Brian C Mendes

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How to switch on the awesome new Gmail interface

Gmail’s sweet new interface is rolling out to users. It offers the familiar simple text-based interface from the Gmail you all know and “love,” but it manages to be both less messy, and more useful. If you want to take it for a spin, then switching it on is easy.<p>Why bother? What’s new in Gmail?<p>Our …

Technology

These $250 headphones use the same technology as $1,000+ headphones

The Sharkk Bravo headphones may look like normal headphones, but inside each ear cup are electrostatic drivers that are normally used in headphones that cost $1,000 or more.<p>The result? Unbelievably clear, crisp, clean sound for the Bravos' $250 price tag.<p>The Sharkk Bravos recently began its …

Headphones

A WiFi range extender that works

I'm having pretty good luck with this TP-Link range extender. It has lots of antennae.<p>My house is a long, 3 level rectangle, and of course the …

Speedwallet Smart Wallet Holds 20 Cards and Lets You Pay by One Tap

Speedwallet smart wallet digitalizes and holds up to 20 cards and lets you effortlessly pay by one tap. Using built-in Bluetooth tracker, it also …

The Miracle of a $150 (or Less) Tube Amplifier

Why you should ditch your Bluetooth speaker for the smooth, sweet and surprisingly affordable sound of a vacuum-tube amplifier<p>By<p>Michael Hsu<p>Michael Hsu<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@michaelhsu108<p>michael.hsu@wsj.com<p><b>IN THE AGE OF</b> wireless speakers and Bluetooth streaming, vacuum-tube amplifiers may …

Light L16 is a Point-and-Shoot That Packs 16 Cameras for 52MP Photos

The stealthy camera startup Light today announced a revolutionary new point-and-shoot camera that aims to transform the way we think about cameras. …

Cameras

150 Best New Kitchen Ideas

<i>150 Best New Kitchen Ideas</i> offers interior designers and homeowners the latest in modern and traditional kitchen design. Showcasing 150 profiles of …

Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amp

Memo to audiophiles: Most people don’t appreciate your hobby. They think you’re weird for using a stack of large, ugly, and (to them) insanely …

Audiophile

Okki Nokki Record Cleaner

Keeping your records clean is essential for preserving the life of both your vinyl and your stylus. The Okki Nokki Record Cleaner makes it easy. This …

Fern & Roby Turntable

The designers at Fern & Roby not only believe that a turntable should meet the standards of audiophiles, but also that it should satisfy those with a …

D'Agostino MLife Streaming Amp

Already known for their audiophile level of sound quality and engaging design, D'Agostino raises the bar even higher with the MLife Streaming …

TechnoBuffalo Deals: Learn to Code!

This weatherproof wireless doorbell will ensure you never miss a visitor

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon Sometime in the last few years a good chunk of the tech community came to agree that every new gadget had to be significant in …

The one thing every audiophile should have in their bathroom

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Stack Social</i><p>Whether you enjoy singing in the shower or you require some mindless noise to drown out your thoughts at the end of a long …

Here's a Bluetooth keyboard for your smartphone that fits in your pocket

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Zagg The idea of getting work done on your smartphone may seem counterintuitive for some, but with their growing screen sizes and …

Aqua enhances mobile music without bulk, battery, or breaking banks

Smartphones and tablets are convenient ways for consumers to enjoy music on-the-go, but they have limits for audio reproduction – the internal …

Audiophile

Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable

If you feel as if you’ve seen this turntable in a past life, fear not. For indeed, the new Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon bears a strikingly close resemblance …

Five Best Record Players

Whether you have vinyl records handed down to you, you’re a DJ, or you’re getting into vinyl for the first time, you’ll need a good record player. …

Gadget Ogling: Gritty Tablets, Wireless Storage Sticks, and Swapped-Out Speakers | Tech Buzz

Salutations, and welcome to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sinks the battleships of terrible gadget announcements …

QuickLock, A Padlock That Unlocks Using Bluetooth and NFC Technology

The QuickLock is a padlock that unlocks using Bluetooth and NFC technology rather than a traditional key or combination. The lock can be paired with …

Amped up: The Technics SU-C700 integrated amplifier

Technics was once one of the most iconic names in the audio business, best known for its DJ turntables, but back in the day Technics also made highly regarded speakers and amplifiers. So when I received a hot tip that Technics was back with a new integrated amp I couldn't wait to plug it into my …

Turn your phone into a computer mouse with Remote Mouse

I'm writing this one with my wife in mind, who has been using a work-issued laptop with a broken trackpad for nearly a year. She has adapted by using a wireless mouse, but since she also has a work-issued iPhone 6, she could use that instead of the old mouse I gave her and carry one less item in …

Blub Uno USB desk clock uses 1950’s Nixie tubes to display time, temperature and more

Designer Duncan Hellmers is making use of 1950’s cathode tubes to build his new retro USB desk clock. Much like the products found in our ongoing Small States feature, the Blub Uno is being created with a focus on blending old-school aesthetics and components with modern design.<p>Head below for more …

Remote Controls

HearNotes Launches New Wireless Earbud Technology

TweetHearNotes has launched its new in-ear wireless headphones. The headphones use a wireless technology called Kleer that the company claims blows …

One Of Google's Earliest Android Employees Explains Where It Loses To The iPhone

As of Q3 2014, Android owned more than 80% of the smartphone market around the world, but that's split between the dozens of different companies that produce Android phones. About 12% of devices around the world run on iOS, but that money goes straight back to Apple.<p>There's no clear answer as to …

RHA T10i Review: Luxury Earphones with Tunable Sound

Choosing headphones is confusing. Some sets are tuned to get the bass pumping during your workouts. Others are better suited to quietly enjoy classical music. And every manufacturer has its own idea of what sounds “best”.<p>But what if you could tune the sound to your liking without the need for an …

This Unique Mobile Keyboard Folds Smaller than an iPhone 4

Typing on cellphones and tablets sucks. Virtual keyboards can be effective, but they take up half of your screen’s real estate. On the other hand, portable keyboards then tend to be either too small (limited by your tablet’s screen size), or too clunky to carry.<p>A company called WayTools wants to …

SanDisk's new USB 3.0 flash drive can connect directly to Android smartphones and tablets

As part of its CES 2015 announcements, SanDisk has revealed its new Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, which can not only connect to Windows and Mac PCs but …

Mixmax Takes Sending Email With Gmail to the Next Level

A new Chrome extension extends Gmail’s functionality in new ways, while still feeling like it’s an official Gmail feature.<p>Mixmax says it’ll make you work “faster and smarter” in Gmail by improving the tools available to you for sending email and organizing meetings.<p>With the Mixmax extension, you …