Gadgets

Tacoma review: Telling a tale of the future

Show, don’t tell. It’s one of filmmaking’s oldest adages—write for the screen. Don’t drag out in dialogue what’s better served through action, left unsaid, sequestered away in subtext. I bring it up because Fullbright’s first game, Gone Home, was a master of subtext. Arriving at your family’s empty house in the middle of the night, you’re left wandering room to room, ... Read More »

The Full Nerd Episode 29: Threadripper review, final Core i9 specs, and an Intel eclipse

and Adam Patrick Murray talk Ryzen Threadripper, reveal the latest specs on Intel’s Core i9 CPUs, and wonder why on earth Intel scheduled its 8th-gen Core launch for the same day as the total eclipse? Gordon goes full John Madden and breaks out detailed benchmark charts on AMD 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Find out why it’s now the biggest, baddest CPU in the valley of ... Read More »

Razer’s Base Station Chroma is a flashy headset stand with RGB lighting

Razer, the company that ushered in the apocalypse by unleashing the RGB mousepad upon the world, is back at it again. This week the company pulled back the curtain on an—I swear—RGB headset stand. RGB. Headset. Stand. If you’d told me when I started this job that I’d one day assemble those three words together I would’ve thrown out the first RGB ... Read More »

Fitbit-Style Activity Trackers Could Do More Harm Than Good, Finds Study

HIGHLIGHTS Study was conducted on school pupils aged between 13 and 14 years Fitbit’s community element introduced negative feelings of self Competition was an external pressure rather than internal motivator Wearable activity trackers such as Fitbit could be doing more harm than good in encouraging young teenagers to exercise, a study suggests. Over decades, physical activity interventions targeted at young people in ... Read More »

T-Mobile’s Revvl: Specs, features, pros and cons of T-Mobile’s budget phone

When we think of smartphone brands, Samsung, LG, and Apple generally come to mind, not T-Mobile. But the Un-Carrier wants to change that perception with the launch of a new budget phone, the Revvl. T-Mobile isn’t the first carrier to launch a branded smartphone, but the Revvl is more compelling than the typical carrier phone. Here are a few things we ... Read More »

Galaxy S8 battery life tips: How to control battery drain

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the best Android smartphones available, but if you’re going to get any use out of features like Bixby Voice and Samsung’s stellar camera, you’ll want to implement a few power-saving strategies. Fortunately, Samsung bundled in a helpful power-saving mode to keep the Galaxy S8’s battery steadily pumping throughout the day. We’ll teach ... Read More »

Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal weatherman?

Weather Station as our top pick in this category. The Netatmo kit—the base package plus the wind and rain gauges—remains our recommendation for smart-home enthusiasts. Everyone has their own morning routine. Some of us go for a run, others get the kids ready for school, some just want to know if it will be smooth sailing during their rush-hour commute. The ... Read More »

ShopClues to enter unboxed gadgets segment, eyes doubling GMV

Online marketplace ShopClues is entering the unboxed and refurbished electronic gadgets category and targets doubling its gross merchandise value with a customer count of 9 million by the end of this fiscal. The company aims to organise the mostly unstructured category of used and unboxed electronics, it said. “With a focus on the ‘re-new’ gadgets category, ShopClues is structuring the ... Read More »

Amazon is solving our cable management problems today for less than $7

Today’s deal addresses one of the biggest problems in the lives of most PCusers: cable management. Amazon is currently selling 100 Velcro Brand hook and loop black ties for $6.09. The ties measure 8 inches long by 0.5-inch wide. While the ties come at a set length, it’s easy to cut them to smaller lengths when necessary. If you’re building your own PC, ... Read More »

Facepalm: Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs won’t work with today’s motherboards

Get ready to facepalm, Intel fans. The company’s upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs apparently won’t work with existing stocks of motherboards, a manufacturer confirmed on Wednesday. In a Twitter post by Asrock last Saturday, the company flat-out said the new CPU won’t work with today’s motherboards. When asked by Evan Jensen “…will the Z270 Supercarrier get support for the upcoming @intel ... Read More »