Category Archives: Gadgets

Android N’s split-screen feature is huge for the Pixel C

There was a lot to like about Google's Pixel C, but ultimately I was left underwhelmed because Android is still far behind the competition when it comes to productivity. The biggest problem? You can only use one app at a time — unlike Windows 10, iO…

Making your own functioning R2-D2 is a labor of love

Last year at CES, I remember seeing a life-size, fully functioning R2-D2 unit (minus the Leia hologram, sadly). I assumed it was hired out from a professional movie props unit or something similar; now I'm not so sure. Walking around SX Create — the…

Mini review video: Our verdict on the Galaxy S7 in about a minute

Didn't have time to get through our 4,000-plus word review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge? No problem. Here's what you need to know: We like them. A lot. The S7 in particular feels like a refined version of the already-great S6, with an easier-…

Sony shows off its first set of weird and wild Future Labs prototypes

Last week, Sony took the wraps off its Future Lab initiative — an R&D arm of the company showing off early prototypes of products and gathering feedback to help shape their development process. Today at SXSW, Sony showed off some of those protot…

Fitbit Blaze review: A smartwatch in looks only

When Fitbit introduced its Blaze smartwatch back at CES, many people hyped it up as an Apple Watch competitor. It's $150 cheaper, but still features a color touchscreen, notifications, a host of fitness-tracking features and impressive five-day batte…

Take out space pirates in ‘Gunjack’ on Oculus Rift and Vive

Gunjack places you in the gunner seat of a spaceship in the EVE universe, battling interstellar crafts as they attempt to infiltrate the mining vessel under your protection — all in glorious virtual reality. It launched in November alongside the Sam…

Marvel’s STEM challenge gives one teenage girl an internship

Alongside the next installment of its Cinematic Universe, Marvel is hosting a STEM challenge for teenage girls. The studio teamed up with Dolby, Synchrony Bank, Broadcom Masters and the National Academy of Sciences for the Captain America: Civil War…

HP’s 15-inch Spectre x360: Come for the screen, stay for the battery life

Before there was a Surface Book, there was the Spectre x360. Though the laptop is sold by HP and has HP's name on it, it was designed in close collaboration with Microsoft, which had input on everything from the touchpad to the WiFi radio. The result…

Take a 360-degree video tour of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

CERN's Large Hadron Collider keeps delivering important scientific discoveries, but apart from some Google Street View images, it's pretty hard to grasp the scale of it. However, a new 360-degree video from the BBC (below) takes you on a visual tour…

New fuel cell tech could power phones for a week

No matter how efficient our devices get in terms of power usage, there's really only so much manufacturers can do given the limitations of the energy source: lithium-ion batteries. But researchers from Pohang University of Science and Technology in S…