Technology

Amazon’s New Echo Look Puts a Camera, Microphone in Your Bedroom

Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant and the Echo smart speaker it runs on have been one of the company’s most popular products since it launched back in 2014. Today, Amazon unveiled a follow-up device, this time with an integrated camera alongside a microphone. This new product, dubbed the Echo Look, is being billed as a personal style guide for taking snapshots of your daily fashion. What sets it apart from your typical selfie stick is its integration with Amazon’s Alexa. Here’s Amazon’s description: With Echo Look, you can take full-length photos ...

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AMD Updates Ryzen’s Windows Power Plan, Boosts Performance With New Chipset Driver

When AMD launched Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 earlier this year, it recommended that reviewers test with Windows 10’s power plan set to “High Performance,” as opposed to the “Balanced” configuration we typically prefer for testing and that Windows uses by default. Now, the company has released a new chipset driver that will add and automatically activate a power profile that gives Ryzen more control over its own power states. The problem initially occurred because of a mismatch in how AMD’s SenseMI technology operates compared with Windows’ native power management. ...

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New Graphics Comparisons Highlight What Project Scorpio Brings to the 1080p, 4K Table

Microsoft is working to build buzz behind the scenes for its upcoming Project Scorpio and what that console can do in 4K. The company has a heavy lift in front of it — Scorpio is more powerful than Sony’s PS4 Pro, but Sony has a 12-month first mover advantage and approximately double the Xbox One’s install base. That discrepancy is having real impacts on Microsoft’s ability to land exclusive titles for its console, and exclusives are still an important part of how consoles differentiate from one another, even if they ...

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FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

Many of us hoped the net neutrality battle was over two years ago when the FCC implemented Title II classification of internet service providers. However, the election of Donald Trump and ascendance of FCC commissioner Ajit Pai to the chairmanship suggested the fight was about to pick up again. Indeed, chairman Pai has released a plan to roll back the 2015 Title II “common carrier” reclassification, essentially gutting net neutrality in the US. By reclassifying ISPs under Title II of the telecommunications act, the FCC was able to apply some ...

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New Prosthetic Arm Powered by Bluetooth and Brainwaves

Most of us take for granted how well our brains can relay instructions to our limbs. Doctors and engineers have been trying for years to grant that same surety to those with prosthetic limbs. But interfacing the biological and technological is tricky. There have been some impressive advances in this area of research, but they usually require the prosthetic to be directly wired into the patient’s brain—not exactly practical. Doctors in the Netherlands are now testing a new type of prosthetic “click-on” arm that is connected to the patient’s existing nerves. ...

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Phenomenal Performer on the Switch

If you’re on the fence about the Nintendo Switch, you might just change your mind by the time the weekend rolls around. On April 28th, an updated version of Mario Kart 8 is being released on Nintendo’s new hybrid console, and it’s getting rave reviews. Back on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 sold over 8 million copies, and received excellent review scores. For example, it earned an “Amazing” score of 9.0/10 on our sister site IGN. And based on 82 reviews aggregated on Metacritic, number 8 has an average ...

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Why Cars Are Moving to 48-Volt Electrical Systems

Many cars will soon have 48-volt electrical systems. They’ll power stop-start motors, hybrid motors, and turbochargers, allowing for smaller engines with better fuel economy and performance. They’ll handle accessories ranging from mechanical or hydraulic power to electric power such as power steering, power brakes, water pump, radiator cooling, and air conditioning. These will be combination 12- and 48-volt systems with 12 volts for traditional lighting and infotainment, 48 volts for more power-hungry components. But don’t freak out: The 12-volt system isn’t going away any time soon. Bentley Bentayga has a ...

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Verizon Doesn’t Seem to Know How Much its $70 Gigabit FiOS Actually Costs

Verizon gave itself a hearty pat on the back earlier this week as it rolled out a new gigabit tier of its FiOS internet service. The new option, Verizon said in the press release, would only cost $ 70 per month. FiOS customers were understandably excited. But make sure you’ve got your fainting couch nearby for this—the pricing is actually higher and more confusing. I know, how shocking an ISP would have confusing pricing or misleading advertising. Verizon’s PR is pretty straightforward; the new gigabit service costs $ 69.99 per ...

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Seagate Launches Drone-Friendly DJI Fly Drive

Earlier this year, at CES, Seagate and the drone manufacturer DJI (official name: Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd), announced they would collaborate on an upcoming product launch that would make copying data from drone flights simpler and more efficient. Now we know what that collaboration looks like — it’s a 2TB external hard drive with an external bumper and a built-in SD card slot. Despite its name, the Fly Drive doesn’t actually fly. Instead, it’s meant to offer an immediate means of copying data directly from the SD ...

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One Modder’s Quest: Recreate Parts of Fallout New Vegas Inside Fallout 4

Fallout New Vegas is arguably the best of the three modern Fallout games. The plot of the game takes inspiration from the original, Black Isle version of Fallout 3 (codenamed Van Buren), and it builds on elements of the in-game universe that were introduced back in Fallout 2. At the same time, there’s no denying that New Vegas is beginning to show its age. The game launched in 2010, but the Gamebryo engine it is built on is even older, and there’s only so much mods can do to improve ...

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