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Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller is for everybody—literally
— 8:11 AM on June 15, 2018

At a quick glance, it's easy to dismiss the Xbox Adaptive Controller as a one-off thing meant for a very specific audience. But Microsoft...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Gaming

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Tobii makes a compelling case for more natural and immersive VR with eye tracking
— 4:36 PM on January 26, 2018

 We've heard murmurs about the benefits of eye-tracking in VR headsets for quite some time now, but even with the number of press days and...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Input devices Gaming

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Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensor feels like the way of the future
— 10:30 AM on January 17, 2018

Edge-to-edge screens are poised to be the new hotness of smartphone design in 2018, but pushing pixels right out to a device's borders leaves little...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Mobile computing

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How much does screen size matter in comparing Ryzen Mobile and Kaby Lake-R battery life?
— 1:15 PM on November 30, 2017

 As we've continued testing AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U APU over the past few days, we've been confronted with the problem of comparing battery life...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

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Here's a first look at the battery life of HP's Ryzen-powered Envy x360
— 8:15 AM on November 29, 2017

My initial tests of AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U APU gave us a fine picture of the APU's performance, but we admittedly didn't test battery...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

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I made my dumb appliances smarter with the Internet of Things
— 2:58 PM on December 2, 2016

Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking

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Mixing power-line networking with Wi-Fi proves intoxicating
— 11:27 AM on September 28, 2015

You may recall my failed attempt at using a second Wi-Fi router in repeater mode in order to overcome some signal-strength issues in the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

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Time Warner slings free Maxx upgrades to counter Google Fiber
— 1:35 PM on May 21, 2015

I've been chronicling the slow progress of Google Fiber moving into my metro area, my city, and eventually, into my house. Since Google Fiber...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Networking

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Farewell, beloved Rat
— 6:00 AM on April 16, 2015

Farewell, beloved Rat. You've been a faithful companion, constantly perched next to my right hand and always eager for the next opportunity to dart...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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Thanksgiving offers a perfect chance to crack open a busted iPad Air
— 11:05 AM on December 1, 2014

Phew. I needed that break. I was able to take off the latter half of last week and this past weekend to spend some time...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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Gaming on the Grid with Nvidia's Shield Tablet
— 3:12 PM on November 24, 2014

Music and video streaming are big business these days. Game streaming hasn't taken off in the same way, but Nvidia has big plans for it....

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Gaming

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For Valve, is the Steam controller both a blessing and a curse?
— 10:06 PM on April 10, 2014

As excited as we may be about Steam machines democratizing PC gaming in the living room, there's no question Valve's new platform will encounter some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Game consoles

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High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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Google, I love you, but you're bringing me down
— 11:57 PM on November 14, 2013

I was listening to LCD Soundsystem the other day, and New York, I love you, but you're bringing me down somehow coalesced my feelings...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Internet Operating systems Personal tech

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Adventures in left-handed mousing
— 9:15 AM on November 1, 2013

I'm right-handed. I use my dominant hand for everything from scrawling my name to hurling tennis balls for my dog to brushing my teeth. My...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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Papa's got a brand-new, undead-proof European carryall
— 11:02 AM on October 16, 2013

So iPhone 5S and 5C mania has died down (although someone needs to tell the entrepreneurs on eBay), OS X Mavericks has yet to go...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

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That's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC
— 11:12 PM on September 26, 2013

Slowly but surely, Valve's plans for Steam in the living room are coming into focus. On Monday, we learned about SteamOS, a Linux-based...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming Operating systems

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The PC is booming—just not the PC we know
— 11:05 PM on April 18, 2013

So, you heard the news: PC sales are tanking. Apparently, nobody wants to buy Dells or HPs anymore; nobody cares about clunky laptops and bulky...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Mobile computing Personal tech

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