Save over 50% on this collision-detecting dash cam

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People who ask themselves why they need a dashcam usually have one thing in common: They’ve never been a serious collision. Even in fender benders, these gadgets can save you an immense amount of time and hassle, stopping headaches before they even start.

If you’re looking for a reliable starter cam, the myGEKOgear Orbit 110 Full HD Dashcam hits all the marks for a surprisingly low price point.

The video quality is likely higher than you’ll need in most cases – but better to be safe than sorry. It shoots 1080p HD video day or night, thanks to the CMOS sensor. Another crucial factor: A 120-degree wide-angle lens that allows you to capture more than just the lane in front of you.

Once you mount it, you’re good to go. A G-sensor will automatically detect undue braking or collisions, and the video is stored on an 8GB MicroSD card (but you can also expand your storage up to 32 GB if you like).

The Orbit 110 is currently on sale for half off the retail price, but you can take an extra 15% off that by using the holiday discount code MERRYSAVE15. Read the rest

Juice up on the go with this power bank/wireless charger combo

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There’s no shortage of wireless chargers out there. So when one scores a Best of Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show, we take notice. And, those industry nods mean good news for just about anybody with a smartphone, because the HyperCharger X Wireless Charger means there’s no excuse for losing power when you’re out and about.

As a straight-up wireless charger, the thing packs a punch. It has 7.5 watts of power for Qi-compatible devices. No plugs in sight? It’s also a power bank with 6,000 mAh of capacity, more than enough to get multiple devices throughout the day.

For old-school gadgets, you can charge by a 15W universal USB port. You can even charge up your phone wirelessly while recharging up the unit via the port, so there’s no downtime.

And the cherry on top? The entire thing is as small as an iPhone X.

Right now, you can get a 2-pack of HyperCharger X Wireless Chargers for more than 40% off the retail price, but you can take another 15% off that final cost by using the holiday discount code MERRYSAVE15. Read the rest

Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11

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We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over […]

J.J. Abrams shows off Star Wars clip inside Fortnite, and now lightsabers are in the game

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even started invading video games. This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a unique location to show off a new clip from the movie: Risky Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s virtual island. It was a unique promotional event for the film, which naturally ended with a lightsaber duel.

The event opened with Abrams arriving on the Millennium Falcon, amidst a battle with some TIE fighters and a few Star Destroyers. There was even an in-game avatar that looked remarkably like the director. After a bit of a preamble with host Geoff Keighley — best known as the host and creator of The Game Awards — a massive floating display appeared. The brief, exclusive clip of Rise of…

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8 new trailers you should watch this week

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I recently saw Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton’s adaptation of the two-decade-old Jonathan Lethem novel about a private investigator with Tourette syndrome. I’ve never read the book, but from what I gather, the movie is an almost complete departure from the text outside of its core conceit.

Departing from the book isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Norton’s instinct to play up the noir elements makes for a fun, slapstick twist on the genre at points, and 1950s New York is a lot of fun to explore.

But the movie also feels a little hollowed out. Norton basically jams a tour through The Power Broker (the famously thorough 1975 biography of Robert Moses, which has nothing to do with Motherless Brooklyn) into the core of his adaptation,…

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No matter how Watchmen ends, it’s already done more than enough

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It was the Rorschach mask in the glove box that sold me. Watchmen, HBO’s sequel / reinvention of the comic of the same name by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, came out the gate swinging with a prologue set during the 1921 Tulsa race riot. But it was the next scene that got me fully on board, one that showed that Rorschach, the original comic’s most popular character, was a hero to white supremacists. It felt transgressive but also right — and then I flipped back to the comic and you know what? It was right. The TV Watchmen sold me on its relevance by resurfacing something incredibly obvious about its source material that years of fan culture had scrubbed away, mostly because the character looked cool.

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The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition

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Christopher Nolan’s Cat

Apologies to Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the most interesting cat content online right now is a Snapchat filter that lets humans try on a feline face. The resulting clips are adorable, confounding, and a great example of just how little we know about cat cognition.

In a video compilation making the rounds online, cats look at a phone screen that shows their owners with a cat face filter. The cats whip their heads around to look up at the human, and then back to the screen. “It appears the cat recognizes that their owner’s face should be on the phone, but it is not,” Kristyn Vitale, who studies cat…

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Save over 75% on this 5-piece Damascus chef’s knife set

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Once you’ve cut steak or poultry with some actual quality knives, it’s really tough to go back to those budget blades you bought at the department store a couple of decades ago.

Consider that a fair warning about this 5-Piece Professional Damascus Chef’s Kitchen Set. The holiday discount makes it easy to buy for a friend. But if you do, you might be eating dinner at their place a lot more often.

The striking look on the metal is a beautiful side effect of the ancient methods that Black Forge Knives uses to produce them. The end result is Damascus steel, extremely hard and capable of being honed to a precise edge.

The set includes a butcher’s knife, filet knife, and other standard sizes to suit any kitchen needs, plus a leather pouch for easy carrying. Like a trusty cast-iron pan, there’s a bit of oiling and care required to keep them at their best – but when they’re at their best, there’s nothing quite like them.

The entire set is already more than 60% off retail, but you can take an extra 15% off the final price by using the coupon code MERRYSAVE15. Read the rest

These home vision tests offer a clear look at the state of your eyesight

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Concerned about your eyesight? You probably should be. And we’re not just talking about seniors here. Young or old, we’re all at risk of coming down with vision issues

Most of us might get a vision test only once every couple of years or so when we get a new pair of glasses – if that. And there’s not many who can afford regular preventative trips to an optometrist.

Luckily, there’s an effective middle ground. The vision experts at EyeQue have a range of home test kits that can help you keep track of your vision.

The basic Personal Vision Tracker makes the whole procedure simple, not to mention inexpensive. You can use it multiple times over years for less than the cost of a single visit to most eye doctors. It’s a device that attaches and pairs with your smartphone and allows you to get accurate readings on your vision within minutes. You can even use the results to order eyeglasses online from eyeque.com.

Need a little more in-depth info? The EyeQue VisionCheck is a similar unit that you can even use with your eyeglasses on if you’d like to confirm that your current prescription is up to snuff. This unit also lets you track your vision ratings by doing tests once a month and comparing your stats.

There’s even the EyeQue Insight, a more full-featured version of the test that’s tailor-made for kids but packed with useful info for all ages. The dual-lens device again attaches to your smartphone, and the tests are sweetened up for the younger set by way of an animated mascot and virtual prizes. Read the rest

Hackaday Podcast 046: Bring Us Your Nonsense, Hacking NES Clones, Grasping FPGAs, Many a Music Hack, and Fish Tanks Full of Random

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Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys highlight the most delightful hacks of the past week. Need a random-number showpiece for your office? Look no further than that fish tank. Maybe the showpiece you actually need is to complete your band’s stage act? You want one of Tristan Shone’s many …read more

How to watch Fortnite’s exclusive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip this Saturday

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Fortnite is about to host another of its now-iconic in-game live events, but this one has a pretty important real-world connection. For the first time, Epic’s battle royale game will host an exclusive film clip, and this one happens to be from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, ahead of its December 20th release. The event is happening on Saturday, December 14th.

We’ve known about the clip premiere since last week, but Epic disclosed some more concrete details last night at the Game Awards. The studio says it’ll open the gates of its virtual world starting at 1:30PM ET. The clip will start airing at the Risky Reels drive-in movie theater at 2PM ET. Speaking with Game Awards host Geoff Keighley yesterday, Epic’s worldwide creative…

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