One week with Amazon’s Echo Show

Last week I unboxed Amazon's latest listening device - the startlingly bulky Echo Show. After a brief setup through the companion App I was talking to Alexa for the first time, her responses finally accompanied visually with Show's integrated screen. Lyrics scrolled...

Conversation: Jeff Jordan Architects

Did you come to New York right after studying Architecture in Michigan? No, once I graduated I moved out to California. I spent three years working in three different offices in San Francisco. And I met my wife out there. We both ended up going to graduate school at...

Apple’s keynote in 2 minutes

Instead of spending two hours watching Apple's keynote, let us break it down for you in 2 minutes: Apple Watch The 3rd generation of Apple Watch comes with cellular built-in so you can leave your phone at home and still be reached. You can also stream Apple Music, and...

How to tech through the storm

We don't always realize our dependence on technology... until a power outage. Absentmindedly flipping the light switch or panicking as our batteries drop another percent, lacking the tools you need will exacerbate any difficult situation. Here are a few basics we...

Samsung Note 8 vs iPhone 8

The next smartphone battle is upon us, with the record breaking Samsung Note 8 now on shelves and the iPhone 8 being announced next month. If you hadn't heard, Note 8 has the greatest looking phone screen of all time. It's not about cramming unnecessary pixels. Note 8...

Looking toward the stars

This week Elon Musk posted the first picture of SpaceX's new space suit. Today's tech billionaires love to dabble in the privatization of space travel (Jeff Bezos has Blue Origin, Richard Branson has Virgin Galactic), but SpaceX is clearly ahead of the curve. Whether...

The quest to make exercise fun

What's holding you back from exercise? No time? No space? Is your routine too mundane? Need someone to hold you accountable? Over the past few years technology has eliminated just about every hurdle keeping us from living more active lifestyles. To find your...

Surf’s up at Samsung

Online rises and retail pivots. Brands are realizing their brick and mortar experiences need to provide something the Internet can't. Something memorable. Clothing stores become concierge-level guideshops (Bonobos). Speaker stores become elegant, fully functioning...

Hacking the last thing you’d expect

How would you react if the memo you just printed came out with a single sheet reading, "You've been hacked." An odd joke from a coworker? A stranger accessing your printer? What would the implications be? What else would they have access to on your network? This is...

The reality of the 700mph Hyperloop

NYC to DC in 29 minutes. Faster than an airplane. Last week Elon Musk tweeted that he received verbal approval from the government to build the underground structure that will make this type of city-center-to-city-center transportation possible. Of course the words...

5 life-changing innovations

Graphene A one-atom-thick form of carbon that's flexible yet 200 times stronger than steel. Graphene isn't new, but only now are we beginning to produce it (or close versions of it) affordably. Graphene will allow for bendable electronics, exponentially longer lasting...

Conversation: Apollo Electric

We recently had the chance to chat with George Wasilewski, President of Apollo Electric, on the intersection of technology and electrical, and the importance of reputation in growing a successful business. How long have you been an electrician? I’ve been an...

The coolest products at CE WEEK

New York's largest technology show is happening as we speak, and innovation is strong this year. Here's our 10 favorite products at CE WEEK: Gosun Stove - This solar-powered cooker is so effective at capturing ultraviolet light that it still works in (light) cloud...

8 ways to eco-commute

Solowheel - Riding an electric unicycle might be a strange look, but with 2000W of near-silent power the Solowheel can carry you 10 miles on a single charge at up to 10 miles per hour. It's weather-proof, only 22 pounds and charges in 2 hours, making it a viable...

The Pocket Diet

They're not the first startup to make the promise: One card to replace them all. A single secure card for that ever-expanding collection of plastic. Where others have failed (Stratos, Coin, Swyp, Plastc) Fuze seems to have the most potential yet. With over $1.8...

The future of grocery stores

"Welcome to Whole Foods! Your groceries are boxed up and ready for you on your left but please... stay a while." Wow, she was nice. And this place is immaculate. You should really give your food a quick inspection. The swiss chard was wilted last time you chose home...

Our favorite subscription boxes

We're in the convenience business, and nothing feels more cushy than a curated subscription box arriving at your door step. Since Birchbox started the trend in 2010, over 600 others have followed suit. Now you can get just about anything delivered to your door every...

Apple HomePod vs Sonos

HomePod will "reinvent home audio." Apple confidently announced their new smart speaker this week, which aims to deliver the audio quality of Sonos with the listening skills of Amazon Echo. Usually when Apple steps into your ring you get scared, but Sonos didn't...

Recap: Our 30-Day Challenge

Is 30 days enough time to make or break a habit? We used the month of May to put the theory to the test. Through a lot of blood, sweat and sugar-free-cookie-alternatives we make it through. Here's how we did, beginning with (not that it's a competition) our resident...

Toy of the year

Getting into drones always seemed like a whole thing. I didn't want to deal with the learning curve, my battery dying over the Hudson river, or getting arrested for flying too close to the wrong building. Last week our CEO brought his drone to work and I did a...

Conversation: Eric J Smith Architect

How long have you been practicing architecture? Since 1984. This practice will be 30 years old this October. And what's your geographical footprint? I've been very fortunate. We do custom homes from apartments, townhouses, renovations, new homes... It's taken us...

The real cost of a Tesla roof

When Tesla unveiled their Solar Roof tiles last fall we all had the same question: How much? Consumer Reports calculated a max cost of $24.50 per square foot to compete in the market. Tesla just revealed the price, and running the same math came in at an impressive...

Why Echo Show will be a huge success

Amazon just tripled down on voice control for the home. Almost immediately after releasing the wardrobe-centric Echo Look ("Alexa, what should I wear with these jeans?"), they dropped a far more enticing voice-control-camera-concoction. Echo Show Echo Show houses...