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Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses

Gunnar was one of the first big names in blue light-reducing glasses for computer users and gamers, and it’s still going strong. Since we tested the Phenoms in 2014, the company has introduced a number of new designs and tint options, and here we’re checking out the Haus computer glasses featuring prescription Crystalline tinted lenses. […]

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The Great Google Hangouts Shutdown begins October 2019

Enlarge Google previously announced that its most popular messaging app, Google Hangouts, would be shutting down. In a post today on the GSuite Updates blog, Google detailed what the Hangouts shutdown will look like, and the company shared some of its plan to transition Hangouts users to “Hangouts Chat,” a separate enterprise Slack clone. First, […]

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Microsoft unveils more cheap hardware, Teams features, and pens for education

Enlarge / Lenovo 300e with its stylus and, uh, fallback stylus. Lenovo At the Bett educational technology conference in London, Microsoft has announced cheaper Surface Go pens, new Teams integrations with educational software, and a range of third-party Windows laptops and two-in-one devices with prices as low as $ 189. Microsoft has felt new competitive […]

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Sonos speakers are discounted for the Super Bowl

Enlarge / The Beam is more of an entry-level soundbar for smaller rooms and TVs than a true Playbar or Playbase replacement. Sonos Super Bowl season typically brings an uptick in deals for TV tech. True to form, Sonos has announced discounts for a handful of its home theater devices. Here’s a rundown of the […]

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Withings Pulse HR review: A longer-lasting competitor to Fitbit’s Alta HR

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Withings has returned as its own company after a short stint under Nokia, and it’s brought out some new fitness trackers to take on the top contenders. The $ 129 Withings Pulse HR looks and acts much like Fitbit’s Alta HR: its svelte, rectangular module tracks heart rate all day and night […]

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Western Digital’s Black SSD is now focused on gaming, can come with a heatsink

The WD Black SN750 without a heatsink. Western Digital The WD Black SN750 with a heatsink. Western Digital A render that gives you some sense of the thickness with the heatsink attached. Western Digital It’s a gamer brand now, so of course its marketing graphics look menacing, grimdark, juvenile, and ridiculous. Western Digital Another angle […]

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Even with the Google/Fossil deal, Wear OS is doomed

Enlarge / Wear OS seems nice, but it lacks apps and decent hardware. Ron Amadeo Google and Fossil Group were involved in some kind of acquisition deal yesterday. Despite being a fashion brand, Fossil is probably the biggest remaining seller of Android Wear OS hardware. Brands like Fossil, Michael Kors, Diesel, Emporio Armani, and Misfit are all […]

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Can Apple Watch Prevent Strokes? New Study Aims to Find Out

Apple Watch has already been credited with saving lives by alerting wearers about heart conditions. But can the smartwatch prevent strokes? A new Johnson & Johnson study aims to find out. The pharmaceutical company is partnering with Apple to study whether the wearable’s irregular rhythm notifications and ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 […]

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LG’s new OLED TVs: true 4K/120Hz, variable refresh rates, HDMI 2.1, more

As usual, LG included lifestyle marketing images with its press release. Here, a whole galaxy apparently awaits those who install OLED TVs in extremely stark, modernist apartments. LG You can watch LG TVs with your significant other, it seems. Neat! LG You can talk to it, because if last year’s CES showed us anything, it’s […]

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Chrome’s getting a dark mode on Windows to match the one for macOS

Enlarge / Chrome’s dark mode. Chrome 73 is going to include support for macOS 10.14’s dark mode, with an alternative color scheme for its user interface that cuts the brightness. It’s now clear that a Windows version of the same is in development, though it seems to trail the macOS version. A bug report was […]

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Netflix delivers a blow to Apple’s services story by ending in-app subscriptions

Enlarge / The Netflix homepage—iPhone and iPad users will have to go here to sign up for the streaming video service. Netflix Netflix will no longer offer in-app subscription purchases for users of iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, VentureBeat reports. The change cuts off a substantial amount of revenue for Apple at a time […]

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Nokia 9 leak shows off all five rear cameras

Here’s the full press image from Evan Blass. Evan Blass Seven holes, five cameras, an LED flash, and a sensor cluster. MySmartPrice I’ll say it: those are some awfully big bezels for a flagship device. MySmartPrice An in-screen fingerprint sensor! Will it be Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic sensor, or an optical one? MySmartPrice A home screen […]

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Let’s kick off 2019 by pondering the dismal future prospects for humanity

Enlarge / Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees speaks at Stephen Hawking’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. Ben Stansall/WPA Pool /Getty Images There’s rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we’re running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series of […]

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June postscript: 5 unusual things you can make in an Internet-connected oven

Enlarge / The air-fried "churros" were delicious, but they tasted nothing at all like churros. Megan Geuss Earlier this month, Ars reviewed the June Oven, an Internet-connected, seven-in-one device that pushes the boundaries of the traditional toaster oven. Overall, I felt pretty positive about the June, especially the internal camera that allows you to watch your […]

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Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”

Enlarge / Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Getty Images There’s rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we’re running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series of posts, highlighting one story that fell through the cracks each day, from December 25 through January 5. Today: an intriguing […]