Shooting With Leica's Nutty No-Screen Camera Is Half Joy, Half Fantasy

The Leica M Edition 60 is the company's 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it's ridiculous. To most, it's unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if… » 11/10/14 12:04pm 11/10/14 12:04pm

Inside The Galaxy Note 4's Virtual Reality Ambitions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it's also something more. It's the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say "the first" because I learned something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month:… » 10/15/14 7:15pm 10/15/14 7:15pm

The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you've… » 10/14/14 12:33pm 10/14/14 12:33pm

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Yes, The Hinge is a Giant Watchband

The backflipping Lenovo Yoga singlehandedly made laptops cool again. The Yoga 2 Pro added a backlit keyboard and a brilliant 3200 x 1800 QHD screen. Now, Lenovo's going for broke with the third generation of its transforming touchscreen machine. Not only is the new $1,349 Yoga 3 Pro thinner and lighter, it has a… » 10/09/14 4:30pm 10/09/14 4:30pm

HTC's Desire Eye Smartphone Will Stare Into Your Selfie-Taking Soul

Do you take selfies? Your answer doesn't matter because almost all smartphone manufacturers think you do. That's why iPhones now feature front-facing burst modes and some Lumias are designed with selfies in mind. Today, HTC is joining the parade with the new Desire Eye. The main attraction? A giant 13 megapixel… » 10/08/14 4:45pm 10/08/14 4:45pm

I Tried RE, HTC's GoPro Competitor That Looks Like a Tiny Periscope

Point-and-shoot cameras teeter on the edge of extinction, rendered obsolete by our smartphones. But shooting with iPhones or juggling our Android handsets aren't always the best or most comfortable; just the most convenient. What's the solution? HTC thinks they can ease our collective mobile photography pains with a… » 10/08/14 4:45pm 10/08/14 4:45pm

HP Stream 13.3 and 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows on a $200 Budget

Need a bottom-of-the-bargain bin Windows machine? HP has just revealed a pair of incredibly cheap laptops, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch HP Stream. These two machines join the Stream 14 as HP and Microsoft attempt to offer full Windows at a Chromebook price, and we just snagged a hands-on at a NY press event. » 9/29/14 10:00pm 9/29/14 10:00pm

GoPro Hero4 Hands-On: The Best Action Cam Goes 4K Beast, For a Price

After several gagillion leaks over the last few days, they're finally here: GoPro's 2014 line of action cameras. As rumored, there are in fact three models. There's the Hero, GoPro's new entry-level camera that comes in super cheap; the Hero4 Silver, which is basically last year's best action camera plus an LCD… » 9/29/14 7:58am 9/29/14 7:58am

Contour Roam3 Hands-On: Shaky First Steps Back

The last time we saw an action-camera come out of Contour, it was for the Contour+2. Image quality was pretty good, but the mounts were way too fragile, and under the shadow of GoPro's colossal market-share, Contour shuttered its doors. But now it's back! And its first product back is... a slight improvement on its… » 9/23/14 12:00pm 9/23/14 12:00pm

Scented Duct Tape Review: Why Is the Room Spinning?

When nuclear winter strikes, it's highly likely that cockroaches and duct tape will be all that survives. But just because our new post-apocalyptic wasteland might appear bleak doesn't mean it has to smell bleak, too. At least, that seems to be the train of thought behind the Duck Tape brand's new line of scented… » 9/22/14 3:30pm 9/22/14 3:30pm

I Tried The New Oculus Rift, And It Blew Me Away All Over Again

I've tried practically every version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, from some of the original duct-taped prototypes through to the latest DK2 developer kit and the Samsung Gear VR. Nothing I've seen prepared me for the new Crescent Bay demo. I just tried one of the best games I've never played. I want more. » 9/20/14 4:10pm 9/20/14 4:10pm

ZTE Brings Its Phablet-Sized ZMax to T-Mobile

ZTE is a smartphone company that probably exists on the periphery of your consciousness. They're as well known as any other Chinese mobile brand, which is to say not very much at all. But the company wants to change things up by bringing its affordable phablet to the United States. The ZTE ZMax is coming to T-Mobile. » 9/16/14 8:27pm 9/16/14 8:27pm