Stan Horaczek
at 14:47 PM Nov 6 2017
Gaming // 

Forza has long been a showpiece for the Xbox system. If you like shiny surfaces and bright colors, you're in for a treat.

Stan Horaczek
at 14:47 PM Nov 6 2017
Gadgets // 

Most of the time you hold your phone, you position it vertically. That makes sense for most apps that require scrolling or swiping, but we do it even when it's crazy—like when we're shooting video. Razer, however, designed its first smartphone with horizontal holding as a priority. The sideways orientation is better for gaming, watching content, using augmented reality, and shooting video that isn't a nightmare to watch, but is it enough to help Razer stand out in the wilderness that is smartphone competition?

Stan Horaczek
at 10:44 AM Oct 30 2017
Gadgets // 

This simulation of HDR vs. non-HDR playback comes from Dolby. The difference isn't always as pronounced.

Stan Horaczek
at 11:54 AM Oct 25 2017
Gadgets // 

  I cut the cable cord roughly three years ago and I've never regretted it. I have, however, accumulated a small village of set-top boxes, media sticks, Chromecasts, gaming consoles, and just about any other HDMI-connected rectangle that can spit out a Netflix stream. For the past two weeks, however, I put all of them on hold and committed fully to the Apple TV 4K. At $179 (for the 32GB model, the 64GB box pushes the price to $200), it costs almost twice as much as the excellent Roku Ultra, which means it should do just about everything the average cord cutter desires.

Nicole Wetsman
at 10:57 AM Oct 23 2017
Fitness // 

Before the mile run each year in middle school, on the dreaded walk down from the classroom to the course, my classmates would argue over the best way to prevent a side stitch. More so than turning an ankle or coming in last, that repetitive stabbing pain is what the majority of us dreaded most. Our cures ranged across the map from taught techniques, like breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth and not eating for three hours prior, to my favorite: Punching yourself in the stomach at the slightest hint of pain (don't try it, it doesn't work).

Stan Horaczek
at 10:57 AM Oct 23 2017
Gadgets // 

The $400 Lenovo Explorer headset is built for Mixed Reality with front-facing cameras to integrate the environment.

Rob Verger
at 10:57 AM Oct 23 2017
Mobile // 

Your smartphone is powered by a chip. The new iPhones, including the upcoming iPhone X, use one called an A11 Bionic, and other handsets, like the Pixel 2, pack a Snapdragon 835. But chips in modern phones are not homogeneous pieces of silicon—they have specialised components, or hardware blocks, on them. Because of these multiple elements, processors like these are referred to as a “system on a chip.” One of those blocks is the image signal processor, which takes the data from your camera and makes it into a photograph. Another part of the chip is the graphics processing unit, or GPU, and it's responsible for an increasing number of your phone's fanciest features.

 
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