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Review: Jibo Social Robot

R2-D2 may seem like a blast to hang out with, but in real-life, robots are rarely social butterflies. They’re fantastic assembly line workers, bolting together cars and refrigerators, but most are all work and no play. The closest thing to robotic friends we have right now are the growing number of smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo, each with an […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro Review: This Windows Portable Still Defines the 2-in-1 Category

It’s been five years since Microsoft’s first debuted the Surface tablet. At the time, a slim slate that could also replace your laptop was a crazy idea. But the thinking around that concept—and the PC industry—has changed so much in the intervening years that Microsoft just calls its fifth Surface machine the “ultimate laptop.” No additional qualifiers needed. In reality, […]

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Verizon's $10 'Premium Video' Plan Charges For Hi-Def That Your Eyes Can't See

There’s a lot not to like about Verizon’s initiative, which kicks in Friday, to charge $10 per month extra—per line!—for the privilege of streaming video at better than 720p resolution. There’s the gall that Verizon throttled its unlimited plan in the first place. There’s the pernicious creep of tacked-on charges industry-wide. But most of all, there’s this: On almost every […]

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Review: Samsung IconX (2018)

Fully wireless earbuds are the closest thing you’ll get to piping music directly into your brain. While there are a number of options out there, Samsung’s latest IconX (2018) headphones are the company’s second bite of the apple. They’re far from perfect, but these buds get a lot of things right. They have acceptable sound quality, for one. The bass […]

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Review: Samsung Gear Sport (2017)

When smartwatches were first teased, companies like Google promised they would unplaster our faces from our ever-present smartphone screens and wisp us into a new age where we could remain connected without feeling addicted. It didn’t happen. They’re good for fitness tracking and feeding smartphone notifications to our wrists, but smartwatches remain more of a computing side dish than a […]

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December Dripper Review: Refine Your Pour-Over Coffee Method

If you occasionally venture into upscale cafes, you may have noticed baristas making pour-over coffees, a process which requires them to spend several uninterrupted minutes slowly pouring hot water from a long-spouted kettle into a basket of grounds, basically doing what a countertop coffee maker was designed to do, but by hand. They often pour in a spiral pattern, which […]

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