​Amazon Echo Review: I Just Spoke to the Future And It Listened

It only took me a few hours to get cozy with my new assistant. "Alexa," I barked at the nine-inch black cylinder on my coffee table, "Shut up." The lights on top of the cylinder went dark; the embarrassing 90s music playing from its speaker cut out. "Alexa, what's the weather?" I paused with anticipation. "45 degrees… » 12/19/14 12:35pm 12/19/14 12:35pm

Amazon Echo Teardown: A Dark Tower of Voice Control

Amazon's Echo speaker promises to make your life better by being a Siri for your kitchen, an always-listening assistant you can ask for help when your hands are covered in batter. The folks at iFixit got one, and naturally started ripping it apart. Once you dive in, it looks like spare parts for the Death Star. » 12/16/14 9:40am 12/16/14 9:40am

Drums can sound completely different depending on where they're played

Wow, this is really cool. Audio Zéro recently made a video called Wikidrummer that shows how the same song on drums can sound completely different depending on where the drums are played. Out in the field, on a road, underneath a highway, inside a garage, in the park and so on can change the overall feel of the drums… » 12/06/13 1:04am 12/06/13 1:04am

Are Two Tablet Screens Really Better Than One?

Sony announced their dual-screened S2 tablet today. It's not the only twin-screen tablet, but considering recent ill-conceived efforts from the likes of Acer, Toshiba and Kyocera, we're a little skeptical. With the S2, Sony's basically cut a 10-inch screen in half and stuck a hinge in between. How much of a benefit… » 4/26/11 11:38am 4/26/11 11:38am

Kyocera's Dual-Screen Android Echo Phone Confirmed On Sprint's Website

Looks like the WSJ was on to something after all; Sprint's website confirms the existence of the dual-screen, Android-packing Kyocera Echo. It'll apparently pivot open to 4.7 inches of display real estate, which doesn't sound so big, does it? No more details at the moment, but hopefully David Blaine will be pulling… » 2/07/11 3:36pm 2/07/11 3:36pm