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DJI's Pocket 2 handled promises higher quality and mods

DJI revisits the Pocket handheld video camera. Now, the stabilized shooter has a wider lens, a bigger sensor and optional mod accessories. → Read More

Native Instruments Maschine+ review: Freedom in a box

Maschine has a long legacy, and the latest member of the family -- the plus -- is a worthy addition. Now you can make beats, demos and tracks without feeling like you're checking your email. This flexibility comes at a price though. → Read More

Teenage Engineering's OB-4 speaker lets you remix the radio

Take one Bluetooth speaker, add some wild imagination and you basically have the OB-4 from Teenage Engineering. → Read More

High-tech hearing aids for gadget lovers

These days, hearing aids are becoming more like consumer technology. We take a look at two of the latest and greatest to see which one should appeal to gadget lovers the most. → Read More

Petcube Cam is a small, smart way to keep tabs on your furbabies

Petcube makes home cameras designed specifically for animal lovers. The Cam is the latest, smallest and cheapest in the line. → Read More

GoPro Hero 9 Black: Everything you need to know

GoPro just announced the Hero 9 Black, and it's a hefty update, here's everything you need to know, including new features, hardware, accessories and price. → Read More

GoPro's Hero 9 Black is bigger, better and possibly cheaper.

The new GoPro Hero 9 Black is here, and we've put it through it's paces. The new front screen, the improved 5K resolution, extra battery life all add up to an impressive camera that grows beyond its action roots. → Read More

Vava 4K short-throw projector review: Home theater on a relative budget

You might not have heard of Vava, but its short-throw projector is surprisingly good and priced competitively. → Read More

GoPro unveils Twitch-like streaming service for thrill-seekers

GoPro.com will soon be a destination for live action video streams. → Read More

DJI’s magnet-mounted OM4 fixes a major pain point

DJI's next mobile gimbal is called the OM4, and it mounts your phone with magnets. → Read More

Akai introduces 'MPC Beats' music-making software for beginners

If you’re looking for free music production software, Akai might not be the first name that comes to mind, but today it’s announcing exactly that — a streamlined digital audio workstation (DAW) called MPC Beats. You likely know Akai more for its button-mashing production gear like the MPC series, but it does have software chops too. Not only do the higher-end MPCs effectively come with a DAW… → Read More

Rode's updated Rodecaster Pro proves software is the key to good hardware

This week, the Rodecaster Pro became a little more useful. When Rode released the Rodecaster Pro in 2018, it was a boon to budding podcasters. The Rodecaster Pro’s noise gate, for example, can be pretty aggressive. → Read More

Making an indie phone is not for the faint-hearted

You can build your own PC easily, so why not a phone? It's not just the complex internals, there are many more challenges to overcome. Yet some are still trying. → Read More

Akai's MPC Live II is a portable studio with built-in speakers

Today, Akai reveals the MPC Live II. The Live II has one obvious new addition: a pair of “studio monitors” built right in. The speakers sit along the bottom and offer stereo sound wherever you are. → Read More

Nuraloop review: Smart sports buds, elevated

The Nuraloop sports buds offer personlized sound, excellent battery life and active noise cancellation making them worthy Powerbeats rivals. → Read More

DJI's Mavic Air 2 offers 34 minutes of flight time and 48-megapixel photos

Well, it’s finally official: say hello to the Mavic Air 2. As the name suggests, it’s a sequel to the 2018’s Mavic Air — a drone I was very taken with. Much of DJI’s camera functionality comes from the numerous auto-shot and “smart” modes. → Read More

GoPro's Max gets much-needed 360 time lapse features

The 360 camera is getting a firmware update that adds a few features that were missing at launch. The addition of time lapse in 360 mode fills a glaring gap in the Max spec sheet. → Read More

Evercade’s cartridge-based retro handheld makes more sense than you think

Retro gaming has arguably existed ever since there was a second generation of consoles. Today’s gamer seeking a shot of nostalgia has almost as many ways to play vintage titles as there are platforms to collect for. Evercade adds one more to that list. → Read More

Can you really get work done on a tiny laptop?

You can see the problem I have created for myself; I'm asking for something with a keyboard big enough for fluid typing and the processing grunt to handle images and audio (and associated plugins). Basically, a regular, decent-spec laptop. But there are multiple options in the small laptop space, so it can't be totally unreasonable? The Pocket 2 from GPD ($500), for example, clearly claims to… → Read More

GoPro's Media Mod is an upgrade for vloggers on the go

When GoPro revealed the Hero 8's "mod" accessories, there was a clear favorite: The Media Mod ($80). The light and the fold-out screen looked handy, but the Med... → Read More