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It’s Time to Bring Back Translucent Gadgets

For years, tech bloggers have lamented the boring sameness of mobile phones. “They’re all slabs of glass and metal,” we groaned in 2016. “Phone design has plateaued.” These days, the same could be said of many electronic devices, all housed in generic brushed aluminium and dark plastic that doesn’t so much “wow” as inspire a “sure.” Fortunately, the solution to this problem is as simple as it is obvious: let us see inside. Read More >>

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Your External Hard Drive Can Finally Join Your Computer’s Trippy Light Show

If you’re someone who can’t work, play, or kill time online without your desktop PC blinding you with a spectacle of flashing LEDs, ASUS will now let your external hard drive join the desktop rave. The company’s new FX HDD drive includes its own set of LEDs, illuminating a circuit trace pattern that will sync to the glowing patterns flashing across all of your other devices. Read More >>

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Nearly a Quarter of Brits Own More Than One Smart Home Device

These days it feels like everything is 'smart'. It's no longer restricted to phones, tablets, and watches, because we have smart lights, smart speakers, even smart washing machines that can automatically order new detergent when you're close to running out. But how many people actually bothered to buy this stuff? Beyond the Echo Dot that was an impulse purchase on Prime Day, I mean. Read More >>

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Intel Says It Made the ‘World’s Densest’ SSD By Cramming 32 Terabytes Into the Shape of a Ruler

You probably haven’t touched a 12-inch ruler since your primary school days, but think back to how that makeshift sword felt in your hand; that’s roughly the same size as a new solid state drive from Intel that stacks 64 memory cells atop each other to create a dense 3D grid packing 32 terabytes of storage. Read More >>

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Yep, the Bixby Speaker Just Got Announced. Does Anyone Care?

As has been rumoured ever since Samsung originally launched Bixby, the company just confirmed that a Bixby-powered smart speaker is on the way. Meet the Galaxy Home, a speaker powered by an AI that even Samsung had trouble hyping to the Galaxy Unpacked crowd. Oh, fucking joy. Read More >>

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If You’re Lazy and Live Alone, You Need This Motorised Handheld Dish Scrubber

If you find yourself living in a small flat without a dishwasher, live alone, or have a flatmate that’s as lazy as you when it comes to kitchen cleanup, there’s finally a better solution that doesn’t involve just tossing all your fine china once it gets dirty. This handheld motorised scrubbing brush does all the hard work for you, keeping your hands away from filthy sink water. Read More >>

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Apple’s Sole Main Processor Supplier Just Got Hit With a Computer Virus

A computer virus infected systems at multiple Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) factories on Friday night, disrupting operations at precisely the same time it is attempting to ramp up production for tech giant Apple’s future lines of iPhones, Bloomberg reported. Read More >>

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Why Hot Weather is Really Bad for Your Gadgets, and How to Protect Them

Summer is well under way, which means your various gadgets and gizmos are going to be lying on beach towels, sitting in hot cars, sweating on the train and generally getting hotter than they normally would. Here’s why that’s dangerous—and what you can do to keep them protected. Read More >>

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Amid Massive Court Battle, Qualcomm Says Apple Won’t Be Using Its Modems in the Next iPhone

Chip manufacturer Qualcomm confirmed in a conference call on Wednesday that it does not believe Apple, with whom it has been locked in a vicious, escalating court battle over royalties and patents since 2017, will use its modems in its next generation of iPhones. Read More >>

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Windows Will Now Use Machine Learning to Decide the Least Infuriating Time for a Forced Update

Windows 10, Microsoft’s current version of its operating has long tormented users with a hard-to-bypass policy of forced updates. It will soon try to take the edge off by using machine learning to determine whether a user is actually using a computer when it updates. Read More >>

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This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch Gets One Thing Very Right

One of the most interesting gadgets I’ve tested in the past few years was the Matrix PowerWatch: a fitness-tracking timepiece powered only by the wearer’s body heat. The battery-free technology was neat, but the watch’s limited functionality wasn’t. Matrix Industries’ new PowerWatch X promises to be a more useful and capable wearable, but even with infinite battery life, it still falls short of being a useful smartwatch. Read More >>

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5 Gadgets You Probably Don’t Have at Home But Should Invest in

What gadgets have you got at home? A smartphone? Maybe an Amazon Echo? We’re here to tell you about some of the lesser-known bits of kit that are worth tricking out your home with—covering everything from home security to data storage, put these on your shopping list the next time you’re working through your electronics budget. Read More >>

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We Might be Seeing Samsung’s Unanticipated Bixby Speaker at the Note 9 Launch

Ever since Samsung launched Bixby, there have been rumours that it's working on a smart speaker featuring the in-house AI - designed to compete with the likes of the Amazon Echo or Google Home. From the looks of things it's just about the most unanticipated device Samsung has produced, because nobody really likes Bixby, but that isn't stopping the company from trying anyway. Word is the speaker will be arriving at the same time as the Galaxy Note 9. Read More >>

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It Looks Like Segway’s New Owners Finally Found a Way to Make Segways Fun

Watching videos of people flipping and falling off of two-wheeled hoverboards like the Segway miniPro is endlessly fun, but actually riding one and risking your neck? Not so much. According to Abacus News, however, Ninebot has created a kit that converts the miniPro into a steerable go-kart, eliminating the risk of falling and increasing the risk of actually having fun. Read More >>