Author Archives: Alex Cranz

Samsung’s Latest Surface-Style Laptops Look So Nice You Might Forget the Exploding Phones

Less than six months after Samsung’s exploding phone debacle the company is at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MWC has sometimes been the venue where Samsung’s announces updates to its flagship Galaxy phone brand, but after the exploding phones, and with the company’s chief in the clink, a decision was…

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You Can Game on This Super Cheap Laptop, But It Won’t Be Pretty

If you’re trying to spend less than $1000 on a computer you plan to use daily, then you will find yourself making compromises. In the case of the Dell Inspiron 7000, you get a beefy gaming computer that can take whatever game designers throw at it. Unfortunately, its physical design is rife with trade-offs. Indeed,…

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How to Buy the Right Router and Save Your Internet

Your wi-fi is bad. Not the internet itself. Your internet is fine. It’s your wi-fi that leaves you weeping as it cuts off the minute you try to browse from the toilet, or walk down the stairs, or lean just one particular way on your bed. Some part of you has known, for a while, that you need to upgrade your router so…

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Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with…

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AMC’s Humans Is No Westworld, and That’s Why It’s So Good

The robot discourse has changed dramatically since the first season of Humans was on air in 2015. This is mainly because HBO premiered Westworld last fall, a mindfuck of a show that used robots to dig deep into the nature of consciousness and the metaphysical requirements of a soul. Humans, while also very much about…

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The Mystery of Lena Luthor’s Evilness Continues on Supergirl

After a whole slew of Supergirl episodes that were fun, kind of dumb, and extremely scattered, the show hit back last night by focusing on the titular hero and her relationship with the Supers’ most enduring family of villains, the Luthors.

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Samsung’s New Chromebook Is a Nearly Perfect Budget Laptop

I was working on the new Samsung Chromebook Pro, furiously putting together a post that needed to go up stat. The final touch was an image, but I needed to edit it, and I didn’t want to reach for my normal work machine. So I popped it open in the Adobe Lightroom Android app, flipped the screen around so the computer…

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Don’t Waste Money on Intel’s Top Processor

It’s time to replace your computer. Maybe it was purchased during the last Republican administration, or you ruined it was a spilled drink, or maybe you’ve just got some money to burn and you’d like to blow it on Intel’s new Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Whatever the reason, you’re ready to upgrade your computer, and…

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What’s Going on Inside Your Keyboard, Explained

Despite all the extraordinary advances in technology—particularly computing technology—there is one place where we’ve languished. It’s a key facet of the future that was, in many ways, better in 1987 than in 2017: the keyboard.

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What’s Going on Inside Your Keyboard, Explained

Despite all the extraordinary advances in technology—particularly computing technology—there is one place where we’ve languished. It’s a key facet of the future that was, in many ways, better in 1987 than in 2017: the keyboard.

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Hip Hop and Comics Inspired One of Junot Diaz’s Favorite Books of Last Year

Until recently it was hard to get your hands on American comics in the Europe. If you wanted to read the latest adventures of the X-Men or Superman, you had to import them. European audiences were familiar with superheroes—but largely through movies and TV. For a lot of older comic fans from Europe this has led to…

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This 4K Webcam Will Show Your Every Flaw to Your Fans

Webcams aren’t quite the must have accessory they were in 2010. Now every laptop and tablet has a camera on the front, ready and willing to broadcast your multitude of chins out onto the internets. But the webcam fattening the bezel of your laptop has some pretty severe limitations, ranging from lack of flexibility to…

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Someone Finally Made an Electric Grill That Doesn’t Suck

George Foreman changed the kitchen game when he slapped his name on a low-rent panini press and sold it to the masses. In the late 90s and early aughts, the George Foreman Grill was the kitchen appliance to own—after the refrigerator, microwave, and stove. But what if the George Foreman grill wasn’t that cheapo…

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The Supergirl TV Series Should Introduce Batwoman Immediately

Supergirl has been firing on all cylinders this season. A move of networks and locales hasn’t diminished the show at all, and thanks to an experienced stunt team borrowed from the rest of the Arrow-verse, the action’s improved tremendously. But you know what would kick Supergirl up a notch before the inevitable Crisis…

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Oh Yes, Apple Just Filed a Patent for a Sick Vape

Apple has patented some weird stuff in the past year—remember Bag, the foldable phone, and the phone that’s all screen? Yet its latest application puts even those strange ideas to shame. Get ready, Congressman Duncan Hunter: Apple just filed a patent for a vaporizer.

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Charter Spectrum Tweeted Out Some Spectacularly Awful Security Advice

Charter is a major internet service provider, and the conduit between many Americans and their sweet, sweet internet. As such, one would think the company would have a basic grasp of how Wi-Fi security works—specifically, that it would know better than to tell its roughly 31,700 Twitter followers to change their Wi-Fi…

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What the Hell Happened to Mozilla and Firefox?

Mozilla has a new logo, the latest in the company’s effort to rebrand itself as a modern technology outfit worthy of your attention. It’s no surprise that the company reaching to stay relevant in the face of plunging usage of its key product, the internet browser Firefox. Somewhere out there is a designer who still…

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ABC Orders a Southern Gothic Pilot Loaded With Reba

American gothic gets a lot of play on TV and film. There’s last year’s mystery drama American Gothic, the upcoming horror film American Gothic, and the 1995 Sam Raimi-produced bug nut crazy TV show American Gothic. Southern gothic, the much more fun and fantastical localized form of the gothic genre, gets much less…

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Nintendo Switch: Everything You Need to Know About the Ambitious Shape-Shifting Console

In just a couple of short months Nintendo’s first console since 2012 will be here. Nintendo made the console’s existence known last October, but until tonight was completely mum on any and all details. Now we know a lot more about the company’s shape-shifting console. So here are the facts.

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What the Hell Is HDR?

If you followed the news out of CES closely you probably heard the word HDR tossed around a lot. This coming year we’ll see TVs for under $500 with the feature, and fancy monitors for nearly $1000. But what does HDR even mean?

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