How odd, an Apple device without a single moving part, button, display, or touch-sensitive part. Apple’s new AirTag item tracker is a tab that is, aside from a startling ability to produce sounds without a speaker grill, essentially inert.
It’s not dead though. Inside is a little circuitry, Bluetooth, ultra-wideband (UWB), sensors, and a watch battery all working together to look after your stuff. Actually, it’s more accurate to say AirTag keeps a watchful eye on momma iPhone, bleating like a lost lamb if the device (and its owner) strays too far, for too long.
Apple’s AirTags ($29.00 for one…
What’s it like to be a drone? It’s not something I thought much about until I virtually climbed inside one and flew from its point of view.
Now I can tell you, thanks to DJI’s first FPV (first-person view) drone, it’s exhilarating.
News that DJI now has its own FPV drone is exciting but not surprising. It started making drone goggles for first-person view and control of drones back in 2017. Its first attempt was huge and ridiculous. A few years later, it followed up with the DJI FPV Goggles, a much more lightweight and compact headset that could work…
The smartphone market is an allegiance landmine. If you profess your admiration for Apple’s iPhone, the Android crowd call you a brain-washed rube who’s ignoring the wonders available in the open-source platform since 2009. If you praise Android, iOS fans remind you of all the ways the occasionally clunky platform still lags behind an iPhone.
As a tech journalist, I’ve had the luxury of using both platforms simultaneously. I lean iOS with an iPhone 12 Pro being my go-to device, but I’ve spent many hours, days, and weeks with LG ThinQs, Google’s Pixel, Samsung’s Galaxy line, and numerous OnePlus devices.
Griffith Park is a beautiful place to walk. You have the long, steep climb to the top, dotted along the way with beautiful vistas of Los Angeles hills, and the treat of the iconic Griffith Observatory at the top.
Shawn Mendes described some of this to me as I trudged through the side streets of my chilly suburban neighborhood.
The singer-songwriter and I were thousands of miles apart, but brought together asynchronously, via Apple’s new Fitness+ (the service costs $9.99 a month after a one-month free trial) add-on: the podcast-like Time to Walk audio workout series.
Time to Walk is…
The gadgets we use today literally dictate how connected we are with the rest of the world, especially more than half a year into the coronavirus pandemic. What helps you work or relax better? What gadgets or apps do you use to keep in contact with friends? How could companies make this experience better?
This kind of critical feedback is great for other people who might be deciding what to buy, but also for companies that want to make the next version of its tech better. …
When Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro X in late 2019, its chip made it an anomaly. The computer, a radical redesign of the Surface Pro, featured an ARM-based processor (the SQ1) instead of a chip from Intel.
At the time, it seemed like a flight of fancy or perhaps a simple warning shot for Intel that indicated the company was actively flirting with the idea of ARM-based processors.
Microsoft is all-in on ARM processors, and it’s serious about continuing to invest in them — which may spell trouble for Intel’s x86-based processors in the long run.
When is the last time you truly had a fun and delightful experience on a social network? I asked myself that same question after being invited to join Telepath, a new social network focused on conversation and providing spaces where people can find community with folks who share their interests. Telepath is trying to bring the fun from the early internet back to social networks as well as prevent the hate and abuse that run rampant on platforms like Twitter and Reddit. …
Color E Ink has long been the white whale — terrible pun not exactly intended — of e-reader technology. So when I heard about the Pocketbook Color, the first color e-reader for consumers available outside of China, I wanted it immediately.
I read at least a book a week, many of them on my Kindle, and it’s profoundly sad to see a grayscale version of what is actually a stunning, glittering cover illustration like those on Stan Parish’s Love and Theft or Ella Berman’s The Comeback. …