Gears & Gadgets

Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]

Computer

Windows on ARM was a failure. Here’s what makes Qualcomm’s latest attempt different

The PC industry is a business of very old partnerships. They aren’t easily broken. On a rainy California afternoon in advance of the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, we were granted a glimpse into the inner workings of a company that has become synonymous with smartphones to discuss Qualcomm’s venture into the PC space. It’s a […]

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Mozilla’s built-in price-tracking extension makes it easy to shop with Firefox

[embedded content] With Black Friday and the Christmas shopping period fast approaching, it can be quite tricky to stay on top of the best deals when shopping on the internet. Mozilla has heard those worries and is now introducing a new set of experimental extensions that aim to make it easier to shop while browsing with Firefox. […]

Gaming

Nexon makes strategic investment in Patrick Söderlund’s game studio Embark Studios

Asian online gaming giant Nexon made a strategic investment in Embark Studios, a new game studio founded by former Electronic Arts and DICE executive Patrick Söderlund. As the sole strategic equity investor in Embark, Nexon, maker of games such as MapleStory and Dungeon & Fighter, will also serve as worldwide publisher for titles developed by the […]

Emerging Tech

Like a Bat-Signal for cyclists, this laser light makes bikes visible to drivers

Having lights on your bicycle isn’t just an optional extra — it’s a legal requirement in most places, provided that you wish to cycle after it’s dark. Well, you’ve probably never seen seen a bike light quite like the one created by U.K. startup Beryl, though. Called the Laserlight Core, it’s a smart projection system […]

Photography

Pictar Pro makes phones even more DSLR-like with viewfinder and better build

Previous Next Who says smartphones can’t have viewfinders and physical controls? The Miggo Pictar Pro gives iPhone and Android phones a viewfinder and DSLR-like control wheels along with an extra battery. Even more impressive, the phone grip, like the original Pictar (see our full review), does it all without a wired or Wi-Fi connection with […]

Photography

No gimbal required: GoPro’s HyperSmooth stabilizer makes Hero7 a must-have upgrade

Previous Next Go Pro’s new Hero7 action camera is available globally from Sunday, September 30. After venturing into 60 fps 4K last year and delivering some of the best electronic image stabilization we had ever seen, GoPro has now done one better with the new Hero7 series by adding gimbal-like stabilization and built-in live-streaming to the […]

Emerging Tech

Magic of physics makes this fridge chill food without fans or electricity

[embedded content] Coolers are big business on Kickstarter, dating back to the multi-function Coolest Cooler, which racked up an epic $ 13 million in pledges several years ago. Now a new refrigeration system has landed on the popular crowdfunding platform — and it’s missing one big feature. What feature is that? Just a little thing […]

Gears & Gadgets

Nvidia makes GPU overclocking a lot smarter with “Scanner”

Nvidia’s new 20-series video cards, due to ship next week, will introduce a new overclocking system: Scanner. Overclocking is typically a trial-and-error process: increase the clock speed, run some intensive workloads to make sure everything works OK, maybe fiddle with the GPU voltage to eke out a bit more stability. Push the clock speed too […]

Photography

Photoshop makes objects disappear with revamped Content-Aware Fill

[embedded content] Making an object in a photo disappear is a time-consuming task in Photoshop but the photo editing software will soon have a more effective tool for wiping out telephone poles, trash cans, and other objects that are better left out. On Monday, September 10, Adobe teased an overhaul of the Content-Aware Fill tool […]

Gears & Gadgets

Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge Felix Rieseberg A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator can […]

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IBM’s Holodeck-style classroom tech makes language-learning apps look primitive

[embedded content] Whether it’s apps like Duolingo or the ease of travel, there are plenty of ways technology has made it more straightforward to learn a second (or third or fourth …) language. Now, IBM Research and New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have come up with an entirely new high-tech approach — and it totally reminds […]

Photography

Adobe Spark Page makes web design easy — here’s how to use it

There are plenty of easy web design tools out there, but when Adobe decided to jump in the mix with Spark Page, it added artificial intelligence, a mobile app, and integration with programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Stock. The result is an easy-to-use web designer with scroll effects that looks good on both smartphone and […]

Photography

Photo FOMO: VSCO makes harsh sun look cool, Apple wants to make 360 look better

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photo FOMO is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Sony’s new position at the top for full-frame camera sales, a film festival that […]