Gadgets Reviews & Features
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It's just a matter of time before all of our gadgets and technology turn on us and take over the world. Seriously, though, technology is so integral to the human experience that it is practically synonymous with daily life. The following reviews and features serve as a glimpse into the beating heart of the tech world. Whether it's Facebook's latest feature, Amazon's newest acquisition, Apple's latest "magical" release, or the humble beginnings of the next great startup, this is your place for top tech news.
September 17, 2013
From design, to comfort, to sound design, these are a great gift option for fashion-conscious music lovers.
July 16, 2013
With summer in full swing, Matt Byrd compiled a list of the 10 must-have gadgets for the season.
June 27, 2013
Matt Byrd was invited to check out some of the latest gadgets and gear at the Max Borges tech showcase and shared his favorite products on display.
April 25, 2013
These headphones were designed for audio enthusiasts and we were very impressed with the sound quality.
January 16, 2013
A new year, a new batch of toys. Our 13 for '13 series kicks off with a look at some must-have gadgets for the year.
November 18, 2012
With the Pivothead HD recording sunglasses, capturing all your favorite moments on video is not only possible, but very easy.
November 15, 2012
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Eton FRX3 is an incredibly handy gadget that could literally be a lifesaver.
November 14, 2012
Like other Urbanears headphones we've tested in the past, the Zinken produces excellent sound with superior comfort.
November 9, 2012
A spy is only as good as his full range of gear. Check out the best collection of gadgets from the Bond series, including watches, lasers and rocket cigarette launchers, along with some of the worst. Fake nipples and radioactive tracking lint, really?
October 27, 2012
Although it has somewhat limited support now, Matt Byrd says that the MOGA mobile controller is the future of Android gaming.
August 17, 2012
On paper, the Slingbox PRO-HD sounds like a killer video streaming device, but it's riddled with far too much mediocrity.
July 7, 2012
We tested out SMS Audio's new STREET by 50 over-ear headphones and we're impressed with the durability and sound.
June 29, 2012
Keep track of your workout without taking your eyes off the road with 4iiii Innovation's awesome detachable HUD device.
June 27, 2012
Protect your iPhone while still being the life of the party with this slicky designed two-in-one smartphone case and bottle opener.
June 12, 2012
The BRAVEN SIX Series portable speakers deliver excellent sound and other cool features in a slick package.
June 7, 2012
Grace Digital Audio's waterproof boombox is the perfect gadget to bring with you for tailgate parties or hanging by the pool.
May 14, 2012
Science fiction becomes fact with inventor Rob Flickenger's badass (and very real) lightning gun.
May 10, 2012
With the help of Kickstarter, the Pebble Watch is not only the future of watches, but quite possibly the free market as well.
May 9, 2012
We were invited to Studio 450 in Manhattan for a sneak preview of several upcoming products from Hewlett-Packard.
April 26, 2012
Despite big spending and aggressive development, Microsoft mobile remains miles behind the rest of the competition.
April 10, 2012
Is the Nike+ FuelBand worth its $150 price tag? Jason Zingale took the new fitness bracelet on a test run to find out.
March 31, 2012
Jeff Morgan says that the HP Phoenix is the kind of machine that performs exactly when you need it to without getting showy.
February 26, 2012
Pinterest may be Silicon Valley’s darling, but new startup website Fancy looks to have much stronger staying power.
January 26, 2012
Google's social network hit 90 million users, but Larry Page remains intentionally vague about what can only be underwhelming engagement numbers.
January 11, 2012
If you're looking for a premium laptop that doesn't skimp on style or performance, you should check out the HP Envy.
November 16, 2011
The iPhone 4S announcement didn't make any waves, but it was a perfect release for the end of the Steve Jobs era.
November 3, 2011
Perfect for just about any occassion, this portable speaker delivers high-end sound in a small package.
September 29, 2011
Auto Week enters the car shopping guide business with a fresh take: they actually want a smarter consumer.
September 2, 2011
Hurricane Irene did a number on the east coast and showed us how technology is changing the way we deal with natural disasters.
September 1, 2011
A good laptop is an essential college gadget, but what else should you fill your dorm room and free time with?
August 19, 2011
Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola made the company look more like Skynet than ever before.
August 5, 2011
Websites have become so preoccupied with pageviews that they can't spot a hoax, and we might be encouraging them.
July 29, 2011
Ars Technica made $15,000 in one day by selling a free article for $5. Could this prove premium content pricing strategies?
July 22, 2011
Google got nearly everything right with Google+, but does anyone have time in the day for another social network?
July 15, 2011
What would it take for a music service to get 50 million users in a year? Spotify knows and they're up to the challenge.
July 8, 2011
Will Google's third social product finally get it right? Jeff Morgan breaks down the good and bad in Google+.
June 24, 2011
LulzSec's most recent leak could land a man in jail. How far will the web's most infamous hacker group go?
June 3, 2011
Some say Shaq's retirement announcement on Twitter proved the social service's power. If anything, Jeff Morgan says it proved Twitter is good for celebrity endorsement and little else.
May 27, 2011
The media war is on, and there's a new contender in the ring. Jeff Morgan considers what a Facebook/Spotify partnership would mean for the future of digital media.
May 20, 2011
In the age of Facebook, Google and Twitter, data privacy is increasingly important. So why are social companies fighting privacy legislation? Because the data you share, even by accident, is worth billions.
April 29, 2011
Netflix subscriptions have officially surpassed those of Comcast, the largest cable operator in the nation. Does big cable still have a chance in the online streaming war? Jeff Morgan takes a look.
April 22, 2011
Just two years after buying Flip video for $590 million, Cisco is shutting down the camcorder's production. Jeff Morgan takes a look at what this means for the consumer tech market.
April 8, 2011
It's finally time to dump that iPhone, but how can you make your breakup stick? Jeff Morgan offers five easy steps to help you kick your iPhone to the curb and move on to something better.
March 18, 2011
You can't possibly buy a quality speaker set for a mere $1100, right? Jeff Morgan was blown away by the fidelity behind Orb Audio's versatile, and surprisingly stylish, little speakers.
March 11, 2011
Is the HTC Inspire any good? Jeff Morgan says its the first phone to make him seriously consider dropping his iPhone, permanently. Check out the full review.
February 25, 2011
Can Amazon hope to dethrone Netflix? Jeff Morgan says that Prime Instant Video is a gamble, but it could easily steal Netflix devotees if Amazon can start expanding its video library.
February 17, 2011
American consumers consistently overpay for underwhelming service. From broadband to mobile, Jeff Morgan reminds us what we're paying for and how we're getting shortchanged.
February 4, 2011
After years of speculation, the iPhone finally lands on the Verizon network. But will Verizon really trump AT&T? Jeff Morgan looks at what iPhone customers can expect going forward.
January 12, 2011
If you're looking for a way to maximize those new holiday gadgets, take a look at the new line of headphones from Denon.
November 26, 2010
We've got a list of gifts that would be perfect for any tech lover, young and old, and I've included a few options for the nerd who has everything.
June 16, 2010
This new touch screen watch is the first of its kind in the fashion-forward watch category. This innovative feature bridges fashion and technology so the user can use the watch’s tools with the touch of a finger.
April 16, 2010
The PowerPak comes with extensions for every conceivable mobile device, so you’ll likely be in a position to bail out your friends as well.
November 27, 2009
From camcorders to laptop bags, ereaders to coffee presses, we'll help you find the perfect present for the geek on your nice list.
The Netflix Player (By John Paulsen, 08/29/2008)
Last May, Roku rolled out this little black box that costs only $99 and allows Netflix subscribers to watch over 12,000 movies and TV series instantly through their broadband connection. John says that it's worth the price, but only if you don't mind the lack of HD support.
The tree saviors? (By Sergio Ruiz, 12/13/2007)
Feeling green guilt when you buy a new book or toss your day-old newspaper into the trash? Sergio says the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader may be your tree saviors. These next-gen ebook readers boast a "paper-like" display and offer all sorts of book and newspaper titles for download.
Using your cell phone to get there first (By Sergio Ruiz, 11/06/2007)
Your cell phone has capabilities you never imagined, and we're not talking about making movies or MP3 ringtones. Sergio serves up a quick and dirty tutorial on how to use Google's SMS service to find movie showtimes, check what your stock is worth, and generally impress everyone.
Microsoft is scratching the Surface (By Gary Fairchild)
Remember that scene from "Minority Report" where Tom Cruise used his hands to flip through a bunch of images on his computer screen? That may not be as far off as you think. Gary says Microsoft Surface, a multi-touch screen interface, could lead to a whole new realm of computing.
Apple iPhone (By Gary Fairchild)
You've heard about it: the iPhone. Now the question is, is Apple's shiny new toy worth the $599 price tag? Well, we'll have to wait for the June release to answer that question, but in the meantime Gary Fairchild takes a look at what we know and don't know about the iPhone.
Nintendo Wii (By Jason Zingale)
When given the choice between the mega-expensive PS3 and the family-friendly Nintendo Wii this holiday season, there's very little debate. The Wii may not quite match the PS3's graphical power but it offers the most unique gameplay experience of all the new systems and it comes in at just $249.
JanSport LiveWire+ Trinity (By Jason Zingale)
While its $100 pricetag is a little hefty, JanSport's LiveWire+ backpack is one of the must-own items of the year. Offering dual-port connection for any 3G and beyond iPod plus an integrated soft-fabric keypad, this backback is perfect for college students who spend most of their day walking around campus.
iPod Mania (By Gary Fairchild)
In case you missed it, Apple announced several changes and upgrades to the iPod, Nano, Shuffle and iTunes Tuesday. Gary Fairchild says iPod buffs are going to love most of the changes, including game integration, a smaller Shuffle and the iTunes Movie store, but he's still waiting for the "iPhone" announcement.
Protection from spyware and viruses (By John Paulsen)
If you're currently having spyware problems, John's latest article may help you regain your PC sanity. In it, he reveals everything you'll need to keep your computer protected.
Game Boy Micro (By Jason Zingale)
Determined not to buy into the portable gaming market, Jason finally gave in to Nintendo's latest pocket player.
PlanOn DocuPen (By John Paulsen)
For anyone who's always on the run, this portable scanner might actually be worth the high asking price.
Microsoft Xbox 360 (By Jason Zingale)
After braving the cold for a whole night, Jason secured this season's hottest gadget. The prognosis? Buy one; if you can find one, that is.
Apple iPod Photo (By John Paulsen)
After months of deliberation, John decided to make his massive music collection portable and turned to Apple for help.
Internet Phone (By John Paulsen)
In his never-ending quest to save money, John discusses the benefits and drawbacks of internet phones.
HDTV (By John Paulsen)
If you've got an extra $4000 lying around, John says you'll love the upgrade HDTV represents over standard TV.
Slappa Media Cases (By Sergio Ruiz)
For those of you still lugging around piles of CDs and DVDs, these Slappa Media Cases are great buys.
Nixvue DAII - Portable Photo Bank (By Sergio Ruiz)
Going on vacation and worried that you don't have enough memory for your digital camera? Consider a Portable Photo Bank.