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There Are Maybe 4 People on Earth Who Would Use This Overpriced Universal Remote

In a lot of ways, I love the Caavo universal remote. I have five different devices plugged into it at the moment, and it moves between them with utter ease. It’s informative, beautiful, and far easier to set up than any Logitech Harmony remote I’ve used. Yet for the life of me, I don’t know who the heck would actually want to own this $400 (£286) device. Read More >>

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What’s It Gonna Take For Someone to Give Me This Slick In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Synaptics’s Clear ID sensor is not the first sensor to scan your thumb print through a display. The Vivo X20 phone, available now in China, is not the first phone to read your thumb through the screen. You might not know this if you’d seen the headlines coming out of CES—where Synaptic’s Clear ID was haled as a game changer that fixed the problems we all have with the iPhone’s Face ID and the Galaxy S8’s awkward fingerprint reader. But it’s the truth. This isn’t the first tech to come along as a challenge to Face ID’s impending dominance, but it definitely something different. Read More >>

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AMD’s Newest Processors Are so Good You Can Skip the Graphics Card

In the past year, graphics cards have gone from the reasonably priced computer part you pick up on Amazon or Newegg to something bordering on as precious as gold. If you happen to find one being sold at its MSRP, you can easily snatch it up and sell it on Amazon for twice the price. The market has gotten so cutthroat in the face of a GPU shortage that vendors like Microcenter have limited the number of GPUs you can buy and will only sell at the original MSRP if you can prove you’re buying it for personal use. And into this fierce market enters AMD with a new CPU with an integrated graphics card so good you can leave the other GPUs to the cryptominers. Read More >>

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Pixel Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Against Google Over Defective Microphones and Poor Service

Despite all the hype and hoopla for Google’s “first” homegrown phone, the Pixel was met with a lukewarm reception when it launched back in the fall of 2016. It wasn’t very pretty and it’s build quality wasn’t great either, and it often suffered from a host of issues. But the most frustrating of these problems was that a number of Pixels shipped with a defective microphone, which made it difficult for people to use their Pixel as an actual phone. Read More >>

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Woman Flushes Her Emotional Support Hamster Down Airport Toilet and I Have So Many Questions

Belen Aldecosea used to have a dwarf hamster that served as her emotional support animal. Then she tried to fly Spirit, which would not let her hamster on the plane. Then she claims a Spirit employee told her to flush the rodent down the toilet. Then Aldecosea—for reasons privy only to her—flushed that hamster down the toilet. Read More >>

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Google Is Absorbing Nest and With It, Your Smart Home

Google is bringing Nest back into the fold. Nest, known for its slick thermostats and user-friendly security cameras, was acquired by Alphabet (then called Google) for $3.2 billion (£2.3 billion) in 2014. Since then the company has grown, according to Geekwire it has more than quadrupled its staff, and it’s rolled out a wide range of products, including cameras, an alarm system, and a smart doorbell. Now the company, which Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz claims has shipped over 11 million devices to date, is being brought back into Google, and that means Google is about to get a lot more intimate with your home. Read More >>

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Lenovo Recalls One of the Best Laptops You Can Buy Because It Might Burst Into Flames

All things considered, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is an amazing laptop. It’s crazy light and powerful with a retro design that will warm your nostalgic little heart. But there is the possibility it could burst into flames, the company announced today. Which is, you know, a bad thing for a laptop. Read More >>

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Will Lasers Save Intel’s Google Glass Clones From Sucking?

Intel thinks it’s figured it out. The company that makes the CPUs in most of our computers has produced a set of glasses that could do what Google Glass could not—and what Magic Leap desperately wants to. It’s produced a pair of “smart glasses” that look like something you might actually wear. Read More >>

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A New Campaign Wants to Fight Hostile Urban Design With Instagram

If you’ve even set foot in a big city, it’s almost definitely happened to you. Your feet are aching and you want to take a seat for just five minutes—maybe check your phone or finish off your coffee. But the only thing around are window sills with huge spikes jutting out of them, or a “leaning” bench that doesn’t take much pressure off your feet. Spikes and studs and leaning benches are all hallmarks of what artist Stuart Semple calls “hostile urban design,” a trend in urban design that is meant to stealthily discourage loitering, sleeping, or even simply existing in public spaces. Read More >>

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Apple Sells iPhones?

Apple, a company best known for its affiliation with U2 and James Corden, had a big announcement yesterday. It’s earnings week, when giant multibillion dollar companies announce how many millions they made during the holiday season. Apple, which sells watches, set-top boxes, and, soon, speakers, revealed that it made a shit tonne of money selling... telephones? Read More >>

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Microsoft Is Finally Selling a Super Cheap Surface Laptop, and It Almost Feels Like a Bargain

Today, as noted by Windows Central, Microsoft launched a cheaper version of its gorgeous Surface Laptop. This new version will retail for $800/£800 — a full $200 less than the previously cheapest Surface Laptop. If you’ve wanted a full-blown, lower-cost computing experience in the Surface ecosystem then this is the machine for you. Unfortunately, it's only available in the US right now. Read More >>

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Google CEO Says AI Is ‘More Profound Than, I Dunno, Electricity or Fire’

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.” Those words were not uttered from the lips of a stoned Gizmodo staffer, but said on a stage at a Recode- and NBC-sponsored “town hall” in San Francisco last month by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Read More >>

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DJI’s New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That’s Actually Worth It

Running around the office with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, I got a lot of questions. Specifically I got exactly two questions repeatedly. The first was about what I was holding. Each time, I explained that the weird selfie stick-like contraption I’d put my phone in was a mechanised gimbal that automatically stabilises my phone as I move around, so I can shoot video footage so smooth it looks like it was shot with the aid of a professional Steadicam. Then I’d jostle the little joystick on the Osmo’s handle, causing the entire arm of the thing to swivel around for a perfectly smooth pan, eliciting looks of impressed satisfaction. That’s when people would ask the inevitable second question: How much does this magic cost? When I told them it was £130, I’d get another set of contented nods. Considering how slick the Osmo is, the £130 price is very reasonable. It’s about as close to a no-brainer as a phone accessory can be nowadays. Read More >>

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Intel’s Never-Ending Spectre Saga Continues to Be a Hot Mess

We’re nearly a month since The Register first revealed that every single major processor in devices today is subject to a series of harrowing security vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown. Today, in light of news that Intel informed foreign interests of the vulnerabilities before the US government, and that Microsoft is pulling its latest patch from Intel due to some heinous bugs, we thought we’d revisit the saga and what you can (and cannot) do to protect your data. Read More >>

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Facebook Invented a New Unit of Time

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Facebook, as a company, is meant to be an innovator in fields beyond surveillance. But the announcement that it has created an entirely new unit of time is a nice reminder that the enormous company, which owns both WhatsApp and Oculus VR, is more than just one of the largest spy apparatuses in history. Read More >>