By Peter james

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks

So you got yourself a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. Congratulations! You'll get along great with it. But before you start yelling at your shiny new toy, take a quick look at the full range of what it can do for you. It's more than you might have imagined. The tips and tricks below also mostly work for...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Buying Guide: All The Gear You Need For Trail Running

Bored with road running? Hit the trails. Nothing reignites a runner’s soul like hopping rocks, dodging trees, and darting down mountainsides in calculated free-fall. Just don’t venture out unprepared. You’ll want tougher, shoes, sure—but you knew that already. Here’s everything else you’ll need to...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 2 Review: This Bendy 2-in-1 laptop gets an upgrade

Lenovo’s Yoga line has been my go-to choice as the top 2-in-1 convertible on the market for a while. Now, the second generation of the high-end X1 Yoga, following up on last year’s inaugural release, moves it even further up the food chain. recommends 2017 Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 2 8/10 Wired Great ba...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: On Vacation With My AI

It’s summer, you’ve got places to go. Or maybe just places you’d like to go, but can’t, because you can’t figure out how to get there, because there’s no app for that. There should be. This week, while Arielle pivots to video for a day, Michael and David explore the somewhat useful, frequently frust...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Forget the Amazon Echo. The Dot Is the Most Important Alexa Device

People like Alexa. They've bought millions of Alexa-powered devices. When you think about Alexa, you're probably thinking about the Amazon Echo, the tall, cylindrical monolith that first introduced Amazon's chatty assistant to the world. The Echo features prominently in Amazon's Alexa ads, and its...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Introducing Mighty, the iPod Shuffle for Spotify

Streaming killed the music gadget years ago. Just up and drove a stake through its silicon heart as listeners traded 99-cent song downloads for $10 monthly subscriptions to all-you-can-listen services. OK, maybe you have some Baby Driver-induced nostalgia for an iPod. But when was the last time you...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Master & Dynamic MA770 Review: This Concrete Speaker Really Rocks

Hubris, ego, greed. These are the human frailties that steer successful companies into the perilous waters of brand extension. Consider Richard Branson’s long list of flops. Remember Virgin Vodka, Virgin Cosmetics, and Virgin Bride? Nobody else does either. The audio industry is littered with such m...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Google Photo Books Review: Reasonable Price, Excellent Quality

Last fall, in an unlikely attempt at thoughtfulness, I created a photo book as a birthday present for my wife. It damn near killed me. The final result turned out beautifully, and I’d do it again. But in the process of creating it, I discovered what anyone who’s done so already knows: Piecing toget...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0 Review: Leave Your Friends in the Dust

Like many cyclists who consider themselves purists, I’ve had difficulty wrapping my brain around the increasing popularity of e-bikes: Worldwide sales tallied 36 million units in 2016. German postal workers use e-bikes on their routes, and in the US, major bike manufacturers like Specialized, Cannon...