Plume’s SuperPods make a good case for turning WiFi into a subscription

July 28, 2018 Editor 0

Plume SuperPods $199 (plus $60/year subscription) View Product The Good Fast WiFi connections throughout your house • Good range • Gorgeous design • Easy-to-use app The Bad Larger pods take up more space • Subscribing to WiFi is a tough sell The Bottom Line If you’re still using a regular router, the Plume SuperPods will be a big upgrade… as long as you’re willing to subscribe to your own WiFi. Mashable Score3.75 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve4.0 Performance5.0 Bang for the […]

The Sonos Beam is an excellent way to bring Alexa, and good sound, to your TV

July 27, 2018 Editor 0

Sonos Beam $399.99 View Product The Good Great audio for music and TV • Sleek • compact design • Controls your TV (if it has HDMI-ARC) The Bad Limited voice controls for TV • Alexa commands only work if your TV has HDMI-ARC port The Bottom Line The Sonos Beam is a glimpse at what every soundbar will soon look like: sleek, compact, excellent-sounding, and intelligent thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. Mashable Score4.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve4.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the […]

TunnelBear review: A VPN for the rest of us

July 26, 2018 Editor 0

TunnelBear VPN $4.17 per month (1-year plan) View Product The Good Intuitive design • Seamless integration across multiple devices • Strong security features The Bad Free plan offers a paltry 500MB of data • Download speeds slower than expected • No Netflix The Bottom Line Lightweight and incredibly easy to use, TunnelBear is a great introduction to VPNs, even without Netflix access. But it could be faster. Mashable Score3.75 Cool Factor3.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck4.0 With privacy […]

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Is Basically a PG, Animated Deadpool

July 25, 2018 Editor 0

As someone who’d never watched any of the various Teen Titans animated series, I had no idea what to expect sitting down for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. Was this going to be a film made only for kids? Would it warrant its cinematic release? How funny or clever could it really be? The answers were both quick and… Read more…

Nerf’s New Laser Tag Blasters Ditched the Darts, and I Don’t Miss Them

July 25, 2018 Editor 0

Over-the-top Nerf battles are a fun and (mostly) painless way to determine who in the office has to buy the donuts this week. What’s not so fun is having to hunt down every last missing dart afterwards. Hasbro’s eliminated that hassle with its new Laser Ops Pro blasters; an updated version of laser tag that might feel… Read more…

The Bose SoundLink Micro packs a surprising punch for such a tiny speaker

July 24, 2018 Editor 0

Bose SoundLink Micro $99.95 View Product The Good Extremely portable • Rubber finish provides a durable build • IPX7 water resistant • Big bass output The Bad No fast charging • Weak battery life • Price for what you get The Bottom Line The Bose SoundLink Micro isn’t exactly the cheapest Bluetooth speaker, but its portability, good sound, and durability almost justify the price tag. Mashable Score3.75 Cool Factor3.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the Buck3.0 Bluetooth speakers come in […]

The New Apple MacBook Pro Is So Good the Price Is Almost Worth It

July 24, 2018 Editor 0

The newly updated MacBook Pro is good. The battery life is exceptional, the speed is exceptional, the keyboard works, and thanks to Apple embracing the external graphics card concept those 4 USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports are finally good for something. This is an Apple laptop built for work, and it’s about damn time. Read more…

Review: Double Fine’s GNOG is a wonderfully puzzling VR experience

July 23, 2018 Editor 0

Step inside the world of GNOG, literally, and it’s not hard to see why Double Fine – whose pedigree includes Pyschonauts, ’nuff said – chose to publish the mesmerizing independently developed puzzle game. The game recently released on PC, you can play it with a mouse and keyboard now. And it was previously available on PlayStation 4 (including the limited PSVR) and iOS, which is great, but the exciting bit here is that the PC version has VR support for Oculus […]