Nintendo quietly updated the Switch with improved battery life, but is it worth tracking down? We've been wondering that ourselves -- so we tracked one down and put the new battery life to the test. The good news? It definitely lasts longer than the original.
We ran a non-stop video via each of the Nintendo Switch's YouTube app, with screen brightness at 100% and auto-brightness and sleep timers turned off. Here's how long the new and old versions of the hardware lasted:
Nintendo Switch V2: 4 hours 55 minutes
Nintendo Switch V1: 3 hours 30 minutes
That's not a bad improvement -- but is it worth trading in your old console and paying upwards of $70 for? That's hard to say. If it's enough for you, though, the new version of the Switch is in stores now.
Just makes sure read the right one by checking the model number stamped on the back of the box: The original reads "HAC-001," while V2 is "HAC-001 (-01)."
The Palm phone is still kind of ridiculous -- but if you were curious about having a tiny phone, doing so just got a bit cheaper: US Mobile recently announced that it will let owners of the unlocked Palm phone use it on their network for as little as $5 a month.
That comes with a catch, of course: $5 only buys a limited amount of calls, text and data -- so you'd better stick to using the Palm only as a secondary "sometimes" phone. It also will have its own number: linking it to a the same number as your primary phone is still a Verizon exclusive feature. Oh, and that price only counts if you sign up for a full year -- otherwise it's $7.50 a month.
Still, if you were looking for a slightly cheaper way to use this weird, unique phone, now you have it.
If someone offered you a pair of bionic pants... would you wear them? Thanks to researchers at the Wyss Institute, you might be able to someday. The group has been working on creating a soft clothing-like "exosuit" that can help augment soldiers, the elderly or patients in rehabilitation with movement.
The soft part is key here -- because these exosuits don't contain any hard structures, they are far more flexible than most exoskeleton technology. The idea is that these smaller, more comfortable suits can exert small amounts of assistance to help assist in walking, running or lifting -- though the wearer is still using their own muscles for the brunt of the work.
So far, tests have shown that the suit can help increase endurance -- allowing users to use less energy while walking or running without the suit. Creators hope that the technology will help in rehabilitation of patients suffering from stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, as well as serve as assistance for soldiers and first responders.
So, we ask again -- would you wear bionic pants?
Can't wait to unwrap the Galaxy Note 10 Plus? Yeah, neither could we. Let's take this thing out of the box.
The Note 10 Plus is more sophisticated and arguably more beautiful than the Galaxy Note 9. Not only because of its rainbow color, but its cameras are better situated. The Note 10 is also easy to hold despite its larger screen.
One of the challenges of the Note 10 is getting used to the power/lock button which is now on the left side -- something that can be learned but still a bit difficult for all my right-handed people out there.
When it comes to packaging, Samsung hasn’t disappointed. The Note 10 comes equipped with a SIM card ejector tool, a USB-C cable, AKG headphones with ear tips, a rounder charger, and a tool to change the tip of your S pen.
Trying to get your hands on the new Nintendo Switch that has longer battery life? Make sure you buy the right model.
When Nintendo quietly updated the Switch's hardware with a revision that gave the hybrid portable console nearly twice as much battery life, it didn't do much to distinguish between the new and old models. Unlike the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite, there's no new naming convention, no design changes and no new colors. There is, however, a new box.
Fans looking for the latest model will want to look for consoles shipping in a red box. After that, take a look at the back and make sure it has these details:
Model number: HAC-001(-01).
Product serial number: Begins with XKW.
Product description: Battery life approximately 4.5 to 9 hours.
Are you thinking about upgrading? Let us know in the comments!
Say hello to Astro, Florida Atlantic University’s four-legged robodog.
Astro isn’t your average friendly neighborhood dog, he can respond to voice commands and sit -- and thanks to his 3D-printed head, he actually looks like a Doberman pinscher.
It's not an empty 3D-printed noggin, either -- Astro’s computerized brain is packed with deep learning technology that can help him sniff out explosives, act as a service dog or assist first responders. In the future, the research team at FAU wants to teach Astro how to respond to hand signals, colors and even understand multiple languages (show off). But don’t expect to cuddle with Astro at the end of a long day. He weighs 100 pounds and isn’t furry. Creepy or cool? #Robotdog#Dog#Robot#Gadget#Computer#Brain#Tech#Research#Science#FAU
Thought the MacBook Pro’s touchbacks was a bold move? Brace yourself: the HP Omen X 2S has a screen headlining the keyboard too — but it’s A LOT bigger.
The 6-inch, 1080p touchscreen seems a bit like a gimmick , but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a useful gimmick. Windows sees the embedded display as a second monitor, which means you can put anything on it you want: Your Twitter feed, a video walkthrough for the game you’re playing, keyboard lighting management software or even your streaming software for managing your Twitch stream. It’s exactly as versatile as you want it to be.
Beyond the screen, the new Omen is still a dang decent gaming laptop — with good performance for its class, a stylish design and a solid keyboard.
It has some standard gaming laptop woes, likes a short battery life, but at least it’s a unique machine. Check out the link in our IG bio for the full review! #gaming#gaminglaptop#hpomen#omen#pcgaming#secondscreen
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus don’t have a headphone jack — which means that Note users upgrading to the latest model will have to find another option for their personal audio needs. Unless you’re committed to buying a headphone adapter, that means you’ll need a new pair of wireless headphones. Lucky for you, you’ve got options.
If you want to stay on brand, the Samsung Galaxy Buds aren’t a bad option — these $128 earbuds will last for 6 hours of listening, come with a compact charging case, and can be topped off wirelessly from the Note 10 itself. But that doesn’t mean they’re the best option: the Sony WF1000XM3 offer better sound quality.
Need something cheap? You can’t go wrong with the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air — for just $80, these earphones sound as good, if not better than AirPods.
Want the full comparison? Check out the link in our IG bio!
So, how does the Genesis Mini stack up? We recently got a chance to try it out. 👇
We'll get to the games in a minute, but first we have to say: all the miniature classic game consoles we've seen, the Sega Genesis mini might be the most fun to physically pick up and play with. Not only is it a dead-on recreation of the original console's style, but unlike most miniature consoles, it actually has moving parts -- you can actually open the trap doors that cover the cartridge slot!
You can't actually plug cartridges into that slot, but you don't need to: The Genesis mini comes packed with 42 games. At a glance they all play great, but how much you'll enjoy some of them rely on nostalgia. Be honest: Was Altered Beast really that great? Either way, with so many games on board, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Shinobi III, Street Fighter II and more, there's bound to be something for everyone.
We'll have a full review of the Sega Genesis Mini later on, but if you want to check out our first look, hit up the link in our IG bio -- and tell us what your favorite Sega classic is! #gaming#videogames#sega#segagenesis#genesis#genesismini#genesisclassic#segaclassic#segamini#sonicthehedgehog#sonic#segasonic
It's getting hard to keep track of how many Samsung Galaxy phones there are. On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled its three new models of the Note: the Note 10, Note 10 Plus, and the Note 10 Plus 5G. There are also multiple versions of the Galaxy S10, the incoming Galaxy Fold, and yet other spin-off phones like the Galaxy A50. So how do you tell them all apart? We’ve got the spec deets
Let’s start with the Galaxy A50, this frugal but mighty phone features a 6.4 inch display, an in-screen fingerprint reader and even a headphone jack. And if that’s not enough for you, this phone has not 1, not 2, but 3 cameras for your selfie needs.
Looking for something closer to a flagship? You can't go wrong with the Galaxy S10. This phone is definitely smaller but if you’re yearning for the days of being able to actually hold your phone in your hand, this one’s for you. It has a super-fast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a long-lasting battery life. This little device can also wirelessly charge other phones and accessories like a smartwatch or those wireless earbuds you’ve got.
Now, let’s get into the ultra luxe Galaxy Note 10. This sleek device has a 6.3-inch display, THREE rear cameras and a signature S Pen stylus that works as your personal photographer. The S Pen can remotely control the phones’s camera. Phew, technology.
For list of some all the other Galaxy Phones out there (and how to tell them apart), head over to our #linkinbio . In the meantime, it’s okay to drool over some of these devices… just a little. #Samsung#Galaxy#SamsungUnpacked#Android#2019#GalaxyNote10#CameraLens#SPen#Bluetooth#Gadget#Tech#Device