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2022-01-13 15:30:41| Engadget

The release of the Galaxy Buds 2 last year showed Samsung's prowess when it comes to making solid wireless earbuds. The $150 buds pack a lot of premium features into a relatively affordable price point, making them a good option for those with tight budgets. The Buds 2 are an even better buy when you can get them on sale for $100, which is what Woot has them for right now. That's $50 off the normal rate and a return to a record low but before you take the plunge, remember to check out Woot's return policy since it does differ significantly from that of its parent company, Amazon.Buy Galaxy Buds 2 at Woot - $100Samsung made its smallest and most comfortable earbuds yet with the Galaxy Buds 2. They're 15 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the Galaxy Buds+, which were already pretty comfy to begin with. You'll get roughly five hours of use from the buds before they need more juice, which isn't a battery life to write home about but it is on par with many competitors. The earbuds' case holds an additional three full charges and it supports wireless charging as well.ANC and the adjustable ambient sound mode are two of the buds' biggest selling points. Samsung brought those features down from its higher-end earbuds and, while the ANC isn't as strong as what you'll find on something like the Galaxy Buds Pro, it still does a good job of blocking out environmental noises. That five-hour battery life mentioned above is with ANC turned on too, so you won't have to sacrifice in that respect when you want a couple of solid hours with fewer distractions.All of those features make a pair of wireless earbuds that provide a lot of value to Android users at a decent price. Make no mistake, the Galaxy Buds 2 are best when paired with an Android device while it's possible to use them with an iPhone, you'll be stuck with the default settings.Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

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2022-01-13 15:08:46| digg

Why we need to revisit the origin of blue hyperlink While musing over my recently published article, Why are hyperlinks blue, I was left feeling a bit blue.

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2022-01-13 15:00:44| Engadget

Arturia has launched Brute Noir editions of its popular mid-tier monophonic synths, the MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S. It also launched a limited Brute Noir edition of its DrumBrute Impact analog drum machine. All the versions are all-black rather than grey, so they may appeal to musicians who want that aesthetic or the exclusivity of a limited edition model.As a reminder, the MiniBrute 2 is a monophonic synth that's semi-modular in that it has a decent-sized patchbay for rerouting the synth's signal, but it can also make sounds right out of the box. Other features include a pair of VCOs, two LFOs and the 25-note, velocity-sensitive keyboard with aftertouch and dual-oscillator Brute Voice. The MiniBrute 2s lacks the keyboard but offers a 64-step sequencer for "classic synth workflow and punchy Brute character."ArturiaThe DrumBrute Impact, meanwhile, is Arturia's entry level 10-voice analog drum machine. It's modernized with "gnarly FM," Arturia says, along with polyrythmic sequencing and a built-in distortion circuit. Arturia didn't reveal specific pricing for the Brute Noir editions ahead of publication, but the regular MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2s models are $499, while the standard DrumBrute is $299 at Amazon. 

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2022-01-13 15:00:32| Engadget

Leica first announced its M10 rangefinder camera back in January 2017, and the company has since released multiplevariants of the camera since. Most recently, the M10-R added a 40-megapixel sensor to the to the camera, a big step up over the 24-megapixel one found in the original M10. But today, Leica is ready to leave the M10 lineup behind and move to a totally new camera, the Leica M11.Well, totally new might be a stretch. Itll look familiar to anyone who has seen Leicas famous lineup of rangefinder cameras before, and it still uses Leicas M mount for lenses, but the company has put in enough new features to justify giving it a new name. First and foremost is a new 60-megapixel full-frame sensor, making this camera a huge upgrade for anyone who might have purchased the original M10 back in 2017. The so-called triple resolution sensor can shoot at either 60, 36 or 18 megapixels in DNG RAW or JPG. Notably, Leica says it'll shoot using the full sensor area when shooting at a lower resolution, rather than cropping the image down. But these images might loose some sharpness because of pixel binning or line skipping that occurs when using the full sensor to shoot at a lower resolution. .Shooting at lower resolution, though, will naturally save storage space and also offer extended burst shooting. The ISO on this camera ranges from 64 all the way to 50,000, a stop more than the 100-50,000 range offered on the M10 series. The ISO on this camera goes from 64 all the way to 50,000, a stop more than the 100-50,000 range offered on the M10 series.Speaking of storage, the M11 has 64GB of onboard storage, which lets photographers storage images both on the internal memory as well as an SD memory card. Leica also redesigned the bottom plate of the camera to provide quicker access to the SD cart slot and battery. Theres also a USB-C port right in the bottom of the camera, which makes charging the battery and transferring pictures to a computer a bit easier. Thats a fairly common feature these days, but its still a welcome addition to the M11. Leica also says that the M11s 1,800mAh battery stores 64 percent more power than the battery on older modelsLeicaAs with the M10 series, the M11 uses Leicas optical rangefinder and manual focus only. But the 3-inch back screen, which you can also use as a viewfinder, has 2,332,800 pixels, more than double the 1,036,800 pixels on the M10. In another concession to modern technology, the M11 has both a mechanical and an electronic shutter. The standard mechanical option can shoot at speeds up to 1/4000th of a second, while the electronic shutter goes up to a whopping 1/16,000 of a second. Perhaps most significantly, the electronic shutter will be totally silent, something that street photographers should appreciate. The M10-R had an extra silent mechanical shutter, but you cant beat a motionless electronic shutter if you need perfectly quiet operation.Leica is offering two models: an all-black M11 and a black and silver option. The latter uses a brass top plate and as such weighs in at 640 grams, 100 grams more than the all-black models. To save weight, that camera has an aluminum top with a scratch-resistant coating. Regardless of which finish you prefer, the M11 is wildly expensive, in keeping with Leica tradition. It costs $8,995 without a lens, the same price as the M10-R. Given the numerous improvements here, its nice that Leica didnt increase the price further, but as we said when we checked out the M10-R Leica rangefinders are as much a status symbol as they are a photography tool. We said the M10-R was the king of that category in 2020, but now it seems the M11 has taken the throne. The M11 is available to order now.

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2022-01-13 14:56:27| digg

From a tortoise that saved his species by having lots of sex to killings attributed to a Frank Sinatra song, "Depths of Wikipedia" digs up the most bizarre Wiki facts.

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2022-01-13 14:41:13| digg

In March 2011, 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung shocked the MMA world by putting 'Bad Boy' Leonard Garcia into 'The Twister,' a submission hold that's as agonizing as it is rare. Here, from Garcia and others, is the story behind the screams

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2022-01-13 14:14:01| digg

Stephen Colbert asked the "Matrix" star his patented 15 questions guaranteed to reveal someone's true soul and he shares what George Carlin once wrote to him.

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2022-01-13 14:00:51| digg

You want to get a warm and fuzzy feeling with your coffee? Tip your barista.

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2022-01-13 13:55:44| Engadget

Apple is set to slightly alter the wording on its notice for the iCloud Private Relay error that switched off the VPN-like feature for some users. According to MacRumors, the tech giant will update its note for users, clarifying that their carriers aren't always to blame for the issue. After a previous iOS 15.2 update, some users found that they couldn't use Private Relay while on a cellular network. Private Relay ensures that, as long as the user is on Safari, not even Apple can see their activities. The original notice puts the blame solely on mobile carriers:"Private Relay is turned off for your cellular plan. Your cellular plan doesn't support iCloud Private Relay. With iCloud Private Relay turned off, this network can monitor your internet activity, and your IP address is not hidden from known trackers or websites."T-Mobile, however, denied that it was responsible for the error happening to its subscribers' phones. It told Bloomberg's Mark Gurman in a statement that it identified a problem with the iOS 15.2 update that toggled off the feature by default. Apple denied that its update rolled out with changes to Private Relay, as one would expect: "No changes were made to iCloud Private Relay in iOS 15.2 that would have toggled the feature off," a spokesperson said.Whatever the real reason is for the feature being switched off, fixing the problem could be as simple as toggling some settings back on. The updated notice that rolled out with iOS 15.3 beta now says:"Private Relay is turned off for your cellular plan. Private Relay is either not supported by your cellular plan or has been turned off in Cellular Settings. With Private Relay turned off, this network can monitor your internet activity, and your IP address is not hidden from known trackers or websites."Apple's support page now also contains instructions on how fix the problem: If Private Relay has been switched off for a cellular network, users can go to the network's settings and turn on "Limit IP Address Tracking." They can go to WiFi settings and do the same if the feature isn't working on WiFi.

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2022-01-13 13:25:33| Engadget

On Wednesday, the White House said it plans to allocate billions of dollars for more wind, solar and geothermal energy projects across the US. That will include moving forward with the lease of six commercial areas off the coasts of New York and New Jersey to turn the area into wind farms. More than 488,000 acres of ocean seafloor will be used to build an estimated 5.6 and 7 gigawatts of clean power generation. Using the $65 billion Congress set aside for power grid upgrades, the initiative also puts $2.5 billion toward funding the installation of new transmission lines.The Biden administration may still struggle to decarbonize the countrys power grid by 2035, however. Not only is there political gridlock, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said that federal agencies spent $684 billion on coal plant carbon capture and storage projects most of which have failed. Mat SmithLogitech unveils $60 Litra Glow light for streamersThe company says it 'ensures creators always look their best.'LogitechWe all want to look good. Whether its on a stream or Zoom call, decent lighting is crucial. Logitech has just launched a new lighting device made for streamers called Litra Glow, and it says the product is capable of providing a "natural, radiant look across all skin tones."Litra Glow delivers a glare-free light supposed to be gentle on the eyes and safe for all-day streaming. Logitech's TrueSoft technology promises cinematic color accuracy and enables a soft, flattering light that can apparently make streamers look less, well, tired.Continue reading.NVIDIA begins rolling out Android 11 update to all Shield TV modelsIt adds voice search via Google Assistant.NVIDIA has started rolling out Software Experience Upgrade 9.0 for Shield TV devices to upgrade their operating system to Android 11. The company says Experience 9.0 will bring the new OS to all Shield TVs, including the original 2015 models. The upgrade adds access to a new Google Keyboard with support for voice searches.Continue reading.Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather sued over alleged crypto scamThe celebrities promoted EthereumMax before its value fell by 98 percent.Johnny Nunez via Getty ImagesA class-action lawsuit has named Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather and basketball star Paul Pierce as defendants for promoting a cryptocurrency called EthereumMax. According to Finbold, the plaintiffs sued the celebrities and the still-unidentified entities behind the tokens for causing the value of the Ethereum knockoff to soar so "they could sell their portion of the Float for a profit."Continue reading.Canon forced to ship 'knockoff' ink cartridges due to chip shortageTheyre not fakes, they just lack a certain chip.Canon has had to ship toner cartridges without copy protection chips due to ongoing shortages. That, in turn, has led to some ImageRunner multifunction printers incorrectly flagging official cartridges as knockoffs Canon has even told printer owners how to bypass the warnings and deal with broken toner level detection.Continue reading.Jack Dorsey proposes a legal defense fund for Bitcoin developersHe's concerned lawsuits could stifle the Bitcoin ecosystem.Lawsuits are an increasing occurrence in the Bitcoin ecosystem, and former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey thinks he can help fend them off. Coindeskreports Dorsey, Chaincode's Alex Morcos and academic Martin White have proposed a nonprofit legal defense fund for Bitcoin developers to protect them against lawsuits and similar "legal pressure."Continue reading.2021 was a very good year for the PC marketThe picture for 2022 looks rosy, too.The PCs pandemic-era renaissance continues. Canalys estimates PC shipments jumped 15 percent year-over-year to 341 million despite supply shortages. Simply put, many of the customers in 2021 were adding new PCs rather than replacing existing ones.Continue reading.  The biggest news stories you might have missedNuro's third-gen driverless delivery vehicle includes an external airbagSamsung Galaxy S21 FE pre-orders at Amaon come with a $100 gift cardMagic Leap grants healthcare startups access to its new AR headset ahead of mid-2022 releaseNetflix and Apple lead SAG Award nominations with 'Squid Game' and 'Ted Lasso'Apple releases iOS 15.2.1 to patch a serious HomeKit DDoS vulnerabilityKeychron's Q2 is a compact take on its popular customizable keyboard

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