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Exploding Pyrex, Cetacean Autopsies, and Spectacular Gadget Failures: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This week Gizmodo examined the many functions of various forms of technology in our everyday lives over the course of the last century. For a highlight reel of some of the beauty industry torture devices dreamed up over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, don’t miss our feature on the most bizarre gadgets that were destined to fail. Gizmodo examined the persistent Pyrex glass controversy—you know, the one involving exploding glass. And we reported on aviation’s shift toward automated systems, and how experts have been warning of the potential for crashes like…

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The Full Nerd ep. 78: Intel’s comeback plans, laptop GeForce RTX leaks, and fake RGB RAM

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about what’s next. We kick things off by discussing Intel’s surprise 10nm “Sunny Cove” CPU architecture and its next-gen graphics cores, then dig deeper into the details behind Intel’s comeback plans. Chipzilla’s been roused and it feels like this is a whole new Intel. Watch out, world. Mentioned in this article Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce Read PCWorld’s review $498.99 See it on Amazon After that, the gang delves into rumors and leaks around laptop versions of Nvidia’s…

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New Apple iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 come with the fastest mobile chipsets

If the new MacBook Air is the new MacBook, then the new iPad Pro is the new MacBook Air. Apple says it’s more powerful than 92% of laptops out there and it’s running the full-blown versions of Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk AutoCAD and, yes, it could easily transform into a laptop-like device with keyboard or even a desktop with an external monitor. There’s so much to cover, but we have to start with the new screens. With thinner bezels, Apple fit larger screen in the same body on the iPad…

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Counterclockwise: extinct cable connectors for mobile phones

The “U” in USB stands for “universal”. The port has certainly lived up to its name, it’s the default way to deliver data and power to electronic devices. In fact, USB-C is just about the only port used on new Macs (other than an ironic 3.5mm headphone jack) and it’s definitely the only port on the new iPad Pros. The path to this wonderful land of “one port to rule them all” is littered with the remains of many proprietary standards. Today we’ll be looking at a few of them.…

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T-Mobile announces the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus own-brand smartphones

Following up last year’s Revvl and Revvl Plus, T-Mobile today unveiled a couple of new own-brand Android-powered smartphones – the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus. The smaller model comes with a 5.5-inch 720×1440 touchscreen, a 13 MP main camera with LED flash, an 8 MP front-facing shooter, and a 3,000 mAh battery. T-Mobile Revvl 2 At the helm is MediaTek’s MT6739 chipset (with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU), paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The Revvl has IP52 water and dust resistance (so not…

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Sony Mobile Black Friday Sale: Xperia XZ2 family and many accessories discounted

Sony Mobile is running a Black Friday sale with discounts for the XZ2 generation and older, plus some goodies. Note that the exact deals vary by country. In Germany the Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium come with a free year of PlayStation Plus (which is usually worth around €50). In the UK, France, Spain, Italy and other countries you just get the phones. Note that in some countries you’re looking at dual SIM models. Phone Price (GB) Price (DE) Price (FR) Price (IT) Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium…

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Looking to buy a new Windows 10 computer? You can take advantage of Microsoft’s Easy Trade Up promotion

Microsoft is currently running a promotion, dubbed Easy Trade Up, that allows you to earn a trade-up reward on your old PCs and Macs when you purchase a new Windows 10 computer. For example, if you’re in the US, the Redmond, Washington-based company will give you $200 for your old PC and $300 for an old Mac when you purchase a new Windows 10 machine costing over $599. What’s worth mentioning here is that the promotion is only valid until October 20, and is only available in select markets, including…

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Fujitsu splits its computer and mobile divisions

Fujitsu has announced that it will be splitting its PC business and mobile business into two separate entities. The PC business shall henceforth be known as Fujitsu Client Computing Limited and the mobile business as Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited. The reason for the split, as Fujitsu puts it, is because, “With the ongoing commoditization of ubiquitous products, mainly of PCs and smartphones, it has become increasingly difficult to achieve differentiation, and competition with emerging global vendors has intensified.” “The Company has resolved to implement Each Company Split in order to…

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Raspberry Pi Zero W adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to the tiny computer board

A new Raspberry Pi has been served – a Pi Zero W. It expands the original Pi Zero capabilities by adding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. More specifically, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. This led the price to double, but since the original was so cheap, we’re still talking $10/£9.60 . It’s all good, though. Like the original Zero, you can score a free Raspberry Pi Zero W if you subscribe for The MagPi magazine (in print for 12 months). The wireless tech is based on the same Cypress CYW43438 chip as…

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