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.
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Today in Gear: Aritson’s smallest subwoofer, Ashton Kutcher models Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro Hinge, Google Express is the real deal, a portable battery for smartphones and laptops, an app to find empty work space and more.
Expediting the Late-Night Beer Run
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.
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Today in Gear: TravisMathew’s glass ping pong table, Google Nexus 9, trendy-looking timber bags, Patagonia wading pants and more.
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Today in Gear: George R.R. Martin’s new Thrones book, Google Nexus Player, a real ninja suit, Killspencer iPhone 6 cases and more.
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Today in Gear: Google’s iPhone 6-killer, Zeiss virtual reality, TaylorMade’s RSi irons and more.
The Well-traveled smartphone
Whether you’re going abroad or visiting a neighboring state, you should take time to make sure your smartphone is ready to make your trip easier. These 17 travel apps are a good start.
As the U.S. Battles Belgium
If the World Cup isn’t about triumph or tragedy as eleven countrymen fight for national pride with illustrious skill, then dammit, it’s about data. And where there is data, there is Google. Every match a team of analysts, writers, and artists are standing by holding their finger to the social pulse of the world, and when something big happens, Google’s World Cup War Room responds.
Today in Gear we examine Philips’s laser-guided beard trimmer, a transforming Raven lawn mower, Arnette prescription frames, organic whey powder, a Chrome remote desktop for mobile and an easy solution for popped tires.
Today in gear, we examine the “edgier” new Camry, Nocs’ improved earbuds, charred moonshine, Google’s stand alone camera app, reusable BBQ sheets, and Sonic Edition’s new print collection with Freemans Sporting Club.
Today in gear: Android’s play on wearables, Yak wool cardigans, a coke glass for serious coke habits and beer flavored Jelly beans.
Grumble away, gramps: sending a third of our wages to Uncle Sam and marching slowly toward death notwithstanding, the constant exponential expansion and discovery of technology is neither slowing nor ever going to end. So instead of griping about not knowing how the cloud works, try embracing tech. It can get overwhelming, sure, but there…
If your Christmas tree had peripherals
We live in a world dominated by technology, and a lot of it is pretty expensive. People save for the big items and often overlook the small; that’s where stocking stuffers come in handy (they’re the stop-and-smell-the-roses of the gifting world). The best news: because tech is so very ubiquitous — if not necessary — these days, a giftee needn’t be a major computer nerd to appreciate these tech gifts under $100.
Music to His Ears
Thought purchasing a Christmas gift for your in-laws was tough? Try shopping for someone who knows everything about media gadgetry and can’t abide anything but the best. The Mediaphile’s affinity for films, games, music, and yes, eBooks, goes beyond the bounds of reason and continues to expand as the consumer market welcomes the latest tech innovations daily. Best believe he’s on top of everything from next-gen gaming consoles to popular subscription-based apps. This presents a problem, because you think HDMI, DSLR, DAC and WAV are medical tests and/or prerequisite exams for grad school applications. Don’t run to the Geek Squad yet. We’ve pulled together some awesome media-primed options worth your coin this holiday. He’ll thank you — and then you won’t see him for a couple months, save for Doritos runs and the rare bathroom break.
At Your Service
In the process of creating revolutionary products and services that made everything from music, movies, games, photos and a vast world of internet-related services instantly on-demand to consumers with the touch of button, Apple has been out-innovated in the one area that supposedly guides everything that they do. With the launch of the new Kindle HDX, Amazon revealed a new free support service aptly named Mayday built into each new unit shipped. Google has an on-demand, face-to-face help service too. Is this the future of tech support (and beyond)?
Hot For Teacher...'s Assistant
So you’ve decided four years of college just wasn’t enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You’ve trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you’ve been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You’re getting smarter — so should your gear.
Google Nexus 7 2.3 million. No, that’s not how much Larry Page makes every time you do a search for “how to bake a potato”. It’s the number of pixels on Google’s newest 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, which also packs dual stereo speakers and a quad-core Snapdragon processor paired to 2GB of RAM for lightning-speed…
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Moisturizer While wrinkles have sometimes been glamorized in various forms of media, we’d rather age imperceptibly and maintain a smooth dermal terrain for all our days. The first line of defense is applying sunscreen daily, but for the ultimate in skin-smoothing and wrinkle reduction, looking to the best in the…
The internet cognoscenti’s response to Google Reader’s shut-down announcement has been incredible. Yet the fact remains: as of July 1st, the longstanding browser-based RSS compiler with a social streak will be shuttered. Luckily, a host of opportunistic companies and long-standing competitors to Reader have scrambled to make viable alternatives. So which life boat should you swim to? Gather, ye huddled masses of Internet refugees. We’ve come up with the best alternatives to Google Reader ready to take you in.
3 x 1 & Cool Hunting Pitmaster Denim Apron Cone Mill Barber Pole selvedge denim traced with Cool Hunting’s quite recognizable green stitching, a green neoprene beer pocket to keep a cold one cool, and dual thermometer pockets. Just add barbecue sauce. $125 2013 Honda Grom Powered by Honda’s 125cc single cylinder, SOHC four-stroke originally…
Lighten the load
When it comes to choosing the right laptop, everyone seeks three necessities: a sleek profile, high performance, and most importantly, portability. A weighty — or worse, bulky — portable computer can take a heavy toll on the body and make daily commuting a pain in the ass; yet everyone from business buffs to college grads wants a machine powerful enough to meet computing needs. We’re fortunate to bask in a beautiful balance of both virtues thanks to the latest leaps in laptop engineering. From convertibles to high-end subnotebooks, we sifted through the market to find the best laptops weighing in at under four pounds. Just remember, they’ll probably make you look fat in comparison.
The Road is Life
With age comes the ability to do a long highway cruise better than we ever could as a youngster. Summer’s right around the corner, so we’ve compiled above all the gear you’ll need to make new memories on the road. Get what you need and hit the road, Jack. Grab the wheel and point it west, take a buddy and leave the rest.
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Stock Android Hardware fans prepared to be disappointed by the developer focus of Google’s 2013 I/O powwow received a welcomed surprise Wednesday. The search giant will be selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android for $649. They’re not officially calling it a “Nexus” yet, but it’s…
Chefday Choose one of the gourmet chef-designed recipes on Chefday’s website and every last organic, almost entirely locally sourced ingredient — from salt to tenderloins — will be hand-delivered to your door, pre-measured and pre-washed. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step video instructions and set the table. It’s an ultra easy way…
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 The latest addition to the EOS family takes the crown as the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market today. Though it weighs a mere 14 ounces, it still packs a 18-megapixel APS-C sensor as well as other goodies like a touch-enabled LCD screen — making it a perfect entry-level option…
Putting the polish on chrome
If the new breed of “convertible” Windows 8 laptops hasn’t left you more confused than a barber with Troy Polamalu in his seat, then Google’s latest venture into the hardware world should do the trick. The Google Chromebook Pixel ($1,299) is a high-end laptop running Google’s own Chrome OS. Not familiar with the software? It’s a browser on steroids, optimized for web content along with a growing number of browser-based applications — and that’s about it.
The Nexus in line to the Android crown?
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced a little over a year ago, and right on queue, Google has officially shared its latest pure-Android flagship device, simply dubbed the Nexus 4 ($299+). As the slew of early leaks suggested, the LG handset touts plenty of impressive hardware specs — and we’re not talking about that Gorilla…
Rounding it out
It can’t provide an array of covert weapons for getting out of a bind or a good scolding, but Google’s new Nexus Q ($299) accessory does allow Android users to stream video and music content from Google’s Play applications as well as YouTube to their home theater. In fact, anyone with an Android device connected…
Are you ready for this jelly?
Google’s blessed Nexus line of stock Android phones now finally includes a tablet big brother. The ASUS produced Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean, which promises a slew of enhancements from previous desert OS iterations — particularly when it comes to speed. On the hardware front,…
The future is potentially in eight months
Technology moves fast, but for those of us that dream about time-traveling DeLoreans and holographic computer screens, it can’t move fast enough. That’s why our inner-LeVar Burton became giddy with excitement when Google shared some details of their long-rumored experiment, Project Glass. Whisperings among the Technorati have guessed at specs that seemed straight out of…