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The RG350P Is the Retro Portable You Should Buy

Just five months ago I called the original Retro Game 350 the best portable retro gaming machine you could buy. It’s still an excellent device, but if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, the new RG350P includes a handful of subtle but excellent upgrades that make it a better handheld in every way, and well worth…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Emulators, Consumer Tech, Rg350p, Retro Game 350p, Anbernic

Ecobee Is No Nest, and That's Why I Love It

When it comes to making your thermostat smarter, your choices are limited. You can opt for a Nest, which is the champion of smart thermostats but also owned by Google, which means it presumably snaps up crucial information about you and your home habits. You can opt for a “smart” thermostat from traditional thermostat…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smart Homes, Ecobee, Smarthome, Consumer Tech, Central Air, Ecobee SmartThermostat, Ecobee Smartthermostat Review

Olympus' OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Sports a New Sensor and a Flip-Down Display

Even though Olympus is planning to sell off its camera business later this year, it’s still pumping out new mirrorless shooters with the latest being the refreshed OM-D E-M10 Mark IV.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cameras, Olympus, Mirrorless Cameras, Consumer Tech, Micro Four Thirds, Vlogging, Beginner Cameras

The Pixel 4a Is Perfect Smartphone Simplicity

As smartphones continue to get more sophisticated and more expensive, there’s a question that becomes increasingly relevant: How much phone do you actually need? Features like a built-in stylus, a foldable screen, and wireless charging are certainly nice to have, especially when they’re built into the same device you…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Science, Smartphones, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Budget Phones, Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4a Review

Google Confirms the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 Are Coming This Year

Alongside the brand new Pixel 4a, after months of rumors and speculation, today Google is confirming the upcoming arrival of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5G sometime later this year.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smartphones, Nest, Smart Home, Pixel, Adt, Consumer Tech, Nest Aware, Pixel 5, Google Confirms Pixel 4a 5g And Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5g

Microsoft Is Reportedly Delaying the Dual-Screen Surface Neo

While it seems like we’ll be seeing the Surface Duo very soon, it appears we’ll have to wait a lot longer for the Surface Neo. Microsoft originally planned for the Neo to launch during the 2020 holiday season, but has reportedly instead hit pause on the production of the dual-screen tablet.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Microsoft, Tablets, Consumer Tech, Windows 10X, Surface Neo

Looks Like the Apple Watch Series 6 Could Sport a Blood Oxygen Sensor

While we know many of the new features that are coming to the Apple Watch Series 6 via WatchOS 7, it’s been relatively quiet on what hardware changes Apple might make. However, it now looks like the Series 6 might be the first Apple Watch to include a blood oxygen sensor. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Apple rumors, Consumer Tech, Apple Watch Series 6

HMD Is 'Doubling Down' on Nokia Phones in the U.S.

HMD has made some major strides in reviving Nokia phones after purchasing the branding rights from Microsoft back in 2016. However, despite enjoying 20% year-over-year growth as recently as Q2 2019, Nokia phones haven’t been quite as successful in the U.S. as the company had hoped, which is something HMD’s chief…Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Microsoft, Nokia, Smartphones, 5g, Consumer Tech, Nokia Phones, Hmd Doubling Down On Nokia In The US, Nokia 83 5g

So, Should You Buy the Apple Watch Series 3 Right Now?

The Series 3 is a good smartwatch. Some would even say the Apple Watch Series 3 was the first real smartwatch that was worth the expensive price tag. That said, it’s been three years since the Series 3 launched. Apple’s lowered the price of the watch to $200, and these days, you can find deals that bring that price…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Consumer Tech, Apple Watch Series 3

Konami Elbows Its Way into Esports with a Wildly Overpriced Line of PC Gaming Hardware

Today, Konami, owner of multiple sports clubs, maker of pachinko machines, and occasional developer of video games decided that instead of putting out a real update to PES that it would dive into the world of PC gaming with a new line of esports-focused hardware. Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Keyboards, Headphones, Desktops, Esports, Pc Gaming, Consumer Tech, Konami, Konami Getting Into Esports

Earbuds That Fit Inside a Smartphone Is Equal Parts Smart and Stupid

With phones like the MiMix Alpha and its mysterious tri-fold prototype, Xiaomi is no stranger when it comes to dreaming up far out concept devices. But in a recently discovered patent, Xiaomi may have come up with a novel smartphone idea that’s better left on paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Audio, Smartphones, Headphones, Xiaomi, Patents, Consumer Tech, Genius Or Half Baked

I Miss My Sharp Personal Organizer

I’ve yet to determine why exactly I gravitate to portable gadgets, but I can remember being obsessed with everything high-tech and pocketable since I was a kid. It started with obvious devices like the Game Boy which all of my friends had, but eventually included personal organizers: devices that tended to appeal more…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Sharp, Consumer Tech, Organizers, I Miss

This App Is Keeping My Plants Alive, No Thanks to Me

Here’s the thing about plants: They’re gorgeous, they improve just about any space, and in most cases, they’re generally fairly easy to take care of with a little consideration to their needs. Personally, I can’t live without them, and they were some of the first things I bought after relocating to the West Coast…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Plants, West Coast, Consumer Tech, Kill All Plants Says The Editor

A Sick Sous-Vide Has Been Bricked by Mandatory Subscriptions

The Mellow Sous-Vide machine-made soft, gentle, susurrating waves when it first launched in 2014. Designed to keep and cook foods at a specific temperature, it featured an elegant design and an integrated tub that ensured uniform heating and cooling.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Sous Vide, Consumer Tech

CES 2021 Is Officially Cancelled, Will Be an All-Digital Experience

Listen closely, do you hear that? That’s the sound of hundreds of thousands of tech journalists, buyers, and exhibitors breathing a sigh of relief as today the Consumer Technology Association announced that its annual Consumer Electronics Show will be an all-digital experience for January 2021.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Consumer Electronics Show, Consumer Tech, Consumer Technology Association, Coronavirus, Covid 19, CES 2021

The Polar Unite Makes a Good Case for Simpler, Cheaper Fitness Watches

Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated, but that’s never stopped some wearables companies from turning exercise into an advanced course in data analysis. Most people who ask me which smartwatch they should buy aren’t looking for a metrics dump. They want the basics: a decent price, an easy way to track progress, and…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Commerce, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Sometimes Simpler Is Better, Polar Unite, Polar Unite Review

You're Going to Have to Wait Until Next Year to Get Your Hands on This Perfect Game Boy Clone

As if 2020 hasn’t already delivered enough gut punches, today Analogue announced that its highly anticipated upcoming handheld console, the Analogue Pocket, won’t ship until May 2021 at the earliest. That’s disappointing, but the company is opening pre-orders on August 3, and has also revealed some welcome updates to…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Consoles, Analogue, Consumer Tech, Game Boy, Handhelds, Analogue Pocket, Game Gear

0 to 50 in 5 Minutes: Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Could Be Wicked Fast

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge platform has sort of become an industry-standard having been used on a wide range of phones, tablets, and more. But now for Quick Charge 5, Qualcomm is giving its charging platform a massive boost in speed. Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Smartphones, Charging, Qualcomm, Consumer Tech, Fast Charging, Charging Tech, Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Is Here, Quick Charge 5

Forget the iPad Pro, the Surface Go 2 Is a Perfect Secondary PC

Microsoft does not do tablets. The company might have largely created the 2-in-1 trend and made some interesting attempts at a tablet, but Microsoft doesn’t actually do tablets—it does Windows machines that fold up real pretty but function best with a trackpad and keyboard rather than your finger. The Surface Go 2 is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Consumer Tech, Microsoft Surface Go, Microsoft Surface Go 2, Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review, Luxury V Budget

Samsung’s ‘Bean Buds’ Are Actually Called Galaxy Buds Live

Due to their shape and previous lack of an official name, we’ve been calling Samsung’s next wireless earbuds the Galaxy Bud Beans. But now, it appears an early update to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds app on iOS has finally revealed a proper name for Samsung’s AirPods Pro competitors: the Galaxy Buds Live.Read more...
Tags: Science, Audio, Samsung, Headphones, Leaks, Earbuds, Consumer Tech, Samsung Unpacked, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds Live, The Galaxy Buds Live Are Real

Looks Like the Surface Duo Will Be Launching Really Soon

Murmurs that Microsoft’s Surface Duo might appear earlier than expected have been floating around for a while—but an FCC filing earlier this week and Bluetooth SIG certification that popped up today are strong hints that we’re probably a just a few weeks away from launch.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Fcc, Microsoft, Smartphones, Surface, Consumer Tech, Android 10, Surface Duo, The Surface Duo Is Almost Here, Fcc Filings

Just Buy a Damn Rice Cooker

It all started with a video dropped into our cooking Slack.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Appliances, Consumer Tech, Rice Cooker, Wash Your Rice You Monsters

FightCamp Let Me Work Out My 2020 Frustrations for Way Cheaper Than a Peloton

I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of setting foot in a gym for the rest of the year. That’s problematic because I need exercise to balance out all the staying inside and snacking that is comprising my locked-down, work-from-home lifestyle. I’ve been cobbling together a routine of outdoor runs and indoor…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fitness, Consumer Tech, Peloton, Fightcamp Review

Xbox Series X Will Likely Launch in November 2020

During a recent earnings call, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood appeared to confirm that the Xbox Series X will launch in November 2020. Only a tad more specific than the holiday 2020 release Xbox has on its website, but we’ll take it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Amy Hood, Xbox Series X

There's No Reason Not to Use a Screen Protector

I used to laugh at my neurotic friends who used screen protectors.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Screen Protectors, Dont Be Like Me

This Depth-Sensing, Laser Measuring, Touchscreen Drill Is the Smartphone of Power Tools

Despite companies desperately trying to come up with reasons to add a screen to every appliance in your house, your fridge and toaster probably work just fine the way they are. And while a drill with a touchscreen also seems like complete overkill, the creators of the xDrill have at least come up with some genuinely…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Tools, Science, Crowdfunding, Tech, Kickstarter, Consumer Tech, Drills, Xdrill, Smartphone of Power Tools

The Asus ROG Phone 3 Is a Delightful Affront to Phone Design

A lot of gaming phones fail to differentiate themselves from standard smartphone fare. But that’s not a problem for Asus’ new ROG Phone 3, which has massive specs, in your face RGB lighting, and possibly the most responsive performance I’ve ever experienced in a phone. Read more...
Tags: Android, Gaming, Science, Asus, Smartphones, First Look, Consumer Tech, ROG Phone, Asus Rog Phone 3 First Look, Rog Phone 3

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Is the MacBook Pro of Gaming Laptops

For years I’ve considered the Razer Blade 15 to be the closest thing you can get to a MacBook Pro for gamers. Sure, it doesn’t run macOS, but no other non-Apple computer does either, at least not legally. Like a MacBook Pro, the Razer Blade 15 has an understated, minimalist design and excellent build quality, but it…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gaming, Science, Laptops, Macbook Pro, Consumer Tech, Gaming Laptops, Razer Blade 15 Review 2020, Razer Blade 15 Advanced

The Z5 Is Nikon's New, More Affordable Way to Get Into Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

After fully committing to the world of mirrorless cameras with the Z6 and Z7, Nikon has been expanding its portfolio with more affordable options like the Nikon Z50 and now this: the Nikon Z5. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cameras, Nikon, Mirrorless, Full Frame, Consumer Tech, Full Frame Mirrorless, Nikon Z, Nikon Announces The Z5, Nikon Z5

Netflix Arrives to Turn the Google Nest Hub Into the Most Useful Device in Your Kitchen

With quick access to recipes and measurement conversions at your beck and call, Google’s Nest Hub has found a home in most user’s kitchens. Now, for those times when you’re stuck cleaning up after a big meal, Google is introducing Netflix support, turning its screen-enabled smart hubs into the perfect kitchen TV.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Consumer Tech, Smart Assistants, Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub

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