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Everything that’s wrong with Tesla, and why they aren’t the car savior

By on January 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM.

Everything that’s wrong with Tesla, and why they aren’t the car savior

Tesla is an amazing car company with an incredible CEO. I wouldn’t necessarily bet against them, but here is why I think we maybe should. Ever since Tesla loaned me a Model S almost two years ago, I have almost jumped in and bought one on three different occasions. In that time, Tesla’s supercharger network has rolled out across the world, with reasonable density in the United States. The company also introduced a new AWD dual-motor Model S with mind-blowing acceleration, and forward-looking autonomous features that can be activated and developed with software updates down the road. Beyond all that, the car is obviously all electric and quite incredible.

I still think it’s a failure — here’s why. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Gray Silver Comparison

I’m done buying iPhone 6 Pluses, but I don’t know about gray or silver

By on January 12, 2015 at 10:05 AM.

I’m done buying iPhone 6 Pluses, but I don’t know about gray or silver

There’s a good probability I have settled on the iPhone 6. Hopefully my journey of buying and returning iPhone 6 Pluses is over. For me, there are too many compromises with the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s thicker, heavier, and unusable with one hand. It’s not my only device, and if I’m home there’s an iPad and computer, and if I’m at the office there’s a computer. That’s it, done talking about it, and waiting for the second generation.

But now I can’t decide between the space gray iPhone 6 and the silver! More →

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CES 2015 Preview Thoughts

CES 2015: Everything is amazing and nobody is happy, including me

By on January 5, 2015 at 10:32 AM.

CES 2015: Everything is amazing and nobody is happy, including me

As we go into another CES, I can’t help but think of all the incredible and amazing devices, cars, gadgets, TVs —anything else that requires power — that are going to be announced. The latest, the brightest, the fastest, the best ever. Yet, I’m so pessimistic about it. Everything is amazing and I’m not happy. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Review

I have bought and returned an iPhone 6 Plus 10 times, please send help

By on December 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

I have bought and returned an iPhone 6 Plus 10 times, please send help

It’s entirely possible this could be classified as an actual mental illness. But there’s just something about the iPhone 6 Plus that draws me in about a week after I switch back to my iPhone 6. It goes something like this…

There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 6. It’s the best smartphone not only in the world, but ever made. It’s gorgeous, it’s luxury-level premium, it’s the phone Apple wishes they could have made 7 years ago — it is completely perfect. Though, as someone who has always bought the best available iPhone, it kind of hurts that there’s one a bit better. Better is a relative term, obviously, but the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is just perfection with its higher resolution display, and it’s entirely noticeable to me. There’s also optical image stabilization in the camera, though that’s not the biggest deal as the regular iPhone’s camera is a joy. You also get a bigger battery with the iPhone 6 Plus. More →

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Apple Beats Solo2 Commercial

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

By on November 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM.

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

BGR has just learned through multiple sources that Apple is set to release a celebrity-packed commercial for the company’s new Beats Solo2 headphones either today or tomorrow. The video itself looks like something Beats would have done on its own, but it definitely has an Apple-like feel and vibe to it, which actually works quite nicely with the Beats theme. More →

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Nexus 6 Review

The Boy Genius Report: Nexus 6 review

By on November 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The Boy Genius Report: Nexus 6 review

Google’s tradition of releasing a brand new flagship Nexus phone every year isn’t stopping, and the company has come an incredibly long way since the original Nexus One. The latest iteration is the Nexus 6 with, yes, a gorgeous six-inch display. It’s manufactured by Motorola and was codenamed “Shamu” for a good reason — it’s monstrously huge and just feels like it’s going to slap you with its dorsal fin.

This is one of the most well-manufactured, technology-packed, volcano-luging, shark-diving phones I’ve ever used. But is it the best of the best or the best of the worst? More →

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Somfy Motorized Shades

Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

By on November 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

As we move further and further into a connected home and connected world, I regularly explore how we can integrate every device possible into one main system and network. For now, my favorite hub is SmartThings. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great home automation platform with a great community and support for a wide array of devices.

Window shades have been a bit of a white whale, though. This is an area I have always wanted to explore and I have heard that Somfy is without a doubt the leader in the space. In the past, not only have automated shades been a less-than-ideal solution with power having to be supplied to each noisy shade motor, but it’s also been prohibitively expensive for many people.

All of that has now changed, however.

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iPad Air 2 Review

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

By on October 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

It’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress.

The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. More →

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Here’s the video from our awesome event with HTC last week

By on October 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Here’s the video from our awesome event with HTC last week

As I’m sure you’ve heard, we’re starting up BGR events again and last week we celebrated our eight-year anniversary in New York City with HTC. The event was a blast! Thanks again to almost a thousand of you for coming out and joining us throughout the evening. It was great meeting you in person and celebrating with you.

Now, I wanted to share the video from the event with those of you who couldn’t attend, and those of you who did will definitely enjoy watching the highlights. More →

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white-chicks

Will.i.am is a stupid person with stupid ideas

By on October 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM.

Will.i.am is a stupid person with stupid ideas

“You were thinking it!”

“Yeah, but you said it!”

I think we all need to have a little talk. Everyone is thinking it, so I’m going to come out and say it… will.i.am is so stupid. He’s talented in some ways, namely music, and I don’t know him personally but friends who know him say he’s an arrogant asshole. That doesn’t matter, though. What matters is how ridiculous will.i.am’s entire foray into the tech world is, and has been.

Shall we take a trip down memory lane together and remember how when everyone knew BlackBerry was dead in the water, this idiot was launching a failed social network and being trotted out by BlackBerry at the company’s conferences? Or how his iPhone camera attachment took the world by storm? More →

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Apple Event Predictions

The Boy Genius Report: Predictions for Apple’s October event

By on October 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

The Boy Genius Report: Predictions for Apple’s October event

Apple’s October event is just around the corner — actually, it’s this Thursday, the same day we’re celebrating our eight-year anniversary. In any case, Apple is holding two events this year, similar to last year. The first September event was focused on the iPhone and upcoming Apple Watch, and the second event most definitely is going to include updates to the company’s computer line.

It could be really interesting if Apple introduces not just a new Retina iMac with an insane better-than-4K resolution display, but also the rumored new Retina MacBook, which is going to be off the charts if it’s ready. More →

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