The dark side of crowdfunding

From The Verge. Crowdfunding gives gadget makers the power to launch their own companies, but sometimes their dream dies not long after launch. In this episode of In the Making, reporter Ashley Carman looks at how crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo are changing their business to prevent creators from never shipping their product. Learn more…

Electric scooters may not be around for long…

From The Verge. Electric scooters have been one of the biggest tech crazes of the last year, with venture capitalists pouring more than $1 billion into the startups. But the fundamental numbers don’t add up because the scooters don’t bring in enough money to cover their costs. If the business continues on its current path,…

The best camera phone you can’t buy in the U.S.

From The Verge. The Huawei P30 Pro is a flagship Android smartphone with a difference. It’s the first cameraphone with a new periscope zoom lens, which helps it achieve incredible zoom. It’s also the first phone with an RYYB image sensor, which produces shockingly good night photos, outdoing the Google Pixel 3 and embarrassing Apple’s…

Alienware Area-51m review: an upgradeable behemoth

From The Verge. Alienware’s Area-51m isn’t just a high-end gaming laptop with lots of power, although it definitely is that. It’s a laptop that can be upgraded like a desktop, including both its CPU and GPU. The new Area-51m starts at around $1,950 and can be configured well north of $5,000. It is a behemoth…

A gadget maker’s worst nightmare…

From The Verge. Creating a physical product is difficult, even without the added risk of someone stealing your idea. In this first episode of In the Making, Ashley Carman chats with creators about how they dealt with people ripping off their ideas and manufacturing knock-offs. We unpack the challenges they face and how they overcome…

Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wireless

From The Verge. Apple’s AirPods 2 look and sound very familiar to the first-gen version, but the biggest change is the ability to wirelessly charge the case. The wireless charging case uses the Qi standard — just like the iPhone and countless Android phones on the market — so you can use the same charging…

Galaxy Buds review: everything but the basics

From The Verge. Samsung’s Galaxy wireless buds were our shiny gleam of hope for cutting the headphone cord. The Galaxy Buds feel like feathers, they’re easy to sit in your ears, and they seem to get Samsung’s claimed six hours of battery life on a charge (with seven more in the case). The small form…

iPad Air 2019 review: happy medium

From The Verge. Apple’s new iPad Air has almost all of the features people want from a iPad Pro — without paying Pro prices. Compared to the basic iPad, you get a better screen, a keyboard connector, and a much faster processor. But it still has a physical Touch ID home button for unlocking and…

Huawei P30 Pro hands-on: a photographic powerhouse

From The Verge. The Huawei P30 Pro flagship has a huge battery, absentee bezels, and a promising new quad-camera system. It will compete against Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series for supremacy in the high-end Android smartphone market across Europe and Asia. Huawei is also launching a non-Pro P30, which scales the screen size down to 6.1…