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You're Not Imagining Things, Your Video Game Downloads Have Gotten Slower

Last week, with the internet being strained due to surging traffic caused by everyone staying at home to avoid spreading covid-19, Netflix and YouTube decided to lower the default resolution of their streaming videos. And now, Sony, Akamai, and others are following suit by reducing the speed of game downloads on their…
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Netflix, Playstation, Xbox, Psn, Xbox Live, Consumer Tech, Akamai, Covid 19, Better Get To Downloading, Sony Akamai

Our Favorite Gadgets to Use When Stuck at Home

A third of the global population is on lockdown, and at least 200 million Americans in 21 states, 47 counties and 14 cities are urged to stay home. So people are left with their own devices—literally—to keep some sanity.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Consumer Tech, Kindle Paperwhite, Apple Watch Series 5, Sony Wh 1000xm3

AT&T and Cricket Hit Back Against T-Mobile With Their Own $15 Data Plans

Earlier this week, T-Mobile launched its Connect plan earlier than expected giving subscribers access to 2GB of mobile data for $15 per month. But now, AT&T and Cricket are hitting back with their own $15-a-month phone plans along with a few other efforts to help people who may be struggling due to covid-19. Read more...
Tags: Science, Mobile Data, Att, Carriers, Wireless Plans, Consumer Tech, T Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Phone Plans, Covid 19, Atts New Super Cheap Plan, Cricket Hit Back Against T Mobile

Adorable Animated Super Mario Chain Chomp Toy Will Help You Practice Safe Social Distancing

If you’ve played the various iterations of games like Super Mario and Mario Kart over the years, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself at the dangerous end of a Chain Chomp more than once. The character can be a terrifying baddie to stumble across in a game, but in real life it’s the most adorable way to keep other people…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Mario Kart, Super Mario, Consumer Tech, Chain Chomp

Huawei's Flagship P40 Pro+ Is Pushing the Limits of What a Smartphone Camera Can Do

Huawei typically likes to use its P-Series phones as a vessel to show off its fancy new camera tech. With the loss of Google services, and a growing range of bans on its products in international markets the latest P-Series phone needs to be extraordinary. If the new features on the P40 (particularly the P40 Pro+) are…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Huawei, Consumer Tech, EMUI, Huawei P40, The Huawei P40 Is Here, Huawei App Gallery

Apple Not Only Fixed the New MacBook Air's Keyboard, It Also Made the Laptop Easier To Repair

It was long assumed that one of the big sacrifices to making a laptop as thin as the MacBook Air was severely diminishing its repairability. But iFixit gutted the recently announced 2020 MacBook Air and discovered more than just keyboard improvements; Apple has also made it easier to fix several of the laptop’s most…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Science, Tech, MacBook Air, Laptops, Consumer Tech, iFixit

Marshall's New Itty Bitty Smart Speaker Packs Big Sound

Marshall’s latest smart speaker is an unusually small boy. How small? The new Uxbridge Voice, which is integrated with Amazon Alexa, measures a mere 5 by 6.6 by 4.8 inches.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Alexa, Marshall, Consumer Tech, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Uxbridge Voice

Samsung Is Bringing a Bunch of Galaxy S20 Features to the S10 and Note 10

Now that new Galaxy S20 line has been out for a while, it seems Samsung is turning its attention to some of its older phones by adding some of the S20's new features to the Galaxy S10, S10 Lite, and Galaxy Note 10. Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Galaxy S10, One UI, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10 Still Getting A Little Love

The Never-Ending Death of Smart Home Gadgets

I got my smart TV in early November 2016. It was a 50-inch Samsung—the largest size I could convince my then skeptical roommate to shell out for. We scored a modest deal. At roughly $600 split between two poor millennials, it wasn’t half-bad. (Though, in retrospect, I should have waited until Black Friday.) It was,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Science, Samsung, Iot, Smart Home, Sonos, Philips Hue, Planned Obsolescence, Consumer Tech, Dyson 360 Eye, Do You Own Anything Anymore

Apple Will Now Let You Buy Apps for Mac and iOS as a Bundled Package

Earlier in the year, Apple announced that it would give developers a way to bundle related macOS, iOS, tvOS, watch OS, and iPadOS app sales into a single transaction, and now, right on schedule, Apple’s Universal Purchase system has finally gone live. Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Apps, Science, Mac, Consumer Tech, macOS, Apple Universal Purchase Goes Live, Universal Purchase

T-Mobile Introduces New Super-Cheap $15 Connect Plan with 2GB of Data

Originally, T-Mobile wasn’t planning on introducing its new super-cheap Connect plan until after it had finalized its merger with Sprint. Now, with covid-19 putting a strain on everyone’s budget, the company has decided to push it out just a bit earlier. Read more...
Tags: Science, Carriers, Consumer Tech, Phone Service, Phone Plans, T Mobile Connect

Turn Your Nintendo Switch Into a Miniature Arcade Optimized For Fighting Games

Nintendo’s Switch might not be the top console choice for fans of fighting games, but with titles like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Super Smash Bros. available, it’s no slouch either. If fighting games get more screen time on your Switch than Zelda does, this miniature arcade stick controller might be a worthy…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Zelda, Consumer Tech, Controllers, Thanko, Joysticks, Arcade Controller Mini

If You Want Earbuds With a Cord, the Powerbeats 4 Are the Ones

Sometimes it feels like we went from using wired earbuds plugged into a smartphone headphone jack to wearing completely wire-free Bluetooth ‘buds overnight. But between the two eras were corded Bluetooth earbuds, which some still prefer because it’s tougher to lose an earbud when it’s strung to its partner. For those…Read more...
Tags: Science, Headphones, Beats, Consumer Tech, Wireless Earbuds, Powerbeats 4 Review

The World's First Digital Watch Is Coming Back—for $750

If you’re trying to do everything you can to preserve your mental health while quarantined at home, an endless list of doomsday notifications on your smartwatch probably isn’t helping. Given that a dumb watch doesn’t seem so dumb any more, Hamilton is re-releasing the world’s first digital watch that does nothing more…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Watches, Hamilton, Consumer Tech, Pulsar, PSR, Hamilton PSR, Hamilton Watch

Non-Essential Amazon Prime Orders Now Facing Shipping Delays of up to a Month

As the world social distances to reduce the spread of covid-19, many people are turning to Amazon Prime to help deliver products to their homes. However, due to Amazon’s recent announcement that it would start prioritizing delivery of essential items, many less-critical Amazon Prime orders are now seeing shipping…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Amazon Prime, Consumer Tech, Covid 19, Online Shipping, Online Orders

Google I/O 2020 Just Went From Being Online-Only to Totally Canceled

When info regarding the spread of covid-19 began circulating, Google decided to reformat its annual developer conference—Google I/O—into an online-only event. But now, due to the increased severity of covid-19 and resulting government guidelines, Google has decided to cancel Google I/O entirely. Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Google Io, Google Assistant, Covid 19, Thats For Google Io 2020

If You Want to Buy a Treadmill, Peloton Can't Help Right Now

Now’s the time for folks to get creative about how they exercise, but if you were hoping to get a Peloton Tread, you’re out of the luck. Peloton has announced that it’s temporarily suspending sales for its treadmills as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Fitness, Consumer Tech, Peloton, Peloton Tread, Coronavirus, Covid 19

This Smart Tape Measure Is an Asshole

There are plenty of bad connected gadgets, but sometimes it’s not the device itself that’s bad—it’s the execution. The idea of using a connected tape measure to track your fitness goals is not a bad idea. But considering the dangers of body dysmorphia and various types of eating disorders, it’s a gadget that needs to…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Science, Fitness, Consumer Tech, Pie By Bagel Labs Review, Pie By Bagel Labs

Microsoft Teased a Revamped UI for Windows 10 and It Looks Awesome

Microsoft has been dropping hints that it’s working on a revamped Start menu for Windows 10. But now, to celebrate Windows 10 hitting 1 billion users, Microsoft’s chief product officer Panos Panay dropped a super slick teaser for Windows 10's next UI refresh.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Windows, Computers, Windows 10, Operating Systems, Consumer Tech, Panos Panay, Windows 10X, Windows 10 Going To A Whole Lot Prettier

Open Channel: Show Us Your Work-From-Home Stations

Workstations, battlestations, command centers, whatever you want to call them, with so many people stuck indoors while trying to avoid covid-19, home computer setups have recently become an incredibly hot topic.Read more...
Tags: Work From Home, Science, Open Channel, Battlestations, Consumer Tech, Computer Setups, Covid 19, Show US Your Workstations

Microsoft Just Made It a Lot Easier to Port Cool PC Games to Xbox [UPDATE]

Today, Microsoft announced a new DirectX standard that it claims will not only sync the graphics improvement process in games across both PC and console, but will also be backwards compatible with older PC hardware. If it works as explained it’s going to be a lot easier to port games from PC to Xbox and vice versa.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Windows, Graphics, Xbox, Nvidia, Consumer Tech, Ray Tracing, Xbox Series X, Directx 12 Ultimate

Microsoft Just Made It a Lot Easier to Port Cool PC Games to Xbox

Today, Microsoft announced a new DirectX standard that it claims will not only sync the graphics improvement process in games across both PC and console, but will also be backwards compatible with older PC hardware. If it works as explained it’s going to be a lot easier to port games from PC to Xbox and vice versa.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Windows, Graphics, Xbox, Nvidia, Consumer Tech, Ray Tracing, Xbox Series X, Directx 12 Ultimate

This U-Shaped Window AC Unit Looks Nifty If You've Got Noodle Arms

Summer is still a few months away, but for many of us lacking upper body strength, installing a window AC unit is righteous torture. There’s installing brackets, sealing your window, and if you’re in an apartment, doing all that while praying your noodle arms don’t give out and crush pedestrians below. That’s why…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Appliances, Consumer Tech, Ac, Air Conditioners, U Shaped Window AC Unit Looks Nifty

Here's What Apple Would Have Announced at Its Canceled March Event

A few weeks ago, there were heavy rumors that Apple was planning a March 31 event to unveil a new slate of products. Now, for reasons that are obvious, Apple decided to err on the side of caution and cancel—a wise move considering Santa Clara County, where Cupertino is located, has banned gatherings of 1,000 people or…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Gadgets, Science, MacBook Air, Cupertino, Ipad Pro, Consumer Tech, Santa Clara County, Powerbeats 4, I Feel Dumb Having A 2018 Air

Dyson's New Flat Iron Is Impressive, But It's Not Magic

Let me tell you: Straightening hair is a pain in the ass. For those born without pin-straight tresses, taming frizz, waves, and curls is an Entire Process that involves a mystical combination of heat, expensive hair-styling products, and praying that the weather cooperates with you because, as we all know, water and…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Dyson, Consumer Tech, Styling, Dyson Corrale, Dyson Corrale Review

Leaked Apple Product Listings Suggest Refreshed iPad Pros Are Coming Soon

The iPad Pro hasn’t gotten a major update since October of 2018, which means they’re overdue for a refresh. And if a recent spate of product listings are any indication, there’s a good chance that revamped iPad Pros could arrive quite soon. Read more...
Tags: Ipad, Science, Leaks, Rumors, Tablets, Ipad Pro, Consumer Tech, The Rumor Mill, iPAD OS, New Ipad Pros Are Coming Soon

Sonos to Roll Out Whole New App for Its Next Generation of Speakers

The Sonos saga continues. A few months ago, the company caught some flack for sundowning its older hardware—now dubbed “legacy” products. It then quickly amended that while its oldest products would no longer receive newer features, they would still receive security updates and bug fixes. A big unanswered question,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Speakers, Smart Home, Sonos, Consumer Tech

We Risked Our Hair to Try Out Dyson's $500 Cordless Flat Iron

Bad hair days suck—so is it any wonder why lots of us don’t hesitate to plunk down hundreds of dollars a year in pursuit of a luscious, sleek mane? Even so, Dyson’s hairstyling gadgets are a special kind of expensive, from $400 supersonic hair dryers to its $550 Airwrap curling iron. The Corrale is Dyson’s latest hair…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Dyson, Consumer Tech, Styling, Hair Styling, Dyson Corrale

France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting $1.2 Billion Fine

France’s antitrust watchdog is not an Apple fan. Today, it fined the Cupertino giant 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), along with two wholesale partners, for violations regarding its efforts to restrict the wholesale market and abusing the economic dependence of resellers. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Science, France, Antitrust, Fines, Cupertino, Consumer Tech

Apple's Powerbeats 4 Are Finally Here and They're the Cheapest Ones Yet

After being rumored for months and even being spotted on shelves a couple days early, Apple has finally announced its new Powerbeats 4 semi-wireless headphones.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Audio, Headphones, Wireless Headphones, Beats, Consumer Tech, Powerbeats, Wireless Audio, Powerbeats 4, Powerbeats 4 Are Here

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