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Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Fitbit contracted smartwatch fever last year. And since the debut of its Ionic smartwatch, the company’s signature fitness trackers haven’t made as many waves as they once did. That’s due in part to users embracing the smartwatch more as the technology improves over time. But fitness trackers aren’t dead—or at least, Fitbit […]


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review in progress — A fresh experience for those with an open mind

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could have been a disaster. Battle royale games from rivals came out at a very inconvenient time: during the middle of development of Black Ops 4. Fan expectations changed completely. Activision’s Treyarch studio responded by dropping the Black Ops 4 single-player campaign, tripling the Zombies co-op experience, and adding […]


Google Pixel 3 hands-on review

Research Center: Google Pixel 3 Google’s new phone — the Pixel 3 — doesn’t look like an $ 800 phone. There’s no futuristic edge-to-edge design here, and the feel isn’t on par with an iPhone XS or a Galaxy S9. You do, however, get a phone with what looks like a great screen, an excellent camera, uncluttered software, […]


Withings Steel HR Sport Review

Research Center: Withings Steel HR Sport Withings shook up the fitness watch market in 2015 when it introduced the Activité Pop, one of the first smartwatches to blend the classic analog wristwatch with a cutting edge fitness tracker and a sub-$ 200 price tag. The company found its niche with these hybrid watches, and it caught […]


Amazon Fire HD 8 review (2018)

Research Center: Amazon Fire HD 8 With the exception of Apple and Huawei, tablet sales have been in a death spiral for years. As smartphone screens grow larger and unlimited data plans allow you to stream Netflix or Hulu anywhere, shelling out a lot of money for a slightly larger screen that’s usually beholden to […]

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TiVo Bolt OTA review: For would-be cord-cutters with great antenna reception

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Despite the plethora of services and devices dedicated to satisfying your binge-watching need, veteran company TiVo hasn’t been completely pushed out yet. The company has made an effort to modernize over the past few years, elevating its DVR boxes with features like voice commands and access to third-party streaming apps. Now, TiVo […]