NVIDIA’s Shield TV is the latest home for Google Assistant

Last month at IFA, we heard that more Google Assistant-integrating speakers and appliances were on the way. Today, NVIDIA’s Shield TV joins the list, adding the search giant’s digital assistant SDK to its retinue of entertainment features. In short, instead of a paltry speaker, you’ll be able to use your entire home theater setup to command your […]

Alcatel Idol 5 hands-on: A decent phone for $200

Alcatel is back with a new Idol flagship that won’t cost you a month’s rent (unlike some other phones we know). The Idol 5 is the latest addition to the company’s line of affordable handsets that offer mid- to high-end specs. The international version made an appearance at IFA earlier this month, but we now have details of […]

Anker crammed a projector into a soda can-sized smart speaker

While every CES brings a new set of smaller and smarter devices, the age of the mobile projector hasn’t quite arrived. But gadget company Anker’s Nebula Capsule, launched today on Indiegogo, makes a strong argument by bundling a speaker and Bluetooth connectability in to the visual package. Even if you aren’t binging TV or showing a […]

Are Samsung’s Smart TVs really spying on you?

Remember when Microsoft revealed Kinect would quietly listen to everything you said, causing the internet to erupt into furious, anti-Orwellian storm? Now it’s Samsung’s turn. A passage from the company’s Smart TV privacy policy has been doing the rounds, revealing a small but concerning detail: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal […]

Pebble Watch Creator Now Wants to Keep Your AirPods From Dying and Disappearing

In 2012, when everyone assumed that no one wanted a smartwatch, the original Pebble became the poster-child for the crowdfunding site Kickstarter when it raised just over $10 million from excited backers. Five years later, Pebble is no more, its intellectual assets are now owned by Fitbit, and the company’s CEO is returning to Kickstarter with a new product that […]

Beats Studio3 headphones even kill wind noise

Noise-cancelling headphones are saviours to commuters and jet setters alike, cutting out background babble and creating a calm oasis of tranquility… so that you can listen to Norwegian death metal or Dutch gabba in the peace and quiet these genres truly deserve – nay, demand. But Beats’ wireless Studio3 cans go a step further than […]

The Essential Phone earns one of iFixit’s worst repairability ratingsThe Essential Phone earns one of iFixit’s worst repairability ratings

Cynthia Gil Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has finally shipped to customers after half a summer’s worth of delays, and that means the teardown experts of iFixit have now had a chance to rip apart the slick slab of titanium and ceramic. The verdict? iFixit gives the Essential Phone a 1 out of 10 on its “repairability” scale, placing […]