American Gadget News for 24 May 2022
When Rode unveiled the original Rodecaster Pro it was something unusual: a capable mixing desk with a singular focus on podcasting. It made it easy to record multiple guests in person or over the... internet/phone, while adding background music and audio enhancements in real time or with minimal processing in post. A mini radio station in a box if you will. Today, Rode is announcing its successor, the Rodecaster Pro II, and the messaging this time is that it's for all creators, be that podcasting, streaming or music production. The new hardware looks familiar, but brings with it several changes that should improve your audio wherever and whatever you publish. The most obvious difference you'll see here is the smaller footprint. The Rodecaster Pro II loses two physical fader strips in favor of...
A shady private surveillance company sold access to nearly half a dozen powerful security flaws in Chrome and Android last year to government-affiliated hackers, Google revealed Monday.
You love robots. And maybe you even own a robot vacuum or lawnmower while your kids have coding robots. But the coolest robots you can buy for your home take these capabilities to another level.... Imagine a vacuum robot that..
Enjoy workout recovery anywhere you go with the Booster MINI pocket massage gun. With a compact design, this gadget is super lightweight yet boasts 16 hours of battery life. That comes thanks to its... 2,500 mAh lithium battery. Charge it..
New Jersey's Acting Attorney General has launched a probe into Twitch and Discord to see if the platforms broke laws on hateful and extremist content following a recent mass shooting in Buffalo. In an... announcement published Monday, New Jersey's Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin wrote that the purpose of the investigation was to find out if policy or moderation failures allowed the platforms to become vectors for spreading extremist content, especially among young people. The investigation follows a similar one launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James last week. The 18-year-old who has been charged with shooting 13 people at a Tops supermarket, killing 10--used Discord to spread his white supremacist ideology, and broadcast the attack live on Twitch. Across a swath of posts...
A dozen current and former Activision Blizzard employees have formed a committee aimed at protecting workers from discriminatory practices at the studio, outlining a list of demands for CEO Bobby... Kotick, newly appointed diversity officer Kristen Hines and chief human resources officer Julie Hodges. As detailed by The Washington Post, the group's demands include ending mandatory arbitration in discrimination cases, improving on-site lactation rooms, protecting workers from retaliation, increasing support for trans employees and instituting independent investigations in cases of discrimination, including sexual harassment. The employee group, called the Worker Committee Against Sex and Gender Discrimination, submitted their demands to the studio's leadership team today. The committee...
NASA has shared the final self-portrait that will be taken by the InSight Mars lander, showing dust-caked solar panels that blend into the surrounding regolith. The InSight mission is expected to end... this year, and the lander will need all of its remaining power to gather as much scientific data as possible.
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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced Tuesday that Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, an Iraqi citizen living in Columbus, Ohio, was charged with participating in a... conspiracy to murder former President George W. Bush.
Google has introduced a new Street View feature that makes it easy for anyone to take a look into the past. The feature is heading to desktop and mobile.
For much of Star Wars' existence, the various heroes we've watched and played have been good people trying to make the galaxy a better place in some way, or at the very least, find their own place in... the universe. The larger conflicts have always put our heroes up against seemingly insurmountable odds, be it an...
Smart phones can do a lot more than call, text, and email. These widely unknown abilities make your smartphone the most powerful tool you own.
University of Oregon researchers are teaming up with Google to conduct a study on digital wellbeing using the Google Health Studies tool Dr. Nicholas Allen said in a Google blog post today.
Devs will get a chance to save one of Windows 11's most-ignorable features.
With the start of June a week away, Apple has announced two new Pride-themed Watch bands. The first one is a take on the company's classic sport loop style. The design features a color gradient that... incorporates the iconic rainbow colors seen on a variety of Pride flags with the addition of light blue, pink, white, brown and black. The first three colors symbolize transgender and non-binary individuals, with the latter two representing the Black and Latinx communities. The band also includes a nod to the company's history. Apple employed a new weaving process to remove some of the band's woven textile loops. The technique creates a two-tone effect that the company used to include "Pride" on the outward-facing part of the band. The word is written in a cursive style that's similar to the...
Have you ever wanted to feel like James Bond? Good news - you can feel like him every day, provided you can afford to buy Sean Connery's 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
Automaker Stellantis and Samsung SDI are teaming up to build a $2.5 billion EV battery plant in Indiana, reported CNBC. It'll be the first US-based battery plant for Stellantis, which has an umbrella... of 16 brands that include Jeep, Maserati, Dodge, Fiat and Chrysler. Construction on the lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility is set to begin later this year, with a projected launch date for the first quarter of 2025. This timing fits in nicely with Stellantis' goal of selling 5 million EVs globally by 2030. The plant will be located in Kokomo, where the Chrysler parent company already has a supplier base. Stellantis said the Kokomo facility will provide lithium-ion battery modules for a wide range of vehicles, including plug-in hybrids and full battery-electric vehicles. The timing...
After 15 years, Google Street View has become the defacto destination for people trying to get a feel for where they're going. If not for Street View, I would have spent countless days and nights... wandering around foreign locales, wondering where my hotel was or which side to cross the street to enter the train station.
Xiaomi today revealed the Mi Band 7, and the new fitness tracker seems to improve on last year's Mi Band 6 in several significant ways.
Sleep better than ever with the Ghost SmartBed 3D Matrix smart cooling mattress. Boasting 3-dimensional comfort and cooling, it has built-in smart technology and biometric sensors. These collect... pressure data in real-time, which ensures the mattress automatically adjusts to your..
Gone are the days of the boring nightstand alarm clock. These smart clocks do everything including track your sleep habits to improve REM.
This unicorn may look cute--and he certainly is--but don't let his whimsy fool you. Unico was created by Osamu Tezuka, the legendary "god of manga" and creator of Astro Boy, who gave this adorable... unicorn an edge that captivated Japanese readers of the '70s--as well as author Samuel Sattin. Now Sattin, working with the...
Canon has taken the wraps off its new EOS R7 and R10 mirrorless cameras, two models that pack APS-C sensors. They're joined by new lenses, as well.
Windows 11 widgets could become more useful in the coming months. Microsoft revealed at its Build developer conference that the operating system will start supporting widgets for third-party apps... later this year. Developers will be able to create widgets for their Win32 apps and progressive web apps using Microsoft's Adaptive Cards platform. "We're energized by the customer feedback on widgets to date. People are enjoying the quick access to content most important to them in a way that is seamless without breaking their flow," Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer for Windows and devices, said . Microsoft brought back widgets, which previously appeared in Windows 7, when it released Windows 11 last year. However, it tucked the widgets behind a dedicated button. In any case, we...