Microsoft Band Hands-On: An Activity Tracker That's Actually Smart

The new Microsoft Band is probably the most ambitious activity tracker I've ever seen: It jams 10 sensors into one slim wristable. But after strapping it on for the first time, I really feel that it's more than just another handsome little metrics bracelet; it's actually got the brains to tell me what to do with them. » 10/30/14 1:20pm Yesterday 1:20pm

The Poynt Smart Terminal Is Like a Swiss Army Knife for Payments

The Poynt Smart Terminal is like a one-size-fits-all payments system. It has an NFC antenna, a magnetic swipe reader, a Bluetooth antenna, a QR code reader, a printer for receipts, and even an Android tablet to boot. So not matter how the future of payments pans out, you'll be able to get your dang cup of coffee. » 10/29/14 10:57am Wednesday 10:57am

Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast vs Roku Stick: Streaming Dongle Showdown

Amazon just announced the Fire TV stick, a cheap streaming media dongle, which looks a lot like Google's Chromecast, and the Roku streaming stick. But there some important differences that might make each device slightly better suited to different people. » 10/27/14 1:30pm Monday 1:30pm

So Far the Future of Virtual Reality Is Just Lame Ads

Since the 1980s, we've been dreaming about the resplendent future of virtual reality; one day, headgear like the Oculus Rift will be used to pour immersive entertainment into our brains. No part of this dream includes corporate sponsors shellacking our vision with brand messages. But now that the technology is on the… » 10/24/14 1:06pm 10/24/14 1:06pm