Breaking the Ice on Technologies

Month: May 2018

The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of Marin’s Dead 60-Foot Whale

There’s no one way to describe the scent of a beached, rotting whale. See, it really depends on time and space: So long as you’re more than 20 feet away, you don’t smell a thing. But if you’re downwind, the sour stench will just about […]

*The Expanse*’s Epstein Drive Has Some Awesome Physics Baked In

Maybe you thought my previous post on the crushing g-force of the Epstein drive from The Expanse would be the end of that. Wrong. This is such great clip, I have to do more. In case you missed it, let me tell you what’s going […]

The best cheap Amazon Echo deals in May 2018

If you’re looking for a smart speaker to serve as the hub for your home automation system or simply as a source of information and music, Amazon’s line of Echo speakers should be on the top of your list. These Alexa-enabled speakers make it easy […]

Philips Hue Sync app transforms video into a brilliant light show

The new Philips Hue Sync app for macOS and Windows 10 is available today, and it’s ambitiously being touted as a way to create “surround sound for your eyes.” It’s akin to the Ambilight and AmBX ambient light technology Philips has used on TVs and […]

New MacBooks and iPad Pros are said to be coming soon, but not at WWDC 2018

There are new MacBook computers and iPad Pro tablets coming in 2018, according to a new report today. It’s just not going to happen at Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote. Instead, a refreshed MacBook Pro 2018 and 12-inch MacBook with new Intel chips, and a low-cost […]

Withings to return after Nokia sell-off

Image copyright Nokia Image caption Withings makes connected devices such as watches and weighing scales Nokia is to sell its health division back to the founder of Withings, a company it acquired in 2016. The Withings brand name is set to return following the sale, […]

World Cup 2018: BBC iPlayer to stream matches in 4K HDR

Image caption The BBC is promoting the trial as providing the “best ever picture quality” iPlayer has offered The BBC is to stream dozens of World Cup matches live in 4K resolution and high dynamic range colour (HDR) to UK-based audiences in June and July. […]

Long-term test review: SEAT Arona FR

Mileage: 2,722Economy: 47.7mpg The supermini SUV is the latest vehicle sector manufacturers are busy trying to conquer. Buyers love them, so we will be running a new SEAT Arona for the next six months to see what all the fuss is about. At a glance, […]

World Rallycross: driving a Ford Fiesta RX2 at Silverstone

The World Rallycross Championship (World RX) is rapidly becoming the next big thing in motorsport – and as WRC seems to be losing its appeal year-on-year, certainly in the UK, rallycross is increasingly where it’s at nowadays. So much so that there’s a round of […]

Alpine A110 vs Audi TT RS vs Porsche 718 Cayman

You might be wondering what a small French-registered sports car with an unfamiliar badge on its nose is doing lined up against two firmly established German sports models. For readers with a longer memory, though, this is an exciting moment: far from being a new […]