Pete Pachal is the Editorial Director of Reviews.com and has been with the company since January 2019. In his role, Pete leads the editorial team, overseeing the site's entire spectrum of content — from reviews to news to guides and more. Prior to joining Reviews, Pete was the Tech Editor at Mashable, ran the news division of PCMag, and served as Technology Editor for Syfy at NBCUniversal. Pete has been featured on NBC, CNN, NPR, Fox News, the Today Show, PBS Newshour, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CBC.

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What ‘Sign In with Apple’ Is Really About: Weaponizing Trust

What ‘Sign In with Apple’ Is Really About: Weaponizing Trust

Jun 07, 2019 | News

Apple has a way with making the old seem new again. Whether it’s a feature like Dark Mode, a service like Apple TV+, or an entire category like smartphones, Apple has repeatedly taken a concept someone else thought of first, refined it, and turned it into something uniquely Apple – often to much success. Sometimes,…

The Future of the Roomba: Robot Cleaners as a Service

The Future of the Roomba: Robot Cleaners as a Service

May 28, 2019 | News

So far, the story of the Roomba has been one of steady progress. Ever since iRobot debuted its first robot vacuum in 2002, the company has iterated on it every few years, adding new features, more smarts, and better ways to entertain cats (if we’re being real) with each version. But now the iconic product…

Control4’s ‘Unified’ Platform Looks to Ease Smart Home Confusion

Control4’s ‘Unified’ Platform Looks to Ease Smart Home Confusion

May 23, 2019 | News

Everyone with a “smart home” starts with one gadget, like a connected light bulb. Once they see how easy it is to set up and control, other devices usually follow, like thermostats and garage door openers. The first few are easy, but once you get to a dozen different products, or a score (not uncommon…

DJI Takes Aim at the GoPro Crowd With Osmo Action Cam

DJI Takes Aim at the GoPro Crowd With Osmo Action Cam

May 15, 2019 | News

At first glance, an action cam and a drone don’t seem like they have a lot in common with each other. But really, they’re both vehicles for getting the ultimate shot — they just do it in different ways. That’s why GoPro infamously tried to penetrate the drone market a couple of years ago, which…

Amazon is About to Beat Roku at its Own Game

Amazon is About to Beat Roku at its Own Game

Apr 05, 2019 | News

Watch your back, Roku. Roku has been an impressive player in the streaming space. After it became Netflix’s first hardware partner, it leveraged that status and evolved into a capable and relatively open hardware platform where anyone with a streaming service could offer their app. In recent years, Roku has also started playing in content,…

Apple’s Latest Innovation Isn’t TV, It’s a Storefront

Apple’s Latest Innovation Isn’t TV, It’s a Storefront

Mar 25, 2019 | News

Apple wants to sell you more stuff. Of course, that’s nothing new. As a consumer tech company, Apple has been all about selling you shiny new things since its beginnings in a Silicon Valley garage. In the lead-up to Monday’s “It’s Show Time” event, which was the company’s first event to focus exclusively on services…

Apple’s Big Streaming Play Might Not Be a “Service” at All

Apple’s Big Streaming Play Might Not Be a “Service” at All

Mar 22, 2019 | News

It’s been talked about for legitimately years: the Apple TV service. All signs point to it arriving Monday, when Apple has scheduled a “special event.” Will Apple’s offering compete with on-demand services like Netflix, live TV packages like Sling TV, or both — or will it be something else entirely? First, the basics: The event,…

Dyson Gets Personal With Its New Vacuum, Air Purifier and Lamp

Dyson Gets Personal With Its New Vacuum, Air Purifier and Lamp

Mar 20, 2019 | News

Dyson is getting personal. The brand that made its name building high-end vacuum cleaners has since branched out into cooling fans, air purifiers, and hand dryers. More recently, its big launches have been getting steadily more personal (case in point: last fall’s Airwrap hair styler). That trend continues with its latest grab bag of products:…

The Dyson Pure Cool Me Is An Air Purifier For One

The Dyson Pure Cool Me Is An Air Purifier For One

Mar 20, 2019 | News

When Dyson engineered its Pure Cool and Pure Hot+Cool air purifiers, it was thinking about cleaning the air in a room, an apartment, or even an entire house. Those products have features to control noise and airflow, and can report on the air quality relative to outdoors — even track it over time. If those…

Dyson’s New Lightcycle Lamp Packs More Power Into Sharp Design

Dyson’s New Lightcycle Lamp Packs More Power Into Sharp Design

Mar 20, 2019 | News

In case you didn’t know, Dyson does lights. Specifically, Dyson does desk lamps (it calls them “task lights”) with a decidedly functional look. Today the company unveiled its latest version, called the Lightcycle. It’s not meant to be a “Tron” reference: The Lightcycle gets its name from how it adjusts the color temperature of the…