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Kulturinsel Einsiedel: dawn view from the balcony of the treehouse hotel

In search of weird and unique hotels in Europe, Gizmag’s Loz Blain visits a beautifully hand-carved treehouse village on the German-Polish border. The treetop hotel itself is remarkable, but as it turns out, the rest of "Culture Island" is just as amazing.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Theta panoramic camera from Ricoh

Starting out as a rather chunky hammerhead concept shown at CES 2013, the Theta panoramic camera has since been slimmed down, streamlined and released. Stunning 360 degree views can be instantly captured at the push of a button, the device can be remotely operated via smartphone, and images uploaded to an online photo album and shared on social media. Gizmag has spent the last few weeks generating lots of immersive bubble panoramas with the Theta, and the novelty has yet to wear off. But is the camera worth its rather high price tag?  Read More

Gizmag reviews ThermaCELL's Heated Insoles

ThermaCELL released its wirelessly-controlled Heated Insoles in 2012, and I've been wondering about them ever since. A local store couldn't keep the things in stock last winter, yet I've also seen more than a few user reviews stating that they just don't work. Given that I live somewhere where cold toes are a common problem for several months a year, I really wanted to know what the case was ... and I figured that lots of other people would like to know, too. I got the company to send me a pair, in order to find out.  Read More

Microsoft's hotly anticipated new console has finally arrived

The wait for Microsoft's next-gen console finally ended on Friday with the system's global launch. We already know that more than one million Xbox One's were sold in its first 24 hours on sale, but the question remains – is the new console worth the price of entry?  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Martian Watch, a smartwatch that puts the power of Siri and Google Now ...

If you're going to spend hundreds of dollars on a smartwatch, what's the most important feature you'd want it to have? Notifications? Fitness tracking? Or maybe you just want some rock-solid voice control? If you want to talk to your watch like Dick Tracy, then you'll want to read on, as Gizmag reviews the Martian Watch: a device that puts Siri and Google Now on your wrist.  Read More

The Nexus 5 is the first device to ship with KitKat

For more than a year, Android enthusiasts waited for Google to unveil the next iteration of the mobile operating system to succeed Jelly Bean. It was widely thought (even within Google) to be called Key Lime Pie. Instead, a bizarre marketing partnership was struck that gave us Android 4.4 KitKat. In this review, Eric Mack runs down the changes, improvements and a few steps backward.  Read More

It's actually a little startling to pick the Proto X up for the first time, because it isn...

You may have noticed that we enjoy our quadcopters here at Gizmag, from the GPS-equipped Phantom 2 Vision to the palm-sized 1SQ V-cam. Recently though, we had a chance to try out a somewhat unusual style of quad in the form of the tiny Proto X from Estes. It may not have a laundry list of features under its belt, but the Proto X does hold the distinction of being the smallest quadcopter we've ever reviewed ... by a huge margin.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Apple's first colorful handset, the iPhone 5c

Every year since 2007, Apple has released one new iPhone at a time. But this year marked the company's first foray into multiples, with the colorful iPhone 5c joining Apple's lineup as the flagship iPhone 5s' sidekick. Is a new look reason enough to buy one phone over another? Let Gizmag help you answer that, as we review the new iPhone 5c.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Apple's new (2nd generation) iPad mini with Retina Display

The original iPad mini was a great product, but it had one glaring flaw: its screen's resolution just wasn't on a par with the rest of Apple's recent devices. So now, a year after the release of the first iPad mini, we have the inevitable follow-up with a razor-sharp Retina Display. Does it live up to expectations? Join Gizmag, as we review Apple's second-generation iPad mini with Retina Display.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with the new iPad mini with Retina Display

When Apple announced that the iPad mini with Retina Display was coming "later in November," most of us assumed that meant the end of the month. Well, who said Apple couldn't surprise us anymore? Yesterday the company quietly launched the highly anticipated tablet, and, despite limited supplies, we got our hands on the Retina iPad mini. Read on for our first impressions.  Read More

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