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American Gadget News for 29 May 2023
NASA's SLS rocket is $6 billion over budget and six years behind scheduleEngadget - 29 May 2023 11:14
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket designed to take astronauts to the moon is over budget and far behind it's original schedule, according to a scathing new audit from NASA's Inspector General.... Furthermore, the report foresees "additional cost and schedule increases" that could potentially jeopardize the entire Artemis mission if problems aren't handled. NASA's spending on the Artemis Moon Program is expected to reach $93 billion by 2025, including $23.8 billion already spent on the SLS system through 2022. That sum represents "$6 billion in cost increases and over six years in schedule delays above NASA's original projections," the report states. The SLS, which finally launched for the first time in November 2022, uses four RS-25 engines per launch, including 16 salvaged from retired...
You Can Still Order Domino's From The Nintendo Wii (With A Little Work)Slash Gear - 29 May 2023 00:00
Ordering a pizza is easier than ever with smartphones and apps, but if you're intent on using a gaming console to order pizza, the Wii can order Domino's.
NVIDIA's G-Sync ULMB 2 aims to minimize motion blur in gamesEngadget - 29 May 2023 20:58
NVIDIA has revealed G-Sync Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) 2, the second generation of tech it designed to minimize motion blur in competitive games. Compared with ULMB, which it released in 2015, the... company says the latest version offers nearly twice as much brightness, along with almost no crosstalk -- the strobing or double-image effect that sometimes appears when blur reduction features are enabled. Motion clarity is largely determined by the monitor's pixel response time. To improve matters, NVIDIA is using "full refresh rate backlight strobing," which builds on the backlight strobing technique from the original ULMB. Although the previous version of the tech improved motion clarity for many, it needed to switch off the monitor's backlight 75 percent of the time. This reduced the...
Things Google Pixel Fold Needs To Do Right To Beat Samsung's Galaxy Z FoldSlash Gear - 29 May 2023 19:30
The Google Pixel Fold has a strong chance to upend the market for foldable phones, giving Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold series a run for its money.
Does Xbox Series X Support G-Sync?Slash Gear - 29 May 2023 19:00
Plenty of monitors and TVs on the market feature built-in G-Sync support. The question is, though, can you plug an Xbox Series X into one and have it work?
ARM's latest CPUs push Android phone makers toward 64-bit only devicesEngadget - 29 May 2023 18:56
ARM just sent a not-so-subtle warning to Android phone makers still hanging on to 32-bit technology. The company has introduced its first lineup of CPU core designs that are exclusively 64-bit --... unlike last year, there's no legacy tech for vendors to use. The Cortex-X4, Cortex-A720 and Cortex-A520 don't always represent major leaps in performance, but they're likely to set the pace for Android in the near future. The Cortex-X4, like the X3, is a performance core aimed at flagship phones. Its updated architecture delivers a 15 percent claimed higher performance, but uses 40 percent less power than its predecessor. That translates to faster app launches and a more responsive interface, according to ARM. We also wouldn't be surprised if this led to improved battery life in games and other...
Wake Up Besties, the Barbie and Ken Mugshot Meme Is EverywhereGizmodo - 29 May 2023 18:15
After an eagle-eyed Twitter user (@kojironanjo) realized that the Barbie trailer was ripe for meme-ification, Twitter fandom did what fandom does best, and immediately took the joke to the extreme.... Reaching all corners of the world, fandoms immediately drew their favorite pairings using the Barbie mugshot screenshots...
TikTok Users Are Reimagining Alternative Human Histories With Generative AISlash Gear - 29 May 2023 18:00
Some users on TikTok are using generative AI to imagine what the world might be like if significant historical events had turned out differently.
Tesla will open its Supercharger network to other EVs in CanadaEngadget - 29 May 2023 17:00
Tesla's plan to open up Superchargers is now extending to Canada after the government revealed that the company will open access to some of its existing Supercharger network to other brands' EVs. The... effort starts later this year with a pilot route between the capital city of Ottawa and Sudbury. There will be 750 opened stations by the end of 2025, and "at least" 350 of those will be speedy 250kW Superchargers. That performance is important given the focus on long-distance travel -- the open charger route will include a very large Trans-Canada Highway stretch between Ottawa and Calgary. The announcement comes alongside a plan to make EV chargers more accessible in the country. The government is teaming up with partners to help install nearly 3,000 EV chargers in multi-use residential...
5 Tips To Improve Your Aim On PS5Slash Gear - 29 May 2023 17:00
Practicing your aim on console can be difficult, but there are features in and outside of game that can help improve your accuracy in shooters and other games.
8 Google Maps Features That Will Change How You Use The AppSlash Gear - 29 May 2023 16:30
Google Maps is an app that most people use almost every single day, particularly when they're on the go. Here are Google Maps features that you need to know.
Logitech Logi Dock Flex docking station helps manage devices in a shared workspaceThe Gadget Flow - 29 May 2023 16:30
Experience the convenience and simplicity of the Logitech Logi Dock Flex, the perfect companion for efficient desk booking and streamlined device management. -This gadget is a versatile managed... docking station that simplifies desk booking for employees and device management for..
Leica Q3 full-frame camera has a BSI-CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution TechnologyThe Gadget Flow - 29 May 2023 16:30
Capture your world in stunning detail with the Leica Q3 full-frame camera. Using revolutionary Triple-Resolution Technology, it offers unparalleled flexibility. Here’s what’s great about... this camera: -The Triple-Resolution-Technology delivers an astonishing 60MP resolution thanks to the BSI-CMOS sensor at the..
Relentless Melt is H.P. Lovecraft Meets Agatha ChristieGizmodo - 29 May 2023 16:30
Giving us gothic vibes in early 1900s Boston, Relentless Melt follows Artie Quick, a crossdressing young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to further her education, and her friend... Theodore, an up-and-coming high society magician, as they investigate claims of abductions on the Boston Common. As Artie works...
2023 Genesis Electrified GV70: Is It Worth The Cost To Go All Electric?Slash Gear - 29 May 2023 16:00
The Genesis GV70 comes with either an internal combustion engine or an electrified version. Which is the better value? We have all the details.
WhatsApp test brings screen sharing to Android phonesEngadget - 29 May 2023 15:50
WhatsApp's newest update takes a page out of work-centric video call platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The messaging app is in the process of rolling out a screen sharing feature that will... record and display the contents of your screen with whoever is on the other end of the video call, WABetaInfo reports. An icon of a phone with an arrow pointing out of it represents the feature and sits alongside longstanding tools like switching cameras, muting and disabling video that appear at the bottom of WhatsApp calls. Once you click the new button, a prompt appears asking if you want to "Start recording or casting with WhatsApp?" alongside a disclaimer that the company will have access to any passwords, photos or payment details you display. If you're okay with that, all that's left is to...
How To Leave Or Join A Workspace In SlackSlash Gear - 29 May 2023 15:00
Entering or exiting a Slack workspace may feel a bit unfamiliar, as it's more involved than simply signing up.
NVIDIA's generative AI lets gamers converse with NPCsEngadget - 29 May 2023 14:45
NVIDIA has unveiled technology called Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) that would allow gamers to speak naturally to non-playable characters (NPCs) and receive appropriate responses. The company revealed the... tech during its generative AI keynote at Computex 2023, showing a demo called Kairos with a playable character speaking to an NPC named Jin in a dystopic-looking Ramen shop. The demo (below in 32:9, the widest widescreen I've ever seen) shows the player carrying on a conversation with Jin. "Hey Jin, how are you," the person asks. "Unfortunately, not so good," replies Jin. "How come?" " I am worried about the crime around here. It's gotten bad lately. My ramen shop got caught in the crossfire." Yes, the dialogue is a tad wooden; it seems like ChatGPT might have done a better job. Still, the...
5 Classic GameCube Games We Want To See On The Nintendo SwitchSlash Gear - 29 May 2023 14:00
Here are some truly classic throwback GameCube games we want to see ported to the Switch as soon as possible.
'Are We Waiting for S**t to Hit The Fan?': Former Google Safety Lead Warns of AI Chatbots Writing NewsGizmodo - 29 May 2023 14:00
In a few short months, the idea of convincing news articles written entirely by computers have evolved from perceived absurdity into a reality that's already confusing some readers. Now, writers,... editors, and policymakers are scrambling to develop standards to maintain trust in a world where AI-generated text will...
Microsoft's Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is $35 off right nowEngadget - 29 May 2023 13:40
If you're in the market for a quality controller without breaking the bank, now might be a good opportunity. Microsoft's Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller in black is 19 percent off, dropping from $180... to $145. Though it's not the lowest we've seen, it's still a decent-sized drop from its retail price. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is a solid option for Xbox gamers, regardless of your system of choice, as it's compatible with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10 or 11 devices through Xbox Wireless or Bluetooth. There's also an option to connect it with an included USB-C cord. You can swap parts like D-pads and paddles, save up to three unique profiles to the controller and explore button mapping options through the Xbox Accessories app. It also holds up to 40 hours of...
Gizmodo Monday Puzzle: Can You Outsmart a Mouse?Gizmodo - 29 May 2023 13:30
I adore Rube Goldberg machines as much as the next puzzle-fanatic, but I never had the pleasure of playing the Goldberg-inspired board game Mouse Trap. As I understand it, the gameplay didn't matter... much. The joy was in building a contraption that, with the crank of a gear, set off a chain reaction in which a marble...
The Morning After: Japan will try to beam solar power from space by 2025Engadget - 29 May 2023 13:15
JAXA, Japan's NASA equivalent, has spent decades trying to make it possible to beam solar energy from space - which seems like technology for a far-future space anime. In 2015, JAXA scientists... successfully beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power, enough energy to power an electric kettle 50 meters away, wirelessly. Now, a Japanese public-private partnership will attempt to beam solar energy from space as early as 2025. The project involves deploying into orbit a series of small satellites, which will beam collected solar energy to ground-based receiving stations hundreds of miles away. While this already seems a huge step up from a kettle 50 meters away, it's just the start of the challenge. Creating a satellite array that can generate 1 gigawatt of power - or about the output of one nuclear reactor...
How To Turn Any Article Into A Mini-Audiobook With This New Android FeatureSlash Gear - 29 May 2023 13:00
Google has a nifty Reading mode app for Android that can transform any text article into an audio session. Here's how to use the accessibility tool.
Dyson 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum has 360º vision & an extending side duct to clean edgesThe Gadget Flow - 29 May 2023 13:00
Benefit from a cleaner home with the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum. Boasting an extending side duct design, it cleans right to the edge! So you don’t have to deal with any missed spots. - With... 360° vision, this..