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One-Star Ratings Are the Worst, Says Science

One-star reviews, in addition to being the least helpful kind of review, are also the longest and the worst-spelled. Data journalism blog Priceonomics analyzed 100,000 online product reviews and found that 40% of one-star reviews have at least one spelling mistake, vs. under 30% of five-star reviews.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Working at This Desk Bike Didn’t Make Me Any Fitter

I’m sitting, peddling, shaking, typing – all at my desk – in search of the “zone.” The zone, you see, is an ellipsis. It’s when you’re deep in a project, busily ignorant of your surroundings, centered and focused on the task at hand. Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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HomePod Is the Ultimate Apple Product—in a Bad Way

Sometimes, years pass before Apple creates a completely new product like the HomePod. During that parade of iPhone redesigns and MacBook upgrades, it can be easy to forget that when Apple enters a new space, the company does it with swagger. The products are beautiful. They work well. But they are also usually…Read more… Continue […]

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AMD’s Newest Processors Are So Good You Can Skip the Graphics Card

In the past year, graphics cards have gone from the reasonably priced computer part you pick up on Amazon or Newegg to something bordering on as precious as gold. If you happen to find one being sold at its MSRP, you can easily snatch it up and sell it on Amazon for twice the price. […]

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This Upgraded Super Nintendo Clone Rekindled My Love of 16-Bit Gaming 

A few years ago we reviewed a souped-up NES clone called the Analogue Nt with a prohibitively expensive, $500 aluminum housing. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but ultimately it only served to remind my coworker Adam Clark Estes of just how basic and boring 8-bit NES games are. Nostalgia really needs a ‘your…Read […]

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This Smart Headband Was Supposed To Help Me Sleep Better, But Fuck I’m Tired

It was 4am, and the headband strapped to my skull woke me up chanting a series of winter-related words. “Christmas. Soup. Pasture. Eternal.” It was part of a cognitive exercise that was supposed to distract my brain. The purpose of this babel was to give me peace of mind to help me fall asleep, but […]

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DJI’s New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That’s Actually Worth It

Running around the office with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, I got a lot of questions. Specifically I got exactly two questions repeatedly. The first was about what I was holding. Each time, I explained that the weird selfie stick-like contraption I’d put my phone in was a mechanized gimbal that automatically stabilizes my…Read more… […]

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Samsung’s HMD Odyssey Is the Swankiest Way to Enter Virtual Reality

The first time I held Samsung’s HMD Odyssey in my hands, there was only one thought in my head: this is not a toy. I didn’t think that with other VR headsets. Acer’s was clunky and cool, the PSVR was sleek and simple. But Samsung’s HMD Odyssey is a class above, a full 1.4 pounds […]

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Amazon’s Echo Spot Is a Good-as-Hell Alarm Clock

The smartphone made the standalone alarm clock worthless. Sure you probably know some alarm clock holdouts (a parent or grandmother perhaps), but you probably just use your phone, which is already resting on the nightstand and has a decent enough alarm. The $130 Amazon Echo Spot, a new, tiny, Alexa device with a…Read more… Continue […]

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This Is the Perfect Laptop Under $1,000

It’s not easy to find a really good laptop for under $1,000. There’s always some kind of compromise—usually related to speed, usability, or size. But everyone deserves to have a laptop that they can use in a coffee house without shame, carry to classes without pain, or use to tweak a few photos on without […]

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MSI’s GS63VR Is a Perfectly Balanced Gaming Laptop

A couple months ago I reviewed MSI’s GT75VR, and even though I respect how hard it is to cram desktop-level components, ridiculously loud speakers, and a custom mechanical keyboard in a laptop body, gigantic 17-inch systems like that don’t really do it for me. That’s because weighing in at almost 10 pounds and…Read more… Continue […]

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Bowers & Wilkins’ New Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones Blew My Mind

I’m a longtime Bowers & Wilkins fan. The headphones are so good, I’ve always thought, they don’t even need noise-cancelling. Well, Bowers & Wilkins didn’t listen to my thoughts and recently released a set of noise-cancelling headphones. I was wrong. The Bowers & Wilkins PX are are the best wireless headphones the…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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If You Love Retro Gaming, the SN30 Pro Is the Only Gamepad You’ll Ever Need

Nintendo has promised that the Switch’s upcoming online service will include a library of classic games that will help turn the portable console into an epic—but not perfect—retro gaming machine. The one thing the Switch is missing is a genuine, four-way D-pad, but that can be easily remedied with 8Bitdo’s new SN30…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The OnePlus 5T Is a Very Damn Good Phone for a Reasonable Price

The price of high-end smartphones has gotten out of control. The iPhone X starts at $1000, while Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 retails at $950, and as much as I like nice things, ponying up that much for a phone is kind of ridiculous. Do we really need a notch that lets you turn your face […]

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Wet, Warm, Glorious: I Tried The Atomizing Shower That Wooed Tim Cook

Instead of a normal shower, imagine standing up every morning inside of a storm cloud: The shower curtain bucking and bellowing in the wind; the air, hot and humid as a heavy mist envelopes you, washing away soapy suds. That’s what it’s like to use a Nebia, the shower system that’s won over the biggest […]

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Microsoft’s Giant Surface Book 2 Is Very Powerful, Very Fast, Very Pretentious

Typing at work on Microsoft’s new 15-inch Surface Book 2, I can’t shake the feeling that this thing’s not for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a powerful laptop, it’s beautiful, and the workspace its giant screen affords made me completely forget I wasn’t seated at my desk with my usual 34-inch extra-wide display. So…Read […]

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What to Buy (and What to Skip) at Trader Joe’s This Thanksgiving

I am, as most of you probably know, a pretty big fan of the slightly twee grocery store known as Trader Joe’s. I love their reasonably priced and well-stocked cheese department. I love their convenient pre-cooked lentils and cans of turkey chili. I love this damn shaker of magic. As such, I was very excited […]

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Google’s Pixel Buds Aren’t Even Close to Being Good

There was always something off about the Pixel Buds. Google released the smart, wireless headphones a full year after Apple released the AirPods. But the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly wireless, and they’re not exactly smart, either. In fact, after spending a few days with the product, I’m prepared to say it: the Pixel…Read more… Continue […]

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