Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Stanford Scientists Demo Promising Aluminum-Ion Battery

    Stanford Scientists Demo Promising Aluminum-Ion Battery

    Scientists at Stanford University have developed a prototype bendable battery made from aluminum that charges very quickly, is long lasting and offers safety advantages over lithium cells given the materials used in the battery are less volatile and do not catch fire if perforated. Read More

  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface 3

    Microsoft is back at the well with a new Surface device, the Surface 3. If you’re familiar with the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year, you understand the Surface 3: It’s like the Pro 3 but smaller and less expensive. The new Surface will cost you $499 at base, a sharp discount from the lowest-tier Surface Pro 3 which tips the scale at $799. Microsoft hopes that it can… Read More

  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More

  • Nintendo As A Service

    Nintendo As A Service

    Nintendo should aim to have as much of its first-party library available on the Wii U and 3DS as possible: NES through N64, with any consoles from Sega’s past serving as icing on the cake. Read More

  • Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to give software developers an easy way to… Read More

  • Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    When Google announced that Haier and Hisense were about to launch $149 Chromebooks — the most affordable Google-powered laptops yet — I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How much computer, after all, can you expect to get for $149? I’ve now had a chance to spend a few days with the Hisense Chromebook and the answer is: more than you probably expect. Read More

  • Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips… Read More

  • At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    The iPad turned five on April 3, and while none could deny that the Apple tablet has been successful in the intervening half-decade, what’s more interesting is trying to pin down the chief cause of its continued ability to impress users and find a place in their computing workflow. I’d argue that the iPad’s primary success factor, as well as the reason behind both its… Read More

  • Roku’s Boxes Get Better Hardware And New Ways To Find Stuff To Watch

    Roku’s Boxes Get Better Hardware And New Ways To Find Stuff To Watch

    The Roku 2 and Roku 3 streaming boxes are getting refreshed today, with new hardware providing faster movement through the interface as you jump around between channels and apps. Read More

  • Apple Watch Demo Videos Put Potential Buyers Behind The Wheel

    Apple Watch Demo Videos Put Potential Buyers Behind The Wheel

    Apple has released a series of four videos today that show — explicitly — exactly what the Apple Watch can do, how it will do it and why you might be interested in buying one. If it seems to be a bit late in the cycle to get something like this out, I agree. Apple’s early marketing around the Watch has focused mainly on its construction, originality and possibilities for… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    On the heels of announcing the Surface 3, Microsoft trotted over to Reddit for its now-traditional AMA dance with the folks. The Surface 3 is a smaller, less expensive iteration of the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year. The Pro 3’s commercial performance has been superior to its predecessors, making its successor all the more interesting as a potential. In the AMA, Microsoft… Read More

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