Ryan Nakashima

  • Amazon Fire review: 3D 'dynamic perspective' may change smartphones forever 19-06-2014 05:58 PM

    Seattle: Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters? As part of the showcase of its brand new "Fire Phone," Amazon.com Inc. took the wraps off a feature it calls...
  • First impressions: The $1,000 Sony HMZT3W 'Wearable HDTV' 10-01-2014 05:46 PM

    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 05-12-2013 11:05 AM

    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 26-09-2013 02:58 PM

    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 27-06-2013 01:43 PM

    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 23-05-2013 12:55 PM

    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 20-04-2013 01:23 PM

    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 03-11-2012 02:01 PM

    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 08-09-2012 01:02 PM

    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 23-08-2012 01:55 PM

    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 20-06-2012 06:21 AM

    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 20-10-2011 08:43 AM

    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 09-09-2010 01:37 PM

    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...