seen its work. Specifically those overhead-shot, quick-cutting videos showing you how to make tropical shrimp and pineapple grilled skewers, or churro ice cream bowls, or slow cooker honey garlic chicken. Tasty became a dynasty by mixin...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

The Beginner's Guide to Podcasts

Podcasts may be the new radio, but listening to these downloadable shows requires more effort than just twisting a dial. The rewards, however, are much richer: the latest in politics and culture, interviews with your favorite celebrities, serial dramas, and comedy aplenty. All of this programming i...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Explore the Murky Depths With an OpenROV Trident Underwater Drone

We’ve just gotten used to drones buzzing in the skies over public parks; now they’re set to invade the duck pond. The Trident sits on the crest of this new wave of underwater tech. Using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop as a controller, you can send the craft as deep as 328 feet, to zip around at a...

Gear / News - 5 months ago

Meizu Pro 7: When One Screen Isn't Enough, Try Meizu's Two-Screen Phone

Humans like instant gratification. That was true long before smartphones existed, but pocket computers have only intensified the problem. People have tried to escape the constant ping of information by developing new behaviors: They stack their phones on top of each other at restaurants and bars to...