Category : Gear

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

Let Your iPhone Tell You When to Go to Bed

If you're seeking a more restful and refreshing night's sleep, you could take your pick from dozens of products and apps designed to improve your slumber. There are alarm clocks that wake you with an artificial sunrise and apps that listen to you sn...

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

What to Do With Ashes? Grow a Tree

After Jay Junker’s father passed away from cancer in 2014, the 33-year-old took his cremated remains and planted them in a field outside the family’s farm house in Vermont. His father, who Junker recalls as outgoing and nature loving, is now a white...

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: Muzzle Phone Before It Eats You Alive

Ban notifications! Burn them with fire. So says David Pierce in a story this week urging readers to turn off all of their smartphone push notifications. It comes at a time when angst about attention is at an all-time high. The hosts discuss their exp...

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched into the stratosphere on its back, Apple quietly pulled the iPod Nano and Shuffle out of its virtual st...

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

This BuzzFeed Kitchen Gadget Makes You the Best Chef Ever

Even if you don't know Tasty, BuzzFeed's food vertical, you've seen its work. Specifically those overhead-shot, quick-cutting videos showing you how to make tropical shrimp and pineapple grilled skewers, or churro ice cream bowls, or slow cooker hon...

Gear / News - 2 weeks ago

The Beginner's Guide to Podcasts

Podcasts may be the new radio, but listening to these downloadable shows requires more effort than just twisting a dial. The rewards, however, are much richer: the latest in politics and culture, interviews with your favorite celebrities, serial dra...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

How They Make Those Squishy Air Pillows Inside Amazon Boxes

Nearly every time I open a boxed shipment—MacBook dongles, a dozen yo-yos, a 3-pack of blank VHS cassettes—the empty portion of the box is filled up by small, translucent air pillows. They're fun to squish, and even more fun to pop loudly. The brand...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Adobe Flash Will Finally Die Off in 2020

In 2010, Steve Jobs banished Adobe Flash from the iPhone. It was too insecure, Jobs wrote, too proprietary, too resource-intensive, too unaccommodating for a platform run by fingertips instead of mouse clicks. All of those gripes hold true. And now...

Gear / News - 3 weeks ago

Figma Wants Designers to Collaborate Google-Docs Style

Screens were different a decade ago; thicker, wider, tethered to walls. There were screens in our pockets back then as well, though they weren't yet as hungry for eyes. Today's screens are far more advanced than the ones from 2007, but many of the t...