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  • Video on Instagram | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Instagram Video

    Now that the dust has settled around the Instagram Video launch, we thought it was high time to take a good look at the photo-sharing phenom’s new video venture. Does it live up to Vine? Is it better? Or does it just ruin the Instagram experience we’ve all come to know and love? Engadget’s Brian Heater — kindly filling in for John Biggs — and I discuss all this… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    We first caught wind of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back in May, before it had been announced. Ruggedized smartphones aren’t always so tantalizing, but seeing that the Galaxy S4 Active is a variant of the Samsung flagship Galaxy S4, we thought it wise to bring the little guy in for an episode of Fly or Die. Read More

  • Divvy iOS App | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Divvy

    As photo-sharing truly hits its stride, an entire ecosystem is born around it. But what is creation without consumption? That’s what Divvy is all about. We met the folks behind Divvy at the TC Meetup + Pitch-Off. At it’s core, the app aggregates all your photos from Facebook and Instagram (Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox all coming soon) into one filter-capable stream. You can also… Read More

  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T | Fly or Die

    Laptop Week Review: Samsung 700T Fly Or Die

    In lieu of a formal review, Matt Burns and I sat down to take a look at the Samsung 700T AKA ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T, a convertible tablet that has a small button on the keyboard that pops out the Windows 8 tablet that forms the brains of the machine. The device is a bit chintzy – more pressed metal and injected plastic than I like to see on a laptop – but at about $1,000 retail… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S4

    Haven’t quite gotten your fill of the Galaxy S4? We haven’t, either. First came the announcement, then the obligatory berating posts about the crazy launch event, followed by the review, which brings us to this fateful judgement day. Will the Galaxy S4 fly or die? Read More

  • Albumatic Photo Sharing | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Albumatic

    In a land where entrepreneurs are struggling desperately to integrate location into the worldwide photo-sharing phenomenon, Albumatic may have swooped in just in time. Ventures like Color and others have tried and failed, and not for lack of funding, to let users enjoy location-based events by sharing photos with each other around that specific event. However, it turns out that sharing… Read More

  • Skullcandy Crushers Headphone Review | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Skullcandy Crushers

    Skullcandy’s Crusher headphones may not be John’s favorite, but I must applaud the headphone maker for stepping outside the box and doing something different with the Crusher headphones. The Crushers don’t try to fake a bunch of bass with digital signal processing, but rather use two Sensation55 drivers (one in each ear cup) to trigger a vibration system that gives the… Read More

  • Chromebook Pixel Courts Hardware Fans | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Google Chromebook Pixel

    Google’s new Chromebook Pixel is a curious device. While its beautiful, seamless hardware nearly justifies its $1,299 price tag, the Chrome OS (which only offers access to Google products and the web) does not. In the specs department, both John and I are impressed. The Pixel has a 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 touchscreen. To be exact, that’s 4.3 million pixels (not 4.1 billion, like… Read More

  • BlackBerry Z10 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: BlackBerry Z10

    The BlackBerry Z10 running the new BB10 operating system is a pivotal phone for the company formerly known as RIM. It’s BlackBerry’s flagship all-touch device, and while it has fine specs and cool features, the phone may not be enough to save the beleaguered Waterloo-based company. To be clear, the BlackBerry Z10 is not a bad phone by any means. According to various sources… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Pro Targets Laptop Crowd | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Microsoft Surface Pro

    The gap between a full-fledged PC and a touchscreen tablet has finally found a bridge in the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Windows 8 device will be available for purchase on February 9, but we got a sneak peek with the Surface Pro and took it for a test spin in the Fly Or Die studios. So what’s the verdict? Read More

  • Snapchat | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Snapchat

    As an old man, I find Snapchat to be baffling at best but Jordan and I duke it out in the Thunderdome that is Fly or Die and come, in the end, to a conclusion. Read More

  • Google Maps For iOS | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Google Maps For iOS

    Just in case you haven’t heard enough about the Google Maps for iOS app in the past few months, we decided to take the new app into the Fly or Die studios to figure out whether Google’s navigational offering is worth its salt. As usual, John and I disagree over a couple of key points, but we both agree that Google Maps is an excellent upgrade to the old Google Maps, and it still has… Read More

  • (Fly or Die) iPhone 5

    Fly Or Die: iPhone 5

    You’d think that doing an iPhone 5 Fly Or Die would be a piece of cake, what with 2 million pre-orders in 24 hours, but it’s not so simple. All the complaining of boredom and slight lack of innovation out of Apple… well, it’s not too far off of the truth. Apple took a huge risk with the original iPhone, and even with the iPod. But it turns out that those products… Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Kindle Fire HD

    Fly Or Die: Amazon Kindle Fire HD

    The Kindle Fire HD is a big deal. Big. It has rather excellent specs — a 1280×800 7-inch display, TI OMAP processor, dual stereo speakers, and dual-antennae Wifi (with MIMO) — and it comes at a ridiculously low price: $199. Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Dejamor

    Fly Or Die: Dejamor

    Subscription services are blowing up. You can have your razors, socks, or really anything delivered to your doorstep. But what about love (and not on a creepy way)? Dejamor — a new subscription service that essentially delivers his and hers boxes of romance once a month — is disrupting the dating space in a relatively original way. Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Ploom Pax Botanical Vaporizer

    Fly Or Die: Ploom Pax Botanical Vaporizer

    For those of us who enjoy the occasional puff of sumptuous greenery, whether that’s flavored tobacco, leaves of mint, or good ol’ wacky tobacky, the Ploom Pax may be just what you’re looking for. It’s a botanical vaporizer, meaning that it doesn’t combust the materials you intend to smoke, but rather vaporizes them offering a much cleaner, less smelly smoking… Read More

  • (Fly or Die) Google Nexus 7

    Fly Or Die: Google Nexus 7

    Ever since I/O and the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the blogosphere has been measuring Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. The verdict in almost every case is good, including our very own iPad lover’s take. John and I thus found it only fitting to bring the little 7-inch tablet into the studio for Fly or Die. The tablet, with a 7-inch IPS 1280×800 display, a Tegra 3… Read More

  • Fly or Die: The MacBook Pro With Retina Display

    Fly Or Die: Retina MacBook Pro

    The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Sure, it stands to fudge up the Internet, but boy is it pretty! The display boasts 5.1 million pixels, with a bump from 1440×900 (on the 15-incher) to a full 2880×1800 resolution. It brings Apple’s laptops into the display big leagues with the iPhone and iPad, and gets a bit thinner to boot. Plus, you’ll get an HDMI port instead… Read More

  • Fly or Die: AR.Drone 2.0

    Fly Or Die: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

    Let’s just cut to the chase. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is awesome. Pricey? Sure — it’s $300. It’s a toy that costs as much as the smartphone you’d be controlling it with, but it’s a grown-up’s toy, and one that makes a jaded John Biggs very happy. This is far more than I can say for most of the gadgetry on the market today. But John’s opinion… Read More

  • Fly or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Fly Or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is arguably the best micro four-thirds camera Olympus has to offer. We’ve had issues with past m4/3 iterations like the EP1 and EP3, like awful color reproduction and slow auto-focus. The same problems don’t persist here, and anything that impresses John on the photography front is a rare gem certainly worth consideration. Read More

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