Reviews

  • Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

    Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

    When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile picture with all reviews you add to the store. I’m not so sure this is the best thing in the world, 100%, as… Read More

  • Review: Olympus E-PL5 Micro 4/3s Camera Is A Slim, Multi-Lens Shooter

    Review: Olympus E-PL5 Micro 4/3s Camera Is A Slim, Multi-Lens Shooter

    For beginning shooters or experienced DSLR users interested in a street-style camera on a budget, Olympus micro 4/3 offerings like the new E-PL5 are an excellent choice. This particular model was just a bit too small and had a few weird quirks for my liking, but overall it’s an excellent update to an excellent line of cameras. If small size and a unique, tilting touchscreen seal the… Read More

  • LitPick, A Startup Founded By A Harvard Lad And His Dad, Aims To Rate Young Adult Literature

    LitPick, A Startup Founded By A Harvard Lad And His Dad, Aims To Rate Young Adult Literature

    The founders of LitPick have known each other since birth. Seth Cassel and his dad Gary founded their first company, FlamingNet in 2002 when Seth was in fourth grade. Designed as a book review site, Seth and his dad Gary built the site themselves and began taking a profit. Read More

  • Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    Robin Sloan is the kind of guy who could write a book like this one. He’s a writer and “media inventor” which seems to be a lofty term for “cool guy who gets the Internet and understands that discourse needs to be both intelligent and entertaining to effect any sort of meaningful social change.” He also writes a damn good intellectual thriller, if you’re… Read More

  • Mouthee’s Social Recommendations Platform Makes It Easy To Share Word-Of-Mouth (Get It?) Reviews

    Mouthee’s Social Recommendations Platform Makes It Easy To Share Word-Of-Mouth (Get It?) Reviews

    Plenty of startups still believe there’s room in the social recommendations space, and now, another new contender heads into battle. Chicago-based Mouthee is today officially debuting its website and iOS application, which allow users to quickly share reviews of local restaurants and hotels, as well as movies, music and books. Read More

  • Study: Users Both Mostly Positive And Inconsistent In Reviewing iOS App Store Titles

    Study: Users Both Mostly Positive And Inconsistent In Reviewing iOS App Store Titles

    Some interesting new stats from a study shared with us by Russian consulting firm Empatika provide a picture of how some of the most popular apps in Apple’s App Store are reviewed, and what strategies seem to work best in securing positive feedback. App reviewers rating the top apps seem to want to share only positive things, and often, a review’s words don’t match its… Read More

  • The Problem With Early Reviews

    The Problem With Early Reviews

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: most of the reviews you read online are performed in a manner that you, as an intelligent consumer, would find abhorrent. I’m not naming names nor am I pointing fingers, but aside from a few very specific cases, your vision of a highly-experienced tech journalist sitting down at a workbench next to a Faraday cage and a drop test station… Read More

  • Dyson’s New DC44 Is The Halo Plasma Pistol Of Home Vacuums

    Dyson’s New DC44 Is The Halo Plasma Pistol Of Home Vacuums

    We’ve covered Dyson fans and vacuums for years now, being constantly amazed at the utility and wild designs that come out of James Dyson’s wee English workshop. He makes things that suck and blow and his latest, the DC44 “digital” vacuum sucks with the best of them. The DC44 is a hand-held vacuum that essentially replaces the DC31 and adds a few tricks to the… Read More

  • Review: The Archos Gen10 101 XS Android Tablet

    Review: The Archos Gen10 101 XS Android Tablet

    Short Version: Want the Microsoft Surface without the Microsoft? Archos may have the device for you. This unique tablet/keyboard combo turns itself from traditional slate into an Android-powered ultralight in a few simple steps. Best of all, it’s going to get Jelly Bean in Q4 2012 so your investment, at least for a few months, will be sound. The cons? It’s a little chintzy, a… Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Toto Bag And WL-25 Wise-Walker Backpack

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Toto Bag And WL-25 Wise-Walker Backpack

    I’m starting Bag Week off with two bags from one of my favorite manufacturers, Nomadic. This Japanese seller of quality bags makes their rucksacks out of rip-stop fabric and offers a certain stark, compact design that is as far from your typical JanSport as a kimono is from an Ed Hardy shirt. Most of Nomadic’s bags are quite small and the the WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto is no exception. Read More

  • Review: Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Watch

    Review: Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Watch

    If you’ve been following my weekend watch reviews, you’ll note that I tend to like bigger watches. But even this monster – the Graham Oversize GMT – is too big for me. Graham is a British manufacturer of haute horology. Named after famed clockmaker George Graham, the company manufactures mostly in Switzerland and uses combination of bespoke movements as well as… Read More

  • TechCrunch Philly MeetUp: Chris Dima of TalkFavorites.Me

    TalkFavorites.me Is A Hyper-Local, Hyper-Objective Reviews Engine

    While the name may be a bit unruly, TalkFavorites.me is a rating system for the best stuff near you. There are no reviews to AstroTurf, no business details to mess up, and no horribly-written screeds against unfairly-judged businesses. Instead, you vote for the best stuff in your area and then consult those lists as you look for, say, the best pizza in West Chester, Penn. We spoke with… Read More

  • Up Close With The Updated Iomega ix2 NAS Drive

    Up Close With The Updated Iomega ix2 NAS Drive

    NAS drives are getting smarter and smarter, and the Iomega ix2 is no exception. Priced at $400 for 1TB, this compact drive is actually more of a mini-computer and features “apps” that allow it to become more than just a storage dump. I installed the drive on my home network and found it obviously quite easy to install and run. The version I test, a disk-less case that costs about… Read More

  • Review: Ernst Benz Officer Collection ChronoLunar

    Review: Ernst Benz Officer Collection ChronoLunar

    As a big watch nerd, I love sharing cool watches with you guys in hopes that my obsession, as unseemly as it is, will be passed from writer to reader like an STD. This time I was lucky enough to be able to handle the new Ernst Benz Officer ChronoLunar, a huge “officer-style” chronograph with day-date-lunar cycle registers and a 24-hour dial. To be clear, this watch uses the … Read More

  • Review: The Playstation Vita, Sony’s Portable Powerhouse

    Review: The Playstation Vita, Sony’s Portable Powerhouse

    Like a line of hard-marching Lemmings (or a swarm of Patapons), Sony’s countless, niggling enemies would like nothing better than to distract and steal the company’s hard-won fan base. The Playstation has long been the gold standard in console gaming, despite the Xbox’s recent challenges to the throne. And Sony does a good job. Graphics are better, gameplay is or can be… Read More

  • With Localmind 2.0, It’s About Expert Local Answers, Not Just Immediate Ones

    With Localmind 2.0, It’s About Expert Local Answers, Not Just Immediate Ones

    Following five months of work, location-based Q&A platform Localmind is launching its biggest release today since its original debut with the arrival of Localmind 2.0. The newly revamped platform represents a shift for the company, which, as you may remember, sits on top of Foursquare, allowing you to pose questions in real-time to those checked in at local venues. Today, the company… Read More

  • Review: Benarus Megalodon Diving Watch

    Review: Benarus Megalodon Diving Watch

    I rarely like to put my own little fetishistic watch reviews up here unless the watch is something amazingly unique or unless I think you, dear reader, will get a kick out of the quality or styling of a particular piece. That’s why I chose to write up this Benarus Megalodon Diving Watch, a huge monster of a timepiece that is water resistant to 2,500 meters or about 8,000 feet. Read More

  • Review: AAXA P4 Pico Projector

    Review: AAXA P4 Pico Projector

    Short version: A powerful little device, significantly brighter than others of its size, with decent battery life and a good picture. Too bad it’s so damn loud, and not the most user-friendly thing of all time either. Read More

  • Review: Fujifilm X10

    Review: Fujifilm X10

    Short version: A stylish and fun alternative to the likes of the Canon G12 and Nikon P7000. It’s not the quickest on the draw, and the build quality is obviously a step down from its elder brother, the X100, but image quality is good and operation is straightforward. It’s got a great lens and after a little familiarization could be quite versatile. While it compares decently with… Read More

  • Review: Iomega 2TB Mac Companion Hard Drive

    Review: Iomega 2TB Mac Companion Hard Drive

    Iomega’s Mac Companion hard drive is a 2TB ($349, 3TB model is $449) desktop drive with a few features that make it interesting to the average Mac (or PC) owner. While it doesn’t have the bells, whistles, and network access of many NAS and home storage devices, it does look good next to your iMac. The drive is clad in brushed aluminum with a black glossy top panel and a two-port… Read More