Posts in category

Product Reviews


You always hear one of San Francisco’s BART trains before you see it. The ear-splitting squeal, like metal against metal against a thousand screeching cats Autotuned up three octaves, rattles your brain right out of your skull. The din is so horrible BART has spent five full years trying to fix it, to no avail. …

0 54

Technology offers plenty of ways to smartify your home. Some prefer the DIY approach—cobbling together an array of NFC antennae and some Arduino boards to make the coffee maker deliver a fresh, hot cup at sunrise—but that’s a giant pain in the ass. Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug 6/10 Wired Turn your lights on and …

0 40

Not long after Satya Nadella took over Microsoft, he laid out his plan for the company. “We want to move from people needing Windows, to choosing Windows, to loving Windows,” he said. recommends 2017 Microsoft Surface Studio 8/10 Wired As good-looking a desktop as you’ll find. Everything about this screen is excellent—the drawing, the movie-watching, everything. …

0 37

As I cruise down Silicon Valley’s Bayshore Freeway, I twirl my right index finger in small clockwise circles. Though the gesture recognition system needs several tries to pick up the command and crank up the 16-speaker stereo, the 20 air chambers massaging my backside keep my frustration at bay. All the while, the 2017 BMW …

0 37

Nintendo’s Switch comes out on Friday. I’ve been playing with the Switch—an all-in-one gaming machine that works as both a handheld device and a TV game console—for the last two weeks. But it’s only been fully operational since this morning, when Nintendo finally rolled out its day-one patch for the unit. I’m happy to report that the …

0 40

While baseball’s foundational history is contested, the core of the game has remained largely unaltered for over a century. Take a stick, hit a ball, then run to a base before the other player can throw the ball there. The bats, gloves, and shoes may have gotten more advanced, but everything else remains almost identical …

0 38

The mirrorless camera market was long notable for what it lacked: hardware from Nikon and Canon. Technically Canon has had a mirrorless offering for about four years, the EOS M, but it was a low-end model that felt more like a token gesture than a real camera. Other than that, the company largely ignored the …

0 36

Sometimes an audio component punches so far above its weight that even the snootiest critics must acknowledge it. That happened back in 2000, when a small Boston startup called Tivoli Audio launched the Model One. Stereophile voted it a runner-up in its sacred “Analog Source” category. This monaural tabletop radio was shockingly good at locking …

0 47

Waffles put pancakes to shame. Anyone with a frying pan can make a pancake. But a perfectly cooked waffle—crisp on the outside, soft and steaming on the inside, covered in those ingenious dimples that capture syrup and butter in tiny pockets? A thing of beauty. So why, you ask, are pancakes so much more common …

0 39