Reassessing the classic home theater faceoff

Projector or TV: Is It Even a Contest?

Cost per inch of screen. It's the kind of fuzzy value calculation that warms many home theater shoppers to the idea of buying a projector in the first place. But is it really that simple?

The Best Digital Guard Dogs of 2015

Surveilling the New Generation of Smart Cameras

Like it or not, it's 2015: a dog at the foot of the bed and a revolver in your drawer is neither the safest nor the most sensible home security setup you can have. These seven home surveillance cameras lead the charge towards an altogether more secure and responsible home.

The Clash of Consoles

Decrypted: Why the PS4 Is Winning

Now that the gaming trifecta -- PS4, XBox One, Wii U -- has been on shelves for over a year, it’s become increasingly clear that one in particular is pulling ahead. What’s Sony doing so right with the PS4? We’re glad you asked.

Studs, Duds, and the Lot

The Best of CES 2015

All the happenings at the International Consumer Electronics Show -- CES 2015 -- including groundbreaking introductions and glaring vacancies.

Testing a Mindfulness Tool At the Mall on Black Friday

Home for the Holidays with the Muse Brain Sensing Headband

The Muse is a "mindfulness" tool recommended for use in a quiet place, removed from distraction for optimal results and noticeable calmness. I, being on my way home for Thanksgiving, decided the best way to test it was to wear it around my relatives and on a Black Friday trip to the mall.

Meaningful Evolution

Field Report: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Looking at the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II you’d be hard pressed to decide whether the APS-C shooter is more evolution or revolution. At first glance it’s still... you know... camera shaped. After a few days in the field substituting the 7D Mark II into our normal photo and video-heavy production schedule though we came away with an entirely different story. Here's our report.

Is That Half-Off Slingbox Worth It?

Decrypted: An Argument to End Black Friday

It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. That time of wasted money, squandered vacation time, dishonored holidays, and tramplings: Black Friday. This year, ask yourself: Why?

One Size Never FIts All

Live Active, Track Smarter: How Fitbit Has Changed the Wearable Game

The mere thought of becoming more active isn’t a tough one to grasp, but for millions of people, making fitness a reality is easier said than done. Falling in love with the journey to better health doesn’t begin with a longstanding commitment to eat better, exercise more, and meditate more often. It begins with the very next step you take, and Fitbit’s innovative line of trackers will be there to capture it. In a world obsessed with convergence, Fitbit’s mantra has been making the best activity tracking tools on the planet. Learn more about the company's history and discover which Fitbit device is best suited to you here.

Serenity Now

7 Best Noise Canceling Headphones

Because they make it so much easier to hear hushed dialogue in movies or the pianissimo finale of a favorite symphony, active noise canceling headphones have become standard items to pack for any serious traveler (especially anyone with a window seat next to the plane’s engine). They’ve also become popular with office workers who want to eliminate the chatter of colleagues and other workplace noise. We tried out more than 15 different pairs of ANC headsets on planes, trains, buses, noisy subway cars and riding mowers across the U.S. and Europe to settle on seven models that lead the pack.

Apple Pay vs CurrentC vs the World

The Trials and Tribulations of Paying With Your Phone

A month ago, U.S. consumers couldn’t care less about tap-to-pay systems. In a flash, that all changed. What does the heated competition between Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and CurrentC mean for the future of your wallet?

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

Stay Ahead of Planned Obsolescence

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

In a world cluttered with uncertainties, you can be assured of this: you’ll never be stumped for something to buy if there’s a techie in your life. As the pace of innovation hastens each year, the technology fanatics among us can’t ever seem to find contentedness. That’s bad news for one's wallet, but it’s great for those hoping to send the perfect message this holiday. Have a look at our recommendations below -- just be sure to gear up for one or two massive hugs in return.

Careful What You Wish For

Decrypted: HBO and CBS Go Over the Top

With HBO and CBS's recently announced streaming-only packages, many have speculated that the days of the pay-TV cable bundle is finally crumbling; but now that we’ve got what we want, will it really save us money?

An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating

Kit: Taking on Baja

Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything -- because anything can, and will, happen.

Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

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.

So Good, It Skipped Windows 9

Decrypted: Windows 10 Looks Backward to Go Forward

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.

A Road Warrior’s Best Friend

For Seasoned Travelers, the iPhone 6 Plus is a Worthy Upgrade

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.

Less of a Pivot, More of a Triple Salchow

Decrypted: Path Rights Its Course

It’s entirely possible that you have no idea what Path is. Until recently it had been floundering mightily. But with a change in direction announced this week, the company could define an entire new industry.

... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too

Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

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?