I’ve said it over and over again: I had no plans to buy AirPods Max. I had absolutely no interest in them.
Okay, that last part was incorrect; I had no interest in paying $549 for them. Sheesh.
But I was definitely interested in them. I figured I’d be waiting for Apple to make a cheaper version of the AirPods Max, maybe an SE version or something. Considering that, I didn’t expect to have any version of the AirPods Max in my hands so soon after their release. But here I am, wearing AirPods Max on my noggin right now.
I have always loved watches.
That’s not an exaggeration; as a kid, you could find me in the watch section of Wal-Mart as often as you could find me in the toy section. I’ve got cabinets full of cheap, dead watches that I don’t wear but I’ve stopped short of throwing out. I’m not sure why I’ve always been fascinated by timepieces, and it has for a long time been true that more often than not, you can find me not wearing any watch at all, but none of that ever stopped me from buying a new wristwatch.
Over the last year of working from home through the pandemic, there’s been one constant: The house is eternally messy, and we’re eternally cleaning it. Because we’re home with our two pets all the time, if we aren’t vacuuming and mopping daily, our hard floors get dirty quickly.
True wireless earbuds have come a long way in a short amount of time. As someone who loudly rejected the mobile phone trend of jettisoning the 3.5mm headphone jack, I’ve come to appreciate and in many ways prefer Bluetooth wireless earbuds like the Jabra Elite 75t when comfort and all around performance are my top priorities. Some wireless earphones like the Sennheiser True Wireless 2 even satisfy perhaps the most important metric to an audiophile, sound fidelity. …
After more than a decade spent in the field, I can tell you that breaking into photography isn’t easy. I’m a professional photographer, and the owner of a news photography agency. I get to work with a wide variety of photographers and historical archives, and my own work routinely appears in publications like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. I also sit on the board of…
Hands up: I have a headphone addiction.
I’m lucky (or perhaps unfortunate, given my condition) that I get sent lots of free pairs of headphones to review for my YouTube channel. This has given me an appreciation for a wide range of consumer cans.
Whether you’re really into the quality of sound or just want a decent pair of over-the-ears that block out the world around you, there are some truly superb options out there: from the ludicrously priced yet buttery-smooth AirPods Max to Sony’s incredible WH-1000xm4. We’re living in possibly the most exciting headphone era ever.
But I’ve always…
Sammy Nickalls, a writer based in Pennsylvania, often has to poop immediately before a Zoom call. “I always end up thinking to myself, ‘Oh God, do I have time to take care of this before the call?’ and ‘WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?’”
Nickalls is experiencing what for most of us is a new phenomenon: the dreaded Zoom poop. As the pandemic forced more people to transition from an office setting to their new work-from-home life, crucial bathroom routines were suddenly upended. Folks who used to regularly poop at, say, 7:00 after a morning run but before their commute to…
When the pandemic lockdowns first started, most people started staying home on nights and weekends and even worked or studied from home. Quarantine didn’t do much for everyone’s mental health, but it did have a silver lining for some Twitch streamers: If everyone’s at home, there’s more time to watch (or play) games.
The past year has helped lead to a massive shift for some streamers who have managed to grow their audience and build up their community at the same time.
Imagine the cheapest possible smartphone you can buy that’s brand new. Given that low barrier, what would you be able to do with it? Would the experience be frustrating or simply average? Would you gain some benefits with that minimalist sheen that you might not find otherwise?
I found myself pondering these questions around the Teracube 2e, a device promoted on Indiegogo as a sustainable, repairable device. When I found it, the lowest available price on Indiegogo was $99; currently, the suggested price is $200. At either price, the Teracube 2e is cheap enough to be considered a commodity.
Last January, I was out thrift shopping with my friend Imani when my phone suddenly stopped working. We’d made it about halfway through a long row of wool coats when I went to check my email and found I had no signal.
“That’s really weird,” I said to Imani. “My phone isn’t connecting to any towers.”
“Maybe the store just gets a bad signal.”
“No, that’s not it,” I said. “There are no bars, not even empty ones. And no little LTE or 4G symbol.”
“Try restarting it?”
I turned my phone off and back on again, and still there…
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