Samuel Polay is the host of the Culture Vacuum podcast. He studied communications at the IDC in Herzlyia, Israel, and Austin Community College.
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Bose’s latest ANC headphones return back to the Quiet Comfort 35 II’s iconic design. They’re good, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 narrowly edges them out for $20 more.
Roku Streaming Stick 4K review: This $50 streamer has a huge secret
For $50, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K does all the basics. But there’s one secret feature that’s not printed on the box that makes this HDMI stick even better: Dolby Atmos.
The Symfonisk Picture Frame is Ikea’s best Sonos speaker, for a price
For $199, this Ikea and Sonos speaker doesn’t really hide away, but damn does it come with terrific sound.
Jabra Elite 7 Pro review: A major letdown in every way except one
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro’s exceptional call quality and attractive design can’t make up for its poor active noise cancellation and mediocre sound experience.
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The newest Sonos Beam isn’t just the best Atmos soundbar for budget-conscious buyers, it even scratches the itch for home theater nerds
How to sign up for the PS5 beta and unlock M.2 SSD support
Sony’s newest firmware update isn’t just about M.2 SSDs, it’s also packing 3D Audio support and a slew of other new features.
What is AMD's FSR, and does it make Nvidia's DLSS obsolete?
Let's analyze these two at a higher resolution.
How to fix your slow, horrible internet
Are your Zoom calls stuttery and laggy? It might not be your ISP.
Gaming's long, glorious, extended twilight generation
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are still as relevant as ever.
How to install Windows 11
You can upgrade to Microsoft's new OS today, but there are some things you should know.
The best deals from everywhere except Amazon
There's no ethical consumption under capitalism, but at least you can find great deals elsewhere.
The Switch Pro will force Nintendo to make tough decisions about gaming’s future
It's not entirely clear what a "Switch Pro" or "Super Switch" would be.
Twitter’s weird promoted ads are my jam
After blocking every conceivable major brand, our writer finds nirvana in the strange tweets “regular” people pay money to boost.
The streaming wars are going nuclear in 2021
It's cable TV all over again — but this time, studios are putting it all on the line.
Nintendo has declared war on esports, the internet, and its own fans
The Japanese gaming empire is fostering a toxic relationship with its most passionate and outspoken customers.
The PlayStation 5 is the most confusing console on the market
It's not getting any easier to understand how to actually use any of Sony's new features.
How to build your own PlayStation 5 Pro
Sony has just released the PlayStation 5. Screw that. Build a PlayStation 5 Pro.
Tempest 3D Audio: the PlayStation 5’s most overlooked feature
Nobody is talking about 3D audio. That's a huge oversight.
Gallium Nitride chargers are this season's hottest stocking stuffer
Even though they're physically way cooler.
How to paint your PS5 without destroying it
The PS5’s oft-mocked design comes with an advantage over the new Xbox: it’s big side panels are user removable and perfect for customization. Let us show you how (and how not) to DIY your PS5.