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Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds

Sleeping on the weekends is rough. My apartment is across the street from a bar that grows only louder and more crowded in the height of summer, so a good Saturday night snooze is usually out of the question. Raucous drinkers, the thump of the bass from the building, and the sound of my air conditioner create a…

Plume Made Good Wifi Cheap Plume Made Good Wifi Cheap

I’ve always had a frustrating relationship with the Internet thanks to where I lived. Long hallways or brick walls were in the way of a strong connection, requiring me to get inventive with Ethernet cables, antenna extenders, and SSID names. Mesh networks, which use multiple routers working in tandem to eradicate dead…

Alexa, Is My House on Fire? Alexa, Is My House on Fire?

Many devices are now pulling double-duty these days. Game consoles are entertainment streaming devices. Smartwatches tell you the time while also telling you which of your coworkers is demanding your attention. Lightbulbs are burglar deterrents, at least when they’re not setting the mood. So Onelink’s Safe and Sound,…

Microsoft Surface Laptop, One Year Later

When the Surface Laptop was released a year ago, it immediately struck me as the Microsoft-built computer I’d been waiting for. You see, I’ve always admired the design of all of Microsoft’s Surface products, but at the same time felt that they weren’t exactly for me. The keyboard cover on the Surface Pro is just too…

Motorola’s Making the Cheap Smartphone Even Harder to Resist Motorola’s Making the Cheap Smartphone Even Harder to Resist

Apple and Samsung would have you believe quality smartphones should cost the many hundreds of dollars you must sacrifice to obtain their rarefied devices. But in recent years, the march of time has made that notion obsolete. In 2012, a $200 device was nearly unusable. But now? Sharp screens are cheap, and fast…

This Charging Case for Bluetooth Headphones Is Surprisingly Good and Useful This Charging Case for Bluetooth Headphones Is Surprisingly Good and Useful

Nearly every pair of pocket-friendly Bluetooth headphones suffers from the same problem: your pockets. Those storage compartments aren’t exactly clean, and don’t do shit for you when it comes to keeping your alive. For those tired of dealing with dead headphones, extraneous earwax, and storing your keys in unsecured…

This Gadget Told Me How Wimpy My Punches Are, Please Don't Fight Me This Gadget Told Me How Wimpy My Punches Are, Please Don't Fight Me

You ever get in a fight? No, not on Twitter. I mean a real fight, you know, with your fists? If not, then Hykso’s $150 FightCamp punch trackers probably aren’t your bag. The wearable is designed to provide the hard-hitting boxer within you valuable insight about your performance, and show you how you stack up compared…

I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy

As Moe the Bartender proudly reveals his new restaurant’s Navy surplus deep fryer that can flash fry a buffalo in 40 seconds, Homer laments: “Forty seconds? But I want it now!” He was right. In a time when instant messages and same day shipping are the norm, waiting for food to cook feels like an inconvenience. But a…

Roccat's New 'Membranical' Keyboard Tries to Be Everything to Everyone Roccat's New 'Membranical' Keyboard Tries to Be Everything to Everyone

The humble keyboard has risen in popularity in recent years; the seemingly infinite variety of models has turned the input accessory into something like watches for people with Newegg accounts. With companies trying to cater to every preference and price point, maybe it was inevitable that we’d end up with something…

A Self-Hating, Animal Version of Walt Disney Goes to Art-Camp Rehab in a New Graphic Novel A Self-Hating, Animal Version of Walt Disney Goes to Art-Camp Rehab in a New Graphic Novel

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that the word “Disney” comes from a real person’s name. The company that the legendary mogul built is frighteningly powerful and ubiquitous—and his last name has come to connote, sometimes pejoratively, a certain artistic sensibility. A new graphic novel called Von Spatz is a…

The New Lost in Space Has a Lot of Potential But Needs a Little More Time to Find Itself The New Lost in Space Has a Lot of Potential But Needs a Little More Time to Find Itself

Let me preface this review of Netflix’s new Lost in Space series by saying one thing: Whether your father watched the original campy TV series of the ‘60s or saw the critically-panned 1998 movie reboot starring Matt LeBlanc, this is not your daddy’s Lost in Space. Anyone wanting a campy nostalgia-fest about a nuclear…

Upgrade Offers a Subversive, Self-Aware Update to the Classic Scifi-Action Formula Upgrade Offers a Subversive, Self-Aware Update to the Classic Scifi-Action Formula

Upgrade lives up to its name in more than one way. It presents a series of tropes you already knew and polishes them up with modern executions, giving us a main character ready to star in updated version of the Six Million Dollar Man.

Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day

The original Game Boy was the first device to push my fascination with gadgets to an obsession. I saved for months to buy one, and to this day it’s still one of my favorite gaming platforms. That explains why, despite every gadget I use having an alarm clock built-in, I now prefer waking up to this adorable Game Boy…

Hereditary Is a Horror Masterpiece That Shows a Family Losing Hope and Their Minds Hereditary Is a Horror Masterpiece That Shows a Family Losing Hope and Their Minds

Hereditary revolves around one simple premise: You might not really know your family at all. The people who’ve raised you may all have insidious secrets writhing around in remote corners of their lives—and those secrets can be shaping your life in ways you can barely perceive.

The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch

“That’s a nice watch,” said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company’s third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The $200 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness…

My Ultra-Competitive Side Loves This Sensor-Packed Smart Ball

A Bluetooth-connected foam ball packed with sensors and a battery you need to charge sounds like one of Silicon Valley’s worst ideas. Haven’t balls been adequately entertaining kids for centuries already? But it only took one toss of Play Impossible’s Gameball for me to understand why a ball upgraded with…

My Family Died of Dysentery in the Palm of My Hands—and I Loved Every Minute of It My Family Died of Dysentery in the Palm of My Hands—and I Loved Every Minute of It

Before kids hunted for Carmen Sandiego, in a time when computers could barely muster a few on-screen colors, a game called The Oregon Trail taught students about the hardships of pioneer life. The graphics were terrible, the sound effects were awful, and more often than not, all your characters died. But it was the…

Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways

The early reactions to Ready Player One after its screening at SXSW were mostly positive, but don’t count io9's among them. It isn’t so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artifacts. It’s about loving to love those things, which makes Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel…

Voltron: Legendary Defender's Fifth Season Tears Down Its Old Universe to Create a Weirder One Voltron: Legendary Defender's Fifth Season Tears Down Its Old Universe to Create a Weirder One

Four seasons into Dreamworks and Netflix’s excellent reboot of Voltron means we’re pretty established with the basic premise: Even as characters shuffle about and villains develop, it’s still all Voltron vs. the Galra Empire, forming robots and saving the day. The recently released season five, however, changes that…

Altered Carbon Is Solid Cyberpunk, But It's Not Netflix's Game of Thrones Altered Carbon Is Solid Cyberpunk, But It's Not Netflix's Game of Thrones

Depending on who you ask, Altered Carbon is either Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, or a Blade Runner knockoff. But the truth is, it’s neither. It’s an entertaining show that, unfortunately, never manages to break out and become that genre-spanning hit Netflix was surely hoping for. Cyberpunk fans will love it,…

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