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AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT Recognizes Not All Gamers Need 4K

If you’re looking to build your first gaming rig, or if you’ve decided that you don’t want or need a costly 4K setup, you should take a look at AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000-level GPU. It offers a solid 1080p gaming experience and will only set you back about $400, so it’s a solid entry-level choice.

The RX 6600 XT uses RDNA 2 architecture with 32 compute units and 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. In use, it boasts a 2359MHz game clock, draws 160W of power, and even supports DirectX Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, and AMD FidelityFX. The GPU is also a hundred bucks cheaper than the RX 6700 XT, the 1440p GPU that AMD released earlier in 2021, which is terrific.

Games-wise, AMD clocks the 1080p max settings at 441fps for Tom Clandy’s Rainbow Six  Siege, 177fps for Resident Evil Village, 289fps for DOTA 2, 137fps for Forza Horizon 4, 164fps for Battlefield 5, and 553fps for Valorant.

So if you don’t need (or, more understandably, can’t afford) a top-of-the-line premium 4K gaming setup, AMD’s RX 6600 XT is a solid and powerful alternative. The GPU offers better frame rates than the company’s 5000-series cards in many AAA titles. It also makes for a terrific upgrade for anyone looking to refresh an older gaming rig without breaking the bank.

The RX 6600 XT will be available for purchase on August 11 for $379, and it may also appear in some upcoming pre-built systems in August as well. The powerful, yet inexpensive, option is nice to see as it makes gaming (and even building your own PC for the first time) that much more accessible, as it should be.

via The Verge

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93657/amds-radeon-rx-6600-xt-recognizes-not-all-gamers-need-4k/
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Facebook’s next hardware product will be “smart” Ray-Ban glasses

A fashion influencer smiles while wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Enlarge / Don’t get too excited about how well these Ray-Bans go with Gitta Banko’s outfit—we don’t know what Facebook’s new smart glasses will look like, only that they’re made in partnership with the brand and its parent company. (credit: Streetstyleshooters via Getty Images)

In an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that the company’s next hardware launch will be “smart glasses” made in partnership with classic sunglasses vendor Ray-Ban.

Zuckerberg segued into the Ray-Ban announcement following a lengthy discussion of Facebook’s plans for Oculus Quest, its all-in-one virtual reality (VR) platform. Zuckerberg says that social media is the real “killer app” for VR, backing that up with data from Oculus Quest: “The most popular apps on Quest are social, which fits our original thesis [that] virtual reality will be a social platform.”

Zuckerberg intends the as yet unnamed smart glasses to be a stepping stone, not an end goal. He remained cagey about their actual purpose, saying only that the glasses “have their iconic form factor, and [let] you do some pretty neat things,” with no concrete details about what those “neat things” might be.

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Intel NUC 11 Extreme review: A tiny gaming desktop you may actually want

Who is a powerful miniature desktop for? That was the question running through my mind when I reviewed Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme last year. It was the company’s most powerful compact PC kit (NUC stands for “next unit of computing”) at the time. But it was so wildly expensive — especially since you need to add your own RAM, storage, GPU and OS — it didn’t make sense for anyone but mini-PC obsessives. The new NUC 11 Extreme, AKA “Beast Canyon,” is pretty much the same story. But it’s at least a bit cheaper and more flexible, thanks to its faster 11th-gen Intel CPU and support for full-sized GPUs.

I’ll get this out of the way up front: Yes, this NUC is dramatically larger than any previous units we’ve seen. The 5-liter NUC 9 Extreme already seemed to be pushing the limits of a compact PC, but at 8 liters, the NUC 11 Extreme is what you’d call a Big Boy. Sure, it beats making space for a mid-tower PC on your desk, but it’s still pretty substantial. You can’t blame Intel too much: Gamers wanted full-sized GPUs in a NUC, this is just the most efficient way to make that happen.

The NUC 11 Extreme screams “gamer” before you even turn it on. Its black metal case sports mesh air vents along the sides, giving you a peek at the GPU within and three large case fans up top. For a small box, it’s clearly meant to push a lot of air. Hit the power button and it springs to life with an LED skull along the front panel, as well as underside LED lighting. I’m not one for too much gamer bling, but Intel’s lighting comes is relatively subtle compared to many other PC makers.

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Our review unit featured Intel’s 11th-gen i9 Compute Element, a modular card with an eight-core 11900KB CPU. It can also be purchased separately as an upgrade for NUC 9 Extreme customers. That was always the dream for Intel’s NUC Extreme platform, which also includes Razer’s Tomahawk mini-PC. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just yank a card out in a few years to get a new CPU? There are some compromises, though. According to Intel, there’s no front panel audio support when using the new Compute Card on the NUC 9 Extreme, and there’s no guaranteed PCIe 4.0 either. The company also says compatibility with other boxes depends on how the their NUC base board was designed. (We’ve reached out to Razer to see if the Tomahawk can be upgraded.)

To help speed up our review process, Intel sent along a unit pre-configured with Windows 10 Pro, 16GB of RAM, a speedy 512GB NVMe SSD, and an ASUS RTX 3060 GPU. Remember, you’ll need to gather all of that gear too if you you a NUC kit for yourself (or just buy one pre-built from resellers like SimplyNUC).

While I’ve appreciated all of Intel’s previous performance-oriented NUCs, including 2018’s “Hades Canyon” model and 2016’s “Skull Canyon,” they’ve always been held back by their notebook processors. The NUC 11 Extreme, though, runs more powerful CPUs with a 65-watt TDP. That means it can tap into more power like a traditional desktop gaming chip. And based on our benchmarks, you can definitely see the benefits of that boost.

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PCMark 10

3DMark (TimeSpy Extreme)

Geekbench 5

Intel NUC 11 Extreme (Intel Core i9-11900KB, NVIDIA RTX 3060)

7,167

4,143

1,684/9,345

Intel NUC 9 Extreme (Core i9-9980HK. NVIDIA RTX 2070)

6,469

4,057

1,312/7,464

ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6800M)

6,992

5,189

1,457/7,691

ASUS Zephyrus G15 (AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q)

6,881

4,530

1,426/7,267

In PCMark 10, the NUC easily outpaced every Windows PC we’ve seen this year. It was slightly faster than ASUS’s ROG Strix G15, which was running AMD’s powerful Ryzen 9 5900HX. Admittedly, we haven’t looked at any gaming notebooks with 11th-gen Intel chips, but based on that AMD comparison I’d still expect the NUC 11 to come out ahead of those. We also haven’t tested comparable 11th-gen desktop CPUs yet, but I’d wager they’ll perform better since they can draw more power.

Apple’s M1 iMac was the only computer we’ve reviewed that beat the NUC when it came to single-core performance in Geekbench 5, but Intel’s machine still came out ahead in multithreading. The NUC 11 Extreme also impressed me when it came to transcoding a 4K video clip into 1080p. It managed to do that in 41 seconds, beating the speedy ROG Strix G15 by 6 seconds.

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I’m mainly focusing on CPU-bound benchmarks, because the NUC 11’s graphics scores will ultimately depend on the GPU you plug into it. But I couldn’t review a gaming PC without actually playing some games, could I? I’m happy to report that it reached 150 fps to 160 fps in Overwatch with epic graphics settings at my ultrawide monitor’s native resolution (3,440 by 1,440 pixels). I was even able to get Control running in 1440p between 60 and 70 fps with medium ray tracing settings and graphics set to high. (Thanks to a healthy DLSS assist, of course.)

Basically, the NUC 11 Extreme does everything I expect it an RTX 3060-equipped gaming desktop to do. And despite the tight quarters, temperatures didn’t suffer much either. The GPU never went above 75 celsius while gaming, and the CPU stayed under 80 celsius as well. The fans were noticeable under load, but they were never as whiny as the ones you’d find on some gaming laptops. (Larger fans can push more air without making as much noise, naturally.)

Intel NUC 11 Extreme mini gaming desktop

This being the ultimate DIY PC kit, I also had to tear it open to see just how modular it actually was. The side panels came off easily enough, but I had to spend a few minutes prodding the NUC to make its top panel flip over. That revealed its innards, but I still had to lift up the rear panel to remove the screws securing the Compute Element, its plastic blower, and the GPU. It took around 10 more minutes to fully disassemble the system.

The entire process felt easier than on the NUC 9 Extreme, simply because there was more room to work with. But it’s still not completely intuitive. I also accidentally tore apart the fan temperature sensors attached to the Compute Element, because a mere tug split them in half. If you’ve built PCs before, you should be able to intuit all of the cables and PCIe release levers you need to find. But I’d recommend taking some photos of all of the tiny wires connected to the Compute Element, because it’s easy to mistake where they go and genuinely tough to plug them back in.

Intel NUC 11 Extreme mini gaming desktop

Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The Compute Element card was similar to the one I held last year, except now there’s a bigger fan and a beefier heatsink. Given the small workable space, I was also interested in seeing how more powerful GPUs would fit into the NUC 11. NVIDIA’s massive RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 had no trouble fitting, and the Radeon RX 6800 dropped in just fine too. The bulkier RX 6800 XT was a no-go, unfortunately. Its heat sink was just a bit too large to fit in properly. Intel says the NUC 11 Extreme should fit GPUs up to 12 inches long, but be wary if you’re planning to use anything with a bulky heatsink.

I’ll admit, I was surprised that this NUC could actually fit some of the fastest graphics cards on the market. That makes it far more useful than the last model, which was limited to shorter 8-inch long GPUs. Now, you can have a NUC that could genuinely offer most of the speed you’d get with a full-sized desktop. Or maybe you just want a secondary computer to power your game streaming. Based on what I’ve seen, the NUC 11 Extreme can handle most anything.

But, it’s still very expensive. Intel expects the Core i7 and i9 models to be priced between $1,150 and $1,350. (It’s nixed plans for an i5 model.) You can also get the Compute Elements separately between $780 and $980 — a lot to pay for a card that’s essential a cradle for CPUs that cost half the price. And, once again, you’ll also have to shell out for all of the additional hardware and software you need for a Windows PC. All told, you can expect to pay at least another $1,000 if you want 16GB of RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD storage and a decent GPU. 

Intel NUC 11 Extreme mini gaming desktop

Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

That may sound ridiculous, but keep in mind the Core i9 NUC 9 Extreme kit started at $1,639 last year. I couldn’t fathom why anyone would pay out the nose for a compromised desktop that couldn’t fit a full-sized GPU. But the NUC 11 Extreme fixes those issues, and it includes a far faster CPU. 

Intel’s vision for a world where desktop computers can be both powerful and tiny is slowly coming into focus. Now, with the NUC 11 Extreme, Intel finally has a beefy miniature PC that I could actually recommend (assuming you’ve got deep pockets). 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/intel-nuc-11-extreme-review-practical-tiny-gaming-desktop-pc-130041721.html?src=rss
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Here’s a lightsaber that looks, sounds, and fights almost like the real thing for under $125

If you’ve ever wanted a lightsaber like a real Jedi, then you’ve pretty much had two choices. You could buy one of those cheap-o plastic Hasbro toys from Target. Or you could lay out serious green for one of those ultra-precious replicas that cost as much as a house payment. — Read the rest

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LG improves its wearable air purifier with a built-in mic and speaker

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With face coverings still the norm, tech companies want you to up your mask game. Last year, LG unveiled the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier featuring three fans and a pair of HEPA-style filters. Ten months later, it’s finally revealed an initial release date for the device, an improved version of which arrives in Thailand in August. There’s still no word on the price, however.

The latest iteration features a smaller, lighter motor and a built-in mic, speaker and voice amplifier. LG says its “VoiceOn” tech automatically recognizes when you’re talking and boosts the sound so others can hear you through the mask. Unfortunately, it can’t make you sound like Darth Vader.

LG has also bumped up the battery from 820mAh to 1,000 mAh, though the stated 8 hour running time is still the same. It’s also touting a two hour recharge time using the included USB cable. The wearable purifier should roll out to more regions upon receiving approval from regulators, the company said. 

For now, LG is promoting the mask with the help of the Thai Olympics team, who wore it en route to the summer games in Tokyo. Clearly, the Korean company is pitching it as a go-to for those who train outdoors. But, LG’s device has its rivals: We’ve previously seen tech-infused masks from Razer and, um, Will.i.Am.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/lg-wearable-air-purifier-mic-114651832.html?src=rss
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The Biggest Chromebook You Can Buy Is Extremely Basic

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It might seem like an antithesis to the way you should be using a Chromebook, but the decidedly ginormous Acer Chromebook 317 is best used while sitting at a desk. And really, that’s the point behind the world’s first 17-inch Chromebook.

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The best gadgets for students under $50

The little things can get you when you’re in college. You arrive on campus, fresh and ready to go, but before you know it, you’re a few weeks into the new semester and you have a long list of small things you forgot to pack and need to buy ASAP. We at Engadget also know from experience that there are unassuming gadgets that can make your collegiate life easier. To help you get ahead of the game, we’ve compiled the best school gadgets under $50 so you can buy the most crucial ones before you even step on campus.

Anker PowerExtend Cube USB-C power strip

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Basic, two-receptacle wall outlets just don’t cut it anymore now that we all have a small army of devices that we rely on every day. A power strip like Anker’s PowerExtend will become a necessity for students as it gives them more power options than what comes standard in their dorm rooms. This cube has two USB-A ports, one 30W USB-C port and three AC outlets, giving you more ways to keep your laptop, phone, tablet, headphones and other devices charged up. The five-foot cable is another perk as it prevents you from needing to hug the wall of the library in order to get things done. Also, it weighs just 9.2 ounces so you can bring it with you whenever you need your own personal charging station.

Buy PowerExtend strip at Amazon – $40

Incase Bionic accessories organizer

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Staying organized is key to staying sane while in school, and that’s true for both your digital and physical essentials. For the latter, Incase’s Bionic Accessory Organizer is just the right size to act as both a pencil case and an “everything else” holder. It has a number of pen loops inside for those that prefer to take handwritten notes, but it also has a bunch of variously sized pockets that can easily hold things like your portable hard drive, an extra phone charger and even a compact wireless mouse. And unlike those cheap pencil cases you’ll find at the dollar store, this one’s made of ocean-recycled material that’s the equivalent of seven plastic bottles.

Buy Bionic accessory organizer at Incase – $50

Lention 4-in-1 USB-C hub

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Your brand new laptop might be blazing fast and super light, but it’s probably lacking in the port department. Such is the trade-off companies make when creating powerful thin-and-light machines, leaving us stuck living the dongle life. But it doesn’t have to be so painful if you get the right adapter for your laptop. Lention’s 4-in-1 USB-C hub is a great option for students. It’s compact, measuring 3 x 1.4 inches, and it includes three USB-A ports and one USB-C port. That should let you connect accessories like mice and keyboards, and even access files on a thumb drive when you’re working on a group project. The USB-C port is charging only, but that’s not necessarily a downside — you can use it with your laptop’s power adapter and USB-C cable to power your machine while using the adapter at the same time.

Buy Lention 4-in-1 hub at Amazon – $20

Anker PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable (10-foot)

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As a student, there’s nothing worse than realizing your iPhone is down to 2 percent battery when you’re in the middle of submitting an assignment online. The charging cable that came with your phone has probably served you well, but having a second, longer cable can allow you to power up in dire situations even when the closest outlet is across the room. We’ve been fans of Anker’s Powerline series for a long time, and this 10-foot USB-C to Lightning cable is worth investing in. Not only is it MFi-certified so it will work well with all Apple devices, but its length gives you much more flexibility than your standard three-foot cable does. It also supports fast charging if you have an appropriately powerful adapter to use it with. And for those who don’t have iPhones, Anker has a 10-foot USB-C to C cable that should serve your handsets well, too.

Buy Powerline II USB-C to Lightning cable at Amazon – $23

Apple AirTag

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We’re all familiar with the icy cold panic that rushes through us when you realize you’ve misplaced your keys, wallet, phone or other valuables. There are plenty of gadgets that can help you find those items, but AirTags are arguably the best for those who live in Apple’s ecosystem. Like most Apple accessories, setting up AirTags is as easy as placing them in close proximity to your iPhone and figuring out how you want to attach them to your belongings (and you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for fancy keyrings to do so). After that, if you do lose your stuff, you can use your phone to force the AirTag to emit a loud chime. And if you’re still within Bluetooth range, Apple’s Precision Finding feature can literally guide you back to your belongings. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can skip the AirTags and opt for one of Tile’s many Bluetooth trackers to get a similar experience.

Buy AirTag at Amazon – $29

SanDisk Dual Drive Go

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While you may be used to saving your assignments in the cloud, it can’t hurt to have local copies as backups. SanDisk’s Dual Drive Go is a tiny thumb drive with both USB-C and USB-A connectors, so you can download and save important programs, files, photos and other documents from almost any device. It works with laptops, tablets and smartphones, and it even has a companion app that can automatically backup your files so you always have the most up-to-date version on hand. We appreciate the dual USB connectivity, the device’s tiny size and it’s affordable price — you can grab a 256GB model for only $30 to $40.

Buy SanDisk Dual Drive Go at Amazon – $30

Amazon Echo Dot (4th-gen)

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The Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular smart speaker for a reason — it’s small, it sounds pretty good for its size and it does a lot more than just play music. Students will like the fact that it doesn’t take up too much space on their desks and they can ask Alexa to play music from Spotify, Apple Music and others whenever they want to have an impromptu dorm-room dance party. And since it plugs into a wall outlet, they never have to remember to charge the Echo Dot like they would with a portable speaker. Also, when an assignment stumps them, students can consult Alexa for help. Are we suggesting they ask Alexa for the answers to all their homework conundrums? Not exactly… but the voice assistant’s answers could give them a good starting point for further research.

Buy Echo Dot at Amazon – $50

Anozer tablet stand

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Whether you’re studying, attending a virtual class or watching a movie, it’s crucial to have your device of choice at a comfortable viewing angle. Anozer’s phone and tablet stand is a sturdy yet unassuming solution — it’s height- and angle-adjustable, its metal-weighted base with rubber feet helps it stay in place, and it can be folded flat so it’s easily portable. We also appreciate its silicone covered pad and rubber hooks that keep your phone or tablet from slipping and sliding around. It’s a must-have for anyone that primarily uses mobile devices to complete their schoolwork.

Buy Anozer stand at Amazon – $15

Manta Sleep Mask

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Sleep can be hard to come by in college. Sometimes you may have to cram late into the night to prepare for an exam, but other times you’ll be subjected to the whims of others as they galavant around your dorm room as if classes and projects simply don’t exist. When you need to shut out the world in the hopes of catching a few ZZZs, Manta’s sleep mask could be a lifesaver. We like its adjustable eye cups that block out nearly 100 percent of light, limiting any visual distractions around you. The headband is adjustable as well, you can tighten or loosen the mask to your liking. And if it becomes indispensable to you, Manta sells different types of eye cups that you can switch out when you want relief from migraines or a bit more TLC for your skin. We also recommend completing the “do not disturb” bundle with a good pair of earplugs that block out audible annoyances when you’re trying to sleep.

Buy Manta sleep mask at Amazon – $30

RAVPower 20,000mAh charger

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It goes without saying that a portable way to recharge your phone is essential nowadays. But a battery pack that’s capable of charging all of your devices, including your laptop, is even better. RAVPower’s 20,000mAh portable charger does just this — it’s 60W output allows it to juice up machines like a MacBook Pro from 0 to 60 percent in just one hour. And if you’ve got your laptop covered, it can power your tablet, smartphone, headphones and other gadgets quickly as well. Just before publishing this article, RAVPower’s charger went up in price to $54, but even if it’s a bit more expensive than our original threshold, we still think it’s worth the investment.

Buy 20,000mAh 60W portable charger at RAVPower – $54

USB desk fan

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Dorm rooms can be insufferably hot throughout the school year, and there are few things worse than sweating when you’re trying to study. A gadget to help circulate air is a necessity and this USB desk fan is small and quiet enough to work in almost any environment. It doesn’t take up much space on a desk and its nearly 4-foot-long cable makes it easy to plug into a power source — probably your laptop since it’s likely to be close by while studying, but it could also be a USB adapter connected to an AC outlet or even a portable battery pack. The fan also has three speeds and the head can be angled to direct air at your face or anywhere else you want it.

Buy desk fan at Amazon – $12

Brita filter bottle

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The environmental reasons for carrying a reusable water bottle are clear, and hydration is important for everyone — not only students. Brita’s is a good option because it’s made of BPA-free plastic, comes in 26-ounce and 36-ounce capacities, has a leak-proof lid and uses a filter straw to make the water you drink from it just like the water you’d get from a larger Brita container. And no, you won’t have to spend too much on replaceable filters either. The company recommends changing your bottle’s filter every two months, and a pack of three filters will run you only about $12.

Buy Brita water filter bottle at Amazon – $20

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The Morning After: Valve made a $399 handheld gaming PC

Valve just surprised us all with a handheld console. The $399 Steam Deck will arrive in December, with availability expanding to more regions later.

Looking like some unholy alliance of Sega’s Game Gear and the Nintendo Switch, the hardware includes a seven-inch touchscreen at 1,280 x 800 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate. There is no shortage of control options either, with dual thumbsticks, two pretty large square trackpads, an old-school directional pad, four main face buttons, triggers and a quartet of grip buttons.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s just shy of a foot long. Eesh. Valve has ensured there’s enough power inside to tempt PC gamers that already have an expansive Steam library. There’s an AMD 2.4-3.5GHz processor and a 1.0 to 1.6GHz GPU with eight RDNA 2 compute units. There’s 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM inside, too. Valve promises a battery life of between two and eight hours on a single charge, depending on how much power you need for your games. Given the power many AAA PC games require, you can probably expect a lot of experiences to hover around the lower estimates.

While the Steam Deck might not be as powerful as your gaming PC, Valve is using Proton, a compatibility layer that lets games run without developers having to do any work porting titles across — you’ll apparently have access to your full library of games. This price point makes it slightly more expensive than the Switch, and the same price as the digital-only PS5. Due to its Steam hooks, however, it’s a very different proposition. How well will PC games play on a seven-inch handheld?

— Mat Smith

Elgato’s first webcam has landed

It’s good hardware for streamers.

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Elgato’s first $200 web camera isn’t all that unique. It’s a chunky rectangular box you can easily clip on top of a monitor, and it lacks a mic or anything approaching 4K resolution. It shoots 1080p at 60 fps, which should be enough for streamers who use the camera output as picture-in-picture. Continue reading.

The new Anthony Bourdain documentary ‘Roadrunner’ includes deepfaked audio

The film features three quotes that Bourdain never recorded.

Today, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain opens in US theatres. Like many documentaries, the film pieces together archival footage, including interviews and show outtakes, to tell the story of its subject in their own words. It also includes words Bourdain never spoke to a camera before his suicide in 2018, and yet you’ll hear his voice saying them. The film’s director, Morgan Neville, explained to The New Yorker that there were three quotes he wanted Bourdain to narrate, and to do so, Neville recreated them with software instead, making an AI model of Bourdain’s voice from existing audio. The system was apparently fed about a dozen hours of audio to an AI model. Continue reading.

The next wave of emoji is coming

Emojipedia has shared a list of draft characters

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Tomorrow is World Emoji Day, and it’s the cut-off for new draft emoji options. The list includes a melting smiley face (thanks global warming), a saluting emoji, a disco ball, beans and new pointing fingers, and there are more diverse skin tone options for existing hand emojis. That’s notable as, due to technical limitations, it was one of the few characters you couldn’t modify with a skin tone in previous versions of Unicode. Continue reading.

Clippy lives

Think paperclip, think Clippy.

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Twenty years after being retired from Microsoft Office, Clippy is back to ruin your day. As part of Microsoft’s update to 1,800 emoji, the one-time assistant will replace the paperclip emoji in Office, Teams and Windows. Microsoft is updating its emoji library to make the characters 3D and add animation to around 900 of the icons. The company said it plans to roll out the new characters to Windows and Teams sometime in the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading.

US Surgeon General warns that health misinformation is an ‘urgent threat’

And social companies need to do more to stop it.

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued an advisory warning of the dangers posed by health misinformation, calling it an “urgent threat” that social media companies and technology platforms need to do more to address. The advisory includes a 22-page report on steps that individuals, health organizations, researchers and journalists can take to help mitigate the spread of misinformation. Continue reading.

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What to Look for When Buying an Ergonomic Mouse

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Spending hours in front of a computer can be bad for your health and lead to conditions like repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. Which peripherals you choose can make a huge difference, and that’s why you should consider upgrading to an ergonomic mouse.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/732970/what-to-look-for-when-buying-an-ergonomic-mouse/
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