After spending some time with HP's redesigned 15-inch Spectre x360, it seems to me the company's recipe for clawing its way back into the hearts of the people should have been obvious all along: lots of power and features in an attractive package for less money than the competition. Duh.
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I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful.
V-Moda is known for making practically indestructible headphones that sound great and look nice to boot. What the company isn't known for is external speakers. And yet I'm writing this review while listening to The Beatles on the V-Moda Remix, the company's first Bluetooth speaker. But, and this is important, I'm listening to John Lennon croon over my headphones. Because V-Moda's first bluetooth speaker is also a headphone amp, and it's not the gimmick I expected it to be.
It's been about a year since I last jammed my finger putting together IKEA furniture. It was for my brand new apartment, and even though I broke a sweat and a little skin at the top of my hand, I saved a ton of money - that's the benefit of outfitting your home in IKEA housewares. Now, your favourite Swedish furniture brand is selling the same agonizing experience in a bicycle made for everyone.
After a shipping snafu with Amazon, I spent the better part of a day trying to track a Nintendo Switch down. I experienced exactly what many hopeful Switch owners will experience. And now I've spent the last few days living the Switch life, playing the best it has to offer and I can say, unequivocally, that this system is not worth the hassle of tracking it down.
Besides bad hair, pleated jeans and 21 Jump Street, the '80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker.
Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne illness. While Canada has deemed these lab-made mosquitoes ethical, legal and safe for both humans and the environment, the US has not. Months later, by accident and circumstance, the engineered skeeters show up across the border. The laws of one land, suddenly, have become the rule of another.
One of the stranger moments of my life occurred this morning, when I competed at virtually milk a cow against a total stranger (hi Garrett!). Using the Nintendo Switch's new Joy-Con controllers, moving it up and down and alternating pressing shoulder buttons, I fought to fill up cups of milk as quickly as possible.
Heading into CES 2017, we had a good idea as to some of the big trends we'd see. And we weren't totally wrong -- Amazon's Alexa assistant was baked into gadgets everywhere, even in cars! But looking back at all of our coverage, there was plenty we had no idea about. This is the best stuff we saw at CES 2o17.
You know what the laptop needed to make it better? It doesn't need better battery life or to be lighter or thinner. It needs three goddamn 4K displays strapped onto one device. At least that is what Razer thinks, and having played with its new concept device, Project Valerie, I've got to say, I'm down with having a laptop that's thick as a brick so long as it has three 17.3-inch monitors built in. That's a lot of pixels.
Every year at CES, LG gives us a look at its craziest ideas for the future of display technology. At a press conference earlier yesterday, the company showed off its refreshed OLED televisions, regarded by many as the best on the market. In a private briefing at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Gizmodo was shown LG's bold concepts for the future of displays, which are (unbelievably) getting thinner and brighter. They are among the most lifelike displays I've ever seen.
Last year, HTC made the best virtual reality experience possible. One as close to the promise of Star Trek's Holodeck as we've ever come. This year at CES, HTC hopes to improve on that experience by introducing two new accessories: A welcomed new headset strap and the Vive Tracker, a small peripheral that lets you put any real world object you want into the virtual world.
At 2.57mm thick, LG's new OLED W7 television might be the thinnest giant television ever made. I don't want to say that. It feels like hyperbole, and over the next few days I have no doubt that a lot of other televisions are going to use similar tech for similar results, but look at that image above. Note how that 65-inch display is actually thinner than that woman's finger. Now come back and tell me that isn't incredible.
The idea is so simple it's kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. A TV mounted on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous, but the tangle of cords jutting out of the back of the TV, pushing it away from the wall and then dangling down to wherever the cable box, PS4 and Wii U reside, is ugly. So Samsung did something that strikes you, innately, as both backward and forward thing -- it moved all the ports of the TV.
One of the big trends we're expecting at CES 2017 are "truly wireless" earbuds, much like Apple's AirPods. But unlike others out there, the IQbuds from startup Nuheara have a bit of a twist. IQbuds aren't just truly wireless earbuds for music, they can also be used to augment the sound happening around you to dial-back ambient noise and elevate the sound of someone talking.