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  • UpWrite by UpDesk | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The UpDesk UpWrite

    The human body wasn’t meant to sit. Chairs are an invention of our own laziness. That said, UpDesk is here to swoop in and give you a nice, comfortable desk to both sit and stand at without a whole lot of extra effort on your part. The UpWrite is quite similar to UpDesk’s Standing Desk, which has an electronic lifting system and three preset heights, ranging from 25 inches to… Read More

  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: LEGO Mindstorms EV3

    LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Even the name is formidable, but just wait until you connect the dots and fire these dragon-esque robots up. The EV3 set of robotic, programmable LEGOs is the very best version of this 14-year-old product line we’ve ever seen. The most notable edition is that users can program directly from the smart brick, the computational component included in each robot that… Read More

  • Motorola Moto X | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto X

    The Moto X has caused a rift between the TechCrunch Gadgets family. Chris Velazco and I think it’s just fine, whereas Darrell Etherington and John Biggs are rather unimpressed. But why? Read More

  • Nvidia Shield | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The Nvidia Shield

    In this decidedly dorky edition of Fly Or Die, yours truly and TC’s resident Canadian Darrell Etherington duke it out over Nvidia’s curious Shield game console and what it means for the future of Android gaming. In a surprising twist (well, surprising if you haven’t already read his review), Darrell is absolutely smitten with the thing. Honestly, it’s a little hard not… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 8" | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, while having a numerically challenging name, is a slick little guy that’s not too big, not too small, but just right. Still, is that enough to compete with not only the iPad mini but also Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8-inch tablet? Read More

  • Rithm For iOS | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Rithm

    Mavensay has been cultivating a community of recommendations for quite a while now, but only recently has the company taken its userbase’s disposition towards music recommendations and turned it into a brand new app: Rithm. Rithm pulls from many of the messaging and social apps we love today, like Snapchat, Vine, and basic messaging apps like Whatsapp and Viber and applied that logic… Read More

  • Nokia Lumia 925 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Nokia Lumia 925

    The Nokia Lumia 925 is the Finnish phone maker’s latest attempt at wooing hapless shoppers over to the Windows Phone 8 platform, and it’s a solid proposition. The real stand-out feature has to be the camera, which is still considered PureView despite being an 8.7MP camera, as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel shooter. Still, the Carl Zeiss camera is loaded with… Read More

  • Ploom ModelTwo E-Cig | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Ploom ModelTwo E-Cig Vaporizer

    It’s been a couple weeks since I reviewed the Ploom ModelTwo e-cig vaporizer, but we thought it fair to have someone else weigh in on the tobacco vaporizer as well. That said, Engadget’s Brian Heater steps up this week (to fill in for John Biggs) and shares his thoughts on the ModelTwo. Ploom has been focused on revolutionizing vaporizers for a while, notably with the Pax… Read More

  • 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

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