CES 2022

This self-learning bionic hand gets better and better as you use it

Esper Bionics' smart prosthetic hand is ready for action after obtaining FDA approval last summer.

Tech

The 8 vaporware concepts we wish were real from CES 2022

Good or terrible, shipping today or never, the ideas keep us in awe and keep us dreaming of the future.

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Bugatti's first electric vehicle is a commuter scooter

It's not exactly high-powered. Pretty luxurious, though.

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Noveto's 'invisible headphones' will make your roommates hate you less

Forget your earbuds or headphones, just jam out to your favorite playlist through the magic of soundwaves.

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We found the must-have face mask for your next rave

The Qudi smart LED face mask can be programmed to show emotions like happiness, anger, shock, and even love. Its 199 LEDs also double as a music equalizer.

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The 14 smart home devices we want badly from CES 2022

Whether you’re growing or just starting your smart home, CES 2022 previewed the future with several high-tech ways to improve your life at home.

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Mui's wooden 'Calm' hub is an Alexa stand-in that doesn't ruin your decor

This smart home hub is meant to make interacting with voice-assistants a more peaceful process.

Design

Alienware’s 2022 m15 and m17 are gaming laptop chonkers

The first of the refreshed gaming laptops, the m15 with an Intel processor, will be out later this winter for $2,099.

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The 7 most important TVs from CES 2022

From new QD-OLED, to the growth of Mini LED, here are the 2022 TVs you’ll actually want to buy from CES 2022.

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The 7 must-see monitors from CES 2022

From high-tech gaming monitors with tons of pixels and faster refresh rates to monitors for work, here are the best computer displays coming out this year.

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Acer’s new gaming laptops are chock-full of cutting-edge chips

The updated lineup will come with a couple next-gen chips, including AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series and Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti.

Tech

The most important gaming gear from CES 2022

From AMD and Nvidia GPUs to 12th Gen Intel chips to ridiculously cool monitors, CES 2022 put an impressive show for gamers.

Best of CES 2022

Razer quietly removed ‘N95-grade’ from its Zephyr masks' specs

Breaking news: you can't claim "N95-grade" without actual approval from regulatory agencies.

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Razer’s Zephyr Pro has the voice amplifier missing on the original mask

Razer’s RGB and dual-fan-cooling air purifying mask is getting a “pro” upgrade with a feature that was supposed to launch on the original.

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Anker’s Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K is its brightest portable projector yet

Pre-orders for the Cosmos Laser 4K will start January 11 on Kickstarter for $2,199.

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The absolute best electric vehicles of CES 2022

CES 2022 saw loads of mobility companies and automakers roll out their vision of an electrified future.

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Tax Season

The IRS will start requiring your selfies beginning this summer

Anyone hoping to access their tax records via the IRS will soon need to provide a video selfie, among many other things.

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U.S. taxpayers are going to need an ID.me account if they ever need or want to access their records via the Internal Revenue Service website beginning this summer. Unfortunately for many, creating a login for the popular online identity verification system could quickly become a massive headache given the intricate multi-step (emphasis on multi) signup process.

Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security recently walked readers through the entire procedure, and good Lord are we not looking forward to eventually doing the same. Steps include multi-factor authentication (MFA) setups, uploads of documents such as your driver’s license or passport, phone number confirmation, and a “live selfie,” among other things. And God help you if you screw any of that up accidentally.

For Krebs, it resulted in even more official documentation uploads, and even a *shudder* live video call with an ID.me representative to confirm his authenticity. At one point, his estimated wait time for the Zoom meeting from Hell was around 3.5 hours... Yeah.

Steel yourselves now, taxpayers.

Gotta leak 'em all

'Pokémon Legends: Arceus' has been appearing in the wild

Physical copies of the game are turning up over a week before its official release date.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is supposed to take the classic franchise in a new direction. The open-world RPG expands the typical Pokémon experience into what looks like a plush, Zelda: Breath of the Wild-type adventure. Slated to release at the end of this month on January 28, fans have, up until now, been treated to little tastes of what this game will have to offer without learning the full process of how the sausage gets made. This week, however, things have changed — and not by Nintendo’s own accord.

As reported by Eurogamer, physical copies of Arceus have apparently been showing up in the wild. Accordingly, gameplay footage and screenshots are being leaked to places like Reddit and Twitter, so if you want to avoid spoilers on your timeline I’d recommend muting keywords like “Pokémon” and “Arceus.”

As of this writing, Twitter user @CentroLeaks (who as you can guess, specializes in game leaks) is consistently uploading footage from Arceus — although a lot of this content is getting taken down not too long after it’s being posted. So far, they have uploaded clips of cutscenes, an FPS mode, and some battle footage.

Tap Stories

Yamaha's sleek electric scooter has the sex appeal of a sports bike

The EMF meshes Yamaha design with Gogoro's swappable battery technology.

Tech

This self-learning bionic hand gets better and better as you use it

Esper Bionics' smart prosthetic hand is ready for action after obtaining FDA approval last summer.

Tech

This fat-tire electric scooter, bike hybrid is an all-terrain beast

Alpine Riding is packing a lot of power into this off-road electric bike hybrid.

Tech

Wearing Nike's Off-White Air Force 1 'Volt': So bright, so amazing

With the late Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton AF1s set to drop soon, let’s take a look at one of the designer's best (and brightest) pairs ever.

Style

These are the hottest Crocs collabs you can buy right now

Let’s face it: Crocs aren’t going anywhere. And with the brand having some strong cosigns, a new pair may be just what you need in 2022.

Style

How to dress like blood-drinking Machine Gun Kelly for under $100

The artist, also known as Megan Fox’s new fiancé, has perfected his punk style. With these eight affordable pieces, you can too.

Style

Watch this cookie-shaped flying saucer take its first untethered flight

It's a plane, it's an M&M, it's well, we don't really know what it is.

Tech

Mui's wooden 'Calm' hub is an Alexa stand-in that doesn't ruin your decor

This smart home hub is meant to make interacting with voice-assistants a more peaceful process.

Design

Nuro's cute new autonomous delivery bot has airbags on the outside

Airbag or no airbag, getting bonked by one of these things will probably ruin your day.

Design

Kymco's new e-scooter is a battery beast with a 120-mile range

With no fewer than five batteries, Kymco's e-scooter will make sure you never run out of juice.

Tech

Watch Daymak's speedy three-wheeled EV take its first public test drive

It might just be a jaunt around a parking lot, but we got to see the Spiritus in action.

Tech

The absolute best electric vehicles of CES 2022

CES 2022 saw loads of mobility companies and automakers roll out their vision of an electrified future.

Best of CES 2022

How to dress like Kanye’s new goddess Julia Fox for under $100

Ye may be giving the actress styling tips, but Fox knows her way around fashion. Get her sleek look for less with these eight pieces.

Style

Ayaneo’s Next handhelds are Steam Decks on steroids

The premium handhelds are also expensive starting at $1,265 when they’re expected to ship at the end of February 2022.

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Wearing Kanye's Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner: Best slippers ever?

Ye took us back to his Nike days with this "Vermilion" pair, which resembles his fabled "Red October” Air Yeezy 2 sneakers.

Style

Sony's Vision-S 02 concept EV is an entertainment center on wheels

Sony showed off prototypes of its Vision-S electric vehicles, which now include an SUV decked out with as many screens as your eyes can handle.

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Tech

Yamaha's sleek electric scooter has the sex appeal of a sports bike

The EMF meshes Yamaha design with Gogoro's swappable battery technology.

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Reviews

Nook GlowLight 4 review: A reboot that still lags Kindles and Kobos

Barnes & Noble’s first E Ink Nook e-reader in half a decade just can’t compete with Kindle and Kobo.

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Style

Love ‘Rick and Morty’? Puma and LaMelo Ball made the perfect sneakers for you

The neon MB.01 basketball shoes drop soon alongside two other pairs.

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Only a few months after debuting his signature MB.01 sneaker with Puma, LaMelo Ball has returned with another round of the hot footwear. This time taking inspiration from his own team colors — and snagging a collaboration with Adult Swim show Rick and Morty — the point guard has a trifecta of new MB.01 designs prepped for the coming weeks. Each bears the phrases “1 of 1” and “rare” to nod to LaMelo’s undeniable talent — both on the court and in the sneaker studio.

Initially launched last October, the Puma MB.01 the player’s first signature shoe, and also marks the first signature shoe release from Puma Hoops since the basketball sector re-launched in 2018. Co-designed by Ball, the sneaker features a flame graphic on its collar to line up with the player’s famous rocket ankle tattoo (or anyone looking to emulate his style on court).

Reviews

Nook GlowLight 4 review: A reboot that still lags Kindles and Kobos

Barnes & Noble’s first E Ink Nook e-reader in half a decade just can’t compete with Kindle and Kobo.

Reviews

TCL Tab Pro 5G review: This affordable 5G tablet is still overpriced

The TCL Tab Pro 5G will neither surprise you nor let you down, and you’ll have to pay a premium to use it on Verizon’s 5G network.

Reviews

Inflatable vs closed-cell: Which sleeping pad is the best for your adventure?

You need a sleeping pad that’s right for your adventure, so we’ve broken down the differences between pads and show you which ones are best.

Guides

Oppo's Find N 5G is the best foldable most of us can't buy

Oppo’s $1,200 foldable solves pain points from early folding phones, introduces new ones, and only further underlines the potential of the form factor. I want a U.S. version, badly.

Too much fun

My life hasn’t been the same since I got this perfectly square monitor

Open your eyes and see the truth. The Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q is about to change everything you know about monitors.

This Thing Rules

Wearing Nike's Off-White Air Force 1 'Volt': So bright, so amazing

With the late Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton AF1s set to drop soon, let’s take a look at one of the designer's best (and brightest) pairs ever.

Style

Vizio M-Series soundbar review: Solid Dolby Atmos on a budget

For $330, the Vizio M series 5.1 soundbar is a total home audio system that kicks out decent Atmos, but you still get what you pay for.

Reviews

Keychron Q2 review: Customizable keyboard addiction starts here

Starting at $170, the Keychron Q2 is a value that is tough to beat for the features, build quality, and the customizable knob, which is icing on top.

Reviews

An Alexa newbie and veteran review Amazon’s Echo Show 15

Reviewers Ian Carlos Campbell and Raymond Wong agree the Echo Show 15 has polished hardware and Alexa support, but the software is too barebones and janky.

Reviews

The best smartwatches to buy in 2022 (so far)

From the Apple Watch Series 7 to the Galaxy Watch 4, these are the smartwatches money can buy right now at the beginning of 2022.

Guides

Wearing Kanye's Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner: Best slippers ever?

Ye took us back to his Nike days with this "Vermilion" pair, which resembles his fabled "Red October” Air Yeezy 2 sneakers.

Style

The best camera gear and accessories for the iPhone 13

Elevate your mobile photography and videos with these awesome add-ons.

Guides

This at-home potency tester takes the gamble out of making edibles

tCheck can tell you the THC or CBD breakdown of your flower, concentrates, and homemade infusions in a matter of minutes.

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Wearing Dua Lipa’s Puma ‘Flutur’ Mayze: The chunky, goth sneaker we needed

The pop star is known for her glittery, colorful looks — so how does her all-black platform shoe hold up?

Style

Wearing Nike's Air Jordan 11 'Cool Grey': Best sneaker of 2021?

The iconic shoe returned for the first time since 2010, and we're so glad it did.

Style

Bellabeat's Ivy wearable is a beautiful, overpriced wellness tracker

If minimalism is what you're after, this could be the one for you.

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Gaming Biz

Before Microsoft deal, Activision Blizzard considered Electronic Arts

Apparently, EA was too small for Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick's long-term goals.

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Activision Blizzard’s controversial CEO Bobby Kotick has overseen the company’s evolution for decades. Now, his company will become a subsidiary of Microsoft in a $68 billion deal set to close in 2023. Kotick has made the reasons behind the deal public, including the fact that Activision Blizzard was reportedly considering a merger with Electronic Arts before landing with Microsoft.

Friends with Microsoft — In a GamesBeat interview, Kotick shared his reasoning behind the Microsoft deal and why he didn’t gun for a merger with Electronic Arts. Kotick said that Microsoft Gaming’s CEO Phil Spencer called him to discuss a possible acquisition and that the two “know each other well” and “have a great relationship.”