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Tell us how August’s newest Smart Lock works in your home

August’s fourth-generation Smart Lock not only has a much smaller internal motor and gearbox than previous models, it also features onboard WiFi. This means that users can now unlock and lock their doors while they’re away. However, as reviewer Florence Ion found, despite the device’s easy installation, the auto-unlock was finicky, the battery type is …

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A smarter, more capable Flippy robot knows how to fry 19 things

The restaurant industry has never been for the faint of heart, what with the razor-thin profit margins and continuous churn of employees. Combine that with the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and, well, it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of eateries across the country have shuttered permanently over the last seven months …

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‘Super Mario Bros. 35’: Iconic platformer, so-so battle royale

There are plenty of Mario games that let you compete with other people. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party and Mario Tennis Aces are just a few that you can pick up today for the Nintendo Switch. The original Super Mario Bros., though? Until now, player superiority has been decided with speedrunning and multiplayer …

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The Pixel 5 vs. the competition: Ultrawide cameras all around

It’s time for the fall phone launch season to begin and, unlike previous years, the first flagship out of the gate is the Pixel 5. At $599, it certainly undercuts its major competition on price. But how much power does Google’s new handset actually offer? The standout features include 5G and an ultrawide camera but, …

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What we’re listening to: ‘Mockery Manor’

Long Cat Media In this installment of our audio confessions, senior editor Daniel Cooper explains his love for a British thriller podcast that had him hooked almost immediately. I could be wrong, but I feel like everyone has a childhood experience of visiting a shitty regional theme park. You know, they’re an hour away from …

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Hitting the Books: The invisible threat that every ISS astronaut fears

Despite starry-eyed promises by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, only a handful of humans will actually experience existence outside of Earth’s atmosphere within our lifetime. The rest of us are stuck learning about life in space second hand but that’s where How to Astronaut by former ISS commander Colonel Terry Virts comes in. …

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Confused about which console to buy? Just wait.

After months of speculation, we now have a clear picture of how the next generation of consoles is shaping up. Four consoles at three price points, each offering a slightly different take on the future of gaming. At just $300, the Xbox Series S is clearly the value proposition. You won’t get true 4K gaming, …

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Taking 5G to work, in offices, and on the factory floor—will it help?

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of 5G. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images In our last 5G explainer, we talked about the potential impact of the 5G cellular protocol—and the various bands over which it operates—on gaming. Today, we’re going to explore what the improved throughput and latency associated with 5G networks might mean for work rather …

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Hitting the Books: Lessons learned from gaming with the King of Sweden

Video games have come a long way from their dim arcade origins. No longer a mere niche diversion for pasty, maladjusted youth, gaming is now an integral part of modern pop culture standing shoulder to shoulder with “classical” forms of media like films, televisions and literature. In his new book, The Dream Architects: Adventures in …

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NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 cards make counting teraflops pointless

Teraflops have been a popular way to measure “graphical power” for years. The term refers to the number of calculations a GPU can perform, but while it’s been on spec sheets forever, more recently the teraflop has gone mainstream, appearing in marketing messages found in the launch of consoles like the Xbox Series X. With …

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