Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They're powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented.
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Tweaking Google's Chrome browser with extensions to serve your every whim is one of its best features. Those optional little buttons sitting next to Chrome's omnibox now number in their thousands, and add all manner of new functions to your net-navigating experience. From VPNs to Chromecast to managing your passwords.
Finding a comfortable way to carry around your gear is always a challenge for photographers. DSLRs are heavy. Lenses are big. Many enthusiasts — even pros — are turning to mirrorless cameras and their small footprints as a way to lighten the load. But you still need a bag, the perfect bag, to accommodate your shrunken gadgets.
Last year's Road Glove, with its spacious toe-box and foot-hugging upper, was our favourite minimal shoe for running. So, with the release of the Road Glove 2, we just had to see if the sequel was more Godfather II or Major League II.
February is the cruellest month. An unconventional sentiment, maybe, but by now we've lost that New Year's vigour, winter is just around the corner, and our only escape is the dumping ground of post-awards-season Hollywood. But that's OK! Because February also brought some major upheavals to our Best Gadgets roster. So turn away from those grey skies and just keep staring at the shiny gadgets.
The pace of development in the SSD world is staggeringly awesome, as each generation of SSD controllers has delivered substantial increases in performance and reliability, while at the same time we've seen flash prices drop like a stone. It's a great time to be storing and accessing data, for sure, but we've also seen the market dominated by a trio of SSD controllers from SandForce, Marvell and Indilinx, with different vendors applying their own tweaks to the drives' firmware to differentiate them.
Ultraportables have been the only class of laptop that really matters for a while now. Sure, you can find more powerful machines for less money. But the mix of portability, speed and beauty — along with the miniature muscle of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips — has made ultrabooks the best laptops to own for most of us.
Dragging party music to the park or patio doesn't have to involve so much actual dragging. More party, more easy! You've got a gazillion songs on your phone already. And little, portable Bluetooth speakers are getting so cheap. Now, for around $100-$150, you can blast your jams to the high heavens, or at least a 10m radius.