Last week Amazon held its annual device event, and it did not disappoint. We saw giant Echo displays that go on the wall, weird projector video call devices so kids can play with gramma, and a literal monitoring robot named Astro. Astro is more than Alexa on wheels: it has personality, a face, and multiple cameras. It was a pretty whizbang presentation.
But what if Astro is actually a terrible robot? The kind of robot that isn’t ready to be sold yet—not by a long shot. That’s what some leaked internal documents suggest. Check the top story for the details.
Have you seen Liteboxer, the at-home exercise equipment you get to punch? Our resident reviewer Sarah took it for a spin (punch? jab?) and came away pretty impressed.
In a surprise move, Amazon debuted a “home monitoring” Alexa-powered robot that’ll follow you around. While it looked amazing in the short demos we saw, you can’t always trust highly scripted announcement events. If leaked documents are to be believed, Astro might actually be terrible. Read More »
Your iPhone is a serious camera, but to make the most of it, you need to use some third-party apps. The built-in Camera and Photos apps are fine, but they just aren’t up to scratch compared to the best photography apps out there. Let’s take a look. Read More »
USB-C is a great interface, but it’s not without its complexities. One of which is how it deals with video signals—not every USB-C cable can plug into a monitor and display an image, but these are the best ones that can. Read More »
I’ve been using LastPass as my primary password manager for many years—if I had to guess, I’d say it has to be close to 10 years now. And over those years, it has let me down, disappointed me, and frustrated me on multiple occasions. A few weeks ago, I finally made the switch to 1Password. I should’ve done it ages ago. Read More »
With the LED lights and fun scoring metrics, the Liteboxer may look like some smart dancing machine at first. And although it kind of is, it’s really a full-body boxing machine that lets you work out from the comfort of your home. Read More »
Need a few extra plugs to connect all of your favorite gear to your MacBook? This handy USB-C hub adapter offers you a 4K 30Hz HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, one 100W USB-C PD fast-charging port, and an SD TF card reader. It is compatible with 13-, 15-, and 16-inch MacBook Pro models from 2016 up through 2020. It’s also powerful enough to charge laptops up to 100W, and it supports 5K 60Hz video and data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps. You can even use the Thunderbolt 3 port to mirror or extend your display.
Watching horror movies is a fun Autumn activity, and an absolute must for Halloween enthusiasts. We rounded up 31 of the most exciting and outrageous horror movies (with plenty of classics and a few newer picks) to give you something thrilling to watch every day in October. Read More »
Honda just unveiled its groundbreaking plan to build flying taxis, Avatar Robots, and VR-controlled moon rovers by 2030. We’re looking at an insane development here—the kind that could shape humanity in ways both positive and negative. But as I sit and wonder what the future holds, the implications of this technology … I keep getting distracted by Honda’s stupid animated robot concept video. Read More »
Sony revealed a new pair of wireless headphones and earbuds this week that takes its best headphones and makes them more affordable. Of course, we’re talking about the extremely popular WH-1000XM4 and WF-1000XM4. Read More »
When Windows 11 was first announced in June, we were surprised by Microsoft’s enthusiasm for its new app store. The company insisted that its new and improved Microsoft Store would include tons of 3rd party content without forcing developers to rewrite apps. And now, a month ahead of Windows 11’s launch, Microsoft is making good on its promise. Read More »
One of the iPhone’s biggest faults, especially during a global pandemic, is that Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask. And while many people get around this issue using the Unlock with Apple Watch feature, a bug has prevented it front working properly on the new iPhone 13. That’s why Apple is pushing an update to patch the problem. Read More »
Right on cue, Disney+ is now streaming LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, its oh-so-spooky animated Halloween special. Disney had previously teased the special on Twitter in August, but it’s now time to grab some snacks, curl up with a blanket, and press play. Read More »
Windows 11 arrives on October 5, 2021. Unlike the big Windows 10 upgrade offer that felt impossible to avoid, Microsoft isn’t encouraging everyone to upgrade this time. In fact, Microsoft is recommending many PC owners not upgrade. Here’s what you need to know. Read More »