The 3DS hits its stride We have a rule: if a game platform has 10 good games, it's worth getting if it's affordable. That "rule of 10" means the Nintendo 3DS is finally worth investing in, if you care about great portable Nintendo games. The game library's filled out at last, and it's now, without a doubt, the best Nintendo platform of the moment. Game for game, it might even be the most impressive platform so far in 2013.… Read more
I am an unapologetic cheapskate. In fact, I got into this whole technology journalism thing as a way to feed my gadget lust without spending a dime to play with the latest tech.
I won't lie, it's a great gig. But just like any "kid in a candy shop" scenario, you gain a different perspective when you actually work in the candy shop.
There are a lot of good things to say about technology, and the high-tech age we currently live in. But it is also true that technology has provided a number of new and … Read more
There was a time not so long ago when MP3 players were a hot and essential technology, and Apple's best-selling product was the iPod. Now with smartphones and tablets, though, there are many other devices that make great music players. But even if the MP3 player's best days are waning, there are still a number of great products available. Here are our top picks.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Help Kickstart a documentary on the cultural impact of "Back to the Future."
- How movie theaters keep cool through summer's scorching months.
- A Web site that exposes Instagram frauds that use #nofilter.
- Kanye, the new Steve Jobs, gets Jobs-signed Apple mouse.
- How Xbox fans in Japan earned the nickname "Gropers."
Starting this Sunday, you can have any Pebble you want at Best Buy...as long as it's black.
True to rumors that leaked out yesterday, the Pebble-to-Best-Buy news is true. The Kickstarter-born Pebble Watch receives notifications from Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth and has a growing collection of watch faces and supported apps, including Runkeeper, but it hasn't been easily available to many of those who pre-ordered. Today's announcement that the Pebble will be at Best Buy will hopefully help with supply.
The Pebble will also get new retail packaging, a white box as opposed to … Read more
Pebble was one of the first smartwatches to debut and it looks like the device soon may become more mainstream.
The Pebble smartwatch is rumored to be sold at Best Buy within the next few weeks, according to claims from two employees who said they were briefed on the matter and a leaked document given to 9to5Mac.
The document shows an inventory form for a device classified as a "digital communication appcessory" that is to be in stock as of July 7. As 9to5Mac points out, the date could mean when the device goes on sale or just … Read more
As we all rush to embrace this month's newest, hottest technology, it's easy to forget about the old technology that's being pushed aside. Who among you is holding vigil for the portable CD player or the CRT computer monitor?
Yet, I'm old enough now to remember a time when I couldn't wait to make the jump from my creaky, old Walkman to a shiny, thin portable CD player. In the grand scheme of things, that day was not so very long ago.
Following that same logic, there are hundreds of modern technologies around us today … Read more
TagItBest is designed to streamline the application of tags to your images, allowing you to quickly add them to any image on your account, but there are issues with the interface and setup. If you look past these initial issues, the app is fairly well polished, easy to use, and well integrated with your Instagram account, which are all good things for those in need of a more powerful tagging application.
After downloading the app, you'll need to sign up for a TagItBest account. It requires integration with Instagram, so you'll first log in with Instagram and then … Read more
Updated June 25, 2013, with three new cases (Ballistic, Cascade Designs, and Lifeproof).
Waterproof smartphone cases used to be bulky, ungainly contraptions, but they've been trimming down lately.
That said, building a truly waterproof case is not easy (a waterproof case is defined as one that can be fully submerged underwater for at least 30 minutes). Often there are trade-offs in creating a waterproof design, the biggest of which usually involves access to the headphone jack on your phone. They also tend to be pricey, usually costing more than $50.
In boiling down the best of what's currently … Read more