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Valve’s Index VR production has been impacted by coronavirus

Sponsored Links Brian Oh/Engadget We’re just about a month out from the launch of Half Life: Alyx on March 23rd, and like so many other things, it is seeing some impact from the coronavirus outbreak. According to a statement given to RoadtoVR and UploadVR, Valve still plans to restock its Index VR headsets ahead of …

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Watch jetpack pilot Vince Reffet set a new altitude record in Dubai

Sponsored Links Jetman Dubai Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Jetman Dubai‘s latest aeronautical achievement in a jet-powered wingsuit. The team says it’s reached a major milestone with its Iron Man-like jet suit, flying nearly 6,000 feet in altitude from a standing start and working hovers, turns and maneuvers into the …

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‘Animal Crossing’ themed Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday

Sponsored Links Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons will bring Nintendo’s franchise to the Switch in March, and one month ahead of the game’s release date it will unveil more details about the new entry. A 25-minute livestream on February 20th at 9 AM ET will give us a look at the “Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island …

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You can make your own rotary cellphone

Sponsored Links Justine Haupt As convenient as modern cellphones are, there’s a certain charm to spinning an old-fashioned rotary dial to make a call — and now, there’s a cellphone that caters to that nostalgia. Brookhaven National Lab engineer Justine Haupt has developed a rotary cellphone that’s not only functional, but available to make with …

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Ultrasonic bracelet jams the microphones around you

Sponsored Links B. Zhao, H. Zheng et. al./University of Chicago Smart speakers and other microphone-equipped devices aren’t supposed to listen all the time, but there might be a solution if you aren’t willing to take any chances. University of Chicago researchers have built an experimental bracelet that uses ultrasonic broadcasts from 24 speakers to jam …

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Galaxy Z Flip teardown video looks inside Samsung’s latest foldable

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Now that the Galaxy Z Flip is available (even if it’s in very limited qualities) of course someone is in a hurry to pull it apart. While iFixit hasn’t published a teardown of the device to follow their guide for Motorola’s new Razr, the PBKreviews YouTube channel has a look if …

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The best podcasting gear for beginners

Starting a podcast is easy. Making one that actually sounds good is another story entirely. We can’t help much with the bigger problems facing would-be podcasters — finding a good topic and getting people to listen — but we can point you to the best gear to get started. With a few smart purchases, you …

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NVIDIA cuts its outlook by $100 million due to 2019 coronavirus

Sponsored Links Andrei Stanescu via Getty Images NVIDIA has published its earnings report for fiscal year 2020, and in it the chipmaker has revealed how much it thinks the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) would affect its business. The company has reduced its revenue outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 by $100 …

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Sony’s new TV remote doubles as a portable speaker

Sponsored Links Sony Sony has introduced a new remote control for TVs in Japan, and you most likely won’t be losing it in your sofa. The device, spotted by The Verge, isn’t just a remote control, you see — it’s also a wireless speaker that you can bring with you around the house. It looks …

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The Morning After: Microsoft’s Windows 10 search problem

Sponsored Links Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Ever since Windows 10 debuted, people have taken issue with its push to connect everything to Microsoft’s cloud services. Generally, the tradeoff feels worthwhile when I’m using the OS, but yesterday morning, an unspecified server issue turned the search box — the same one used to find …

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