When I came into the office hobbling like Igor last week, thanks to a Muay Thai-related sprained ankle, any regular boss would’ve just offered a “get well soon.” Instead, my boss tells me we have some high-tech, ergonomically designed crutches left from Best of What’s New, and won’t I please take them for the holiday weekend? Sometimes it’s good to work at PopSci.
After a week with Apple's new diminutive portables, here's everything you need to know
By John Mahoney and Mike HaneyPosted 11.10.2010 at 3:17 pm 66 Comments
I'm going to keep typing after this first sentence, but before we begin something must be said: This review can be summed up in the single moment when, after using one of the new MacBook Airs for an extended period of time, you go back to your old laptop. And it feels like it has suddenly contracted elephantiasis.
There is a certain we try to capture here every day on PopSci.com, that effervescent sensation when the future becomes suddenly tangible, thrilling, real. That sharp, at times bewildering moment: "Wow."
After playing for four days, I can comfortably say Microsoft's Kinect, the Xbox 360's new sound and motion sensor for Xbox, delivers that feeling more than anything I've experienced recently. I feel safe calling it a bounding leap forward in potential for the future of gaming, your living room, and the way we interact with machines. But we're not living in that future fully just yet.
Getting the internet on your TV used to be so complicated that all but the most savvy tech-lovers (or struggling, geriatric WebTV users in 1997) didn't even bother. But now that we get more of our video from the Web than ever before, the Powers That Be have deemed it time to bring the two worlds together yet again. The first Google-ready home-theater equipment is rolling out now, so we spent a couple days with Logitech's Google-TV-ready Revue set-top box so see what happens when worlds collide. All told, Google has done what it's advertised in a more seamless way than anyone has before, but a few hiccups keep it from playing nice with everything you'll wanna watch.
So there's this company called Microsoft. Perhaps the name rings a bell. Pretty good at software, services, that kind of thing. They've spent the last five years getting absolutely obliterated on the most important software platform of our time: the mobile phone. Just obliterated, as arch competitors Google, Apple, even Palm (Palm!) have whizzed past, slipping the occasional kick in the ribs to Windows Mobile 6.5, laying in the gutter there. Bleeding pretty badly.
But it seems as if the hemorrhaging may have finally stopped.
Nokia's N8 comes with lots of firsts for the venerable Finnish phone-maker. It's the first Nokia multitouch phone, the first with a 12MP camera--even the first with a nigh-indestructible Gorilla Glass screen. But what's notable about the N8 isn't one of its firsts, but its lasts: It's the last N-series phone to use the aging Symbian mobile operating system. And that's a very, very good thing.
Each month we look beyond the shelves of your local big-box store to dig up the best new ideas in gear. This is the stuff that is better, faster, stronger, and does more than pretty much anything we've seen before it.