Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Huawei Mate 9


The most interesting thing about Huawei's latest flagship, the Mate 9, is actually invisible to the naked eye. Under the hood, the phone uses machine learning to anticipate which apps you're going to use when, allowing for supposedly smoother performance. What the phone would have been like without this AI, we don't know, but we can say that the performance feels brisk throughout. If fluid day-to-day use seems like table stakes, you might also be impressed with the long battery life, bright display and the fact that it actually has a headphone jack. Unfortunately, what's otherwise a great phone stumbles with low-light photography, as well as some heavy-handed software tweaks that will turn off Android purists.

The Morning After: Monday, November 7, 2016


While you were weekending, you might have missed Roku's cheap, entry-level video streamer, our first 24 hours with Olympus' intriguing new camera and Samsung's attempts to hype up its next smartphone way in advance. What's going on this week? Well, there's a certain election happening on Tuesday... The time is now for cheap set-top boxesReview: Roku's new $30 player is more intriguing than its high-end siblings The Roku Express is a streaming marvel thanks to its low price. If you can live with some speed issues, it's perfect for bringing streaming video to screens all over your house -- and could well be your first set-top box.

How Adidas is using motion capture to reinvent running shoes


"It's a really versatile tool," said George Robusti, senior design director of global running at Adidas, of the ARAMIS system. As we sat and talked inside Adidas' headquarters in Portland, Ore., I asked Robusti how AlphaBounce compares to the Ultra Boost and NMD, two of the company's most popular runner lines. During a demo of the sneaker, the team behind AlphaBounce compared its blend of materials and design techniques to Apple's signature approach: seamless integration between hardware and software. "In the past, we've always used off-the-shelf materials or processes that have existed," said Andy Barr, Adidas' category director of global running.