2022-04-18 - Brian Dipert

Noise-suppressing headsets and earbuds: Differences, but all telephony duds

Active noise cancellation sounds (pun intended) great in theory, but its reality is underwhelming if not degrading.

2022-04-07 - Brian Dipert

Microsoft Surface Duo: A software evolution testimonial, but for who?

Foldable smartphones deliver compelling use case benefits, unfortunately in combination with (getting-fixed) bugs and performance limitations.

2022-03-11 - Brian Dipert

Apple’s Spring Event pique: A not-so-unique chiplet ‘peek’

Apple's system transition to its own processors seems to be on track, if not ahead of schedule.

2022-02-21 - Brian Dipert

The Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows without the x(86)

Here's an in-depth look at the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

2022-02-07 - Brian Dipert

Inevitable demise of the standalone camera

Will standalone cameras completely disappear? Not any time soon. But for the masses, they're increasingly being supplanted by image capture-capable…

2022-01-14 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Apple AirTag

Bluetooth-based trackers definitely aren’t a "dime a dozen," as this teardown analysis makes obvious.

2022-01-11 - Brian Dipert

Repurposing a HDV camcorder for the home office

Here's how you can use a high-def video camcorder as a webcam for your home office.

2021-12-30 - Brian Dipert

2022 tech themes: A look ahead

Having recently reviewed the past year, our intrepid engineer now tackles forecasting the hot topics of the year ahead.

2021-12-23 - Brian Dipert

Pixel smartphone progressions: Latest offerings and personal transitions

With less than six months of guaranteed support left on his current devices, the author plans his next Android smartphone.

2021-12-16 - Giovanni Di Maria

Physics hidden in coffee maker

Let’s examine the secrets of physics hidden in the creation of espresso.