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Rode’s Vlogger Kit might just find its way into my podcast toolbox

This last year or so, you might have found yourself with a little more time on your hands. What better motivation to start that fitness vlog (or self-isolation misery diary)? Of course, your phone already has everything you need to get going, but it’s 2021, and the internet demands a certain level of quality if …

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s new VR mode haunts my dreams 

I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ll never be anything more than a casual Microsoft Flight Simulator player. I’m not a hardcore “simmer,” as devoted fans of the series call themselves. I’ve played the game off and on since its release, and like Engadget’s Jessica Conditt, I’ve found it to be a chill and …

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Apple’s M1 MacBook Air has that Apple Silicon magic

Enlarge / Hey, my macro lens still works! Lee Hutchinson The new M1-powered MacBook Air is hilariously fast, and the battery lasts a long-ass time. If you stop reading this review immediately after this, then know that unless Windows virtualization is a requirement of your workflow, you should probably just go ahead and sell your …

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Apple HomePod mini review: An acceptable Echo alternative

Apple’s HomePod was a bit of a tough sell when it launched in 2018. The $350 speaker (now selling for $300) was far more expensive than the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and Siri was less capable and intelligent than Alexa or Google Assistant. One thing was undeniable, though: the HomePod sounded excellent. This fit …

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NFT Craftiness: Mint a Non-Fungible Token Art Collectible in Less Than 15 Minutes

In the last few months the non-fungible token (NFT) art space has exploded and data shows that there’s been over 4.9 million sales worth well over $128 million to-date. This week I decided to create an Ethereum-based NFT leveraging the application rarible.com, in order to show our readers how to issue an NFT collectible or …

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Apple Watch Series 6 review: The best new features are the boring ones

This fall marks the fifth anniversary of the original Apple Watch. Other than the basic design itself — a square display with a digital crown and mostly familiar lineup of wrist straps — a lot has changed. Gone is the $10,000 solid gold edition that Apple tried selling when the watch first debuted. Nowadays, you …

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Apple Watch SE review: An excellent starter smartwatch

Smartwatches have evolved since the first Apple Watch. Sort of. They still look largely the same, battery life is still an issue and, often, software is fairly limited. Yet, they’ve secured their place on many wrists by offering more fitness and health tracking tools over time. And, not surprisingly, Apple quickly became the top seller …

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Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ review: Samsung’s best can’t fix Android’s flaws

For years, Samsung has been trying to make the perfect 2-in-1. It seems to have given up on the Windows-based Galaxy Book line to focus on the Galaxy Tab. That probably has something to do with Android’s far larger app library. But Google’s OS is notoriously inferior at multitasking and doesn’t exactly shine on a …

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How to Leverage Uniswap – Ethereum’s Noncustodial Defi Trading Platform

In 2020 decentralized exchanges (dex) have grown quite mature compared to just a few years ago. One specific dex gathering a lot of steam this year in the defi world is Uniswap, a trading platform that held $1.3 billion locked in value and dominated most defi applications by over 18% Friday evening. The following review …

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Vava 4K short-throw projector review: Home theater on a relative budget

My TV is officially too small. That’s the first thing I learned after turning on the Vava 4K laser projector in my front room. The second thing I learned is that short-throw projectors — sometimes known as Laser TVs — have come a long way in recent years. The Vava is about the size of …

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