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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review: redemption never sounded so good

The company has always delivered on audio quality, but after stumbling with some bugs and hardware issues on the Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds, Sennheiser is focusing on the little things — and it shows.

The golden age of DVDs isn’t over yet for anime fans

Physical media might seem like it’s on its deathbed, but the anime DVD and Blu-ray industry couldn’t be more alive.

Subscription services are changing our relationship to gaming

In countries like Argentina, where physical games are exorbitantly expensive, services like Game Pass present a more affordable — but flawed — alternative.

TinyLetter, in memoriam

In remembrance of the humblest newsletter service and its brief run nurturing great personal writing on the internet.

RIP to the Apple Car, we hardly knew ye

Apple’s decision to kill its secretive car project is a reflection of the harsh reality confronting electric and autonomous vehicles across the globe.

What a bunch of A-list celebs taught me about how to use my phone

Nobody has to think more carefully about their technological lives than celebrities. And a few of them have figured out the answer.

MWC 2024: all the phones, wearables, and gadgets announced in Barcelona

Europe’s big smartphone show is here, and big players like Xiaomi, OnePlus, HMD, Honor, and Lenovo have a new generation of devices to show off.

The Humane AI Pin worked better than I expected — until it didn’t

The AI Pin would look pretty impressive if it wasn’t so self-serious.

Limited Run gives digital games a physical legacy

CEO Josh Fairhurst believes that people will still care about physical media, even if the future looks bleak.

I’ve seen the future of wireless charging, and I want it in my kitchen counters

The newest product from FreePower can turn everyday surfaces into wireless chargers. I demoed the new tech, and I’m excited for a world of clutter-free countertops that can charge all the gadgets.

Flop rock: inside the underground floppy disk music scene

Floppy disks are facing extinction, but musicians are still pumping out DIY music projects.

Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini on how anime took over the world

The head of the fast-growing streaming service discusses the Funimation merger and shutdown and where he sees growth in anime.

The ultra-complex card game that will take over your weekend

Plus, in this week’s Installer: the internet’s favorite camera, a new Twitter book, a better hub for your smart home, and much more.

The future of phones depends on the future of apps

It’ll be hard to evolve today’s smartphone unless manufacturers can get an ecosystem of apps on board with their new ideas. Could AI offer a way forward?

Reddit’s biggest risk factor is Google

As Reddit gets ready for its IPO, has it grown too dependent on Google for traffic and money?

For Netflix’s live-action Avatar to work, Zuko had to find his heart a little faster

Avatar: The Last Airbender actor Dallas Liu opens up about turning to YouTube and co-star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee to figure out who the new Prince Zuko really is.

The birth of a salesman

The Flip shopping app is a TikTok knockoff, filled with wannabe influencers making pennies per video view — myself included.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a modern open-world RPG with the soul of 1997

The second game in the remake trilogy expands on the original in terms of both story and gameplay, and — despite a little filler — the additions are very welcome. Plus, it’s still super weird.

Honda Prologue first drive: a pretty good start

The new long-range EV from Honda comes with some Chevy Blazer DNA, but don’t hold that against it.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is everything that’s disappointing about Netflix’s live-action cartoon shows

Netflix’s live-action Avatar has its heart in the right place, but its pacing and uneven performances leave a lot to be desired.

From ChatGPT to Gemini: how AI is rewriting the internet

How we use the internet is changing fast thanks to the advancement of AI-powered chatbots that can find information and redeliver it as a simple conversation.

Comfort isn’t just a Vision Pro problem — it’s a wearable one

You won’t use a wearable that’s not comfortable, but it’s hard to make comfy wearables at scale. Plus, what’s comfortable for me may not be for you.

One month with Microsoft’s AI vision of the future: Copilot Pro

Copilot Pro is a $20 per month subscription that includes AI features in Office apps and better image generation tools.

Nintendo Direct February 2024: all the news and trailers

Nintendo offers news on releases for the first half of 2024.

‘Burning Man for rednecks’: inside the King of the Hammers off-road race

While the event is known as one of the biggest motorsport events in the world, it’s also a place to showcase technology, land stewardship, and just a tiny bit of nightlife.

Switching to electric vehicles would be fantastic for kids’ health

Fewer asthma attacks, less bronchitis, and healthier lives for millions of kids.

The Garmin Forerunner 165 could be a great budget running watch

It costs $200 less than the Forerunner 265, but you only give up EKGs and dual-frequency GPS.

Spike Jonze’s Her holds up a decade later

A decade later, Spike Jonze’s sci-fi love story is still a better depiction of AI than many of its contemporaries.

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The OnePlus 12R is a $500 phone with flagship tendencies

Time for Samsung and Google to make some room in the midrange.

How much electricity does AI consume?

It’s not easy to calculate the watts and joules that go into a single Balenciaga pope. But we’re not completely in the dark about the true energy cost of AI.

Microsoft’s gaming chief on Xbox games coming to PS5, next-gen hardware, and more

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer is looking to rivals to boost the future of Xbox.

How AI copyright lawsuits could make the whole industry go extinct

The New York Times’ lawsuit against OpenAI is part of a broader, industry-shaking copyright challenge that could define the future of AI.

In defense of busywork

Thanks to AI, rote tasks are ripe for automation. But is that really a good thing?

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How AI can make history

Large language models can do a lot of things. But can they write like an 18th-century fur trader?

Apple fans are starting to return their Vision Pros

Comfort, headache, and eye strain are among the top reasons people say they’re returning their Vision Pro headsets.

The remastered Tomb Raider trilogy destroyed my nostalgia goggles

My 15-year-old self loved this game. My 30-something-year-old self does not.

Madame Web is a love letter to the golden age of bad comic book movies

Sony’s Madame Web isn’t especially great or terrible, but it’s surprisingly committed to transporting you back to 2003 — a golden age for comic book movies that were aggressively mid or worse.

Meta’s big vision for face computers might be better than Apple’s

Meta’s more accessible approach to face computers is more about what you can do now. Apple’s is more about what you’ll be able to do later.

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The text file that runs the internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the web is falling apart.