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Gizmag takes a turn behind the joysticks of DJI's new Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter

It was less than two weeks ago that DJI Innovations released its Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, the camera-equipped successor to its popular Phantom model. Since then, I've received a review unit from the company, which I've had a few chances to try out – between snowfalls and high winds, that is. My verdict? It's awesome, despite a couple of surprising shortcomings.  Read More

The Nexus 5 fills in a lot of the gaps left by its predecessor

The thing with spending just a few weeks with a loaner Nexus 5, Google and LG's Android 4.4 KitKat reference device, is that I'm not able to enjoy what's easily this phone's most attractive feature – the fact that it only costs $349 unlocked from the Google Play store in the US. That's not to say that there isn't plenty more to love about the Nexus 5. It comes with a great screen, quality software upgrades and plenty of hefty components that allow it to compete with any other flagship phone out there today.  Read More

The Farmer's Mill Electric Mud Grinder from Crushsound

Inspired by the kind of brown or muddy tones produced by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on tracks like Loaded from the 1996 album Rhythmeen, Jedrzej Lewandowski of Poland's Le 2 Workshop architects created the Farmer's Mill, which was unleashed, appropriately enough perhaps, on April 1 2012. The second generation has now been released. It's a little bigger than its predecessor, a lot better, and is now available in orange as well as white. Gizmag has spent the last few weeks making guitars wheeze, cough and splutter like they've been smoking 40-a-day since birth, and walks way mighty impressed with the destructive capabilities of the Mark II Electric Mud Grinder.  Read More

Battlefield 4 is a strong but flawed entry in the popular series

It's fair to say that the Battlefield franchise is built on its ability to create large-scale, varied conflicts on a much larger scale than the competition. Battlefield 4 promises to up the visual ante of its predecessor while providing a host of new, dynamic maps and an all-new campaign story. Read on to find out whether every component of DICE's new title lives up to the hype.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the portable companion to Batman's latest adventure, Batman: Arkham Origins...

This holiday season, Warner Bros. launched the first portable entry in the Batman: Arkham series. Does the franchise survive the leap to the Vita and 3DS unscathed? Or is it better to pass on this pared-down, 2D version of the Caped Crusader? Read on, as Gizmag reviews Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the iPad Air, the lightest full-sized tablet you can buy today

Thanks to the trusty rumor mill, we knew long ago that Apple's next full-sized iPad would borrow heavily from the iPad mini. But now that it's here, does the iPad Air live up to the hype? And is it worth the upgrade from an older iPad? Let Gizmag help out, as we review the new lighter and thinner iPad Air.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on, to share our first impressions of Apple's new iPad Air

Last year's 4th-generation iPad was such a minor update, there was little reason for iPad 3 owners to consider taking the plunge. But this year, the iPad Air marks the biggest physical redesign the tablet has ever seen. Is it worth the upgrade? Read on, as we share our initial impressions of the lighter, thinner iPad Air.  Read More

Brilliant drive: The 616 hp 12C Spider (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/gizmag.com)

It’s interesting how a little context will shape one’s opinions. Turns out I’d been an accidental fan of McLaren for years. Before the name became synonymous with Formula 1, and before the release of the iconic F1 supercar in the 90s, there were slotcars. Yes you heard me, slotcars. Going through some old Kodaks, I realized I’d in fact been driving scaled down, electric McLarens since the 70s. So upon learning I’d be driving the full-scale version of McLaren’s 12C Spider, I was as pleased as Scottish schoolboy in September.  Read More

The TYLT Energi+ backpack features a huge battery that can charge three devices at once

Not long ago, a backpack was a simple device, one made for carrying books, small personal items, and other stuff. Then, something changed, and backpacks started evolving. Now it's not at all uncommon to find a backpack that can actually charge the electronic devices within it. One such model is the Energi+ Backpack from TYLT, which I've been using for the past couple of weeks. It's not the first backpack equipped with a battery, but is it the best?  Read More

Gizmag puts Rhino Shield to the test

It was just a month ago that we reported on Evolutive Labs' Rhino Shield, a 6-layer transparent polymer film designed to protect smartphone screens. Not only is it said to ward off scratches and fingerprints, but it's also reportedly five times more impact-resistant than Gorilla Glass 2. Evolutive recently sent me a testing kit, so I could see first-hand just how tough it is – without endangering my smartphone in the process. Here's how things turned out ...  Read More

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