Pete Pachal - Editorial Director at Reviews.com

Pete Pachal is a former Editorial Director of Reviews.com. 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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Apple TV+ Gets Big Boost Out of the Gate, But Will Its Shows Be Any Good?

Apple TV+ Gets Big Boost Out of the Gate, But Will Its Shows Be Any Good?

Sep 11, 2019 | News

If you needed any more evidence Apple is now all about services, you only had to look at its latest iPhone event. The new iPhone lineup — the iPhone 11 and its more powerful sisters, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max — ostensibly the headliners for the big show, didn’t even get…

I Say, the BBC Is Developing Its Own Digital Assistant, Beeb

I Say, the BBC Is Developing Its Own Digital Assistant, Beeb

Aug 27, 2019 | News

If you hate the idea of talking to Alexa for some tasks, and Google Assistant and Siri for others, you’re not going to like what the BBC is doing. The UK’s chief broadcaster is developing its own digital assistant, aptly named Beeb, according to The Guardian. In the field of voice assistants, Beeb’s ambitions are…

Forget the Amazon-Google Fight. China Is On Its Way to Winning the Smart Speaker War.

Forget the Amazon-Google Fight. China Is On Its Way to Winning the Smart Speaker War.

Aug 26, 2019 | News

If you live in North America, and you think about “smart speakers” at all, you probably see them as a binary choice: You have to pick a device that’s powered by either Google or Alexa. But new statistics expose just how much of a bubble the American market is — China’s Baidu just rocketed past…

How Shazam Is Giving Apple Music the Street Cred It Needs

How Shazam Is Giving Apple Music the Street Cred It Needs

Aug 21, 2019 | News

Apple Music is climbing the charts as the best music streaming service for discovering breakout artists. Apple just launched a new Top 50 chart, a list of songs from emerging artists that are rising fast. The interesting part is the secret sauce behind the rankings: the chart is powered by data from Shazam, the app…

Apple’s Gaming Subscription May Cost a Lot Less Than You’d Expect

Apple’s Gaming Subscription May Cost a Lot Less Than You’d Expect

Aug 20, 2019 | News

For the price of a Starbucks latte a month, you can play over 100 premium games across your Apple devices as much as you want. That promise, or something like it, will probably be the pitch for Apple Arcade, Apple’s game subscription service that the company revealed at its “services” event back in March. At…

Parallels 15 Bridges the Mac and PC Worlds With Support for macOS Catalina, iPad Sidecar, and More

Parallels 15 Bridges the Mac and PC Worlds With Support for macOS Catalina, iPad Sidecar, and More

Aug 13, 2019 | News

Conventional wisdom says Macs and PCs are incompatible. This, as anyone who’s been in a multi-device environment knows, is nonsense. Apple computers have been playing nice with Windows for some time. Most of the popular creative and productivity app suites (like Office and Photoshop) have versions for both operating systems, and Macs (thanks to their…

5 Things Parents Should Know Before Buying the New Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

5 Things Parents Should Know Before Buying the New Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Aug 09, 2019 | News

If you have Amazon Alexa in your house, and you have young children, you’ve got a dilemma: How do you make sure your kids aren’t using Alexa in an inappropriate way while still using your device to the fullest? One ready-made solution is the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition, a variant of the company’s Echo…

Samsung Hugs Microsoft Tighter for Stronger Services on Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Hugs Microsoft Tighter for Stronger Services on Galaxy Note 10

Aug 08, 2019 | News

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ offer up some impressive hardware — an “infinity” display with a tiny notch for the selfie cam, a quadruple-lens camera in back for ultra-wide angle shots, and the option for a 5G modem — but this time around there’s a compelling software story, too: Samsung is deepening…

Reviews.com Is Now Your Guide to the Best Services

Reviews.com Is Now Your Guide to the Best Services

Jun 25, 2019 | News

Hello! You may have noticed things look a little different around Reviews.com. That’s because we’re doing things a little differently than we always have. But first, context: Today’s world is in the middle of a major shift. In practically every area — from entertainment to software to food, even — the products we used to…

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,…