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Location American Gadget News for 25 May 2022

Galaxy S23 And S24 Might DitchA new industry report has leaked details about an alleged Samsung plan to catapult its Exynos hardware to the top of the market - with one big catch.
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NASA Moves Ahead With WildA project to develop diffractive solar sails has advanced to the third and final phase of NASA's advanced concepts program. The team behind the project now has two years to further develop this... unconventional means of space propulsion.
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Police VR Training: Empathy"I just wish I could save them all," my virtual reality police officer avatar says as he gazes upon a young woman's abandoned corpse lying beside a back-alley dumpster. My VR cop partner offers a limp... gesture of condolence but doesn't sugarcoat the reality: My decision got this woman killed.
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ProtonMail is rebranding andFor the privacy-minded, ProtonMail has been one of the better options for secure email -- you can get an (admittedly basic) account for free and enjoy end-to-end encryption for your communications... when you're messaging other ProtonMail users. But the company's plans have gotten a little out of date. Free accounts only come with 500MB of storage, while the €4 / month plan bumps you to a modest 4GB of storage with some other limitations like a daily 1000-message sent cap. Starting today, though, the company is making it easier to go all-in on ProtonMail and the other services it offers, including a VPN, cloud storage and an encrypted calendar. Going forward, ProtonMail is rebranding itself simply as Proton, pushing its whole suite of privacy-focused services and updating all of its...
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PlayStation DualSenseYou can get new PlayStation controllers and other accessories from Amazon at a discount from the Days of Play sale that begins today, May 25th. All six PS DualSense controllers are currently on sale... at Amazon, including the latest colors launched in December. The basic black controller is available for $59, while the white one is listed for $60, or 14 percent off its original price of $70. For the same prices, though, you can also get one of the vibrantly colored DualSense controllers that typically cost $75. Buy PlayStation accessories and games at Amazon The Cosmic Red, Nova Pink and Galactic Purple controllers are listed for $59, which is the lowest price we've seen for them on the website. You'll have to pay $1 more for the Starlight Blue variant, but that's still a steal if you're...
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Drivers for Amazon's rapidly growing third-party delivery partner network are being hurt on the job with shocking frequency according to data compiled in a new report by the Strategic Organizing... Center (SOC) -- and the rate of injuries increased dramatically between 2020 and 2021. Among the Delivery Service Partner (DSP) drivers it found OSHA data for, SOC claims there was "nearly one injury per five full-time-equivalent workers" in 2021 -- an incident rate of 18.3. The Bureau of Labor Statistics's most recent incident rate average among "couriers and express delivery services" stands at just 7.5 per 100. According to SOC, the 2021 injury numbers represent an approximately 40 percent increase from the previous year. There are some important limitations to the findings SOC -- which itself...
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Harley-Davidson made anHarley-Davidson's Serial 1 brand unveiled its latest ebike model on Tuesday, and it's something of a head-scratcher. The company describes the Bash/Mtn as a mountain bike, but unless you have the... technical skills to go under-biking , you probably don't want to take its newest ebike on anything but the most forgiving single-track. That's because the Bash/Mtn features a fully rigid aluminum frame and fork, with no front or rear suspension. It also doesn't come with a dropper post, and as far as I can tell, there's no elegant way of adding one on your own. The only shock absorption this bike comes with is its SR Suntour NCX seat post, which offers up to 50mm of travel. Harley-Davidson claims those missing features are actually the reason to buy the Bash/Mtn. "No fussy suspension to tune, no...
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Barnes & Noble reveals aBarnes & Noble has revealed its latest Nook e-reader, a more budget-friendly version of the Nook GlowLight 4 it announced in December . The Nook Glowlight 4e costs $30 less than the previous model... but, as you might expect, there are some tradeoffs. The e-readers share a similar design, with soft-touch casing and physical buttons for turning pages. However, at 212DPI, the GlowLight 4e has a lower-resolution display than the GlowLight 4, which has a six-inch, 300DPI screen. There's less storage too, with 8GB instead of 32GB. Rather than a month of promised battery life, Barnes & Noble says the GlowLight 4e will run "for weeks" on a single charge. Other than those differences, the two models seem alike. They both support USB-C charging and have a built-in anti-glare screen protector with...
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IKEA made a Matter-ready hubIKEA continues its foray into smart home devices with the launch of a Google Matter-ready hub called DIRIGERA and a new IKEA Home smart app. With the new device and app, the Swedish company is... promising to handle more smart device segments while making device integration easier. It says the app will be "convenient, easy to navigate and user-friendly" for anyone just getting into smart home tech. "With the new DIRIGERA hub for smart products, users will be able to onboard all IKEA smart products to the system and steer them individually, in sets or in groups in the new IKEA Home smart app. This enables users to create different scenes with pre-set functions of the smart products and increases the personalisation options for the smart home," according to the company. IKEA's first smart home...
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Pixy drone hands-on: A flyingDrones are everywhere these days, filming dramatic reveals and awe-inspiring scenery for social media platforms. The problem is, they're not exactly approachable for beginners who have only ever used... a smartphone. Last month, Snap debuted the $230 Pixy drone exactly for those people. It requires very little skill and acts like a personal robot photographer to help you produce nifty aerial shots. You don't need to pilot the Pixy. In fact, you couldn't if you wanted to. Rather, it flies by itself, performing pre-programmed patterns that put the focus on you, the user. It has great potential for things like parties or tourist activities, grabbing awesome aerial shots with almost no user intervention. Snap calls itself a camera company, but its other photo-centric products like Spectacles have...
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Logitech's MX Master 3S MakesLogitech has made my job easy. When asked which non-gaming mouse to buy, I instinctively answer "Logitech MX." There are alternatives, but none are as premium or boast as many useful features as the... Master series. I've previously reviewed the MX Anywhere 3, and while I love its features, the compact design didn't...
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Apple's MacBook Air M1 is $100While you may waiting in anticipation for Apple's next iteration of the MacBook Air, the current model is on sale at Amazon. You can pick up the 256GB MacBook Air M1 for $900 right now, or $100 off... its normal price. We have seen it lower before -- last year's holiday shopping season brought its lowest price ever of $800 -- but a $100 discount remains a good one if you're in need of a new thin-and-light laptop. Buy MacBook Air M1 (256GB) at Amazon - $900 We consider the MacBook Air M1 to be the best laptop for most people, despite it being about two years old at this point. It impressed us with its stellar performance and lack of fan noise, both of which help it feel speedier, smoother and more efficient than previous models. It also has improved GPU performance, and while it's not a gaming...
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Amazon is taking up to 60If you're building a new PC or just need a storage device for your computers and gaming consoles, make sure to check out Amazon today. You can get both internal and external disk drives, as well as... memory cards, for up to 60 percent off from the website's ongoing one-day Western Digital and SanDisk sale. One of the most deeply discounted items included in the event is Western Digital's 2TB Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD that's currently listed for $170, or $210 off its original price. The component went on sale at Amazon earlier this month, but this is the lowest price we've seen it go for on the website. It has read speeds of up to 560MB/s, sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s and is compatible with computers that have standard SATA connectors. Buy Western Digital and SanDisk storage and...
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Dyson's been secretly workingDyson has been getting into more and more offbeat products these days, like the Zone noise-canceling headphones that blow purified air at your face. Now, the company has revealed that it has an entire... division that's secretly been developing robot prototypes that do household chores. The company didn't detail any of the models in particularly, but many look like regular robot arms adapted to do specialized home chores like cleaning and tidying. One appeared to be designed to vacuum out the seat cushions, mapping an armchair out in detail to do the job. "So this means I'll never, ever find crisps around the back of my sofa again?" the company's chief engineer, Jake Dyson, asked a researcher in a video (below). Another robot was putting away dishes or at least placing them in a drying rack,...
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The Morning After: GoogleGoogle has shown off a new artificial intelligence system that can create images based on text input. Its Imagen diffusion model, created by the Brain Team at Google Research, offers "an unprecedented... degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding." Google This isn't the first time we've seen AI models like this. OpenAI's DALL·E (and its successor) performed similar witchcraft, turning text into visuals. Google's version, however, tries to create more realistic images. The researchers created a benchmark and asked humans to assess each image from a range of AIs. They "prefer Imagen over other models in side-by-side comparisons, both in terms of sample quality and image-text alignment," Google said. It's not available to the public, and there are reasons for this....
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sousShelf kitchen companionTake the mess out of your cooking space with the sousShelf kitchen companion. With a 6-in-1 design, it has not only a stand for your device but also 2 porcelain utensil holders, a bottle opener, 4... coasters, and a stylus...
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Republican Ghouls SendA mass shooter killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. And Republican politicians took to Twitter in the wake of this tragedy to express their... condolences. But if you look closely, you'll notice something odd. Many of the messages were identical, as though they're all...
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Insta360, best known for its action and 360 degree cameras, has just launched an interesting drone camera. The Insta360 Sphere attaches around the body of DJI's Mavic Air 2 or Air 2S drones, letting... you film 5.7K 360 footage or create regular 2D videos with the option of reframing them later in post. Better still, Insta360's tech ensures that the drone is "invisible" in shots. Since 360 cameras film in all directions, half the video can be obstructed by the drone itself. However, Insta360 mounted cameras on either side of the drone to ensure it doesn't appear in the footage. To provide seamless footage, "Insta360's proprietary dynamic stitching algorithm makes the whole drone (including the propellers) disappear automatically," the company wrote. The Sphere attaches to Mavic Air 2/2S...
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After Uber announced that it was cutting back on hiring and other expenses due to the economic slowdown, rival Lyft is doing the same, according to The Wall Street Journal. "Given the slower than... expected recovery and need to accelerate leverage in the business, we've made the difficult but important decision to significantly slow hiring in the US," Lyft President John Zimmer reportedly wrote in a memo to staff. There are no layoffs planned. However, the decision means the company will give priority to fewer initiatives and not fill many current open roles, focusing instead on critical roles that support its core rides business, the memo further states. Tech companies have been hard hit during the economic slowdown, with Amazon reporting its slowest growth in nearly 20 years and Snap...
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Senator Ron Wyden and 41 other Democratic lawmakers are urging Google to stop collecting and keeping location data that could be used against people who've had or are seeking abortions. In a letter... (PDF) to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the lawmakers referenced the Supreme Court draft obtained by Politico in which SCOTUS justices have voted to reverse Roe v. Wade. The landmark case protected the federal rights to abortion across the country, and states with trigger laws will immediately criminalize abortion if it truly gets overturned. "[W]e are concerned that, in a world in which abortion could be made illegal, Google's current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cell phone location data will allow it to become a tool for far-right extremists looking to crack down on...
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Everyone From Apple To DisneyMajor tech companies have explored the idea of buying game publishing giant EA, according to sources. Whether one will follow through is another matter.
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Bluetti EB3A Offers AWhether you're looking to spend the day at the park or a weekend camping, Bluetti's new EB3A Portable Power Station packs the features that'll keep you charged.
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Watch Iron Man AnnounceDisneyland Paris is celebrating 30 years in a big way, announcing the opening of its own Avengers Campus this summer. The Marvel Studios-themed land in France joins its West Coast counterpart on July... 20, expanding the theme park cinematic universe. Check out the announcement below delivered by Iron Man, who'll be...
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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2The next hotly anticipated installment in the "Call of Duty" franchise will be a sequel to 2019's "Modern Warfare," and we finally know when it'll arrive.
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