• First impressions: The $1,000 Sony HMZ-T3W 'Wearable HDTV' January 10, 2014

    Las Vegas: A virtual-reality headset from Sony almost puts you inside a video by allowing you to widen your view when you turn your head up, down or side to side. Sony's $1,000 "Wearable HDTV" worked as intended in a demo. But a few quirks made me believe it'll still...
  • Microsoft Xbox One review: Goes further than the PS4, integrates regular live TV December 5, 2013

    Los Angeles: The Xbox One won't quite replace your TV set-top box, but it comes awfully close. The latest game console from Microsoft takes a big leap toward being the main entertainment hub in your living room. It gives you a program guide for browsing what's on TV and what's...
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review: Not for gamers, apt for ebook reading September 26, 2013

    Seattle: In the fleeting moments I had with Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet, I noticed one major thing: It lost a lot of weight. The engineers at Amazon managed to slim down their flagship tablet in every dimension. The new Kindle Fire HDX is lighter by 23 per cent for...
  • Windows 8.1 review: New features make the update worthwhile June 27, 2013

    San Francisco: Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer says the latest update to Windows is a "refined blend" of its older operating system for PCs and its new touch-enabled interface for more modern, mobile devices. After some hands-on time with it, the update seems to me like a patch over an...
  • Google All Access review: One more nice thing Android has going for it May 23, 2013

    Los Angeles: Google's new music service offers a lot of eye candy to go with the tunes. The song selection of around 18 million tracks is comparable to popular services such as Spotify and Rhapsody, and a myriad of playlists curated along different genres provides a big playground for music...
  • Twitter #music review: It is kind of like speed dating for music April 20, 2013

    Los Angeles: Until now, my problem with social music services has been this: Following friends doesn't really turn up much music I actually want to hear. We didn't become friends because we share musical tastes, and too few of them are using the services I'm trying out. Twitter's new music...
  • Microsoft Surface review: Addicting and useful November 3, 2012

    Los Angeles: I've been conditioned just like any other consumer to expect certain things from certain companies. When it comes to tablets, I expect Apple's to look and feel amazing, Google's to seamlessly blend online services such as Gmail and search, and Amazon's to have easy access to its online...
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD review September 8, 2012

    Santa Monica: Buying movies and TV shows to watch on the Kindle Fire will be a lot more appealing now that Amazon's tablet computer sports a much more vibrant screen. The screen in the Fire's new HD models is such a major improvement that I can't see why you would...
  • Review: Samsung's Music Hub August 23, 2012

    Los Angeles: Samsung's new music service tries to combine four things into one: an all-you-can-listen plan like Spotify, a pay-per-song store like iTunes, an Internet music storage service like iTunes Match and a radio service like Pandora. That's a great premise at a great price: At $10 a month, Music...
  • Review: Microsoft Surface tablet PC June 20, 2012

    Los Angeles: Microsoft seems to have gotten the design and form factor right with its new Surface tablet computer. But the user interface, not so much. That's an odd conclusion to make about a device from a software company that usually lets others do the manufacturing. Still, that's how I...
  • Review: iCloud 'just works' for songs, so far October 20, 2011

    Los Angeles: Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem. The advent of iCloud was meant to lift the headaches of this cord-reliant process into the upper atmosphere and usher in what the late Apple...
  • Review: Apple iTunes Ping September 9, 2010

    Los Angeles: Apple Inc.'s new music-discovery feature, Ping, is a potentially useful addition to iTunes. With it, you can see what songs your friends are buying and recommend some of your favorites to them. It's great that Apple is finally incorporating elements of Lala.com, which offered similar social-discovery tools until...