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FCC to Vote on If We'll Get Better Wifi

Devices with Wi-Fi 6 started rolling out at the end of 2019, but now, a new vote proposed by the FCC could open up the 6Ghz band to unlicensed wifi and add a massive speed boost to wireless gadgets.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Wifi, Consumer Tech, Wi Fi, Wi Fi Alliance


Adorable Miniature Record Maker Teaches Kids Not to Take Spotify For Granted

Hand a kid raised on streaming music services a vinyl record and they’ll wonder why someone made a flat frisbee that can’t fly. Yuri Suzuki’s lo-fi Easy Record Maker will not only teach kids what a record is, but it will also show them how they’re created, and in the process ensure they never take streaming music…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Design, Tech, Records, Vinyl, Consumer Tech, Yuri Suzuki, Gakken, Easy Record Maker


Nvidia Is Finally Promising Ray Tracing Laptops for $1,000, But Still No RTX 2060 Super

When RTX Super graphics cards arrived for desktops, they provided a great ‘middle-option’ for people who wanted to get the most frames for their budget. The RTX 2060 Super, in particular, kind of made the RTX 2070 obsolete, not because the hardware itself was outdated, but because the RTX 2060 Super had the same…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nvidia, Gpus, Consumer Tech, Ray Tracing, Max Q Design, Nvidia 20 Series


Two Weeks After AMD Announced Super Fast Laptop Processors Intel Announces Its Rivals

AMD may have gotten its 7nm tech down, but according to Intel, AMD’s new Ryzen 9 4900H and 4900HS mobile processors are no match for its older 14nm tech. Today, Intel announced the arrival of its high-end 10th-gen mobile CPUs. Intel is still coasting on its 14nm tech with these new processors but the company says that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Intel, Amd, Cpus, 14nm, Consumer Tech, Intel AMD, Intel H Series, More Intel 14nm Cpus


All the Laptops Packing the New CPUs and GPUs from Intel and Nvidia to Drool Over Right Now

Today, Intel and Nvidia announced a new lineup of chips including the long-awaited 10th-gen Core mobile processors and RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super mobile GPUs. But when it comes to laptop components like these, they aren’t all that useful until someone puts them into systems you can actually buy. Here’s a roundup of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Intel, Nvidia, Laptops, Cpus, Gpus, Consumer Tech, Rtx, 10th Gen Intel


This Self-Winding Charging Cable Is an Even Better Fidget Toy

In a time when frivolous mental distractions are an especially important part of everyday life, a simple idea for an upgraded charging cable that can wind and organize itself could become the most entertaining gadget on your desk.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Crowdfunding, Tech, Kickstarter, Cables, Charging, Consumer Tech, Supercalla


Samsung Wants You to Buy a Galaxy S20 So Bad, It Promises to Buy It Back From You in Two Years

Before the Galaxy S20 even went on sale, I predicted its high price would put a damper on sales, and due to the impact of covid-19, things have only gotten worse. So now to help spur sales, Samsung is instituting a new program that will give new S20 owners a 50 percent buy back guarantee. Read more...
Tags: Deals, Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Galaxy S20, Now Thats A Deal


Instant Camera For Kids Prints Photos on Rolls of Cheap Thermal Paper

Photography can be a fantastic creative outlet (and time-killer) for kids if you’ve got the right equipment. A camera they can’t easily break is a must, as is a way to easily print out their prized shots. Most instant cameras rely on pricey film stock, but the myFirst Camera Insta 2 uses cheap rolls of thermal paper…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Cameras, Printers, Insta, Consumer Tech, Thermal Paper, Myfirst Camera Insta 2


Who's Ready to Get Mad Over an iPad Notch?

Patents aren’t written in stone, but they’re definitely a glimpse into what a company is mulling for future products. On that front, a newly released Apple patent hints the company is finally recognizing that most people use their iPads in landscape mode by shifting the front-facing camera and FaceID sensors onto the…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Gadgets, Science, Patents, Apple Patents, Consumer Tech, Notches Are So 2018


It Sure Seems Like Apple Is Going to Announce the iPhone 9 Real Soon

Two weeks ago to little fanfare, Apple somewhat abruptly released refreshed versions of the iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini. And now, it seems like Apple is prepping for the imminent release of the iPhone 9 (or whatever Apple ends up calling its upcoming mid-range phone). Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Science, Smartphones, Leaks, Rumors, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Consumer Tech, iPhone 9, The Rumor Mill, The Iphone 9 Is Coming Soon


Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Since Google Deal Is A Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion—a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Charge 4, In 2020 Im Actually Kinda Jazzed For A Tracker


Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Under Google Is A Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion—a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Charge 4, In 2020 Im Actually Kinda Jazzed For A Tracker


Big Leak Reveals the OnePlus 8's Design and Specs Ahead of Launch

Recently, OnePlus has started hyping up its next big phone—the OnePlus 8. And now, a big leak has just revealed a ton of critical info about the design and features of OnePlus’ next flagship handset. Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Smartphones, Leaks, Rumors, Oneplus, Consumer Tech, The Rumor Mill, OnePlus 8, Big Oneplus 8 Leak


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