Rode added a removable microphone to its headphones

Rode’s NTH-100M headset | Image: Rode Rode is packaging the NTH-100 headphones with a headset microphone for broadcast, streaming, and other voice operations and calling it the NTH-100M. There is virtually no difference between last year’s NTH-100s and the new $189 NTH-100M outside of the new removable boom microphone and the required TRRS cable for allowing devices to utilize the microphone, but it’s a welcome addition to the crowded headphone space. One feature from the NTH-100s that stood out among other media production headphones was the dual-sided cable attachments, which could be plugged into either the right or left ear cup. The clever modularity here allows those same cable ports… Read More

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Custom build turns the Framework Laptop into a triple-screen powerhouse

Open for business. | Image: DIY Perks The Framework Laptop has been a godsend for DIYers. Not only does the modular design allow for quick and easy repair, but the swappable mainboard is a robust platform for all sorts of bizarre builds. Tons of tinkerers have used the modular mainboard design to create their own cyberdeck designs. You don’t even need to buy the whole laptop to do it! DIY Perks has taken that to the next level with this triple-screen laptop build. Unsatisfied with the lack of screen real estate and poor ergonomics in most laptops, they used their skills to cobble together a portable cyberdeck workstation. Photo: DIY… Read More

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Overwatch 2 is making it easier and cheaper for you to get older skins

Image: Blizzard Entertainment To coincide with the release of season 3, Overwatch 2 is reintroducing Overwatch credits, giving players ways to earn those credits via battle pass progression, and adding Overwatch’s epic and legendary skins to its shop at reduced prices. Altogether, this currency overhaul is meant to address the long-standing complaint that the new cash shop placed one of Overwatch’s most unique and desirable features — its well-designed skins — behind a paywall that was just too expensive. As Overwatch season 2 nears its end, the developers published a blog highlighting their takeaways from the season. They addressed new hero Ramattra, including the tweaks they’ve made to his abilities,… Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S23 live blog: last-minute news and rumors ahead of Unpacked 2023

Leaked images of supposed Galaxy S23 family dummy units (Image credit: Sonny Dickson) As Samsung fans will already be well aware, we’re expecting three members of the Galaxy S23 series to arrive on February 1: the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The leaked image of dummy units you see above (credit: Sonny Dickson) echoes  other leaks and rumors around the design direction Samsung is taking with this generation. Each device looks strikingly similar in form to the Galaxy S22 Ultra.  The standard and Plus models of the S23 this year appear to shrug off the Contour Cut camera module of the previous two generations… Read More

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AMD RDNA 3 appears primed for 3D V-cache integration

With the announcement of AMD Ryzen 7000X3D-series chips at CES 2023, a lot of attention has been paid to what the new stackable cache technology can bring to Zen 4 processors. According to a new teardown of the Radeon RX 7900 XT, there is reason to hope that this same technology will be making its way to a graphics card near you. What else can you see? A linear array of “spots” that look remarkably like the keep out zones on X3D, and that are on the same 17-18 um pitch. Could they be considering stacked MCD functionality (or maybe they’re something else)?January 27, 2023 See more Tom Wassick, a… Read More

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EA is shutting down Apex Legends Mobile and not giving refunds

A screenshot from Apex Legends Mobile. | Image: EA Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment announced the game’s mobile version will shut down in all regions on May 1st, just a few weeks shy of its one-year anniversary. As if that wasn’t enough bad news for players, it also said that once the game is gone, so are any items or extras they purchased in Apex Legends Mobile. EA shared the news about the change as part of its Q3 FY203 earnings results. A news post from the company described the shutdown as a “mutual decision” reached with its “development partner”; Apex Legends Mobile was developed by Respawn and Tencent’s Lightspeed… Read More

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Apple’s focus on secrecy violated employee rights, US regulators find

Enlarge / Apple logo on stage at an iPhone launch presentation in September 2019. (credit: Getty Images | picture alliance ) Apple violated US labor laws through various workplace rules and statements made by executives, National Labor Relations Board officials determined after reviewing allegations from two former employees. An NLRB official will file a formal complaint against Apple unless the company reaches a settlement with the former employees, who filed complaints about Apple’s focus on secrecy. An NLRB spokesperson confirmed to Ars today that the labor board’s regional office “found merit to four charges alleging that various work rules, handbook rules, and confidentiality rules at Apple violated Section 8(a)(1) of… Read More

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No more export licenses: US plans to fully cut off Huawei from chip suppliers

Enlarge (credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Huawei has been hobbling along for a few years now with limited access to US chips and technology, with both the Trump and Biden administrations banning general exports to the company. Huawei hasn’t seen zero US chips, but every sale has had to be approved by the government, with the restrictions being tweaked several times since the initial ban in 2019. Reuters, The Financial Times, and several other outlets have reported that the Biden administration is putting even tighter restrictions on Huawei, with FT saying the US is working toward a “total ban” on sales to the Chinese tech company. Like every tech company, Huawei… Read More

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New Galaxy S23 leak gives us one last glimpse before Galaxy Unpacked

On the eve of Samsung’s Unpacked 2023 event, multiple leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra smartphones have surfaced on the internet. We’re covering all of the Galaxy S23 news as it breaks on our Samsung Galaxy S23 event live blog. The photographs come from Twitter user Dylan Xitton who discovered the devices in a Chilean electronics store. It looks like certain retailers are showing off the phones a day ahead of the official reveal on February 1. Of course, I have an extra bunch of photos here, the chilean mobile provider (Wom) said that the phone would be released in chile 1 month ongoing,… Read More

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1Password is bringing some major updates to its password manager

Popular password manager 1Password has announced big changes coming to its recently upgraded iteration. Based on feedback from social media, user forums and app store reviews, 1Password has revamped its software, making it easier for first time users and promising particular improvements for iPhone app users.  There is no specific date for when the entirety of the updates will arrive in 1Password 8, but the company says it will be in the near future, with some features, already live on certain platforms. New features One new feature soon to come will be the ability to rearrange the fields pertaining to a stored credential, simply by dragging and dropping them. 1Password… Read More

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PlayStation VR2 sales expectations reportedly halved after disappointing preorders

Sony originally estimated that it would shift two million PSVR2 units this quarter. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Sony has reportedly reduced sales projections for the launch of the PlayStation VR2 after receiving fewer preorders than expected for the new virtual reality headset. As reported by Bloomberg, the Tokyo-based tech giant is allegedly halving its quarterly shipment forecast from two million units down to a million units in the run-up to the PSVR2’s release on February 22nd. PSVR2 preorders first went live back in November last year, but many stores continue to take orders without a waitlist despite the product’s launch date being less than a month… Read More

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Fortnite is getting two new Dragon Ball characters and a welcome change to quests

Piccolo and Gohan are coming to Fortnite. | Image: Epic Games Fortnite is building on last year’s excellent Dragon Ball event by adding Piccolo and Son Gohan as purchasable skins. The two characters, which are now available to buy in the in-game shop, join a roster of playable Dragon Ball characters that already includes Goku, Vegeta, Beerus, and Bulma. Alongside the introduction of Piccolo and Gohan, the Kamehameha and Nimbus Cloud items will be available on the Fortnite island once more. Kamehameha lets you unleash a super attack, while the Nimbus Cloud lets you soar into the air, and I think both make the game a lot more fun (if… Read More

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Your Gmail is permanently changing soon – here’s what to expect

(Image credit: Google) The change may seem quite drastic to some Gmail users, who will still see emails displayed front and centre, but shifted significantly over to the right-hand side of the display to make way for a new sidebar on the left side that contains quick links to Chat, Spaces and Meet, shifting your email folders and label options over slightly. Read more > Gmail launches a big security update, but you might not get it yet > Gmail to halt campaign email spam filters following GOP complaints > We’ve rounded up the best free office software Away from the more integrated links with Meet and Chat, users will… Read More

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