By Peter james

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop says nothing about the future of technology. The team in Redmond didn’t concern itself with the way things will be in 2025—which ports users will want, what kind of device they’ll use, how they’ll feel about bezels. Instead, Microsoft built a laptop optimized for 2017....

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Hands-On With GoPro's New Fusion 360 Camera

Getting into the spherical video game makes sense for GoPro. Surfing giant waves at Mavericks, jumping off a cliff in a wingsuit, floating around on the ISS—these are things I will likely never, ever do in my life. But I certainly want to experience what I would be seeing if I did. That’s why the w...

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Eero's New Router Doubles as a Bouncer for Your Smart Home

Generally speaking, your router has one job: keep those internet juices flowin'. When Eero launched its mesh router, it made waves by stringing multiple devices together so that your Wi-Fi could reach more places in your home and run more quickly. The concept of "mesh networking" took off and soon,...

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E3 2017: Microsoft's Xbox One X Ignored VR—Just Like Everyone Else

Microsoft’s press event at gaming conference E3 this week drew the massive attention you’d expect from one of the big three console makers. The substance of that attention, though, wasn’t on new exclusive titles, or even the kludgy branding of the company’s new high-powered Xbox One X console. In f...

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Apple iPad Pro Review: Price, Specs, Release Date

I’ve always assumed Apple would eventually run out of ways to improve the iPad. It long ago made the processor faster than anyone needs. You won’t find a sharper, more accurate, more responsive screen on a tablet. The battery lasts days, plural. And really, what else matters? Sure, the speakers suck...

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Gigabyte Aero 15 Review: Runs Like a Dream, Feels Like a Brick

Every laptop is a study of compromise. You surrender something—sometimes many things—in favor of mobility. If you’re a gamer, those sacrifices add up quickly. Gigabyte designed its new Aero 15 gaming laptop to limit these trade-offs. The machine combines high-end gaming framerates with good general...

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Gadget Lab Podcast: All the News From Apple's Big Party

Developer conference season is finally over. We know what Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Apple are plotting over the next year (spoiler alert: it’s AI). Apple’s WWDC, as usual, was both the last and the most news-packed of the bunch. Mike, Arielle, and David have been covering the show all week, a...

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Dropbox, iCloud, Amazon, and More: Cloud Storage Services Compared

Nothing lasts forever. In fact, some things only last two years, two months, and 14 days. That’s how long, at least, Amazon’s absurdly cheap unlimited cloud storage made it. Now that the greatest deal in tech has come to an end, it’s worth taking a fresh look at your data-stashing options. Amazon’s...

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Review: Cheese Grotto

Walk up to the cheese counter at DeLaurenti Food & Wine in Seattle and you’ll find offerings from the worldwide luminaries of cheese: l’Amuse from Holland, Guffanti from Italy, Neal’s Yard Dairy from the United Kingdom, and Hervé Mons from France, all there in cold cases, like jewels in a museum...

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Andy Rubin Has a Plan to Smarten Up the Connected Home

Urs Hölzle and Google’s AI chip, the TPU 2.0.Cole Wilson for WIRED Urs Hölzle has a big job. As senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, he’s in charge of the hundreds of thousands of servers in data centers spread across the planet to power the company’s ever widening range of...

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Amazon Imagines a Future of Infinite Computing Power

Urs Hölzle and Google’s AI chip, the TPU 2.0.Cole Wilson for WIRED Urs Hölzle has a big job. As senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, he’s in charge of the hundreds of thousands of servers in data centers spread across the planet to power the company’s ever widening range of...

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Apple's HomePod Looks Beautiful But Doesn't Think Different

Apple wrapped up WWDC on Monday by showing off the HomePod, its brand new smart speaker. The stout, cylindrical gadget packs in seven tweeters, six microphones, and a four-inch woofer that delivers impressive sound. The HomePod is very much a speaker, but for Apple, it also represents something mor...

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Siri Finally Got Its Coming Out Party at WWDC 2017

Apple finally took Siri out of beta. Not officially, of course: The company billed the features announced Monday at WWDC as the latest in a long line of fantastic improvements. And Siri already resides in 375 million iPhones, iPads, and Macs. But if you take the new capabilities, the new device, th...

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WWDC 2017: With the iMac Pro, Apple Rediscovers the Creative Class

At its annual developer’s conference keynote, Apple introduced the usual suite of software upgrades, with an added dose of augmented reality and the (sort of) surprise appearance of HomePod, Cupertino’s high-end Echo competitor. The products themselves, though, felt of secondary importance to the a...

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Apple HomePod: Price, Specs, Release Date

It's hard not to watch Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant invade millions of living rooms and not feel like Apple blew an opportunity. Almost six years after Apple announced Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, Siri's still confined to computers and phones. Siri has to be unlocked, activated, and...