August 28, 2017

Gadget Lab Podcast: Note to Self

Samsung’s newest phone, announced this week, is a very big deal—in both physical size and importance. We run down the news on the Galaxy Note 8. Everyone agrees that its release is a huge milestone for Samsung after the debacle of the Note 7. David loves what he’s seen so far, but Mike has concerns […]

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August 21, 2017

These Speakers Create a Beautiful Wall of Sound

Don’t gunk up your artfully appointed living room with artlessly boxy speakers. The Danes at Bang & Olufsen have designed a sonic solution for you. The wall-mounted BeoSound Shape is assembled from three flavors of hexagonal tiles: speakers, amplifiers, and echo-­absorbing noise dampers. Mix and match the modules to build a unique array that’s ideal […]

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August 21, 2017

Gadget Lab Podcast: New Phone, Who Dis?

A new Android phone hits the market in a couple of weeks. Normally that’s unexciting news—Android phones are basically always raining from the sky. But this is the Essential phone, the first consumer product from the company co-founded by Andy Rubin, the man largely responsible for the Android operating system. So yeah, Essential’s debut hardware […]

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August 21, 2017

The Essential Phone Is Almost Essential

When I met Andy Rubin, the founder of Android, earlier this year to talk about his new company, he showed me a PowerPoint deck from 2009. His team put it together just before the debut of the Motorola Droid, Android’s first real chance to take on the iPhone. The campaign slogan was “Droid Does,” and […]

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