After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY kit outpaced routers whether they were of the $90- or $250-variety.
Swedish self-assembly furniture giant IKEA has announced that it's about to enter the city bikes market with a new two-wheeler called Sladda (Swedish for "skid sideways" or "drifting"). In the UK the bicycle will be available for £450, or £350 for IKEA Family Card holders.
A unisex city bicycle with a belt drive instead of a chain, Sladda will be available in 26-inch and 28-inch versions. It was created in partnership with design studio Veryday, and is clearly aimed at casual cyclists. It will also be equipped with an automatic gear-changing system created by Bioshift.
One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR), with a new wearable headset of its own.
Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei is adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach, which means that this only works in tandem with your smartphone. But it’s actually more like the LG 360 VR, insofar as you connect your phone to the unit via a USB cable. So it merges the power and processor of the phone with a built-in screen inside the headset itself.
If you have some spare potatoes in your home, you might want to think about using them to be more than just food or your main source of carbohydrates. Rather, you might actually want to look into securing your home with smart sensors, and to have these smart sensors be powered by potatoes.
In our original reviews of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, we tried very hard to examine these virtual reality systems on their own merits without constant comparisons to the competition. But no product exists in a vacuum. After years of buildup, we’re now faced with two competitive, PC-tethered VR headsets hitting the market right next to each other. Unless you have a spare $1,400 to spend to buy both headsets (or more if you need to outfit a gaming PC, too), you’ll have to pick one or the other if you want virtual reality in your home as soon as possible.