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  1. For those unaware, Amazon had a program that would donate .5% of your purchase to a charity of your choice. The thing is you had to go to smile.amazon.com rather than the normal site for your purchase to be donated so you have to remember to go to the right site. Looks like they're ending it on February 20.
  2. Tesla Powerwall customers in Texas can now sell their electricity back to the grid • TechCrunch TECHCRUNCH.COM Elon Musk's plan to "operate as a giant distributed utility" is creeping toward reality.
  3. Meta is holding their big Connect conference today. The first big piece of news is that they finally announced the Quest Pro. It's an impressive headset, but unlike many current devices, they take the "Pro" part of the name seriously. It's $1,500 and is primarily focused at business usage. It runs off a new Snapdragon XR2+ chip, has 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The screens are 1800x1920 per eye at 90Hz, with new lenses Meta promises will make a big difference in things like reading text. Thew new controllers look similar to those on the Quest 2, but they lack the LED ring, opting instead to have their own inside out tracking cameras. There are also new inward facing cameras that they can use for foveated rendering and facial expression tracking. One thing that has gotten worse is the battery life, which Meta estimates at only one to two hours. There's a sleek dock to keep both the headset and controllers ready to go, and you can swap out the battery quickly should you need to, but even for a business device, you're not spending too much of the day in this thing without extra batteries, swapped or external. There is a lot of Metaverse stuff they've announced, like expanded cross-app avatars that will even have legs. They announced a big partnership with Microsoft for Office, Windows, and Xcloud streaming. Plus a lot of expected updates to their Horizon product for work and play. They mentioned making the VR display the best display you own, working on virtual displays of any size, but it seemed like they were hedging quite a bit, indicating that they're not quite there. The Pro is probably a good step in that direction, but I wouldn't expect it to be a go to for standard work or 2D games. I watched the keynote in my Quest 2 and if the avatars they were showing are actually what they'll ship, it's pretty impressive. I'm still far from sold that VR is a decent fit for many work cases. The experimental stuff they showed continues to look cool, but who knows how long before any of it actually shows up in products. I'm looking forward to John Carmack's talk, as he's always pretty straightforward, even if overly technical.
  4. They announced their new Flip, Fold, Watch, and Buds yesterday. I've got the S22 Ultra, and I've never seen a screen scratch so much so quickly... and I work from home. I also have the Watch 4, which I really like, but the battery life is abysmal, and it's got some of the worst charging times I've ever experienced. So, I ordered the Watch 5 Pro, which fixes both those issues, got $200 off with the trade in, and a free dual wireless charging pad. I also once got a new car when my windshield cracked... so I ordered the Fold 4. The deal was just too good: • Unlocked • $1000 trade in (which is crazy good for a Samsung phone) • Free upgrade to 512GB • Free kickstand case with S Pen • $300 in Samsung credit Im looking forward to both the smaller form factor and the ridiculously larger screen and added functionality that comes with. I already have the Buds Pro, and they're great but you absolutely can't workout in them. They're basically my bedtime buds because I can lay on my side and it's still comfortable and the lack of buttons don't pause what's playing when pressed against a pillow.
  5. /lg5-common/images/common/share/share-default.jpg LG OLED evo Star Wars™ Special Edition TV | LG USA WWW.LG.COM LG & Lucasfilm Have Joined Forces to Create an Exclusive LG OLED Star Wars™ TV. Be Among the Few to Experience LG's Special Edition Star Wars-Themed TV. In case you want to spend money on a special edition TV
  6. https://www.lbtechreviews.com/news/hi-fi/onkyo-has-gone-bankrupt
  7. Apple's October Event is happening now. They announced some new Airpods, but the interesting part is almost certainly going to be the new Macbook Pros. Historically, the Pros have had discrete GPUs, but today we get to see what Apple is going to do to compete with nVidia and AMD. From the first look, it seems Apple is continuing with the integrated CPU/GPU design. There are two new chips: the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. The Pro is a 10 core CPU with 70% better CPU performance and twice the GPU performance of the M1, while supporting up to 32GB of unified memory. The M1 Max supports 64GB of memory, uses the same CPU as the Pro, but doubles the GPU to 32 cores. They're promising performance equal or better than even high end discrete GPU laptops. One of my questions going in to this was how big the chip would be if they just throw in a bunch of GPU cores. It seems that wasn't a problem, because that's exactly what they did.
  8. The super-long HDMI cable I use to connect my PC to my TV appears to no longer be working and even though I have no near-term plans to upgrade my GTX 970 () or 2013 Panasonic plasma, I figure I may as well future proof this replacement cable if I have to spend the money anyhow. I can't find my tape measure right now but I think 30 feet is about right to give me plenty of slack on both ends (the damage to the current cable probably came from not enough slack at the PC end causing the connector to get bent around as I moved the PC around). My current cable came from Blue Jeans Cable, which would be my preferred choice for where to buy the replacement, except their site says they're still only shipping HDMI 2.0 cables. The last time I bought an HDMI cable on Amazon that was this long I had bad experiences with crap where the AWG was way too thin for the length of the cable and it either wouldn't carry a signal or the picture would be total mess. This Monoprice one says it supports HDR but that apparently doesn't guarantee that it's HDMI 2.1??? Basically is 2.0 still okay, or is it so much more money to get 2.1 instead of 2.0 that I should just stick with another 2.0 cable if I have no near term plans to upgrade my TV to something that supports HDMI 2.1 and then replace the cable again once I eventually get a new TV? In either of which cases I'd probably just get another cable from Blue Jeans. Or if I should avoid 2.0, is that Monoprice one okay? @Mr.Vic20 @Spork3245 @Ghost_MH @Ominous
  9. Some Roku smart TVs are now showing banner ads over live TV ARSTECHNICA.COM It's still unclear which TVs are affected.
  10. Samsung no-showed on its major Exynos 2200 launch and won’t say why ARSTECHNICA.COM The Exynos 2200 was supposed to launch on January 11. It didn't. Nobody knows why.
  11. on something that Apple just admitted was a complete failure. Dell’s XPS 13 Plus brings a MacBook Touch Bar-like experience ARSTECHNICA.COM And a likely larger price tag.
  12. I am replacing the side door on my house with a new door and would like to buy a smart lock for it. Does anyone use a smart lock? If so, which one and do you like it? Reviews for these locks are all over the place which is making it hard to pick. My wife likes the Kwikset Kevo but reviews go from 5 stars to 1 star.
  13. We've been seeing it for months in preview, but Android 12 is finally rolling out to Pixel devices, with others coming soon (presumably). It's coming with the biggest redesign Android has seen since Material Design launched in 2014. The new design language is called "Material You" and the idea Google is selling is that the phone will adapt to you. In practice, this means that when you change your wallpaper your widgets, menus, and (optionally) app icons will all adjust to the new colors of your background. Widgets will even change color based on where you put them on your screen and the background colors behind them. I updated my Pixel 4XL to Android 12, and so far I have to say I'm not impressed, and at least part of that is based on how I use my phone. I basically never change my wallpaper, either on the lock screen or home screen. I use a black and white image that isn't particularly exciting, for precisely that reason. I find a busy background image distracting. So my phone won't be constantly adapting to my changes, but it still should adapt to my bland color scheme, right? Well, it seems that while Google is happy to let buttons and widgets choose their own colors, they don't seem to trust you with that same power. The system will let you choose between color pallets pulled from your wallpaper, or from 4 "basic colors" (that I believe the phone also chooses for you) but you can't select your own. Here are the options it gives me: Not a compelling amount of customization. Aside from that, much of the UI has been overhauled, and there are some new privacy features that are worth looking into. But the look of the OS feels disjointed and not particularly exciting to me. It's a lot of large, colored, rounded buttons. Material Design felt like an exciting new look for phones, and it quickly took over on the web and in apps. Material You doesn't seem to have the same reach, and boils down to a more bubbly top layer of the device. Color me unimpressed.
  14. As has been heavily rumored and leaked for a while now, Google is finally going all in on their Pixel phones and creating their own chips. Today we got our first official confirmation that this will be the case, and while tech reporters were allowed to handle the devices and see some demos, they couldn't take any of their own footage or test anything themselves. The devices generally seem comparable to other high end (~$1000) smartphones, which has not always been the case with the Pixel line. The camera system is notable, given that Google has finally ditched the old 12MP Sony sensor they've been using since the Pixel 2. No direct specs were given, but leaks suggest it's a new 50MP sensor that is also larger than the old one. There's also an ultra wide and a periscope telephoto lens. The big deal though is the new Tensor chip. Tensor is the name Google has used for their AI chips used in their data center products, so it's notable they're using it again here. Unfortunately, Google was again light on the details. They wouldn't share what parts were custom designed, who is building it, or any benchmarks. The only real info is that the Tensor SoC will include mobile versions of the "Tensor Processing Unit" that Google has been putting in their server farms. This shouldn't be a surprise, given that Apple, nVidia, and basically everyone else already puts dedicated AI hardware in their SoCs, and Googles TPUs have been well regarded for years. In the past we've seen different kinds of jumps when companies move to their own hardware. Samsung has been selling versions of it's phones for years with their own Exynos chips, but they've never really been clearly better than their Qualcomm counterparts. When Apple first moved to their own A series chips, they were more or less a continuation of what had come before, taking a bit before they became the market leading chips we see today. When they moved to the M series with their laptops, it was a huge leap we're unlikely to see here. If I were to guess I'd say we won't be seeing much performance differences between this first gen and existing Qualcomm phones, but over time it could become quite a competitive advantage for Google. Google is also promising that this time they're going to spend money and actually attempt to capture some market share. They've said that before, but there's some reason to believe they actually might do it this time. As someone who's been using Pixel phones for years now, I'd be happy if they can make these really standout products.
  15. Well worth the watch, even if a lot of this is stuff you already knew... Getting 100 customized headsets for a giveaway is a wildly tempting offer from a company. Even if you don't think they're all that great, subscribers to the channel would probably love the freebie, and it increases engagement on the videos themselves. I can easily see how a marketing department would consider that a win win.
  16. I have a pair of Logitech G35s that I scored for $40 a few years ago which are still fine except for the fact that I have to take them off to step away from my desk. But I'm looking at new options and don't really know what to pick. I see the G933 and the G935 and as far as I can tell the G935 is basically the G933, but from the reviews maybe built a bit more shoddily, and $60 cheaper because they're the current model whereas the available supply of G933 is clearing out old inventory? Then there's the G533, which are only $80 if you can find one new, and support Dolby in addition to DTS while the G933/G935 only support DTS? I'm not sure how much Dolby support actually matters and I'm also clueless about what's actually reasonable quality without breaking the bank beyond Logitech. I did get a pair of Anker Q30s for $60 a couple of weeks ago (I know, not 7.1, but wanted the noise cancelling) and those are pretty good except for the fact that the way the multipoint works is kind of a pain in the ass. The only way to set the priority connection is by what it connects to first. So to connect them to my PC as the priority device I have to turn off Bluetooth on my phone, manually connect them via the Windows Bluetooth control panel, then turn Bluetooth on my phone back on, then connect to them from my phone's Bluetooth menu. It would be easier to just have a PC-only headset, the lack of multipoint doesn't really matter if I can move around my apartment while wearing the headset and I don't see myself using the Q30s outside my apartment anyhow. I'd probably return them in favor of whatever 7.1 headset I order if I can find one that makes sense that isn't obscenely expensive.
  17. Microsoft announces Windows 365, a cloud OS you can stream WWW.WINDOWSCENTRAL.COM Microsoft has today announced its new Cloud PC service, officially called Windows 365, allowing users to create installs of Windows 10 or 11 in the cloud and stream the OS to any device. The service will go live August 2nd, and is designed to bring the best of Windows to any device, including Mac, iPad, or Android devices. This is the future of computing.
  18. The 'right to repair' bill gains backing from President Biden and Apple co-founder Wozniak | PC Gamer WWW.PCGAMER.COM Perhaps another step toward a more open-source future for the technology industry.
  19. WWDC 2021 will be starting soon, at 10am PDT. It could be quite an interesting show. Lots of rumors of what we might see, and lots of weird pressure on Apple in the wake of the Epic trial. I've heard rumors (or perhaps simply hopes) that we'll see new 16" MacBook Pros, probably with a new M1x or M2 SoC, which would give us our first insights into how Apple plans to scale up towards high performance chips. There are rumors that we'll get better multitasking on the iPad, but I wouldn't be surprised if all we get are widgets. I'd love for some crazy iPad action, like true windowing or anything else to justify putting an M1 in the iPad Pro, but I won't hold my breath. The twitter hashtag emoji and the splash screen indicates something with iMessage. It's a hugely outside shot, but it's plausible they open up iMessage to Android to lessen some anti-trust concerns, but odd are it's likely just some new junk they've thrown in there. I doubt they'll even acknowledge it, but whatever they say it'll be hard for Apple to escape the cloud of the Epic trial and Tim Cook essentially saying that Apple owns and deserves to profit on every piece of software sold in their store. They could try playing up how great they are to devs and how many opportunities Apple provides to them, but they might just try and sidestep the issue entirely and talk about privacy or how fast the new chips are the whole time. We'll find out soon enough.
  20. https://www.cseed.tv/en/indoor-tv/unfolding-tv.html Weighing in at over 1300 lbs, 81" tall & over 140" wide ...
  21. So we just got ATSC here in the Detroit market, so now the major networks are broadcasting in HEVC rather than just MPEG2. I was excited hoping for less compression in sports and that sort of thing, not expecting them to broadcast anything in 4K....but for now at least it just means they can cut their bandwidth from 12 or so Mbps down to around 3 to 4 Mbps. Maybe now they can fit even more sub channels with movies from the 70s and 80s that nobody will watch! Anyone else in a market with ATSC 3 that has the equipment to view it experienced anything different?
  22. This is the phone I had before. The S7 Active. This is what I have now. The black Note 20 ultra. The note 20 is literally the third phone I have ever owned and it is a really nice upgrade. Now this is something I would have never bought myself, but my aunt wanted to upgrade my phone for my birthday/xmas. I wasn't that excited about the idea at first, but after looking up some of the phones that I had the option to choose from I got excited about the note 20. The Note 20 is a really nice phone. While I don't see myself using it often, the pen/stylus is actually nice. What I mean is that this is the most responsive digital writing device I have ever used. It legit is almost just like writing with a normal, but really thin, pen. Tho, the only other stylus' I have used were with the various Nintendo DS systems. When I first got a smartphone in 2016 there were other Samsung phones that had this type of full top to bottom and side to side screen, and I thought it was stupid. But wow is it nice having no bezel. Now, I may not feel this way if I didn't have a case as, in a way, the case I got is now providing the bezel. Before I got the case, my fat pillowy banana hands did occasionally cause some "miss clicks" so to speak. But man there is just so much screen now, it is awesome. Without the case the phone feels so thin, weak, and pathetic. I was totally babying the device because of how thin it was and I didn't want to break it. But damn is the design sleek as hell. Like, this phone feels like my first futuristic device. After wielding the Note 20 I understand a lot of complaints about the S7 Active. At the time, the S7 Active had the best battery life of all the phones, and when my previous phone was a sliding full keyboard phone I really didn't want to go full touch controls. I really liked that the S7 Active had physical home and back buttons. But wow do those buttons really get in the way of the aesthetics. I can't ever see myself going back to physical buttons. Of course the phone feels way faster than my previous phone. It is a similar feeling to when I upgraded to my M.2 SSD but a bit lesser. Another thing that makes it feels faster is the 120Hz display. it is like getting my 144hz monitor all over again but, well, 120 instead of 144. I can't say much about the cameras except that the selfie cam is so much better. I always thought I looked distorted as hell with the S7 active's cam, but with the note 20 it feels much more like actually looking into a mirror. Honestly, this is the first time in a long while I have really enjoyed playing with new tech. Like not even Nintendo Switch was this much fun to just mess around with as I just plopped that sucker into the dock and it just became another console. I didn't even feel this way about the S7 active. I don't know, it just feels good to have this new piece of tech. Like, I wish there were actually good mobile games cuz I just want to play with my phone. Like, I have legit thought about downloading Final Fantasy IV just so I have a game to play on my phone. I had it on the DS but never beat it. Oh, also, this is the case I got after watching this video.
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