James Philpott

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Wearables Aren’t Dead, But They Deserve To Die

I would know. I wrote a book about wearables.<p>I spent a good part of 2016 writing a book about wearable devices, so I got to take a deep dive into each category of wearables. The more I dug in, the more I realized that they’re just not that useful. Smartwatches are second-screens for the …

Wearable Tech

INFOGRAPHIC: NASA's top houseplants for improving your wellbeing and removing air pollution

Next time you’re cruising Amazon for an air purifier, consider heading to your local nursery instead. Thirty years ago, NASA studied houseplants as a …

10 Awesome Woodworking Projects for Every Skill Level

From novice to advanced, these woodworking projects will challenge and delight.<p>Woodworking is an amazing hobby—as well as vocation, that can last a lifetime. These 10 woodworking projects are straight from our editors, and are accessible to woodworkers of all skill levels. Most projects include …

Woodworking

The Space-Saving College Workspace

Most college students have to muddle by with the desk and furniture they get in their dorm room, but redditor themachu wanted something a little more …

Linux

50 must-have tech accessories under $50

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff that we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>It's great that there are so many options out there, but that can also make picking the <i>right</i> product more difficult.<p>This list is …

Tech Trends

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Procrastination

This App Gives You Trippy Super-Hearing Powers Through Your Earbuds

Now, you don’t need special hardware to selectively alter the sounds of the world around you.<p>The cochlea-crushing cacophony of the modern world is one we’re all eager to tune out. That’s why companies are now selling magical earbuds that use sound engineering to selectively tune out the outside …

Music Production

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

National Parks

Dyson launches Pure Cool Link air purifier to clean up household air

Filter fan claims to clean up pollen, pollutants and smells with a new Internet of Things app for remote monitoring, connecting to its existing robotic vacuum<p>Dyson’s new Pure Cool Link air purifying fan promises to clean up the air in your home, but also marks the first step of the British …

Smart Homes

Teenagers have built a summary app makes studying easier

Three teenagers have built a nifty summary tool that could potentially help high-school students study more efficiently and save hours of reading.<p>Available for iOS, Summize is an intelligent summary generator that will automatically recap the contents of any textbook page (or news article) you take …

Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere

Meet Biosphera 2.0, a home of the future that produces its own energy and can give you the freedom to live and move anywhere in the world. Created by …

52 Tech Products You Didn't Know You Needed (Until Now)

Get your life in gear with these high tech gadgets.

Watch Out If You Own These Glass IKEA Lamp Shades

The popular models have been recalled due to safety concerns.<p>If you own IKEA's LOCK or HYBY ceiling lamps, watch your head — literally. The company has recalled both of these designs after reports that the glass shades have been falling from the ceiling, resulting in 224 incidents, 11 injuries, and …

Create your own Beautiful Photography Website in a Minute

John is not a professional photographer, the day job keeps him busy, but he’s an enthusiast who loves photography. One fine evening, he got a call …

Time I

Apple TV vs. Roku 4: Which box will hold your attention?

Those on the lookout for a new streaming box this fall will have a tough decision to make when the fourth-generation models of both Apple TV and Roku hit the market. And while they both have some solid features, which one you end up buying depends a lot on what you already own.<p>Here’s how the two …

Some of Our Favorite Camping Gear — Tools and Toys

For those of us who enjoy cooler weather, camping season is just around the corner. For some, it’s already been going on all summer.<p>Whether you’re …

15 Motivational Posters for Your Dorm That Aren’t Lame

Why does college decor so often veer in the direction of cheesy and motivational? You know, those posters depicting kitties “hanging in there” or the shot of the single red rubber duck going against the crowd? Not to worry. Transforming your dorm room into the interior design equivalent of an …

Motivation

Raspberry Pi AirPlay Server Offers Easy Wireless iOS Playback

Using a Raspberry Pi a set of speakers, power supply and a wireless adapter, Instructables user Slapshot135 has created an awesome wireless Raspberry …

This drone follows you down the trail after you toss it up in the air

Aerial footage is a nice way to capture those action sports endeavors, and it's even better if you can fit the gear in your backpack. Lily ticks those boxes, and all you have to do to launch it is toss it up in the air. Once airborne, the camera UAV will follow you down the slopes or along the …

Drones

Improved search, voice recognition keep the latest Roku 3 on top of the set-top market

In the crowded set-top-box/media streamer/smart TV add-on market, there are a lot of players, but only a handful of winners. There’s Apple TV, with its recently lowered price of $69 and its tight integration with iTunes and AirPlay; Google’s Chromecast, which remains the budget champion at $35 — …

Smart TV

Put this on your keychain to boost your smartphone's capabilities

The K'isauve, now raising funds on Indiegogo, is like a portable annex and power plant for your phone, and it measures less than 2 inches square.<p>K'isauve might have a cumbersome name (it means "which saves" in French), but the device is anything but. Measuring just 1.7 inches square and a half-inch …

Gear & Gadgets