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  • Boston Dynamics' door-opening dogbot gets rough treatement
    I was frightened of the door-opening Francis-Bacon-figures-at-the-base-of-a-crucifixion robot when it was first seen last week, but now Boston Dynamics has started pushing and dragging it around and all I want now is for it to turn on its masters…
    - 58 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:02pm -
  • Procedurally-generated hairy balls
    Etienne Bouteille made a twitter bot that "renders hairy balls" every three hours. They're not naughty, unless you benefit from extraordinarily versatile perversions, but they are all very hairy and very balls. Check out Etienne's guide to creating…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:52pm -
  • The Legends Of Tomorrow filmed a disco music video in their spare time
    One benefit of starring in a show about time travel is that you get to try out looks from a whole bunch of different eras. And while decked out in their 1970s best for the recent third season episode “Here I Go Again,” Legends Of Tomorrow stars C…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:45pm -
  • Watch Bill Gates play “How much does the world suck?”
    YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen sat down with Bill Gates to play “How much does the world suck?” and discuss some surprisingly optimistic facts about humanity. The video is a tie-in with Bill and Melinda Gates’ recently released 10th Annual Letter, w…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:40pm -
  • Eclectic Method's newest remix: 'Han Solo Song'
    Based in Barcelona, DJ and music producer Eclectic Method has pulled in the Star Wars universe once again for his newest remix, "Han Solo Song." He writes:With the Han Solo movie on the horizon and The Last Jedi in the rear view mirror I thoug…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:40pm -
  • One-star ratings have worse grammar and spelling than five-star ones
    The folks at Priceonomics crunched some data and found that one-star product reviews online are more likely to have incorrect spelling and grammar than five-star ones. As they note:According to our data, negative reviews have a higher rate of missp…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:40pm -
  • Jessica Jones season two gets a kickass trailer
    After a stellar first season (and an appearance in the so-so Defenders crossover series), Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones is set to return for a second season on March 8th. The show’s brand new trailer digs into Jessica’s traumatic pas…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:38pm -
  • In the early 1800s, an escaped convict spent 32 years living among the aborigines of southeastern Australia
    In 1835, settlers in Australia discovered a European man dressed in kangaroo skins -- a convict who had escaped an earlier settlement and spent 32 years living among the natives of southern Victoria. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet po…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:37pm -

Endgadget

  • 'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App Store a day early
    The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe…
    - 19 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:41pm -
  • AI is making more realistic CG animal fur
    Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a…
    - 38 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:22pm -
  • 'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling pheasants for real money
    Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force'
    Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways t…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:31pm -
  • Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group calls
    If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. You'd have to hang up on your friend, start a new group convo and then call from within that window to be able to talk to several.…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:00pm -
  • Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch its internet satellite payload (updated)
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat's PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage booster p…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:00pm -
  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 streams music to multiple Bluetooth devices
    Qualcomm's newest flagship platform, the Snapdragon 845, already promises a lot of things to be excited about in terms of its graphics, camera support and AI processing, and now the company has announced a Broadcast Audio function, which will let use…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:30pm -
  • Qualcomm's sample headset teases what's next for mobile VR
    Ahead of Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm has announced a VR headset reference design based on its latest Snapdragon Mobile VR platform. The new system works on the Snapdragon 845, the company's latest pre…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:30pm -

Ubergizmo

  • Burnout Paradise Remastered Will Not Have Microtransactions
    Yesterday it was announced that EA would be launching Burnout Paradise Remastered. Given how common in-game purchases are these days, you can imagine that many weren’t thrilled when they discovered that the game’s official store listing mentioned…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:27pm -
  • EA ‘Nothing To Announce’ For Burnout Paradise On Nintendo Switch
    Given how many developers seemed to have avoided the Wii U like the plague back in the day, many are probably hoping that this won’t be the case for the Nintendo Switch. For the most part this seems to be true as many developers are releasing games…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:25pm -
  • Microsoft Explains Why Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition Isn’t On Steam
    Age of Empires was one of the early RTS games that was released back in the day and is considered by many to be a classic. As you can imagine the release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was probably great news for quite a few gamers, what with…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:25pm -
  • Alto’s Odyssey Now Available On The iPhone, iPad, Apple TV
    If relaxing games with soothing music is something that you might be interested in, you will be pleased to learn that Snowman’s Alto’s Odyssey has been released. The game’s release date was announced last week and sure enough it looks like the…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:24pm -
  • Uber Launches ‘Uber Express Pool’ In Select Cities
    Uber has an Uber Pool feature which allows passengers to group together if they are traveling along the same route. However it looks like Uber has since launched a slight variation of the feature called “Uber Express Pool” where it will be going…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:24pm -
  • WhatsApp For Android Gets Group Description Feature
    The group chat feature in WhatsApp is a great way to bring friends, co-works, and relatives together. It can also be used to organize events, such as meetings, birthday parties, study groups, and so on. However all these groups can get confusing, esp…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 11:23am -
  • Pokemon For The Nintendo Switch Could Have DLCs
    By now Pokemon fans and Nintendo Switch gamers are probably aware that a standalone Pokemon RPG is in the works for the console. Prior to this the closest thing to a Pokemon game on the Switch was Pokken Tournament, but the launch of the RPG will def…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 11:22am -
  • Microsoft Addresses Issue Of Xbox Gamers Playing With Keyboard, Mouse
    It has been suggested that Microsoft could be looking to bring support for keyboard and mouse onto the Xbox, but official support has yet to arrive. Instead it seems that gamers have had to use workarounds which involves the use of adapters. However…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 11:20am -

The Wirecutter

  • The Best Home-Office Furniture and Supplies
    Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable doing your best work day after day. A team of work-from-home veterans spent more than 150 hours researching and testing equipment for a variety of workspaces and picked out a selec…
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 10:59pm -
  • The Best Wireless Workout Headphones
    After testing 143 sets of headphones and considering an additional 90, we are convinced that the JLab Epic Sport is the best pair of wireless workout headphones for most people. Like other JLab Epic headphones, they sound good, fit comfortab…
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 10:38pm -
  • The Best LED Desk Lamp
    After consulting experts in lighting design and optometry, and spending 24 hours researching more than two dozen desk lamps and testing eight, we think the Eufy Lumos E1 LED Desk Lamp is the best LED lamp for working at a desk in a home off…
    - 17 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 9:32pm -
  • The Best Ice Scraper and Snow Brush
    For most of the country, winter months mean you can expect frost and probably snow, ice, and freezing rain. If you own a vehicle, that means you also need an ice scraper, likely one that incorporates a snow broom or brush. After more than 40…
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Feb 18, 7:31pm -
  • The Best Bed Pillows
    After spending a combined 459 nights on 45 pillows, talking with nine sleep and industry experts, and long-term testing our top picks for 15 months, we’ve concluded that the best pillow for most people, including back-sleepers, side-sleeper…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 11:21pm -
  • The Best Dehumidifier
    After 40 hours of research and weeks of real-world testing in century-old stone basements, we think the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is the best dehumidifier for most people. It’s effective at drying air, it maintains an optimal level of humidity,…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 10:49pm -
  • The Best USB Battery Packs and Power Banks
    Over the past two years, we’ve considered nearly 300 USB battery packs (also known as power banks) and spent hundreds of hours testing more than 40 of them to find the ones that offer the best value and reliably keep gear charged. The cred…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 10:24pm -
  • The Best Gaming Keyboards
    After researching 85 gaming keyboards and testing 20 by playing dozens of hours of Overwatch, we’ve found that the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 has the simplest macro-recording system and the best multicolor backlighting of…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 9:23pm -

Gadgets and Gizmos

  • 10 Things you could buy instead of the Apple iPhone X
    Before we go down this road I want to say I’ve nothing against Apple, in fact I have an iPhone 7 but cannot for the life of me understand how the base iPhone X is £999. With that in mind I’ve done some research into 10 things you could buy inste…
    - 3 Nov 17, 10:42pm -
  • Wera Advent-Calender 2017; Tools to turn the biggest grinch around
    It’s a little early for me personally to embrace Christmas; but I am willing to start talking about advent calendars and gifts for those who like to be ready. This week I received the 2017 Wera advent calendar and it looks awesome and has already t…
    - 3 Nov 17, 9:00pm -
  • Fidget Spinners – stress relief, fad, menace or health magic bullet?
    The meteoric rise of fidget spinners in 2017 has surprised many, including me. These palm sized contraptions, fitted with bearings to make them spin, are hugely popular in the playground and are becoming more commonplace in the work environment. But…
    - 27 May 17, 8:24pm -
  • Apple iPhone 8 – News on dates, specs, prices and rumours
    It’s nearly that time again; that time when Apple dim the lights and unveil their new flagship iPhone. The internet has been buzzing with rumours ranging from mediocre to bat shit crazy and I’ve been pretty slow in gathering these together. But h…
    - 26 May 17, 8:49pm -
  • What Are the Snapchat Sunglasses All About?
    The release of new Snapchat sunglasses has raised more than a few eyebrows. So what are these glasses all about? Well, they have been described as being a bit like Google Glass, although they are a good deal cheaper and more limited in what they can…
    - 13 Dec 16, 5:41pm -
  • Samsung Considering Facial Tracking for Gear VR
    The battle for virtual reality supremacy has really warmed up in recent times. While the Samsung VR gear is widely seen as being an affordable option, there are other VR headsets that are regarded as being of higher technical quality. However, news o…
    - 7 Dec 16, 5:35pm -
  • Nike Self-Tying Sneakers Now on Sale
    Those of us who love Back to the Future have been craving self-tying sneakers for a long time. Well, provided that you have a healthy bank account then you can now get hold of the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 trainers. They only cost a mere £575, which some…
    - 5 Dec 16, 5:27pm -
  • Google Earth VR Will Transport You Anywhere
    The exciting possibilities of virtual reality are perhaps most clearly shown with the recent release of Google Earth VR. As the name suggests, this is an incredible way of seeing the Earth in all its glory by using a virtual reality headset on Google…
    - 29 Nov 16, 7:51pm -

Slash Gear

  • Peugeot Rifter van seats up to seven, debuts in Geneva
    Peugeot has announced its latest van and the vehicle is called the Rifter. The automaker says that the vehicle is built for everyday adventures be those adventures in the urban jungle or some remote mountain road. The Rifter uses the new Peugeot i-Co…
    - 17 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:43pm -
  • Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room
    Researchers from the University of Washington have devised a new way to charge a smartphone from across the room using lasers. The team says that the method of charging is safe and uses a narrow invisible beam from a laser emitter to deliver a charge…
    - 48 mins ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:12pm -
  • 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets official ahead of Geneva unveil
    Porsche plans to make the first real public debut of the 2019 911 GT3 RS sports car at the Geneva Auto Show next month. Ahead of that debut, the automaker has given up most of the details on the 911 GT3 RS and the car is a beast. It packs a 4.0L flat…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:41pm -
  • Ads on the Web: it’s time to make a change
    Google has just recently implemented a rather hard-handed change in its Chrome web browser that would effectively remove many of the most annoying ads on the Web. Some hail it as a huge step forward in ad control, others bemoan Google’s self-servin…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 1:11pm -
  • Qualcomm’s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse
    WiFi 11ax is headed to smartphones and laptops this year, with Qualcomm announcing its newest chip combining speedy WiFi and Bluetooth 5.1. The Qualcomm WCN3998 jumps the gun on 802.11ax, arriving well in advance of the new standard being finalized.…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:30pm -
  • AT&T 5G rollout starts in these three cities
    5G, the next step after 4G, is also the communications industry’s next big push, whether you’re ready or not. And most are probably not. Unless you’re a chipset maker like Qualcomm or a network carrier like Verizon and AT&T. The latter has just…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 9:28am -
  • Reply from Google Area 120 now available unofficially
    Are your fingers tired of typing a reply that is almost rote and common? Ever wished your phone could read your mind and know what to reply even before you did. Google created Smart Replies exactly for that purpose, but its reach has been very limite…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 8:39am -
  • ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset available now
    It seems that the dust around VR has settled down. CES 2018 was almost eerily silent about the nascent technology. Except, perhaps, for a few peeks here and there, including ASUS’ first foray into the field. The latest and so far last major PC OEM…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Feb 18, 7:57am -