By Peter james

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Vivobarefoot Ultra Blooms: Earth-Friendly Running Shoes Made of Algae

Galahad Clark spends a lot of time thinking about what's on his feet. It's in his blood: For seven generations, his family has owned Clarks, the legacy footwear brand responsible for making loafers, slippers, and slides. He's pushed the envelope of the family business in his own unorthodox ways, ex...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

iPhone Turns 10: How It Became the Everything Machine

Happy birthday, iPhone! Today, Cupertino's most famous device turns 10 years old. From its original release, the story of the iPhone has always been one about pushing the boundaries of what you could do with the power of a tiny computer in your pocket. But the story of the iPhone decade isn’t reall...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

This Cell Phone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery

"Hello, hello. I am calling from a battery-free phone." Vamsi Talla's words in a cluttered lab at the University of Washington in Seattle are barely audible through pops and static. But the fact they can be heard at all, on a nearby Android smartphone, is revolutionary, because Talla's own cell pho...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Inside Apple's 6-Month Race to Make the First iPhone a Reality

Six months before the first iPhone was released into the eager hands of the buying public, all Apple had was a glitzy demo of a product that, in reality, barely existed. There were still hundreds of problems—from tiny software bugs to seemingly insurmountable hardware hurdles—to be solved. Faced wi...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

4 Analog Smartwatches Reviewed: Nokia, Mondaine, Fossil, Timex

Smartwatches have outshipped Swiss watches for several years. Before an uptick in March, the Federation of Swiss Watches had posted a 20-month-straight decline in exports, part of a disastrous downward sales trend. If the numbers continue on their current trajectory, these digitally enabled wearabl...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Imagining the iPhone in 2027

You wake up refreshed. Ever since you got that alarm clock that adapts to your sleep cycle, your calendar, and the traffic report, you practically leap out of bed. You exercise, focusing on the muscles that the biometric sensor in your shirt says need some help. Not 10 seconds after you finish, the...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

iOS 11: Superhuman Siri, Drag and Drop, a Totally Remodeled App Store

Here's a sentence I never expected to write: Drag and drop changes everything. Today, Apple releases the public beta of iOS 11, the latest version of the operating system driving the world's iPhones and iPads. These early releases are SOP and help Cupertino ensure its software is fully baked before...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Amazon Echo Show Review: Yeah, It's Creepy, But It's Got Big Potential

Every morning, as I survey the landscape of jeans and blue gingham shirts in my dresser, I ask Alexa about the weather. One day last week, as my virtual assistant chirped out of Amazon’s new Echo Show smart speaker, I noticed the voice sounded muffled. I walked into the kitchen and found the Show’s...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Cozmo, the World's Cutest Robot, Now Teaches You to Code

Straight out of the box, Anki’s adorable robot Cozmo plays games, fist bumps, and uses its big, blue digital eyes to convey convincing emotional range. And its brain uses machine learning, so it gets more savvy as you play with it. An update lets Cozmo start teaching you new skills as well. Anki' n...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

How To Turn Off Snapchat’s Stalkerish Snap Map Feature

Snapchat has always known exactly where you are. What, you thought everyone saw that “Greetings from the Brooklyn Bridge” filter? Until recently, Snapchat didn’t do much with your location data beyond serving up geofilters and pushing location-specific stories. Sure, the app uses your whereabouts t...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Samsung’s Classy New TV Moonlights as a Work of Art

Look around your home and count the screens: The television on your wall. The tablet on your coffee table. The computer monitor on your desk. Switched on, they burst with color and motion. Turned off, they're merely black. Industrial designer Yves Behar considers that wasted potential. “The fact th...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

ORWL's Ultra-Secure PC Self Destructs if Someone Messes With It

A dedicated hacker can pwn your PC in seconds. The ORWL? Not so much. It looks like the offspring of a Mac Mini and a flying saucer, and it’s nearly impervious to the probing eyes—and code—of data snoops, botnet admins, or the Thought Police. Sure, the 6-inch puck rocks crafty encryption. And for th...