Give fitness trackers a break, they helped me finish an Ironman race

July 29, 2017

My watches significantly improved my performance on race day.Image: ambar del moral/mashable Wearables have gotten a bad rap lately, and it’s probably because of glorified pedometers like the Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch that look dorky and don’t do much beyond counting steps. And I’ll admit, I’m one of the people that will readily throw shade at these products for failing to provide useful health information. But the reality is,…


Retro tech provides a brief escape from the depressing nightmare of the present

May 30, 2017

Just admit it.Image: Vicky Leta/mashable Is sticking your head in the sand still frowned upon if you discover a buried mini Nintendo NES while you’re down there? How about a rad keyboard styled like it was yanked straight off a vintage typewriter? SEE ALSO: If Steve Jobs was still alive he’d totally be wearing this 3-decade-old watch Dig around a bit more in the growing world of retro tech and…


It’s time to stop pretending smartwatches are useful in any way

May 28, 2017

The CEO of Chinese electronics maker Huawei raised eyebrows this week when he publicly trashed smartwatches. I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones, Eric Xu Zhijun said, adding that he would never ever wear one himself despite the fact that his own company makes them. That may strike some as cold but his words should serve as a much-needed reality check to anyone…