I’ve been testing Sony Aibo for 25 years and it’s still my favorite robot

Before we were obsessed with AI, the world was mesmerized by Aibo, a robotic dog whose name was short for “artificial intelligence robot” and also had the same pronunciation in Japanese as the word “friend”.  Aibo was doing AI before it was cool, and it was a sophisticated consumer robot dog long before SPOT was … Read more

I tried Netflix’s Physical: 100 endurance test and it was one of the most difficult workouts I’ve ever done

Physical: 100 has developed something of a cult following, and it’s easy to see why. Netflix’s South Korean fitness bonanza marries bizarre concepts (pulling a boat up a slope, anyone?) with genuinely grueling physical tests to deliver compelling entertainment.  For those who haven’t seen it, the show starts with 100 contestants of all different shapes, … Read more

OnePlus Watch 2 Nordic Blue is the Wear OS dive watch I’ve been waiting for

OnePlus has revealed the OnePlus Watch 2 Nordic Blue, a special edition of its OnePlus Watch 2 which offers a classic dive watch-style dial, new strap and other touches.  The OnePlus Watch 2 Nordic Blue shares the same internal specs as the regular OnePlus Watch 2, including its 100-hour battery life (made possible by its … Read more

I just saw what Half-Life 2 should look like in 2024, and I’ve changed my mind about Nvidia’s RTX Remix tool

In a darkened room at Nvidia’s ‘Future of Gaming’ showcase at a fancy London hotel earlier this week, I was ushered before a bank of computer screens showing live gameplay from a very exciting game: Valve’s Half-Life 2. Alright, HL2 isn’t a new game – in fact, it turns 20 this year! – but it’s … Read more

I’ve seen Sony’s impressive new mini-LED TV backlight tech in action, and OLED TVs should be worried

Sony made a special occasion of its 2024 TV launch, holding it at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Los Angeles. At the event, attendees, myself included, were treated to demos of Foley effects and soundtrack mixing, plus other striking examples of behind-the-scenes movie magic that happens at the studio. Sony’s message was that the … Read more

Jony Ive and OpenAI’s Sam Altman Seeking Funding for Personal AI Device

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and former Apple design chief Jony Ive have officially teamed up to design an AI-powered personal device and are seeking funding, reports The Information. Little is known about the AI device at this time, but it won’t look like a smartphone. Altman is a major investor in the Humane AI pin, … Read more

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the first genuinely fun EV – and I’ve driven it

Hyundai has been busy cementing its reputation as one of the leading figures in electric passenger cars. The small and relatively affordable Soul EV kicked things off in 2015, the Kona Electric soon followed, and then came the stylish Ioniq 6 and retro-inspired Ioniq 5. But the new Ioniq 5 N is its most fun … Read more

Why Physical: 100 is the most intense – and unexpectedly cozy – fitness show I’ve ever watched

Some of my Whatsapp chats are about to get very busy once again, with heated discussions about lifting boulders and pulling ropes. Physical: 100, the Korean fitness show that turned into an international phenomenon once it was snapped up by Netflix, is back on our screens again, and I couldn’t be more excited.  The premise … Read more

I’ve stopped lazing around in bed thanks to the 3-2-1 method – here’s how to do it

I’ve never been one to leap out of bed once my alarm has gone off, preferring to sit and scroll through my phone for a few (or more) minutes. But I worry that by causing me to associate ‘being in bed’ with ‘playing on my phone’, this morning laziness is affecting how easily I can … Read more

I’ve played all 1,000 Wordles and only lost once — here are my tips

On 19 June 2021, a simple new online game called Wordle made its debut. Today, it reached puzzle #1,000 – and I’ve played every single one. I’ve played through vacations and family crises and several job changes. I’ve played through war and elections and World Cups, and through rain and shine. I played at my … Read more

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