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Colorful M1 iMacs and M1 iPad Pro announced

Apple today announced a redesigned range of inch-thick iMacs based upon its own M1 processors, offered in a range of bright colors (with matching TouchID keyboards, mice and trackpads) and sporting a 24", 4.5K retina display. Execs promised an 85% improvement on the last Intel-based iMacs' CPU performance, 2x faster graphics—games and video editing figured strongly in the presentation—and 3x machine learning performance. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Apple, Gadgets, Imacs


Yes, bring back netbooks

The netbook reminiscing of late had me checking out what's offered in the world of small but typeable laptops, and I'm sad to say that there's not a lot to pick from. Most of the easily available options are either too large (like the 11" Asus L210 or various 11.6" chromebooks available on Amazon), too small (like the 7" GPD Pocket), too expensive (like the otherwise bill-fitting 10" One Mix 4 or 9" GPD Max), or blatant parts-bucket junk like the Goldengulf 10" Android Laptop. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Computers, Gadgets, Netbooks


A tiny spy-gadget audio recorder that isn't junk

It's nice to see Sony still making weirdly specific high-end gadgets such as the TX800 [Sony.com; Amazon has it in white], even if $240 is a lot of sticker shock for a voice recorder. It's tiny, about 4cm-square, and comes with a corresponding remote control. — Read the rest
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Post, News, Sony, Spy Gadgets, Field Recorders


Retrospective of netbooks, the tiny low-end laptops that lit up the late 2000s

Nilay Patel remembers the netbook, the small (9-11") power-sipping (Intel Atom) and cheap (sub-$500) devices that suddenly exploded in the late 2000s, only to vanish into the fog of tablets, ultrabooks and chromebooks. Within a few years, he figures, there were some 40 models of the popular but decidedly low-end Asus EeePC. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, History, Intel Atom, Nilay Patel, Netbooks


Collection of Macintosh death chimes

Stephen Hackett collects and presents the Chimes of Death, the intriguing melodies that used to herald the doom of a Mac. My favorite is the Macintosh LC's unsettling chiptune dance over the sharps. By the mid 1990s, it was all silly and infuriating car crash noises and such. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, History, Computers, Macs, Stephen Hackett


Alice in Wonderland keycaps

UnAlice is a set of DSA, dye-sublimated keycaps inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The spindly Victorian type is complemented nicely by illustrated function and meta keys featuring the White Rabbit, the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar, and other usual suspects. Unlock the door into the fantastical world of talking rabbits, mad hatters, and smiling cats. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Alice, Caterpillar, DSA, Mechanical Keyboards, Keycaps


MacOs, Windows and Linux running simultaneously on an old PC

Luke Metoki virtualized MacOS and Windows simultaneously on an 2000s-era PC, with Arch Linux as the host organism. The mad science worked, but Windows was "very sluggish" if not given the lion's share of RAM. If you want me to write more about this, contact me. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Tech, Computers, Arch Linux, Dogs and cats living together, Luke Metoki


The best dumbphone gets Signal messaging

The Punkt MP02 (previously) is one of two or three premium-yet-minimalist phone handsets that actually work on post-2G cellular networks. And now it has Signal built-in, providing end-to-end voice encryption, free-Internet based calls and texts, group messages and voice dictation. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Signal, Dumbphones


Pro¹ X, a linux phone with a slide-out keyboard

Your new cyberdeck has arrived, madam. The Pro¹ X is a handsome smartphone that runs a variety of free operating systems and has a slide-out keyboard, perfect for SSHing in, NMAPping corpo headquarters, or raiding ATMs in the early 1990s. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Keyboards, Phones


UK rollout for sweat-testing ankle bands to enforce alcohol bans

Big Brother is licking you. Sweat monitors (aka scram cams) are ankle bands that monitor the wearer's sweat for alcohol, to enforce court-ordered abstinence. They're rolling them out nationwide in the UK in a bid to tackle booze-related crime. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, UK, Crime, News, Privacy, Law, Tech


"Cursed" USB device changes behavior depending on which way around the plug is

I've made a Cursed USB-C 2.0 device. It behaves differently based on the orientation of the plug. pic.twitter.com/8Ko66wPuV2— Pim de Groot (@mifune) March 21, 2021 Mechanical engineer Pim de Groot created a "cursed" USB Type C device that "behaves differently based on the orientation of the plug." — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Vinyl, Usb-c, Pim de Groot


The correct pronunciation of German camera stuff

The migration from text to video brings with it a problem for English-speaking camera geeks: how do you say Schneider Kreuznach or Voigtländer? And Zeiss rhymes with "piece", right? It's pronounced "Laker", right? Even natives have trouble avoiding Anglicisms, writes Damien Demolder, explaining why Maximillian Heinrich had to make this video: German Maximillian Heinrich from Analog Insights was pulled up recently by a Mitdeutscher in comments on YouTube for exactly that – pronounc...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Cameras, German, Branding, Zeiss, Schneider Kreuznach, Damien Demolder, Maximillian Heinrich


FCC fines Texas robocallers record $225m

My phone is nearly useless: dozens of scam calls daily about car warranties and Microsoft hacks and my myriad of crimes, press 1 or go to jail. So all calls are silenced and I swipe through voicemail transcripts now and again to see if anything was real. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Texas, News, Fcc, Microsoft, Scams, Robocalls, Ftc


Apple silicon app compatibility guides

isapplesiliconready.com and Does It Arm are nice simple sites that track whether MacOS apps have been updated to run natively on Apple's own processors, and wether they work under emulation. I've found that my apps run so well under emulation that it's not a problem (unlike the bad old days of the PPC-to-Intel switchover) but native comes with big performance gains. — Read the rest
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Post, News, Ppc, Intel, Computers, Emulation, Apple Silicon


Apple silicon app compatibility guide

isapplesiliconready.com is a nice simple site that tracks whether MacOS apps have been updated to run natively on Apple's own processors, and wether they work under emulation. I've found that my apps run so well under emulation that it's not a problem (unlike the bad old days of the PPC-to-Intel switchover) but native comes with big performance gains. — Read the rest
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Post, News, Ppc, Intel, Computers, Emulation, Apple Silicon


3D-printed thumbdrive looks like tiny graphics card

On Reddit, u/liluberninjadl posted this tiny 3D-printed GPU which, on close inspection, turns out to be a thumbdrive. You won't be mining or gamering with it, but isn't it adorable?
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, 3d Printing, Reddit, Gpu, Miniatures, Components


Durgod retro mechanical keyboard

The wildest courts of the kingdom of custom-designed gadgets are typically inaccessible through usual retail channels: to get the good stuff, you have to sign up for slow-burning group orders that might take months or even years to fulfill. So when I saw that Choam had this fabulously retro keyboard in stock, I impulse-bought it immediately. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Keyboards, Mechanical Keyboards, Choam


The graphics card sadness index

Even my years-old 1070Ti video card is worth more now than it was brand-new, thanks to the latest crypto boom. The latest models are fetching astronomical prices, scalped by the truckload and vanishing from online retailers within seconds of being stocked. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Computers, Crypto


DIY 5k monitor

Phillip Caudell wanted a second high-resolution display for his iMac. Unfortunately, Apple's own model is wildly expensive and he didn't like the look of the plastic alternatives. So he did "what any normal person would do … and built my own." — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Diy, Macs, Monitors, Phillip Caudell


Sticky note printer

Amazon recently launched Day1 Editions where they present new product ideas and only make the ones with significant pre-orders. Of the three products they're starting with, only their Smart Sticky Note Printer, a small Alexa-connected thermal printer, has hit the order threshold to go into production. — Read the rest
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Post, News, Printers, Alexa


Fry's Electronics closes stores nationwide

Fry's, the cool big-box gadget shop since 1985, is out of business. The chain's stores, famous for their amusing themes and gigantic sculptures, closed for good at midnight. After nearly 36 years in business as the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals across nine states and 31 stores, Fry's Electronics, Inc. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Fry s Electronics Inc


Rubik's Connected Cube tells you how to solve it

Rubik's Connected Cube [Amazon] is a Rubik's cube with the internet in it, so that it may connect to an app on your phone which provides tips, "lessons", and the solution. Gizmodo's Andrew Liszewski reviewed it. He's OK with it, but not the $60 price tag. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Toys, News, Puzzles, Iot, Gizmodo, Andrew Liszewski


You can now buy a 31˝ color e-ink display panel, if you know what to do with it

Eink, the creator (and generally uninspired patent-holder) of e-ink displays, has something magical on offer: an enormous 31" color e-ink panel. It's expensive—$2,300—and you'll have to make your own monitor housing, get an extra display controller, and work out your own hardware and software setup to make it do whatever you want it to do. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Tech, eInk


Company sells all-black panels for PS5, dares Sony to sue it

Dbrand offers matte black replacement panels for people who want their PlayStation 5s to be minimalist or tactical or whatever. Dbrand is also daring Sony to sue it. The background there is that a small company, first called PlateStation5 then CustomizeMyPlates, was forced to cancel and refund orders for a similar product last year following legal action from Sony. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Games, Design, News, Sony, Dbrand, CustomizeMyPlates


The best AA lithium rechargeables

Long denied to consumers, rechargeable lithium AA batteries are finally a thing. Which are the best? Project Farm tested several brands, exhaustively, and compares them to standard nickel rechargeables. The best brands were Vapcell [Li-Ion Wholesale] and Amptorrent [Amazon]. But they're not really worth it, given the price, compared to NiMH. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Batteries


Why video cards are so expensive right now

Covid slowed manufacturing, the bitcoin surge made mining profitable again, and bots instantly scalp inventory that shows up. Welcome to the great graphics card shortage. All this has led to some remarkable scenes. In the US, when lockdown restrictions were lighter, people were queuing around the block at electronics retailers or camping overnight, hoping to secure one of a handful of cards that might be delivered in the morning. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, US, Graphics, Video Cards


'Meat peripherals': brain interfaces are coming, says Steam president Gabe Newell

Interviewed by New Zealand's 1 News, Gabe Newell (of Valve and Steam fame) says "meat peripherals" are coming. You will enjoy them. Newell admits some of the ideas may seem incredible, and said some of the discussions he's having around BCIs are "indistinguishable from science fiction" — but according to him, game developers would be making a mistake by not investigating BCIs within the short-term future. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Games, News, New Zealand, Newell, Gabe Newell, Fucklantis, Brain-computer Interfaces


Caviar picks up where Vertu left off

Vertu is dead but its design sensibility—rudimentary yet garish, expensive yet cheesy—lives on. Behold for example Caviar's magnificent iPhone cases. You can even have it cased so there's no camera anymore. These "Stealth" or "Stealth Gold" outfits start at $5220. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Vertu


Report: no touchbar for redesigned 2021 MacBook Pro

After launching low-end models with decidedly high-flying benchmarks, Apple's transition to its own ARM-based CPUs has users eager to see what the forthcoming high-end models will be like. One change, according to supply-chain watchers: a new design with no more touchbar. — Read the rest
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Post, News


CES 2021: Watch the next bout of chaotic street violence on LG's "rollable" smartphone

How much do I want LG's Rollable phone? A lot, that's how much. A lot. https://t.co/ZfhlmdlXE3 pic.twitter.com/Sk0ON9pWdG— Chris Davies (@c_davies) January 11, 2021 At 2021's CES (virtual this year due a viral pandemic now claiming some 4,000 lives a day in the U.S.), — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Lg, Chris Davies



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