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Eric Mack

Eric Mack
Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.
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  • Nexus 5 vs. Galaxy S4: Under the microscope

    Gizmag regular Eric Mack has spent at least a month with both the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy S4 and goes in-depth to pick a winner between the pair in five categories, helping Android fans decide between these two top phones.

  • How to root the Nook Tablet

    A guide for rooting the Nook Tablet to add the Android Market and Honeycomb.

  • The Nexus 5 for 10 days: A detailed review

    Gizmag's Eric Mack has spent over a week with a Nexus 5 since the phone was officially unveiled on October 31. While it might not be the sexiest smartphone ever, it is a solid choice for Android lovers, and far and away the best value in any new smar...

  • Moto X (2014) review: There is no justice in the world

    Gizmag has had some time to get to know the new Moto X and found it to be even better than its unappreciated predecessor from last year. In fact, we've reached the conclusion that it may be the best phone history will forget.

  • Review: A month with the Samsung Galaxy Mega

    Samsung's huge 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega sprang forth from the company's spirit of concocting a flavor for every taste last month, and Gizmag has spent the past few weeks putting it through the paces. Check out a few of the conclusions we reached over the...

Archt One delivers even, omnidirectional sound (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last month, Gizmag reported on the Archt One (pronounced "ark-one") Kickstarter kick-off and its promise to fill a room with consistent, high quality omnidirectional sound via its warhead-shaped wireless speaker. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out a demo unit at home for a few days to see if the Archt keeps its promise.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Motorola's powerful Droid Turbo (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

When it was first announced last month, Motorola's Droid Turbo sure looked like one of the most muscular smartphones yet. Since then, Gizmag has had a chance to test one out to see if this beefed up Moto X lives up to expectations.  Read More

YouTube has launched an invite-only beta of a subscription music service

YouTube's long-rumored music service will soon be a reality, Google announced Wednesday. Dubbed YouTube Music Key, the monthly subscription service launched an invite-only beta with minimal details.  Read More

The Brigadier is dust and shock proof

Lately, smartphones are growing larger, lighter and thinner, making them increasingly frail to the point where we might have to worry about a $1,000 iPhone 6 Plus warping or bending in a back pocket. Amid this strange new status quo, the Kyocera Brigadier is the increasingly rare phone that need not be handled with care.  Read More

The new look of Android Android 5.0 lollipop is finally in the wild. After first getting a lick of Android "L" back at Google I/O in June, Google announced today that the official roll-out of the biggest changes to Android in years, including its new "Material design" look, begins now.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Google's new take on email, Inbox for Gmail

Google's Inbox is the latest interface for Gmail, both on the web (only through a Chrome browser at the moment) and via mobile apps for iOS and Android. It's a major and almost entirely positive upgrade to the Gmail experience. But if we're honest, the best thing about using it for the past week is finally being freed of that bloated, boring and increasingly clunky Gmail interface that's needed an overhaul for a few years now.  Read More

The Droid Turbo promises two full days on a single charge of its huge battery

The Droid Turbo with its monster specs follows the unveiling of the Moto 360 smartwatch, new Moto X and Moto G and a Motorola-made Nexus 6 that have all been introduced in the past 8 weeks.  Read More

The Fire TV Stick and included remote control

On Monday, Amazon expanded one of the key fronts in the ongoing war for control of the living room by introducing the Fire TV Stick. It's a follow-up to the company's Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this year, and a direct competitor to Google's Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick.  Read More

Radar scans the road for pedestrians

Ford has announced a new "pre-collision assist" system that takes advantage of data from radar and cameras to actively detect pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes to avoid or at least reduce the severity of accidents.  Read More

Squink is a miniature factory (Photo credit:Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

When I saw BotFactory's Squink in action at MakerCon in New York last month, it was one of those innovations that took a few minutes to sink in. It looks like a modified 3D printer, but it does much more. In essence, it is a home factory in a single package.  Read More

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