The mystery of Asian apps that went viral

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There’s an interesting phenomenon that I noticed recently. Unlocalized Asian apps have been going viral in the United States. Users are curious enough about the apps that they're poking around blindly to figure out how things work. A few weeks ago, we saw the Chinese-made MyIdol take the US by storm. The app let users… Continue reading The mystery of Asian apps that went viral

Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Subaru BRZ satin white pearl black wheels

  Disclosure: I won a set of Mann Engineering lowering springs from NorCal 86Drive end of summer raffle. I paid for installation and alignment. When it comes to modifying my Subaru BRZ, I'm relatively conservative. The car is so good from the factory, I don't want to mess up its handling and balance. When I won… Continue reading Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S

Grimmspeed may be late to the lightweight crank pulley game but I'm glad it's finally out. When I saw the group buy thread on FT86club, I jumped on it immediately. So was it worth the wait? The Grimmspeed crank pulley isn't that much different from its competitors. It comes in a range of colors (I… Continue reading Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S

Review: Perrin inlet hose for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

Perrin Performance BRZ FR-S GT86 inlet tube

  The Perrin inlet tube for the BRZ straddles the line between cosmetic and functionality for me. While Perrin and enthusiastic forum members would like you to believe this simple tube will add a few horsepower, the reality is less exciting as you'll probably not notice any performance increase. However, it does make the engine sound better.… Continue reading Review: Perrin inlet hose for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

Record review: ODESZA – ‘In Return’

ODEZA In return album art

I rarely find an album where each song stands on its own. ODESZA's sophomore album, In Return, had me addicted from the start and kept me addicted through every track on the record. I was first hooked on their single, "Memories That Call You (feat. Monsoonsiren)," which I thought was phenomenal. I worried that the couple… Continue reading Record review: ODESZA – ‘In Return’

The fatal flaw of all smartwatches

Motorola Moto 360 size comparison

Before this week's reveal of the Apple Watch, its designer Jony Ive famously told journalists that the Swiss watchmaking industry was "fucked." While the Appe Watch is by far the most beautiful and feature packed smartwatch to date, I don't think Swiss watchmakers are fucked at all. In fact, I don't think they're even making… Continue reading The fatal flaw of all smartwatches

Diode Dynamics HP3 vs SMD5 LED bulb comparison and review

Diode Dynamics HP3 and SM5 LED bulbs side by side

I've been a fan of Diode Dynamics' LED bulbs ever since I replaced all my Subaru BRZ's bulbs with LEDs. They have excellent customer service and they stand behind their products with a great three year warranty. They recently introduced a couple new LED bulb to their line up, the HP3 and HP5. The HP3… Continue reading Diode Dynamics HP3 vs SMD5 LED bulb comparison and review

Music Spotlight: Edo Lee

edo lee visions album cover

A friend of mine shared Edo Lee's "Black Coffee" on Soundcloud and I was instantly hooked (thanks, Rachel!). Lee's style has everything I love: laidback beats, smokey jazz melodies, and The Big Lebowski. Edo Lee, born Adrian Lee Hayman, hails from New York City and is a mere 21 years old. In an interview with ThrdCoast, Lee… Continue reading Music Spotlight: Edo Lee

Record Review: Sia – ‘1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

It's been four long years since Sia Furler released an album. The "socially phobic" musician has been staying out of the spotlight, ghostwriting for popstars like Beyoncé and David Guetta. Fame had gotten the better of Furler, who attempted suicide but was saved by a friend's call. She had to find a way to deal with… Continue reading Record Review: Sia – ‘1000 Forms of Fear’

GrimmSpeed master cylinder brace review for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

Grimmspeed MCB BRZ FRS header

  A master cylinder brace (MCB) is one of cheapest and noticeable modifications you can install on your car. But what is it and how exactly does it work? Basically, a MCB prevents the firewall from flexing and moving the master cylinder under hard braking. The master cylinder is responsible for changing your foot pressure into… Continue reading GrimmSpeed master cylinder brace review for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

Music Spotlight: Priscilla Ahn

Prscilla Ahn @ Yoshi's SF 5-15-2014

Last week I got a chance to see Priscilla Ahn perform at Yoshi's San Francisco. The audience and I were lucky since it was her last performance on her tour. There were no opening acts so we were treated to a full two hour set consisting of her old and new songs. If you're not familiar… Continue reading Music Spotlight: Priscilla Ahn