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  • 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

  • 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

  • A Multi-Perspective Look At The Ambitious Pebble Smartwatch

    A Multi-Perspective Look At The Ambitious Pebble Smartwatch

    Pebble smartwatches have been hitting doorsteps for a little while now, but my colleague Darrell Etherington and I have only just been able to join the party. The reasons for the extra wait differed for the two of us — I was a late backer, and his got stuck in Canadian customs — but the timing seemed right, so here’s our tag-team review of the device that helped kick start a… Read More

  • The Microsoft Surface Pro Proves That The PC Is Back

    The Microsoft Surface Pro Proves That The PC Is Back

    I come bearing glad tidings. After decades of OEM malaise, a constant parroting of the speeds and feeds mantra, and an aesthetic that was formulated in the back room of a dingy Staples office supply store, the PC is really back. In short, the Surface Pro is so good that it could drive Windows 8 adoption with enough force to make people reconsider Microsoft’s odd new OS. Microsoft bet… Read More

  • Review: The Iomega StorCenter px2-300d NAS Drive Is Heavy Iron For The Small Office

    Review: The Iomega StorCenter px2-300d NAS Drive Is Heavy Iron For The Small Office

    Short Version While there is plenty to be said for cloud storage, sometimes it’s nice to have a few terabytes on your local network for backups, document storage, and fun. That said, the Iomega StorCenter px2-300d NAS drive performs all of the functions of a small NAS admirably and, with a bit of tweaking, can become a very usable system for remote access of your files on the… Read More

  • The Canon 6D: A Solid Beginner Full-Frame, With A Few Caveats For Buyers With Pro Demands [Review]

    The Canon 6D: A Solid Beginner Full-Frame, With A Few Caveats For Buyers With Pro Demands [Review]

    The Canon 6D is a full-frame camera retailing for $2,099, the lowest launch price for such a device in Canon history. Canon’s entry in this field comes a few months after Nikon made a similar move into this market with the D600, but still managed to arrive in stores ahead of the holidays. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Canon’s new entry-level full frame… Read More

  • HTC Droid DNA Review: Verizon’s Best Droid Yet Isn’t For Everyone

    HTC Droid DNA Review: Verizon’s Best Droid Yet Isn’t For Everyone

    HTC has dutifully been churning out smartphones to fly under Verizon’s Droid banner ever since it released the Droid Eris in 2009, but in recent months the company seems to have lost some of its edge. That’s why HTC is looking at its new Droid DNA as something of a return to form — it’s attractive and powerful, and sports a truly insane 1080p display. So how well… Read More

  • Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Six years ago, almost to the day, I remember sitting on the couch with my then one-year-old son playing Elebits on the recently launched Wii. I thought he’d understand the simple point and shoot game. It was sort of a shooter. You walked around a house and aimed at the little characters. He was enthralled. I was a new parent and I was showing him the magic of the Wii –… Read More

  • Here’s The Beats By Dre “Executive” Headphone Review By Someone Who Actually Used Them

    Here’s The Beats By Dre “Executive” Headphone Review By Someone Who Actually Used Them

    In case you haven’t noticed, rapper Dr. Dre has his own line of headphones. They’re called “Beats By Dre” and until now, they were made in concert with the company Monster. Apparently that has changed now and Beats are its own thing now, and that’s good. I’m not a fan of Monster products, but that’s a story for another day. I went on a bit of a tirade… Read More