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This Battery-Free Game Boy Is the First Step Toward Ensuring Gaming Doesn’t Wreck the Planet

The eternal struggle with the original Game Boy was having a cache of batteries on hand. Handheld consoles have evolved since then, but the battery problem still exists. However, researchers from Northwestern University and the Delft University of Technology have created a proof-of-concept “Game Boy” that doesn’t…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The Very Best Retro Game Consoles

Modern video games and consoles offer a narrative experience that rivals Hollywood blockbusters, but also require a hefty commitment of your time to play through. Sometimes you just want to dive into the action, and your favorite 8 and 16-bit games of yesteryear are perfect for that. Retro gaming is more popular than…Read more… Continue […]

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Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Is Finally Available to Help Make the Summer Less Sweltering

First revealed last Summer with an intended release to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sony’s wearable personal air conditioner is finally available for sale to help you battle the summer heat when you occasionally step outside to brave the sun’s rage and the ongoing pandemic.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Here’s a Quick Look at All the New Features in Early Android 11 Beta

Even though tomorrow’s originally scheduled Android 11 Beta Show has been postponed, it appears Google has also begun sending out the Android 11 beta to a handful of users even earlier than expected. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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The Nintendo Switch Is Sold Out. This Fan Says They Built Their Own Using Replacement Parts

Until Nintendo ramps up production and shipments again, finding a Switch for a reasonable price is going to be near-impossible. You can patiently wait it out, or you can take the route this guy claims to have and build your own Switch for about $200 using replacement and repair parts bought from China and online…Read […]

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You Can Connect Your Game Boy Camera to Modern Printers Using This $20 Adapter

Despite its utterly awful image quality (maxing out at a resolution of just 160×144 pixels), the Game Boy Camera was still a popular add-on, thanks in part to a cheap accessory that could print out tiny photos. But finding paper stock for the Game Boy Printer is no easy task these days, so Vaclav Mach […]

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You Can Connect Your Game Boy Camera to Modern Printers Using This $20 Adapter

Despite its utterly awful image quality (maxing out at a resolution of just 160×144 pixels), the Game Boy Camera was still a popular add-on, thanks in part to a cheap accessory that could print out tiny photos. But finding paper stock for the Game Boy Printer is no easy task these days, so Vaclav Mach […]

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With 5G and a 120Hz Display, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Is a Whole Lot of Phone

Last year’s Galaxy S10 was a triumph of phone design, combining innovative features like an in-display fingerprint reader, reverse wireless charging, and tiny punch hole selfie cameras with a gorgeous, nearly bezel-free body. However, after missing out on a few features that found their way onto some of the S10's…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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With 5G and a 120Hz Display, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Is a Whole Lot of Phone

Last year’s Galaxy S10 was a triumph of phone design, combining innovative features like an in-display fingerprint reader, reverse wireless charging, and tiny punch hole selfie cameras with a gorgeous, nearly bezel-free body. However, after missing out on a few features that found their way onto some of the S10's…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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This Tiny Circuit Board Is the Last Ingredient You Need to Turn Your Car Into a Racing Game Controller

If you prefer racing games like Gran Turismo and Forza over Super Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing then you’re probably after as authentic a (simulated) driving experience as possible. And what’s a more authentic experience than the car you drive to work every day? With this $10 breakout board—and a couple of slightly… Read […]

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The Super Retro Champ Plays SNES and Sega Genesis Cartridges, Bringing Peace to Retro Gaming

Following up on its Retro Champ: a portable 8-bit console that plays both NES and Famicom cartridge, My Arcade is introducing a new 16-bit version called the Super Retro Champ that plays both Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis cartridges. If you’ve held a longtime loyalty to either retro console, now’s the perfect time…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s What to Expect From CES 2020

Because each individual day of 2019 felt like it stretched on for 100 years, you would absolutely be forgiven for forgetting that the largest technology show of the year immediately follows the start of the new year. But folks, the Consumer Electronics Show is happening—mere days from now, in fact—which means that the…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s What to Expect From CES 2020

Because each individual day of 2019 felt like it stretched on for 100 years, you would absolutely be forgiven for forgetting that the largest technology show of the year immediately follows the start of the new year. But folks, the Consumer Electronics Show is happening—mere days from now, in fact—which means that the…Read more… Continue […]

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Segway Makes a Self-Balancing Stroller for Adults

There were lots of great reasons to hate on the original Segway: it was overhyped, it was expensive, it was easy to fall off, but most disappointing was that it required extensive standing. We were promised a future with minimal physical exertion, and Segway-Ninebot’s new S-Pod personal transporter finally delivers…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Google’s Pixelbook Go Is Really Weird, But Holy Crap That Battery Life

The Pixelbook Go is the cheapest Chromebook Google has made to date. Google’s flagship Chrome OS devices typically start at $1,000, so the $650 price tag on the base-level Pixelbook Go is incredible. Compared to other Google-made Chrome OS devices, the Pixelbook Go is a fantastic budget alternative that gives you some…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Incredibly Customizable Controller Will Make You Better at the Switch

Nintendo makes an excellent standalone controller for those who prefer gaming with something more substantial than the Switch’s Joy-Cons. The Pro Controller was always what I recommended to anyone looking for a Switch gamepad, but not any longer. 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro+ isn’t perfect, but its biggest draw—its ability to be …Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This Is the iPhone 11 You Should Buy (If You Must Pre-Order)

Another September is here, and as we say goodbye to the Summer, we once again say hello to the agonizing upgrade decisions following Apple’s annual iPhone event. Let’s break down which iPhone 11 might be best for you, and whether or not it’s actually time for an upgrade.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Galaxy Note 10 Review: A Smaller Note Makes For Better Handling

When Samsung announced the arrival of two versions of its latest Galaxy Note—the 6.3-inch Note 10 and the 6.8-inch Note 10+—it signaled a small departure from previous years. In spirit, the Galaxy Note 10+ is the true successor to Samsung’s iconic big-screen phone line, while the standard Note 10 seems like something…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Cheapest iPhone 11 Might Be Apple’s Best Smartphone Deal

Given the fact that the cheaper iPhone XR was Apple’s best selling iPhone in 2018 and that it out-shipped every other smartphone in the first half of 2019, it comes as no surprise that Apple announced the affordable iPhone 11 today. It now includes the double camera setup of the iPhone XS and XS Max, […]

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