A kid in tech-savvy 2020 has a lot of plates to keep spinning. That avalanche of technology often requires making some difficult choices, like this one: what happens when you want to listen to music streaming from your phone and play a game on your Nintendo Switch? — Read the rest
Are you running out of ways to entertain yourself and your family? If you’ve read all the books and watched all the movies, it might be time to explore the psychic abilities of silicon. [Hari Wiguna] has just the trick to keep them guessing for a good long time.
You might enjoy playing Scrabble with your family and friends, but when you get outside your social bubble and run into a serious or even tournament-grade Scrabble player, well, that’s a whole different world.
When the top players gathered in Torquay, England, last year for the World Scrabble Tournament (this year’s contest should have been this week, but has been cancelled thanks to you-know-what), it was to use ‘words’ like these in their games: dzo, ch, foyned, ghiâ¦
Yep, that’s right; a whole lot of words that, let’s be frank about this, are not words.
Have you ever pulled a piece of electronics from the trash that looked like nothing was wrong with it, only to take it home and find out it really is dead? Since you’re reading Hackaday, we already know the answer. Trash picking is an honored hacker tradition, and we all …read more
Intrepid developers have done the expected and necessary: Doom now runs on Nintendoâs recently released Game & Watch portable. The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. was designed to run three games, but successfully porting Doom shows it can handle others if you have a lot of patience (via Hackaday).
This version of Doom is not perfect, of course. In order to get the game to run even at the slower speed shown in the video below, sound had to be disabled and textures had to be simplified to fit the game on the small portable. And getting that far wasnât easy: programmers stacksmashing and Konrad Beckmann had to trick the Game & Watch to offload its firmware by injecting code into the external storage accessed by the Game & Watchâs tiny…
Considering how 2020 has played out, it feels like making resolutions about what you hope for in 2021 is a little underwhelming. Under the circumstances, you may need something a little stronger than a simple New Year’s Eve promise to achieve your goals. — Read the rest
So, this one is going to be a different from last year. Because everything is different from last year. I know 2020 has been a pretty big change for my own personal podcast. I always prefer conducting interviews in person when Iâm able â in fact, around 400 or so episodes were done exactly like […]
Itâs rare that Apple slashes the prices on its own products. Fortunately, other retailers are putting a lot of Apple products on sale for Black Friday. A bunch of retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Woot are slashing the prices on everything from wearables to its wireless earbuds.
Additionally, Appleâs direct website will mark down prices on several products beginning on Friday, November 27th, and running until Monday, November 30th. If you buy an eligible product during Appleâs Black Friday event, the tech giant will give you up to a $150 gift card.
Below, we have listed all of the best Black Friday discounts you can take advantage of if you are looking to buy any Apple device.
Letâs just get this out of the way: for the past several years, Iâve contributed the âBest Gifts for Frequent Travelersâ segment to TechCrunchâs annual gift guide. I love it. It was easily my favorite gift guide to write, and it was an audience favorite, as well. But I am no longer a frequent traveler. […]
Best Buy was one of the first retailers to launch Black Friday deals â all the way back in mid-October to go up against Amazon Prime Day. Now that Black Friday is actually here, of course, Best Buy is back with a bunch of great sales that you can take advantage of. Best Buy stores around the US will be closed all of Thanksgiving, but if you want to shop in-person, most will re-open at 5AM local time on Black Friday. Alternatively, just stay home and do your shopping online.
Below, youâll find the best deals currently happening at Best Buy. If you want out whatâs happening at other retailers, check out our other Black Friday coverage. As new deals come out, weâll add those to the top so you can see them easily.
Google and Disney have teamed up for a new AR experience featuring The Mandalorian and yes, Baby Yoda is involved. The Mandalorian AR experience âputs you in the shoes of a bounty hunter following the trail of Mando himself, Din Djarin, and The Child,â according to a blog post by Matthieu Lorrain, head of creative, AR partnerships at Google. Players can interact with the characters in AR and capture scenes from the app for sharing.
The app is built on ARCore, Googleâs developer platform for building augmented reality experiences, and uses its ARCore Depth API, which enables occlusion â when an AR object is blocked from view by other real objects in a scene…
I wasnât super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazonâs first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while theyâve already been on the market for a while now, the companyâs continuing to deliver some key updates, including todayâs addition of new fitness features. Say âAlexa, […]
Buying brand new things comes with an additional price â worrying about them getting scratched and dented. An Italian company called Crash Baggage makes polycarbonate luggage with cosmetic damage molded into the shell.
From their website:
[O]ur suitcases are already dented, worn-looking, crashed.
No drugs, no dopey singing numbers, no cartoon Boba Fett. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special brings back Wookie Life Day with all the LEGO Star Wars sarcasm and trolling you could hope for. — Read the rest
Steve McQueenâs Widows was one of the best movies to come out in 2018: it was a smart, slick crime thriller that showed the acclaimed filmmaker could follow up a challenging drama like Shame and 12 Years a Slave with tremendous crowd-pleasers. Two years later, heâs back with his follow-up effort: Small Axe, which is five whole movies now streaming on Amazon Prime. We knew McQueen was good, and now itâs undeniable that he has the range.
While it presents as a TV series â and thatâs how the BBC is airing it across the pond â itâs best to think of Small Axe as five full-on movies, with a new one premiering every Friday. (My suggestion: watch it right after The Mandalorian.) Each film / episode features an entirely new story with a…
This holiday season the next generation of gamers, bless their hearts, will be hoping to receive the next generation of gaming consoles. But confusing branding by the console makers â not to mention a major shortage of consoles â could lead to disappointment during the unwrapping process. Before making any big promises this year, you’ll […]
If you see a lot of banner ads on certain websites, you know that without a Virtual Private Network (VPN), hackers will quickly ravage your computer and burn down your house. Well, that seems to be what they imply. In reality, though, there are two main reasons you might want …read more
To promote the sequel to Ready Player One â a book about a treasure hunt inside a virtual universe â author Ernest Cline has partnered with the hit kids game Roblox to re-create something akin to the plot of the original novel: a hunt for clues and prizes inside a virtual world.
Roblox says the treasure hunt will take place across seven different game worlds. The first world is already open, but it sounds like the event really kicks off on December 1st when a Q&A with Cline and Roblox CEO Dave Baszucki will air inside the game. Players will be âawarded virtual goodsâ specific to the Ready Player Two event for completing the treasure hunt.