By Peter james

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Leica TL2 Touchscreen Camera: Specs, Price, and First Impressions

How do you turn a smartphone-photo devotee into a bona fide camera nerd? You give them smartphone-style touchscreen controls on an excellent camera that connects to their mobile for easy sharing. This strategy—compress the complexities of a high-end camera into a smartphone-style interface—has shap...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

The Sideways Elevator of the Future Is Here, and It's Wild

People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who'd ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift th...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Tips for Unplugging from the Mobile Internet

How many times a day do you look at your phone? Don’t count; it’ll just make you depressed. We all need to unplug more often. Disconnect, get away from Twitter and Snap and the endless churn of bad news. This week, the hosts explore the best methods for disconnecting from the big ol’ mobile internet...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Volta V Wooden Gaming PC Review: It Looks and Plays Like a Masterpiece

The Volta V is a gaming computer made out of wood. Many stories have been written about the Volta, and they all talk enthusiastically about its impressive woodiness. This enthusiasm may take the form of nostalgia for the days of console televisions, or commentary on the direction of modern industria...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Your Phone Is Your Most Vulnerable Gadget. Protect It Now

You lock your front door. You mash the button on your car’s key fob until the alarm beeps. You even have some overbearing anti­virus software making your computer run slower. But you probably don’t think about whether anyone’s trying to get into your phone. You should: It’s a gold mine of data, pas...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Fountain Pen Buying Guide: 7 Options Under $30

If the pen is mightier than the sword, the fountain pen might seem like the canon: outdated, unwieldy, and total overkill. But these nibbed scribblers have their benefits. For one, their refillable design is the antithesis to the plastic ballpoint’s planned obsolescence. But the biggest advantage...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

7 Smart Suitcases To Streamline Your Summer Travel

Here’s the thing about smart luggage: It might seem like overkill when you buy it, but someday, when you least expect it, you’re going to be awfully happy you did. Travel can be unpredictable—you never know when you’ll be stuck in a foreign country with no charger and a dying phone. But these seve...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

How to Protect Your Digital Self: 2FA, Password Managers, Safe Browsing

You can’t lock down all the things all the time—it’s the digital equivalent of hiding in a bunker. Build a personal protection plan that makes sense for you. Look in the Mirror Start your security assessment with what’s known as a threat-modeling exercise. Ask yourself what you want to protect and f...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

Thanks to Augmented Reality, Your Desk Will Soon Be a Computer Too

In the early 1990s, Xerox Parc researchers showed off a futuristic concept they called the Digital Desk. It looked like any other metal workstation, aside from the unusual setup that hovered overhead. Two video cameras hung from a rig above the desk, capturing the every movement of the person sitti...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

7 Items for Grilling on Your Tiny Apartment's Balcony or Roof

Grilling is a treasured summer pastime. Unless, of course, you live in an small urban apartment with limited outdoor space. For those of us confined to tiny balconies, or hell, a roof, grilling can present something of a logistical challenge. But it’s not impossible! All you need is the right gear...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

What to Bring on a Road Trip to Keep Kids Happy

Road trips are one of the greatest, most American activities—unless there are children in the back seat. I mean, kids screaming behind you as you sit in traffic is still American, it’s just no fun. And as you drive your family to a BBQ hours away this weekend, you should be having fun. To ensure th...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

The Best New Products in June, From the New iPad to Coding Robots

If you asked 1,000 people what they want in a laptop and put it all in a $1,000 package, you’d get something like the Surface Laptop. The specs measure up to every other Windows laptop in this price range (good for lots of tabs and Word docs, not so much for heavy gaming). The design, however, stan...

Gear / News - 6 months ago

The Beautiful, Impossible Dream of a Simpler Smartphone

Smartphones are amazing. And smartphones are terrible. It's a central paradox of modern life: The devices that help us find rides and friends and food and sex and adorable puppies are the same ones that disconnect us from the life in front of our eyes, kill our attention span, give us FOMO, and tur...