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Recent articles by Chris:

What does Apple want from a VR events company?

Since 2009 a startup called NextVR has been developing proprietary cameras and striking deals to bring live events -- think sporting events, wrestling matches and concerts -- straight to the VR headset of your choice. The writing was on the virtual wall -- until Apple swooped in with a check. → Read More

Toyota’s 2021 Sienna minivans will all be hybrids

Toyota's new, 2021 Sienna is notable for two reasons. In tandem, the 2021 Sienna produces a maximum of 243 horsepower, which is noticeably less than what you'd find in the current crop's naturally aspirated V6 engines. Toyota's answer to all of the above is "Sure, why not?" → Read More

An iPhone and an ultrasound wand could help doctors spot COVID-19 remotely

Welcome to a new way to diagnose COVID-19. The beauty of Butterfly's approach to telemedicine is that you don't have to know a thing about ultrasound systems to use it. → Read More

Specialized's latest e-bike is a super-light all-rounder

It's pedal-assist all the way here, and Specialized says that at full tilt, the ten-speed Turbo Vado SL’s custom motor will smoothly match 100% of a rider's effort at speeds up to 28mph. → Read More

Apple's online-only WWDC starts on June 22nd, will be free to all

Shelter-in-place orders and limits on public gatherings forced Apple to cancel the in-person portion of its Worldwide Developers Conference, but the show will go on -- and now we know when. The company confirmed this morning that this year's online-only WWDC will begin on June 22nd, and will be available for free to anyone interested in tuning in. “WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing… → Read More

Apple's growth stalls as it deals with COVID-19's impact

“Despite COVID-19’s unprecedented global impact, we’re proud to report that Apple grew for the quarter,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. → Read More

Apple's new iPhone SE is surprisingly powerful for $399

With devices like the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, Apple has tried -- and largely succeeded -- in making some of its best smartphone features available on a budget. There's a lot to get into, but the iPhone SE was a device that was always defined by its price tag, so let's get that out of the way first. It's worth noting that the base model SE costs $50 less than the comparable iPhone 8 Apple has… → Read More

Ten years in, a look at the iPad killers that weren't

The PlayBook’s chances of outselling the iPad, or literally any other tablet for that matter, were nil. As we saw with the Galaxy Tab, tablets running Android 2.0 and up basically just acted like jumbo smartphones. → Read More

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 review: The rest is yet to come

There's an Apple promo video on YouTube right called "iPad Pro — Your next computer is not a computer" that's sitting pretty with over 22 million views as I write this. Another video, with more than three million views, features an old-timey voiceover explaining how to "properly" use a computer, all while showing people flouting those rules with an iPad Pro. The message is clear: The 2020 iPad… → Read More

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference goes online-only due to coronavirus

Apple has just announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference -- typically held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California -- will be a purely online event this year. "The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer… → Read More

How much would you pay for the fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype?

You have until March 6th to try and nab a working Nintendo PlayStation prototype -- one of the rarest relics of lost gaming history -- and it'll only cost y... → Read More

Walmart+ is the retailer's latest attempt to take on Amazon Prime

Amazon will sell you just about anything you want, and it'll usually get it you in mere days -- if not less than that. How's a traditional brick-and-mortar reta... → Read More

LG V60 ThinQ 5G hands-on: Two screens, not enough polish

LG's smartphone business spent most of last year struggling to turn a profit, but the company has found at least one strategy it wants to stick with. Instea... → Read More

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Razr who?

As you might have seen elsewhere, I'm in the middle of writing our Motorola Razr review. I bring that up now because there's simply no way not to compare that t... → Read More

We're live at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco!

It seems like just yesterday that Samsung was explaining the "age of experience" at CES, and now we're in SF to sit through another lengthy, spectacle-filled pr... → Read More

What do you want to know about the new Motorola Razr?

Rushing a review like this feels wrong. What are you curious about? → Read More

LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus concerns

Mobile World Congress is the event the world -- or at least, our particularly nerdy corner of it -- looks to for annual updates in smartphones, networking techn... → Read More

Apple is officially done rebuilding its maps in the US

To say Apple Maps stumbled out of the gate is putting it mildly; it quickly became an internet punchline when it launched in 2012, and left the company with the... → Read More

Apple's latest iPhone lineup was a hit during the holidays

We're not very far into 2020, but Apple is starting the year off with some strong financials. The company's Q1 2020 earnings release just crossed the wire, and... → Read More

FiLMiC's multi-camera video tech comes to the iPhone 11

There's a good chance you didn't know iOS 13 allows apps to record videos with multiple cameras at the same time; after all, there's hardly any software out the... → Read More