Verizon is arguably the top telecom in the USA. Big Red's network offers the most reliable coast-to-coast coverage and some of the highest LTE speeds in the nation, which explains why it has a user base of around 150 million people.The carrier also supports a very wide selection of smartphones, which might make things a bit difficult if you're a subscriber on the hunt for your next daily driver. This is why we've rounded up some of the best handsets Verizon currently has to offer. Of course, what's best for will depend on your budget, needs, and preferences. Thus, we've made sure to list the pros and cons of our candidates, while also separating them into three different categories based on their price. With no further ado, let's dig in!Contents:The cream of the cropPrice starts at $41.66/mo ($29.91/mo with trade-in + Verizon Unlimited) for 2 years; Full retail price: $999 ($699) Apple iPhone X Pros Incredibly fast, snappy performanceInterface built to take … [Read more...] about Best Verizon phones (2017)
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In Silicon Valley, every serious startup has a founders’ story. In Christmas of 2008, Jack Dorsey, the creator and chairman of Twitter, was visiting his parents in St. Louis. At the time, he was at loose ends. Twitter had five million users, but in October he had been replaced as chief executive by his better-known cofounder Evan Williams, who, rich from the sale of an earlier company to Google, had funded the original development of the communications network. Dorsey was wondering what he should do next. He felt it should be something big and complex. The economy was in a recession, but that was the best time to begin a new venture, he believed. “Everything has been cleared away and you can start fresh,” he explains. In St. Louis, Dorsey came across Jim McKelvey, a serial entrepreneur he knew. “Jim was my first technology boss,” says Dorsey, who at 15 had written CD-ROM software for McKelvey. “We’d not spoken in years, and I had to tell … [Read more...] about The New Money
Apple on Tuesday unveiled its own battery case for the iPhone 6s.Offered in white and charcoal gray, it has a silicone exterior and a microfiber lining. In addition to offering protection, it increases iPhone usage times.The intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center.Priced at US$99, the case supports Lightning accessories, so users can transfer data while the iPhone is in it. "It is expensive," observed Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 trends."From a purely technical standpoint, the Smart Battery Case doesn't offer as much extra battery life as competitors do," remarked Lauren Goode in her review for The Verge. "So in order to justify its $99 price point, it has to be 'smart' in other ways. It has to build upon existing Apple designs, and it has to utilize the iPhone's software. It does all of this -- but I'm not convinced this is the best case."Get Mophie's $60 Juice Pack Reserve for the iPhone 6 and 6s "if you're looking for … [Read more...] about Apple’s Pricey New iPhone Battery Case Gets Very Little Love
“My voice tends to be something that cuts through steel.”In Greek mythology, the Sirens were known as dangerous and beautiful femme fatales who seduced many a sailor with their hypnotizing and beguiling vocal allure. In The B-52s, sister sirens Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson have been luring mariners and landlubbers alike for decades, captivating them with the many-faceted charms of their vocal prowess. The band’s new-wave and alt-rock classics include the beach-party dancefest of Rock Lobster, the festive come-hithering found at the infamous “tin roof… rusted!” Love Shack, the undeniable urge to explore in Roam, and the full-on elegiac positivity of Good Stuff.It’s only taken Kate Pierson about four of those decades to step out from the band and emerge fully in front with her first-ever solo album, Guitars and Microphones (out today from Lazy Meadow Music/Kobalt Label Services on CD and digital services). The wait was well worth it. … [Read more...] about After decades propelling the B-52s with her throaty growl, Kate Pierson flies solo
Right now, the most high-tech piece of your hygiene routine might be your toothbrush. But just as those dental devices are getting Bluetooth connections and apps, so are beauty masks. Mapo, from Wired Beauty, isn’t anything like a yogurt-and-honey concoction, though. It’s made of medical-grade silicone and is filled with sensors.The sensors take the skin’s temperature and measure its moisture level using something called a corneometer. You strap on the mask (which looks something straight out of the Eyes Wide Shut costume department), leave it on for a minute, and it will gather relevant data and send it via Bluetooth to your phone. The accompanying app uses that information to track your skin’s health and give recommendations about your beauty routine, such as when you should be cleansing and what type of products work best for you.To customize the device specifically for you, you take a bunch of pictures of your face that the company will use to … [Read more...] about Launch a thousand ships with a face moisturized by the Mapo beauty mask
When it comes to both tales as old as time and songs as old as rhyme, you can bet that they’re going to be made and remade for generations. As we’ve seen with the recent Cinderella and Jungle Book retellings, Disney has been on a bit of a live-action kick lately — and we just got our first peek at the next cartoon classic to be acted out by real live humans.On today’s episode of Good Morning America, Disney debuted the first teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast and — if you count yourself among the studio’s scores of overgrown fans — be prepared to have the feels. The teaser (embedded above) opens with a frozen-over version of the iconic Disney castle as the spooky-yet-alluring music from the prologue of the original begins to play in the background. It has been nearly a quarter century since the original hit theaters, but it’s clear that the Alan Menken-composed theme hasn’t lost any of its mysterious power.From … [Read more...] about Check out the first teaser for Disney’s next live-action remake
Smart-home devices sometimes require complicated installation that just doesn’t make sense for renters. Plus, apartments have different needs than single-family homes. That’s why we decided to outfit a whole condo with smart devices that don’t require rewiring or permanent installation. Each week, we’ll tackle a different category and look at various products, then explain how we made our selections. At the end of the series, we’ll examine the smart apartment as an ecosystem, and how all these devices — or do not — work together.If I had to describe the smart home today, the word I’d use is disjointed. It’s hard to find a product in every category that has all the features you want — not one guaranteed to work with the devices you already own, anyway. In fact, there are a lot of devices that don’t fit in the typical categories that spring to mind when you think of the smart home: lights, locks, security cameras, and so … [Read more...] about Automated gardens and smart beds made my apartment every geek’s domestic dream
By the time Asus CEO Jonney Shih left the stage at Computex 2016, it was crystal clear that the new Zenbook 3 — slated for release in summer 2016 — was being touted as the nemesis of the new Macbook. Shih’s speech, supported by a series of sleek infographics, repeatedly compared the Zenbook to the Macbook, focusing on the smaller frame and increased processing power of the Zenbook 3. Asus, holding home-court advantage at Computex (held in Taipei), chose to take the fight to Apple by promoting the Zenbook as the Macbook’s counterpart.Apple, on the other hand, didn’t devote much press to the 2016 Macbook. After a celebrated 2015 release, the new iteration of the Macbook received a few key updates — notably, new processing chips. While they were busy promoting the new iPhone SE and a bevy of Apple Watch straps, the new Macbook slid silently onto shelves across the world.While it seems unlikely that Apple will recognize — let … [Read more...] about Apple Macbook (2016) vs. Asus Zenbook 3: Which book is more “ultra”?
There’s something about the allure of classic vinyl records that encapsulates the history of music. Even new music comes in vinyl editions nowadays to cater to those with working record players or hip kids who like to keep a collection. But just because you’ve embraced updated technology with digital music doesn’t mean you can’t have both. The Symbol Modern Record Console combines the past with the present, and looks nothing short of beautiful.It’s always neat to find technology that is modern yet retro at the same time. Made with American Walnut wood body, the system holds together two 6.5-inch full-range speakers and a second, hidden amplifier and subwoofer. The machine has a built-in turntable for your records and mixing capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi to stream music from your wireless device. Even if you don’t own too many vinyls, your iPod or laptop can still get the party started around this 50s-style music machine. Sure, it might … [Read more...] about Symbol Modern Record Console: The perfect musical midpoint between contemporary and retro
By the end of this year, Apple fans won't be the only ones who can flash a smartwatch worth thousands of dollars on their wrist; Android aficionados will be able to do the same.Google, Intel and Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer on Thursday jointly announced plans to make a luxury Swiss smartwatch.They were skimpy on the details, but various leaks and media reports suggest that the device may look like the Tag Heuer Carrera (pictured above), a watch available in several designs priced from $2,500 up.How this will play out in the market remains to be seen.Tag Heuer is part of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) luxury products group, which includes the Bulgari and Sephora brands, among others.Its watch sales were hit by retailers' cautious purchasing behavior, and Tag Heuer refocused on its core offering, according to LVMH's 2014 financial report. "Tag Heuer brings its Swiss watchmaking know-how and tradition," Google spokesperson Liz Markman told TechNewsWorld. It "will design and … [Read more...] about En Garde, Apple! The Luxe Android Smartwatch Is Coming!