Google Express will make shipping easier — and it might just be the service that gives back to all of the mom-and-pop stores that the search giant reportedly took from.
Expediting the Late-Night Beer Run
Knows You So Well It Finishes Your Sentences
With this month’s introduction of iOS 8, SwiftKey — along with other alternative keyboards — have made their way over to the iPhone demographic. Suddenly, taking the words right out of one’s mouth is all the rage, but what’s it to you?
Master your domain like never before
The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like “smart home” and “the internet of things” are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Porsche’s GTS is back, tools for your beard, Baxter’s best shower bar ever, a handheld espresso device, the G-Tech G-Speed Studio R Thunderbolt 2 and more.
On the Dance floor at Kuli Alma
Blazing Beats, art house-inspired visual projections and a cocaine-like liquor: a night inside Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv’s newest nightlife hotspot.
So Good, It Skipped Windows 9
We may never know the truth behind the chosen “10” nomenclature, but we do know a thing or two about the software that’s set to replace Windows Phone and eventually show up on the Xbox.
The Gear You Missed
This Week in Gear: the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, iPhone 6 cases, the newest GoPro, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and more.
A Road Warrior’s Best Friend
Starting at $749, the 6 Plus is also the most expensive iPhone ever produced, but it offers jetsetters, journeymen, and tried-and-true road warriors a few things that no Apple smartphone has before. After traveling around for a week with the 6 Plus, I’m confident in at least one thing: it’s a must-have for those who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.
... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too
If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers’ top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?
Vintage Finds, the Power of Odd Numbers and More
From the Archives: Sometimes an outsider’s perspective is just what’s needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men’s design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who’s been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.
The Week's Best Writing
Our best articles from the last few weeks. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: the best boots for fall, following a pro cyclist through wine country, burning your tongue off with hot sauce, playing golf in a democracy, the best fruit beer and more.
One Hike to Rule Them All
We asked for photos and stories from your favorite trail, and many of you delivered. Actually, a lot of you delivered. Too many, in fact. You made these past few days difficult and emotionally taxing. But, at long last, we’ve picked a winner.
Deals this good don't last long.
The Drive is the Destination
From the Archives: Long weekends aren’t just for sleeping in and backyard barbecues. Hop in the car, embrace the fresh air and hug the asphalt like you don’t have a care in the world. There are a ton of great roads out there, twisty, straight and some off the beaten path. We’ve listed some of the best (and some less-traveled) for your vacation enjoyment and paired them with the ideal vehicle to maximize the experience.
More Americans now subscribe to in-home broadband than cable television from any of the nation’s nine largest providers. We’re arguably staring at a future where all content — channel based or otherwise — is delivered over the Internet.
One More Thing Than Apple's Thing
With the release of the Apple Watch, wrist wearables may finally be finding their stride. But who cares? Watches had perfected timekeeping by the time the personal computer was invented. What wearable technology really needs to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers worldwide is a revolution. So from GP’s own department of disruptive innovation comes a proposal: the iBuckle. Here’s a breakdown of its groundbreaking features.
The Gear You Missed
This Week in Gear: Destiny, slim EDC Leathermans, minimalist leather wallets, Four Roses Bourbon and the best barrel-aged ciders.
Ask and you shall receive
Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever — not to mention how we shop. Amazon’s new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.
Just That Easy
From the Archives: Maybe it’s cooling down for you. Maybe it’s not, but whether you’re starting to stack the layers or just need a little extra amp in your wardrobe, the unstructured blazer is hard to beat. Here are our six favorites.
The mobile interface of the future, today
Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon’s newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user’s head in relation to the phone’s screen — even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn’t require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.
Big Boned Bikes
From the Archives: The Global Fat Bike Summit reported that fat bike sales doubled from 2011 to 2012, then doubled again from 2012 to 2013. So on and so forth. The category is growing, and the ease with which the oversized tires float over sand, snow and technical rock sections is to thank. Whether you’re looking for something to ride casually through the winter months or a race monster, we’ve got five bikes to cover your needs. Oh, and a few races to strive for.
It's About Time
Back in August, we argued that smartwatches simply weren’t worth the investment (yet, anyway) for most people. The question, of course, was whether or not Apple’s entry into the space would break away from that mold in any significant manner. Now that the company’s annual September event has concluded and an Apple Watch has been released, Darren Murph examines the answer.
Calling on anyone with a trail name and matching beard
ATTENTION: We’re rounding up stories and photography from the best hiking trails in America, and we need your help.
The Gear You Missed
This Week in Gear: The Beatles Boxed Set, underwater cameras, sexy watches, coffee kits and more.
Our inbox overfloweth
We read all of your letters. Here’s the proof.
Like Post Secret for Adults
Within the past year, two anonymous social apps, Secret and Whisper, have launched and secured millions of dollars in funding while racking up thousands of new users per day. The question is, should you be using them?
Moving on up
A year’s worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that’ve just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There’s a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes — like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You’ve also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You’ve earned the extra space, now make it your own.
Timekeeping from across the pond
From the Archives: Before the Swiss stole the show, it was the Brits who were the masters of keeping time. Today, London’s calling watchmakers again, and British-based brands — Bremont, Chris Ward, Pinion and more — are on the rise. We explore Albion’s greatness with a watch shootout, a history lesson, an interview and more.
Stay safe with genuine Canon products
Counterfeit Canon batteries and battery chargers cost less than their genuine counterparts for a reason: they lack the heat management technology that’s critical for safety. The underground nature of their production also ignores factors like quality control and worker well-being in favor of earning a quick buck. By buying fake Canon products, you’re not just supporting these criminal groups, you’re also putting your camera equipment and potentially even your own safety at serious risk.