By Peter james

Gear / News - 1 year ago

With VR180, YouTube Steps Gingerly Toward Virtual Reality

Done well, virtual reality feels immediate, immersive, and exciting. Even 360-degree video, which merely surrounds you in a scene you can't explore, transports you to a place unlike any other. But doing VR well requires tons of money, time, and skill, only to reach the few people with the gear need...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Punkt MP01 Review: You'll Love This Very Smart Dumbphone

To cash in on the growing anxiety that we are fast becoming a bunch of Wi-Fi-enabled cyborgs, the marketplace has spawned a new consumer category: products to free you from the crushing grip of always-on digital ubiquity. There are digital detox retreats: off-grid playgrounds where the habitually f...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Get Your Kids Coding With Sony’s Clever Building Blocks

Forget everything you think you know about programming: the long hours behind a screen, the lines of code stacking up, all that time spent debugging someone else's mess. Koov makes learning to code—the basics, at least—as easy as playing with building blocks. The candy-colored blocks snap together...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

OnePlus 5 Review: A Budget Phone That’s Actually Beautiful

Imagine you could build your own Android phone from scratch, with the ability to bend a Chinese manufacturing colossus to your whims. What would you make? That is more or less the story of OnePlus, the Chinese company founded in 2013 to produce premium smartphones. But don’t call it a startup: OnePl...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR?

When Urho Konttori handed me the VR headset, I almost laughed. The founder and CEO of some Finnish company I'd never heard of had just told me he and his team of 19 people had managed to leapfrog virtual reality 20 years into the future—and he gives me an Oculus Rift? "It's just the housing," he sa...

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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Review: It's the Ace of Maids

Around fifteen years ago, Dyson emerged into the mainstream with an upright vacuum that cleaned better than the competition, hardly ever got clogged, had a colorful and modern design, and did away with the annoyance of a typical vacuum's throw-away bag. It was a sensation. Millions of people bought...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Our 12 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks

If you’re looking to buy a laptop, we’re here to make your decision easier. Below are some of our favorite machines we’ve reviewed over the past several months. As new models make their way across our desks, we’ll update the selection. When you buy something using the retail links in our product r...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

NASA's Space Fabric Is Basically Chain Mail From the Future

Traveling to outer space is an exercise in efficiency. At $10,000 per pound onboard, it pays to keep things light. But space is also an incredibly complex environment, requiring tons of hefty equipment just to exit the atmosphere. To minimize the weight of its payload, NASA has experimented with in...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Review

It’s easy to get lost in the great pantheon of consumer drones. Even just looking at industry leader DJI’s options, there are enough choices to set your head spinning faster than a quadcopter blade. Today we’ll focus on one choice: the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+. Coming in at a cool $1,800, this marks the t...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Outdoor Gear For Women Evolves Beyond 'Shrink It and Pink It'

Susan Viscon knew there was a problem with women's outdoor gear long before the industry starting “shrinking and pinking” equipment to fit women. “I’ve had the fortune of being at REI for 20 years,” says Viscon, the company's Senior Vice President of Merchandising. “At that time I remember buying a...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Twitter Redesigned Itself to Make the Tweet Supreme Again

When you work at Twitter, you get near-daily updates to the app to test. These beta versions often provide a glimpse of new features, and most of them are small. So when a major update landed two weeks ago, one thing stood out: The quill icon, which everyone knows you press to compose a tweet, was...