My Weird Cat Taught Himself to Piss in the Toilet – and Showed Me the Meaning of Life

I don’t know how else to say this: My cat taught himself to piss in the toilet. Yes, the people one. Yes, on his own. Without any instruction, my cat has effectively potty-trained himself, squatting over the toilet bowl in an eerie approximation of human bathroom use – and now I don’t know what to believe. Read More >>

So You Have to Work From Home

The novel coronavirus has, as of Friday, infected more than 100,000 people and killed more than 3,400 globally. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt are pervasive. What happens next is anyone’s guess, but it’s safe to assume that whatever it is will be a shitshow of historic magnitude – it’s already a tragedy for thousands of families and a lesson in the fragility of our globalised world. Read More >>

Actually, 2019’s Gadget of the Year Is My Electronic Chicken Door

The best gadget of the year is neither phone nor laptop nor smartwatch nor headphones. It’s not even something most people need. It is, instead, an automatic chicken door, a simple piece of tech that not only changed my family’s life for the better, it may have also saved my marriage. Read More >>

Go Mark All Your Unread Emails as Read

Nothing in life is as boring as email, so I’ll make this quick: If you want to achieve inbox zero – that is, no unread emails in your inbox – the best way to do it is to just click “select all” and “mark all as read.” Boom, inbox zero. Read More >>

GoPro’s Hero8 Black is Boring – and That’s What Makes It Great

No single upgrade in GoPro’s new flagship camera will surprise you. There is no “new killer feature” that sets it apart from either the competition or last year’s Hero7 Black. It doesn’t even have a built-in selfie screen (although you can buy one as a new add-on “mod.”) And yet, somehow, the Hero8 Black is the GoPro I’ve been waiting to see for years without realising it. Read More >>

GoPro Gets Weird With the Hero Max 360 Camera

GoPro is giving the 360 camera thing another try, this time with the Hero Max, a dual-lens camera that the company swears is a far more user-friendly device than its previous consumer version, the GoPro Fusion. Read More >>

Dark Mode Is for Suckers

Dark mode is everywhere. Apple’s newly released iOS 13? Dark mode. Android 10? Dark mode. Windows 10, macOS Mojave, Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, and Slack – blessed, healing dark mode. It’s the must-have feature for the dim days of 2019, its spread eliciting a collective gasp of ecstasy at every new iteration as if black text on a white background is some deep injustice from which we’ve long yearned for a sweet release. Read More >>

Facebook’s Antitrust Problems Just Got Worse

The Attorney General of the US state of New York, Letitia James, launched a multi-state antitrust investigation into Facebook on Friday, applying a new layer of pesky regulatory scrutiny to the scandal-ridden social network. Read More >>

No, NASA Did Not Say It’s Developing Its Own Cryptocurrency

Let’s get one thing straight right now: “crypto” means “cryptography.” It does not mean “cryptocurrency.” Unless you’re a person who thinks the blockchain is the future, that is, which is how we ended up with the dumbest news cycle this side of a measles outbreak. Read More >>

Don’t Toy With Me, Slack

Slack is one of those apps that needs to just work. But too often, especially when I’m on a mobile wifi connection, it barely works at all. Read More >>

How to Recline Your Aeroplane Seat Without Being a Jerk

Modern life may be filled with mundane annoyances, but nothing dehydrates the soul quite like commercial air travel. Stressed, scanned, patted down, and crammed in, airline passengers seem to be research subjects in some kind of grand experiment in humiliation. And we pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds for the pleasure. Read More >>

DJI Osmo Action Review: GoPro Better Watch Its Back

The new Osmo Action is so GoPro-like, it’s almost insulting. But calling DJI’s new action cam a GoPro clone ignores the innovative tweaks that set the Osmo Action apart. DJI has been creating solid cameras for its drones and gimbals for years. And while some of the features seem designed to compete with GoPro’s latest and greatest, the Osmo Action boasts at least one solid feature not found on any GoPro cameras—and one potentially disastrous design flaw. Read More >>

DJI Made a GoPro Clone With One Killer Feature

GoPro, I have some bad news. Drone giant DJI just released a rugged new camera called the Osmo Action. It’s a lot like a GoPro – so much so that I thought it was a GoPro when my colleague handed it to me. The Osmo Action and the latest GoPro aren’t quite identical, but they’re so similar in size and design that it’s clear how hard DJI is biting GoPro’s style. Read More >>

For the Love of Dogs, Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent Everywhere

Time is a construct. Or at the very least, the ways in which we tell time are just literally made up. Which means one glorious thing: freedom. The kind of freedom I want in my own life. The kind of freedom that will give me a precious extra hour of daylight to do the one thing on this Earth that gives me unfettered joy: hiking with my dog. Read More >>

I Strapped GoPro’s Hero7 Black to My Dog and My Hog to See How Stable the Video Really Is

On paper at least, I’m the stereotype of a GoPro customer. I snowboard and mountain bike. I ride motorcycles and dirt bikes. I fly drones. I go on scenic hikes with my dogs. But I haven’t actually purchased an action cameras since 2014 when I picked up a Hero4 Silver. Until last week, I thought it did the job fine. Boy, was I wrong. Read More >>