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Crunchyroll Is Raising Its Prices for the First Time

While Netflix continues to add more anime to its streaming offerings, Crunchyroll remains the top dog of streaming anime providers. However, in order to maintain its lead and offset the increasing cost of running a streaming business, Crunchyroll is instituting its first-ever price hike.Read more...
Tags: Crunchyroll Gets A Price Hike, Anime, Crunchyroll, Streaming TV, Streaming, Consumer Tech


AT&T's Bogus '5G E' Service Loses in Speed Tests Against Other Networks

When AT&T rebranded part of its 4G cell service as 5G E, or 5G Evolution, it wasn’t fooling anyone. That’s because, despite claims that 5G E was the first step to a true 5G network, the phones were the same, the speeds were the same, the only thing that had changed was the little icon in the corner of the screen. And…Read more...
Tags: 5ge Is Bullshit, 5g, 5 Ge, Att 5ge, Carriers, Wireless Carriers, Smartphones, Consumer Tech


The 2019 Huawei MateBook X Pro Is Still the Better MacBook Pro with Windows

When Huawei released the original MateBook X Pro last year, I’m not entirely sure the company knew what it had created. Huawei has only been in the laptop business for about three years, a relatively short time compared to industry veterans like Apple, Dell, Lenovo and others. So when it made a premium 14-inch laptop…Read more...
Tags: Huawei Matebook X Pro 2019 Review, Matebook X Pro, Laptops, Windows, Windows 10, Reviews, Consumer Tech


Nintendo's Labo VR Kit Is Its Wildest Cardboard Adventure Yet

With its first two kits, Nintendo has already elevated a medium that usually spends most of its life sitting in a recycle bin. Now with the new cardboard Labo VR Kit, on top of adding a whole new dimension of gaming to the Switch’s arsenal, with designs and materials to make cardboard birds, elephants, blasters, and…Read more...
Tags: Labo Goes Wild, Nintendo, Labo Vr Kit, Nintendo Labo, Nintendo Switch, Gaming, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Nintendo Labo Vr Kit Hands On


Here's an Incredibly Slick and Surprisingly Affordable Way To  Convert Paper Drawings Into Digital Files

One day, the idea of making marks on sheets of flattened tree guts to share ideas with others will be laughable. But for now, the experience of writing or drawing on a piece of paper still feels more natural than it does on a glass or plastic tablet. Moleskine’s new Adobe Creative Cloud connected Paper Tablet strives…Read more...
Tags: Art, Gadgets, Science, Adobe, Writing, Tech, Moleskine, Illustrator, Wacom, Consumer Tech, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet


The Most Exciting Update to Dyson's New Cordless Vac Is...  a Battery Meter?

If something runs on batteries, you’ll find a battery meter somewhere on it. Your smartphone, your vape; even batteries themselves can tell you how close they are to dying. So why am I excited about Dyson’s inclusion of a redesigned battery meter on its new V11 cordless vacuum? It finally alleviates the anxieties of…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Appliances, Dyson, Vacuums, Consumer Tech, V11


Dyson's Daylight Tracking Lamp Matches the Light Outside So You Don't Feel Like Such a Shut-In

We’ve spent decades bathed in the glow of artificial light, but it’s only recently that we’ve started to realize our bodies are naturally tuned to the sun, and exposure to the fake stuff can throw off sleep schedules and even damage our eyes. Dyson, which has re-engineered everything from vacuums to hair dryers, is…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Dyson, Lighting, Lamps, Consumer Tech


The New Oculus Rift S Stops Short of Being Truly Exciting

Between the departure of former CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus’ recent focus on standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go and the forthcoming Oculus Quest, it sort of felt like the company’s PC roots were being left behind. But Oculus promised it was working on a successor to the original Rift from 2016, so here it is:…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vr, Oculus Rift, Brendan Iribe, Consumer Tech, VR headsets, Oculus Rift s, Is This All You Got


What the New Oculus Rift Offers Weary Gamers

Between the departure of former CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus’ recent focus on standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go and the forthcoming Oculus Quest, it sort of felt like the company’s PC roots were being left behind. But Oculus promised it was working on a successor to the original Rift from 2016, so here it is:…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vr, Oculus Rift, Brendan Iribe, Consumer Tech, VR headsets, Oculus Rift s, Is This All You Got


How Much Would You Pay for a Holy Grail Google Stadia Subscription

Today was the big coming out party for Stadia, Google’s upcoming game streaming platform that promises to let you play games over the internet on practically any device, and hopefully lag-free.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Game Streaming, Consumer Tech, Stadia, Google Stadia, Stadia Google, How Much Will It Cost


Google Stadia's Only Hardware Is This Special Controller

Today, Google announced its new Stadia game streaming platform that lets gamers play games on pretty much anything with an internet connection. Laptops, desktops, phones, and even TV’s with a Chromecast Ultra attached are all supported. That means there’s no need to go out and buy a new console to get access to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Science, Game Streaming, GDC, Consumer Tech, Stadia, Chromecast Ultra, Streaming Games, Stadia Controller


HP's Reverb Headset Brings Us Closer to Crystal Clear VR

The VR revolution hasn’t swept the world like a lot of people thought it would, and though I still have confidence in the medium as a whole, modern VR also has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to comfort, optics, and affordability. Enter the Reverb. Designed for both commercial and home use, while HP’s…
Tags: Science, Hp, Vr, Virtual Reality, Consumer Tech, Steam VR, PC VR, Windows Mixed Reality, Vr Tech Keeps Inching Along, HP Reverb


Ahead of Streaming Launch, Apple's Iron-Clad Secrecy Is Reportedly Stressing Out Hollywood

With the imminent arrival of Apple’s new streaming video service scheduled for next week, the tech giant is on the cusp adding content creator to its traditional hardware-making and app store-managing duties. However, in an effort to stock its upcoming service with shows, it seems Apple’s secretive Silicon Valley-esque…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Science, Apple TV, Silicon Valley, Streaming Video, Consumer Tech, Subscription Video, Apple Streaming Video, Does Apple Need To Play Nice


You Probably Missed This Major Battery Recall Because of the Government Shutdown

Even though the government shutdown ended more than a month and a half ago, we’re still feeling its effects. That’s because, despite HP issuing an expansion for a battery recall back in January, the notice wasn’t posted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website until earlier this week due to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Recalls, Batteries, Laptop Batteries, Laptops, Consumer Tech, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, CPSC, Better Check Your Laptop Battery


Uh Oh, Looks Like Google's Hardware Team Might Be in Trouble

Over the past few years, Google has been pushing deeper into the hardware business with products like the Pixelbook, Pixel Slate, multiple Google Homes, and of course, Pixel phones, with the latter getting a big boost thanks to Google’s $1.1 billion acquisition of tech and personnel from HTC last year.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smartphones, Htc, Tablets, Laptops, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Google Homes, Pixelbook, Google Hardware, Pixel Slate, Troubles In Hardware Land For Google, Pixelbook Pixel Slate


Motorola's 5G Mod Reveals Some Fresh Hints About the Early Days of 5G

Despite getting announced last fall, we are only now finally getting some concrete info about Motorola’s 5G mod attachment for the Moto Z3, and with it comes some interesting insight on the early days of 5G as a whole.Read more...
Tags: Motorola, Science, Smartphones, 5g, Consumer Tech, Moto Mods, Moto Z3, They Put 5g In A Mod


Garmin Hopes People Will Pay Thousands for a Smartwatch If It's Pretty

Garmin has a solid track record when it comes to making smartwatches that don’t look like smartwatches. Its Vívomove HR manages to completely hide its smart capabilities under a non-descript analog face. Inspired by feature-packed watches from company’s like Breitling and Omega (and the big prices they command), the…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Smartwatches, Garmin, Omega, Consumer Tech, Marq


Allo Could Have Been Great. Google Blew It.

I’ve been using Allo since the day it was released. At first, it was simple curiosity. Google’s got another messaging app, so how is it going to screw this one up? But even with its flaws, the more I used it, I grew to appreciate its slick interface, baked in gif engine, and its general ease of use. But today, March…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Chat, Hangouts, Messaging Apps, Consumer Tech, RCS, Allo, Rip Allo


Fitbit's Newest Inspire Fitness Trackers Fail To Do Just That

Despite what wearables makers would have you think, it’s not just all smartwatches. There’s still a place for the humble fitness tracker. For starters, they’re much cheaper than smartwatches, provide accurate fitness tracking, have better battery life, and are perfectly adequate at delivering push notifications. This…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Inspire Hr Review


Samsung Galaxy S10e Review: Cheaper, Smaller, Just Right

It wasn’t long ago when premium smartphones cost around $700. But after suffering through several release cycles littered with $1,000 flagships, it’s clear those days aren’t coming back. To fill in the gap, phone makers have started putting out streamlined, slightly more affordable versions of the flagship devices,…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10e Review


Is There a Better Option Than an Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is having a moment. Friends, family, and many, many of my co-workers can’t stop talking about the electric pressure cooker that ostensibly lets you do a lot more than cook stews and beans quickly. However, the Instant Pot is a brand, not a specific kind of cooker. There are a lot of other electric…Read more...
Tags: Cooking, Science, Consumer Tech, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooking, T Fal, Insignia, Instant Pot Duo, Crock Pot Express, Electronic Pressure Cooker


You Are Not Ready For HoloLens 2

Microsoft figured it out. Tuesday I got my first opportunity to try out the HoloLens 2, and after slipping it over my head and taking a quick moment to calibrate the eye tracking, I was instantly able to move around the room and interact with objects crafted from light. It was annoyingly natural to participate in an…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Ar, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, HoloLens, Consumer Tech, Microsoft Hololens, Microsoft Hololens 2


Samsung's All-Wireless TV Concept Is the Real Cordcutting Solution I Want

There are a few ways to hide or camouflage the bundle of cables that hang from most wall-mounted TVs—power, HDMI, etc.—but none are as truly invisible as the wireless technology that was recently revealed in a patent Samsung filed with the World Intellectual Property Office in March of last year. It eliminates cables…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, TV, Science, Television, Samsung, Tech, Patents, Televisions, Cords, Consumer Tech, Wireless Power, World Intellectual Property Office


Dell XPS 13 Review: This Time It's Practically Perfect

The Dell XPS 13 has been so dangerously close to perfect for so long that the latest iteration left me a little surprised. I was turning it this way and that to find something I could fault it for, not because I wanted to unfairly ding the product, it’s just that nothing is perfect. But Dell has so refined this…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Science, Dell, Consumer Tech, Dell XPS 13, Dell Xps 13 Review


Nintendo Does VR Now, Again

The Nintendo Switch already felt like the best part of a VR experience thanks to the wizardry of the Joy-Con controllers in some games, but now it’s going full VR. Tonight the company announced the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, an $80 Labo kit that lets users build a VR headset out of cardboard. This is the first major foray…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nintendo, Vr, Consumer Tech, Labo, Nintendo Switch, Labo Vr Kit


Dr. Scholl's Found a Good Use for 3D Printing, and My Feet Are So Much Happier for It

If a large part of your day is spent on your feet, a good pair of shoes can only do so much to keep you comfortable. Every foot requires different levels of support and cushioning, and ideally, we’d all visit a pedorthist for a custom set of shoe inserts, were it not so expensive. Dr. Scholl’s has a cheaper $99…Read more...
Tags: Science, Comfort, Shoes, Tech, 3d Printing, Feet, Wiivv, Consumer Tech, DR SCHOLLS, Scholl, Inserts


The Durable Glass Bendy Phones Need Could Be Years Away

I’ve loved the idea of folding gadgets ever since Arthur C. Clarke talked about flexible “SoftScreens” in books like, The Light of Other Days. A device that can be folded and crumpled without breaking? That’s my idea of the perfect gadget, and while the bendy Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X seem like they bring…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Arthur C Clarke, Huawei, Consumer Tech, Corning, Gorilla Glass, Willow Glass, Royole, Royole Flexpai, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Mate X


Failed Robot Toy Jibo Tells Users Goodbye: 'I've Really Enjoyed Our Time Together'

Once the vanguard of a new age of consumer bots, the cute but doomed “social robot” Jibo is now marching toward obsolescence in the most friendly way possible: By politely informing owners that their time together is coming to an end.Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Jibo, Consumer Tech, Goodbye Jibo You Were Great At Twerking


Hey OnePlus, Are You Sure About This?

When whispers started swirling that OnePlus was going for a fully bezel-less design on its next major phone, the immediate question became: How would the company do it?Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Selfies, Smartphones, Leaks, Consumer Tech, Rumor Mill, OnePlus 7, You Sure About This


The Race to Foldable Phone Perfection Is On, and It's Going to Be a Blast

Less than two weeks ago, the idea of a high-quality bendable phone seemed like a farce. After all, the first foldable handset—the Royole FlexPai—was ambitious, but also a piece of junk. It was clunky, hard to open, and looked like something that needed months, if not years, of refinement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Smartphones, MWC, Consumer Tech, Flexible Displays, Saturday Riff, Bendable Phones, Mwc 2019, Galaxy Fold, Mate X, The Flexible Phone Wars Have Just Begun