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Will Shanklin

Mobile Technology

Comparing the five current iPads: iPad Pro 12.9 vs. Pro 9.7, Air 2, mini 4 and mini 2

iPads aren't flying off the shelves like they used to, and Apple's response has been to reach and rebrand, hoping a new definition of "iPad" will bring the tablet back to the relevance of its glory days. Apple has already changed naming conventions several times (once retroactively) along with a new "Pro" series that's trying to reframe the iPad as a Microsoft Surface rival. Confused? Or just wondering which one to buy? Let's compare your iPad options.Read More

Mobile Technology Review

HTC 10 review: A stellar phone that's greater than the sum of its (already impressive) parts

It's time to start getting excited about HTC again. Not only did the company just start shipping the best VR headset money can buy, but it also has a legit Smartphone of the Year candidate in the gorgeous, powerful and smooth-handling new HTC 10. After a slump that had some questioning its relevance, HTC has gone full Frank Costanza: "I'm back, baby!"Read More

Mobile Technology Review

iPad Pro 9.7 review: An iPad Air in everything but name ... and price

Apple is still hell-bent on rebranding the iPad, as stagnant sales indicate that customers aren't drooling over tablets the way they used to. iPad Air sales stalling? Let's make a huge one that's kinda like a Surface! Uh oh, that one isn't setting the world on fire either? Here's a smaller version of that big one! Apple's increasingly cluttered iPad lineup today gives us an upgraded successor to the iPad Air 2 with a new name, a few new features and a questionable US$100 price hike. Apparently being the best tablet isn't enough anymore; Apple wants to frame the iPad as a do-it-all 2-in-1 as its path back to world-beating relevance.Read More

Wearables

Now that VR is here, Magic Leap reminds us that augmented (mixed) reality is on deck

Now that consumer virtual reality is here, with the arrival of the leading HTC Vive and runner-up Oculus Rift, Magic Leap is here to remind us that there's yet another next big thing waiting in the wings. Many believe that augmented reality will eventually replace the smartphone – using eye-worn gear to (appear to) place apps and games inside the real world around us, rather than on the screen of a handheld device or inside an isolated virtual world. Secretive startup Magic Leap launched a new video today to remind us that it's cooking up that very future.Read More

VR Review

Oculus Rift review: Polished, often magical ... but ultimately second best

If you would have told us a year or two ago that, when the consumer Oculus Rift finally launched, it would only be the second most exciting VR headset in our offices, we would have picked up the phone and dialed the men in white coats. Oculus started this rapidly spreading virtual reality fire, snatching VR out of a vaporware purgatory and molding it into something that we'd want to bring into our homes. At one event demo after another, the Rift – the brainchild of Oculus' brilliant and passionate young executives – captured our imaginations and opened our eyes like no other pre-release product. Somewhere along the way, though, Facebook's Oculus Rift got caught off-guard by an opportunistic rival and lost its leadership position. The Rift is fun, high-quality and often magical ... it just isn't the best way to spend your VR dollars.Read More

Mobile Technology

HTC 10 vs. HTC One M9

If you gave up on HTC after last year's meh One M9, then it's time to start paying attention again. The new HTC 10 is a stunning, refined and well-balanced phone – like a 2016 equivalent of the One M7, which was probably the best smartphone from three years ago. Though the HTC 10 is much more than the sum of its specs, let's how it compares to last year's One M9.Read More

Mobile Technology Feature

Don't sleep on the HTC 10 – this phone looks phenomenal (hands-on)

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the whole Samsung vs. Apple thing and forget about HTC. But this year you'll do so at your own peril, because the company's 2016 flagship looks like an absolute beast. Based on our first impressions, the HTC 10 has a chance to join with the firm's Vive VR headset as one of the best one-two punches in recent consumer tech history. This is a serious contender for best smartphone of the year.Read More

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