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  • Look how smoothly this mini-Rubik's Cube turns
    A couple of days ago I mentioned the the MoYu YJ Lingpo 2 x 2 x 2 Speed Cube. I still haven't solved it, but I wanted to make a quick video to show how smooth it is. The little cubes rotate around a plastic sphere, and are connected by springs. It…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 7:12pm -
  • Sexbots, Nostradamus and Donald Trump, in this week’s tabloids
    Nostradamus “predicted hurricanes and North Korea missile crisis,” claims this week’s Globe magazine, which promises to reveal the 16th-century French seer’s predictions for “what’s next!”It’s about as plausible and fact-based as an…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:37pm -
  • Man busted after purposely going to jail to sell drug-filled Kinder Surprise eggs smuggled in his butt
    A gentleman in Ottawa, Canada -- eager to get sent to jail in order to sell weed he had packed inside of eight Kinder Surprise plastic egg "yolks" and stored in his rectum -- threw a rock at a police car in front of the courthouse. Wish granted. But…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:33pm -
  • 3D animation of Evel Knievel's SkyCycle-X2
    Youtuber Rich Colburn made this wonderful animation showing of Evel Knievel's legendary steam-powered SkyCycle-X2!Last summer my daughter and I stopped to look at the ramp alongside Idaho's Snake River Gorge, where the grandfather of today's ext…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:24pm -
  • How the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea plays bass
    Of course the answer is very, very well. But there's more to it than that. (Polyphonic)
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:15pm -
  • Sign the open letter: European businesses concerned about US changes to net neutrality
    Josh from Fight for the Future writes, "The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is threatening to rollback its net neutrality protections, which help make the Internet a place of equal opportunity and international innovation." (more…)
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:10pm -
  • French chef pleads Michelin to take away his 3 stars
    For the last 18 years, French chef Sébastien Bras' restaurant, Le Suquet, has received 3 Michelin stars. Now the chef wants to part ways with Michelin. He's tired of the pressure that the rating puts on him and is begging Michelin to release him fro…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:10pm -
  • America's execs increasingly believe health insurance industry is worse than useless
    It's not just Warren Buffett and his Republican lieutenant Charlie Munger who favor single payer and view the US health insurance industry as a drag on national competitiveness and a needless expense on the bottom line: it's also companies like Walm…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:04pm -


  • Knightscope’s new security bot looks like a mini concept car
    Robot maker Knightscope has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Its K5 security robot took a look at the harsh world and chose to throw itself into a fountain. And a different K5 robot was attacked and knocked over by a drunk guy. But.…
    - 38 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:55pm -
  • FTC warns influencers about relying on Instagram's ad marker
    Up and coming social media stars posting sponsored content may want to take a careful look at today's #Influencers101 Twitter chat from the FTC. The agency tried to clarify a number of issues cropping up around promotional material posted to social m…
    - 59 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:34pm -
  • Saudi Arabia lifts ban on messaging apps like Skype and Snapchat
    Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet calls at 8PM ET today that had stood since 2013. Services that follow rules set by the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:02pm -
  • Sequel to 'Final Fantasy' creator's free-to-play game launches today
    Final Fantasy creator Hironubu Sakaguchi has had some good success with his action-RPG-puzzle mobile game, Terra Battle. The free-to-play sequel — Terra Battle 2 — is out on both iOS and Android, but if you want to play it, you'll need to…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:46pm -
  • Epic hopes 'PUBG'-style 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' will tempt gamers
    Epic Games' Fortnite has been out for a while in paid Early Access, but hasn't quite taken off in the same way that, say, Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) has. The hot new indie "battle royale" title has a massive, rabid user base and an impressiv…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:32pm -
  • Sean Penn will star in Hulu’s upcoming Mars series, 'The First'
    In May, Hulu ordered a straight-to-series show called The First. Set in the not too distant future, the series depicts the first human mission to Mars and humankind's first attempts at colonizing another planet. Today, Variety reports that Sean Penn.…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:16pm -
  • Nintendo issues takedowns for ‘Super Mario 64 Online' mod videos
    Last week, modders released a tool that enabled folks to play the classic game Super Mario 64 online in massive multiplayer batches with up to 23 of their friends. To be clear, this was just a plugin that allowed folks who were already playing emulat…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:01pm -
  • Toshiba's chip drama ends with sale to a financial group
    The long-running bidding war over Toshiba's flash memory business has effectively come to an end... and the winner probably isn't who you expected. Toshiba has agreed to sell its NAND division to a group led by the private equity firm Bain Capital fo…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:44pm -


  • iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Reportedly Lower Than The iPhone 6, iPhone 7
    For the past several quarters, Apple’s iPhone sales have been on the decline which some are attributing to the market being saturated, while others are saying that Apple hasn’t really done anything new to the iPhone in the past three generations.…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:40pm -
  • Official Trailer For Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Released
    We’ve known for a while that Netflix was working on new Marvel TV series based around Frank Castle, better known as The Punisher. The character made its debut in the second season of Daredevil and it seems that the character was so well-received th…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:35pm -
  • Older Apple Watches Won’t Be Supported On The AirPower Charging Mat
    With the announcement of the new iPhones, Apple also announced that the new iPhones and a couple of other Apple products would finally be supporting wireless charging. As expected Apple also introduced their own wireless charging accessory in the for…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:34pm -
  • Toggling Off Bluetooth & WiFi In iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Fully Disable It
    With Control Center, Apple is bringing users quick access to certain features of the operating system, like toggling on/off Bluetooth and WiFi. Now you would think that turning these features on/off via Control Center would do what it’s meant to do…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:33pm -
  • iOS 11 Installed On 10% Of iOS Devices 24 Hours After Its Release
    Apple’s iOS 11 was released the other day and as expected, it seems that it did not take iOS users long to update their devices because according to a report from Mixpanel (via MacRumors), iOS 11 has since been installed on 10% of iOS devices after…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:31pm -
  • Nokia 8 With 6GB RAM Could Be Headed To The U.S.
    The Nokia 8 was officially launched last month. It’s HMD Global’s flagship smartphone for 2017. Previous reports have suggested that the handset might be released in the United States. According to new reports, HMD Global might release a variant…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 5:53pm -
  • Google Close To Buying HTC Assets
    HTC announced earlier today that it will halt stock trading tomorrow as a major announcement will be made. There have been rumors about an acquisition of the company by Google though nothing has been officially confirmed as yet. A new report publish…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 5:41pm -
  • Nest Unveils New Smart Doorbell And Security Camera
    Nest today unveiled two new smart home products. Nest Cam IQ outdoor is a smart security camera with facial recognition technology. The Nest Hello is a smart doorbell with HD video capability. The camera is a successor to the Nest Cam IQ indoor that…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 5:20pm -

The Wirecutter

  • The Best Amazon Kindle Cases
    We’ve tested Kindle cases for more than three years, spending hands-on time with more than a dozen of the most promising models, and our favorite case for the Kindle Paperwhite is the Omoton Kindle Paperwhite Case. It protects against everyday trau…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 17, 7:50pm -
  • The Best Bluetooth Tracker
    Bluetooth trackers are small gadgets that you attach to (or put inside) important items you’re worried about losing, such as keys, a bag, or a wallet. You can then use an app to track those items on a map on your phone’s screen; most of these app…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 17, 5:53pm -
  • The Best Wireless Mouse
    After researching 60 mice for the latest update to this guide, testing 17 top contenders, and consulting with a panel of experts and laypeople, we found that the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 is still the best wireless mouse for most people because it…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 8:37pm -
  • The Best First Aid Kit for Hiking and the Outdoors
    After putting in 14 hours of research and comparing the components of 12 wilderness first aid kits, we think the best first aid kit for most people having fun in the outdoors is the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Backpacker Kit. It has the best orga…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 4:27pm -
  • The Best Tumbler
    After leaving 16 insulated tumblers full of Slurpee in the front seat of a hot sedan, we’re convinced the Hydroflask 22-ounce tumbler is the best for most people. Even while suffering through 112-degree heat, we found the insulating value between m…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 8:34pm -
  • The Best Bottle Warmers
    Most parents don’t need a bottle warmer. You may think this device would take time and guesswork out of heating a bottle for a hungry baby, but after researching 18 bottle warmers and testing six, we found that even the best of them were only modes…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 8:25pm -
  • Most Popular This Week
    Most read reviews this week: The Best Receiver, The Best USB Battery Packs and Power Banks, and The Best Password Managers. [See all 10 most popular reviews this week.]
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 10:30am -
  • Dear Wirecutter: Which Camera Is Best for Surf Photography?
    To shoot a sport like surfing, you’ll need a camera with a long zoom and large imaging sensor.
    - 7 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 10:30am -

Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Fidget Spinners – stress relief, fad, menace or health magic bullet?
    The meteoric rise of fidget spinners in 2017 has surprised many, including me. These palm sized contraptions, fitted with bearings to make them spin, are hugely popular in the playground and are becoming more commonplace in the work environment. But…
    - 27 May 17, 8:24pm -
  • Apple iPhone 8 – News on dates, specs, prices and rumours
    It’s nearly that time again; that time when Apple dim the lights and unveil their new flagship iPhone. The internet has been buzzing with rumours ranging from mediocre to bat shit crazy and I’ve been pretty slow in gathering these together. But h…
    - 26 May 17, 8:49pm -
  • What Are the Snapchat Sunglasses All About?
    The release of new Snapchat sunglasses has raised more than a few eyebrows. So what are these glasses all about? Well, they have been described as being a bit like Google Glass, although they are a good deal cheaper and more limited in what they can…
    - 13 Dec 16, 5:41pm -
  • Samsung Considering Facial Tracking for Gear VR
    The battle for virtual reality supremacy has really warmed up in recent times. While the Samsung VR gear is widely seen as being an affordable option, there are other VR headsets that are regarded as being of higher technical quality. However, news o…
    - 7 Dec 16, 5:35pm -
  • Nike Self-Tying Sneakers Now on Sale
    Those of us who love Back to the Future have been craving self-tying sneakers for a long time. Well, provided that you have a healthy bank account then you can now get hold of the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 trainers. They only cost a mere £575, which some…
    - 5 Dec 16, 5:27pm -
  • Google Earth VR Will Transport You Anywhere
    The exciting possibilities of virtual reality are perhaps most clearly shown with the recent release of Google Earth VR. As the name suggests, this is an incredible way of seeing the Earth in all its glory by using a virtual reality headset on Google…
    - 29 Nov 16, 7:51pm -
  • Impressive OnePlus 3T Phone Now Launched
    One of the latest interesting handsets to get launched is the exciting looking OnePlus 3T. This manufacturer has gained something of a reputation in recent years for offering high spec phones at decent prices, so how does the new model stack up? Cert…
    - 24 Nov 16, 4:46pm -
  • Mini Countryman SE is First Hybrid Model
    Mini, the world famous manufacturer of tiny cars, has revealed to the world its first ever hybrid vehicle. The Mini Countryman SE was unveiled at the LA Auto Show and immediately made a big impression. This is a 4 wheel drive model but there is somet…
    - 22 Nov 16, 11:39pm -

Slash Gear

  • FOX show Ghosted will stream on Twitter before airing on TV
    FOX is embracing the change in viewer habits and will be piloting one of its new television shows on Twitter before it airs on television. Ghosted is a comedy series, and its pilot episode will air on Twitter’s livestreaming platform before it airs…
    - 21 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 11:12pm -
  • Tesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars
    Tesla has been tipped in a project to develop its own artificial intelligence chip, and sources claim it is working with AMD to refine this chip. Such a chip may pave the way for a future in which Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous, but details are…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:20pm -
  • iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles
    In iOS 11 feature nitpicking today we’re getting down to business with the newest set of toggles in the software’s Control Center. Apple’s documentation makes clear their intentions: allowing some parts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain active w…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:54pm -
  • Lyft and Budweiser will give 150k free rides to promote safe drinking
    Lyft and Budweiser have teamed up to offer free rides as part of a larger promotion that draws attention to the need for safe drinking. Drunk driving costs lives, and the growing number of on-demand ride services offer a great alternative to getting…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:27pm -
  • This ancient giant frog had powerful jaws and ate small dinosaurs
    The ancient (and now extinct) frog known as the Beelzebufo had powerful jaws, ones far more powerful than ordinary frogs that exist today, and it feasted on creatures that included small dinosaurs and crocodiles. Such information comes from a new stu…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:44pm -
  • Rainbow Six Siege update corrupts PS4 in a BAD way
    If you’re a fan of Rainbow Six Siege on PlayStation 4, you may want to shelve your copy for now. A group of Rainbow Six Siege players are reporting that a new update for the game is crippling their systems, even going so far is some cases as to cor…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:04pm -
  • Ya Doggie smart food scoop tracks when your dog eats
    A startup based in Santa Cruz, California has launched a smart pet food scoop that keeps track when when your dog eats, automatically ordering more food when the existing bag is running low. The scoop is designed to make feeding a dog easier and more…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 7:54pm -
  • NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible
    This week we took a look at a bunch of images captured in the wild by gamers, all made possible with NVIDIA Ansel. The NVIDIA Ansel system allows a gamer to stop time by capturing the environment in which they’re playing a game. Through this system…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 7:25pm -