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Yamaha R-N803 review: Behind its understated face, this Yamaha receiver is an affordable audiophile gem

Yamaha R-N803 review: Behind its understated face, this Yamaha receiver is an affordable audiophi...

$750 for a solid state 2.1 amp is "affordable" now?

It's not McIntosh levels of crazy, but 750 dollars is far from budget, especially for a solid state amp. When I think of an "Affordable" Amp, I think 200-300 dollars at most.

Tide commercial

Near perfect 2.1 receiver. Wish they made a pre-amp with all these features for around $400.

Hands On - Vivo's fingerprint sensor, the first in-display fingerprint reader in a smartphone

Hands On - Vivo's fingerprint sensor, the first in-display fingerprint reader in a smartphone

the sensor is equal to, if not more secure than a sensor not set in the display.

That's great, but how?

Actually, this sensor is a security downgrade from a modern capacitive fingerprint sensor. This sensor is an optical sensor (basically a camera) that looks through the gaps between pixels on the OLED screen. These can be easily fooled with a picture of the target fingerprint, which is why no one uses them anymore. By contrast, capacitive fingerprint sensors work just like the capacitive digitizer in your current smart phone's screen, just with a much higher resolution. This is the direction other manufacturers are going, simply increasing the screen's digitizer resolution (or at least part of the screen) to a suitable resolution to allow the screen to act natively as a fingerprint sensor. This would be much faster and more secure, with the added benefit of being able to read your fingerprint anywhere on the screen.

So Apple couldn’t figure it out eh?

Sent from iPhone.

No they could, but when they acquired the sensor company the new phones would be rolling out before they could get the tech refined to a small enough size to fit in the phones without sacrificing the battery too much. People like to make fun of Apple but they’re more interested in making things work right together rather than calling first!

Edit: whoops I defended Apple. Rain me with down arrows. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Buying headphones in 2018 is going to be a fragmented mess

Buying headphones in 2018 is going to be a fragmented mess

I felt it in my water that the iPhone ditching the 3.5mm jack was going to result in a marketplace of expensive wireless headphones at the expense of wired.

Call me an old fashioned fart but I like not having to charge everything I own. I like using headphones without wondering “when will I have to put these on charge?” I like buying a pair and plugging them in and them just working.

I honestly think we are going backward with some things. I didn’t turn my nose up at smart watches when people said “you have to charge a watch all the time?” Because a smart watch does more than a normal watch. A wireless headphone does the same thing as a wired just with the inconvenience of a wire swapped with the inconvenience of a limited usage run.

"Market fragmentation wouldn't be a problem if everyone would just switch to the new standard we just introduced!"

-Literally every tech company ever

You already know what it is

I have a pair of Plantronics backbeat pro 2 and its the best of both worlds. If the battery dies just plug in the 3.5mm cable and they function as normal ass headphones

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming February 25. Here's everything we know about it.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming February 25. Here's everything we know about it.

I’m gonna be honest, I don’t even notice the difference between this years and last years galaxy at this point. I know it’s a little faster and they say they designed the back a bit better, but wouldn’t it be better to just get an s8 once they go cheaper?

God forbid you add somethig really consumer oriented, like a removeable battery or a headphone jack.

That is spot on. May be the smart phone industry has reached a saturation point for innovation.

I just want the IR blaster back.

The Hori Onyx is the first wireless third-party PS4 controller

The Hori Onyx is the first wireless third-party PS4 controller

so basically... its just an Xbox controller for Playstation

Can anyone name a game that actually makes use of the touchpad without it just being a massive face button? I can only name Helldivers somewhat to control the map cursor...

We've really reached the pinnacle of controller layout. Even Nintendo is doing it. Now it's more about comfort.

I’ve never understood this complaint. I have big hands and I think DS4s are perfect.

Sleep mask that emits light from the inside to wake you up naturally

Sleep mask that emits light from the inside to wake you up naturally

Nothing quite like waking up to the feeling of being blindfolded and blinded at the same time

...Like, in a kinky way, or...?

That person in the photo would probably sleep a lot better if she was laying down, not using a wall as a pillow, and turned off the lights in the room.

But then that bulky head wrap doesn't exactly look suited to laying your head on a pillow.

.... there's another way?

Full-body Teslasuit allows you to feel VR games using haptic feedback

Full-body Teslasuit allows you to feel VR games using haptic feedback

Lemme guess, there are already porn games for it?

No, only horror. Now you can become fully immersed in being eaten alive.

in other words, yes, porn.

Ah yes. Now I can authentically and realistically feel what it's like to be shot.

Apple faces French criminal probe over iPhone slowdown.

Apple faces French criminal probe over iPhone slowdown.
Apple faces French criminal probe over iPhone slowdown.
Apple faces French criminal probe over iPhone slowdown.
Apple faces French criminal probe over iPhone slowdown.

sacré bleu

it's that batteries, and their ability to deliver power, degrade over time.

And this is not unique to Apple and has been the case with batteries forever.

Or provide software updates unique to the phone models that don’t add in the extra performance demanding features.

Laundroid: A home robot that folds and sorts clothes

Laundroid: A home robot that folds and sorts clothes
Laundroid: A home robot that folds and sorts clothes

well, at least we know how to defeat AI robots...

Sakane explains, "Sock pairings is one of the most difficult tasks, because even the latest AI we've developed is very hard to distinguish between, for example, dark navy-blue socks and black socks. Or almost the same black color but different textures, or the worst one is when it's the right pair but one sock shrunk."

For 16k I'll get a maid

So you're saying what we will need are basically ghillie suits made out of navy blue and black socks. Got it.

$16k, has a hard time folding a towel, and takes up to six hours to fold a load of laundry, suddenly my fears of the Terminator around the corner were replaced by my fear of technologically advanced cephalopods.

Garmin's new Vivofit 4 tracker still uses coin cell batteries

Garmin's new Vivofit 4 tracker still uses coin cell batteries

I think I could handle replacing a battery once per year, compared to recharging my fitbit every few days, then forgetting it at home because it wasn't on my wrist, then feeling naked all day without a watch, constantly checking my wrist for the time when I need to write the time down for work.

The Vivofit 4 has a coin cell battery, like prior models, which means it should last at least a year before you have to replace the battery.

I miss not having to charge my shit every 4 hours.

This is why I dig the Nokia (formerly Withings) Steel. It looks like a normal watch, runs on a normal watch battery, but tracks your sleep, steps, and workouts.

Battery lasts about a year and nobody fucking bothers me about why I have the wrong fitness tracker.

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