Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata is an audio engineer, musician, composer, and lover of all things tech, audio, and cinema. Hailing originally from Montana, Ryan received his bachelor degree from the University of Montana in composition and technology. He later studied audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ, then packed up for Nashville, where he spent a couple of years playing and recording music in various studios and local venues. Ryan now makes his home in Portland, OR. Feel free to contact him on twitter, or check in with him at Digital Trends to get the scoop on all the latest in tech, film, and music.
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Sony’s Xperia Agent is the cute little robot that could. But will he?

Sony's globe-headed little concept 'bot, the Xperia Agent, wants to turn on your lights, tell you the news, and beam your video calls to your breakfast table. But will it ever make it off the ground?
Home Theater

Pricey and portable, Shure's premium headphone amp's got the goods where it counts

Shure’s SHA900 portable headphone amp is sleek and sexy if not a bit big, and it portably provides supremely realistic reproduction of all your music. At $1,000, you’d better bring your gold card, though.
Music

Sonic superphone shootout: Galaxy S7 vs. LG G5 vs. Sony Xperia X

Most of us listen to music with our phones, so shouldn't the sound as good as they look? We checked out LG's G5 with the Hi-Fi Plus module, Sony's Xperia Performance, and Samsung's Galaxy S7 to see which sounded best.
Cool Tech

Cure your robo-phobia with Pepper, the adorable ‘human-shaped’ robot 5:10

Day three at MWC finally left some time for a conversation with Pepper, the wondrous 'human-shaped' robot. Pepper's creators envision a future where humans have robot companion that read our emotions and help in our daily lives.
Home Theater

Bots roll, cameras shake, and anything turns into a tablet on day 2 of MWC 2016 2:19

Day two at Mobile World Congress brought us a brilliant portable home theater for one, LG's take on BB-8, Oppo's idea for a shake-less camera phone, and Sony's interactive projector of the future.
Home Theater

We tried out this portable home theater for one, and we’re already hooked

The brilliant Glyph portable mediawear is coming to a store near you. The personal home theater device is one of the coolest things we've seen at MWC, offering a thrillingly immersive A/V experience for one.
Home Theater

Motorola unveils fully wireless earbuds at MWC with the new Verve Ones

Fully wireless earbuds are the holy grail of wireless headphones, but they've been hard to come by up to now. Motorola showed off its take on the burgeoning tech here at MWC 2016 in the new Verve Ones.
Mobile

Bluetooth earpieces get a brand new bag in Sony’s new Xperia Ear

Sony aims to reinvent the dreaded Bluetooth earpiece with a fresh take in the new Xperia Ear. With a proximity sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope, the new earpiece has high ambitions, including auto-transmitting news and weather info when…
Cool Tech

Sony’s interactive Xperia Projector concept puts the future within reach

We checked out Sony's futuristic new interactive projector at MWC 2016, the Xperia Projector concept. The unit allows for virtually any surface to become an interactive screen, teasing at countless possibilities when it hits store shelves.
Mobile

LG G5’s Hi-Fi Plus audio module is like an ammo clip for astounding audio

LG's new modular G5 phone has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, but audio lovers will be most excited for the new hi-res DAC and amp, the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play. With serious hi-fi components you can easily take anywhere, Hi-Fi Plus is…
Movies & TV

Deadpool gives Kanye West's SNL rant the send-up it deserves

After a petition began circling for Ryan Reynolds to host Saturday Night Live -- as Deadpool -- the actor/comedian couldn't help but give a send-up to Kanye West's alleged rant backstage before his recent SNL performance. And…