Best Fitbit to get Dad for Father’s Day

May 23, 2017
Happy Father’s Day, tubs!

Updated May 2017: Father’s Day is right around the corner. Get Dad something he’ll love (and actually use)!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you notice your dad’s getting a little round in the mid-section… and everywhere else, then a Fitbit might be a great way to help him kickstart a fitness regime. Or, if your pop is already a fitness fanatic, then why not give him something to help him enjoy his jog/gym time even more?

Here are the best Fitbits for men to help you pick out the right one for dear ol’ Dad.

Best Fitbit for jogging and running
Best Fitbit for weightlifting and sports
Best Fitbit for fashion

Best Fitbit for the jogging gentleman

Us dudes, bro, we like to run. After babes, after food trucks, after our feelings (just kidding, we run away from those. Stereotypes, am I right?!). We sometimes like to run with our Fitbits on. Which Fitbit is best for these occasions?

Fitbit Charge 2

The Charge 2 is Fitbit’s has replaced the o…

iCloud vs. iTunes backups, government demands, your privacy, and a plea for optional encryption

May 23, 2017
Apple’s latest privacy report shows that if protecting your data is your primary concern, go Galactica and keep your backups offline.

Apple has posted its Report on Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information for the second half of 2016.

Apple is very seriously committed to protecting your data and we work hard to deliver the most secure hardware, software and services available. We believe our customers have a right to understand how their personal data is managed and protected. This report provides information regarding requests Apple received from government agencies and private parties from July 1 through December 31, 2016.

The TL;DR of it is that demands on the data being stored on our iPhones, iPads, and Macs are, unsurprisingly, up.

In this context, it’s important to remember that while Apple protects messages and other personal data with end-to-end encryption, Apple has to turn over iCloud backups when and if required to do so by law.

If your prima…

Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro is almost here

May 23, 2017
Elgato’s long-awaited Thunderbolt 3 Dock is finally launching. New MacBook Pro owners can have it all, and then some!

Elgato’s multi-port docking station, Thunderbolt, has been updated to support connecting to USB-C devices, charge your MacBook Pro, and work with 5K displays. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock goes on sale June 6.

Apple made the decision to rid the MacBook Pro of all but one type of connection port, the USB-C. You can get one with two or four ports, but all of them are USB-C. So, dongles it is. Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock really makes it all good again.

It has three USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB-C ports that can handle one 5K display at 60Hz or two 4K displays at the same time (4096 x 2160 pixels), a display port that supports the DisplayPort connection a 3.5mm stereo audio port for your headphones, and a 3.5mm input for your microphone. Yes, it has it all.

The built-in charger can juice up your MacBook Pro with 185W of power and the USB-A ports are capable o…

The absolute best way to carry your AirPods

May 23, 2017
This keychain case for your AirPods will keep them at your side whenever you’re in need of headphones.

I’m going to make a bit of a crazy statement here: If you own AirPods, you need the Lunies keychain case.

I rarely say people need something when it comes to their tech gadgets — they’ve already spent a ton on the gadgets themselves, after all, and it seems unfair to say that your new tech isn’t great until you also buy X, Y, and Z.

That said, this case has turned my AirPods from “neat pair of headphones that I often can’t find when I want them” to “must-own portable wireless buds”.

The trick? Accessibility. The AirPods are the perfect set of on-the-go earbuds — they don’t tangle, they stay charged for days at a time thanks to the case’s built-in 24 hour battery life, and they’re small enough to tote almost anywhere.

But the downside to that tiny package is that oftentimes I found myself forgetting to take the AirPods along with me, leaving them on my desk…

Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app

 Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up in a more surprising place: Amazon’s mobile app. Following a recent update, Amazon has added support for stickers within its iOS app’s camera feed – the feature that allows you to search for… Read More

Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

 You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers. Meanwhile, Facebook is giving more exposure to Trending Topics on mobile. Rather than only… Read More

Everything you need to know about WebVR

May 23, 2017
Your web browser is also a VR platform.

Most conversations about VR surround specific headsets, like Oculus Rift or Google Daydream. WebVR, as the name suggests, is bringing immersive experiences to anything with a browser. It’s a lot of fun to explore, and something anyone can try out without a lot of set up or additional hardware.

Lets get to know WebVR together!

Read more at VR Heads!

Wired vs Wireless: Which headphones should you get?

May 23, 2017
Should you ditch the wires or stick with the old faithful?

A good pair of headphones will last you years if you take care of them properly, so you want to make sure you invest in the right type. One of the biggest questions people think of when buying a new pair of headphones is whether or not to go with wireless Bluetooth or stick with a wired pair. Both options have merit, and depending on how you intend to use your headphones, one or the other may be better suited to your needs.

I have used several pairs of both wired and wireless headphones and will walk you through a few of the big pros and cons of each to help you make a well-informed decision.

Sound Quality

The difference in sound quality between Bluetooth headphones and wired headphones has lessened over time; however, some diehard audiophiles still believe a wired connection sounds more “authetic” than a Bluetooth connection. It is true that Bluetooth can only handle so much information across it’s signal, and that is…

Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

 Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was another private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More