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Recent articles by James:

Unagi's high-end electric scooter is a mix of design and power

I place one foot onto the narrow deck and briskly push with the other. As I press a lever with my right thumb, the handlebars I'm gripping jolt forward. Fortuna... → Read More

Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): A classic, updated

Until now, the Kindle Paperwhite had three mortal enemies: water, airplane seatback pockets (just me that keeps leaving them on planes?) and book snobs. While t... → Read More

GoPro Hero 7 Black review: An action camera for the social age

The Hero 7 Black adds live streaming a smooth stabilization. → Read More

Native Instruments’ latest performance controllers do beats on a budget

For DJs and producers, the holidays have come early. → Read More

DJI Mavic Pro 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom: Everything you need to know

If you are a fan of DJI's Mavic Pro, today is a good day. Or a bad day, depending on your perspective. Why? Because, as rumored, the drone behemoth didn't just... → Read More

Pro drone racing confronts its amateur roots

"The drone racing league is a sport. We are a league. We do an annual season. We have a clear rule system and scoring system," Nick Horbaczewski, founder and CE... → Read More

Nuraphones update adds noise-cancellation and 'transparency' mode

When I reviewed the Nuraphones, I was impressed. The unusual in-ear/over-ear design might look weird, but it actually works very well -- and the personalized au... → Read More

Sonos Beam review: Smart features trump minor audio compromises

Sonos has earned itself a dedicated army of enthusiasts. And with good reason, too: The company pretty much defined the multiroom/connected speaker space, b... → Read More

PAX’s ‘Session Control’ helps you control your vape high

If you partake in cannabis, you've probably overdone it at some point and felt like the walls are closing in. Or instantly forgot what you just said and were su... → Read More

A closer look at Sonos Beam: Smaller, smarter and more connected

Sonos just announced the Beam, a smaller, smarter Playbar. It's all good and well to see it on stage, but what does it sound like? Luckily I just got to spend s... → Read More

Sonos Beam is a smart soundbar with HDMI and AirPlay 2

The wait for Sonos fans is over. That rumored new speaker codenamed "S14" has just been unveiled in San Francisco today, and it's just as we expected (and more)... → Read More

Cannabis is having its 'smartphone' moment

"It's very similar to having a phone; you wouldn't want just one or two apps on it. You'd want to be able to have a wide selection," Bharat Vasan, CEO of PAX, t... → Read More

Gemini PDA review: We’ve come a long way since keyboards

The sun may have set on the phone-with-a-keyboard phenomenon, but there are still people who pine for physical keys. Armed with a deca-core processor, Andro... → Read More

Skydio R1 review: The ultimate follow-me drone comes at a price

In a park, perched on San Francisco's East Bay, I set down Skydio's R1 drone, open an app on my phone, click "launch" and do something I would normally ne... → Read More

'Hearables' could diagnose disease, if we let them

Poppy Crum is the Chief Scientist at Dolby labs, and no stranger to the conference circuit. Her talk at this year's SXSW -- "A Hearable Future: Sound & Sens... → Read More

Bose sunglasses hands-on: audio AR makes more sense than you think

This week, Bose made a surprise announcement that it was getting into the augmented reality game. But Bose makes headphones, right? And AR is all about glasses... → Read More

Dear HMD, the world is finally ready for the Nokia Communicator

The phone that stole the show at last year's MWC wasn't an Android, didn't have a Samsung badge on it, could barely connect to the internet and didn't have a to... → Read More

Watch Sony's Xperia XZ2 launch in under 10 minutes!

Sony phones have had a consistent look for years now -- and we've never been sure if that's a good thing. It seems like Sony might agree, too, as the Xperia XZ2... → Read More

Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on DJI's Mavic Air

If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long en... → Read More

DJI Mavic Air review: Aerial photography's next small thing

When DJI revealed the Mavic Pro in late 2016, it ended up being a turning point for the company. DJI was already the dominant name in consumer drones thanks to... → Read More