Tech & Gear

  • Google Song Maker: A New Feature of the Chrome Music Lab (Video)

    Google Song Maker: A New Feature of the Chrome Music Lab (Video)

    The Google Chrome Music Lab is designed as a space on the internet where anybody can learn about music and how it works, and now there’s a new feature that goes beyond education and into the field of actual music-making. It’s called Google Song Maker, and you don’t even need a Google account, let alone any […]

  • Light Phone 2: “A Phone That Actually Respects You”

    Light Phone 2: “A Phone That Actually Respects You”

    Smartphone anxiety is probably one of the most pervasive in modern-day society, it’s not hard for smartphone users to feel that their lives are being invaded by their miniature devices. That’s why a device like the Light Phone 2 is appealing enough to appeal to more than 500 IndieGoGo backers so far. The Light Phone 2 is […]

  • Nokia 8110: Neo’s Phone in ‘The Matrix’ Is Back (Video)

    Nokia 8110: Neo’s Phone in ‘The Matrix’ Is Back (Video)

    I was just 11 years old when The Matrix came out, so while I remember its advertising campaign and eventually seeing the movie itself on home video quite vividly, I wasn’t really aware of any tech or fashion trends to come out of the movie’s unique visual style. Which is why I’m only just now learning about […]

  • ‘Hash 2 Ash': Museum Installation Turns Selfies Into Ash (Video)

    ‘Hash 2 Ash': Museum Installation Turns Selfies Into Ash (Video)

    I don’t recommend you think about this too much or else you’ll get depressed, but it’s true that with so much of our lives and culture on the internet, much of it is doomed to melt away in the future. A new installation called Hash 2 Ash at the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw drives this […]

  • Jet Capsule: A Luxury Mini Yacht for the Refined Gentleman

    Jet Capsule: A Luxury Mini Yacht for the Refined Gentleman

    There’s no shortage of unusual aquatic vehicles targeted at the ultra-wealthy these days. But few if any of these triumphs of excess have ever looked quite as supervillainous as the Jet Capsule, which appears all the world to be like some kind of giant floating helmet that Lex Luthor would take to his Legion of Doom […]

  • My Can: Label Your Beer with the Tab

    My Can: Label Your Beer with the Tab

    Somebody else accidentally picking up your beer – or, worse, accidentally picking up someone else’s beer – is one of those terrible party pitfalls that there’s no real way to avoid. Three students at Jiangnan University have come up with a solution, winning a bronze medal at the K-Design Awards in the process: Their concept is […]

  • Reefill: An App Lets New Yorkers Subscribe to Tap Water (Video)

    Reefill: An App Lets New Yorkers Subscribe to Tap Water (Video)

    You can’t make this stuff up, folks. In New York, there’s now an app that lets users get unlimited tap water throughout the city for $1.99. It’s called Reefill, and it’s purported as an alternative to the costly and environmentally detrimental water bottle habit that plagues so many. Reefill is essentially a service that replicates those […]

  • Spotify Stations: New Playlist Streaming App Being Tested

    Spotify Stations: New Playlist Streaming App Being Tested

    Spotify is a great streaming service for music lovers thanks to its extensive library of songs and albums. There’s another side to Spotify too, the one made up of curated playlists and various radio stations tailored to the listener’s own tastes, and now the company is testing an app called Spotify Stations that lets users listen to those […]

  • Skalpel: A Steak Knife That Looks like a Scalpel (Video)

    Skalpel: A Steak Knife That Looks like a Scalpel (Video)

    I’ve often wondered if surgeons ever feel tempted to use their tools for other purposes at home. I still don’t know whether they do or not, but I do know that there’s now a steak knife especially for those who have long desired to cut through a tough piece of meat with a scalpel. It’s […]

  • Animoji Grammy Ads Feature Childish Gambino and Migos (Videos)

    Animoji Grammy Ads Feature Childish Gambino and Migos (Videos)

    If you were watching the Grammys over the weekend, you might have noticed a couple of new ads for the iPhone X’s Animoji feature, and their unusually current soundtrack choices. But in case you weren’t, you can see both of the ads right here. First up is “Animoji: Alien,” starring some extraterrestrial Animojis lipsynching to “Redbone” by Childish […]