Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael lives in New York by way of Kansas. He loves wearable tech, fitness gadgets, and anything that takes him outdoors. No Wizard of Oz jokes, please.

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Someday, we'll look back at 2017 and remember it as part of the Golden Age of consumer drones, a time when advanced, affordable UAVs were everywhere. In fact, our biggest gripe might be that there were too many quality options available (First-Person-View problems, amiright?). To help you sort through the over-abundance of aerial excellence, we've put together a list of nine distinctive drones...
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When UAVs first hit the market, their application was somewhat hobbled by the available technology. Your options were basically to scud around a parking lot for a little while or shoot some grainy, cataractous footage of your old high-school football field (shout out, Lansing Lions). But as the technology developed and consumer drones quickly moved into the mainstream market, their use cases not...
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The 4th generation of the popular ASUS ZenFone series arrives in North American today, adding three new family members to the already extensive line of handheld devices. Like their forebears, the latest round of ZenFones comes tiered by feature, function, and, of course, adjective. This time around it’s the Pro, the Max, and the modifier-less ZenFone 4. The role of the superlative is a little...
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Alexa, how can I get all the benefits and features of Amazon’s know-it-all assistant on my Moto Z smartphone?” Introducing the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, the latest mod for Moto’s popular Z-series smartphones. As the name implies, this smart speaker attachment delivers all the power and...
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Following the success of last year’s Xperia XZ and XZ Compact, Sony has returned with a brand new set of flagship devices: the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. Unlike most sequels...
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Our lives are filled with moments we want to preserve—from backyard bacchanals and celebratory soirees to baby showers, bar mitzvahs, and everything in between. But regardless of occasion, the dilemma we often face is whether to enjoy the moment first-hand or grab our camera so we can capture it forever. Today, we no longer have to make that choice. Introducing...
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Tired of ambient noise ruining your audio-listening experience? Fed up with fussy wires tangling into inexorable knots? Well then listen up: audio giant Shure has released two new models of sound-isolating earphones designed to drown out annoying ambient noise and cut the cord completely. Starting with the...
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For audiophiles on the go, the new Bose® Soundlink™ Micro Speaker delivers high-performance sound in a compact, travel-friendly design. This portable, mobile music machine utilizes Bluetooth technology to stream audio from compatible devices, such as smartphones and tablets. As its...
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In 1999, Spike Jonze delivered us the comedy classic, Being John Malkovich, wherein a luckless puppeteer played by John Cusack discovers a portal that allows him to enter the mind of actor John Malkovich and experience life through his eyes. Now, almost 20 years later, we're one step closer to that fantasy becoming a reality, thanks to the...
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With everything that goes into capturing aerial footage—type of drone, camera setup, lens configuration, etc.—it’s easy to overlook one of the simplest but most crucial components of the recording process: storage. And while not as varied as drones themselves, the solutions for saving all your flying footage are sundry, and require careful consideration. To help decide which solution is right for...
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Apple unveiled the next generation of Apple Watch today—the Series 3—which improves upon the functionality, connectivity, and application of its popular predecessors. Chief among the Series 3’s upgrades is built-in cellular connectivity, which will allow users to stay connected to the world without needing their iPhones. Apple also continued to build upon the Watch’s signature fitness...
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LG unveiled the latest iteration of its immensely popular V-series smartphones today, the highly-anticipated V30. This latest model incorporates many lauded elements of previous versions (nice to see you again, dual rear cameras!), while dramatically enhancing other areas, such as display...
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Fans of Star Wars, rejoice! Propel has announced three brand-new replicas of your favorite Star Wars flyers. These hobby-sized drone clones include a TIE Advanced X1, T-65 X-Wing...
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Coming soon to a DJI Spark above you: a firmware update aimed at improving battery life and enhancing the overall safety and flight performance of your quadcopter. This latest update promises to bolster your Spark’s battery management system, optimizing the way it supplies power during flight, enabling you to stay in the...
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Years from now, it's likely we'll look back at the DJI Spark and remember it as the quadcopter that signaled a fundamental change in the way we think about camera drones. Like some of consumer tech’s other landmark devices—the MP3 player, the smartphone, the tablet—Spark represents...

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