Category : News

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Humanscale, the Classic Design Tool, Gets a Second Life

Apple messed with a cardinal rule of industrial design when it made the iPhone 6. The glassy screen, 5.5 inches on the diagonal, was too large for people with small hands to reach the top. To compensate, the company introduced Reachability—a quick d...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

RIP Microsoft Paint. Thanks for All the Hideous Doodles

In 1996, the year my father brought home our first Gateway desktop, there was little for a ten-year-old to do on a computer. I'd play Minesweeper and browse Encarta, but my favorite way to waste time was fooling around with the palette of rudimentar...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Great News! You Can Mute Gmail Threads

Somehow, you’ve found yourself 10 emails deep on a Gmail thread that’s seemingly never going to never end. Someone hit Reply All just to say OK. Another person chimes in to say Mike was left off the original thread, so they're adding him now. Mike r...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them

Push notifications are ruining my life. Yours too, I bet. Download more than a few apps and the notifications become a non-stop, cacophonous waterfall of nonsense. Here's just part of an afternoon on my phone: "Hi David! We found new Crown jewels an...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Throwing Shade: 7 Polarized Sunglasses for Summer Fun

When you try a new pair of polarized sunglasses, you never know you've made a mistake until it's too late. Buy them in a store or online, and your misstep becomes painfully clear just a few squint-intensive hours later. So let us do the work for you...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Talkin' Glass With Steven Levy

Glass is back—not as a consumer product, but as an enterprise product. Backchannel editor and longtime WIRED contributor Steven Levy stops in to tell us how factory workers are taking advantage of Google’s “assisted reality” wearable to streamline th...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

HP Spectre x2 (2017) Review: The 2-in-1 Laptop to Beat

In the high-walled world of 2-in-1 Windows tablets, it has been Microsoft’s Surface Pro that has caught the eye of consumers, critics, and Wall Street. The Surface Pro is the device against which every other 2-in-1 device maker compares its wares – a...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

VR Ads Are Almost Here. Don’t Act Surprised

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re inside a virtual reality world. You look to your left and an open door appears, beckoning you to walk through it. You enter and suddenly find yourself in the middle of an advertisement—a branded world you can explo...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

It’s Time for Amazon to Make a Phone Again

By the time Amazon finally gave up on its Fire Phone, it had $83 million worth of inventory gathering dust in its warehouses—even though at that point, the phones only cost a dollar on contract. It remains perhaps the biggest flub of Jeff Bezos’ car...

Gear / News - 4 weeks ago

All the Gear You Need to Stay Secure While You Travel

With these accessories in your luggage, you can take your Opsec program everywhere you go. 1 Silent Pocket Dual Faraday Carryall Zip your phone into this Faraday cage of a leather clutch and its diamond-pattern shielding makes sure no wireless signa...

Gear / News - 4 weeks ago

Google’s New Feeds Show You the Internet You Want to See

Google's search box may be the internet's most powerful tool. Type a few words and you can find information on any topic ever considered. The box also takes requests: Set a timer. Flip a coin. Convert cups to tablespoons. Do a barrel roll. But what...