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  • With The HDX, Amazon Turns The Kindle Into A Multimedia Powerhouse

    With The HDX, Amazon Turns The Kindle Into A Multimedia Powerhouse

    Meet the new Kindle, which is (almost) the same as the old Kindle. Amazon has been building LCD tablets – called Kindle Fires – for a mere 24 months and they’ve far surpassed the first clunky Fire with its BlackBerry Playbook-styling and fuzzy screen. This new model, called the HDX, aims to be a paradigm-shifting device for pure media consumption, as well as a tool for the… Read More

  • Apple iOS 7 Review: A Major Makeover That Delivers, But Takes Some Getting Used To

    Apple iOS 7 Review: A Major Makeover That Delivers, But Takes Some Getting Used To

    This is a big week for Apple; it has two new phones hitting store shelves, and a brand new operating system that becomes available tomorrow for compatible devices. The new mobile operating system is a big visual change, and is likely to feel somewhat disorienting to users upgrading from iOS 6, but in most important ways, it’s not that dissimilar from what you’re used to, and many… Read More

  • iPhone 5s Review: Apple’s Latest Smartphone Goes For (And Gets) The Gold

    iPhone 5s Review: Apple’s Latest Smartphone Goes For (And Gets) The Gold

    Apple’s new iPhone 5s is set to go on sale this Friday, Sept. 20, and the phone is already generating a lot of buzz. The 5s is the more advanced of two new Apple iPhones, and offers a lot of technical advantages over the iPhone 5c also launching the same day. Apple has worked some behind-the-scenes magic with its latest and greatest, and made some design changes for the better, too, all… Read More

  • iPhone 5c Review: Apple’s Colorful Take On The iPhone Is A Refreshing Change Of Design Pace

    iPhone 5c Review: Apple’s Colorful Take On The iPhone Is A Refreshing Change Of Design Pace

    Apple’s iPhone release schedule has been predictable in the past when it comes to number of devices: each year, a single new smartphone. For 2013, that’s changed with the iPhone 5c, as for the first time Apple has eschewed simply bumping down the outgoing iPhone as a lower cost option, and has instead released hardware specifically designed to be more affordable. The iPhone 5c is… Read More

  • Up Close With Casio’s Latest Edifice Surf Watch

    Up Close With Casio’s Latest Edifice Surf Watch

    With summer coming and surf season in full swing, I thought I’d take a closer look at the Casio EMA100-1AV Edifice watch with tide graph and moon-phase data. Casio is best known for their G-Shock line of beefy (and some would say ugly) plastic sports watches so this steel-cased model is a departure for the brand. Casio announced the watch in April and it is on sale now for $250. Read More

  • Google Glass Year In Review

    Google Glass Year In Review

    It’s been a little over a year since Google started teasing something it called “Project Glass.” The futuristic, wearable computer that would change the way that you interact with the world was nothing more than a series of rumors for months before it was “formally introduced” in April 2012. Not known for hardware and not having a current bonafide physical device… Read More

  • HTC One Review: The Competition Is Fierce, But HTC’s New Flagship Rises To The Challenge

    HTC One Review: The Competition Is Fierce, But HTC’s New Flagship Rises To The Challenge

    Look, it’s no secret that HTC knows how to put together a nice phone. Despite the quality of its wares though, HTC spent most of 2012 releasing disappointing earnings statements and being outflanked by much larger rivals — what’s a company to do in a situation like that? The answer, according to CEO Peter Chou, was to double down on innovation and design in hopes of creating… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Q10 Is A QWERTY Keyboard Smartphone Comeback Worth Waiting For

    The BlackBerry Q10 Is A QWERTY Keyboard Smartphone Comeback Worth Waiting For

    The BlackBerry Q10 is, some might say, the BlackBerry OS 10 device that the company should have led with, ahead of its all-touch Z10. That’s because it sports a hardware QWERTY keyboard, something that has become a unique distinction among top-tier smartphones these days. BlackBerry tells me they wanted to nail the all-touch experience first, in part to prove that they could, but based on… Read More

  • The Updated Nook HD+ Is Still Fighting The Tablet Wars

    The Updated Nook HD+ Is Still Fighting The Tablet Wars

    The Nook HD+ came out last December to mixed reviews. The device had a great screen but problematic bugs caused laggy performance and low scores. The company has come out with an updated version and we took a look. The 9-inch Nook HD+ is a Retina-quality tablet with a very simple mission – it wants to replace the iPad in the entry-level tablet market. It runs an acceptably fast 1.5… Read More