Review: Fairphone 2

You know how things usually happen: You look away for one second, or get distracted, send your phone hurling to the floor, and watch it smash. If this has happened to you, then you also know the temptation of using non-official replacement parts to cut the damage to a fraction of …

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Review: DrinkMate Carbonator

Early last year, an editor asked me to review and rank home carbonators—those countertop machines that turn chilly water into lovely seltzer. Research quickly revealed an industry in chaos. Some brands were plagued with deservedly horrible reviews or simply didn’t sell. One, with a tendency to explode, was recalled. SodaStream made …

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Following in the heel-strikes of fellow fitness software companies like MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, Runkeeper has jogged into the arms of Asics, a shoe and apparel company in search of software to call its own. In a Medium post (of course!) to announce the news, Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs tidily sums …

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Don’t Hit the Slopes Without These Essential Apps

Don’t hit the slopes unprepared: In addition to all your snow gear, there are a few apps that will make your skiing or boarding trip that much better. Find the freshest powder, navigate your way out of that blinding white, or find your friends on the mountain—with just a little …

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Ubersnap Prints Out Your GIFs. Yes, Prints

If you’re old enough (or young enough), you may remember trading cards and Trapper-Keepers with pictures that looked like they moved. They were the coolest: neon dolphins jumping out of the water and Michael Jordan dunking with a simple wave back and forth. GIFs are basically the next-gen version of …

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When Words Fail on Valentine’s Day, Text These Custom Emoji

Sometimes you love someone so much that you don’t even have the words to express it. This is what happened to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who Googled (excuse me, Binged) “beautiful woman” in order to describe girlfriend Ciara. But don’t be like Russell Wilson. Instead, when words fail, use …

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Google’s Hardware Endgame? Making Its Very Own Chips

Google made some notable news yesterday—by doing nothing. Company representatives did not appear on stage in a lecture hall at the corporate headquarters of chipmaker Qualcomm. Typically, this would be no big deal. Google isn’t in the habit of doing such things. But earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Google would somehow make its …

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Who Said It: Deadpool or Veep’s Selina Meyer?

Aside from a deep love of the color red, there’s only one thing Deadpool and Veep’s Selina Meyer truly have in common: hyperprofane one-liners. Like, straight-outta-The Aristocrats turns of phrase. From F-bombs to “dick” quips, both antiheroes have potty mouths for the ages; they’re both so fond of working blue, …

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Next-Gen Orchestra Makes Wild Music With Algorithms

Humanity has long harbored a fear of robots. Fear that they would take our jobs. Fear that they would, perhaps, annihilate us as a species. What we didn’t think to fear is that they might one day make a fine replacement for musicians, too. The orchestra you see here is …

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