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Location American Gadget News for 27 Sep 2022

Meta has taken down a network of fake accounts from China that targeted the United States with memes and posts about "hot button" political issues ahead of the midterm elections.The company said the... fake accounts were discovered before they amassed a large following or attracted meaningful engagement, but that the operation was significant due to its timing and because of the topics the accounts posted about. The network consisted of 81 Facebook accounts, eight Facebook Pages, two Instagram accounts and a single Facebook Group. Just 20 accounts followed at least one of the Pages and the group had about 250 members, according to Meta. The fake accounts posted in four different "clusters" of activity, Meta said, beginning with Chinese-language content "about geopolitical issues, criticizing...
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Skullcandy's first gamingSkullcandy hasn't offered gaming headsets for the better part of a decade, but it's willing to give them another go -- and it's eager to catch up in some respects. The brand has introduced revamped... PLYR, SLYR and SLYR Pro headsets that promise budget-friendly game audio on console, mobile and PC with a few perks. The flagship PLYR (shown above) includes Bluetooth 5.2 wireless audio, while it and the wired SLYR Pro offer Tile tracking to help you find your headset (or the device it's connected to). Both the PLYR and SLYR Pro (at middle) also use a hearing test to create a personalized sound profile, and offer background audio reduction whether you use the boom or integrated microphones. They can plug in through 3.5mm and USB, and an optional wireless transmitter for the PLYR promises low...
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iRobot adds an automatic mopThere are plenty of robots that say they can vacuum and mop your floors, but never to anyone's satisfaction. With some, you have to futz with the system to add the mop halfway through, others it'll... drag the dirty pad across your clean carpets and rugs. It's a problem that iRobot has spent plenty of engineering resources trying to solve, saying that the new Combo j7+ is the solution. Co-founder and CEO Colin Angle describes it as the "first legitimate 2-in-1 vacuuming and mopping robot ever created." Instead of requiring a user to make changes partway through a mission, the j7+ has a standard vacuum body up top. When it's finished, however, a pair of recessed arms pull down a mop pad that's housed in the top of the chassis down to the floor. From there, it'll drag the pad along your hard...
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Faraday Future'sFaraday Future, despite all of the company's futuristic promises, continues to struggle at rolling its Tesla-killer EV off the production lines.
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2.5 Million Floridians OrderedHurricane Ian is barreling toward Florida's west coast. The Category 3 storm is about 265 miles south of Sarasota, as of writing. It's projected to strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane and to move... north and northeast, making landfall on Florida's west coast just south of Tampa on Wednesday evening, according to ...
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'Overwatch 2' moderation toolsOverwatch 2 is set to go live and free-to-play on October 4th, and in preparation for the big day, Blizzard has outlined a suite of moderation tools aimed at curbing abusive and disruptive player... behavior. The new system will require a phone number to be linked to every account, and will introduce audio transcriptions of reported voice chat interactions, among other changes. Blizzard is calling the initiative Defense Matrix, named after D.Va's hologram shield ability. The phone-linking system, SMS Protect, means every Overwatch 2 player will need to connect a phone number to their Battle.net account, and that number can't be used to operate or create another account. This makes it easier to enforce suspensions and bans, and makes it harder for players to cheat the matchmaking system. SMS...
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Researchers Say Fewer PricksIf you've ever found yourself reeling in your chair, heart rate thumping, and skin burning red after angrily sending link and after link of CDC data to that anti-vaxxer in your life who just doesn't... get it, turns out you're probably doing it wrong.
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Look Out for 'Water Stained'Seeing corrupted photos in your Google Photos library? This has become a "trending" issue on the Google support pages in recent days. Fortunately, Google knows about it and plans to dole out a fix.
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Podcast Companies Are BuyingPodcast companies live and die by their download numbers: the more of them they have, the more listeners, clout, and ad revenue comes rushing in. But apparently, not all companies come by those... numbers honestly. A new report shows some of the web's biggest podcast distributors have been essentially "buying" downloads...
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Nissan Ariya EV will start at $43,190

Engadget - 27 Sep 2022 23:24
Nissan Ariya EV will start atAfter years of hype, Nissan is finally close to releasing its first electric crossover. Autoblognotes the brand has confirmed the Ariya EV will reach US dealerships in late fall starting at $43,190... for the front-wheel drive Engage trim with a 63kWh battery. Only FWD configurations will ship at first, with some all-wheel drive editions waiting until early 2023. Customers who reserved the Venture+ model will still pay the quoted $45,950 price instead of the $47,190 for new buyers. That starter Engage variant delivers an estimated 216 miles of range and 214HP. That's modest, but you'll also get a solid technology suite with driver and safety aids (such as hands-on ProPilot Assist), a heads-up display and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android...
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Deadpool 3 Will Bring HughOut of nowhere this evening, Ryan Reynolds teased that a new Deadpool film, coming in 2024, will bring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine into the Marvel Cinematic Universe--alongside his own beloved take on... the merc with a mouth, of course.
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The Reason ChryslerThe PT Cruiser was fun to start, but lack of innovation and inspiration slowly killed this Chrysler car.
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The Big Electric Car ChargingMost electric vehicles are charged at home, but researchers warn EV owners will have to change their routines if green transportation is to stay eco-friendly.
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'OG App' Says It Can TransportInstagram seems to be caught up in an ever-accelerating vortex of app updates, tweaks, new features, and changes. The feed is different now from what it was before--and if you find yourself wistful... for an Insta without Reels, incessant sponsored content, and suggested posts, know that you're not alone.
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The Hidden Feature On AndroidAndroid has a bunch of features you're probably unaware of, and the same is true for Google Assistant. One such wildly useful feature is called Shortcuts.
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The 10 Coolest Features Of TheThe 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan can come equipped with many luxurious amenities that are worthy of raising a toast to, including custom champagne glasses.
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Study Links Coffee--Even DecafCoffee: still tasty, and still apparently good for us. A study out this week suggests that light to moderate consumption of decaffeinated, ground, and instant coffee can be linked to a lower risk of... dying early and developing cardiovascular disease. As is often the case, though, these findings alone can't confirm a...
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In New Andor Clip, Mon MothmaKeeping support on the down low for the rebels proves to be a difficult undertaking for allies in high places. In this newly released clip from an upcoming Andor episode, we meet Mon Mothma (Genevieve... O'Reilly) as the mysterious Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) goes to her to ask for more funding. It makes sense,...
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Apple no longer replacingWith this one model, you may actually get your iPad back, new battery and all.
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Apple Has More Plans For theWe knew the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max would be getting more functionality toward the end of the year. The latest iOS Beta and developer documentation give us a glimpse at what's to... come, including being able to run up to two Live Activities at once.
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NASA's DART Is No More, butNASA's DART probe, in one of the most dramatic space missions ever, crashed into the Dimorphos asteroid yesterday to test the ability of a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid. Now, the European Space... Agency is taking the next big step by preparing its HERA probe for a trip to the post-impact asteroid.
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Shadowrun: Edge ZoneFind yourself in the year 2080 by playing the Shadowrun: Edge Zone sixth-world upgradable card game. At this point, magic exists in the world. Along with it are orks, elves, trolls, dwarfs, dragons,... and spells. While many people sell their souls..
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iRobot's New Roomba Combo J7+iRobot is back with another robotic vacuum, though this model also packs the hardware and features necessary to replace your old mop and bucket.
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Stuck at Work During a ClimateThis story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here.
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Intel's mid-range Arc A770 GPUIntel's long-promised desktop GPUs are finally close to reaching gamers worldwide. As part of its flurry of announcements, Intel has confirmed the Arc A770 GPU will be available in a range of models... on October 12th starting at $329. As the price suggests, this is aimed squarely at the GeForce RTX 3060, Radeon RX 6650 XT and other mid-tier video cards -- Intel claims both "1440p gaming performance" and up to 65 percent stronger "peak" ray tracing performance than rivals, although it didn't name specific hardware. Like competitors, Intel is counting as much on AI as it is raw computing power. The Arc A770 supports Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) that, like NVIDIA's DLSS or AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution, uses AI upscaling to boost frame rates at higher resolutions. It supports Intel's dedicated...
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