Category Archives: Product

Butt-hurt Nerds

Why did Apple let a few YouTubers scoop the first iPhone X reviews?: Apple’s iPhone X — its most anticipated new phone in a very long time — goes on sale this Friday, Nov. 3. So sometime this week, as usual, you’ll be able to read and watch a bunch of serious-sounding reviews, as Professional […]

Microsoft zigs, while Apple zags

Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect: Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down. Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold ~35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to […]

An Essential Price Cut

Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, launched his own, new phone called the Essential Phone back in May and earlier today Dieter Bohn reported the Essential Phone dropped $200 in price (always a sign of a smash hit): Essential is slashing the price of its eponymous phone, down to $499 at […]

Microsoft, enough with the Surface bullshit.

A top Microsoft exec says the idea it will kill its Surface gadget business is ‘so far from the truth’: To the guy that heads up Microsoft’s Surface products, the idea that the company is going to kill off its line of computers and tablets is laughable. “It’s so far from the truth,” Panos Panay, […]

“When you realize you just don’t need something anymore, there is little desire to buy another.”

Hodinkee’s Ben Clymer reviewed the Apple Watch Series 3 (via Daring Fireball): Will anyone be trading in their Lange Double-Split for an Apple Watch? Certainly not. But, will the average Lange owner buy an Apple Watch, wear it on the weekends, and then, after a great workout with it, decide to leave it on next […]

iPhone X Has a Unibrow

Yesterday was Apple’s Keynote where they unveiled the ‘all screen’ iPhone X. They also posted an instructional video on how to design for the iPhone X, and it’s unibrow. I would love to know what level of rage Jony Ive is feeling about this: I understand the unibrow is there because it houses all the […]

Fitbad

Engadget: After a series of reported delays and developmental challenges, Fitbit is finally ready to unveil its first smartwatch. The timing is appropriate, given that this is the tenth anniversary of the company’s first tracker. The Ionic is Fitbit’s most modern device to date, featuring a colorful LCD touchscreen and advanced sensors. It also serves […]

Everyone Except Microsoft

Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates: Microsoft dismissed Consumer Reports’ Surface reliability ratings last week, but a new internal memo sheds some light on the issues that the software maker has faced. Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by […]

Essentially no one can buy an Essential Phone.

Amazon and Tencent Back Smartphone Maker Essential: Essential Products Inc., the smartphone maker founded by the creator of Google’s Android mobile software, confirmed it has a new $300 million war chest as it prepares for the seemingly insurmountable task of taking on Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Inc. The startup on Wednesday unveiled the large […]

The Not-So-Essential Phone

The new phone from the creator of Android didn’t ship when he said it would: The new phone from Android creator Andy Rubin appears to be delayed. When he announced the Essential smartphone at Recode’s Code Conference in May, Rubin said it would start shipping within 30 days, The Verge reported. The company also started […]

HomePod – More Than a Speaker + Siri

Over in the r/apple subreddit, u/Arve highlights an interesting thread in the r/audiophile subreddit concerning what’s under the hood in Apple’s new Siri-enabled HomePod: There is one comment from that thread I’d like to highlight: They’re using some form of dynamic modeling, and likely also current sensing that allows them to have a p-p excursion […]

The Rough Life of a Tech Editor

NYTimes: New iPad Pro Inches Toward Replacing PC, but Falls Short Brian X. Chen isn’t sold: Here’s the problem: The Smart Keyboard is thin and the keys do not click well or feel as satisfying to type on as the keyboards on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air; after a long period of typing, the […]