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Researchers have created the world‘s smallest refrigerator

Researchers at UCLA have created what they have termed the world‘s smallest refrigerator. When most of us think of a fridge, we think of the machine sitting in the kitchen that keeps meat frozen and milk cold. What the researchers at UCLA created isn‘t a traditional refrigerator. It‘s a thermoelectric cooler only 100 nanometers thick. The device is made by Continue reading

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LG K62, K52, K42 promise performance on a budget and an odd design

Once upon a time, Nokia and then Samsung held the crown for having a confusing number of similarly named phones. The new Nokia under HMD Global is still catching up while Samsung has opted to go on a diet and now LG seems to be trying to claim the throne. After a near-silent launch of an LG Q31 in South Continue reading

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Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations can now have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

While the year of the Linux Desktop remains a dream, awareness and adoption of this open source operating system has perhaps never been better. That‘s partly thanks to companies like Canonical that push Linux not only to businesses but also to consumers. The latter, however, would probably prefer not to have to install Linux themselves on their new laptops or Continue reading

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Windows 10 will bake Skype Meet Now in the Taskbar

Google recently got a lot of flack for its aggressive campaign to push Google Meet to everyone and inserting links to it in apps like Gmail. Now it seems that Microsoft is following suit, though not with Microsoft Teams. Instead, the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build reveals the company‘s plans to make Meet Now in Skype as an integral Continue reading

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Kirby Fighters 2 launches on Nintendo Switch after premature posting

Who said fighting games had to be bloody to be serious? There is, of course, a good number of fighting games that take on more lighthearted and even whimsical twists and Nintendo fans will probably put Kirby Fighters in that category. Just hours after Nintendo itself mistakenly leaked its existence, Kirby Fighters 2 has been officially made available as a Continue reading

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PS4 and PS5 Spider-Man situation is a mess

As if it needed even more negative attention, Sony‘s PlayStation 5 might end up ruffling the feathers of a certain intersection of PS5 owners and Spider-Man‘s fans. Marvel‘s Spider-Man for the PS4 has garnered mostly positive reviews and fans are looking forward to the Spider-Man: Miles Morales launch for both PlayStation generations. While it will, of course, be possible to Continue reading

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Adobe Liquid Mode uses AI to make reading PDFs on your phone easier

We live in a digital and mobile world but, ironically, many of the things we deal with still aren‘t designed to fit both. Electronic documents that come in PDF form are one of the biggest offenders and while there is no shortage of PDF reader apps for phones, actually reading them on small screens is an entirely different matter. To Continue reading

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MINISFORUM H31G Mini PC comes with a discrete GPU and some caveats

When it comes to PCs, power is most often associated with size. After all, you can‘t really escape the laws of physics so the more power you need, the more and bigger components you need. That said, you might not actually really need all that power and some desktops try to make a compromise in size, performance, and price. The Continue reading

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Fortnite‘s C2 Season 4 Marvel surprise may be a vampire hunter

We‘re still in the middle of Fortnites big Chapter 2 - Season 4 Marvel crossover, one that has resulted in a steady drop of new items, map changes, and superheroes. It‘s unlikely that we‘ve seen everything this season has to offer, and now we (probably) know what to expect. Marvel and Epic Games have both spent the past few days Continue reading

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Sling TV launches watch together feature for live television

Sling TV has joined on-demand streaming services to become the first OTT live television streaming service to offer a watch together feature. Simply called Watch Party, this feature enables friends and family members to watch the same live content at the same time from the comfort and safety of their own homes, a feature that has become very popular during Continue reading

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Scientists find you‘re unwittingly putting your cat‘s health at risk

Do you often feed your cat more than one time per day? If so, you may be unwittingly putting your cat‘s health at risk, at least according to a new study from the University of Guelph‘s Ontario Veterinary College and Agricultural College. Because humans eat more than one time a day, it may seem natural to feed one‘s pet multiple Continue reading

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2021 VW ID.4 The range, price and quirks you should know

The Volkswagen ID.4 may not be the first electric car in the US, but it could well be one of the most important. Unveiled today, complete with pricing, estimated range, and all the tech that will be onboard, the 2021 VW ID.4 somehow manages to be both futuristic and family all in one. That, it‘s clear, is entirely by intention. Continue reading

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Non-NIOSH imported N95 style masks and counterfeits flow from China

This week the folks at the independent testing organization ECRI published Medical Device Hazard Report on certain N95-style masks. A wide variety of imported (into USA) N95-style respirators (face-filtering respirators [FFRs]) that lack NIOSH certification were shown in testing to be less than acceptable for filtration of airborn materials, here more specifically COVID-19 and related materials. To be clear, here, Continue reading

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Garmin Venu Sq smartwatches pack GPS and phone-free music streaming

Garmin has unveiled its new Venu Sq and Venu Sq Music Edition smartwatches, two models targeted at the average consumer who wants smartwatch functionality alongside extensive fitness and health features. The models are very similar, both offering GPS and heart rate monitoring, among other things, but the Music Edition quite obviously differs in one big way: it enables users to Continue reading

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Study finds weighted blankets are more than a fad for insomnia sufferers

Weighted blankets are a bit of a fad at the moment, with a number of companies now selling these heavy blankets that were once commonly used by individuals suffering from certain health and mental conditions. Many people report positive experiences with these blankets, including better sleep quality, lower anxiety, and relief from insomnia. A new study evaluates that latter claim, Continue reading

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Baldur‘s Gate 3 early access hit with another delay

It‘s been a year of ups and downs for Baldur‘s Gate 3. First revealed during E3 last year, Larian was originally expecting to release the game in early access in August. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic complicated matters, but development still moved along at a decent pace for the folks at Larian - just not fast enough to meet that Continue reading

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Tesla outage forces EV app offline

Tesla‘s network experienced several hours of downtime today, forcing the electric car company‘s app offline and limiting functionality. The glitch, which Tesla is yet to comment on, came just hours after the automaker‘s Battery Day event during which CEO Elon Musk discussed the potential for a 25,000 car. That, Musk said at the time, would require a number of advances, Continue reading

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PlayStation Phone 2 and an alternate Google Nexus

This week a device appeared on an auction site with the title Xperia Play2. This device is not a PSP, nor is it a handheld gaming device made by Sony with any other name. Instead, this would appear to be a real prototype of a device that‘d be a direct follow-up to the original PlayStation phone: Sony Xperia Play. Back Continue reading

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Google Maps gets new layer with data on recent COVID-19 cases around the world

Google has announced a new layer of data that is rolling out in Google Maps, giving users information about COVID-19 case numbers for cities, states, and countries around the world. With this information, Google Maps users can readily see whether the area they‘re in or planning to visit currently a hot zone, ultimately helping users make more informed choices about Continue reading

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Google Pixel 4a 5G leak makes you wonder: Why not XL?

Today the Google Pixel 4a 5G was revealed in an unofficial capacity in a manner similar to Tuesday‘s leak of the Pixel 5. This device may seem like a traditional bump from one iteration of a phone to a (5G) version - but it‘s not as simple as all that. Instead, we‘re getting a similar name, basically the same software, Continue reading

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Rocket League disappears from Steam Here‘s why

There are some big changes shipping for Rocket League today. Not only does today mark a rather massive shift to a free-to-play model for Rocket League, but it‘s also the end of an era for the game. With this free-to-play launch, Rocket League has officially left Steam - from here on out, the only place to get the game on Continue reading

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California will ban gas-powered new vehicle sales from 2035

California will ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks from 2035, it‘s been announced, as the US state escalates its war on emissions that stoke climate change. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new policy today, in a move that is likely to lead to furious debate about the continuing place of internal combustion in modern transportation. As Continue reading

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‘Black Widow‘ delayed again: Marvel moves 3 MCU movies

Marvel‘s Black Widow release date has been pushed back again, one of a number of delays that force much-anticipated movies into 2021. The news, confirmed by the Walt Disney Company today, affects at least three titles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and means that 2000 will run through without a single new theatrical release from the franchise. Black Widow had Continue reading

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This weirdly wobbling black hole upends our theories of the universe

Black holes are known for being voracious, inescapable, and some of the most impressive elements of the known universe, but what we didn‘t realize until now is that they can wobble. New research from the University of Chicago tapped a unique telescope array to track the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, and in the process Continue reading

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