Category: Gear / Trends

June 27, 2020

Virtual Conferences Mean All-Access—Except When They Don’t

The end of WWDC marks the end of Big Tech’s conference season. What did this virtual experiment reveal about the meaning of community?


by Lauren Goode in Gear
June 23, 2020

Quarantined in New York, We Escape Skyward

When circumstances beyond our control put adventure on hold, we just climb the stairs to camp out in the urban jungle.


by Kate Knibbs in Gear
June 22, 2020

Apple’s Intel Breakup Will Reshape Macs—and Beyond

The shift to ARM-based processors, beginning later this year, will allow apps to work across all of Apple’s devices.


by Brian Barrett in Gear
June 22, 2020

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

When people go back to work, they won’t want to return to the office wear of the Before Times. So sporty clothing brands are pivoting to productive comfort.


by Flora Tsapovsky in Gear
June 18, 2020

Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley

Many people will continue to WFH more, but remote communication tools are still lacking. Tech companies are racing to add more presence to our telepresence.


by Steven Levy in Gear
June 10, 2020

Nintendo Game Boy Hackers Are Building a Better Retro Console

Fueled by nostalgia and longing for a simpler time, hardware tinkerers are injecting new life into the iconic handheld game console.


by Brendan Nystedt in Gear
June 8, 2020

The Future of Xbox Isn’t Just a Console

With the Xbox Series X on the horizon, Microsoft’s head of videogame hardware sees a future where consoles may no longer be front and center.


by Cecilia DAnastasio in Gear
May 24, 2020

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

If you haven’t used your account in two years, the streaming giant will stop charging you. Imagine that.


by Brian Barrett in Gear
May 19, 2020

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

A robust resource for DIY smartphone repairs is focusing next on ventilators and other critical medical equipment.


by Lauren Goode in Gear
May 17, 2020

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

Fed up with the rising cost and declining quality of Apple laptops, I migrated to Microsoft. It has been both a total joy and a complete pain in the neck.


by Brent Rose in Gear