Tech

5 of the best foldables you can’t buy in the U.S.

Foldable smartphone options from Huawei and Xiaomi make us jealous of non-American markets.

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The North Face Purple Label made the last tote bag you’ll ever need

The Japanese licensee offers stain, scuff, and moisture resistance.

The North Face Purple Label

Some of the best offerings from The North Face come courtesy of its Purple Label, and its latest release only reinforces the acclaim. The Japanese licensee has introduced two tote bags in a variety of neutral tones, each boasting stain, scuff, and moisture resistance.

Any product from TNF’s Purple Label, which operates independently of the larger American brand and is overseen by designers at Nepenthes, is considered a grail not just because of its functional design but also because scarcity. With the exception of a deal that lasted two years and has since expired, the Purple Label isn’t available in the United States. Anyone wanting to secure the Japanese goods has to do so via a proxy service, but the hoops required to jump through are absolutely worth it.

Samsung Unpacked

5 of the best foldables you can’t buy in the U.S.

Foldable smartphone options from Huawei and Xiaomi make us jealous of non-American markets.

Tech

Samsung is right: Folding phones deserve our respect

Four generations of Folds and Flips later, it's clear Samsung’s bet on foldable phones has knocked the ho-hum future of glass slab design off its axis.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro — in pictures

Samsung's latest ANC wireless earbuds really make the AirPods Pro look outdated.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro — in pictures

Samsung's new smartwatches could be the best smartwatches to get... if you're on Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — in pictures

Samsung's fourth-generation foldable improves on the Z Fold 3 with small refinements that add up.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 — in pictures

The fourth generation of the most popular foldable in the world has a more durable design and better cameras.

Tech

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro leapfrog AirPods Pro with 24-bit audio

The newest Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have better ANC, improved Dolby Atmos support,

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is launching before Apple Watch 8 Pro

Samsung's "adventurous" and durable Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is one of two new WearOS smartwatches coming out on August 26. The other is the Galaxy Watch 5.

Tech

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a first-class camera system

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is more of the same, but there are also some small, but significant upgrades to almost every feature from the cameras to the displays.

Tech

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is Samsung’s most popular foldable, all grown up

Samsung’s smaller foldable has a bigger battery, the latest chip, and a more useful cover screen for the same $999 price.

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Samsung is offering NFTs that actually do something with its next foldables

The New Galaxy NFTs will come with preorders of its Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, offering discounts at certain retailers.

Tech

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

It doesn’t look like Samsung plans to change much with the Galaxy Z Flip 4, but there are some notable design improvements.

Tech

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

We have a pretty solid idea of Samsung’s fourth flagship foldable thanks to a steady stream of leaks.

Tech

Samsung’s bringing a new purple look to the Galaxy S22

The Bora Purple Galaxy S22 is a pastel refresh of Samsung's flagship phone.

Design

Samsung's August 10 Unpacked event will be a huge gadget drop

Leaks and rumors suggest Samsung has a new Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds to show off.

Tech

The 7 laptops to open your wallet for this Prime Day

If you’re going to spend money on Prime Day, it might as well be on an expensive computer. Luckily, Amazon's two-day sale has some solid options to consider.

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Culture

I will not be moving to Ring Nation

The new Wanda Sykes-hosted reality show is going to normalize inviting Amazon's Ring (and the surveillance network it creates) into every American home.

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In one of the more dystopian acts of corporate synergy, MGM Television is working on a new syndicated reality TV show using footage from Amazon’s Ring home security cameras called Ring Nation, Deadline reported.

Wanda Sykes will host the show, which sounds a bit like America’s Funniest Home Videos if it was exclusively geared toward shilling Amazon products. Deadline writes that series will use clips “such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions, and silly animals.”

Pump the brakes — Amazon owns MGM — it completed the studio acquisition in March of this year — and obviously has an outsized interest in normalizing the use of the Ring products it sells. But this whole project feels insidious because of what a “nation” full of Ring cameras means, and the company’s relationship with law enforcement.

Keyboards

How to clean your filthy mechanical keyboard

Everyone’s keyboard is overdue for a deep clean. With just a few tools and a bit of time, your keyboard will feel brand new in no time.

Guides

Mac users: These are the best mechanical keyboards, keycaps, and switches

Whether you want the perfect typing experience or a vintage look, these mechanical keyboards, keycaps, and switches will fit right into any Mac setup.

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Higround and Sega collab on chaotic Sonic, Dreamcast keyboards

The collab features three Sonic-themed mechanical keyboards, but the Dreamcast one is the chef’s kiss.

Tech

We’ve reached emoji overload

The Unicode Consortium has proposed one quarter the number of new emoji it did last year. Experts say slowing down is the smart move.

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The 10 best mechanical keyboard switches you’ve never heard of

Red, blue, and brown switches are great, but there's a whole world of mechanical keyboard switches for clack, thock, and quiet typing.

Guides

Higround’s see-through keyboard has major Game Boy Color vibes

Higround collaborated with Prix Workshop to make a mechanical keyboard with fully transparent keycaps and multi-color LEDs.

Tech

How to build dad the perfect mechanical keyboard for under $250

Save your dad from the doldrums of dull office work.

Father's Day

Mode’s customizable 75 percent Sonnet keyboard is beautifully simple

The built-to-order Sonnet mechanical keyboard maintains all the minimalism and craftsmanship that Mode Designs is known for, in a new form factor.

Tech

Dell's XPS 13 Plus now has an official price

Dell's dramatic rethinking of its XPS line has an invisible trackpad, a touch-based function row, and a $1,299 starting price.

Trackpadless

Meletrix Zoom65 review: This $200 custom keyboard really surprised me

Entering into the mechanical keyboard space can be intimidating. Meletrix’s Zoom65 eases that anxiety by making all the hardest decisions for you.

Reviews

Phone makers refuse to let the BlackBerry keyboard die

The Titan Slim is going to have a full QWERTY keyboard and will be released through Kickstarter.

Tech

Keychron adds 80 percent Q3 mechanical keyboard to its lineup

The Keychron Q3 features a full aluminum body and a double-gasket case design in an 80 percent TKL layout. It’s basically a larger Q1 or Q2.

Tech

7 ways to make your mechanical keyboard quieter

An in-depth look at how to quiet down your mechanical keyboard without sacrificing typing feel. What works and what doesn’t for keeping your keyboard quiet?

Guides

Keychron K8 Pro review: Say goodbye to your Mac's Magic Keyboard

The 80% Tenkeyless (TKL) Keychron K8 Pro is an affordable entryway into the world of hot-swappable mechanical keyboards. Best for Macs, but also works for Windows and Android.

Reviews

Razer's new mini gaming keyboard has two distinct levels of keystroke

You can program two functions onto one key since Razer put its analog switches into the Huntsman Mini Analog.

Tech

ROG Strix Flare II Animate review: So much more than a gaming keyboard

ROG’s latest gaming mechanical keyboard doesn’t just look good — it’s a delight to type on, has hot-swappable switches, and has a sick programmable LED matrix panel.

Reviews

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5 of the best foldables you can’t buy in the U.S.

Foldable smartphone options from Huawei and Xiaomi make us jealous of non-American markets.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro — in pictures

Samsung's latest ANC wireless earbuds really make the AirPods Pro look outdated.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro — in pictures

Samsung's new smartwatches could be the best smartwatches to get... if you're on Android.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — in pictures

Samsung's fourth-generation foldable improves on the Z Fold 3 with small refinements that add up.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 — in pictures

The fourth generation of the most popular foldable in the world has a more durable design and better cameras.

Tech

Hyundai's Ioniq 6 explained in 5 key specs

The latest entry to the automaker's all-electric line of vehicles prioritizes range, charge rate, and a smooth, driving experience.

Design

The best breathable sneakers for hot summer runs

Beat the summer heat (and damp socks) with these eight athletic shoes.

Style

Niu’s sporty-looking electric bicycle hits a whopping... 15 mph

ThI e SQi may look like a motorcycle, but it’s definitely moreso an e-bike with its top speed and range.

Tech

This 360 camera is the easiest way to create bullet time videos

The Insta360 One RS is a thoughtfully designed, versatile, and pocketable powerhouse 360-degree action camera.

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From Nike to Gucci: Here are the virtual fashion worlds you should explore

Whether you’re an experienced NFT collector or new to the metaverse, there’s a digital realm for everyone.

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Optibike's R22 Everest e-bike is an $18K workhorse with 300 miles of range

The e-bike would supposedly be able to scale Mt Everest on a single charge if there was some sort of road or trail.

Design

This virtual museum lets you experience Apple’s most iconic store openings

Relive that early aughts nostalgia or visit an Apple Store that you haven’t been to yet.

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Samsung’s bringing a new purple look to the Galaxy S22

The Bora Purple Galaxy S22 is a pastel refresh of Samsung's flagship phone.

Design

Draco Motors’ new hypercar SUV can hit more than 200 mph

With 2,000 horsepower and a 0 to 60 of 1.9 seconds, it leaves most of the competition in the dust. But will it actually come to market?

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Tamagotchi Pix Party is everything the first-gen Pix hoped to be

From camera quality and battery life to those notorious touch buttons, Pix Party brings upgrades all around.

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The best digital fashion marketplaces to shop right now

Whether you’re looking to expand your cyber couture or collect the hottest virtual sneakers, these are the companies you should be checking out.

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Acura’s new electric SUV concept teases flashy front grille

The Precision EV Concept could serve as a preview of what’s to come with Acura’s EV lineup.

We finally have some news about Acura’s electric vehicle plans. The automaker didn’t exactly announce a new EV, but it did tease its fully electric SUV concept, which is dubbed the Precision EV Concept.

Acura released a short video teasing some of the front design elements, mostly showing off its unique grille. The Precision EV Concept’s grille largely borrows from the intricate design that we see with Acura’s recent models like the Integra, TLX, or MDX. The one major difference is that it comes clad with some fancy LEDs throughout.

It’s only a concept right now, but the glowing grille is mesmerizing.Acura