Author Archives: Stan Horaczek

Last week in tech: Amazon’s massive drone delivery hub may be coming to your city (in the distant future)

Technology

Plus: Free vintage Sega games and the latest from the wild world of cryptocurrency.

All the biggest tech news of the week, including Amazon’s drone hub patent, and the OnePlus 5 smartphone. Continue reading

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Tech news catch-up: Amazon ate Whole Foods, Verizon ate Yahoo, and lots of new video games!

Technology

The stories you may have missed.

E3 and Amazon led the charge in last week’s tech news. Continue reading

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Tuning a golf club’s signature "thwack" sound costs millions

Technology

The wrong timbre can make even a great stick seem terrible

Players don’t like golf clubs with bad acoustics, so manufacturers pull out all the stops engineering sweet sounding clubs. Continue reading

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Seven tips for shooting nature photos with your smartphone camera

Environment

Make every day Nature Photography Day!

A few quick tips to help you get the most out of your next nature photography adventure. Continue reading

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E3 2017: A casual gamer’s guide to all the cool new video game stuff

Technology

An updating list of what’s coming out of the massive gaming trade show.

You don’t need to be a die-hard gamer to appreciate these announcements. Continue reading

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Tech news you may have missed: the Apple Sneaker, WWDC, and Taylor Swift

Technology

A week of tech news in about two minutes.

Catch up on a week of tech news in two minutes. Continue reading

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Highlights: Apple’s 2017 WWDC Keynote

Technology

All the new stuff Tim Cook and the gang are cooking up.

A running tally of all the best parts from Apple’s annual Developer’s Conference. Continue reading

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The Essential Phone is boring hardware that may one day rule your smart home

Gadgets

The creator of Android has big plans that start with some familiar-looking devices.

The creator of Android, Andy Rubin, has released the first devices from his Essential company. Continue reading

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Microsoft is taking aim at digital artists with substantial Surface Pen updates

Gadgets

A pro illustrator talks about what makes a stylus worth using.

Microsoft’s latest Pen stylus update makes it faster and more sensitive than many pro illustration tools. Continue reading

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The DJI Spark drone might actually be simple enough for the average person

Gadgets

This compact flying machine can be controlled with simple hand gestures

The DJI Spark drone is can go from its bag to the air in less than 30 seconds. Continue reading

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Kickstarter has a plan to free products from manufacturing limbo

Technology

No, it’s not making gadgets itself.

A new Kickstarter program hopes to help creators deliver the stuff their backers pay for. Read on. Continue reading

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Here’s all the new stuff Google announced at its I/O 2017 conference

Technology

Live (from our desks) coverage of Google’s big developer’s conference

New Android, Google Home, VR, and all kinds of other stuff from Google’s big developers’ conference. Continue reading

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A non-developer’s guide to all the stuff Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 conference

Technology

Microsoft wants Windows 10 everywhere.

The annual Microsoft Build conference offers a look into Microsoft’s plan for the future… Continue reading

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Amazon’s Echo Show smart hub has a built-in touchscreen for video calling, selling you stuff

Gadgets

This $229 smart hub is powered by Alexa and has a 7-inch display.

Amazon’s flagship Echo device breaks another barrier for smart hubs. Continue reading

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Hulu’s $40 Live TV service is basically basic cable for cord-cutters

Technology

The live streaming TV landscape has gotten a lot more complicated in the past year.

Hulu’s new Live TV service mixes streaming content with real-time television and DVR storage. Continue reading

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Here’s all the education related stuff Microsoft announced today, including the Surface Laptop

Technology

Microsoft wants into the classroom

The latest products from Microsoft are built to bring students and school districts into its infrastructure. Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Look uses a camera and AI to judge your outfit, sell you stuff

Gadgets

‘Alexa, how do I look today?’

Today, Amazon has doubled down on its push to guide the style of everyday users with its home-assistant-come-fashion guru, the $200 Echo Look, which can currently only… Continue reading

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Fujifilm’s new instant digital camera is a reminder that film is not dead

Gadgets

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 is a digital camera that can crank out Polaroid-style prints.

Fujifim’s new Instax camera mixes digital photography with an old-school film feel. Continue reading

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Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform wants to augment your entire reality

Technology

See the world through Facebook’s eyes.

Facebook wants to be a part of your reality, whether its virtual or augmented. Continue reading

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The curious story of Magic Girl, the would-be greatest pinball machine of all time

Technology

At $16,000 it was the world’s most expensive pinball machine. It was also the most fraught.

You’ve never played a pinball machine like Magic Girl, and you probably never will. Continue reading

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Adobe is using AI to make your selfies look like actual photography

Technology

Making complex photo editing selfie-friendly

These image editing technologies already exist, but AI is making them much more accessible. Read on. Continue reading

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Netflix is launching a simplified rating system to improve its suggestions

Technology

Plus a new “percentage match” feature

Trials of the binary rating system have shown a 200 percent increase in engagement, according to Netflix. Read on. Continue reading

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