Category : Gear

Gear / News - 4 weeks ago

The Curious Comeback of the Dreaded QR Code

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment QR codes became a joke. Was it the guy who scanned one of those black and white squares on the back of a Heinz bottle and landed on a page full of porn videos? Or when Gillette ran an ad inviting you to scan a...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Rants and Raves: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen

I have loved Paper Mate’s Ballpoint Stick Pens for as long as I've been able to scribble. The narrow barreled pens fill office supply closets and junk drawers, pockets and purses, college dorms and the front desks of doctor's offices. In a world ful...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Oxo's Coffee Grinder and Brewer Make a Damn Good Cup

Not even wine snobs are as hardcore as coffee snobs. To pour a great glass of wine, you need a corkscrew and some money. To pour a great cup of coffee, you need beans, gear, time and patience. There is a process, you see. It is complex and requires...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks

So you got yourself a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. Congratulations! You'll get along great with it. But before you start yelling at your shiny new toy, take a quick look at the full range of what it can do for you. It's more than you might have imagin...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Buying Guide: All The Gear You Need For Trail Running

Bored with road running? Hit the trails. Nothing reignites a runner’s soul like hopping rocks, dodging trees, and darting down mountainsides in calculated free-fall. Just don’t venture out unprepared. You’ll want tougher, shoes, sure—but you knew t...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Gadget Lab Podcast: On Vacation With My AI

It’s summer, you’ve got places to go. Or maybe just places you’d like to go, but can’t, because you can’t figure out how to get there, because there’s no app for that. There should be. This week, while Arielle pivots to video for a day, Michael and D...

Gear / News - 1 month ago

Introducing Mighty, the iPod Shuffle for Spotify

Streaming killed the music gadget years ago. Just up and drove a stake through its silicon heart as listeners traded 99-cent song downloads for $10 monthly subscriptions to all-you-can-listen services. OK, maybe you have some Baby Driver-induced nos...