This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… » 9/18/14 10:56am Thursday 10:56am

Philips Wants to Cure Aches With Wireless Drug-Free Pain Relievers

There are some pains that are easily resolved with a couple of aspirins and a good night's sleep. But there are other pains that are far more persistent, and Philips is hoping to provide those that suffer from chronic aches with some drug-free pain relief using a couple of new iPhone-connected devices. » 9/16/14 1:57pm Tuesday 1:57pm

Moto X (2014) Review: Still the Android Phone For Everyone

The original Moto X, which debuted last year, was a different breed of smartphone. Rather than trying to build a beast with the best screen and the most horsepower, Motorola focused on the user experience above all else. The result was a phone that was so intelligent and comfortable to use that it almost didn't… » 9/11/14 3:34pm 9/11/14 3:34pm

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough


Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we'd ever seen. Many months later it's here at last. It's the best Android Wear device yet, but with the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it's no longer clear if that's good enough. » 9/11/14 11:00am 9/11/14 11:00am

Garmin Fenix 2 Watch Review: Jack of All Trades, Master of Many

The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing... well, just about anything outdoors. It's not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it's for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good news is… » 9/10/14 2:02pm 9/10/14 2:02pm

Philips' New Headphones Connect Digitally To an iPhone's Lightning Port

It was widely assumed that when Apple bought Beats a few months ago we'd soon see a set of Apple-branded headphones that connected directly to the iPhone or iPad's digital Lightning port, instead of the analog headphone jack. But it seems like Philips has actually beaten Apple to the punch with its new … » 9/10/14 9:20am 9/10/14 9:20am

A Blu-ray Disc Player on Your Car's GPS Is Probably Not a Good Idea

There's just one thing that could make your drive to work less agonizing when the GPS is telling you there's no way around the endless traffic: access to your Criterion Collection Blu-ray discs. Or at least that's the scenario Panasonic is envisioning now that it's including Blu-ray players on its satellite navigation… » 9/10/14 9:15am 9/10/14 9:15am

LaCie's d2 Thunderbolt 2 Can Be Upgraded With Extra SSD Storage

Speed, size, and even aesthetics all come into play when it comes to choosing an external drive for a computer, but storage capacity is always the most important factor influencing a purchase decision. And with LaCie's new d2 Thunderbolt 2 external drive, you can actually boost both the storage and transfer speeds… » 9/10/14 8:00am 9/10/14 8:00am

This Compact Portable Charger Revives Your Phone With Four AA Batteries

A portable charger can bring your dead smartphone back to life if you forget to plug it in overnight, but what if you forget to charge the charger too? That's not an issue with the tiny Oivo since it splits in half to accommodate four readily-available AA batteries that have enough charge to completely bring an iPhone… » 9/09/14 6:45pm 9/09/14 6:45pm

Moto 360 Battery Life Test: So Far, Not As Bad As You Heard

Battery life is generally the slowest thing to test on a gadget, and it's almost always the toughest to get right. There's just no way to rush it, and there are just so many variables regarding how people use a particular gadget that it's always one of those "your mileage may vary" type of situations. Last week, some… » 9/08/14 2:07pm 9/08/14 2:07pm

An Impossibly Thin Heating Element Stops These Goggles From Fogging Up

There's nothing like a thin layer of condensation on your ski goggles to ruin a perfectly good run down a hill covered in tantalizingly fresh powder. But active people get warm and sweat, and science says that cold moist air condensing on your goggles is inevitable. Unless you've got a pair of these F-BOM goggles » 9/08/14 10:00am 9/08/14 10:00am

There's a Massive 26,000 mAh Battery Hidden Inside This Briefcase

The bigger a portable charger you carry, the longer your gadgets can run while away from a power outlet. But backup batteries are heavy, so it's a tradeoff between capacity and what's comfortable to stash in your pocket. Unless you throw a bag like the Phorce over your shoulder, which makes it easy to haul around your… » 9/05/14 10:22am 9/05/14 10:22am

Dell's 27-Inch 5K Monitor Is Like Filet Mignon For Your Eyeballs

For those who like to really spoil their eyes, Dell's new 27-inch monitor services them a whopping resolution of 5120×2880. That works out to 14.7 million pixels in total, and 218 PPI. That's just a hair shy of the 15-inch MacBook Pro's 220 PPI, on a display that's nearly twice the diagonal lenth. Wowza. » 9/05/14 8:30am 9/05/14 8:30am

Moto Hint Hands-On: Is This the First Non-Dorky Bluetooth Headset?

While the Moto 360 was unquestionably the wearable of today, Motorola quietly showed off a little something else. Something very little, in fact. The Moto Hint is a teeny-tiny Bluetooth headset, and it's the first I've seen that isn't actively stupid-looking. But it's not just for making calls—this is the new way to… » 9/05/14 3:15am 9/05/14 3:15am

Moto 360 Hands-On: The One We've Been Waiting For (Probably)

When Motorola first teased the Moto 360 back in June, it made us swoon. It was so damn pretty, even stalwart smartwatch refuseniks couldn't help but want one. That was just a demo mode, though. Today, I've finally set one up and spent some real time with it. Good news: We're still just as excited about it. » 9/05/14 2:00am 9/05/14 2:00am