Replacing a hard drive with an SSD is one of the most worthwhile upgrades you perform on a computer, and Samsung’s 860 EVO is one of the best drives out there. The 1TB model is currently marked down to an all-time low $200, so go ahead and treat yourself. Read…
Source: Gizmodo : Upgrade Your PC With This 1TB Samsung SSD, Now Cheaper Than Ever


Lenovo’s latest 360-degree hybrid keeps costs down but makes for a decent laptop and tablet on-the-go.
Source: CNET – Reviews: Lenovo Flex 11 (2018) review: A two-in-one that’s inexpensive without feeling cheap – CNET


A week for new milestonesImage by Gordon Mah UngFresh gear comes fast and furious in the wide-open world of PC hardware—so quickly that even computing faithful like us can’t possibly cover it all. Nobody wants to miss out on an interesting launch though. So welcome to “This week’s new PC…
Source: PCworld : This week’s new PC hardware: Threadripper 2, cutting-edge SSDs, and a Fallout-themed NZXT case


Vizio’s 65" P-Series TV has pretty much everything you could want, including Dolby Vision HDR (the good kind), smart apps, and even 128 local dimming zones. Walmart has it for $950 right now, compared to $1300 or more elsewhere on the web.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Walmart Has a Lot of Really Great TV Deals Right Now


NASA’s ambitious mission to go closer to the Sun than ever before is set to launch in the small hours between Friday and Saturday — at 3:53 AM Eastern from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to be precise. The Parker Solar Probe, after a handful of gravity assists and preliminary…
Source: TechCrunch – Gadgets: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches tonight to ‘touch the sun’


ON THE SPECTRUM. A child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might have trouble communicating verbally, paying attention to others, or controlling their stress and anxiety. These difficulties can affect the child’s social life and their success in school. Now, a team of researchers from robotics startup LuxAI have created QTrobot, a…
Source: Futurism: Interacting With This Therapy Bot Can Help Children With Autism Perfect Their Social Skills


Last year I had a good time comparing Sony’s DPT-RP1 with the home-grown reMarkable. They both had their strengths and weaknesses, and one of the Sony’s was that the thing was just plain big. They’ve remedied that with a much smaller sibling, the DPT-CP1, and it’s just as useful as…
Source: TechCrunch – Gadgets: Sony’s 10″ Digital Paper Tablet is an ultra-light reading companion that needs to do more


Enlarge / The Roku Channel on the Web on an iPhone. (credit: Roku) The Roku Channel, a platform for streaming TV and movies, is now available on the Web in the United States. Previously only available on streaming hardware running Roku software, the channel offers a free, ad-supported library. Roku…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : The Roku Channel is now available on the Web without a Roku device


Ron Amadeo NEW YORK CITY—I have touched a Galaxy Note9, and I’m back to talk about it. Samsung‘s flagship smartphone for the back-half of 2018 was announced earlier today, with headline features like, uh, a new S-Pen? Bixby? It’s “new,” and Samsung hopes that will be good enough. There’s not…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Galaxy Note9 hands-on—Samsung ships a bigger battery, not much else


Samsung NEW YORK—Samsung made its long-in-the-works Bixby-powered smart speaker official at an event in New York City on Thursday. The device is called the Galaxy Home, and at first blush it appears to be Samsung‘s take on the rising trend that has seen the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple, and…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs


Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Alongside the release of the Galaxy Note9 smartphone, Samsung also debuted a new wearable: the Galaxy Watch. It’s the first Samsung wearable to deviate from the Gear family name, but it looks like a successor to the Gear S3. It’s also the first Galaxy-branded product to run…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch runs Tizen, lasts “several days” on one charge


Samsung NEW YORK CITY—Samsung has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy Note9. The phone follows closely in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note8 but with new specs, a bigger battery, and a few other upgrades. First up, the specs. Samsung‘s $999 smartphone has a 6.4-inch 2960×1440 OLED display—a 0.1-inch upgrade over…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Samsung makes the Galaxy Note9 official with big battery upgrade


Enlarge (credit: Movies Anywhere) Microsoft’s Movies & TV app for Windows 10 and Xbox now supports the Movies Anywhere service. And for a limited time, if you add your Microsoft account to the Movies Anywhere app, you’ll get a free film. Movies Anywhere, originally launched by Disney in 2014, brings…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Microsoft adding support for Movies Anywhere, giving away free X-Men movie


What’s new and noteworthyFresh gear comes fast and furious in the wide-open world of PC hardware—so quickly that even computing faithful like us can’t possibly cover it all. Nobody wants to miss out on an interesting launc,h though. So welcome to “This week’s new PC hardware,” our new weekly roundup…
Source: PCworld : This week’s new PC hardware: AMD’s monster APU, Surface Go, Core i9 in a 3.4-pound laptop


When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes…
Source: PCworld : Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy


OUR ROBOTIC BUDDIES. We humans love to think of our devices as people. We might add a “please” to any Alexa requests, or thank our iPhone for its service when we trade it in for the latest model. This penchant for “socializing” with our media devices is a phenomenon known…
Source: Futurism: Humanoid Robots Can Manipulate Our Emotions When We Least Expect It


Cellular carriers everywhere are hyping up the rollout of “5G” network technology in the coming years, and now it looks like the hype for the hardware side of things is starting to pick up, too. Verizon and Motorola are announcing what they’re calling “the world’s first 5G upgradable smartphone,” the Moto…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Motorola and Verizon kick off the 5G smartphone hype with the Moto Z3


THE (TOO) BIG APPLE. Apple dodged a major financial bullet Tuesday night, and the reason may have something to do with the hyperloop, the futuristic mode of high-speed transportation first proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Apple calls the city of Cupertino, CA home and, as the company has grown,…
Source: Futurism: Apple May Prove Powerful Enough to Get the U.S. Its First Hyperloop


Evan Blass The release of the Galaxy Note 9 is fast approaching, and Samsung just can’t seem to keep a lid on the phone. The Note9 pre-order page went up early (as spotted by VentureBeat’s Evan Blass) on Samsung‘s New Zealand site, which revealed a full back shot of the…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Leaked video shows the Galaxy Note9 from every angle, reveals 512GB version


Several dummy units of future iPhone models have leaked over the weekend. It gives a good idea of what you should expect to see in September when Apple introduces the next iPhone. Most likely, the iPhones on these photos aren’t actual iPhones. They are just dummy units. Every year, a…
Source: TechCrunch – Gadgets: This is what the next iPhone could look like


Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) It may not look like it on the surface, but Garmin’s new Fenix 5 Plus fitness watches are quite different from last year’s models. Yes, they still have a design that tries to mesh sport and style as seamlessly as possible, but inside the 5S, 5,…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Garmin Fenix 5S Plus review: So capable, so enviable, so expensive


Lenovo IdeaPad 330, the sole system with Intel’s sole 10nm processor. (credit: Lenovo) Intel has set a concrete deadline for when it’ll finally have processors built on a 10nm process in the mainstream market: holiday season 2019. While the company’s 14nm manufacturing process is working well, with multiple revisions to…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Intel says not to expect mainstream 10nm chips until 2H19


Enlarge / The 2018 MacBook Pro from the front. Prospective buyers of the 2018 MacBook Pro were faced with a dilemma shortly after the device launched. Reports emerged that the machine experienced heavy throttling and wildly inconsistent performance under heavy, sustained load—especially when both the CPU and GPU were being…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : Re-testing the MacBook Pro: Apple’s firmware update led to a big improvement


“IT’S BAAACK.” Jennifer Bennett, a technical director for Google Cloud, announced that Google Glass would be returning. But instead of being a goofy headset that your everyday person can use to covertly record everyday life, it’s geared towards industrial applications. The factory floor is really where people could use some…
Source: Futurism: Google Glass Is Back, And May Have Finally Found A Place It Belongs


SAY “AHHHH.” Do you dread going to the dentist just as much you disdain attending children’s birthday parties and doing your taxes? Researchers at Columbia University’s Center for Precision Dental Medicine want to change that. (At least the bit about dentists. You’re on your own for the other stuff.) They’ve transformed…
Source: Futurism: Dentists Are Now Using Tech to Monitor Patients’ Stress Levels


In Gizmodo’s recent flight test of inexpensive drones, the Ryze Tello flew laps around the competition thanks to DJI flight technology that makes it easier to use, and a shockingly good camera for the price. Before today, we hadn’t seen it discounted from its usual $100, but while supplies last,…
Source: Gizmodo : The Best Beginner Drone Just Got Its First Ever Discount – Take Off For Just


The premium 2-in-1 is a more affordable way to show off what you can do with Chrome and Android in a single device.
Source: CNET – Reviews: Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) review: A speedier premium Chrome 2-in-1 – CNET


Acer’s Nitro 5 gaming laptop says you can have a modest budget of $800 or less and get a decent amount of horsepower for playing AAA games. While most of the Nitro 5’s parts are midrange at best, it takes things up a notch with its new Coffee Lake CPU, offering…
Source: PCworld : Acer Nitro 5 review: A Coffee Lake-flavored gaming laptop that won’t empty your wallet


When you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a voracious reading habit can get very steep, very quickly. A quick glance at Amazon’s list of the Best Books of the Month shows that a decent read can set you back between $13 and $15 for a Kindle edition…
Source: PCworld : Where to find free books for your Amazon Kindle


It shuts down and reroutes trains with minimal notice, arbitrarily raises fares, provides handicap access at a (legally questionable) 20 percent of its stations, and shuts down stations for months at a time. Passengers suffer horrific wait times before the next train arrives, only to get packed in like sardines once…
Source: Futurism: It’s Not Uber’s Fault That NYC’s Public Transportation Sucks


Enlarge / An Analogic CT scanner at JFK Airport in New York. (credit: American Airlines) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is starting to use CT scanners to look for explosives and other banned objects in carry-on bags. The advance in technology might—eventually—let travelers go through airport security without removing electronics,…
Source: Ars Tecnicha – Biz & IT : TSA might let you keep everything in carry-on bags—in five years or so


Enlarge / The 2018 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. (credit: Samuel Axon) We’re well into an effort by Apple to win over pro Mac users who have been dissatisfied with recent design and technology choices. But even as many of those users have expressed frustration, MacBook Pro sales…
Source: Ars Technica – Gears and Gadgets : 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro review: Better, faster, stronger, throttle-ier?


Britain set out plans to promote the roll out of full-fiber broadband on Monday, including targeting public money at rural areas and insisting that the fastest connections are included as standard in new build properties.
Source: Reuters: Britain sets out plans to deliver full-fiber connectivity


Electronic Express via eBay offers the refurbished Cobra Drive 1080p Dash Cam for $35.99. Apply coupon code “POPULAR” to drop it to $30.59. With free shipping, that’s the lowest price we could find for a refurb now by $4, although we saw it for pennies less last November. Deal ends…
Source: CNET – Deals: Refurb Cobra Drive 1080p Dash Cam w/ GPS for + free shipping w/code POPULAR


13 Deals offers the LED Solar In / On Ground Light 4-Pack for $14.99 with free shipping. That’s $11 under the lowest price we could find for similar lights sold elsewhere. Each light burns for up to six hours.
Source: CNET – Deals: LED Solar In / On Ground Light 4-Pack for + free shipping


Dick’s Sporting Goods discounts a selection of DBX and Field & Stream water shoes (DBX Men’s Water Shoes pictured) to $9.99 each. Add two pairs to your cart for a price of $14.98 ($7.49/pair). (You can mix and match brands and styles.) That’s a savings of up to $25 on…
Source: CNET – Deals: DBX and Field & Stream Water Shoes at Dick’s for for 2 pairs + free shipping w/


Big Deals via eBay offers the refurbished Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control for $26.95. Coupon code “POPULAR” drops it to $22.91. with free shipping, that’s $6 under our September mention and the lowest price we could find by $1. Features include a color screen, PC and Mac compatibility, and…
Source: CNET – Deals: Refurb Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote for + free shipping w/code POPULAR


TechRabbit via eBay offers the refurbished 2.38-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 11.6″ LED Laptop for $299.99. Coupon code “POPULAR” knocks that to $254.99. With free shipping, that’s $945 off list and the lowest price we could find. Deal ends August 15. This 2011 model features: Intel Core…
Source: CNET – Deals: Refurb MacBook Air Core i5 11.6″ Laptop for 5 + free shipping w/code POPULAR


Florida police made an arrest last month in an alleged “SIM-jacking” ring, with court documents claiming the scammers involved stole SIM cards belonging to other individuals and used them to amass a small fortune.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Florida Police Make Arrest in Alleged Multi-State SIM Card Hijacking Ring


As tech’s social giants wrestle with antisocial demons that appear to be both an emergent property of their platform power, and a consequence of specific leadership and values failures (evident as they publicly fail to enforce even the standards they claim to have), there are still people dreaming of a better way.…
Source: TechCrunch – Social: Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook


Machine learning and artificial intelligence can help guard against cyberattacks, but hackers can foil security algorithms by targeting the data they train on and the warning flags they look for.
Source: MIT Technology Review : AI for cybersecurity is a hot new thing—and a dangerous gamble


Last week Nintendo sued two long-standing emulation sites: LoveRETRO and LoveROMs. It’s not the first time emulation’s come under attack, but it was noteworthy in part because of the absurd damages Nintendo cited: $2 million for illicit use of their trademark, plus $150,000 for each Nintendo game hosted. It’s ridiculous. Those…
Source: PCworld : Nintendo’s ridiculous war on ROMs threatens gaming history


Saturday’s deals kick off with a Wayfair home decor sale, 15% off Thermoworks, a 1TB Samsung SSD, and many more. Read more…
Source: Gizmodo : Saturday’s Best Deals: Wayfair Sale, 15% off Thermoworks, 1TB SSD, and More

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