Reviews

  • Building On The Solidoodle 4, A Sub-$1,000 3D Printer With Solid Hardware But Sad Software

    Building On The Solidoodle 4, A Sub-$1,000 3D Printer With Solid Hardware But Sad Software

    3D printer prices are falling steadily, something that shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the vagaries of the electronics market. What cost a few thousand last year is now hovering at less than a grand while knock-offs are going for around $500 or less, depending on the model. It’s a great time to be a 3D printing hobbyist. But are these new printers worth picking… Read More

  • Minecraft, The Book

    Minecraft, The Book

    If you read one book this year about green pixelated monsters that were originally supposed to be malformed pigs, make it Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson. This slim volume by two Swedish tech journalists tracks the creation of Minecraft from the bedroom of a quiet, driven programmer named Markus Persson to the ballroom of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas where thousands… Read More

  • Hands On With The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer, A Rugged Printing Rig For Home And School

    Hands On With The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer, A Rugged Printing Rig For Home And School

    In the kennel of 3D printers, I’d equate the oddly-shaped and homegrown RepRap printers to lovable mutts. The Makerbot is a golden retriever, ready to please. And the $1,599 Afinia H-Series is a solid, scrappy Jack Russell terrier, willing to get dirty and able to take on all comers. The H-Series looks like it was built by the same industrial design team that built the original… Read More

  • Trainspotting: Hands On With The Mondaine Retro Automatic Watch

    Trainspotting: Hands On With The Mondaine Retro Automatic Watch

    This weekend’s watch review is focused on the Mondaine Automatic, an older model that hovers right about the $500 price point – a rare departure into the bargain section for this series. The model I tested is unique for a few reasons although, in the end, this watch is less about the feature set and more about the iconic design. Read More

  • Weekend Watch Review: Grappling The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

    Weekend Watch Review: Grappling The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

    Girard-Perregaux, to those not familiar with watch lore, is a watchmaker founded in 1791 and that now produces handmade, manufacture pieces in the mid- to high-level range. I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand – they usually come up with designs that are timeless and more classic than, say, Concord, and less fuddy-duddy than IWC and other traditional makers. The watch… Read More

  • The LUMOback Is An Infuriating, Ingenious Posture-Saving Device That May Drive You Crazy

    The LUMOback Is An Infuriating, Ingenious Posture-Saving Device That May Drive You Crazy

    As a quantified-self junkie and a huge slob, I enjoy attaching all manner of electronics to my body. That’s why I was excited about the LUMOBack. It’s basically a position sensor that you strap around your waist – under your clothes – and use to measure your posture and sleeping positions. It is, in a word, amazifuriating. Read More

  • Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    While we normally focus on flagship hardware on TC these days, I thought this new Olympus tough camera – an upgrade to the TG-1 released last year – was interesting enough to feature. Why? Because it’s not every day you can hand a camera to a team of toddlers and get it back in one, working piece. Read More

  • Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google has quietly launched a new program called Google City Experts to encourage more high-quality local business ratings and reviews on Google+. The program is currently limited to select cities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan, and will reward users who have left at least 50 reviews to date, and who produce at least five new reviews each month. Read More