Gadgets

Google built a prototype Star Trek communicator for voice searches
November 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

How much does Google love Star Trek? Enough that the company built, and then abandoned, a voice search device modeled after the badge-and-communicator pin worn by members of Starfleet. Although in Star Trek this "combadge" was used to talk to other personnel as well as future computers, Google envisioned the device solely as a channel…

Google Fit now pulls in data from third-party food, fitness, and sleep apps
November 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Google Fit has been largely overshadowed by Apple’s personal health data aggregation platform, HealthKit, but at least it’s starting to add some new features. Google announced today that, at long last, Google Fit can intake data from other popular fitness and food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal, Fatsecret, Lifesum, orLoseIt. It’ll bring also sleep data from the app Sleep…

Samsung's SleepSense Incorporating EarlySense Technology Wins Prestigious CES Innovation Award
November 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free, health and wellness sensing and analytics, announced today that a product powered by EarlySense technology, Samsung SleepSense, has won an International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 Innovation Award, in the smart home category. The Samsung SleepSense was developed in partnership with EarlySense and incorporates EarlySense's contact-free sensor technology. Placed…

PCMag Holiday Wish List 2015: The Tech We Want
November 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

We get to play with a lot of cool technology here at PCMag, from massive tablets and slightly unsteady scooters to the newest PCs and smartphones. But sadly, all those gadgets reside in our labs and cannot come home with us permanently. (I'm not sure if those 85-inch 4K TVs would fit in anyone's apartment,…

Watch what happens when two kids encounter a Walkman for the first time
November 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

In this wonderful video, two youths encounter a Walkman and try to get the thing to work. They fail. They fail miserably. They fail so hard that they can’t even figure out how to get the actual cassette tape into the machine. As someone whose cassette collection once had tapes from both the Fine Young…

Slap-Your-Face Alarm Clock Is A Wake-Up Call For Masochists
November 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz has taken the next logical step in alarm clocks. Well, it's logical if you like being slapped silly as you greet the new day. Think of it as technology's way of telling you to wake the F**K UP!!!!

Meet The Ticwatch, An Impressive Apple Watch Competitor From China
November 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Apple may be killing it in China with the iPhone, but the U.S. firm faces a pretty impressive young competitor in the smartwatch space on Chinese soil. It isn’t running Android, but there is a Google connection. Mobvoi, a two-year-old Chinese startup founded by ex-Googlers, is shaping up to be a very credible smartwatch rival. The company…

Samsung Gear VR Headset Is Finally Available for Pre-Order
November 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Starting today, you can preorder the consumer version of the Gear VR headset for $99. Sure, Samsung’s headset has been around for awhile, at least for developers and lucky beta testers who got their hands on the Innovator Edition. But this is the first time the Oculus Rift-powered headset has been sold to regular consumers.…