I'm Farhad Manjoo, Tech Columnist at the New York Times, and This Is How I Work

There’s something about Farhad. Tech reporters can quickly become jaded and cynical about their work, but Farhad Manjoo’s lucid writing lacks any sense of needless snark when he discusses how technology affects our lives. Though when I talk about Farhad’s writing, I’m really talking about his tweets. »8/27/15 6:25pm8/27/15 6:25pm

You Can Pay $9,300 to Attach an Apple Watch to an Even Fancier Watch 

Here’s an innovation so impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive, that I can’t stop looking at it. Of course the world has produced a luxury Swiss timepiece that has space on its band for an Apple Watch. It’s a goofy two-faced hybrid watch that packs a gloriously unnecessary double-whammy of bling into a single… »8/03/15 4:00pm8/03/15 4:00pm

With This Insane Tractor Controller, Anyone Can Be a Virtual Farmer

Admit it: You’ve always dreamed of being a farmer. Sim Farm’s pixelated corn fields didn’t quite cut it; Farmville promised action but delivered an endless series of mindless chores. Despair not, would-be agronomist: Soon, you’ll be able to plow fields, sow seeds and whack weeds with the best of them, all from the mud… »6/13/15 11:00am6/13/15 11:00am

Samsung's Next Smartwatch Will Pack A Round Screen And Rotating Bezel

Amidst all the Apple Watch hype, it’s easy to forget that Samsung’s aleady worked its way through two generations of smartwatch, and is prepping to launch a third. And according to a new Samsung software development kit, the next Gear will have a circular display, and rotating bezel to control it with. Digital crown… »5/13/15 1:00am5/13/15 1:00am

A Bullshit-Free Guide to the Gear You Need to Commute By Bike

So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bike this summer? Congratulations, your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. But where to begin? The insular world of cycling can seem a little, uh, confusing to those unfamiliar with it—it’s hard to know what you really need to get started riding. »5/11/15 7:25pm5/11/15 7:25pm

How Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Pads Are Made

In the early 1970s, two Boeing engineers used a sandwich press to put a slice of foam between two pieces of airtight fabric and invented the self-inflating sleeping pad for campers. Therm-A-Rest still uses that basic principle today, just the sandwich machine has given way to an entire factory in Seattle. This is that… »5/11/15 3:47pm5/11/15 3:47pm