August Smart Lock Review: A High-Tech Alternative to the Key Under the Mat

When August first introduced its smart lock in 2014, it bested the competition by pairing high design and high tech in a way that other smarthome brands couldn’t. With its latest, third generation August Smart Lock, you get updated tech in a simpler, newly designed package. But the sales pitch hasn’t changed: With an August attached to your door, you […]

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Review: Leica Sofort

When the Leica Sofort was announced last year, I was sure it was a hoax perpetrated by a savvy Photoshopper with too much time on her hands. Leica, the company best known for its high-end shooters, making a camera out of plastic? It seemed like a perfect joke, like if Bugatti rolled out a hatchback commuter car. But, here we are. […]

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Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat Glass Magellan Review: It Urges Your to Get Experimental

Fujifilm’s instant film is incredibly fun to shoot. It’s just too bad that many of the cameras Fuji makes are aimed squarely at tweens instead of photo buffs. Even the best of Fuji’s lineup, the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, has limited features and an underwhelming plastic lens. That’s where Lomography’s latest instant camera flips the script. What Lomography has […]

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The Ikea Place App Shows the Practical Promise of AR Kit

For almost as long as Ikea has designed and manufactured assemble-it-yourself furniture, the Swedish company has let technology inform its business. It incorporated wireless charging into its furniture designs, created smart lighting that works no matter what smart home ecosystem you live in, and as early as 2012, experimented with augmented reality to bring its shelves and tables to life […]

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Nike’s New Flyleather Brings Cow Skin Into the 21st Century

Before Nike launched Flyknit in 2012, the company invested years of research into building the machinery and software that designers could use to weave the synthetic yarn into a nearly seamless shoe uppers. It payed off. Nike has since sold scores of Flyknit shoes, and now makes products like sports bras using the same manufacturing process. Now, Nike’s extending the […]

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How to Save Messages on Your iPhone

If you’re like most iPhone users, when you upgraded to the newest version of iOS, Apple automatically migrated your settings, apps, and text messages. While there are benefits to wiping your phone and starting over—c’mon, you don’t really need all those apps—there’s also the possibility that you might lose valuable info hidden within your text messages. All those short missives […]

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