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These are Elon Musk's most absurd publicity stunts

Twitter isn't the only way Musk makes a fool of himself.

Culture

This gripping 8-bit game lets you avert nuclear armageddon for less than $2.50

'Please, Don't Touch Anything' involves nukes, bathroom breaks, and a killer soundtrack, all for less than a slice of pizza.

Good Finds

This creepy headless robo-dog is an 'affordable' version of Spot

Affordable in the sense that you still have to be very, very rich to buy one.

Tech

How to build a tiny gaming PC that blows consoles out of the water

Sometimes the smallest machines pack the biggest punch.

How-to

5 reasons to be super amped for Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World is just as amazing as it sounds.

Culture

Why iOS 14.4 has Facebook up in arms

Apple's iOS 14.4 update is coming soon and with some significant changes to how it treats privacy.

Tech

One of the best phones for night photography is $500 off this weekend

It may not be the latest, but it's still one of the greatest.

Good Finds

What we know about Apple’s mysterious AR glasses

Apple's march towards an augmented reality headset/glasses has been years in the making. Here's the proof.

Tech

These are the absolute best Bernie memes from the inauguration

As far as memes are concerned, the real winner of President Joe Biden's inauguration was... Bernie Sanders.

Culture

Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which takes better night photos?

We pitted Samsung and Apple's latest phones against each other in a night photography shoot-out to see which one has the superior camera for taking photos at night.

Reviews

Yeezy 700 'Sun': A classic Kanye sneaker gets brighter (and cheaper)

Adidas is dropping it on January 23 for $240.

Style

A YouTuber made 'Mario Kart' into a heart-racing home workout

Imagine being able to burn calories while playing Mario Kart.

Tech

Audio

Netflix improves audio quality for Android users

A new codec could make listening on your phone's speakers a real option.

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Netflix knows that watching it on an Android phone be an auditory nightmare, and it’s finally doing something about it. Shortly after announcing the use of a new codec (h/t The Verge), Netflix revealed that members using Android 9 and up would be able to benefit from it. In addition to being a mouthful, extended HE-AAC (xHE-AAC) with MPEG-D DRC allows for dynamic volume management, another step in Netflix’s newfound interest in audio.

Culture

These are Elon Musk's most absurd publicity stunts

Twitter isn't the only way Musk makes a fool of himself.

TAP

CES 2021

Asus has two new dual-screen laptops, and we remain unconvinced

It's like having a giant Touch Bar... because everyone loves those.

CES 2021

This next-gen Rubik's Cube is actually a mixed-reality game console

Who said the Rubik's cube is dead?

CES 2021

CES was still brimming with weird and wonky robots

There's not a lot about this year's CES that feels normal, but quirky robots are definitely one aspect that hasn't wavered.

CES 2021

What if your meal kits were prepared by a robotic chef?

iWonderCook might finally have its moment thanks to quarantine.

CES 2021

Punch out your stress and get fit with the Liteboxer

The Peloton of boxing with a touch of disco.

CES 2021

Forever Tag pet IDs finally find a good use for QR codes

QR codes are everywhere, but iTag found a way to make them actually helpful.

CES 2021

This drone concept is literally the Cadillac of gratuitous flying vehicles

Cadillac's passenger drone is here to whisk you away from one skyscraper to... another skyscraper.

CES 2021

Here, have a laptop with three webcams and a built-in ring light

Livestreamers, this one is for you.

CES 2021

The Box could revolutionize e-commerce with its reusable, waste-free packaging

And it's super secure, on top of everything else. But will companies adopt it?

CES 2021

7 new laptops at CES that don't look like a MacBook

CES 2021

New haptic vest promises to bring further immersion to VR gaming

The TactSuit provides physical feedback for VR content.

CES 2021

Samsung wants to help you upcycle its old phones

Despite hurdles posed by COVID-19, the company's sustainability initiative at CES 2021 is going strong.

CES 2021

Good Finds

This gripping 8-bit game lets you avert nuclear armageddon for less than $2.50

Please, Don't Touch Anything involves nukes, bathroom breaks, and a killer soundtrack, all for 65 percent off.

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Tech

Hyundai's new robot provides customer service on showroom floors

The DAL-e robot uses integrated language processing to help customers through their car-buying journey.

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South Korean automaker Hyundai has begun testing an AI-powered robot to assist customers on its showroom floors. Called the DAL-e, the roughly four-foot robot has integrated language processing, facial recognition, and automated mobility, enabling it to engage with customers and help them along their car-buying journey.

According to a press release, DAL-e can escort customers around a showroom and provide useful information on products and services offered, including details regarding Hyundai's range of vehicles. The top of the robot features a screen that can display relevant information.

Gaming

This 'Breath of the Wild' and 'Super Mario 64' mash-up is heavenly

Can Link defeat Whomp's older brother? You'll have to download the mod to find out.

Expert modder Waikuteru has created a masterpiece the proportions of which could only be made possible through two of Nintendo’s most-loved franchises. Waikuteru, a YouTuber who focuses mostly on Breath of the Wild modifications, released this magnificent amalgamation at the end of 2020 — and, if you ask us, it hasn’t racked up nearly enough attention yet.

Waikuteru’s mod will look somewhat familiar to anyone who’s played 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as it borrows both the game’s graphic stylings and its fighting mechanisms. This isn’t your average shrine, though: in it, you’ll face baddies from another beloved Nintendo game, Super Mario 64.

Waikuteru made the ingenious move of bringing Whomp’s Fortress, one of the most iconic parts of Super Mario 64 to the Zelda universe. It’s an uncanny experience, to be sure, but one we relish for that very reason.

Red Flags

Twitter passes the buck, will crowdsource misinformation moderation

Birdwatch is a new, community-driven tool meant to catch more misinformation and take some heat off of Twitter itself.

Twitter

On Monday, Twitter revealed a new tool that could, in many ways, serve as a shield. Birdwatch allows Twitter users to flag misinformation, provide context, and measure the level of harm the tweet poses.

Eventually, Twitter hopes to roll out the community moderation tool to everyone, but for now, only U.S. users are eligible to sign up. It’s easy to see why Twitter wants to move in this direction, but in Birdwatch’s nascent state, it seems unlikely that it will help anyone other than the company.